nima Virtual Spring Conference 2024 / Speakers / John Adams

John Adams

Head of Product, Glider

John entered the industry via a traditional architectural education, but his career to date has been anything but traditional.

Working as an architect across a variety of public and private projects with a focus on modern methods of construction and green technologies, John became a well-known figure on the North East construction industry scene, and typically cycled to meetings to not undermine his green design philosophy.

John discovered Building Information Model (BIM) whilst working for a local authority which changed his career path. Reading PAS1192-2 cover-to-cover on the bus to work and reading it again on the way home, it was clear this new way of working was a leap forward and as it was supported by a new government mandate it genuinely felt like a turning point.

Based on the implementation of the emerging BIM standards, John added software product management and product ownership certification qualifications to his skillset and embarked on a rapid development into one of the world’s leading thinkers in the field of Common Data Environments (CDE), whilst working for an international construction software leader.

Alongside the design and delivery of an industry leading OpenBIM technology platform, John was working with contractors, clients and government departments across Europe and the USA to deploy BIM processes and technologies.

Combining his passion for modernising the industry through digitisation, a deep knowledge of BIM standards and processes, and pragmatic and engaging communication style, John is one of the most recognisable BIM evangelists who has been invited to speak across the globe.

John’s profile brought him to the attention of Glider who saw his skills and experience as an ideal fit to lead the gliderbim® product direction as well as being a strong voice promoting the Glider methodologies for information management.

Delivering talks on behalf of the UK BIM Alliance as well as Glider, John uses his platform to be a conscientious disruptor, with a positive and challenging stance to increase BIM adoption and improve information management standards across the industry.

Outside of work, John is a family man with a collection of vintage road bikes from legendary North East frame builder Denton Cycles. John also keeps chickens as they make great pets and the eggs are fantastic.