Connor Christian to Serve as HDR Transportation BIM Program Manager
HDR welcomes Connor Christian, who recently returned to the firm to serve as Transportation BIM program manager. Based in Minneapolis, Christian will lead the development of HDR’s vision for building information modeling and its use on major infrastructure projects. He will also provide strategic direction to the firm’s BIM for the Infrastructure practice group.
In collaboration with the firm’s leadership, Christian will prioritize needs and actively promote BIM for Infrastructure across the Transportation program. In addition, he will develop long-term tactical plans to best serve the BIM needs of our clients.
“I look forward to spearheading and promoting opportunities for BIM in HDR’s Transportation program that will benefit our clients,” Christian said. “BIM will allow us to streamline data transfers and visualize information more effectively than ever before. The major challenge will be helping our industry transition from a reliance on documentation to a reliance on data.”
Christian is directly involved with the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials on developing BIM standards and processes, and is a frequent presenter on BIM at the annual meetings of the Transportation Research Board and International Highway Engineering Exchange Program. His drive to standardize BIM in the industry led him to get involved in Building SMART International, BIMForum and the Building SMART Alliance, where he served as chair of the proven practices subcommittee. He was involved in the creation of the National BIM Standard US-v3, where he acted as secretary of the planning committee and chair of the standard practice subcommittee. He also served as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Industry BIM and CIM Consortia.
“We are so pleased that Connor will harness his vast expertise in BIM on behalf of HDR and our clients,” said HDR Highways Director Will Sharp , P.E. “Connor is well known and respected as a thought leader in BIM throughout the U.S.”
Christian most recently worked for HDR from 2016 to June 2018 as director of digital implementation services. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University. He chairs the standards review committee of the Construction Progress Coalition, which unites architecture, engineering and construction professionals, technology solution providers, and their governing organizations to promote a common data exchange.
About HDR's Transportation Experience
Our award-winning transportation practice is known for solving our clients' most complex mobility challenges across all modes of travel. We are helping with multi-billion-dollar programs ranging from managing the Council Bluffs, Iowa Interstate rehabilitation program and the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project to designing the I-4 Ultimate P3 project in Florida and the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients advance projects and programs across the infrastructure life cycle with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management and operations, and maintenance.
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.