REHAU technical support engineer Michael Agyeman has been nominated for the BEAMA Young Manufacturer Award, in recognition of his achievements in developing Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for REHAU’s cable management and plumbing products
The BEAMA Young Manufacturer Award is for young people (up to 25 years old) who have excelled in research and development, process engineering, marketing, customer service or team work. Just four young people have been shortlisted for the inaugural award, and the winner will be announced at the BEAMA annual lunch on 29 November 2017.
25 year old Michael joined REHAU in 2016 as a Technical Trainee and has a degree in Materials Science and Engineering (BEng) and a master’s degree in Steel Technology (MRes). Michael is working towards becoming a Chartered Engineer and is also studying for a post-graduate qualification in Business and Management.
In his role at REHAU, Michael is leading the company’s development of BIM content for customers. With a diverse range of products to deal with, ranging from underfloor heating systems to cable management, identifying and addressing the unique needs of each product group has been challenging, but Michael has already delivered high quality BIM content for much of the REHAU portfolio.
As part of his BIM project work, Michael has set up an international BIM working group of experts from across the world to share information and best practice, created a series of ‘how to’ videos to help UK customers use REHAU’s BIM content, and developed a BIM performance specification for service providers.
Michael’s research into new ways of modelling heating and plumbing systems has also been used to create a new method to graphically present underfloor heating systems. This has become a unique selling point when REHAU tenders for underfloor heating projects with a requirement for BIM.
As well as his achievements on the BIM project, Michael has also been involved in statistical analysis to support REHAU’s co-extrusion programme and championed the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
Michael said: “I am really honoured to have been shortlisted for the BEAMA Young Manufacturer Award. The BIM project has been a huge undertaking and it’s proved very challenging at times, but we have adopted a can-do attitude and a creative approach and its paid dividends already. There’s still a lot of work to be done though, and I’m looking forward to being part of the journey, as we continue to support our UK and international customers to realise the benefits of BIM.”
Franz Huelle, Technical Manager from REHAU said: “The BEAMA award nomination for Michael is well deserved; he’s a dedicated and talented employee and we are delighted to see his achievements being recognised within the wider industry. At REHAU, we support employee development with responsibility, and Michael has proved that even at a young age, he has not only responded to the challenge of driving an important business project but he has flourished in his role.”