As Chief Information Officer, Derek keeps propelling SmithGroup forward along the leading edge of technology, making sure we're using the right tools for internal efficiency and for creating innovative solutions to our clients' needs. Derek has put us at the forefront of our industry by spearheading the firm's use of collaboration technologies, establishing a platform to facilitate knowledge transfer, and transitioning our design process to Building Information Modeling (BIM). "Nearly every day I'm presented with new challenges, new technologies," notes Derek. "It's a cliché, but my work is never boring. I think my degree and experience in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, along with my 25+ years in the field of IT, allows me to bring unexpected solutions to the table." Technology, rapid prototyping and new materials are going to speed up the introduction of new techniques in construction, Derek predicts. "Our traditionally 'slow to adopt' industry is about to be turned on its head."