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July 19, 2019

Deepak Maini Talks Construction, Technology, and What Inspires Him

This interview is part of a series featuring the members of our diverse AU community, from speakers and conference attendees to forum participants and online commenters. You are AU.

Deepak Maini

1. What’s your current job role?
I am working as the National Technical Manager – Named Accounts with Cadgroup Australia, an Autodesk Platinum partner. My job involves traveling around the country and educating our customers and the AEC industry as a whole about the latest trends and technology.

2. What are your main areas of expertise and interest?
I started my professional career as a mechanical engineer using AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, and Inventor. But I switched into the construction area around 11 years back and that is where most of my time is spent now. I am an Autodesk certified BIM 360 consultant and my expertise and interest is in all things BIM 360.

3. What’s your favorite piece of technology?
Anything related to construction.

4. What do you find most challenging about your work
My challenge is to stay up to date with the technology. It helps me provide an honest and broader perspective to our customers and the industry. I absolutely love this challenge.

5. What one thing should new graduates entering your field know?
One thing the new graduates need to know is that cloud technology is here to stay. So the earlier they adapt to the cloud technology and get away from the paper-based workflow, the better it is for their future and the future of their industry as a whole.

Make as many mistakes as you can as those mistakes will turn into your stepping stones for learning and achieving big things in life.

6. What inspires you?
My 8-year-old son. He inspires me to do my bit to ensure when he grows up, there are better facilities, transport, educational institutes, and housing affordability than what we have right now.

7. If you could give your 16-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid of failures and rejections. Make as many mistakes as you can as those mistakes will turn into your stepping stones for learning and achieving big things in life. 

8. Who’s your greatest hero, real or fictional?
The real hero is my mum, who taught me the importance of working hard and being patient. The fictional hero would be Thor. I really like his hammer.

9. What are you most proud of?
The comments that I get from people using my books when they say that learning through my books has helped them improve and become more efficient in their work. That makes me feel really proud.

10. Where do you want to be in 10 years?
I love my work too much to not be doing this in 10 years. So I would definitely be talking construction technology in 10 years. However, hopefully by then, I would have done my bit to help the industry in improving their workflow so I could spend at least 3 days a week fishing in my boat off the coast of Sydney.

11. What’s a fun fact that people may not know about you?
One fun fact is that I have this competitive thing going on with my 8-year-old son, who is a quadruple Karate World Champion. I want to win more trophies in sports and other things that I do (combined) than what he wins just in karate. As of now, he beats me easily by a factor of 15.

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