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A smart buildings software engineer driving our technology business forward

14/3/19: Luke Williamson is a Smart Buildings Software Engineer at ETON Associates. Leaving university with a first class degree in software engineering he has gone on to work on some of the UK’s most exciting new construction projects. Eton director Jamie Ward tells his story.

From university straight onto the 2018 Stirling Prize winner

Armed with a first class degree in Computer Science Specialising in Software Engineering, a Masters in the same subjects (including awards for scoring over 80% exams), all of BCIA’s BCM training courses and Niagra Tridium’s ‘Niagara 4 Technical Certification Program (TCP)’, Luke has, in a very short time, played an important role in two, genuinely world class, ETON projects.

When Luke joined, he was immediately brought into the team delivering RIBA 2018 Stirling Prize winner, Bloomberg London. This was not just in a support role; starting on some graphical tasks, Luke has been software engineering the innovative ‘Breathable Building’ aspect of the project, in which the Building Controls systems effectively monitor the environment and allow the whole of this £1bn building to ‘breathe’ for itself (via a series of uniquely designed external ‘fins’ that open and close), thus saving cost and energy associated with cooling the building conventionally.

Luke has also been a key player developing our controls concept for AI Business, Google DeepMind’s new HQ in Kings Cross, London. The quality of his work on this project has been instrumental in the success of our bid for this work.

To cloud controls for Google DeepMind’s new HQ

Luke’s professional training, combined with his academic expertise has given him the confidence and knowledge base to be successful on two projects characterised by world-class clients with exceptional standards.

Google DeepMind works on the development of Artificial Intelligence. In their new London HQ, they were looking for a very full range of smart building elements within the building operating system. They still required a full, normal BMS but also incorporating certain MQTT protocols and additional tagging and naming themes, so that the client could push all the data to the cloud via the MQTT protocol. The net result will be that the building is accessible and controllable from anywhere in the world.

In at the deep end – and thriving in our work environment

Luke has not had a gentle immersion in our business; right from the start he has been involved in high quality training programmes and exceptional world-scale projects. This has placed exceptional demands on a range of his capabilities. 

At ETON we have very quickly built confidence in Luke, his technical abilities and his resilience in handling complex software engineering challenges on two world class projects. We are delighted that our clients have quickly come to share that confidence.