About Trimble Boot Camp

Trimble Boot Camp save the date August 9th-13th 2021. Student shown using Trimble technology

The Moss Department of Construction Management is thrilled to have this collaboration with Trimble. The aim of the Trimble Boot Camp is to introduce students in grades 8-12 to innovative technology and allow them to get hands-on experience with a variety of Trimble solutions through FIU’s Trimble Technology Lab at the Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability.

In the camp, students will be utilizing the 3D modeling tool SketchUp to design and fabricate small animal habitats. Students will explore the latest in design and construction technology, including mixed reality and geolocation, along with utilizing traditional standards of project documentation and assembly.

The camp was made possible by Chris Brashar, Trimble for Education team member, Program Manager & Certified Trainer.

As of 2021, Chris has helped over sixty universities to deliver exciting AEC content to their students. He also manages the Trimble Visiting Professionals, a global group of over 40 industry experts, authors  & VDC technology pros, who present and advocate for VDC technologies around the world. Chris is also a part-time adjunct instructor and a self-proclaimed maker, who spends his free time 3D printing or making furniture the old-fashioned way, with table saws and hand tools. 

Trimble Boot Camp Guest Speakers


Daniella Castro
Co-Founder, DNA Detailing



Daniella co-founded DNA Detailing which uses Tekla Structures to detail rebar in 3D and produce drawings and fabrication lists directly from the models. At DNA she has worked on a wide variety of projects, including mid-rise residential, commercial, tech campuses, hospitals, and bridges. She has a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA. Prior to starting DNA, she worked as a structural engineer using BIM to produce engineering drawings, which gives her a unique perspective into implementing BIM across the building industry. Daniella is passionate about moving the construction industry forward by using BIM to improve outdated practices and bridge the gap between the design and construction teams.


Eric Schimelpfenig
Founder, SketchThis.net



Eric Schimelpfenig is the founder of SketchThis.net. Eric has utilized 3D technology throughout his career. He has taken pencil and paper operations and converted them to 3D, worked with Google on Sketchup’s development, created 3D content for companies large and small, and taught Sketchup to countless students all over the country.

He is also an active columnist in Kitchen & Bath Design News,  often being hired to teach Sketchup, and speak on emerging technologies for the design field.


Manuel Luis Villanueva
Supervising Designer, Bechtel Corporation



Manuel Villanueva served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for 5 years. He has a degree in Process Piping Design and currently works in Houston Texas at Bechtel Oil Gas & Chemicals (OG&C) as a Sr. Structural Designer with 16 years of experience. He has worked as a detailer, structural designer, construction, project manager, project lead, and is currently working in the innovation department. Manuel has worked in industries such as tanks, oil and gas, mining, and nuclear. His experience also includes working on projects ranging from $5000 to $30 billion. He is currently working with Bechtel engineering and construction teams creating BIM harmonization. By applying his knowledge and using tools such as Tekla, he is helping to build self-detailing AI based on codes, rules and constructibility. He has been employing databases such as SQL and Graph, building internal apps, and standalone desktop applications by utilizing their API to help streamline the process between man and machine.


Jon Antevy
Co-Founder, e-Builder, Inc.



Jon Antevy is a recognized leader in the field of construction program management software. In 1994, following the completion of his master’s thesis research on multimedia and internet applications for the construction industry, Jon launched e-Builder. Before founding e-Builder, Jon spent his summers working for several construction companies as a pre-construction services specialist.

In 1995, Jon was nominated by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year for his work to move practical construction applications onto the web for the first time. In October 2012, Jon was awarded the Construction Writer’s Association most prestigious honor, the Silver Hard Hat Award. Since the inception of the University of Florida Gator 100 in 2015, e-Builder has made the list each year as one of the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world.  In 2019 Jon helped launch the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning Entrepreneurship Club in an effort to share best practices and lessons learned with the next generation of construction professionals.

In 2018, Trimble acquired e-Builder for $500 million to accelerate the industry transformation by providing an integrated project delivery solution for owners, program managers and contractors across the design, construct and operate lifecycle. 

Jon holds a master’s degree in Construction Management from the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction, and a Bachelor’s degree in Design from the University of Florida.


Juan Aguerrevere
BIM/VDC Manager, Moss and Associates



FIU Alumni with 6 years successfully applying cutting edge building technologies with Moss and Associates participating, collaborating and positively impacting more than 20 projects and counting, Ranging from multifamily high-rise buildings, sports complex, schools, office buildings, train stations, mayor hotels and resorts complex, university dorm complex and more. We are the virtual world construction superintendents.


Harley Martinez
Project Manager, Landmark Custom Homes



Harley, is an FIU graduate from the School of Architecture with a Masters in Landscape Architecture & Environmental Urban Design. After graduating in 2018, Harley acquired a position as a Designer for Gardner + Semler Landscape Architects (GSLA). During his time with GSLA, Harley was essential to the design and renditions of a major project known as the Underline, a 10-mile linear park and urban trail. A combination of both Harley’s design skills and knowledge in 3D Modeling, provided GSLA the edge to compete for the Underline project. Harley and the GSLA team went on to win 3 segments of the project against other local Landscape Architects.

With a strong background in design, real estate, and fabrication Harley, has now pursued a career in construction and more specifically, custom home building. Currently working as a Project Manager for Landmark Custom Homes, a 26,487 SF residence on a 10 acre lot in the heart of South Florida, is the most recent and largest project he has undertaken.

Harley, also devotes time to working with the Cuban-American community in support of a better and more prosperous Cuba through analyzing better methods of construction and housing for the Cuban people on the island.


Steven Gross



Steven Gross holds a B.A. in Architecture and is a former Attraction Designer with Universal Creative in Osaka, Japan and Orlando, Florida, which means he gets to design really fun stuff with SketchUp. He has used SketchUp on attractions such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Skull Island Reign of Kong, Simpsons, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster, Race Through New York With Jimmy Fallon and Transformers: The Ride 3D


Andrew Cortes
Field Solutions Engineer 



Andrew has almost 10 years of experience in land surveying with Biscayne Engineering in Miami. Beginning as a rodman, he worked his way up the ranks while learning the fundamental concepts of surveying and geomatics. This experience and tutelage under some of the best and longest-standing surveyors in South Florida has led him now to an exciting career in building construction, where he currently serves as a field solutions engineer for BuildingPoint Florida helping to lead the charge in incorporating the latest and most advanced technologies Trimble has to offer into the building construction world.