Shilin Qiu

Associate Project Manager

At AOA, Shilin has been working alongside Walt Disney Imagineering on developing the first Mickey-themed ride at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

She started her career in the construction and themed entertainment industries with Bureau Veritas on Shanghai Disneyland. In Shanghai, she had the opportunity to assist the Tomorrowland team in managing interior construction, logistics planning, quality control, and safety. Prior to joining AOA, she was with Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI). Having been involved in different projects during her time at WDI, Shilin has gained experience in bidding, contracts, logistics coordination, and BIM coordination. In addition to project-specific tasks, she championed the effort of updating the Disney Master Construction Specifications for upcoming projects.

Previously specializing in Structural Engineering, Shilin also has industry experience in precast/ prestressed concrete design and has supported the structural design for various parking structures in the U.S. At her current role, Shilin strives to bridge the gaps between design and construction. Her thorough understanding of the complexity and intricacies of Show and Ride, along with a solid background in Engineering, enables her to effectively identify clients’ needs in each division of work, understand the design intents, and distil the information into straightforward directions for builders. Well-versed in Building Information Modeling (BIM), Shilin is proficient in tools such as BIM 360 Glue, Navisworks, BIM 360 Field, and has been utilizing advantages of the technology to perform interdisciplinary coordination, conflict resolution, and scheduling of activities. Due to her heavy involvement in multidisciplinary coordination, she has obtained a working knowledge of low voltage electrical, facility electrical, and life safety systems. Additionally, she performs change management responsibilities for facility construction. In this process, she assists clients in understanding the cost and schedule impacts of changes, drafts scope documents and contract directives, reviews and negotiates proposals, and oversees the execution of changes in the field. Her other responsibilities include managing the quality control program, field supervision, field conflict resolution, reviewing submittals and shop drawings, sequence coordination, and so on.

Shilin received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois, both in Civil Engineering. She is a certified Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and is working toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer. She speaks English (native/bilingual), Mandarin Chinese (native/bilingual), Teochew Chinese (native), and Cantonese (fluent).

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