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JMC2 Achieves Extreme Engineering with Bentley’s CONNECT Edition
An Interview with Year in Infrastructure Award Finalist JMC2 Civil Engineering + Surveying on Heaven Sent Project


One of the best things about attending Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) Conference is the people and the projects you get to learn about; besides of course, going to places like the UK, Amsterdam, and Singapore.

Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference highlights the “best of” projects in infrastructure, and we always come across some really cool companies doing the unthinkable with design technology.

One of the outstanding companies that caught our attention at last year’s YII in Singapore is JMC2 Engineering + Surveying from San Pedro, California.

We recently caught up with the CEO and president of JMC2, John Cruikshank PE, F.ASCE, to discuss his YII project, “Heaven Sent,” and the company’s use of Bentley products.



“I have been a civil engineer for more than 25 years and never heard this question before,” he said. “Will you help design and build a huge slide to catch a skydiver jumping from an airplane from 25,000 feet without a parachute?”- John Cruikshank, JMC2


Founded by Cruikshank in 1996, the company consists of 25 employees and primarily specializes in civil engineering and surveying.

Cruikshank is a third generation southern California native, who grew up in the Los Angeles area.

He’s been using Bentley Systems software since after college, where he received his bachelor’s degree in building science at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture.

“I started using Bentley products right out of college in ‘88, so around 30 years ago. We started using MicroStation at JMC2. It’s such a great product,” said Cruikshank.

The company has mainly used MicroStation for rendering, ContextCapture for UAV surveying work, and MicroStation CONNECT Edition for construction documents.

Thanks to Bentley products, JMC2 has added structural engineering services and a new niche its calling “extreme engineering,” since being asked to provide the landing site for a 25,000-foot sky dive for a Stride gum commercial.

“I have been a civil engineer for more than 25 years and never heard this question before,” he said. “Will you help design and build a huge slide to catch a skydiver jumping from an airplane from 25,000 feet without a parachute?”

In 2014, Cruikshank received a call from a grade-school buddy named Chris Talley about the project, and that’s where the story of Heaven Sent began.

A few years later, Cruikshank entered Heaven Sent into the 2017 Year in Infrastructure Awards, formerly the Be Inspired Awards, that took place in Singapore, where the company was a finalist in the BIM Advancements in Construction category.


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Published 2018-10-10 00:00:00