Global Speakers


Christopher Taylor

Client Delivery Executive


Christopher is a senior information technology global executive and consultant with 25+ years of expertise in IT management, strategy, advisory, business processes design, technical design, solution architecture, technology operations and continuous improvement. He is responsible for leading client technology programs, developing and delivering businesses driven outcomes for Hatch’s clients. Christopher seeks the best methodologies and tools to deliver the best possible outcomes leveraging technologies, systems, work processes and collaborative approaches for client projects.

Topic: Digital Transformation: How Disruption Is Delivering Gain For BHP’s Newest Mine



Rittick Borah

Senior GIS Consultant


Rittick is a Senior GIS Analyst with over eleven years of experience working on projects related to environmental impact assessment, ecology, transport infrastructure, urban development, surveying, and multi hazard risk assessment. Having worked across a diverse range of projects, Rittick has gained extensive experience and proficiency in GIS-BIM integration, Common Data Environment implementation, spatial analysis, modelling, satellite data processing and customized GIS application development.

Topic: Linking The Dots Together For A Common Data Environment In Delivering Infrastructure Projects



Steve Fiorio

Principal (Digital Engineering)

EIC Activities - Member of CIMIC Group

Topic: CIMIC Group: Leveraging Technologies Across Diverse Construction Projects

EIC Activities


Luke Carvell

Digital Engineering Manager


Luke brings 16 years’ experience in a range of multi-discipline projects across various market segments in Australia and worldwide. From multi-billion dollar infrastructure programs to modularisation for offshore fabrication. Luke has a real focus on strategic implementation of Digital Engineering, identifying what the project or client’s specific requirements entail, spanning from BIM in Design and Construct, GIS, Stakeholder engagement, Operational and Asset information Model delivery. Luke has lead the implementation of Digital Engineering solutions across organisations and actively promotes engagement and communication with supply chain for successful delivery. He also works with clients to help define the information requirements for their operations and business requirements.

Topic: Southern Program Alliance Case Study: Digital Design To Digital Construct



James Black

Digital Practice Leader (Technical Director)


Topic: Aurecon: International Best Practices In Large Scale Infrastructure Design And Development With Digital Engineering



Sylvain Emeric

Digital Innovation Advisory Service Lead

GHD Digital

Sylvain Emeric is the Digital Innovation Advisory Lead at GHD, a global professional services firm with 10,000+ people and 200 offices worldwide. He specialises in digital and innovation strategy, innovation ecosystems, customer experience, service design, digital transformation and design thinking.

Sylvain has close to 10 years’ experience delivering innovation strategies and programs of work which have resulted in new products, services, experiences or capabilities for Tier one clients across several industries including Utilities, Energy, Banking, Transport & Logistic, Education and Government.

Prior to GHD, Sylvain was the digital customer experience lead at Capgemini Invent, where he focused on customer experience, corporate innovation and digital transformation. He also co-founded the design thinking practice at Capgemini Australia.

Sylvain holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon (France) and a Masters in Business from HEC Paris. He also completed an Executive Certificate on Strategy & Innovation at the MIT.

Topic: Human Centered Engineering: The New Engineering Discipline Of The 21st Century?

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Holger de Groot

National Director of BIM


Holger re-joined HDR in 2017 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Building Information Management and Project Management to the Design Technology Leadership Team. As National Director of BIM for the Australian region, his role is to supervise and guide Digital Practice Leaders at HDR. He is responsible for implementing and advising leadership on the corporate Digital Practice BIM Strategy, interacting with various disciplines and advising on BIM matters at all levels.

Holger is also a sessional lecturer at the University of New South Wales, registered at the Institute of Architects (#20262) in Germany (AKNDS), certified professional with BIMcreds (BIM Fundamentals: Design – Managerial Role), and a sought-after author and speaker at BIM related conferences. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Auckland, and has also studied at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover.

Topic: Using BIM (Digital Engineering) To De-Risk And Improve The Entire Project Lifecycle Management 



Marina Villanueva Diaz

Digital Engineering Technical Director

Jacobs Engineering

Topic: How Digital Engineering Enables End To End Visualization, Modeling And Construction Of Complex Infrastructure Projects



Paul Stanton

Principal/Technical Director


Paul has nearly 40 years’ built environment experience (architecture, surveying, and transport planning), the last 20 holding senior management positions advising numerous high profile public and private sector clients across the UK, Middle East, and most recently Australasia. He holds degrees in computer science and geospatial science, as well as a research degree from the University of Cambridge in interdisciplinary design for the built environment. In addition Paul has charterships in transport and logistics, computer science, and GIS.

His professional portfolio covers the full development lifecycle from national and regional spatial frameworks, to state-wide and metropolitan transport policies, optioneering of new urban Public Transport systems, capital funding applications, neighbourhood public realm improvements, and project delivery on site.

Paul is passionate about urban sustainability and devoted to helping achieve balanced social outcomes within the challenging growth agenda. For the last two decades he has championed the use of data modelling and visualization tools to achieve greater efficiency, to increase the transparency and usability of large and complex data sources, to increase client engagement, and to stimulate innovation at all stages of the design process.

He is currently developing a new decision support framework that unites social equity and prosperity goals with the latest science on planetary boundaries and advances in digital engineering technologies.

Topic: Improving Sustainability And Reducing Wastes In Construction With Digital Engineering



Dean James

Digital Engineering Manager


Dean forms up the Digital Engineering Management team at Lendlease Building, Applied Insight. As a certified BIM Project Manager (RICS) he brings with him over 15 years of proven experience from the professional consulting engineering sector within Australia. He has designed building services specifically HVAC, managed multi-state departments at a national level and created Digital Engineering Initiatives such as, setting up specialised BIM/Digital Engineering sections whilst working at Cardno ITC and JHA to embrace & address the “Great Digital Change” within the construction industry.

Dean has previously presented at events as an invited speaker such as Autodesk University, BIMMEPAus Construction Innovation Forum, Australian Institute of Hotel Engineers, as a panellist for last year’s Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit discussing planning & designing the skyscrapers of the future through digital engineering means and most recently at this year’s Sydney Build 2019 Expo.

Dean currently sits on the Sydney Build Expo Advisory Board as an invited advisor for the upcoming Sydney Build 2020 Expo sharing his expertise where he can. His current hardened focus is to help bring the digital smarts from within the office and into the hands of the on-site construction teams. Predicting, pre-empting and preventing design coordination issues in the field by way of leveraging technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) on remote devices and/or Virtual Reality (VR) within the design coordination meetings as “Work as Usual” processes will be his 2019 goal.

Topic: Digital Engineering, From Single Point Of Truth To A Digital Ecosystem And What That Means For On-Site Teams



John Gude

Senior Principal - Digital Engineering & Rail


Topic: The Digital Divide And Our Interactive Future?



Jacyl Shaw

Global Practice Director - Digital Innovation, GHD Digital


Topic: Panel: Overcoming Interoperability, Legacy Issues, Systems Integration And Common Data Set Challenges In Digital Engineering



Mark Cook

Technical Director


Topic: How Digital Twins And Asset Virtualization Allows Engineers To Predict Performance Of Design And More Accurate Analysis With A Virtual Replica Of The Real-World System



Simon Vaux

Director Digital Engineering

Transport for NSW

Simon is a chartered civil engineer with 19 years’ experience managing the delivery of transport infrastructure, having worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the UK. Since joining Transport for NSW in 2007, Simon has been responsible for the engineering of numerous major transport projects in and around Sydney. He is currently Director Digital Engineering at Transport for NSW and is leading the agency-wide strategy to drive innovation and new technologies in the construction sector. Simon is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers NSW Committee and an active promoter of civil and digital engineering.

Topic: Keynote: Strategic Digital Engineering To Transform Infrastructure

Transport for NSW


Eli Walter

Technical Director

Bechtel Corporation

Topic: Planning For The Upside: Overcoming The Challenges Of BIM Execution On Major Infrastructure Projects



Nicolas Renaudeau

Digital Engineering Manager

North East Link Project

Topic: How Is The North East Link Project Planning To Use Digital Engineering

North East Link


Anthony Roe

Head of Digital & Innovation

Downer-Mining, Energy & Industrial

Anthony is the Head of Digital Technology and Innovation in the Mining, Energy and Industrial division of Downer Group.

He leads the Digital Technology Acceleration Program implementing Asset Data Services, Digital Asset Visualization, Data Science, AI, Digital Transformation and Operationalization of Digital Technology Service lines.

Anthony joined Downer Group following a 17-year global career in digital technology and 15 year Industrial career in the Oil & Gas, Mining and Power Generation Industries. In a decade long career at IBM he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe before spending the last 4 years in Australia as a “thought leader” in Industrial Artificial Intelligence and Analytics.

Topic: Downer Case Study: How Digital Engineering Is Leveraged Across Entire Project Lifecycle At Downer From Engineering Design To Asset Virtualization, Construction And Maintenance



Christian Skinner

Digital Futures – Product Lead, Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O'Rourke

Christian joined the Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group (EnExG) in 2018 and is currently leading the Digital Futures Team, responsible for developing tech solutions and products to drive construction industry’s productivity imperative. Before joining EnExG, Christian worked at the diversified resources company, BHP Billiton, where he led design and technology-focussed business transformation initiatives across engineering, strategy, and management roles.

Topics: Automate The Boring: How AI, Lasers, And Digital Twins Are Transforming The Digital Engineering Workflow

Laing Orourke


Belinda Hodkinson

Strategic Digital Engineering Lead

SMEC (Subsidiary of Jurong Surbana)

As a market leader, Belinda Hodkinson offers thought provoking views on the future of Digital Delivery, Digital Transformation Strategy, and the prospects of what going digital truly means to an enterprise.

Belinda is the Digital Engineering Strategy Lead for SMEC.  She is driving SMEC, and being sought out by their clients, to harness the value of digital technologies to optimize business performance and develop new markets. Her 20 years of implementing enterprise-wide solutions, has developed a specialized expertise in business, culture, and the integration of new digital services.

With a unique background spanning across many market sectors, she delivers transformational change in strategy, organizational capability and optimization, leadership development and overall business transformation. The diversity of Belinda’s work spans across many industries including, among others, Buildings, Infrastructure, Utilities and Smart Cities.

Belinda volunteers and leads many industry groups world-wide. She presents at events and conferences as well as conducting closed door thought leadership initiatives with industry and government. Her passion is to improve the productivity of the AECO industries, to enable a sustainable future for business and the environment.

Topic: Digital Engineering – From Data Chaos To Data Intelligence: How Digital Engineering Is Transforming And Closing The Loop On Whole-Of-Life Design



Andrew Harris

Director, Technical Futures & Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O'Rourke

Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.

Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a.

Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).

Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.

Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision.

He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.

Topic: The Future Of Construction With Digital Engineering

Laing Orourke