Global Speakers


Andrew Harris

Director, Technical Futures & Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O'Rourke

Topic: The Future Of Construction With Digital Engineering

Laing Orourke


Belinda Hodkinson

Strategic Digital Engineering Lead

SMEC (Subsidiary of Jurong Surbana)

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



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


Anthony Roe

Head of Digital & Innovation

Downer-Mining, Energy & Industrial

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



Nicolas Renaudeau

Digital Engineering Lead

Fulton Hogan

Topic: How Fulton Hogan Is Utilising Digital Engineering And Virtual 3D Modelling To Improve Construction Delivery And Outcomes

Fulton Hogan


Eli Walter

Technical Director

Bechtel Corporation

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



Simon Vaux

Director Digital Engineering

Transport for NSW

Topic: Keynote: Strategic Digital Engineering To Transform Infrastructure

Transport for NSW


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



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



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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John Gude

Senior Principal - Digital Engineering & Rail


Topic: The Digital Divide And Our Interactive Future?



Hester De Wet

Digital Leader – Energy, Resources & Manufacturing


Hester is a chartered electrical engineer with industry experience ranging from Mining, TS&D, Renewable Energy, Civil Aerospace to Construction, having worked in countries across the world with a focus on project management, design management, business strategy and innovation across the complete system lifecycle from research and product development to on-site project delivery.

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



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



Tim Mumford

Senior Project Manager

Office of Project Victoria

Topic: Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) – Victoria’s Digital Engineering Approach For Infrastructure

Office of Project Victoria


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



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