Global Speakers


Ibrahim Thanawalla



Ibrahim Thanawalla (Sydney, Australia) is a Director at Cadgroup Australia Pty Ltd, a 30 years old design technology specialist company. Ibrahim completed his education in Architecture from India and holds a Masters Degree in Design Science (Computing) from University of Sydney.

Tru-Steel was one of the business ventures where he had successfully implemented modular steel framing solution in the year 2000 in the USA, in addition to many custom CAD applications software designs for customers to his credit.

One of the very early adopter of BIM, Ibrahim has trained and assisted clients in adoption and implementation of Revit and various other Autodesk technology solutions.

With over 35 years of experience in multiple areas within Architecture, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing application development, he is currently concentrating on BIM data exchange and management solutions for construction.

Topic: Digital Engineering & Design Technology



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.


  • Digital Transformation: How Disruption Is Delivering Gain For BHP’s Newest Mine
  • Interactive Roundtable Discussion: Guidelines For Success In Digital Transformation



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



Liam Corscadden

Digital Engineering Lead - Urban Development & Regeneration


As an Arcadis Digital Engineering Lead, Liam Corscadden brings over 18 years’ design experience across urban development, industrial, and retail projects. Liam is driving the development, implementation and adoption of digital engineering best practice on major urban development projects across New South Wales and Australia.

Topic: Interactive Roundtable: Digital Engineering In Urban Development And Regeneration



Catherine Pepper

Smart Technology Solutions Lead – Smart Cities, Precincts and Buildings

GHD Digital

Catherine Pepper is a wise and trusted smart cities and places leader with over 15 years’ industry experience in practical application of technology for stakeholder outcomes. She combines a passion for digital solution delivery with exceptional skills in the strategic management of built and natural environments from the individual property to the landscape scale. Catherine has held leadership roles in software start-up, consultancy and local government contexts and currently works as Smart Cities and Places Lead at GHD Digital. Catherine excels as a translator between technologists and end users, bringing together stakeholders from multiple organisations and disciplines to solve complex problems. Her expertise encompasses strategic and operational planning and review, project and program management, software solution delivery, process improvement and digitalisation, use of smart technology to deliver sustainability and liveability outcomes and operational management of environmental, engineering and software development teams.

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

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Nicholas Smith


Nick co-founded in 2012 and operated as Chief Pilot for 4 years. Nick was instrumental in building new products and services as well as identifying valuable projects and building profitable partnerships with other organisations. Nick has extensive experience in technology services, hardware, drones, sales, marketing and strategic business development and has proven his ability to lead and operate a diverse, geographically dispersed technical and operational team.

Topic: Data Capture With Drones: How Drones Are Changing The Way We Design & Deliver

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Jorge Martin Gistau

Project Manager for Regional Rail Project

Transport for NSW

Jorge is a versatile Project-Manager, who has embraced and promoted innovation to deliver projects within the Rail Industry, positively impacting society.

Having worked successfully in both the public and private sectors in Australia, Spain, England and Germany. Jorge has extensive experience executing and managing international rolling stock projects. Developing his extensive skillset through his experience as an industrial Engineer, Project Manager and Supply Chain manager, Jorge delivers innovative and effective engineering solutions.

Jorge is currently managing multiple aspects of the Regional Rail Fleet Project, which will deliver a new regional fleet to Transport for NSW. Jorge is an active promoter of innovation, and will present how drone technology was used to capture data for Transport for NSW.

Topic: Data Capture With Drones: How Drones Are Changing The Way We Design & Deliver

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Steve Fiorio

Principal (Digital Engineering)

EIC Activities - Member of CIMIC Group

Topic: CIMIC Group: Leveraging Technologies Across Diverse Construction Projects

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James Black

Digital Practice Leader (Technical Director)


With over two decades in the AEC industry, leading teams and managing large volumes of information and data, James has seen a significant shift in the way information is managed and delivered on projects. As a digital leader within Aurecon’s Engineering and Infrastructure Advisory business, he is passionate about planning and implementing digital initiatives and is driven by the realisation that individuals have when they can connect digital change to their core business and skills.

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.


  • Using BIM (Digital Engineering) To De-Risk And Improve The Entire Project Lifecycle Management 
  • Panel: Overcoming Interoperability, Legacy Issues, Systems Integration And Common Data Set Challenges In Digital Engineering



Marina Villanueva Diaz

Digital Engineering Technical Director

Jacobs Engineering

Providing a strategic transformational vision to the business and helping teams in Built Environment make a better use of information and technology, Marina is a qualified architect and a specialist in computational design and parametric architecture. She is passionate about technology and digital processes, with extensive experience in BIM management, parametric design and scripting.

As a Technical Director for Digital Engineering for Built Environment in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region, she is a member of the leadership team working with customers and design teams to leverage the use of design, construction and asset data. Previously, she led the digital engineering implementation across Jacobs offices in the UK and Europe.

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



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


John is highly experienced in project delivery using Digital Engineering for Rail Design coordinating global teams of engineering excellence over the last 25+ years. His unique experience allows him to see the bigger picture providing businesses with clear and implementable solutions in Digital Engineering and project delivery using collaborative working patterns.

John has recently produced ANZ Digital Engineering business strategies for WSP in Australia and the required implementation plans to support the global strategy developments for 2019-2021.

Johns skill set has been applied within WSP’s ANZ Business but also on major projects across the world, examples are, Kings Cross Station Redevelopment (UK), Peterborough Station Upgrade (UK), Old Oak Common Depot Electrification (UK), Melbourne Metro, Metroconnex, Paramata Light Rail.

Having led Digital Engineering and Rail Systems teams internationally John has recently brought that experience to WSP working with LXRA, Gawler, Metronet and other projects where implementation of digital architecture, coordination and delivery is required. Utilizing strengths across business lines and providing global coordination for delivery Johns proven delivery methodologies are being implemented for Digital Engineering within many projects.

John is known as thinking outside the normal bounds and has implemented business change working with CEO’s, CDO, and other Directors from Quality to financial and beyond at a global level for Rail Design Delivery.

Topic: The Digital Divide In Rail



Jacyl Shaw

Global Practice Director - Digital Innovation, GHD Digital


With over 20 years’ experience delivering innovation and consulting programs, projects and services with multi-sectoral clients from higher education, industry, start-ups, accelerator hubs, government and research agencies, Jacyl is the Global Director of GHD Digital’s D- LAB. GHD is a global professional services firm with 10,000+ people and 200 offices worldwide.

Jacyl has a BA, LLB and LLM and a Masters of Enterprise and sits on several boards. She is the 2018 recipient of a scholarship from Chief Executive Women and the Harvard Club of Australia to participate in an executive education program about ‘The Future of Work in the Digital Age’, delivered by Harvard Business School.

Jacyl creates and delivers new value creation initiatives and ways to foster “innovative and creative” thinking and doing. At GHD, she executes upon a corporate digital innovation strategy that includes Smart Seeds an award-winning global innovation program for clients, stakeholders and communities across 15 + cities worldwide.

Prior to GHD, Jacyl was Director Engagement at Melbourne Connect- a capital and cultural transformation project creating an innovation district on the former Royal Women’s Hospital site. She has been a corporate lawyer, Supreme Court Judges Associate, worked abroad and founded several start-ups.

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



Mark Cook

Technical Director


Mark is an achievement-driven executive with a business intellect aspiring to ensure all targets, values and objectives are upheld while effecting positive change initiatives, including workplace cultures and commercially sound practices.

Mark has broad-ranging strengths and knowledge lead in building electrical systems and energy – utility infrastructure. His portfolio encompasses the Infrastructure, Aviation, Defence, Healthcare, Scientific Research, Educational, Media and Cultural industry sectors.

His design approach is sustainable, deliverable and innovative while retaining the client focus required within the challenging and changing environment. His management experience focuses on the integrated project delivery process with leadership, communication and improved benchmarking enhancing a proactive team culture.

Topic: Unifying Digital Engineering Design And Modelling



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.


  • Keynote: Strategic Digital Engineering To Transform Infrastructure
  • Panel: Overcoming Interoperability, Legacy Issues, Systems Integration And Common Data Set Challenges In Digital Engineering

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Eli Walter

Definition Services Lead, Western Sydney Airport

Bechtel Corporation

Eli leads the Project Manager (Definition) team at Bechtel’s Western Sydney Airport Project, a new $5.3bn AUS greenfield airport. Eli and his team assist Western Sydney Airport with the formation of design, technical and business requirements to enable the procurement of main works construction packages for the airport.

Eli is a licensed architect and has managed design and engineering on projects worldwide. His experience spans a variety of contract types and delivery models, and has focused on major airports, rail terminals and transportation infrastructure. Prior to Western Sydney Airport, he served as the Technical Director at Bechtel’s Muscat International Airport Project, leading the engineering team in the design and construction of the new passenger terminal complex. He has led digital engineering teams throughout the project lifecycle and focuses on integrated engineering automation and construction.

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



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

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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



Shaun Webster

Digital Engineering Lead

Laing O'Rourke

Shaun joined the Laing O’Rourke in 2018 and is currently the Digital Engineering Lead for Sydney Metro Projects.  He is responsible for delivering on Sydney Metro Digital Engineering requirements and implementing a consistent standard of digital and information management to drive productivity and digital enablement.

Before joining Laing O’Rourke, Shaun has worked on the client side at Transport for London as part of the core BIM team delivering the digital frame work and the first iteration of the Common Data Environment to projects and programmes.   He is passionate about the implementation of a consistent approach to data management enabling clear, consistent data outcomes for all areas of the construction industry

Topic: The Future Of Construction With Digital Engineering

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