Global Speakers

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Anthony Roe

Former Head of Digital Technology & Innovation / Cognitive Enterprise Strategy Manager

Downer / IBM

Summit Chairperson

Topic:

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Project Planning, Management, Digital Engineering & Possible Solutions

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Anthony in an Industrial Technologist and the Lead for Enterprise Strategy in the Industrial Sector for IBM. He is a Certified Mechanical and Production Engineer and hold a BSc in Environmental Engineering.

Anthony has held a number of senior executive roles in the field of Digital Technology including “Head of Digital Technology and Innovation” for Downer Group and Business Unit Executive for Asset Management for Europe at IBM.

His passion is to drive collaboration for the transformation of Digital Technology across Industry, specifically the Oil and Gas and Mining Industries.

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Bob Hennessy

Founder

Aligned Equity (Former Chief Information Officer, Lendlease)

Topic:

The Role Of Digital Engineering In The Disruption Ahead

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Colin Dominish

Regional Director, Southern Hemisphere

GHD Digital

Topic:

Delivering Digital Engineering Successfully: Implementations By Leading EPCs

  • Building Digital Resilience In The Post-COVID Era – The Case Study Of GHD

GHD

Colin is the Regional Director, Southern Hemisphere for GHD Digital. Colin and his team focus on bringing the best value digital solutions and expertise from across GHD globally and applying them to local projects. This involves closely monitoring policy and implementation by federal, state and local government, and private enterprise, in the planning, design, construction and operations of infrastructure assets. His team are engaged in delivering large projects that are reshaping Australia, using digital transformation to enhance the customer experience and increase the operational efficiency of infrastructure assets.

Based in Sydney, Colin has more than 30 years’ experience in general management, project leadership, business development, client relationship management and delivering strategic outcomes across multiple continents and industries. As a strategic thinker and planner, Colin enjoys working together with clients to deliver lasting community benefit. He is passionate about leading change initiatives that improve client service, especially where they rely on enhanced employee diversity, empowerment and satisfaction.

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David Francis

CEO

Virtual Method

Topic:

Case Study: Using AR/VR For The Digital Twin Design Of A Lendlease Project

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Based out of Barangaroo, Sydney, David has been at the forefront of consumer-facing and operational augmented and virtual reality since 2011. Working with Daqri initially and securing a number of their first major campaigns, he then founded the first dedicated AR/VR division within Australia’s largest print group in 2013. In 2016, he co-founded Virtual Method with WIARVR’s Carli Johnston, was additionally retained as the regional Sales Director for Zappar, and was also engaged to build the market in ANZ for RealWear industrial wearables in its first 2 years of operation in the region. 

His company, Virtual Method, is an official Oculus for Business preferred-ISV and an HPE OEM Partner. 

David has been a keynote speaker around Australia, Europe and across Asia, and is widely considered a thought-leader on the application of AR/VR to the enterprise across a number of industries. He is equally comfortable advising and ideating with marketing executives around Customer Experience and media channels, as he is with problem-solving workflows, site-safety procedures and integrating into an ERP or DCS with Heads of Mechanical Engineering and ICT.

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Stewart Bird

Digital Futures Leader

Aurecon

Topic:

Zero Marginal Cost Economics In Digital Engineering

Aurecon

Stewart leads Aurecon’s Digital Futures team, the organization’s digital innovation group, who’s focus is on understanding and utilizing advancements in digital technology.  

Digital Futures actively explores emerging digital technologies and trends to understand how they are likely to impact Aurecon, our clients and the community. The team’s research and innovation initiatives are designed to ensuring Aurecon and our clients anticipate change and have the means to respond and adapt effectively.

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Jarrad Mounser

Head Surveyor & Drone Pilot

Airsight

Topic:

How Drones Are Used To Ensure Infrastructure Integrity In Aerial Surveys

  • Next-Generation Aerial Survey Systems In Action, With Case Studies

Airsight

Jarrad is the survey manager for Airsight Australia. A passionate surveyor given the opportunity to apply UAV based and ground based emerging survey technologies to create real world innovative geospatial solutions.

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Holger de Groot

CEO & Founder

Pansanté Consulting

Topic:

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Project Planning, Management, Digital Engineering & Possible Solutions

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Holger is the CEO and Founder of Pansanté Australia (trading as Pansanté Consulting), offering independent BIM and Digital Engineering consultancy services to the AECO industry. Pansanté Australia is specialised in providing solutions for companies to reduce risks and errors while increasing efficiency and productivity. Holger has previously led the BIM implementation while employed at HDR as their National Director of BIM for the Australian region, and at Grimshaw Architects as their Office BIM Manager for the Sydney studio. At both, he was responsible for interacting with various disciplines and advising on BIM matters at all levels. Holger is not only passionate about the implementation of BIM in the design and documentation phase, but he also has a strong link to the Digital Engineering side of projects, having participated in and managed projects in a variety of roles in Australasia and Europe. Holger is also a Sessional Lecturer at the University of NSW, Vice Chairperson at buildingSMART Australasia, registered with the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony (#020262) in Germany, certified BIM Manager with BIMcreds, and a sought-after author and speaker.

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Florentina Mihai

Manager Route Planning

Main Roads Western Australia

Topic:

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Project Planning, Management, Digital Engineering & Possible Solutions

Main Roads Western Australia

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Gert van Aswegen

National Digital Engineering Manager

Fulton Hogan

Topic:

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Project Planning, Management, Digital Engineering & Possible Solutions

Fulton Hogan

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Clive Parsons

Director, Digital Construction Office

Mirvac

Topic:

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Project Planning, Management, Digital Engineering & Possible Solutions

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After backing around Europe and Asia for 10 years, Clive belatedly started his Technology career in 1989 as a trainee systems analyst at P&O Containers. After 14 years at P&O (later P&ONedllod) Clive had led Global Architecture, APAC business systems, Global Finance Systems, APAC Data Centres and off-shore development centres. He then moved to Coffey as their Global CIO and from there to News Corp to head the Technology Transformation. Recently, Clive joined Mirvac as Director for Digital Construction, bringing his broad enterprise technology and digital transformation experience to bear to help Mirvac Construction exploit digital technologies in Construction.

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Teresa Scott

Executive Director

The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council

Topic:

Panel Discussion: Challenges in Project Planning, Management, Digital Engineering & Possible Solutions

The Australasian

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Jacob Simpson

Program Manager

Downer Group

Topic:

Digital Engineering Evolution & Advances: From Point(s) Of Truth To A Digital Ecosystem And What That Means For On-Site Teams

Downer Group

Jacob has experience in managing very large and complex commercial projects, including specialist major projects such as the Joan Sutherland Theatre (JST) and Concert Hall (CH) upgrades for the Sydney Opera House (SOH). This is further supported by Jacob’s dedication to enhancing his project management capabilities, knowledge and skill set, as evidenced by his award of MSc in Project Management (with Distinction) and active membership in three separate project management professional associations/institutes (AIPM,APM&PMI).

Jacob also has experience in senior management, having been responsible for researching, strategizing, funding, developing, governing and managing a portfolio of digital technology and innovation projects at a divisional level across multiple business units.Mega-trends included throughout his portfolio include:

  • DAVI (evolution of BIM)
  • Systems of Engagement (i.e. industrial mobile apps)
  • Systems of Intelligence (i.e. data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence)
  • Systems of Record (i.e. IBM Maximo, Oracle Aconex)
  • Insights (i.e. business intelligence, Power BI)
  • Digital Assets (i.e. wearables, autonomous UAV systems)
  • Dynamic Data (i.e. IoT, remote sensors, drone data)
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Aram Odesh

BIM Lead

Downer Group

Topic:

Digital Engineering Evolution & Advances: From Point(s) Of Truth To A Digital Ecosystem And What That Means For On-Site Teams

Downer Group

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Chris Staring

Virtual Moreland Smart City Developer

Moreland Council

Topic:

How Digital Twinning, IoT, Digital Transformation Enabled Better City Planning And Design Decisions

  • The Virtual Moreland Project

Moreland Council

Chris’s career began with digital campaigns, activations and projects for award winning agencies and global clients including Disney, Pixar, Sega and Vodafone. As mixed reality technology began to mature, Chris recognized its potential to disrupt and enhance a range of professional fields from Architecture to Education. With expertise in 3D modeling, animation, photogrammetry, volumetric film and game development he transitioned to VR and AR development.

Currently as Moreland City Council’s Virtual Moreland Officer, Chris is exploring and adapting technology in new and exciting ways, helping to envisage and shape the rapidly changing urban landscape using mixed reality tools. He is responsible for the maintenance and development of Moreland’s Virtual Moreland Project, using AR and VR tools to increase community engagement and project transparency. These new tools assist with urban planning and assessments, enabling Council to make more informed and efficient decisions.

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Dr. Christian Derix

Director of SUPERSPACE Design Research Principal

Woods Bagot

Topic:

Using Data Science And Computational Planning For Urban And Community Impact Planning

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As an early pioneer in computational design and data-driven planning, Derix has founded three global R&D and consultancy groups: the Computational Design Research group at Aedas in 2004, SUPERSPACE at Woods Bagot in 2014 and Urban Systems at Era-co in 2019. In 2020 he set up his own strategic consultancy and client advisory founded on his 20 years expertise for smart urban planning, socio-spatial analytics, impact assessment and data science in the built environment.

Christian’s teams have won multiple awards for design projects and R&D across multiple scales and the research is persistently state-of-the-art by producing fundamental research in practice and universities. Derix has researched and was professor for 13 years at multiple European universities and published over 40 papers on the subject of ‘people, space and computation’, for which he received a PhD in 2015 from TU Vienna.

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Randy Schwartz

Project Engineering Lead – Western Sydney Airport

Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation

Summit Chairperson

Topic:

More Than Models: How Robust Information Management Enhances Digital Engineering – Case Study Of The Western Sydney Airport

Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation

Randy Schwartz is the Project Engineering Manager for Bechtel as the Delivery Partner on the Western Sydney Airport project, formerly serving as Project Information Manager (PIM) for the project. In his current role he is responsible for design management processes and project management of design activities. As the PIM, Randy was responsible for implementing digital engineering, information systems, and innovation. Functionally, Randy has been responsible for Digital Engineering (BIM), Innovation, Document Control and IS&T. Prior to coming to Australia, Randy has held various strategic and lead roles in engineering, innovation, business development and human resources.

Randy promotes and lives a culture of sustainability and collaboration in the workplace through his advisory role in the Bechtel’s resilient communities program and previous leadership roles in Employee Resource Groups. Randy holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami (FL). Randy is a licensed Professional Engineer and is certified in Virtual Design & Construction from Stanford University.

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Simon Vaux

Director Digital Engineering, Infrastructure & Place

Transport for NSW

Topic:

Evolution Of Digital Engineering As The Foundation For Smart Infrastructure, With Case Study

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.

Transport for NSW

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Luke Belfield

Director, Asset Strategy and Projects

Office of Projects Victoria

Topics:

  • Victorian Digital Asset Strategy
  • Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

    • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

Luke is an experienced infrastructure professional with over 15 years of experience in policy, technology and business strategy, project management, and organisational and process optimization in asset intensive sectors. Luke has had a diverse background having previously worked in a variety of roles at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, as a management consultant for PwC and EY, as a project manager for a metropolitan based water utility and as an engineer for a large global engineering consultancy in the oil and gas and petrochemical industry. This has included leading multidiscipline teams for large-scale complex infrastructure investments, accountable for delivering and managing multiple concurrent projects from pre-business case development through to operational handover and decommissioning.

Luke leads the team that has been responsible for the development of the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) and is also supporting broader government in its implementation of the ‘Digital Build’.

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Dr Ian Oppermann

Chief Data Scientist / CEO

NSW Government / NSW Data Analytics Centre

Topic:

Digital Twin Technological Advances And Applications In The State Of New South Wales: Perspective From The Chief Data Scientist

Transport for NSW

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Daniel Easter

Digital Engineering Manager Level Crossing Removal Project, Southern Program Alliance

Coleman Rail/Acciona/Metro Trains Melbourne

Topic:

Digital Engineering And IoT Best Practices In The Rail Sector: Case Study Of The Victoria Rail Project
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Daniel is a recognized leader in Digital Engineering and BIM Management, he has 20 years’ experience in a variety of multi-disciplined projects. His career has spanned from projects in Australia, New Zealand, Europe & Asia, from small complex projects to iconic major works.

Daniel’s knowledge of Digital Engineering (DE) is exemplary, and he has provided front-end advisory and strategic road-mapping for clients to understand the value of Digital Engineering lead outcomes. He has delivered projects utilizing several new systems and technologies including; Reality Capture, BIM implementation and delivery, asset life-cycle management, Virtual Reality integration, and design optimization, just to name a few.

Daniel is currently leading the Digital Engineering team at Southern Program Alliance (SPA), where he has applied lean six sigma principals to achieve better sustainable outcomes on this large infrastructure project. Working closely with Level Crossing Removal Authority and other government lead agencies, Daniel and his team are laying the foundations to a digitized construction future.

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Kylie Cochrane

Managing Principal, Communication & Stakeholder Engagement - Australia & New Zealand

Aurecon

Topic:

Human-Centered Design In Engineering And Construction: Using Digital Engineering To Engage With Communities And Stakeholders

Aurecon

 

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Bjorn (Bernie) Bernhardt

RM Surveys

Director/Survey Manager, Construction & HDS

Topic:

Case Study: Innovation In Structural Risk Mitigation

RM Surveys

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Jorge Martin Gistau

Regional Rail Project Manager Rail Delivery, Infrastructure And Place

Transport For NSW

Topic:

Case Study: The Use Of Virtual Reality For The Early Design Of Trains And User Feedback

Transport for NSW

Jorge is a versatile Project-Manager, who has embraced and championed innovation to deliver projects within the Rail Industry to positively impact 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 Project, which will deliver a new regional fleet for Transport for NSW. Jorge is an active promoter of innovation and will present how Virtual Reality technology was used as part of the rolling stock design for Transport for NSW.

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Scott Evans

Senior Project Manager

CAF

Topic:

Case Study: The Use Of Virtual Reality For The Early Design Of Trains And User Feedback

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Russel Vine

Executive Director

Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Topic:

Digital Engineering Implementation And Project DNA In The Cross River Rail Project

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Russ is the Executive Director for Marketing & Communications at Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and was one of the first team members to be appointed by CEO Graeme Newton when Cross River Rail moved into delivery back in May 2017. 

Prior to that Russ was MD of integrated communications agency Ogilvy Brisbane, where he built up significant experience assisting State Government with many of its better known and most successful large-scale community engagement initiatives. 

Currently a member of the Delivery Authority’s Executive Leadership Team, Russ is passionate about telling the Cross River Rail story and in particular, using digital technology to ensure that people have every opportunity to better understand why Cross River Rail is being built, what it entails and what it means for the future of transport in South East Queensland.

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Ola Olubowale

Advisor, Maritime

Viva Energy Australia

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

Viva Energy Australia 

Ola Olubowale is a highly motivated, experienced management professional and aspiring leader. Ola spent over 20 years in the shipping/ maritime industry sailed as Cadet, Ship Master and Marine pilot; worked at ExxonMobil, Shell and other IOCs around the world; as part of terminals management execution team. He was the Head of Bonny Oil and Gas Terminal Marine operation for Shell in West Africa.

Currently he is an advisor for Maritime Business Assurance for Viva Energy Australia with key responsibility of managing maritime business risks, technical issues and marine assurance as Technical Authority. Ola functioned in various maritime industry forums, professional membership activities and board. He is a mentor and coach for young leaders.

Ola holds an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability in Business from University of Cumbria in UK amongst others. He is an Alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Sehon Pellew

Urban Engineering Design Manager

SMEC

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

SMEC

Sehon is the Manager for the Urban Engineering Design team in Melbourne. A key part of the design team’s success can be attributed to the expertise in applying best value digital solutions to deliver small and large scale projects that shape communities. In working with authorities such as local government and water authorities to best implement digital strategies to inform planning, design and construction of infrastructure. 

Sehon has experience in project leadership, business development, client relationship management and change management in adopting new policy and standards. He is an advocate for technical leadership which encompasses driving change to improve project delivery, and to further enhance the capabilities of the team.

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Neil Wypior

Founder & Director/Senior Prefabrication Consultant

Prefab MEP

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

Prefab MEP

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Vargha Zare

Senior Project Manager

GrowthBuilt

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

GrowthBuilt

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Scott McMillan

Innovation Manager/AR Expert

Melbourne Water

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

Melbourne Water

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Stephen Williams

CAD Systems Expert/Manager

SA Power Networks

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

SA Power Networks

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Jonathan Mousdell

Director

H2X Engineering

Topic:

Panel Discussion – Digital Engineering Advances And Applications Across The Many Different Industry Sectors: What Works

  • Short Presentation – Digital Engineering Trends In The Maritime And Ports Sector: Insights On Digital Marine Inspections And Assurance

H2X Engineering

Jonathan is a senior hydraulic engineer and a committee member of the Hydraulic Consultants Association Australasia (HCAA).  Inspired with a passion to improve the industry, he plays a key role as the Chair of the HCAA Water Demand Study, collaborating with international bodies such as CIBSE and locally with the ABCB to update the Australian Standards water pipe sizing methodology. Jonathan has also played an integral part in the development of the revolutionary H2X hydraulic design and calculation software.

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Dr Ali Soofastaei

AI & Data Science Expert/Global Projects Leader

Vale

Topic:

Seminar A: The Strategic Use Of AI And Analytics In Digital Engineering, With Many Case Studies

Vale

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Dr Nathan Kirchner

Special Advisor Robotics/ Founder/ CTO

Laing O’Rourke / Presien

Topic:

Seminar B: Intelligent Assets – Integrating IoT, AI And Robotics To Create Frontline Value & Enable Utilization Optimization

Laing O'Rourke

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Naveen Dath

Director

Cottee Parker

Topic:

Seminar C: The Concept Of Inheritance In BIM – Design Team Focuses On Their Decision Making Process Relative To Design Intent And BIM/DE Team Builds A System That Inherits Multiple Data Sets From A Single Decision

Cottee Parker

As an experienced architect with 25 years’ experience both across Australia and internationally, Naveen is a Director that combines his passion for design with his understanding of large-scale projects to produce high-quality and innovative designs.

With such extensive experience – with large-scale projects like the Bahrain World Trade Centre towers in his portfolio – Naveen enjoys collaborating with a multitude of project stakeholders in order to deliver commercially-viable, innovative and environmentally-driven design solutions. He has an innate ability to understand a project brief and he successfully manages the complexities and challenges that accompany large projects.

Approaching design from a perspective of making the built environment the best it can be for end-users, Naveen is passionate about creating projects that respond to their local context and transform the location into one that will continue to thrive into the future. This can be seen through his involvement in the notable Queen’s Wharf project where Naveen has the opportunity to influence and shape Brisbane into a ‘New World City’.

Driven to continue innovating and exploring new design techniques, Naveen pushes himself to consistently exceed client expectations. This flows onto his passion for fostering and growing a healthy design culture across all of Cottee Parker’s offices. Under Naveen’s guidance, his team are compelled to deliver sustainable, innovative and unique design solutions for all clients.

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Quinton Cooper

BIM & Digital Engineering Expert

Cottee Parker

Topic:

Seminar C: The Concept Of Inheritance In BIM – Design Team Focuses On Their Decision Making Process Relative To Design Intent And BIM/DE Team Builds A System That Inherits Multiple Data Sets From A Single Decision

Cottee Parker

Quinton is a highly qualified and experienced BIM Coordinator, with internationally recognized authority in BIM and Digital Engineering. His experience includes working as a documentation lead and model manager on a diverse range of projects from small scale residences to large scale health, defence and government projects. He has a proven track record in workflow and systems development, having implemented new systems and processes for data management, scheduling, clash detection and issue tracking for various large building companies in Australia.

Quinton is responsible for the development and support of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Digital Engineering systems nationally at Cottee Parker. He is passionate about his work and continually strives to find the most efficient path towards delivering any outcome in the digital space, leveraging technology to provide consistent outcomes and tangible benefits for each client. His focus on aligning technology, process and people to transform the manner in which buildings are designed, built and operated has made him an asset to the team.

Known for his leadership and training skills, Quinton is a highly ranked presenter at national and international technology conferences and has provided training to hundreds of design professionals for over a decade.

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Jeremy Harkins

Director

Ineni

Topic:

Seminar D: Augmented Reality, Visualization And Digital Design In New Construction, Building And Infrastructure Projects, With Case Studies

Ineni