Creating an evolved, innovative & resilient AEC industry
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29th & 30th April 2020
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Day 1 - Wednesday 29th April, 2020

Registration, coffee & networking
Welcome remarks from the Chair
David Mitchell
buildingSMART Australasia
Utilising Digital Engineering to improve project quality & efficiency
KEYNOTE: Investing in DE for the future of the Australian construction sector
  • Understanding the importance of strategic DE in Australia
  • Driving innovation through government led DE frameworks
  • Managing projects efficiently and supporting contractors throughout the transition to DE
Simon Vaux
Director Digital Engineering
Transport for NSW
International Case Study: Enhancing the designer-contractor interface
  • Identifying challenges with current contractual structures and gauging the impact of data loss at each contractual boundary
  • Understanding what the contractor and client require from a design perspective and remodelling contracts to contain this information
  • Maintaining oversight of data during construction and optimising digital asset handover upon completion
Jon Williams
Chief Specialist - Project & Digital Delivery
Morning tea & networking
Putting the ‘I’ in BIM
  • Supporting quality information management for Queens Wharf Brisbane, Cross River Rail, Perth Stadium, and BHP Southflank
  • Maximising BIM data handover for informed, sophisticated operations
  • Preparing for the agility that will be required to keep up with an organic, ever-evolving data space
Alastair Brook
Director Digital Engineering
DBM Vircon
Melanie Binks
Senior Digital Project Manager
DBM Vircon
Achieving smooth & streamlined DE uptake
Enabling the adoption of DE
  • Managing transformation effectively to maximise the transition to digital operations
  • Understanding barriers and hurdles in order to overcome adoption challenges
  • Designing outcomes to reduce risk and deliver success
  • Balancing technology innovation and operational structure for optimum workflow and efficiency
Joanne Murray
Former Program Manager - Transformation & Innovation
Networking lunch
PANEL DISCUSSION: Navigating DE challenges throughout the project life cycle
  • Encouraging collaboration between asset managers and lead contractors to optimise DE functions for all parties
  • Aligning GIS, survey technology and BIM to allow for interoperability
  • Enhancing DE harmonisation and information management across all stages of asset development, delivery and maintenance
Clarissa Phillips
Associate Digital Delivery Lead
Nicolas Renaudeau
Manager - Digital Engineering
North East Link Project
Gert van Aswegen
National Digital Engineering Manager
Fulton Hogan
Empowering onsite workers by improving DE utilisation
  • Driving onsite DE uptake for more efficient asset delivery
  • Connecting onsite teams and subcontractors through improved digital literacy
  • Utilising DE as a form of risk mitigation for onsite builders and construction workers
Dean James
Digital Engineering Manager - Integrated Solutions
Afternoon tea & networking
Joint Presentation: Bridging communication gaps for better DE project outcomes
  • Remodelling construction contracts to set clear BIM expectations
  • Revising internal policy to accommodate new DE technology
  • Managing DE uptake reluctance to drive cross-project harmonisation
Goran Gelic
Principal Lawyer
Alex McLeod
INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Going paperless: The power of openBIM
  • Using openBIM throughout the entire value chain to deliver a completely paperless project for the Technical University of Denmark
  • Actively engaging all stakeholders to foster a culture of collaborative responsibility
  • Achieving an optimum project delivery process that reduces cost and time while enabling greater quality assurance
Annbrit Halskov
VDC Consultant
MT Højgaard, Denmark
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday 30th April, 2020

Welcome, coffee & networking
Welcome remarks from the Chair
David Mitchell
buildingSMART Australasia
Driving innovation to maximise value
Strengthening lean delivery, modularisation and standardisation with DE
  • Transforming Sydney Water’s delivery approach with a new infrastructure delivery model, Partnering for Success (P4S)
  • Utilising NEC4 Contracts for enhanced collaboration across all services, suppliers, and construction works
  • Integrating DE into the RDC tendering process to support greater efficiency throughout the transition to a mature Digital Engineering Strategy
Mark Simister
Head of Delivery Management
Sydney Water
Shane Reilly
Digital Engineering Manager
Sydney Water
Moving beyond the prototype phase to increase efficiency
  • Reusing previous designs to fast-track approval processes and improve quality
  • Closing the feedback loop in order to unite a disparate workforce and build upon learnings from previous projects
  • Creating a common data environment to overcome technical roadblocks with DE collaboration
John Dyer
Project Manager
Level Crossing Removal Project
Morning tea & networking
How to enhance stakeholder engagement with AR and VR
  • Gain a working knowledge of AR and VR and how they fit within AEC
  • Discover the potential of AR to transform client consultations
  • See first-hand how easy it can be to create your own immersive experiences
Colby Gallagher
Digital Engineering Manager
Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers
Networking lunch
Planning for the future of Digital Engineering
Rethinking procurement: Raising the bottom line
  • Understanding the importance of providing top-down incentives for Australia’s AEC industry to adapt and evolve
  • Identifying opportunities to drive DE use throughout the entire asset life cycle, beginning with procurement decision-making processes
  • Strategising long-term cultural change for stronger stakeholder collaboration, more efficient project delivery, and reduced maintenance costs
Christopher Pynn
Digital Engineering Manager
Laing O’Rourke
Attracting and retaining the right staff for a vibrant construction industry
  • Learning from international DE leaders to nurture a positive and forward-thinking human landscape in Australian construction
  • Fostering innovation and professional pride to overcome industry conservatism
  • Encouraging graduate employment with dedicated DE programs and incentives
Rowan Braham
Data Team Lead
Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group
CLOSING PANEL: Learning from out of sector digital transformations
  • Engaging with the trials and errors of industries that have successfully transitioned to digital
  • Using big data to make better, quicker decisions to improve business performance
  • Extending collaboration to positively transform business operations and outputs
Patricia Liebke
Director Digital Health
John Ford
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Military Bank
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of Conference followed by afternoon tea
Workshop B: How to successfully manage the transition to DE
Friday 1st May 2020, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Digital engineering is not a tool – it’s a process. This process starts long before the initial purchase of a BIM software package and continues until the delivery outcomes of a project are achieved. Successful adoption, therefore, requires much more than what technology can provide.

Looking through the lens of people, this workshop will cover how to design, collaborate, optimise and lay the groundwork for smooth operations with DE. We will review DE from a change management perspective, identifying the common speed bumps in DE uptake and strategising to fully support staff members throughout the transition to digital.

Why attend this workshop?

  • Find out why successful delivery of digital engineering is much more than a tool
  • Learn how to utilise organisational tools to successfully adopt, use and sustain new ways of working with DE
  • Analyse and adapt change management strategies to promote smooth and streamlined DE integration
  • Understand the importance of design for positive outcomes

What you will take away by attending

  • A plan to manage transformation and innovation within your company
  • An understanding of what future workforce design will look like and how you can play a role
  • An understanding of how to manage the puzzle to achieve delivery and transition to operations
  • Strategies to identify the change management approach to provide the greatest impact within your industry and organisational structure

* Refreshments provided

Joanne Murray
Former Program Manager - Transformation & Innovation
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Key Speakers

Jon Williams
Chief Specialist - Project & Digital Delivery
Annbrit Halskov
VDC Consultant
MT Højgaard, Denmark
Simon Vaux
Director Digital Engineering
Transport for NSW
Alastair Brook
Director Digital Engineering
DBM Vircon