Jon has a Group wide overview of the following areas:
- Digital Delivery. Design and documentation tools and software
- Information Management. Document management systems and collaboration tools
- Innovation and Technology. The operation of the Future Focus Group and coordination of business group new ventures initiatives
- Technical Delivery. Coordination with the Technical Advisory Group to drive of technical best practice and risk management
- Coordination of the Beca relationship with technical industry bodies and academic institutions.
Outside of Beca, Jon has chaired the New Zealand Chartered Professional Engineers Council, sat on the MBIE BIM Acceleration Committee and is member of industry advisory group for AUT engineering school. He has had a significant involvement in the drafting and updating of the NZ BIM Handbook and the NZ Construction Industry Council Design Documentation Guidelines.
MT Højgaard, Denmark
Annbrit has a background in the Danish construction industry as a VDC consultant at MT Højgaard in the Design Management & VDC department. She has a Master of Science (MSc) in Architectural Engineering from Technical University of Denmark. She works on a variety of projects with focus on implementation of digital tools on construction sites. She is dedicated to support the project teams and optimize their work processes with the goal to raise the quality and minimize the risks. She is using her practical knowledge gained from collaborating with colleagues on the construction site to set a practice for future projects.
Transport for NSW
Simon is a chartered civil engineer with 18 years’ experience managing the delivery of transport infrastructure, having worked in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the UK. Prior experience includes various client and consulting roles with Transport for London, London Underground and various motorway projects around NSW. 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.
Alastair has over 14 years’ experience working in construction management, design & construct, building design and modelling, digital engineering and project management. His career has featured major project digital engineering implementations, across Perth Children’s hospital, Perth (Optus stadium), Queens Wharf Brisbane, Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro.
He is the Director of Digital Engineering for DBM Vircon, a premier construction modelling and detailing company, delivering high-profile projects leveraging state-of-the-art technology to deliver digital engineering workflows and outcomes.
Mark Simister is Head of Delivery Management at Sydney Water. Sydney Water is Australia’s largest water and wastewater service provider, supplying water, wastewater, recycled water and some stormwater services to more than five million people in Sydney, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains – both supplying and reviving water.
Mark is currently leading the delivery of Sydney Water’s Partnering for Success (P4S) procurement strategy which will see a new Regional Delivery Consortia appointed to manage design, construction and maintenance and facilities management in each of its three regions (North, South and West) for the next 10 years. Digital Engineering lies at the heart of driving lean delivery, modularisation and standardisation to enable greater efficiencies under this ground-breaking framework.
Sydney Water has been an early adopter of the NEC4 suite of contracts to support collaboration and partnering within the P4S procurement strategy. This is the first major infrastructure company in Australia to use the NEC4 contract approach to deliver new works and maintenance, which aligns with the New South Wales Government’s recent ten-point plan for infrastructure delivery.
Mark’s Australian, UK and wider international management roles have encompassed a range of regulated and non-regulated industries, including public infrastructure assets, information technology and telecommunications.
Mark has previously led successful program operations such as London Victorian Water Mains for Thames Water, Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Program for Vero Insurance, and Fitzroy Region Transport Network Recovery Program for Transport and Main Roads Queensland.
Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group
After completing his PhD in designing solar powered chemical reactors, Rowan was invited to join the Laing O’Rourke Engineering Excellence Group as a founding member. Designed as a specialist innovation team, the Engineering Excellence Group’s purpose is to drive fundamental and disruptive change in the construction industry.
Currently the Lead of Data in the Engineering Excellence Group, Rowan has designed, developed and delivered award winning initiatives that have utilized technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and massive data analytics. He has also played key roles in developing initiatives utilizing 3D printing, robotics and reality capture methods. Alongside this work, Rowan is also the lead of Site Navigator, an early stage start-up aiming to transform the way that image data is captured and used on construction sites. While this experience has given Rowan both a broad and deep understanding of many emerging technologies, he passionately believes that the most impactful areas of innovation are those that impact the cultures we create, and how we perceive ourselves and our relationships to others and the wider world.
Rowan regularly gives guest lectures on innovation and culture at local universities, and is a contributor to several educational outreach programs.
Dean forms up the Digital Engineering Management team at Lendlease Building, Integrated Solutions. As a certified BIM Project Manager (RICS) & certified professional with buildingSMART’s BIMcreds (BIM Fundamentals: Design – Managerial Role), he brings with him over 16 years of proven experience from the professional consulting engineering sector within Australia.
Currently Dean 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.
Joanne is a management professional with over 18 years’ experience delivering large scale programs, projects, business architecture, change management, operational management, business development and service delivery in Retail, ICT, FMCG, Financial Services, Construction Materials and Not For Profit organisations.
Designing and managing Programs, Projects and Operational teams; Joanne has developed a wide range of business transformation and innovation programs of work, delivering strategic objectives, operational strategy, digital engineering enablement, business architecture and design to achieve successful outcomes.
David Mitchell is the Chairperson of buildingSMART Australasia, co-founder of QSx Technologies and an early adopter of 5D Quantity Surveying. With 35+ years of industry experience (in building, civil, heavy engineering and resources) and a family background in construction consulting, he is known for approaching technology integration in a strategic and innovative way. He believes in open leadership, technology and the collective ability to create positive industry change.
Chris is a Digital Engineering Manager responsible for development and implementation of hub wide and project specific digital engineering strategies on Laing O’Rourke’s major project portfolio. Chris has over 25 years experience in the industry spanning multiple continents and has been responsible for delivery of some of the world’s mega infrastructure and building projects. Chris enjoys the challenge and opportunity of working in a Construction role where the creation of value from best practice DE implementation provides tangible benefit for LOR and their clients. Always one for a technical challenge Chris focuses on using the right tools and processes for the task at hand and is a passionate believer that a focus on quality is key to any successful project delivery
As the Digital Delivery Lead for T&I at Beca, Clarissa is continually looking at innovative ways to deliver projects to clients. Recently Clarissa led the Beca team that won the TfNSW Digital Engineering Connecting Smarter Award. Clarissa is passionate about digital engineering and is excited to be a part of this fast moving industry.
Shane is the Digital Engineering Manager for the Sydney Water team and has over 24 years’ experience in Australia.
Shane brings passion and expertise in managing, promoting and delivering a digital, information based, approach to enable more productive methods of planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining our assets.
His extensive experience as a Digital Manager and Leader has seen him cover a wide range of activities at a strategic, managerial and technical level. Shane has a strong focus on organisational improvement, innovation, collaboration and am passionate about a digital way of working that unlocks value for all stages of our projects lifecycles.
He is well-versed in current and emerging digital best practice and has extensive experience in managing teams to deliver and exceed expectations.
Shane’s current role has a primary purpose of developing a Digital Engineering (DE) Framework and strategy on behalf of the organisation. This includes the development of policies, frameworks and assurance procedures, guiding the DE management approach for Sydney Water now and into the future. The role also ensures that the required infrastructure support DE within the organisation and is clearly identified and implemented. Shane works with partners across the Business to ensure the successful delivery of DE into all aspects of what they do.
Shane also ensures effective, fit for purpose, digital deliverables from all delivery partners and engage with internal and external stakeholders capturing and developing integrated CAD, GIS, BIM and associated asset data structures to develop an ongoing operational DE environment (Digital Twin). This includes the incorporation of CCTV, Drone, IoT, SCADA, Asset Management and Customer data.
He is passionate about working with people, learning and leveraging skills from others, and the resulting continuous improvement and efficiencies that can be obtained for the benefit of the organisation.
Level Crossing Removal Project
John Dyer is a Senior Railway Industry Civil Engineer and Project Manager, with over 22 years’ experience in senior roles with large Government and state railway infrastructure organisations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore. John is currently leading the development and roll-out of 3D Digital Design Reuse and Standardised Designs across Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP).
As much as 10 years ago, John was using 3D rendered models to inform concept design optioneering and decision making for railway infrastructure enhancements. John is a passionate advocate for Digital Engineering and the early use of 3D modelling in design development.
With Australian Infrastructure investment reaching record highs, with yet more to come over a sustained period of time, Victoria’s Level Crossing Removal Project has been investigating ways of challenging business as usual, to identify ways of delivering more with the limited resources of people, time and money available.
Due to the long-term program approach of LXRP, and the inherent similarity of a significant number of level crossing locations, John has been leading the investigations into whether the State Government can reuse previous grade separation designs. This investigation has identified opportunities to move away from a site-specific, bespoke design “prototype” approach as is currently delivered for each level crossing. John’s presentation will take you on the journey of this discovery, and give examples of the proof of concept trials that have confirmed the validity of this “whole of design” approach and outline the benefits to the state and delivery partners in reusing previous designs.
North East Link Project
Civil engineer by training with a keen interest for computer science. Experience and skills spanning across a wide range of infrastructure projects, having worked for consultants, Tier 1 and 2 contractors and most recently government. As Digital Engineering Manager for the North East link Project Nicolas is tasked with managing implementation and validation of DE related practices and processes for the entire lifecycle of the project.
Gert van Aswegen is Fulton Hogan’s National Digital Engineering Manager responsible for spearheading the company’s diversification into this area. Realising the potential for this type of technology within Fulton Hogan’s business, Gert has built up a team of in-house digital engineering experts, nationally, and developed relationships externally with subject matter experts.
With more than 20 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering, Gert brings considerable 3D/4D design, constructability and costing experience to the company’s construction and utilities business units, especially with regard to road, bridge and water planning. Noteworthy BIM experience includes the $630m Albion Park Rail Bypass (Wollongong) and $2B New Royal Adelaide Hospital.
After beginning her career as a graphic designer and becoming an Architect, Melanie moved into Construction where she was lucky enough to work on some of the largest projects at the time in WA. Melanie was responsible for delivering BIM on the Perth Stadium project and then undertook a larger role as the Design Manager for the Karrinyup Shopping Centre Expansion project. She recently changed tack again, redirecting towards technology in her current role as Senior Digital Project Manager for DBM Vircon.
Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers
Colby is the Digital Engineering Manager and Structural Engineer at Lindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers. Colby originally trained as a draftsperson prior to completing his Civil Engineering and Business double degree. Augmented reality has been his passion for the past two years by combining his loves of engineering, visualisation and coding. Colby has a passion for providing clear channels of communication between all project stakeholders so that projects can run smoothly, and deliver consistent results time after time. Colby always aims to cut through the marketing speak to deliver a pragmatic and business oriented view of how technology can help people communicate and drive measurable business outcomes.
Goran is a Principal Lawyer in DWF’s Construction and Infrastructure team. He is a construction and infrastructure expert who has extensive experience practicing law in Australia as well as more broadly across the Asia Pacific region. Additionally, Goran also specialises in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and is one of the leading BIM lawyers in Australia.
Goran partners with his clients to help them succeed in their business ventures by providing the best advice and assistance possible. His work focuses on projects across a range of sectors and industries, including construction, infrastructure, water, waste, utility and renewable energy. Goran also has significant experience acting for government clients across all tiers of government (Federal, State and Local).
Goran has extensive experience in a variety of contract structures (PPPs, Alliances, EPCs, various traditional delivery methods), as well as standard form construction contracts. Throughout his career, Goran has advised on a range of complex procurement issues and he also has strong experience in the privatisation of public assets and advising on the associated regulatory issues.
Alex McLeod is an Associate in DWF’s Construction and Infrastructure team. Alex advises clients on a range of construction, infrastructure, energy, utilities and renewable energy matters. He also specialises in Building Information Modelling (BIM), and he has significant experience working with clients in the BIM Space.
Alex’s work focuses on the infrastructure, construction and projects sectors including Local, State and Federal governments, owners, developers, contractors and financiers. He is experienced in a variety of contract structures, as well as developing tender packages and advising on procurement issues, and he has solid experience in using standard form construction contracts.
Also of note is Alex’s recent recognition as the winner of the 2019 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Award in the area of Construction and Infrastructure. He was also named as a finalist at these awards for the area of Government, Projects, Energy and Resources.
Australian Military Bank
An experienced CEO with a track record of delivering strong organic growth and innovation in consecutive roles.
Strong strategy and marketing background drives John to have “an outside in approach” to ensure the customer is at the forefront of considerations. John also enjoys challenging the status quo and inspiring his team to continually improve in a competitive environment. Australian Military Banks recent banking system conversion was driven by their desire to become a modern, nimble and ultimately successful niche bank.
Having worked for a variety of listed banks (e.g. Suncorp / St.George), insurance companies (Suncorp / GIO), building societies and credit unions John gains great satisfaction from leading a member owned organisation with a clear commitment to serving the Defence community.
Outside of Johns Australian Military Bank role he is a director of Shared Lending Pty Ltd which provides a platform to support the syndication of mortgage loans.
In addition to financial services, John has a passion for agriculture and producing beef cattle. It’s a cathartic experience.
As a Registered Nurse with over 17 years of experience, Patricia was uniquely positioned to bring her clinical experience to the St Stephen’s Hospital eHealth project to ensure the engagement and adoption resulted in Australia’s first HIMSS EMRAM Stage 6 certification. Patricia continued to lead the EMR optimisation to achieve Australia’s first HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 certification for its inpatient electronic medical record with integrated clinical devices and data analytics.
In addition to her role at UnitingCare Health, Patricia has provided strategic direction for other digital health projects and has been a subject matter expert for numerous post-implementation reviews for other Digital Health initiatives across Australia. Patricia has recently commenced working with Healthscope to optimise their EMR at their newest facility in the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Patricia’s passion is achieving seamless integration of technology and high clinical adoption that improves patient safety, quality of care and business efficiencies. She is an active member of HISA, the CXIO network, the CNIO network and previously held the position of Chairman of the Cerner Regional Users Group.