Forum – Presenters
Rapid technological advances in the building and construction industry allows organisations to design, construct and maintain buildings more accurately, efficiently and sustainably. The AMCA has brings together the world’s leading thought practitioners and innovators to deliver a programme that harnesses the latest global knowledge and presents opportunities to discuss and share information at an industry level.
DR ANDREW MAHER
Chief Digital Officer | Aurecon
A member of the executive leadership team, Andrew is responsible for Aurecon’s digital transformation. Andrew leads the development and delivery of the company’s digital strategy that is changing the way Aurecon delivers projects today as well as designing the services of the future. Andrew works with a cross-organisational digital team focussed on achieving a convergence of engineering and infrastructure advisory.
DR COLLETTE BURKE
Victorian Chief Engineer, Department of Treasury and Finance | Victorian State Government
Managing Director | Exner Group
Dr Collette Burke has more than 25 years’ experience in the engineering & construction industry. Dr Burke’s experience covers a wide-range of sectors and industries, such as: telecommunications, road, tunnel, rail, building, manufacturing and marine.
Dr Burke is in key management positions within major engineering consultancy and education firms, Exner Group and Karsta, as well as a Director on the VicTrack board.
With a PhD in risk management, Dr Burke is an internationally-acknowledged researcher and has worked as a senior lecturer and course advisor at University of Melbourne and RMIT University.
Dr Burke believes in early exposure to engineering and science, technology, engineering and maths is critical for young people. This is particularly true for improving the representation of women in the engineering workforce
Vice President Corporate Technology | The Hill Group
Dave Pikey is the Vice President of Corporate Technology for The Hill Group, a $300M Chicago-based organization engaged in construction and maintenance of mechanical building systems – all with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. Dave joined Hill in 1998 as a design engineer and has been developing process and technology around modeling, estimating, prefabrication, modular construction and business intelligence since 2004. Dave also runs marketing and communication for The Hill Group. He is often an industry guest speaker sharing his experience on leveraging technology in a collaborative environment to deliver a better product in the construction process. Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University.
CHRIS DI IORIO
Chief Executive Officer | ENGworks
As an Electrical Engineer for over two decades Christopher DiIorio has subscribed to a professional and business philosophy which purposefully combines dual roles: as an engineer, and as a technologist. The objective of a persistent adoption of innovative technology and ideas through the MEP engineering process has been to produce meaningful products and services for the AEC/O community. He is an international speaker and an expert in global Building Information Modeling (BIM) lifecycle processes and methodologies.
ENGworks is an internationally recognized BIM service and solutions provider. ENGworks is the only company in the world that services every member of the AEC/O lifecycle every day. Our goal is to help our clients design and build better projects by saving construction costs and time through implementing the full potential of BIM; we’ve taken cutting edge technology, sharpened it and then applied it to everything we know about BIM technology and the AEC/O industry.
Technology Manager | Mercy Health
Steve is the Technology Manager at Mercy with a proven record of successfully managing projects from concept to completion. Steve holds a computer science degree from ITT Technical Institute. In his current role, Steve designs educational strategies and coaches’ individuals to success while building cross-functional teams. Steve is an adaptable and transformational leader, continually developing opportunities to meet organizational goals.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Principal | Architectus
Rodd Perey is a Principal and Design Technology Manager at Architectus, a top-tier design studio known for its collaborative, creative and insightful approach to creating unique human-centric projects and places.
Armed with an arsenal of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology expertise and three decades’ experience in the Australian architectural landscape, Rodd continues to revolutionise Architectus’ operations by implementing a comprehensive system of standards, customisation, QA methodologies and information management techniques.
Fascinated by the way architecture combines creativity with science, engineering and technology to create tangible, project-based outcomes, Rodd is excited to see where the burgeoning trends of BIM, VR and building automation and data collection technologies take the industry beyond documentation and internal processes.
Co-founder and Digital Visionary | Cogital
Alain has a passion for building businesses delivering technology based solutions. His career started in Aerospace and Automotive, deploying new business models and information systems. Alain transferred to the construction industry in 2008 as CEO of Atlas industries, then CEO band founder of a further 2 start-up in BIM services.
Alain is also a director of Sanveo, sits on the board of multiple tech startups in AEC, and founder Director of the BIM Process Innovation Forum.
General Manager | BIM Consulting
Steve specialises in digital design and construction. He has 15 years architectural experience with the last 10 years holding digital technology leadership positions for multi-disciplinary design studios in Sydney and London. More recently he has become the General Manager of BIM Consulting, and an advisor for digital technology to their parent company Architectus. He’s in touch with design, construction and facilities management professionals and he doesn’t want to make their life difficult by implementing complexity and ambiguity on projects. His goal is for improvement across the project lifecycle, aiming for better design process, better delivery, and better digital asset handover. Steve has seen that first-class virtual models, paired with optimised digital processes, will give projects a great chance for success.
National Director and Victorian Executive Director | AMCA
As National Director and Victorian Executive Director with the AMCA, Sumit Oberoi has been instrumental in the development of the BIM-MEPAUS Initiative from its inception in 2010. Sumit is a passionate industry policy advocate who continually seeks to help AMCA members deliver quality projects through construction innovation.
Sumit joined the AMCA in 2009 as a Policy Analyst where he was responsible for the association’s policy program, and subsequently employed as the Executive Director (Victoria). Prior to joining the AMCA, Sumit worked in numerous roles with the Victorian State Government, most notably within the Economic and Financial Policy area at the Department of Treasury and Finance. Sumit holds directorships with Plumbing Joint Training Fund (PJTF), Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC), Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Building Services Exhibition (ARBS), and Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). Sumit also represents the AMCA at the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
Global Head of Digital | Willow
As the Global Head of Digital, Daniel’s vision is to transform the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, built and operated. He is committed to constantly challenge the status quo and has the practical experience, along with the big picture thinking to make it happen.
Prior to joining Willow, Daniel was responsible for developing Digital Engineering throughout the CIMIC Group’s Asia-Pacific operations from Design & Construction through to Facilities Management.
Daniel is also a Chartered Mechanical Engineering and holds over a decade of Design and Construction experience tendering and delivering over $30billion of Engineering projects in the industries of Rail & Road Infrastructure, Buildings, Water, Mining, Oil & Gas and Manufacturing, accompanied by a strong experience in business via a previously owned mobile Apps company.
His specialities include Digital Enterprise, Digital Buildings, Innovation in Construction, Design Management, Project Management, Business Development, Digital Engineering, BIM, Building Information Modelling, Engineering Management, VDC, Virtual Design & Construction, BIM Management.
Group Engineering Manager | A.G. Coombs Group
Warwick Stannus is Group Engineering Manager of the A.G. Coombs Group of Companies, where he is responsible for the technical leadership and professional development for all engineering and technical staff. With a background in both the consulting and contracting sides of the construction industry, Warwick has a strong understanding of the requirements to successfully implement integrated project delivery strategies. In recent years, he has been heavily involved in the delivery of Independent Commissioning Agent services for a number of Australia’s leading Green Star projects, and has developed valuable experience in best practice sustainable design and project delivery. He also provides a range of engineering and commissioning advisory services related to central plant upgrades, data centre engineering, commissioning management and building information modelling. Warwick is Technical Director of the BIM-MEPAUS initiative, and has been pivotal in the development of industry standards, practices and workflows.
Executive Manager BIM-MEPAUS | AMCA
Shannon Thomas is the Executive Manager for Australia’s national BIM-MEPAUS initiative run through the AMCA (Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association). Shannon has a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management) with Honours from Monash University and completed postgraduate studies in Design Science (Building Services) from the University of Sydney. With wide ranging professional experience in a number of roles within the automotive industry, Shannon has a particular interest in using his knowledge in HVAC Design, Project Engineering, Continuous Improvement and Lean Production to help guide the implementation and successful adoption of the national BIM-MEPAUS Initiative within the Construction industry’s exciting and evolving BIM space.
Development Lead | Enstoa
As Development Lead for design technology consultancy designtech, an Enstoa company, Radu works closely with teams of architects, engineers, contractors and clients to improve digital design delivery through custom workflows, bespoke tools and new web-based platforms. He sees his role as the perfect application of his highly rational & analytical thinking stemming from a background in programming and unencumbered creativity, courtesy of being trained & working as an architect. Radu has also been teaching computational design in Dynamo and Revit at the Canterbury School of Architecture for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the past 5 years and is a committee member for the UK Dynamo User Group. In his spare time, Radu plays electric guitar and makes Dynamo packages like DynaWeb or the machine-learning enabling AI package.
Engineering Manager | PJM Engineering Services
Matt Payne is the Engineering Manager at PJM Engineering Services, a Melbourne based mechanical HVAC contractor. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree of Mechanical Engineering, with honours from RMIT University. Whilst only short, Matt’s engineering career has thus far included experience in a range of fields including Automotive engineering, manufacturing & validation. Matt now represents PJM in a number of departments including engineering, design, commissioning & new technologies. Matt holds a keen interest in pairing efficient engineering with current & emerging technologies.
Technical Sales Consultant | C.R. Kennedy Building Construction
A graduate with honours in architecture from UniSA, Matt has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that BIM can bring in practice. Through his work with global BIM leaders such a Leica, Autodesk, Trimble, and Solibri, Matt is uniquely placed to identify benefits and develop strategies that leverage the potential of BIM technologies across different industries.
Matt is a past presenter at the AMCA Construction Innovation Forum
National Business Development Manager | C.R. Kennedy Building Construction
Bernie graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Surveying and Land Information before commencing at CR Kennedy’s technical sales and survey support. Following more than 20 years in the geospatial and survey industry, Bernie is excited to lead a dedicated team of design and construction specialists to bring Leica Building Construction solutions to the Australian market. Bernie and CR Kennedy have been long-time supporters of the AMCA and the Construction Innovation Forum.
Director of Industry Application and Training | Vrtual HVAC
Derek Olsen is the Director of Industry Application and Training at Vrtual HVAC. Vrtual HVAC is a specialist division within Vrtual Pty Ltd, a leader in virtual reality systems in Australia. Derek has 23 years’ experience in the HVAC industry and has held a number of senior positions in a variety of disciplines. Derek is a member of various industry bodies including AIRAH and CIBSE and sits on the NEBB Australia and NEBB USA boards. His other passion is software development. He has created award winning HVAC testing and commissioning applications which he sells to the industry. With his strong background in HVAC, training and software development, Derek and the rest of the team at Vrtual are heavily focused on delivering exciting high end HVAC VR training simulators for local and international markets.
Senior Solutions Consultant | A2K Technologies
Originally from Ramsbottom in the North West of England, Dave worked in both the CAM and CAD departments for a large HVAC construction company, instrumental in the development of MAP’s CADDuct software. He spent a period working at MAP as their CAD support manager before moving to a HVAC contractor as a project engineer. He then spent five years cutting his teeth at a global multi disciplinary design practice in central Manchester. Following a move to Melbourne seven years ago Dave has spent the last three years configuring and deploying Autodesk’s Fabrication ESTmep for one of Australia’s largest HVAC Contractors. Now with A2K Technologies, he brings 30 years’ experience from the M.E.P. construction / design industry to the BIM-MEPAUS Initiative.
Senior MEP Technical Consultant (Revit MEP) | A2K Technologies
Brendan is the Senior Technical Consultant for MEP at A2K Technologies with a key focus on Revit MEP & Fabrication tool-sets. Brendan has almost 20 years’ experience within the AEC industry, implementing BIM standards, procedures and training and promoting the appropriate use of BIM software for users across different disciplines and multiple projects. Brendan has expert experience in multi-disciplined BIM collaboration and has been a key technical advisor for the BIM-MEPAUS industry initiative for the past 5 years. His current role involves the delivery of custom training, consulting and support for Revit MEP & related software throughout Australia and New Zealand. He is also a regular speaker and presenter at numerous industry recognised events and conferences throughout the year.
MTWO Business Unit Lead | Cloud A2K
Andrew is the Business Unit Manager for MTWO within Cloud A2K. He is responsibilities include setting the strategies and processes to implement cloud enabled construction solutions with clients across the ANZ region and providing the latest innovations to deliver on requirements. Previously Andrew has held the positions of BIM Practice Leader for Autodesk and the Chief Operating Officer of CSi Global Services. In these capacities he was responsible for all of the deliverables of a highly skilled team in relation to the implementation and adoption of BIM for construction and infrastructure projects globally. Andrew has been working with CADD & design technology for over 20 years starting out in the mechanical area before studying civil, structural and mechanical engineering. Andrew has lectured both at university and technical college in engineering and run the design teams for a large consulting engineering company in the mechanical, civil and structural disciplines. Andrew now works with some of the leading companies globally as well as owners and governments in a thought leadership capacity and has been recognised for this expertise in delivering process change management solutions to an international clientele
Senior Territory Sales Manager AEC ANZ | Autodesk
After graduating from RMIT as a Civil Engineer, Rafik worked in the industry for five years while completing two further degrees in computer science as well as engineering asset management, Rafik joined Autodesk four years ago as the lead for Autodesk’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Territory business. Prior to joining Autodesk, Rafik held sales, technical and professional services roles with other engineering software vendors.
Managing Director APAC | PlanGrid
Praveen Tomy is a Business Leader with many years of experience, providing software solutions to the Construction industry. He has proven experience with working in the Asian and Australian Construction industry providing technical innovations to impact a company’s bottom line.
Tomy brings a wealth of experience to PlanGrid having worked at leading Technology organisations for the last 15 years including Taleo and Oracle.