Forum – Presenters
The Construction Innovation Forum will be delivered as a hybrid event on 15 and 16 November, 2021.
Once again, the AMCA brings together the global thought leaders and industry practitioners to deliver a program that shares the latest on digital strategies and benchmark projects.
Hosted at MCEC and delivered through an innovative virtual platform, attendees will have opportunities to discuss and share information at an industry level.
Please check back soon for the presenter details.
CEO | GagaMuller Group
Paddy is CEO of GagaMuller Group along with his Business Partner Thomas Gillen. Paddy has over 13 Years on site Civil Engineering and BIM Management experience and a MSc in BIM and Integrated Design with the University of Salford in the UK. A Regular speaker at construction events across the globe and many accolades already to his name, Paddy is a high achiever with experience running large scale award winning BIM projects.
GagaMuller Group is a technology start-up within the Construction Industry with a vision for automation and data analytic solutions to deliver end to end project management.
The Group is split into two companies. The Services Company offers expert project management consultancy in Mega Scale Projects such as Data centre, Pharmaceutical and Aviation, advising clients on their PMO and digital roadmap. The Tech Company has developed its first product Planloader to the industry with a release date of September 2019.
Planloader is a location based task and resource management platform. Planloader offers the ability to coordinate and collaborate your projects activities and available resources in a clever unique 2D pathfinder view facilitating the opportunity to control tasks and teams by area. Thus ensuring accountability of tasks assigned and progress tracking your project goals in order to improve overall productivity in real time.
GagaMuller Group are already operating in Ireland, UK, Denmark, Finland, Dubai and now expanding to Australia and the US where they aim for a successful release of Planloader to improve efficiency, productivity and accountability in the industry.
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
Dr Collette Burke has more than 25 years’ experience in the engineering and 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.
Director of Virtual Design and Construction | Victaulic
Previously a Vice President at a leading mechanical, fire protection and HVAC services company, Amanda Comunale brings a unique insight into the contractor-supplier relationship. Now Director of Virtual Design and Construction with Victaulic, Amanda leads the teams responsible for software content development, training, prefabrication analysis and drawing services. This includes the development of new offerings that allows their customers to achieve efficiencies in their modelling offices, greater accuracy throughout their estimating and procurement activities, and improved timeliness of fabrication. Amanda also holds a range of industry and community leadership positions. She is a member of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and the American Supply Association’s Women in Industry Division. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Stephen A. Comunale, Jr. Family Cancer Foundation, and is a board member of the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. She holds a BA from Union College, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Akron.
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.
Chairperson | buildingSMART Australiasia
Co-founder | QSx Consulting
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.
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 and founder of a further two start-ups in BIM services.
Alain is also a director of Sanveo, sits on the board of multiple tech start-ups in AEC, and founder Director of the BIM Process Innovation Forum.
Principal | 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.
BIM Coordinator – Building Services | Irwinconsult
Adrian is the BIM Coordinator for the Building Services division. Adrian has been a Mechanical Design Draftsperson with 11 years’ experience in the building services industry. He has multiple Qualifications and has extensive mechanical detailing and documentation experience using various drawing packages.
Adrian is responsible for the ongoing innovation and development of the BIM and Revit environment, as well as overseeing and maintaining Revit software and Building Services Drafting Teams for both Melbourne and Darwin offices.
Experienced in 3D modelling and coordination, Adrian has worked on an array of projects including pharmaceutical, education, commercial and government projects. Adrian combines his design knowledge of mechanical services, technical skills and experience working on large projects along with resource management skills to provide a solid foundation for the continued development of quality documentation.
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.
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.
Industry Strategy Manager – MEP and Fabrication | Autodesk
Steve Butler is Industry Strategy Manager for MEP & Fabrication at Autodesk. Steve initially joined Autodesk as a third party developer focusing on MEP software solutions. In the 10 years since, he has provided MEP product implementation support as a Customer Success Engineer; country specific solutions as Globalisation Product Line Manager; and as MEP Product Line Manager, has been responsible for technical delivery of Revit MEP and Autodesk Fabrication products. Prior to joining Autodesk, Steve worked for design consultants, contractors and manufacturers.
Vice President of Technology and Innovation | ENGworks
Ian McGaw has a dual degree in computer science and international business, focusing on the management and research and development of emerging technologies in the AEC/O sector. He is an executive business leader with broad domestic and international experience in identifying strategic and innovative technology solutions to complex business challenges. Ian’s interests, along with years of industry-related experience, have allowed him to understand how complex technology process has become an influential factor in the way buildings are delivered all over the world. Ian has experience in the full value chain of project development process, starting from early strategic planning, project planning, business IT innovation strategy and business portfolio management for long term clients all the way to project turn-over. With experiences as practitioner, product manager and project manager, Ian has been developing products and services specific to the building lifecycle with a focus on improving the overall workflow delivery, Virtual / Augmented Reality, and IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management Solution) integration. Furthermore, Ian has been invited to speak at numerous conferences (including Autodesk University, BILT and BIMForum) upon topics ranging from BIM content to the implementation of technology to virtual design and construction (VDC).
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 and validation. Matt now represents PJM in a number of departments including engineering, design, commissioning and new technologies. Matt holds a keen interest in pairing efficient engineering with current and 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
Technical Sales Consultant | C.R. Kennedy Building Construction
With over 15 years of construction experience, Chris supports C.R. Kennedy Building Construction clients throughout Australia with product selection, implementation and training to enable mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors to take 3D positional data to the field digitally, increasing productivity and accuracy by improving layout processes. Chris has been involved with the Australian construction industry for over five years following his work with USA building company McCarthy based in San Francisco. Chris was instrumental in the use of robotic total stations for digital lay-out and the use of the laser scanning technology for verification. Previously Chris worked with Wood Rogers Inc and was responsible for construction set-out on the Mercy Medical Centre as well as a 31,000m2, $80-million printing facility.
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 Manager – Strategy and Consulting | Enstoa
Jared is a Senior Manager in Enstoa with experience in providing advisory and project delivery services to major capital projects across the Oil and Gas, Minerals and Mining, Chemical Processing, and Infrastructure industries.
Jared has dedicated his career to providing project delivery services and advice to projects and project focused organizations. Working with both Engineering and Construction, and Owner/Operator organizations he has provided industry-leading process improvements and advisory services to project management and controls teams throughout all stages of the project lifecycle – from; project and portfolio optimization, to delivering construction projects within schedule and budget.
Director of Business Development | Vrtual HVAC
Gabe Enslin is the Director of Business Development at Vrtual HVAC. Vrtual HVAC is a specialist division within Vrtual Pty Ltd, a leader in virtual reality systems in Australia. Gabe holds a Master of Business Degree from the University of Tasmania. He has dedicated the last 15 years working in Business Development, Operational Management and Innovation and volunteers in the Perth ‘Tech Start-up’ space, assisting with business mentoring and entrepreneur development. Gabe has a strong track record in public safety, risk assessment and high level stakeholder engagement with a huge emphasis on diligent corporate governance. Gabe and the rest of the team at Vrtual are heavily focused on delivering excellence in workplace training, specifically developing Virtual Reality HVAC 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.
Product Manager – MEP Design and Fabrication | Autodesk
Martin Schmid joined Autodesk in 2005 as a project consultant for MEP customers, both for Revit MEP and AutoCAD MEP. Martin holds a BS in Architectural Engineering, and MS in Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Masters in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He worked as an electrical designer, engineering coordinator and application developer before joining Autodesk. Martin has co-authored books for Revit and AutoCAD MEP and is a licensed engineer in the state of New Hampshire. Martin worked in the product globalization and customer success teams prior to joining the product management team, where he now guides direction related to the extended MEP product portfolio, including MEP functionality within Revit, CADmep, ESTmep, CAMduct, and AutoCAD Plant 3D.
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 and 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 five years. His current role involves the delivery of custom training, consulting and support for Revit MEP and 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. His 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 and 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
VDC Coordinator – SA | Hansen Yuncken
Derived from a career in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Nathans passion for the construction industry spans 25 years’ gaining exposure in Design, Engineering, Drafting and BIM Management for head and subcontractor organisations. From the early days on the drawing board through to today’s digital world, Nathan’s expertise has led to the implementation of AutoCAD, CAMduct, CADduct, Revit, Digital Point Layout and Point Cloud Scanning workflows for some of Adelaide’s major CBD developments.
Fundamental to Hansen Yuncken’s Enterprise and Innovation Strategy, Nathan combines practical on site knowledge with a passion for digital design to implement technology smarts across all projects.
As an advocate for industry change, Nathan maintains a keen interest and involvement with the development of the BIM-MEPAUS initiative, having been involved since its inception.
BIM / Drafting Manager | DCM Services
Ben Pfeiffer is the BIM / Drafting manager at Mechanical Contracting firm DCM Services. He draws on his engineering knowledge developed early in his career in a multi-discipline consultancy and now in construction (for the past eight years) has delivered various BIM projects as a sub-contractor for various clients across South Australia. Ben has been a longtime supporter of the BIM-MEPAUS initiative, involved early on as part of the South Australian arm of the AMCA providing feedback regarding the template and standards development. Ben is a keen ambassador for BIM and its practical application to the building industry.
Managing Director APAC | PlanGrid
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.
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 the 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).
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.
Digital Delivery Lead | Willow
David Kwok is an experienced Digital Engineering (DE) lead in project implementation, business development, innovations, training and technical supports to owners, contractors, consultants and public institute in different countries since his first BIM project – One Island East in HK 2004. He has been collaborating with public organizations and education sectors to share his experience and advise on DE knowledge worldwide. David worked as Senior Manager, BIM in the Airport Authority Hong Kong to direct DE implementation in the Three-Runway System project and he was in director role of Gehry Technologies for over 10 years, in charge of Asia-Pacific branches delivering world class DE consultancy. Prior to his DE for AEC career, David worked with various cutting-edge 3D design and engineering systems for different industries including consumer goods, automotive and ship building from design to manufacture in the product life cycle management. These experiences provided strong background support for him to align practical know-how in fabrications to ideal design and planning in the AEC industry.
David has been a professional member of HK Institute of Building Information Modelling (HKIBIM) since 2010, he graduated from the University of Warwick (UK) in 1997 with a Master degree in Information Technology for Manufacture, and from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for the Master degree of Intelligent Building Technology and Management in 2011. David has also completed a professional diploma in construction management in 2015 organized by the HK Institute of Construction Manager.
Senior Consultant – Asset and Facilities | A.G. Coombs Advisory
Carl is a senior consultant with A.G. Coombs Advisory. With over 35 years’ industry experience Carl is responsible for the provision of advice to clients on a range of facilities management related issues including asset management, commissioning, building tuning and service management and the adoption of leading edge technologies to optimise building operation and maintenance. Since 2008 Carl has been a leading advocate of Building Information Modelling in Australia, being instrumental on the early application of BIM on landmark projects and a founding member of BIM initiatives by AMCA, AIA and NATSPEC.
Carl’s experience also encompasses the asset management field, with over 10 years’ experience in the IT industry implementing service and asset management systems for a diverse range of clients including QANTAS, Telstra and Macquarie Bank.