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Antje Kunze
Antje Kunze Director Sales and Marketing, virtualcitySYSTEMS GmbH, Germany

Antje is a Director of Sales and Marketing for virtualcitySYSTEMS. She is working on what is needed to build healthy, liveable and resilient cities and pushing digitalization on an international scale. Previously she was a co-founder and CEO of CloudCities, a 3D web platform for urban planning and design, a Senior Director for City Solutions at Dassault Systèmes and Solution Manager for BIM and Smart Cities at Esri Germany.

Francois Robida
Francois Robida Deputy Director, BRGM – Infrastructure and Digital Services, France

François Robida is a mining engineer and geostatistician and has 25 years of experience in computer science applications to earth sciences with BRGM (French Geological Survey). Following his first work in mining Geostatistics, he has been in charge of the design and development of software and programs related to all aspects of geology, and especially to 3D modelling. He was then been responsible for the BRGM software group, a team coordinating the development and marketing of software developed by BRGM. In his current position, he is in charge of the R&D and of the European projects in the domain of Information Systems for BRGM.

As "Terre Virtuelle" project leader (Terre Virtuelle / Virtual Earth is a BRGM R&D corporate project to support the development of new services through the use of new technologies), François has been promoting and has introduced interoperability, Grid and Virtual Reality technologies within national geological survey. Involved as an actor of the development of interoperability at different levels, he is a member of the European Expert Group for INSPIRE (the initiative of the European Commission to develop European Spatial Data Infrastructure), where he represents the European geological surveys association (EuroGeosurveys). As representative of BRGM in OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium), he is also a member of the OGCEurope advisory board, and member of ADAE-CNIG (French counsel for geographic information) working group for geospatial interoperability.

Jonny Neville
Jonny Neville Information Manager and Engineering Geologist, Mott MacDonald, United Kingdom

Jonny Neville is an Engineering Geologist at Mott MacDonald, where he has developed a specialism in information management through his experience in managing geotechnical information across small and large-scale UK infrastructure projects. Most recently Jonny has championed new solutions to improve how geotechnical models are managed and communicated for the Thames Tideway and High Speed Two projects. His data focussed vision for the future of engineering geology industry won him the 2018 Glossop award for outstanding young engineering geologist.

Abstract The GEOBIM revolution of the construction industry – Ready for lift off?

Over the past 10 years the construction industry has lagged behind other industries when it comes to the application of new technologies, but is that about to change? Building Information Modeling (BIM), or Better Information Management as it is sometimes referred to, has become commonplace in recent years, with the majority of projects achieving BIM level 2. Not only that, there is now a real energy and drive within the industry to embrace advancements in technology, particularly GEOBIM.

A series of recent case studies from across the industry, including High Speed 2 (HS2) and Thames Tideway, will be presented. These case studies will showcase how the application of 3D ground modelling in as part of an integrated BIM and geospatial (GEOBIM) framework can provide significant value to every part of the construction lifecycle by enabling more informed decisions, improved efficiency and better client/stakeholder engagement.

Reference will also be made to other technological advancements, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the opportunities presented by the adoption of these techniques.

Luke Cooper
Luke Cooper Digital Specialist, Arup, United Kingdom

Luke Cooper is a Digital leader at Arup and specializing in data governance, IT architecture, data manipulation, analytics, visualization. He has a strong background with data capture, storage, manipulation and visualization leveraging geospatial, big data, XR (VR/AR) and cloud technologies. He strives for holistic and simplistic solutions to meet the needs of complex problems drawing on techniques to promote lean processors, gaining efficiencies across the project and asset lifecycle. He has worked across numerous sectors and bodies including Network Rail, Highways England, Welsh Water, Welsh Government.

Michele Positano
Michele Positano Direction Technique BIM, Colas Projects, France

Michele Positano is currently the Direction Technique BIM for Colas Projects, an expert in infrastructure and building construction management, technical management of project BIM data sets, and BIM coordination and daily management of BIM projects data sets/workflows and project setup. Michele has been instrumental is leading BIM capabilities in Tramway Liege (Belgium), BHNS Cayenne (French Guiana), and Airport Figari (Corse – France).

Michael Twohig
Michael Twohig Director of Subsurface Utility Mapping, DGT Associates, USA

As head of subsurface utility mapping at DGT, Michael guides the team fundamental practices of locating and mapping utilities at the highest levels of professionalism utilizing modern technology, including Electromagnetics, Ground Penetrating Radar and lidar, to map projects in true 3D.

He brings more than 35 years of experience in professional utility locating, mapping, underground damage prevention, and industry safety awareness programs to the firm.

Before joining DGT, Michael worked both on-site and in-office with firms internationally to build 3D project delivery systems and ensure the highest and most appropriate Standard of Care. His previous companies include Infrastructure Mapping Services, Subsurface Search International, Woolpert, and a business he founded called Baystate Subsurface Investigation.

Beyond his role at DGT, Michael is an internationally-renowned expert and advocate on underground and subsurface topics. He regularly presents work and new ideas at industry events and contributes to international trade publications. His topics include utility damage prevention and risk mitigation, new geophysical technologies, best practices, appropriate application, BIM/GIS data processing, and ASCE 38-02 standards.

He currently sits on the editorial comitee of the Common Ground Alliance and previously served on the Excavation Safety Guide Advisory Board. While he has lived and worked all over the world, Michael now calls Winter Park Florida home. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, riding his bike, and restoring old cars. He can be reached at

Paul Surin
Paul Surin Global Lead BIM Environment, IBM, United Kingdom

Paul, who has recently joined IBM, is a positive, proactive and results-driven senior executive with a highly successful track record in leading both internal and external business strategies and teams, innovating and transforming business models which have been challenged by new technologies, new competitors, and market shifts, delivering innovative and commercially favourable solutions to all technical, commercial and digital matters. Paul has gone from being a managing director of a small innovative house-builder, throughout a medium size mechanical & electrical contractor, a large developer (building over 1,000 units/year), to a large international innovative manufacturer Wienerberger.

Paul has an extensive knowledge and understanding of Built Environment, BIM, Virtual Design Construction, Lean Construction strategies, data interoperability, AI, blockchain, construction design, management & advice, modern methods of constructions, manufacturing processes including industry 4.0, renewable energy technologies & energy performance of existing and new dwellings as well as planning regulations.

Paul is a full member and a chartered engineer of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, holds MSc (Eng.) in mechanical, electronics engineering and an Eco-Building Design Postgraduate Diploma. Paul is a BREEAM Accredited Professional, BIM Level 2 Certified Practitioner (Project Information and Task Information manager), and a chartered member of the CIOB. Paul has been a Chairman of Construction Products Europe Digitalization & BIM Task Group, a Chairman of BIM4M2 and a vice-chair of BIM4Housing, a member of Built Environment Executive at the Institute of Engineering & Technology, member of B/555 British Standards Institute and technical expert for CEN/TC 442 and ISO.

Paulus Eckhardt
Paulus Eckhardt Director Design and Engineering, Ballast Nedam, The Netherlands

As Director Design & Engineering at Ballast Nedam, Paulus Eckhardt his focus area is integrated design, construct and maintenance. For this, he involves as many relevant departments within the organization as possible. Other important focus is to increase productivity and reducing costs. To reach both focus areas, Paulus' key to success is digitalizing and BIM4Project.

Tony Sabat
Tony Sabat AEC Technology Consultant, SSOE Group, USA

Tony Sabat is a consultant, adviser, and writer in the AEC/ Built World industries focusing on innovative and disruptive technologies and processes. He specializes in workflow, technology integration, and implementation. Tony has experience in the industry working from many different vantage points from the surveyor/engineer to general contractor and now to the consulting side. Tony focuses primarily on the intersection of reality capture and digital twins, drones or UAVs, virtual design and construction, BIM, integrated project delivery, and even blockchain technology.


With the convergence of many technologies on our horizon, we can begin to strategize how these innovations and disruptions can work together to create smarter cities that adapt and predict change as it happens, potentially before. The massive influence of autonomous vehicles begins to be the framework upon which smart cities can begin to develop. The data demands of our world will not slow or even maintain. As adoption of autonomous vehicles grows, so too will our data generation. This demand coupled with advances in communication technology will allow the analysis of such and take the idea of a digital city closer towards a large scale digital twin. Join me in Amsterdam as we explore the intersection of these technologies and unravel how they can disrupt cities as we know them.

John Robinson FCInstCES
John Robinson Director, Malcolm Hughes, Land Surveyors Limited, United Kingdom

I have been a Manager, Managing Director and Director for various organisations over the years, undertaken and managed many utility survey projects not only in the UK but Worldwide. I have experience of the utility survey profession in UK, Europe, Americas, Africa, Middle East and Far East/Asia Pacific. I have been heavily involved and contributed to PAS128:2014 and PAS256:2017.

Vicki Reynolds
Vicki Reynolds Digital Manager, Multiplex and Core Team at Women in BIM, United Kingdom

Vicki has worked closely with stakeholders of every level of seniority and experience to deliver BIM and Digital Construction across a number of major projects in the UK. In her current role as Digital Manager at Multiplex Construction she works on the pre-construction digital strategy and digital skills development across the organization. She believes that, so long as you find the right learning method, BIM and Digital Construction can be accessible for everyone. Vicki has presented on digital best practice, and the practical application of BIM across the UK, Canada and Germany, and is a huge advocate of international collaboration.

A core member of Women in BIM, Vicki works hard to support, retain, and provide opportunities for women in the digital construction environment and regularly presents at schools, colleges and universities to promote STEM and Construction to girls in education. Vicki believes strongly that the industry must diversify in order to successfully digitalize, and works hard to encourage women of all ages and experience to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option.

Jan Egbertsen
Jan Egbertsen Manager Innovation, Port of Amsterdam

Jan Egbertsen (1964) has an MBA for management and logistics from the Technical University Twente in the Netherlands. After working for Akzo Nobel as project manager strategy he worked as business consultant for the development of business cases for start-ups and small and medium sized companies.

Since 1994 Jan works for the Port of Amsterdam. He started as Project Manager Strategy and was Manager Marketing since 2000. At the moment he is Manager Innovation at the department for Strategy & Innovation with a focus on logistics, transport and digitalisation.

Jan is married and has a son. Some of his hobbies are painting and photography.

Bram Mommers Chief Digital Officer, Arcadis, The Netherlands

Bram Mommers has years of experience with (Building) Information Management and later Digital in the context of the (international) construction industry. Bram has a background in Geo-information.

From 2012 until 2015 he was a member of the executive committee of the Dutch Building Information Council (BIR) in the Netherlands. Being co-responsible for the promotion of BIM and creating the conditions for the use of BIM in the Dutch construction industry. Bram represented the Netherlands in buildingSMART international and the BIM Workgroup in CEN. He was also strongly involved in establishment of a national one-stop shop for all open BIM standards in the Netherlands; this 'BIM Loket' was established in 2015.

Started as program manager, Bram is since 2007 involved in the strategy definition and implementation of BIM within ARCADIS. From 2015 until 2016 he was responsible for the BIM within ARCADIS Europe and leading the Global BIM Community. After involvement in the initial drafting of the corporate digital strategy of Arcadis, Bram was in 2017 appointed as Global Director Digital Asset Lifecyle responsible for the Digitalization and Automation of the services of Arcadis. Addressing for example BIM, GIS, Cost Management, O&M, Computational and Generative Design and VR/AR.

In 2019 Bram was appointed as Chief Digital Officer. Leading the Digital Transformation of Arcadis to ensure that Arcadis can fully leverage digital to enhance its business offering to clients.

Patrick King Associate Director/Head of BIM Technologies, ECD Architects, United Kingdom

Patrick is qualified in Architectural Technology and BIM Implementation Management, with 10 years of experience within the construction industry in the UK and abroad.

As Head of BIM Technologies at ECD Architects, he has been responsible for implementing the organisational BIM strategy across all departments. Patrick ensures on all projects that BIM protocols are followed, setting up internal and external model exchange processes, creating and delivering BIM strategies & BEPs management, creating BIM delivery programmes, training staff and providing support, and resolving BIM and interoperability issues.

Currently Patrick is leading the BIM implementation strategy for councils and housing associations around London along with supporting them in developing a digital smart city

Thomas Groeninger
Thomas Groeninger Head of Division Digital Object Survey & UAV, STRABAG, Germany

Dr. Thomas Groeninger is the Head of Division Digital Object Survey and UAV at STRABAG. His current responsibilities includes managing the business unit, developing strategic focus for the development of the division, personnel management, and integration of digitalization.

Sjoerd Magnus
Sjoerd Mangnus Program Manager Digital Construction Infra, Heijmans Infra, The Netherlands

17 years of experience in different fields of the infrastructural business. From development of new road materials and designing road construction, to department head of Roads Research and Quality to leading for 5 years now the program Digital Construction. In all these years in different roles there is a driver that is still pushing me today and that is making a change in the business by setting goals (strategical or tactical) on a middle to long term and making small realistic steps towards that goal without forgetting to take the colleagues, team, management on board. Helping them step by step in making the change possible.
BIM4Construction it is.

 Matthew Wheelis
Matt Wheelis Global Business Development, Hexagon Geosystems, USA

With more than 20 years of experience in in the construction engineering, project management, and technology fields, Matthew Wheelis serves as Hexagon's Geosystems Division building construction segment manager for U.S. and Canada. He leads the company's sales and business strategy for the building construction industry, encompassing all product lines including construction layout and reality capture. Prior to joining Hexagon, Wheelis spent more than 10 years holding various leadership roles at Autodesk. This included product management and business strategy responsibilities for a full range of construction solutions for the built asset lifecycle. In this role, he integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies with project management solutions, working across multiple functions and teams throughout the organisation, ensuring the Autodesk portfolio met the functional and workflow needs of customers across building, industrial and infrastructure construction segments. Wheelis achieved job cost control in the cloud and advancing Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud, mobile, and BIM solutions for construction.
Formally educated in business and engineering with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Southwestern University and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, Wheelis is also a LEED AP. He began his career on the construction site and has enjoyed participating in the explosion of the construction-related information technology throughout his career.

Joana Meneres Pimentel de Melo
Joana Meneres Pimentel de Melo Head of BIM Department, Sacyr Construction, Spain

I have always worked at Somague, part of Sacyr Group. First as a budgeting and planning engineer, then as designer and external designers coordinator, and also as coordinator at some of this construction company’s works (site works), even in São Paulo, Brazil. Through the coordination tasks I’ve got interested by technologies and methodologies applied to data, resources and costs management. When Somague partnered up with Instituto Superior Técnico for developing and studying BIM in Portugal, I’ve joined the study group. As responsible for BIM implementation at Somague, I’ve taken part in BIM work and study groups, such as the BIM Work Group at the Technological Platform for Construction in Portugal and the Portuguese BIM Committee and also participated as speaker in training and informative conferences (BIM in a construction company) at some Universities amongst other events.I’ve moved to Madrid, to Sacyr’s Headquarters, with the responsibility of implementing the BIM Department and developing the methodology within Sacyr Construcción, across all works worldwide.

Tobias Wittwer
Tobias Wittwer Director, GeoNext BV, The Netherlands

Dr. Ir. Tobias Wittwer is co-owner, director and Head of Innovation at GeoNext, a surveying company specializing in laser scanning and information extraction from point clouds. He has been involved in (Building) Information Modelling since 2009, mostly in the context of major infrastructural projects in the Netherlands. He has contributed to Dutch and European BIM initiatives, such as the CB-NL of the Dutch Building Information Council and the Connect & Construct project of the European Commission.

As Head of Innovation, Tobias spearheads GeoNext’s development of innovative methods for information extraction from point clouds, aiming at efficient determination of both 3D geometry and attribute information of the built environment, i.e. a “digital twin”. The resulting information is valuable in design, validation of construction, and asset management.

Tobias graduated from the University of Stuttgart in 2004 with a degree in Geodesy and Surveying. He earned his PhD from Delft University of Technology in 2009, on the subject of Regional Gravity Field Modelling.

Hesh Fekry
Hesh Fekry Product and Sales Director, AirSquire, The Netherlands

Hesh Fekry has 9 years of Architectural experience in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom where he was a champion for applying technology to improve productivity in AEC. As a founding team and Airsquire's Head of Product, he saw the opportunities in combining vision A.I. and reality capture to help improve construction productivity. Airsquire builds a vision A.I. platform that helps construction compare reality against plans.

Marina Machado
Marina Machado PhD Candidate, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Marina Machado has vast experience on implementing BIM in medium and large organizations. Has worked on the development of company standards and processes based on BIM Level 2 certifications, training and promoting staff engagement with digital technologies for the last 5 years. In the project level, has been responsible for setting up digital strategy for iconic projects, pushing digital technologies such as AR, laser scanning and asset management tools.

Marina has a strong academic background, with a Masters with distinction at BIM and Integrated Design from the University of Salford-UK, Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and MBA in Project Management. Currently, Marina works at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she is involved at BIM-SPEED, a Research Project within EU H2020 framework on Harmonized Building Information Speedway for Energy-Efficient Renovation.

Jernej Vidmar Chief Executive Officer, Agilicity, Slovenia

Jernej is CEO and co-founder of AgiliCity. He holds PhD in Urban Design (on the topic of Interactive Regulation of Built Form). Prior to establishing AgiliCity, he worked as urban designer for 8 years. This gives him deep understanding of wicked problems urban planners and designers are facing in everyday practice. Together with his passion for computer programming and digital technologies, he is equipped with a set of skills that help him and his team develop cutting-edge solutions for smarter design of cities of tomorrow. Besides being involved in AgiliCity business development, he is still also product manager of Modelur, a parametric urban design software tool.

Abstract Interactive 3D Zoning

The presentation on Interactive 3D Zoning will discuss a new urban design method named Interactive 3D Zoning and related parametric software application named Modelur. Interactive 3D Zoning is a novel urban design method that embodies urban planning/zoning rules in a way that automatically adapts buildings to local zoning rules during the early stage of conceptual urban design/massing. At the same time, the application warns about mistakes (e.g. when Floor Space Index is too high or when Buildings are plaed too close together) and calculates all key urban parameters (eg. Gross Floor Area, required Parking Spaces). All this is achieved by transferring zoning rules and land use parameters directly into Modelur, which takes care of calculating numbers and adapting the buildings. During the early research, it has been proven that new method enables on average much faster (2,4 times) and precise (4,6 times lower coefficient of variation in reaching the target FSI) 3D design of the development. It also reduces both, the number of mistakes (3,5 times less) as well as their variance (2,2 times less), which are due to improper placement of the buildings within the area. Today, when the application is even more developed, results are even better.

Rick Klooster
Rick Klooster CCO, Future Insight, The Netherlands

Rick Klooster is founder and CCO of Future Insight. The company provides software and services based on open standards to improve collaboration within building projects and make them more effective and successful. A combination of new work methods and technologies like workflow management, 3D Digital Cities and BIM provide the online tools for all stakeholders working together on their shared project effectively.

With his background in both government and commercial organizations he knows the challenges from both sides of the table. He can translate this experience into solutions which really connect stakeholders making life easier and collaboration more effective and fun!

Tommie Jacobs
Tommie Jacobs BIM Specialist, Ballast Nedam, The Netherlands

As BIM-specialist at Ballast Nedam, Tommie Jacobs his focus area is integrated design, construct and maintenance. He specializes in the implementation and integration of workflows and technologies in medium and large construction projects. For this, he involves as many relevant departments within the construction projects as possible. This without forgetting to take the colleagues, team, management on board. His goal are fully digital working construction projects making use of smart technologies.

Johannes Zettel
Johannes Zettel Architect | Sales Manager, STRABAG AG, Germany

Johannes Zettel is an architect and Sales Manager at STRABAG AG in Germany, where he is managing the sales department of 3D-Mapping-Services such as UAV or Mobile Mapping. Before joining STRABAG in July 2019, Johannes was working in different companies within the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM), such as All plan (Nemetschek Group, 2013-2015) and BIMobject (2016-2019). He is experienced in digital planning methods, software and cloud solutions within the building sector and combines this professional knowledge with an empathy about architects and engineers.

Rezan Shahwan
Rezan Shahwan Senior VDC, BIM Manager, ALEC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rezan Shahwan is a professional in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry for more than 15 years. After obtaining his Architectural bachelor degree from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, Rezan commenced his career in the Design team of FARO Architecture in the Netherlands. Currently, Rezan is working for ALEC Engineering and Contracting (ALEC), which forms part of the Investment Corporation of Dubai. It is one of the largest construction company with related businesses operating in the GCC with also a strong presence in Africa. ALEC has consistently evolved and grown over the last 20 years to become a trusted partner for the execution of complex and iconic construction projects, notably Airports, Leisure and Retail high rise, to name a few. Before joining ALEC, Rezan worked with BESIX and Six Construct on the Warner Bros Theme Park in Abu Dhabi. Rezan VDC career started to flourish when he worked on the intricately complex but challenging project of building the military complex in Brussels, Belgium - the New Headquarters of NATO.

Abstract BIM utilising on a World-Class Amusement Park Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sreelatha Chunduri
Sreelatha Chunduri Digital Construction Program Manager, Royal BAM Group, The Netherlands

Sreelatha is a Digital Construction Program Manager at Royal BAM Group in the Netherlands. At part of her current role, she is managing the adoption of BIM and measuring its maturity on building and infrastructure projects in different operating companies of BAM. She also lead the BIM Level 2 certification initiative for BAM Infra, NL, and achieved two BSI kitemarks for information management for project delivery and asset management phases along with her team. Her past experience includes working with different contractors in America in the AEC industry on building, commercial and aviation projects.

Sreelatha has a background in Construction Management and holds a Ph. D. in Architectural Engineering from the Penn State University. Her research team from Penn State has published the BIM execution plan both for projects and for owner organizations. She has also worked on measuring the maturity of BIM implementation for owner organizations and has an ASCE publication on it. Her research work with Penn State and Department of Energy focused on developing integrative building life cycle process models for energy efficient retrofit buildings. She has also worked on understanding the use of immersive construction technology for design reviews and design coordination during her post-doctoral work.

Alberto Avecilla
Alberto Avecilla Garcia Strategic Program Manager, Sacyr Construction, Spain

Alberto Avecilla García - Industrial Engineer from University of Valladolid and Executive MBA from IE Business School, with more than 13 years of experience in different construction companies in positions of:
- Operations management, improving and integrating processes, reducing costs, optimizing stocks and increased the efficiency of international logistics.
- Supply chain, with effective supplier management, determining the type of buying and/or investment and managing selling and divestment processes.

Since Alberto’s arrival to Sacyr, more than two years ago, he has had the responsibility in principally two areas:
- Control and Tracking Assets, applying new solutions that respond to the current environment.
- Strategic planning, improving operational, efficiency and profitability of the processes.

Alex Brandts
Alex Brandts Development Lead – Program Manager, Port of Rotterdam

As Development Lead (Program Manager) D&IT at the Port of Rotterdam, Alex focusses on innovation and value-adding possibilities to further digitize the core activities of the Port of Rotterdam. Together with his team and colleagues from all departments he is working to make the Port of Rotterdam the smartest port in the world and create the Digital Twin of the port.

For realizing this ambition, data is key, as well as data quality, data standards and data models, like BIM.

Oliver Buerkler
Oliver Buerkler Senior Product Manager, FARO Technologies, Germany Abstract Reality driven BIM at the end of construction errors

Nowadays, in the construction business, 30% of the cost caused by rework to fix design or construction errors plus 10% of the used material wastage is the norm rather than an exception. This comprehensive knowledge is provided through the means of a digital twin of the construction site, which is continuously updated as the construction progresses. Modern technologies like 3D laser scanning provide the means to capture the reality of a construction site at any time, efficiently and cost-effective though software provides field-to-finish solutions for all applications along the building life cycle that turn digital reality data into a dollar value for all AEC professionals. Or in other words: Reality driven BIM at the end of construction errors!

Thomas Gilbert
Thomas Gilbert PhD., Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Tom is a postgraduate researcher at Newcastle University, sponsored by EPSRC and Ordnance Survey. He focusses on the integration of network topologies across the building envelope and how this challenge is influenced by the conceptual and spatial representations used in urban data standards

Matt Rumbelow
Matt Rumbelow Reality Capture Consultant, Revitall Systems, South Eastern Australia

A graduate with honors in Architecture from the University of South Australia, Matt has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that Building Information Modelling (BIM) can bring in practice. Through his work of over 15 years with global BIM vendors such a Leica Geosystems, Autodesk, Trimble BuildingPoint and Nemetschek, Matt is uniquely placed to identify benefits and develop strategies that leverage the potential of BIM technologies across disparate industries.

Abstract Streamlining BIM for Digital Construction Workflows

Today’s construction environment is characterised by shorter building cycles, reduced budgets and growing expectations for accurate data on demand. Although this situation presents numerous challenges for the industry, it also creates tremendous opportunities for firms that wish to differentiate themselves by integrating Building Information Modelling and digital construction within an increasingly competitive market.

Recognizing the potential value of BIM for improved construction, several global vendors have been working closely together to help close the information loop between design office and construction site, such as the recent integration of the Leica Geosystems field software with the Autodesk BIM 360 construction management platform.

The aim is to create a seamless workflows between office and field, encompassing data exchange via cloud-based services, as well as straightforward data flow from point creation in the design to construction layout on site to validation back in the office.

Using current examples from Australian construction firms, this presentation will show how surveyors and construction professionals can collaborate directly with the Autodesk BIM360 platform. This project-wide integration enables digital setout and construction verification directly from the common data environment to streamline digital construction in the office and on site.

Tony Sabat
Tony Sabat AEC Technology Consultant, SSOE Group, USA

Tony Sabat is a consultant, adviser, and writer in the AEC/ Built World industries focusing on innovative and disruptive technologies and processes. He specializes in workflow, technology integration, and implementation. Tony has experience in the industry working from many different vantage points from the surveyor/engineer to general contractor and now to the consulting side. Tony focuses primarily on the intersection of reality capture and digital twins, drones or UAVs, virtual design and construction, BIM, integrated project delivery, and even blockchain technology.


The built environment covers a massive footprint during all the stages from concept to commissioning. Our processes create immense amounts of data points that can be difficult to capture and essentially refine and analyze. The mobility of drones and scale they can cover makes them an exceptional contributor to capturing these data points and leveraging them into current and future projects. In this session we will dive into the many workflows drones can bring to the table as well as how they can improve existing workflows.

Francesca Noardo
Francesca Noardo Post Doc, 3D Geoinformation Group, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Francesca Noardo is Postdoc in the 3D geoinformation group at the Delft University of Technology, and research fellow in the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). She works towards the integration of geoinformation with BIM, envisaging the concrete employment of such technology for smart cities applications through open standards and open technologies, at present within the projects: ‘EuroSDR GeoBIM project’, ISPRS/EuroSDR ‘GeoBIM benchmark’ and AMS ‘Smart data integration for urban applications’.

Raido Puust
Raido Puust Professor of BIM, TalTech, School of Engineering, Estonia

Raido Puust has earned PhD from Tallinn University of Technology and current job positions include both, lecturing/research at university and civil engineering consultancy at private sector. His current expertise is concentrated onto building information modelling workflows for buildings as well as for infrastructure. Long-term background in professional design and analysis software has gave a good insight into presently available tools and workflows for student/engineer/designer and such knowledge is also transferred to the audience in his lectures/seminars/trainings. Believes that traditional lecturing methods are not the best in its own for current (modern) students where mobile devices, tablets have kicked in. Enthusiastic distant-learning (e-learning) propagator, whereas classical lecture should be used as a bonus and a motivating communication between a teacher and a student.

Tjeerd Teerlink
Tjeerd Teerlink Product Owner Digital Twin, BIM team, Qirion/ Alliander, The Netherlands

To get greatly engineered solutions, multidisciplinary disciplines not just engineers of various backgrounds have to work together. Working in the power and energy sector for a few years now, Tjeerd strives to connect these disciplines, and boost engineering innovations into existence.

As BIM Advisor and Product Owner Digital Twin, Tjeerd aims to build a digital twin that is pivotal to all parties in the sector that cries for adequate asset information over long periods of time. He envisions to build one environment for asset information throughout the entire lifecycle of assets, a twin that is shared and co-created with all the stakeholders involved by creating value for a few users, and build a solution that provides value to all parties in the eco-system.

At GEOBIM, Tjeerd will shed light on Qirion's Digital Twin vision - a vision that surpasses vendor biases and that is ready for future technologies such as AI, Semantics, Knowledge Graphs and W3C technologies, via his presentation Digital Twins - Beyond Models & Visualizations. The vision is created by Hans Fugers, Wim Bouman and reflected by software vendors over the past few years.

Mr. Maarten Welmers Business Developer, Esri Nederland

Maarten Welmers is business developer smart cities with Esri Nederland working on a broad range of smart city projects ranging from 3D city planning, real time geo, to local energy transition planning. At the Dutch standardization body NEN he co-chairs the working group on Open Urban Platforms. Within this working group Dutch municipalities, businesses and research institutes have developed a practical guideline on how cities can develop an open platform for urban innovation across domains.

John P. Wilson Professor and Founding Director, Spatial Sciences Institute

Dr. John P. Wilson is Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Spatial Sciences Institute in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. He holds adjunct appointments in the School of Architecture, the Keck School of Medicine of USC's Department of Preventive Medicine, and in the Viterbi School of Engineering's Departments of Computer Science and Civil & Environmental Engineering. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of Transactions in GIS (Wiley-Blackwell) and the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge 2.0 Project (University Consortium for Geographic Information Science). His research focuses on the modeling of human and environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS, spatial analysis, and environmental modeling. Much of this work is collaborative with the goal of improving our understanding of the factors connecting people, their environments, and their well-being.

Johan Kuppens Digital Director, INFRANEA - VK Architects & Engineers, Belgium & The Netherlands

Johan Kuppens has over 30 years of experience in the advent and evolution of digital engineering in the infrastructure structure. He is CEO of INFRANEA since 2004 and – since the acquisition of INFRANEA by VK Architects & Engineers mid 2019 – the Digital Director for the VK Group. VK is specialized in Health Care Design and Building Engineering. INFRANEA excels in 3D-engineering, BIM-services and VR-applications for large infrastructural projects, with a mission to contribute to the digital transformation of the engineering and construction sector.

Johan's focus today is to initiate and lead the Digital Transformation initiative of the VK Group. His belief is that digital technologies and digital engineers will radically transform the traditional engineering practice in the very near future, as we quickly evolve from computer-aided to computer-driven design.

Jeroen van Winden
Jeroen van Winden Chief Technology Officer, Esri Nederland, The Netherlands

Jeroen van Winden is Chief Technology Officer at Esri Nederland. He has more than 20 years of experience in deploying GIS as a solution of complex issues. Jeroen is responsible for the products and technology strategy. At a strategic level he advises on the deployment of geographical information within government, business and universities to support the digital transformation all organizations face.

Duncan Mc Cormick
Duncan Mc Cormick Construction Software Sales Specialist, EMEA, Topcon Positioning Group

Duncan Mc Cormick is a Construction Software Sales Specialist for EMEA focusing on the distribution of Topcon’s infrastructure software solutions. He is based in the south of Germany, working with international project teams on largescale infrastructure projects in Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Denmark. With a background of linear scheduling and project planning and over 15 years’ experience of delivering value to contractors, project owners and supply chains alike, Duncan is well positioned to advise on Topcon’s innovative software solutions for the global construction community.


We have the technology,” was a popular opening catchphrase from a 1970s television series that portrayed a severely injured astronaut who has bionic implants to make him better, stronger, faster! Technologies like intelligent machine control, telematics, UAVs, 3D printing and autonomous vehicles have certainly been hugging the headlines recently but in this webinar we will be focusing on the challenges that companies face when having to manage earthworks on large scale infrastructure projects.

You will hear how to utilise the latest digital tools to:
• Reduce haul distances
• Reduce the amount of hauled material based on their soil properties
• Balance cut and fill
• Make intelligent product forecasts

Topcon has helped to contribute to this event, to show project stakeholders and contractors alike how they can benefit from utilising software and digital innovation to solve their challenges. Who should listen to this presentation: Project owners, government agencies, contractors, earthmovers, construction logistics managers, project managers, estimators or bid managers - anyone with an avid interest in commercially improving their company’s bottom line.

Anne Laurentie
Anne Laurentie Products NL Industry X.0 Managing Director Lead, Accenture BV, The Netherlands

Anne Laurentie is leading the Products Industry X.0 practice at Accenture in the Netherlands. The company solves the toughest Business Transformation and Technology challenges through standout Strategy, Consulting, Digital, Technology, Operations and Security. Working with over three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, the company drives Innovation and shapes world around us. With expertise in more than 40 industries and all business functions, the company delivers ground-breaking outcomes for a new digital world. Accenture Industry X.0 covers 4 components of the value chain: Engineering, Operations, After Sales and Product/ Service innovation applied to all Industries, including Industrial and Construction. With her experience in Design, Engineering and PLM cross-industries Anne can bring perspectives and a point of view about the challenges of different markets and propose suitable transformational approaches including Business processes and software solutions. She delivered a successful SAP PLM implementation for a large CPG company and advises other industries leveraging PLM or BIM platform for their transformation. She is working with New ways of thinking and related methods with inclusive and diverse teams.