About Speakers

Julian Norton Business Development Manager – Construction, Pix4D, Switzerland

Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Computing & Cartography from Oxford and a Master's Degree in Surveying from UCL, Julian started his career in the oil & gas industry as an industrial plant surveyor. Julian worked at Leica Geosystems where he held positions in sales, product management and business development, advancing laser scanning commercially and technically. Julian is now working for Pix4D in Switzerland as Business Development Manager for construction.

Abstract: Jobsites of the Future: Drones, Real-time Mapping, Cloud and Machine-Learning Better site monitoring. Increased efficiency. Exceptional precision. It's no secret that drones have changed the way that construction sites operate. UAVs are quickly becoming the go-to tool for gathering measurement data and as-built updates, increasing efficiency in the field and enabling smarter project management decisions. How drone mapping has transformed construction jobsites into vibrant digital workspaces, how is it used not only for planning and scheduling but also for earthwork management and site surveys? In this presentation, we will go beyond data collection and see how drones, crane cameras, and photogrammetry are shaking up the AEC industry and its processes by providing never before possible, daily measurable 2D/3D models of the as-built, on an ever-ongoing process, integrating cloud technology for better collaboration. We'll understand how this can drive efficiencies, savings and foster a valuable VDC/BIM process helping to keep a site on design and on schedule. And we won't stop there. We'll finally see how drone-captured imagery and machine-learning photogrammetry processes can be used to automate object recognition and 3D modeling, producing intelligent as-built data for BIM integration.

Rob van de Velde Director, Geonovum, The Netherlands

Rob van de Velde is director of Geonovum, the Dutch National SDI Executive Committee. Making the Government work smarter when it comes to location, is the common thread in his work in the public sector. Graduated as a human geographer, he started his career in geospatial technology when joining the National Planning Agency in 1985, the first Governmental Agency in the Netherlands to acquire GIS technology. Later he joined the National Institute of Public Health and Environment and in 2000 he joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality heading the GIS Competence Center. Since 2007 Rob is director of Geonovum. Rob is furthermore member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and is connected with the Spatial Information Laboratory of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Øyvind Svaland BIM Manager, Veidekke, Norway

Building industry has great need for better communication between the various actors in projects, it is not uncommon that errors occur caused lack of good information quality. Øyvind's passion for visualizing BIM and project information through AR makes new opportunities for common understanding between people in the building industry. There is no specific form of information that is appropriate for all tasks in a building project so Øyvind develops processes for AR devices and other mobile devices into a common process for digital dataflow and BIM visualization. Øyvind is BIM-manager at Veidekke Entrepreneur. Graduated Construction Engineer from Gjøvik University College and has a diploma in the carpentry profession. When Øyvind jump out of the virtual world, he likes to go skiing in the mountains and compete in sports.

Abstract: Augmented Reality for the Construction Industry The basics of AR for a construction project
AR change how we interact and can rely on the information in a construction project. The basic information we use in AR such as a BIM-model is the same, however we gain huge benefits when placing the BIM-model in the real world at right scale and position. One of our goals is to make the interaction between different stakeholders as accurate and easy as it possible can be. To reach that level of accuracy we need the best platform to do the information transfer from team to team or person to person. Our perception is that the best platform for geometric description is AR, and we use that advantage to perform construction tasks easier, faster and better.

AR in use for better understanding and reducing rework
To maximize our BIM investments, we have start to use AR in some areas in the construction process. For example, to erect and control the rebar assembly. We also use AR to track progress and reduce the rework of heating, water and sanitation.

Alignment of the BIM-model in AR with GPS
To use AR on site in infrastructure projects, the ability to place BIM-models automatically with centimeter-precision is necessary. We do piloting a new tool who combine AR on smartphones and a GNSS receiver. This device brings us the precision needed to do planning, production and inspection of any work in an infrastructure project.

Olli Poutanen Head, WSP Game Studio, Finland

Olli Poutanen is a Helsinki-based designer who is passionate about applying game thinking and new media technologies in urban design. Poutanen works at WSP, which is a globally recognized professional services firm. In 2015 Poutanen started building a team of technology experts, designers and artists that has since then been established as a business unit called WSP Game Studio. The focus of the studio is in providing interactive content that facilitates design of urban environments and architecture with virtual and augmented reality solutions. Poutanen typically runs projects that combine various media solutions tailored for different phases of the project lifespan.

Abstract: Immersing in Architectural Lighting In carefully chosen places, lighting can stand out as a beautiful layer on the surfaces of the urban landscape. Since technologies of addressable and individually controllable light emitting diode (LED) luminaires and intelligent lighting control systems are developing, new possibilities also emerge in architectural lighting design. Consequently, designers need to find ways to assess dynamic changes of lighting that can be perceived, for instance, as changing colors or in shapes the lighting paints to the surface. It is reasonable to study their effects to the cityscape and user experience as a part of the design.
In order to tackle new design challenges, the lighting team and the in-house game studio at WSP Finland have joined forces. Together, these teams of experts have developed interactive lighting visualizations that enable designers to look at different lighting scenarios and prototype with alternative sketches. This presentation focuses on two case examples that demonstrate how game engines have recently been used in façade and bridge lighting design projects with the help of augmented and virtual reality. Both of these lighting designs include dynamic control of the luminaires that have been brought to life in a virtual environment.

Leon van Berlo Senior BIM Researcher, TNO, The Netherlands

Léon had a construction background, but found ICT in the AEC industry equally interesting. Today he is leading BIM innovation initiatives at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO. His main research topic is collaboration in the AEC industry. Léon is the founder of the open source BIM collective and BIMserver.org. Recent works are on the fields of cloudbim technology with "BIM Bots" and several EU supported BIM R&D projects. Recently Léon started leading the "BIM Supporters" organisation on its mission to improve the quality of BIM usage worldwide, by using tools like the BIM execution plan generator, the BIM Quickscan® and the e-Courses program BIM Secrets.

Abstract: Sharing is not collaboration The cloud seems the new holy grail as a facilitator for sharing BIM data. Online platforms however will not instantly create a collaboration environment. Every partners needs to adapt to the system, which can be different in every project. It is a challenge to get everyone on the same island and abide by the same rules for the time they spend there. Research and practical observations show that working with on online cloud collaboration platform stimulates wrong behavior. People just put data on it as if they are throwing it over the wall to others. The real challenge is to map requirements between people in a project, and work towards delivering them. As long as people can't deliver data that other project participants need, they might never be able to deliver an integrated project. The pitch gives some examples and solutions how to actually collaborate and deliver the correct data to project partners, regardless on what cloud island they are.

Mark Moerman Lead Digital Project Management, Count & Cooper, The Netherlands

As Lead Digital Project Management at Count & Cooper responsible to effectively leverage the power of technology as a key factor for successful project delivery. Broad BIM experience in both local and international (Middle East) environments. Currently working on large scale infrastructural projects with a focus on data-integration and 4D planning (risk prevention through virtual construction). I am passionate about new technologies, process improvements and team-work in highly complex environments.

Magdalena Pyszkowska Global Head of BIM Deployment, Bouygues Construction, France

A civil engineer with 18 years of experience in construction industry. All my career is driven by technical innovations in order to keep a step forward.
Since 2006 I have been working for Bouygues Construction, worldwide construction company, with HQ in France. As a Head of R&D, I led the conception and management of R&D portfolio in close collaboration with international universities and startups. I introduced and coordinated the set-up of high-tech products (VR, drones) to a large international audience and contribute to the activity of 8 global and transversal R&D clusters.
In my current position, I lead the global deployment of BIM (Building Information Modeling) by working with cross-functional teams both in France and in International. The technology know-how adoption and digitalization of internal processes is one of the main goals to be delivered to increase the business performance. Recently I've returned to University to study the intersection of digital technologies and disciplines of the humanities.
I hold a Master degree of Civil Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and an Executive Master of Digital Transformation from Sciences PO in Paris.

Rollo Home Strategic Product Manager, Ordnance Survey, United Kingdom

Rollo is Senior Product Manager for Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's National Mapping Authority, responsible for product delivery and NMA4.0 roadmap in support of national evolving requirements (variously labelled under terms as Smart Cities, autonomous vehicles or IoT). He has worked within the geospatial sector for international engineering consultancies and vendors for over 20 years, with an ever-growing focus on 3D data modelling. Rollo represents Ordnance Survey as an Associate Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities and on the City Standards Institute Board and was subject matter expert to the Digital Built Britain programme. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Deputy Head of Geography for Government in the Government Science and Engineering Profession.

Abstract: Geo and BIM does not make a GeoBIM Developing a coherent approach to GeoBIM integration requires consensus between multiple stake-holders from both the Geo and the BIM side and at an international level. Developing such a multi-country and multi-stakeholders approach is the topic of a 2-year EuroSDR (European Spatial Data Research) project on GeoBIM integration that started in November 2017. The general aim of the project is to detail both the needs and the issues of GeoBIM integration, studied from use cases as well as from existing experiences in the participating 11 countries and to develop initial solutions accordingly. We are specifically interested how geospatial data that is produced by governmental agencies like National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMAs) can be better utilised in design and building processes. The studied use case are a) the workflow from global design to a building permit; and b) the workflow of the object life-cycle in asset management.

Paulus Eckhardt Director Design & 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.

Heikki Halttula Chief Executive Officer, Viasys VDC, Finland

Mr. Heikki Halttula (M.Sc.) has over 30 years' experience in civil engineering CAD, GIS and BIM -software development projects, and lean implementation projects. He is CEO of Viasys VDC Ltd. since 1999. Viasys VDC is today part of Topcon Position Group and is concentrating on MAGNET software development. He has acted as chairperson of the Data Modelling Committee of Finnish Association of Civil Engineers for ten years and has been a member of Building Smart Finland Infra committee advisory group. He is also Ph.D. Student focusing on the simultaneous use of BIM and Lean.

Abstract: Virtual Design and Construction in Infrastructure Projects During the past few years, the construction industry has been actively focusing on improving productivity with new model-based technology solutions. The proper use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies greatly improves risk management of construction projects with frequently reported benefits such as cost reduction, increased control, significant time savings and minimization of waste throughout the project lifecycle. Virtual design and construction tools, such as the MAGNET software family, help businesses to turn 2D drawings into high-quality constructible models, eliminate clashes and design defects and to monitor the project progress even in 4D and 5D views by including project schedule and costs. Furthermore, MAGNET software enables mass optimization, production of machine control surfaces and – with the help of UAV surveys and laser scanning - the creation of as-built 3D models that when combined with the initial design models allow project management to review the quality of work.

Theo Agelopoulos Director, Infrastructure Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk, USA

Mr. Agelopoulos is responsible for leading Autodesk's infrastructure business line. In this role he oversees industry strategy, marketing, go-to-market, and sales enablement for infrastructure. Mr. Agelopoulos reports directly to the Vice President of AEC Industry Strategy and Marketing. The organization he leads interfaces closely with product development inside Autodesk that develops BIM solutions to service the infrastructure industry.

Mr. Agelopoulos is responsible for developing growth strategies enhancing Autodesk's long-term competitive position in infrastructure, including M&A and partnerships. He also leads industry and thought leadership engagement in driving the industry to BIM through various innovation platforms.

He has over 20 years of experience in engineering, geospatial and remote sensing technologies serving the transportation, land and water industries. Prior to joining Autodesk, Mr. Agelopoulos spent 13 years at Intergraph Corporation in various Technical, Senior Sales and Business Development roles. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne Australia and is based in Denver Colorado.

Aki Kopra Development Manager, Kreate, Finland

Aki ensures that Kreate is at the top of the infrastructure contractors by utilizing new digital and intelligent solutions in construction. The application of building information models (BIM) in project lifecycle is an essential part of this development. An example of Aki’s contribution to comprehensive implementation of BIM is the Isoisänsilta bridge project, which was designed and built entirely with BIM. The project won the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2015, awarded by Trimble and the Bridge of the Year 2017 awarded by RIL - Finnish Association of Civil Engineers. Along the ongoing developing of utilizing BIM in Kreate, Aki designs temporary support structures and scaffoldings for Bridges with Tekla Structures. This brings hands on approach to BIM in projects and guarantees well designed supports while minimizing waste.

Abstract: Tampere Deck and Arena – construction project over railways – providing the right information to make the right decisions BIM's role is to provide the information for managers to help make right decisions. This is the key in making the project successful. The construction industry's processes haven't really changed, but the conditions and circumstances in which the projects are conducted have. We are building structures among already densely built areas and in tight schedules. Good spots for buildings are already taken. This is why we need help from the modern tools to make projects profitable. This is just the case in Tampere Deck and Arena project.
Kreate conducts the construction project of the deck over the railways of the Tampere railroad station for SRV. This central deck will house a multi-purpose arena, a hotel, and the city's tallest residential buildings. The deck itself is a very demanding engineering marvel containing 10000 meters of drill bored piles, 20000 cubic meters of cast reinforced concrete and these are constructed over and in between working railways. The layout of deck foundations are under constant change, since the designs of the arena, hotels and the residential towers are still to be finalized.
Can collaboration via BIM help to face the challenges of tight schedule and changing designs? The design models are shared in BIM cloud with the project stakeholders, but sharing huge amount of data itself doesn't help the project management. Kreate has developed practical solutions with the designer Ramboll to provide on time data of the project status for the site and the client through BIM visualizations. Through these visualizations the status of the design, construction work and material orders are checked in weekly meetings. This way the project management stays on top of the project progress and can make properly considered changes in plans when needed.

Francisco José Gonzalez Infrastructure BIM Expert, SENER, Spain

BIM Leader in civil department railway infraestructures in Sener. Postgraduate Máster BIM Management in Infraestructure and Civil Engineering. Engineer specialist in the development of infraestructure projects over more than 25 years.

Abstract: Integration of GIS tools into BIM infrastructure models The future of engineering is based on BIM methodology. In order to achieve good engineering projects, the first stage is to define an adequate and accurate cartography and geology-geotechnical information.
Here in SENER, these engineering fields are the core stone in order to provide value and reliability to the projects. SENER has developed an in-house tool called "XBIM-GEOSENER" which allows to obtain 3D geological-geotechnical BIM models
The BIM model integration in a GIS working environment allows to link BIM with multiple databases and their accurate analysis. In this way, information can be managed and analyzed jointly and continuously, providing the engineer with an improving analysis capacity and a better decision making skills.
The final model contains all relevant geotechnical data, the BIM model of geology obtained from the existing geotechnical information, and the infrastructure BIM model , in order to reliably manage all the project information available to make any geotechnical-structural calculation process automatic in any infrastructure project.

Alicia Abejón GIS Expert, SENER, Spain

M. SC. Eng. Geodesy and Cartography. Postgraduate Specialization Railway Engineering. M. SC. Eng. GIS-ESRI. She has 17 years professional experience in Surveying and Mapping related with civil works. Being Responsible for the Surveying and Cartography Department since 2007, has also taken part in numerous detailed design projects and feasibility studies of railway lines and High Speed Trains, toll highways and motorways, roads, subways and also Airports.

Abstract: Integration of GIS tools into BIM infrastructure models The future of engineering is based on BIM methodology. In order to achieve good engineering projects, the first stage is to define an adequate and accurate cartography and geology-geotechnical information.
Here in SENER, these engineering fields are the core stone in order to provide value and reliability to the projects. SENER has developed an in-house tool called "XBIM-GEOSENER" which allows to obtain 3D geological-geotechnical BIM models
The BIM model integration in a GIS working environment allows to link BIM with multiple databases and their accurate analysis. In this way, information can be managed and analyzed jointly and continuously, providing the engineer with an improving analysis capacity and a better decision making skills.
The final model contains all relevant geotechnical data, the BIM model of geology obtained from the existing geotechnical information, and the infrastructure BIM model , in order to reliably manage all the project information available to make any geotechnical-structural calculation process automatic in any infrastructure project.

Tiffany Hosey Founder & CEO, BuilDATAnalytics, USA

Tiffany Hosey is a business executive, lawyer and recent innovator in construction analytics. While working as a civil litigator for over 15 years, her experience ranged from the defense of professional liability cases to serving as counsel to a panel of judges overseeing a multi-billion dollar products liability litigation fund. Before founding BuilDATAnalytics, she worked for 7 years as President of her family's construction management company.
Tiffany created CTBIM out of her need for an evidenced based approach to construction. While working with her family's construction company, she was often challenged by the lack of accountability controls, cost controls and paucity of information on routine issues prevalent on most construction projects. After creating CTBIM, BuilDATAnalytics was chosen out of over 250 competitors as a winner of the 1st Ballston BID Launchpad Challenge, sponsored by Ted Leonsis and the Ballston Business Improvement District.
Tiffany has been a guest lecturer for the Strategy and Entrepreneurship program at Marymount University School of Business Administration, and has presented a webinar to the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M.
She holds a Class A Contractor's license from the Commonwealth of Virginia; is certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Quality Control Construction Management; is proficient in written and spoken Japanese; and holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University.

Abstract: Insurance Driving 21st Century Construction Innovation: Using Big Data to Mitigate Risks and Increase Labor Productivity Insurtech that utilizes Big Data in construction is poised to disrupt the insurance and construction industries. Historically, insurance companies have served as catalysts to changes that have driven mandated improvements on construction sites. Years ago, six-foot fall protection became an insurance requirement in response to the numerous claims asserted due to preventable falls on construction sites. In the advent of Insurtech, technologies that collect real-time Big Data from field activities can also be mandated to drive efficiencies. Technologies that collect real time field data can streamline claims processing, decrease litigation costs, bring more competition to the marketplace and ultimately disrupt the business of construction. Technologies that allow project teams to proactively address issues during the construction process can mitigate insurance and financial risks inherent in the construction process. Big Data also brings an exciting prospect of allowing developers to store real time evidence of completed construction activities in the event of a catastrophic loss before project completion. By requiring the collection of Big Data during construction, insurance companies are poised to not only disrupt the way insurance companies have done business for 300 years, but also how the construction industry has conducted business for over 2000 years.

Phil Langley Director, Digital Delivery , Bryden Wood, United Kingdom

Director of Digital Delivery at Bryden Wood, responsible for driving digital innovation across the practice. Phil leads the Creative Technologies team at Bryden Wood which brings together different strands of BIM and computational design including algorithmic design+simulation, connected tech, mixed reality and big data analytics. This group is focused on developing radical new approaches to digital technology that can be used by both the design/delivery teams and clients/end-users.

Abstract: Data Driven Infrastructure and Automated Design The Rapid Engineering Model (REM) is a radical and disruptive new digital approach to automated design for Highways England, developed by Bryden Wood Technology Ltd with the Smart Motorways Programme (SMP).
Central to the functionality of REM is the design guidance documentation that has been developed for the SMP. This guidance has been encoded into a rules engine that drives two key aspects of REM â?" data analytics and automated design. Topographic data can be analysed alongside environmental data to help identify opportunities and risks within specific projects or along entire assets in the network.

The step-by-step Rapid Engineering Model process is as follows;

1. Analysis of digitally captured topographic and environmental data
2. Evaluation of suitability of topographic data analysis
3. Automation of design layout, following SMP design rules
4. Optimisation of design layout according to project specific criteria

The REM workflow is organised around a 'master data set' which captures the analytics, evaluations and optimised layouts. From this, REM can generate many different outputs types and formats, including;

- GIS data layers
- HE compliant BIM models
- Interactive, browser based data visualisations
- 'Drive through' visualisations
- Mobile and web apps
- Virtual Reality apps

Anne Kemp Director and Fellow, Atkins, United Kingdom

Anne has been working in the industry for 25 years, delivering information to where it is needed for informed and intelligent decision making. She is Director and Fellow at Atkins for BIM Strategy and Implementation. She has been with Atkins for 19 years, where she first introduced GIS to the business, and has acted as advisor to a wide range of projects, ranging from contaminated land to large data management projects. Having served two years as Chair for AGI, Anne is now Vice Chair of Building Smart UK and Chair of ICE's BIM Action Group and BIM4Infrastructure UK. She has been part of the UK Government BIM Task Group helping the departments to implement BIM, in particular HA and EA, and has just graduated as prizewinner for her MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, where her research focused on enabling sustained collaborative working across the infrastructure industry.

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

Joana Menéres Pimentel de Melo, civil engineer at Instituto Superior Técnico–Lisbon-Portugal.

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 recently (2 years now) 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.