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Gerry Carty

Managing Director, RPS Consulting UK & Ireland

Gerry has overall responsibility for RPS activities in Ireland. He has led the company since 2012, implementing a comprehensive development strategy focused on achievement of excellence and delivery of high quality services to clients, using best in practice technology and integrated cross discipline service delivery. He has been responsible for the delivery of a range of PPP projects; motorways, energy, educational, water, health, national and regional road projects from commencement to completion. Gerry is currently an Executive member and Vice President of ACEI. He was Chairman of CWIEM in 1999/2000, chairman of the NHWPP, a member of the EPA Audit Committee, is a trustee and chairman of a large pension fund and is a mentor for the Institute of Directors.

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Dr Bill East

Founder of Praire Sky Consulting

Dr. Bill East is a construction management researcher who has made contributions to project scheduling, quality management, and building informatics. The innovations created by Dr. East’s have stood the test of time becoming national and international standards. Bill  has been awarded the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Government Civil Engineer of the Year award as well as awards from FIATECH, CSI, NIBS, and buldingSMART international.  

Today, Bill is best known as the inventor of the COBie standard. Bill helps owners and project teams implement COBie through his consultancy Prairie Sky Consulting. In addition, Bill is Director of the premier COBie on-line educational resource, the COBie Academy, hosted by the University of Florida. Bill is also Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Dublin. Dr. East’s most recent book, “Lean Handover™: COBie for Contractors,” is now available.


Sandra Gannon

Senior Design Researcher, IBM

Sandra Gannon is a Senior Design Researcher who has worked in software development for over 14 years in the area of Facilities and Asset Management. Sandra has held a number of roles in software development such as Information Developer, Project Manager, and Product Architect and Designer. Sandra's primary role as Research Designer involves conducting user research that deepens the organizations understanding of the user experience and drives portfolio strategy.


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Digital Manager, Multiplex Construction

Vicki develops and delivers learning strategies to maintain and boost the digital and technical capabilities of Multiplex Construction.

Having previously worked in information management, BIM management, BIM consultancy and BIM project management, she has seen Digital Construction from a number of different angles, and worked closely with stakeholders of every level of seniority and experience.

A core member of Women in BIM, she also regularly presents at schools, colleges and universities to promote STEM and Construction to girls in education, and works hard to encourage women of all ages and experience to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option.

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David O’Brien

Head of the Construction Procurement Policy Unit, Office of Government Procurement

David O'Brien is the head of the Construction Procurement Policy Unit in the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and chair of the Government Contracts Committee for Construction.

He has been adviser to the Department on Public Expenditure and Reform on public works and construction services procurement since 2011 with oversight of the standard form of public works contracts that are in use across the public capital programme. He is an architect by profession with over twenty years experience in project diversity in both the private and public sectors.

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Jaan Saar

Head of Digital Construction
Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Jaan has managed processes and IT in the construction industry for over 15 years. He joined the public sector in 2018 with the goal of digitally transforming the construction sector in Estonia – to develop the prerequisites and digital infrastructure for collaborative data sharing throughout the building lifecycle. Thus enabling and motivating companies to digitize their processes with the end result of increasing productivity.

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CEO, GagaMuller Group

GagaMuller has become a leading Digital Project Management Consultancy since the business was established in March 2018. GagaMuller Technology was subsequently established in September 2018 to support the digital requirements of forward-thinking organisations in the Construction Industry. The group is led by Paddy Ryan and Thomas Gillen who have amassed the necessary academic and professional experience through their ‘MSc. – BIM & Integrated Design’ qualification and the years that they spent working in lead roles for Tier 1 Main Contractors on mega projects.

A Civil Engineer by trade, CEO Paddy was first introduced to Building Information Modelling & Digital Technology in 2013 and quickly recognised it's potential and positive impact on the Construction Industry. Graduated in MSc BIM & Integrated Design with the University of Salford.


dr. Christoph Rothballer

Partner & Associate Director, Infrastructure, Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Christoph Rothballer is a Partner and Associate Director at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich. He advises infrastructure players from across the value chain on digital strategy topics (incl. public agencies and governments, construction and facility management firms, infrastructure operators and investors). Christoph worked with the World Economic Forum on the Future of Construction as well as the Strategic Infrastructure Initiative for six years. Christoph holds a PhD in infrastructure finance, which he completed at the Technical University of Munich and at MIT.