David’s career spans over some 25 years where he has worked for some of the construction industry’s leading contractors and consultants. After graduating with a degree in Building
Engineering and Management he joined Balfour Beatty as an Engineer spending much of his early years setting-out, planning and manging specialist sub-contractors before progressing to
Director of Technical Services and subsequently BIM Programme Director.
During this same time David gained an MSc in Property & Construction Management (Distinction) and University Medal winner as well as Virtual Design and Construction certification
from Stanford University, California.
He was seconded into the Cabinet Office as Head of BIM Implementation and has been part of the UK BIM Task Group helping UK Government realize their Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy. He is currently part of the Digital Built Britain (DBB) team and also Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group through the Scottish Futures Trust.
David is employed by AECOM the multinational engineering firm as Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director helping clients around the globe achieve better outcomes through digitized and
innovative approaches to the asset life-cycle. In addition to being a Trustee, Fellow and Ambassador of the CIOB he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineering, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
He is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and visiting Professor at Middlesex University.
Dr Ilka May
Dr Ilka May is a senior consultant for BIM, GIS and digitalisation in the construction sector with more than fifteen years’ experience working with spatial technology and data. In her 10 years working for Ove Arup International, Ilka has worked with major clients on a range of prestigious projects, including London Olympics, Crossrail, Network Rail and Deutsche Bahn. In 2015 Ilka was the lead author of a strategic BIM road map for Germany and was appointed as co-chair of the EU BIM Task Group in Brussels. The group, which gathers the collective experience of public policy makers, public estate owners and infrastructure operators from over twenty European countries, has developed a handbook for the introduction of BIM by the European public sector. Since April 2016 she leads the BIM implementation programme of German Rail’s engineering arm DB Engineering & Consulting.
Since 2017, Ilka is the CEO and co-owner of a company specialised in 3D modelling, visualization, virtual reality and gamification in the fields of modelling the built environment, design, operational processes, asset management and maintenance.
Paul is the President and CEO of the digit group (www.thedigitgroupinc.com), Chairman of theBIMcompany and is one of the global industry’s most sought after thought leaders,
strategists and integrators of process, technology and business. A Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Paul is an award winning author, educator, analyst and adviser to Fortune 500
organizations, global government agencies, prominent institutions and the most prestigious architectural, engineering and contracting firms in the world. A pioneer in BIM and a former
Fortune 500 corporate officer, Paul is a licensed architect and is a prominent and highly rated speaker at numerous industry events around the world each year and has been appointed as a guest lecturer at leading universities throughout the world. Paul’s current work is focused on Smart City real estate developments that include financing, design-build and technology solutions in the USA, Australia, Europe, MENA, India, Southeast Asia and China. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon (www.aechackathon.com) that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Dr Bilal succar
Dr. Bilal Succar is a strategic BIM consultant with extensive experience in performance assessment and improvement. He is also an avid researcher in the fields of competency based
learning and macro BIM policy development.
Between 1994-2004, Bilal worked as a designer, team leader and site manager on a number of major projects in Australia and the middle east before focusing his attention on digital innovation, performance assessment and process improvement. In 2004, Bilal established ChangeAgents AEC (ChangeAgents.com.au/) an open-innovation consultancy to assist early BIM adopters in their implementation, training and digital delivery efforts.
In 2009, Change Agents launched BIM Excellence, a unique research based method for assessing, benchmarking and improving the competency of individuals, capability/maturity of
organisations and compatibility of project teams.
As an Associate Director within Scottish Futures Trust, Paul leads the BIM Delivery Group for Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government. The objective of this group is to support and enable
the Scottish Public Sector to adopt BIM Level 2 from April 2017. The work of this group is set out within the new BIM Guidance Portal for Scotland launched in March 2017.
Paul also leads on a variety of workstreams which include the creation of a new Community Infrastructure Benchmark Database, development of a new Community Benefits Toolkit for
Construction and development of a new Whole Life Appraisal Tool for the built environment. With over 15 years within the construction industry, Paul has been involved in a variety of public and private sector projects which have ranged in terms of value, procurement and complexity. Paul is a Quantity Surveyor by profession and spent 10 years delivering cost management
services within an international construction consultancy before joining Scottish Futures Trust in Aug 2012.
Louise Kelly is BIM Manager with ACB Group, responsible for managing the implementation of BIM Processes to ensure the best possible project outcomes. She is also a member of the Core Team of Women in BIM.
Having studied Architectural Technology at Dublin Institute of Technology she found that she had a passion for BIM, in particular the use of BIM to facilitate greater project control, achieve greater efficiency and reduce waste in Construction.
Louise is the ‘Encourage & Support’ lead for Women in BIM where she is determined to help support our members. In her presentation she will be talking about Diversity as well as sharing an update on the work of Women In BIM, what this means to our members and to encourage both new members as well as supporters.
Pam Bhandal is the founder/director of PB Marketing Consultants, working as a freelance marketing consultant with a number of different companies both within and outside the AECO industry.
Pam started her marketing career within the Education Software industry. Her first foray into marketing was promoting educational software to secondary schools followed by 13 years of working within the automotive, manufacturing, building, engineering, design, infrastructure and the film and games industries. Pam worked for Autodesk for a number of years helping shape their marketing and PR strategies.
Alongside her consultancy work Pam is now a director of BIM Regions UK, a member of Women in BIM and NAWIC as well a member of the Executive Team at the UK BIM Alliance. She supports a number of the BIM Regions across the country with a more defined role for both BIM Regions East and London. She can be seen at many industry events across the country tweeting live or managing stands.
Roar is the Chief Advisor of Operational Excellence. Roar began using Lean whilst a graduate student in the US and started working as a BIM Coordinator in Skanska Norway.
After becoming Regional Manager of Lean Construction in Oslo, he was part of establishing VDC as a common terminology for aligning Lean and BIM, as he is passionate about how the two fields can be integrated in practice.
Roar is a board member of Lean Construction Norway and committee member of DKT, one of Norway’s biggest BIM conferences. He is also active in academia, as a researcher and a master thesis advisor and sensor, as well as being a regular guest lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Henning is a Senior Advisor of BIM. After several years of field experience with HVAC installment, Henning pursued a BIM education at a technical certificate school in Oslo and becoming a BIM Coordinator at Skanska Norway.
Henning focuses on how to efficiently bring BIM to the Skanska production crews and digitalize their on-site work processes.
As the creator of Skanska’s Digital Rebar workflow, a customized information management in Solibri and Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, he has enabled Skanska projects to design, procure and assemble rebar only using the BIM in Big Rooms, on tablets and on-site BIM stations rather than 2D drawings.
DR SONIA ZAHIRODDINY
As the BIM Strategy Manager at High Speed 2, Sonia is responsible for the strategic and consistent implementation of BIM across the programme with a view to increasing efficiency through design, construction, testing, operations and maintenance. Sonia holds a PhD in Computer Sciences and BIM and a Masters degree in Business Information Systems Management. She is also an active member of the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) . Prior to HS2, Sonia helped London Rail & Underground to achieve BIM capability by developing and utilising standardised processes for the production, management and delivery of asset information. She is passionate about information management efficiency and determined to improve information management processes through standardisation, collaboration and better use of technology in the Rail and Construction Industry.
Zoey Ritchie has been working in the Construction Industry developing Building Information Modelling technology capabilities and implementing them on major projects, both in a consultancy role and for a main contractor since 2006.
Zoey started her career in Product Design but later joined a small Consultancy specialising in commercial outputs and value-added services from 3d models. The company was acquired by Laing O’Rourke in 2010 for its unique 5d BIM capability. At Laing O’Rourke Zoey was a key member of the Digital Engineering team, helping to build a team of over 100 specialists that could assist in winning work and delivering projects on site utilising BIM. Zoey helped develop a bespoke software tool for 5d take-off and was the lead for R&D and the implementation of new technology across the team.
Since 2017, Zoey has been working for PCSG specialising in Information Management and the implementation of BIM across the whole supply chain. This involves assisting Clients to obtain value from their existing data and data they acquire through new projects and assisting Contractors and Designers to implement BIM in a way that provides value to their business.