Keynote Speaker

Nigel Latta

Nigel is renowned for his humorous “Politically Incorrect Parenting Shows” and highly entertaining and thought provoking conference and after dinner presentations.

He is also a very successful writer and his “Into the Darklands: Unveiling the Predators Among us” became a very successful TV series.

Nigel’s professional experience to date reflects a dual interest in both forensic psychology and working with young people, and their families. He’s also developed an increasing specialty and passion for working with kids in the ‘too-hard’ basket.

He gained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and a Master of Science in Marine Science. He then had a brief foray into the world of rock and roll. When the journey was over, he enrolled at the University of Auckland to train as a Clinical Psychologist and graduated with a Master of Philosophy with First Class Honours in Psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Nigel consults with a range of private and public organisations from throughout New Zealand including social service agencies, sex offender treatment programs, prisons, the Department of Corrections, the New Zealand Police and Child Youth and Family Services. He’s been in private practice for the last nine years and now also works extensively in Australia.


Rula Alatia
Opus Architecture

Rula is a Principal Architect in the Opus Auckland Office and has a wide range of client management, design, documentation and architectural project management experience. This experience encompasses conceptual design, design development, working drawings and detailing overview, contract administration and site observation.
Rula's 16 years of architectural experience covers a variety of sectors including commercial, retail, education, government and residential projects.
Rula is Opus's account manager for Bank of New Zealand, responsible for leading and managing the Opus team ensuring consistency and quality in service delivery.

Graham Allan

Graham is a Director and the Technical Manager of Structex, structural engineering consultants and has been involved in civil and structural design since 1985 A committee member and regular speaker for the Revit User Group Christchurch, Graham has been 'playing' with Revit structure since 2007 and instrumental in its implementation across the Structex group over the last 2 years. When not detailing repairs to broken Christchurch buildings, he enjoys mountain biking, golf and getting run ragged by his two young boys.

Wesley Benn

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Cheyne Bird
IMAGINiT Technologies

Cheyne has studied and practiced in the Architecture industry, and also has experience as an architectural project designer/CAD manager. Cheyne has used this experience to provide training and consulting services across entire organisations.

Cheyne specialises in the implementation, customisation, and optimisation of Revit. As technology expands what is possible with Building Information Modelling (BIM), Cheyne has focused on practical approaches in the use of Revit solutions to design and document architectural projects. Cheyne has the big picture of the future of BIM in mind, while grasping the current limits and practical use of the software to meet and exceed project goals.

Greg Boyden
Jasmax Ltd

Greg has been a director at Jasmax since 1995. He is devoted to the realisation of architecture and has been passionate about the process of building and design from an early age.

In 2005, Greg implemented Revit at Jasmax and, since then, he has continued to work towards furthering its use in the practice. He contributes actively to associated industry committees and boards, including the Construction Industry Council Guidelines. Currently, Greg is also in the working group for the national standards technical committee developing the BIM handbook for NZ, which covers guidelines for implementing BIM in practice and use in construction projects.

Nicholas Broadbent
COX Architecture

Nicholas is currently working for COX as a BIM manager on the Adelaide stadium Redevelopment, responsible for delivering a BIM model and documentation to the Builder, Clash Detection Reports in Navisworks and Running Coordination meetings. Nicholas has a strong history producing 4D building construction sequencing, 4D renders and animations, developing new ways of using gaming engine technology, using his API and C# knowledge to fill the gaps between Software. After his first job converting an architectural office to Revit, became passionate about Revit and BIM and Revit taining and implementation, working at RMIT University teaching at night. A passion for problem solving and creating intelligent solutions to complicated problems still drives Nicholas. He describes BIM as in its infancy. After attending AU in 2009, he presented a successful talk at AU in 2010 & 2011 and RTC 2011 he was pleased to be invited back to present again at RTC in 2012.

Jerome Buckwell
Jasmax Ltd

Since graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney in 2000, Jerome has worked for leading architectural practices in Australia, U.K and is now a Senior Associate at Jasmax in Auckland. In a former life he was a CAD/I.T manager specialising in MicroStation and Apple networks. These days, his main focus is on the design and delivery of large-scale commercial projects. He has a keen interest in digital design and technology and, in particular, how digital design can aid the delivery of buildings from concept to construction. Jerome's specific interest is in the workflow between packages such as SketchUp, Revit and the Adobe Suite.

Brett Burling

Brett has 13 years experience with the production of CAD drawings, and has a high level of technical expertise and vast knowledge of design and documentation software packages including AutoCAD, Revit and Tekla. Brett has been involved in a diverse range of building and civil engineering structures and infrastructure developments in Australia and internationally.

Brett is also responsible for the development, customisation and implementation of BG&E's documentation systems throughout out the organisation.

Michael Carlotto

Michael is an integral component of the BIM team and developing the IPD areas of Arkhefield, an architectural firm based in Brisbane. His work over the past ten years in the surveying and architecture industries provides him with extensive working knowledge of the construction industry.

Having worked on a range of small to large residential, commercial and industrial projects documented almost exclusively in Revit, Michael is excited by the possibilities of what BIM and IPD can provide a project through increased efficiencies, productivity and certainty.

Michael's primary role is currently looking at ways to implement and improve internal processes and technologies within Arkhefield.

Mark Cronin
Peddle Thorp

Mark is Design Systems Manager and Associate at Peddle Thorp, Brisbane. He is tasked with maximising the efficiency of BIM within the company, and is constantly looking to improve processes and enhance deliverables. Mark actively develops design work-flows, applies and manages standards and protocols. He has experience implementing, managing, and extending the use of Revit and associated BIM applications. With a background in digital design tools and architectural visualisation in the UK, Mark holds a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology. He is responsible for providing in-house training and best practice solutions at Peddle Thorp and has previously spoken at various conferences, including Autodesk University and RTC.

Clive Daniel
Laing O'Rourke

With over 15 years' experience working for leading structural consultants using various CAD system Clive is well versed in what is required when it comes to documenting production drawings. In the past 5 years he has helped past companies with the company wide implementation of Revit including training of staff. Clive has been involved in projects ranging from bespoke housing to commercial, super talls and infrastructure, both within Australia and internationally.

Clive is currently part of the Digital Engineering team at Laing O'Rourke focusing on advanced modelling practices and project integration at the delivery and planning phase. Focusing on all aspects of the modelling process (3D, 4D and 5D) Clive is responsible for technical strategies at the design and planning phase as well as through delivery. He is also responsible for job specific training and support of staff.

Karl de Wet
Draftech Developments

Karl has been coordinating building services for 14 years, using 3d modelling. He started using Autocad, BSlink and ADT with Navisworks then moved to CadDuct. When RevitMEP became workable he moved to full BIM and has completed 70+ RevitMEP projects to date. The completed Revit Projects are mostly to a Shop Detailing level along with the typical lead coordination role. Karl is a Director of Draftech Developments which specialises in Revit MEP modelling and documentation.

Nuno do Vale

Nuno Martins do Vale is a Graduate of Architecture and Urban Designer at HASSELL. He has a keen interest and extensive experience in the design of public buildings and urban design projects. Working for more than 5 years at HASSELL he has been appointed Model Manager for the new Terminal Project for Melbourne Domestic Airport, Victoria. Before that he was also Model Manager for the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield Campus, Sydney and the Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal Access Project in Queensland.

Prior to joining HASSELL, Nuno worked as a registered Architect in Portugal on multi-residential and public building projects. Nuno also worked as a Heritage Specialist for the Directorate for Buildings and Monuments in Portugal. He has a Masters Degree in Architectural and Urban Rehabilitation from the University of Technology Lisbon. Nuno also lectured at University of Technology Lisbon on Drawing for Architects and Electronic 3D Descriptive Geometry.

Jason Dodds

Jason Dodds, coauthor of "Mastering Navisworks 2012 and 2013", is President/Owner of DFourInc located in Denver, CO. Jason has been actively involved in the construction and technology community for over 15 years. During his career, Jason's focus and experience has been with construction, construction administration, MEP, architecture, structures, technology, sales, marketing, and business development. He has been involved in all facets of construction processes and understands what it takes to complete projects on time and under budget. Jason has experience with estimating, coordination, fabrication, scheduling, and project management. Jason is also considered the expert on Autodesk Quantity Takeoff (QTO) and helped pioneer many advancements with the technology. Jason also used Navisworks for over 10 years on active construction projects around the world. Jason is also a recognized speaker at national events such as the Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE), Autodesk University and BIM Forum, among others.

Jacob Farley

Jacob started at Lincolne Scott in the print room, straight out of school in 2000, stocking the cupboards, photocopying and binding, then he moving into a cad drafting role.

Jacob moved on to Medland Metropolis as a draftsman in 2003. In 2005 he moved to a more technical role and overseeing the drafting for all 5 Offices and the development of the MM AutoCAD Systems.

In late 2008 Jacob moved to S2F, into a more Mechanical Design role. S2F successfully won, a joint venture with DMA Engineers to design and document The Townsville Hospital Redevelopment. Revit MEP was used to engineer and document the projects, Jacob's role included the development of Revit standard for S2F.

At SKM, with Townsville Hospital finishing up he moved onto some key SKM projects including the new Chinook Maintenance Facilities and the Goddard Building Redevelopment at the University of Queensland.

4 months ago Jacob started working with BSI, a smaller firm with no Revit exposure, in a short space of time, he has have developed their standards, and are now documenting all Electrical services in Revit, and winning some key projects.

Tony Fitzwater
Holmes Consulting Group

Tony is Holmes Consulting Group's National Drafting Manager, a member of the HCG Bim team and an all round nice guy. Holmes Consulting Group is a specialist structural engineering practice with five offices throughout New Zealand, an affiliated office in San Francisco and is a practice which is global in scope.

With twenty five years experience in the structural drafting industry, Tony has a wealth of experience to draw upon. Having started his career on a drawing board, then working with many versions of AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, and now embraces Revit, along with many other supporting programmes.

Tony's career has been centred around the food processing industry and heavy industry, where an integrated design and documentation approach has always needed to be taken to ensure all facets of the building are fully integrated with the plant.

David Foley
Norman Disney & Young

David has established himself as a leader in the management of the Building Information Modelling (BIM), his role at NDY involves developing protocols, standards, workflows and techniques, using the knowledge he has gained from twenty years experience which spans both consultancy and construction within the United Kingdom and Australia. NDY have successfully applied this methodology across several projects enabling the coordination and development of the digital model and collection of the associated data.

As technology advances so does David's desire to drive improvement in the way in which the industry performs and collaborates. Continuing the development of modelling standards, analysing workflows and the way in which data is exchanged in BIM has been essential to the delivery of successful projects. Passion and determination to collaborate and educate are the key characteristics that ensures David delivers successful projects for both NDY and his clients.

David is a committee member of the Revit User Group in Sydney, and a member of several other user groups aimed at improving the way we collaborate. David has given presentations on BIM and Collaboration at several industry functions, and many other organisations within the industry.

Callum Freeman
Assemble Ltd

Callum spent years as a roaming Revit consultant to different architectural firms before settling at Assemble, further developing Revit skills on varied projects.

Callum has been fortunate to use Revit both in production and conceptual settings as well, to provide model components for 3D printing, jewel renderings, cathedral modelling, mechanical design etc.

Katia Gard
The Buchan Group

Originally from Switzerland Katia came to Australia in the early eighties, to work as an Architect in Brisbane.

Katia was first exposed to CAD in 1984 with AutoCAD. Katia has learned and used a broad range of software but since her first involvement with Revit in 2006 has not stopped learning it, using it and teaching it….

Katia currently the Revit Manager for The Buchan Group, responsible for a full Revit implementation, on-going training of staff as well as internal development for the office standards.

Rhys Hall
COX Architecture

Rhys followed his first passion of Architecture after a valuable lesson in work ethic courtesy of the military.

Rhys brings together the experience of implementing and teaching Revit in 5 Practices combined with the team culture of a previous life in the RNZAF.
His technical ability has led him to into a training and mentorship role with Cox Architecture in Melbourne as their BIM manager and Stadium Sector BIM Manager.

Projects he has worked on range from small scale residential through to sports stadia, most notably the Adelaide Oval and Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rhys' primary focus is on process in BIM with the goal of getting the most out of what you already have.

Clay Hickling

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Ceilidh Higgins

Ceilidh is an interior designer and architect who until recently worked at GHD as a design team leader, design manager and project director. Her team were using Revit for over 5 years for all interior design projects across workplace, healthcare and lab projects of various scales. Ceilidh herself has been using Revit for over 7 years. She is a passionate believer that BIM can allow us to deliver project design and documentation more efficiently and more effectively than traditional methods and to assist with the design process.

Jason Howden

Jason is passionate about design, technology, BIM and collaboration. Over his 20 year career he has worked for leading architectural practices in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Currently as Group BIM Manager for Woodhead and founder of RTV Tools Limited, formerly, Jason believes that the AEC industry must embrace change, BIM, ICT and collaborative work processes to remain sustainable in a world driven on technology that is increasingly moving faster and getting more connected every day.

Lyndon Ingram
Opus International Consultants Ltd

Lyndon is the Senior Revit Technician in the Palmerston North branch of Opus International Consultants Ltd in New Zealand. Lyndon is also a member of Opus's Revit Technical Committee overseeing the coordination of Revit inside Opus.

Additionally, he provides mentoring of Revit to a number of Opus staff and has organised and run a number workshops for the wider Opus Wellington Region CAD/Revit community over the years.

One of Lyndon's key areas of interest is producing high quality models/drawings and sharing knowledge of his experiences.

Lyndon is consistently using Revit in a collaborative way together with the Architectural, Structural and MEP disciplines.

Lyndon has over 20 years experience in using CAD packages for Civil, Structural and Building Services (HVAC, hydraulics and electrical) drawing and modelling, and has been using Revit RST for 6 years and MEP for 5 years. He is proof that old grey haired (or no-haired) AutoCAD users can migrate to Revit successfully

Phil Kendall

Phil Kendall is a Senior Structural Designer and Associate with the Auckland Structures team in Beca, with 20 years' experience in Infrastructure, Industrial and Commercial building projects, both within New Zealand and around the Asia Pacific area.

Initially a keen developer of AutoCAD systems – including development of many AutoLISP and Menu features – he was always searching for the appropriate tool that would enable a more streamlined design approach. This search was finally rewarded when Revit Structure 3 was released. Since this release Phil has been heavily involved in implementation of Revit Structure (initially), Architecture and MEP within Beca and has been a part of the Auckland Revit User Group committee in the early years of its existence – AutoCAD is now a distant memory.

Beca have over 100 licenses of Revit throughout our New Zealand, Australia and Asian offices and since 2005 they have successfully delivered small, medium and large Revit projects collaborating with both internal and external design partners across offices and countries, including the Victorian Desalination Plant, the University of Auckland Science Centre redevelopment and Geothermal Power Stations in the central North Island.

When not knee deep in Revit Families Phil enjoys spending time with the other Family elements in his life along with taking out his work frustrations on the Indoor Cricket court and relaxing with a spot of fishing.

Hisham Khoury

Currently WSP Melbourne BIM Manager and a project Electrical Engineer, he has spent the majority of the past four years heavily involved in the regional BIM evolution. Hishams work has, over that time, seen him involved in several large scale BIM projects with varying levels of complexity such as Crown Casino, Echuca Hospital and Medibank Tower. His role in these projects involved managing BIM strategy, Electrical Design, Model management and client relations.

As part of the WSP Technical User Committee he has been instrumental in setting up many of the standards and tools which are being used regionally throughout WSP Asia Pacific. WSP are constantly striving as a firm to push the boundaries within Engineering and having an electrical background allows Hisham to be at the forefront of Electrical Engineering within BIM.

Nicholas Kramer
HMC Architects

Nicholas M. Kramer, LEED AP BD+C, is a project leader and BIM project administrator at HMC Architects in Ontario, California. He has been using Revit® since version 8.1 and has helped to implement Revit across an architectural company of over 400. He is currently the company/wide resource for BIM content creation and standardization on a wide variety of projects. His project experience varies from a 400,000 square foot library to higher educational laboratory buildings to medical tenant improvements to the renovation of the MLK Hospital in Los Angeles. Nicholas is currently serving as the president of the BIM User Group Inland Empire (BUGIE), Program Manager for the Revit Technology Conference: North America and has guest lectured on BIM and sustainability at RTC Australasia, North America, Autodesk University, and other forums.

Vikram Kumar
Mega Ltd.

Vikram has been CEO of Mega Ltd. from February this year. Mega is a cloud storage and collaboration service launched in January 2013. The service has grown rapidly and is gaining global attention as "The Privacy Company". Prior to this, Vikram was Chief Executive of InternetNZ, a not-for-profit advocacy and policy body. He has been interested in the economic, social and political opportunities from the Internet for over two decades.

Stephan Langella
Rice Daubney

Since joining Rice Daubney in 2010 as Strategic BIM Manager, Stephan has driven the existing BIM capabilities forward, focussing on real possibilities with emerging technologies. This has realised greater efficiencies in internal collaboration, improved and modified deliverable types as well as leveraged external collaboration opportunities. Stephan now also oversees the first BIM consulting project taken on by Rice Daubney. He has over 20 years knowledge and demonstrated experience in the use of BIM software professionally. He is also a sought after speaker at both University level and professional conferences. Stephan has worked with numerous practices from the vendor side also as National Training Manager for Graphisoft Australia for 2 years and more recently as National Business Development Manager and Strategic Marketing Manager. Stephan has a unique and very practical point of view on the complex issues facing our industry.

Simon Lloyd-Evans
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Simon is the Programme Manager for GeoBuildTM within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

GeoBuildTM is the Ministry's strategy to take a holistic and interoperable approach to the building and construction system to encourage improvement in performance and productivity. GeoBuildTM will create a national information exchange framework that digitises building, geographical and environmental data. The information will be available online for uses affecting the built environment, and ultimately the whole environment. The first step in this strategy is the design of a nationally consistent on-line building consenting system.

GeoBuildTM encourages other opportunities and outcomes, among which are the creation of an environment to support innovative, geospatially enabled, business products and services. 

The Ministry is also a cornerstone partner in the Building and Construction Sector Productivity Partnership, a joint venture between the Government and the Construction Sector to achieve a 20% increase in productivity by 2020.  The Productivity Partnership has close ties to GeoBuildTM with its objective of accelerating the uptake of BIM. Simon chairs the interoperability National Technical Standards Committee across both of these strategies.
Simon has worked for over 25 years in Information Services for many industries and sectors, such as Policing, Health, Insurance and Banking. He now assists organisations with their strategic use of information to deliver long term sustainable outcomes.

Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Nathan Love
Sinclair Knight Merz

Nathan has been a Structural Designer for 18 years primarily in the Buildings market, but also worked in Infrastructure, Mining and Marine Structures. During this time he has worked on a variety of Structures Projects and different disciplines in Australia, Canada and the UK. Been using Revit Structure since 2007 and is always keen to learn new ways to deliver projects with through BIM and FM.

Bruce Madsen

Bruce Madsen is the BIM Manager for HOK's San Francisco office, and the author of HOK's content development standards. In this role, he has authored the internal "Step-by-Step" guide for "Creating Families", and trained hundreds of people in the subject. In addition to numerous in-house training sessions, he has been a speaker or panelist at number of San Francisco area community groups including AIA San Francisco and the Blue Book Building & Construction Network. Trained in Industrial Engineering at California Polytechnic University and at Stanford University, Bruce has been focused on industry productivity his whole career. At General Electric he worked in IT and logistics for production of products ranging from light bulbs to locomotives. For three years he was part of GE's Corporate Technical Education Group, providing courses in Production Planning and Control, and Just-In-Time (Lean) concepts.

Aaron Maller
The Beck Group

Aaron is currently the BIM Manager at The Beck Group, specializing in Revit Implementation. His current role includes streamlining use of the program, exploiting its efficiencies amongst the Architectural Design, Preconstruction/Estimating, and Construction groups at Beck, as well as Revit Infrastructure Management and Training for all users. His work experience includes Implementing and Support Revit in a variety of offices, and using Revit for all phases of Architecture (from Design to Construction including fabrication), on projects of varying scopes and genres. Passionate about Revit and Architecture, he's an avid contributor on AUGI (twiceroadsfool) (twiceroadsfool),Twitter (@twiceroadsfool) and is an active speaker in the Revit Community, presenting at Autodesk University, the Revit Technology Conference, and several Local Users Groups and Autodesk training events.

Antony McPhee
Antony McPhee Architect

Antony McPhee is an Architect who has had a enduring interest in utilizing technology to improve the design and quality of buildings. He has worked in a range of roles, from project architect to BIM implementation leader, at prestigious design firms such as Daryl Jackson, Peter Elliot, A.R.M., John Wardle and Lyons. In his long career he developed and managed AutoCAD from 1986 until moving fully to Revit by 2004. Antony is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, a long time member of Revic, and an ABSA accredited NatHERS rater. He continues to comment on BIM & Revit through his blog practicalBIM.

Although an advocate for BIM, Antony is wary of the current craze whipped up by BIM evangelists. An over emphasis on what BIM might be able to do in a utopian future, rather than tackling the real world problems us users of BIM struggle with every day.

Alfredo Medina

Revit instructor, consultant, family maker, author of tutorial videos, with a background in architecture, and experience in architectural offices in the U.S. and in his home country, Colombia, South America. Very frequent participant of the main discussion forums related to Revit. Manager of, an online sevice dedicated to all Revit, with three learning resources, a store, a blog, and a forum. Speaker at Autodesk University for the past 3 years.

Andrew Milburn
Godwin Austen Johnson

Andy Milburn is an Associate at Godwin Austen Johnson, Architects, with a special responsibility for BIM strategy & Revit implementation. He has had a varied career, abandoning architecture in his twenties to become a bricklayer. After spending 8 years as a builder and another 8 as an educator in newly independent Zimbabwe, he returned to architecture in his late thirties.

For the past 20 years he has worked as an architect in Africa and the Middle East, taking a keen interest in the impact of computer technology on the profession. His blog "Shades of Grey" is well known in the Revit world. He has 3 adult children, spread around the globe and in his spare time plays blues guitar.

Phillip Miller
Kiwi Codes Solutions

Phillips' current position is Director/Programmer at Kiwi Codes Solutions Ltd, which provides Autodesk© Revit© API solutions for clients throughout the world.

Phillip has had 18 years experience in the architectural design profession, starting as a CAD technician working on AutoCAD version 12, through to 11 years running his own architectural design practice in Central Otago, New Zealand.

During this time as a business owner, it became clear to Phillip that to be competitive in today's market you needed the best tools available and to use them in the most efficient way. This led to Phillip exploring the Revit API and designing tools that provided the much needed productivity boost that was required in his business.

David Mitchell
Mitchell Brandtman

David Mitchell is a 5D Quantity Surveyor and Partner of Mitchell Brandtman. With 30 years of industry experience and a family background in construction consulting, David has a deep understanding of construction and development. David is passionate about people, open leadership, technology and the collective ability to create and shape opportunities for positive industry change.  He develops and implements project and enterprise cost strategies, consults on disputes, and shares knowledge through teaching and conducting quarterly cost research.

Daniel Morrison

After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1994 as a Mechanical Engineer and working in Brisbane for 2 years, Daniel travelled to England where he spent over 3 years on a working holiday visa, doing CAD Design. In 2000, approximately 6 months after returning to Australia, he commenced employment with AECOM and in 2003 he was transferred to AECOM's Perth office to boost building design in the WA drafting team. Daniel has been in Perth ever since, where he has supported growth of the Building Engineering team from 5 to almost 100 people, and the drafting team from just himself to 15 people.

Daniel started using Revit in 2007, and he is now the MEP representative on the committee for the WA Revit Users Group. He also plays a leading role nationally in the implementation of Revit and BIM throughout AECOM in Australia and New Zealand.

Florian Neumayr
A2K Technologies

Florian Neumayr graduated in Business and Engineering with majors in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and Controlling in Germany. He offers 15 years of industry experience in the architectural and structural business for multi storey buildings and warehouses. Having lived in New Zealand for the last 8 years, he joins a big passion for BIM leading him to teach and speak internationally. He focuses himself as application engineer to optimize the computer as tool for the last 3 years working as consultant for a major Autodesk Reseller in the Asia Pacific. His expertise are workflow studies offering flexibility to make room for options and changes and reducing costly repetition.

Rodd Perey

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Quoc Pham
ADG Engineers (Aust) Pty Ltd

Quoc Pham has just short of 6 Years experience with Revit MEP, Structures and Architecture. He was with KarelCAD for 3 years, providing a wide range of support to the firm with Revit Family content creation, technical support, training and Research and development. In mid 2010 Quoc made a transition from KarelCAD to ADG Engineers (Aust) Pty Ltd, with an essential role in supporting the firm with Project Modelling, co-ordination and Revit multi-disciplinary family creation. Since then he has worked on projects such as Foreshore Hercules Street Residential Apartments, QC-LNG 1,700 man camp site, family Support for various manufacturers and among other projects.

Jim Plume

After completing a BArch in 1976, Jim Plume went on for a further year as a full-time research student developing one of the first prototypical CAD systems to explore the notion of constructing digital models of buildings represented as assemblages of objects with embedded knowledge about materiality and relationships between the building parts, a technology now known as building information modelling (BIM).

From 1978, Jim worked as a professional architect in Melbourne for three years while completing the MArch dissertation. Jim became a registered architect in Victoria in 1980 and then joined the Faculty at UNSW in 1981 as a lecturer specialising in computing in architecture. Jim has exercised active leadership in the tertiary sector since that time, establishing much of the IT curriculum and resources. From 1999 through to 2001, Jim served as Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies) and then from 2006 to March 2010, served as Head of the School of the Built Environment. He retired from his formal academic role at the end of 2012 and is now pursuing full-time research into "precinct information modelling" (PIM) in collaboration with the CRC for Low Carbon Living, while maintaining a strong link with industry through buildingSMART Australasia.

Jim's area of interest and expertise is information modelling as applied in the professional design disciplines associated with the built environment. An on-going focus of that work is in the development of the concept of precinct information modelling (PIM), which is concerned with urban scale models and the use of object database technologies to support design collaboration across the broad spectrum built environment disciplines.

Sherman Powell
SPP Group

Sherman joined the SPP Group in 2010 to manage 3D modelling and documentation across all offices nationally. Prior to joining SPP Group he worked at two major Authorised Autodesk reseller companies in Brisbane providing all levels of technical support to Revit Users also on a national basis where Sherman was also involved in providing all levels of Revit training to industry professionals.

Having been involved in the use of Revit since the year 2000  Sherman has developed a valuable knowledge bank in 3D modelling. Part of his major strengths in Revit is having used it in the industry in all major Disciplines, Architectural, Structural and MEP Services.

Sherman has also played a vital role in implementing Revit for major companies in Brisbane. The projects that he was involved in ranged from Multi-Developments, High rise Residential, Stadiums, Hospitals, Laboratories and commercial warehouses. Sherman also assisted companies in putting together documentation strategies for some of these major projects. This would involve medium to large size project teams. A major part of his role was to assist with the coordinating of Revit models from all disciplines using the collaboration tools in Revit & Navisworks.

Chris Price
Xrev Pty Ltd

As the Technical Manager as well as a graduate architect, Chris began using and training others in the use of Revit in early 2001 and have used it on a daily basis since. An odd breed, Chris was one of the first complete Revit users not polluted with any preconceptions caused by the use of other 2D CAD software. Above all, Chris enjoys facilitating and training other Revit users and aiding their success. Chris actively participates and moderates on such forums as Revit City, RevitForum and AUGI under the username Mr Spot and a blog where hopefully his input is well respected. Chris is currently a BIM evangelist, Founder of Xrev Revit API tools, digitalising everything possible with experience in Navisworks Manage & Solibri and all flavours of Revit.

Chris Razzell

Chris joined HASSELL in May 2011 to strengthen and lead their CodeBook efforts for BIM projects, also to help develop 5D+6D services.

Prior to joining HASSELL, he spent several years working in S.E.Asia managing outsourced interior architecture projects. In the UK he worked on several major, award winning Healthcare projects for world renowned architectural practices.

HASSELL are committed to BIM and as part of the practice Design Technology Group, my role is develop our use of Space Planning Technology within BIM. Bridging the divide between briefing, design, construction and FM drives and inspires me, we live in a 'connected' age of technology yet volumes of information is lost between project phases, or is under-utilized during FM. We're going to change that.

Phil Read

Phil Read is an industry leader in research and development on BIM, visualization, and cloud-based collaboration. After working in both civil engineering and architecture, he downloaded Revit version 1.0 (at the suggestion of an ArchiCAD reseller) and was hooked. Less than a year later, he began working for Revit Technology and then Autodesk as a project implementation specialist, where he had the honor and pleasure of working with some of the most remarkable people and design firms around the world helping them to implement BIM within their own workflows. He's a regular speaker, blogger, Twitterer, author and relishes the role of "change agent" as long as it makes sound business sense. And in addition to holding degrees in Communications, Architecture, and a Masters Degree in Architecture, Phil suggests you check out the music of the Flat Tires from Hickory, North Carolina.

Tony Ridley

Tony is one of Australia's most experienced Robot Structural Analysis users, and one of Australia's least experienced Revit users. Somehow he is on the front line of corporate strategy to enhance IM capability in structural engineering and design documentation. Tony regularly travels interstate and internationally to provide Robot training to structural teams. His short term goal is to see structural analysis integrated into information modelling to the fullest extent.

Marcello Sgambelluri
John Martin Structural Engineers

Marcello is the BIM Director at John A. Martin & Associates Structural Engineers in Los Angeles, CA. He has been using Autodesk products for over 15 years including AutoCAD, 3ds Max, and Revit Structure. He is a member of the ASCE-SEI BIM committee and continually speaks at structural professional conferences across the country. Marcello teaches classes regularly at Autodesk University and the Revit Technology Conference that focus on free form modelling in Revit and alpha/beta tests the yearly releases of Revit Structure. He has worked on many projects that have incorporated complex geometry including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA, the Stata Center at MIT, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal Expansion at LAX. Marcello received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He is also a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer.

Adam Sheather

Adam Sheather is GHD's Philippines CAD Manager and helps manage cradle to grave data centric Project Delivery across AEC, Oil & Gas, Mining & Resources and Transportation for GHD working on projects for GHD offices across the globe. As well as a Trainer, Job Manager, Standards Development and part of the internal BIM Development Team Adam provides, technical and business support for BIM and other data related projects, as well as business development for these growth areas. Adam works with Autodesk, Bentley, TEKLA, Microsoft and other third party solutions focusing on Rendering, Design, Database and Analysis applications to help integrate the solutions across the board for GHD to help streamline solutions.

Adam is also an Autodesk Professional ADN member and works with dotnet and html5 languages where possible to help bring further enhancements to workflows and enable better project delivery outcomes. Adam's current focus is better integration of technical project data with Business Management and Project Management solutions to enable greater participation of stakeholders in environments that are friendly enabling better data access to those not in the technical line of fire, and the up skilling of management and business development people to understand the implications, limitations and risk associated with data centric projects.

Steve Stafford
AEC Advantage

Steve is a member of the RTC North America committee serving as Director of Marketing. He has been a presenter at RTC events since 2006 as well as at Autodesk University since 2004. He has been working as a freelance Revit training and implementation consultant since 2005. His company is called AEC Advantage, Inc. Very active in the Revit community at large, he has been participating in online Revit groups since shortly after the product was released publicly in 2000. You can find him serving as the forum manager for the Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) Revit Community and he served a two year term as a member of AUGI's Board of Directors (2006-2008). As an author he has contributed chapters to two Wiley/Sybex Revit books and has three Revit focused blogs and He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.


Russell Strange

Russell is currently the Building Engineering BIM Leader for AECOM Australia & New Zealand; he is involved nationally in ongoing BIM implementation and development. Russell has been involved in an array of large high profile multidisciplinary building projects internationally and continues to push the boundaries of BIM in project delivery.

Mark Tait
Investa Group

Mark is the General Manager Commercial Developments for Investa Group, specialising in complex large scale developments. He has worked across a number of Investa's commercial office assets and leads the team on new development opportunities for both internal and external clients. Mark has over 18 years' experience in the construction and property industry. He holds both a Masters of Property Development and Civil Engineering Honours Degree from UTS. Mark was recently elected a board member of BuildingSMART Australasia and was a co-author of the National Building Information Modelling Initiative (NBI) Report.

Mark was a key member in the successful delivery of the award winning A-Grade 28,500m2 office building, Coca Cola Place in North Sydney. This building was the first full BIM commercial office project in Australia.

Additional projects of note include the master planning and approvals for Kings Row Milton Brisbane, and recent design and authority approval of 33 Bligh St Sydney, a highly complex integrated development that includes a high rise commercial office above a zone substation, undertaken in a joint venture with Ausgrid.

Prior to joining Investa in 2009, Mark worked at Citta Property Group as the Development and Construction Manager where he was responsible for the delivery of the 2006 Commonwealth Games Village (Parkville, Victoria), a $480M development with a fixed end date that housed over 6,000 athletes and officials. Mark worked in the development team for Workplace6 (Pyrmont, NSW), NSW's first 6 Star Green Star commercial office building. Prior to Citta, Mark worked at Lend Lease in the construction delivery team on projects including Fox Studios (Sydney), Herald Weekly Times (Melbourne) and Jacksons Landing (Sydney).

Kelvin Tam

With a passion in BIM, Kelvin Tam (Registered Architect, LEED AP) has been thinking out of the Revit package box for challenges that the program could hardly do and trying to push Revit Architecture to the very limit to satisfy architects' specific needs for design, documentation and management. He has been working as both a designer and BIM lead on a variety of building types in the nation's leading design firms as RTKL, Rossetti Architects and NBBJ. Currently, Kelvin is the Studio BIM Lead at NBBJ and is highly involved in setting up standards and protocols for the firm's BIM implementation. Holding a B.S. in Environmental Design from the College of Architecture at the University of Houston and a B. Arch from SCI-Arc, Kelvin has a very strong design sensibility and is bringing design and technology together in the practice of architecture.

Vahid Tehrani
BVN Donovan Hill

Vahid has studied architecture and experienced in award winning architectural practices in Australia and overseas including HASSELL and currently BVN Donovan Hill as a BIM Model Manager. He also has taught at UNSW, focusing on Revit as a versatile program which can be adapted from concept design to construction phase.

Kevin Thickett
Norman Disney and Young

Kevin is the CAD/BIM Manager at Norman Disney and Young's Wellington office.

He is an experienced Revit MEP user, having used the software on a near full time basis since 2007. Kevin is active in his work place and user forums such as his local RUG both learning & sharing his own knowledge.

Tim Waldock

Tim Waldock has been using Revit since 2005, and has been Technology Integration Manger at PTW Architects since 2006. He has worked with numerous other BIM and 3D CAD programs over the past 25 years in the UK, Singapore and Australia, often working closely with the software developers. He presented at Revit Roadshow 2007, RTC 2008, 2010, RTC Aus 2011 & RTC US 2011, RTC Aus 2012 & RTC US 2012. He attended two separate Revit Gunslinger events in January and October 2011 at the Revit headquarters in Boston and Manchester in the USA. He is treasurer of the Revit User Group Sydney (RUGSyd).

Michael Warwick
Stephenson & Turner New Zealand Ltd

Michael is a 'Green Star Accredited Professional' and was the first to be listed in the New Zealand section of the directory of the Australian Green Building Council, gaining the New Zealand equivalent status in 2007 - having been on the New Zealand Green Building Council establishment Board. Also a Homestar Assessor, Michael is a leading practitioner of sustainability based design and is widely sort after for his expertise in environmental standards, compliance and assessment.

Michael also specialises in multi award winning lighting and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from the innovative Saatchi & Saatchi 'modular office', New Zealand's first daylight harvesting system using 'DALI' control, Kenepuru Hospital's operating theatre lighting, Victoria University's marae gateway and S&T's Wellington design Studio. He uses his leadership skills to mentor students, including for the Meridian First Light winning entry to the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathalon international competition.

Mike Whaley
TURIS Systems, LLC

Mike Whaley is the Director of Alternative Services at J. H. Findorff and Son and leads TURIS/Building Innovation Systems team. Prior to his current role, he spent the first 26 years of his career as an architect, where his focus was on corporate, healthcare and municipal facilities.

As the Director of Alternative Services, he leads the early collaboration and integration between owner, designer and contractor through the use of Building Information Modeling and other technologies. At Findorff one of his primary areas of focus is the implementation of BIM to construction applications. Mike's technology initiatives have led TURIS to be an industry leader in the use of construction visualization modeling software. This advancement has improved project understanding, increased productivity and efficiency in the field; and saved owners money. His unique insights into adaptations of BIM for construction have made him a resource to contractors across North America. Today the TURIS team of nearly 20 modelers are providing construction model support to numerous contractors andsub contractors.

Mike's background in architecture and construction makes him a uniquely qualified presenter on the full integration of BIM and the team approach. He has spoken three times at Autodesk University, twice at World of Concrete and many colleges and universities around the country. In addition, for two years he has been a contributing author on construction applications for the 2011 and 2012 book on Mastering in Revit Architecture.

Simon Whitbread
A2K Technologies

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Andrew Willes
Grimshaw Architects

Andrew Willes has worked on parametric design for numerous Grimshaw projects over the past two and a half years, including parametric façade design for a Women's Sports Centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and a Materials Science Building at the University of New South Wales. Other projects include the creation of a Rhino/Grasshopper package to design seating bowls for sporting stadia.

Prior to embarking on an architectural career, Andrew worked as a research physicist. Following his graduation from the University of Sydney with the University Medal and a PhD in Theoretical Physics, Andrew was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of London and the University of Sydney. From 2001-2004, Andrew was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.

Andrew holds a BA (Arch) and a M. Arch. from the University of Technology, Sydney. He was awarded the NSW Chapter Prize (BA Arch.) from the Australian Institute of Architects, and the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship from NSW Architects Registration Board to travel to Iran to conduct research on Persian quasiperiodic tiling geometries.

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