Hubert Rhomberg, Futurist and CEO, The Rhomberg Group and CEO, Cree
Hubert is CEO and founder of Cree – an Austrian-based start-up which is revolutionizing the construction world with their unique timber-hybrid modular construction system. Cree’s expertise is a seamless continuation of the 130 years of experience in the construction industry gained by the parent company, the Rhomberg Group, that Hubert is also managing director of.
Cree buildings are constructed virtually before they are actually built. They can be up to 100 meters high and at the same time low in cost, emissions and waste. Thanks to their evolutionary planning process, Cree buildings produce up to 90% less CO2 and need up to 50% fewer materials than conventionally constructed buildings.
Emma Hayes, Managing Director, Digital Built Consultants Ltd
Emma Hayes has over 20 years’ experience in the AEC industry in Ireland and internationally. She is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Technology from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT now TU Dublin), and a Master’s Degree in BIM Management from Middlesex University. Previously, Emma was the Group BIM Manager for a large multi-disciplined AEC and Project Management organisation. She was responsible for the development and implementation of the Group BIM strategy and roll-out of procedures and workflows for BIM adoption across the organisation’s network of offices in Europe, Asia and the US. She has executed BIM on a number of high-value complex projects in the pharma, food, energy and mission-critical sectors. She also has extensive experience delivering residential, retail and commercial projects.
Emma is actively involved in driving progress in BIM adoption in the AEC industry. She is a non-executive director on the board of the Construction IT Alliance and is actively involved in buildingSMART (bSI) UKI Steering Committee for OpenBIM Certification. She has presented research papers at international conferences such as the CitA BIM Gathering and is on the Judging Panel for the BIM Excellence category at the Irish Construction Excellence Awards. She mentors and supports the development of women’s careers in BIM through her role as the Irish Regional Leader for the Women in BIM (WiB) network. She is also a part-time lecturer on the MSc BIM Management, Middlesex University/ MSc Applied BIM Management, TU Dublin and Construction Management Post-grad, IT Carlow.
Leighton Davies, Regional Business Manager for Geopositioning, Topcon Positioning Europe
With over 22 years’ experience at Topcon, Leighton has built up a wealth of expertise in geospatial and surveying technologies. He joined the Topcon team in Great Britain in 1997, specialising in selling robotic total stations, and in 2010 he made the transition to the EMEA team, becoming survey products sales manager. Leighton is now the regional business manager for northern and western Europe and South Africa.
Paul Wilson, Digital Lead Director, Aecom
Paul leads the AECOM Digital Project Delivery (DPD) Team delivering digital & technical excellence across our Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business. The DPD team is made up of industry leading experts implementing digital transformation supporting our integrated solutions and a collaborative way of working which is underpinned by digital technologies and workflows.The focus is on working with clients to develop and implement innovative solutions, efficient methods to design and construct, to deliver and maintain physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle. Digital is embedded in how AECOM teams work day to day with new approaches evolving to meet future needs of infrastructure .We connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes.
With strategic locations across Europe including Ireland, Argentina, and Croatia, DCT Group are enhancing the construction industry through digital collaboration. Awarded “Best National Start-Up” in 2019, the dynamic business has been involved with delivering leading global projects including landmark data centres and infrastructure, from the virtual to the physical environment.
Joseph is a member of the Construction Industry Federation, 4.0 Committee (BIM), a member of the NSAI Technical Committee on Building Information Modelling, and a member of the CitA BIM Eastern Region Steering Committee. Along with his industry involvement, Joseph is a part-time lecturer at Technological University Dublin (TUD), lecturing on CPD digital delivery for site teams and Construction site management.
William Hynes, Founder and Managing Director, Future Analytics Consulting Ltd
Prof. William Hynes (BSc, MRUP, MSc, MSc (Econ), PhD, MRICS, MSCSI, MRTPI, MIPI,MCILT) is a Chartered Urban Planner, a Chartered Surveyor, Urban Economist, and a founder (2010) and managing director of Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. William has extensive experience leading significant critical infrastructure planning and development projects, and providing expert advice to public and private sector clients in the following areas: strategic spatial planning, transportation and infrastructure planning, demography analysis and population projection, economic, socio-economic, housing, commercial, health, retail analysis and forecasting and infrastructure planning. Since 2011, William has been successful in winning 15 European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)and Horizon 2020 (H2020) Applied Research and Technological Development (RTD)Programme Projects both as a consortium partner and twice as the lead coordinator. These awarded projects have secured over €30m EC funding, and this has resulted in William being twice awarded as ‘Irish Champion of EU Research and Development’ by the IrishPresident and Enterprise Ireland.William is a visiting Professor in the College of Business and Law at University College Cork, and a visiting lecture at University College Dublin and Dublin Institute of Technology.
Vicki Reynolds, Head of Digital, i3PT Certification
Vicki is responsible for digital strategy, product development and industry engagement. Previously she has held roles in information management, BIM management and digital construction across a number of high profile construction projects in the UK, working with all types of stakeholder to deliver digital solutions, implement new technology, and upskill individuals and organisations. She is an active member of the BIM and digital construction community both locally and globally, and is the Global Vice Chair and UK Lead for Women in BIM. Vicki works hard to promote digital construction to women and girls, and has delivered workshops and lectures at schools, colleges and social groups in the UK, Germany, Amsterdam, Canada and India
Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and CEO, VIATechnik
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a virtual design & construction consulting and implementation firm transforming the real estate and construction industry. Danielle and the VIATechnik team are spearheading advancement of BIM, VDC, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence. For her innovative contributions to the AEC industry, Danielle was awarded Building Design + Construction’s 40Under 40 in 2018 and ENR Top Young Professional National 20 under 40 in 2019.Danielle serves on the Board of Directors for Ryan Companies US, a $2B Integrated Real Estate Development, Construction, and Design firm and J.F. Brennan, a 100 year-old firm specializing in marine and heavy civil construction.Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Stuart Senior, Gleeds Supervisory Board Member and Board Member, UK Government Department of International Trade’s Infrastructure Exports Initiative
As a member of Gleeds Supervisory Board leading the evolution of the business, Stuart provides strategic counsel to Gleeds’ executive board members and teams across the world, cultivating the organisation’s approach to service delivery, collaboration and digital innovation. Stuart is also a Board member of the UK Government Department of International Trade’s Infrastructure Exports initiative.
Joining Gleeds in 1976 as a trainee in Nottingham, Stuart became a partner in 1994 and a board member in 2005. In this time he has played a significant role in the organisation’s expansion both locally and internationally.
Stuart led Gleeds’ Midlands business to four-fold growth, developing a number of key international accounts including: Marks & Spencer, Heineken and ExxonMobil. He also spearheaded Gleeds’ entry into the India and Indian Ocean market, working with international and local clients to help the business grow at an average of 35% per annum.
Gleeds’ early adoption of BIM technologies and culture can all be attributed to Stuart’s foresight which has now developed into a Government-led initiative and ultimately guiding the construction industry to more efficient ways of working. He is corporate sponsor of Gleeds’ most recent venture, the Frame web app, developed as a digitally based project management process to enable BIM compliancy and encourage improved collaboration.
As chair of Gleeds’ HR Board, Stuart strongly believes in developing talent and nurturing employees. He has successfully enabled Gleeds to become one of the few companies in the construction industry to be recognised as a Gold (Champion) standard ‘Investor in People’.
Stephen Lynam, Technical Adviser – Construction Procurement Policy Unit, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)
Stephen Lynam has worked in the construction industry for 34 years, commencing his career on site as a general operative in the private sector, progressing into design as a Civil Engineering Technician in the Office of Public Works, Architectural Technician in the Department of Education and Skills. There, he furthered his studies and became a Civil Engineer in 2007 and completed a master’s degree in Information Communication Technology at Dublin Institute of Technology in 2015. Stephen moved to a new position as Technical Adviser for Construction Contracts in the Office of Government in 2018. In his role there he has the responsibility to develop a plan for the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across Public Works Contracts and the Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF). Stephen chairs the Government Construction Contracts Committee (GCCC) BIM Sub Group and Public BIM Group which consists of Public/Semi-State /Civil Servants in the Construction Sector that have a keen interest in utilising the opportunities that BIM has to offer public procurement. As a seasoned construction Professional within the Civil Service he is passionate about advancing BIM in Ireland and in particular, for the Public Works Contracts. Outside the office Stephen enjoys coaching youths Rugby at his local club in Tullamore and takes up the honorary role as President this season.
Daniel Costello, Vice President for Data Centre Engineering, Google
Daniel Costello is the Vice President for Data Centre Engineering at Google. His responsibilities include Data Centre Research, Engineering and Construction During his career Costello has been responsible for IT Engineering, Construction Management and Global Infrastructure Operations groups. From 1991 to 1997 Daniel was a Lead Engineer and Construction Manager of IT and automation systems with architectural and engineering consulting firms and construction companies in support of petro-chemical facilities and semiconductor fabrication plants. During Daniel’s tenure at Intel from 1997 – 2007 he was responsible for development of an IT infrastructure Plan Of Record for all factories and their supporting Data Centre and Communication rooms. He also managed IT Operations for Intel’s European Design Centres. From 2007 to 2010 Costello was Director of Data Centre Research and Engineering at Microsoft. Costello joined Google in 2010 and has been busy building out the World’s largest IT infrastructure. Daniel designed and built his first Data Centre in 1995 and has seen a tremendous amount of change in the past two decades. Daniel still believes there will continue to be opportunities over the coming decades to innovate and remains passionate that technological advances will benefit all industries and people. Costello is a member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.
As Director of Innovation for Mace, Matt is responsible for steering the company in its ambition to be the catalyst for the next evolution of the construction industry. Focused on the disruption of Mace’s traditional business model across markets, Mattis leading the company’s digital transformation, and how Mace both creates and operates the built environment it is responsible for. He drives the organisation’s innovation strategy and the identification and implementation of step-change improvements, helping to embed a culture of innovation and a firm focus on productivity.Matt supported the top line growth of Mace’s construction business from£600m to over £2bn in 2018, and he played an important role in some of the business’ biggest wins during that time. His career started in digital, having studied computing as part of his degree, and he is now aligning Mace’s interests with the innovation and technology being driven by the digital sector, as part of the transition to Industry 4.0.
Kevin brings experience from a uniquely diverse series of roles he has undertaken during his career to date. From Senior Project Engineer, Project Manager, Construction Manager and Construction Supervisor, to Planner and Project Manager. Kevin has developed an in depth understanding of what it takes to deliver lean construction understand the requirements and apply Lean techniques to underpin his construction management experience at each stage of a project. Kevin was responsible for developing the production control system using The Last planner system. Working with the supply chain and the Mace management team to produce an effective system that communicated site activities throughout the project. Kevin also managed the digital process to integrate the production control process with the project management KPI’s using visual management and identifying High Risk Activities, off site and on site production activities to monitor progress. Kevin is involved in deploying an ‘Integrated project delivery model’ on large scale projects. He recognises the need for close collaboration and strong stakeholder involvement in the project delivery. This in includes supply chain management and promoting modern methods of construction. This is a focused approach to develop off site manufacturing modular solutions. Kevin led Mace the design for safety, manufacture and assembly (DfSMA) strategy in Ireland which allowed Mace and the supply chain develop and manufacture innovative modular solutions. Kevin is focused on providing a lean project delivery system that identifies opportunities for continuous improvement.
Robert Moore has been an Information Manager since 2012 and has been involved in the AEC industry for over 20 years. His background is in the MEP sector, where he has worked for both design consultancies and install contractors in a variety of practice types, from small local firms to large multidiscipline multinational companies within Ireland and internationally in Germany, Australia and the UK. He has now moved to the client-side in the public sector with the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA). In his current role as information manager at the GDA, Robert has been advising on the managerial and technical requirements for information management across the development of Grangegorman. Developing internal processes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the agency, he works with the supply chain to develop their capacity to deliver a quality product. He has developed the documentation necessary for the efficient and proper implementation of the GDA’s information management Strategy. Robert has a first-class honours Masters in Construction Informatics and has published three papers, two on information process standards and a third paper on the Irish digital transformation roadmap. He is a current and active committee member of the National BIM Mirror Committee and is represent the Irish committee at the CEN/TC 442/WG 3/TG 2 ‘Guideline for the implementation of BEP and EIR on European level based on EN ISO 19650-1 and -2’ Task Group. Robert previously participated as a Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) Leadership Group Member, BIM Innovation Capability Programme Client Working Group Member and Eastern BIM Region Steering Committee Member.
Dr Barry McAuley, Lecturer in Digital Construction and Engineering, Technological University
Dr. Barry McAuley is a Chartered Construction Project Manager and full-time lecturer in Digital Construction and Engineering within the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at Technological University (TU) Dublin. This role involves the teaching and development of new academic programmes within architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) analytics, Building Information Modelling, and Digital Construction related courses. He is also the current programme chair for the MSc in applied BIM and Management course. Prior to his current position, Barry spent a number of years working in the construction and facilities management sector, which enabled him to develop his managerial skills through employment in a number of diverse roles. He completed a Ph.D. in 2016, which focused on using BIM to demonstrate how early integration of Facilities Management professionals into the design team can result in reducing life cycle costs. On completion of his Ph.D., Barry spent two years working as the primary postdoctoral researcher on the CitA Lead Enterprise Ireland funded BIM Innovation Capability Programme of Ireland. As a result of his research to date, he has had a significant body of work published through a combination of industry reports, conference proceedings and journal papers. This has resulted in Barry been named one of “Autodesk 40 under 40 Construction Champions of 2019” which acknowledges and recognize extraordinary professionals under 40 years of age within the global AEC industry. He also currently serves on a number of journal editorial boards, scientific committees and industry panels.
Michael Murphy, Business Construction Operations Manager, BAM
Michael is BAM Ireland’s Digital Construction Operations Manager and has over 22 years’ experience working in the International Construction Industry. He has responsibility for the management/enablement of Digital Construction including; Supply Chain Engagement, Internal Digital Competencies, Data Management, BIM, Digital Technologies. Michael has expertise in the development of high performance and dynamic teams, utilising methodologies such as Scrum and Lean Construction to better enable teams in delivering against tight resolutions times.
Dr. Alan Hore is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and currently the Head of Quantity Surveying in the School of Surveying and Construction Management in DIT. He was one of the founders of the Construction IT Alliance and completed a Phd in Construction Informatics in Trinity College Dublin in 2007. He has an extensive portfolio of published work in the discipline area of Construction Informatics and is currently the Principal Investigator on the BIM Innovation Capability programme (BICP) which is funded by Enterprise Ireland
David is a qualified Industrial Designer & Building Technologist and Autodesk professional user in private practice since 1994. He transitioned to the Autodesk channel in 2000 as a Technical Specialist while expanding into IT, Cloud and Virtualisation.
David is a qualified & accredited Autodesk technical software specialist for Revit, 3DS Max, Infraworks, BIM 360 platform, Dynamo, Navisworks & Civil 3D. and certified in BIM through RICS. David’s primary focus is helping clients in the AEC sector with technology implementation to enable BIM & Digital Project Delivery Requirements.
Gary Comerford, Director, Linesight
Gary joined Linesight in 1997 and has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry across Ireland, the UK and Benelux. He has a particular expertise in the delivery of healthcare projects and leads a dedicated healthcare team responsible for the provision of quantity surveying services including early cost advice, budget estimates, cost planning, procurement, programme management, risk management and on-going cost control on projects. Gary is BIM lead within Linesight.
Belinda Dillon BIM Information Manager, Jones Engineering
Belinda Dillon is currently part of the Jones Engineering team and is responsible for Information Management and BIM Schedule Integration on one of Europe’s largest private specialist projects.
Previously, her career included implementing BIM across one of Irelands longest standing engineering consultancies, Her role started as a BIM Technician, then developed to a BIM Manager, where she integrated Standards, Methods and Procedures which enabled the achievement of BIM Level 2 Certification. She joined Jones Engineering, her role as BIM Information Manager was key in ensuring the BIM processes were adhered to on Irelands largest medical project, the New Children’s Hospital at St James’ Hospital, Dublin. During her initial 6 months at Jones Engineering Belinda assisted in achieving the BIM Verification Award through the BSI.
Belinda also worked at one of Irelands leading BIM consultancies as an Associate Director, her role subsequently developing to Director of Operations, while in this position Belinda managed the BIM process across various projects, including Data Centres, Pharmaceutical, Commercial and Residential. She also managed an international BIM team which offered services from BIM Implementation, Training, Modelling and consulting services, preparing clients for ISO19650 Certification. She was also a key team member in achieving first place at the National Start-up awards.
She graduated with a first class honours Masters in applied Building Information Modelling and Management through Technical University Dublin (TUD). Her experience spans 15 years across the AEC industry. Belinda has been involved with TUD as a guest lecture on the Level 8 BIM Technologies course, the BIM for Builders module and has offered guest lectures in TUD promoting BIM across the Engineering sector for new students. She has also engaged with Engineers Ireland, offering career and education guidance to secondary school students who are interested in Engineering through the STEPs program. She volunteered as an industry expert at the 3D Data Hack Dublin in 2019, she mentored two teams, which were awarded both first and second place prizes. Belinda was on the panel for the Irish Construction Industry Awards (ICIA) under the BIM initiative of the year category.
Simon Tritschler, Digital Construction Technical Deployment Specialist
Simon Joined BAM in 2015 in the position of BIM Deployment Specialist. Simon has 20 years surveying industry experience is a former Treasurer for the Irish Institution of Surveyors and he has been engaged though out this time in Survey management, Training, Consultancy and Technical support roles. Simon has been responsible for the development of high performance teams for the delivery and support of lean process technologies across multiple high value projects, which better enable the successful on-time delivery of the project. Spatial technologies and large scale data management form a large part in Simon’s interest in BIM technologies. He has managed the control of spatial data process implementation on many large and complex projects within very tight timeframes.
Simon is currently involved in the implementation of Lean, quality and safety systems for the new National Childrens Hospital in Dublin. Simon was heavily involved in the successful asset delivery to FM in across Ireland’s first publicly procured BIM level 2 maturity project. The Schools Bundle 4 PPP tender was the first public tender competition held in the Irish state which had a BIM level 2 mandate as part of its ITN (Invitation to Negotiate).
Simon is an active participant in BAM’s cross operations work groups for the development of BAMs digital st BIM and Spatial technologies.