Deborah Smyth, Country Partner, Tempohousing UK & Ireland
Deborah has been in the land and property business for over 15 years with extensive experience in real estate development in the UK and Ireland.
Deborah owns Tempohousing UK & Ireland partnering with Tempohousing Netherlands who specialise in social value modular schemes globally.
Deborah has risen to the challenge of providing modular homes that deliver on comfort, space, cost and quality, and net zero carbon emissions in use. Deborah has embraced digital technology that allows for accountability and quality control that manufacturing provides, to build defect free homes that will complement the housing stock.
Tempohousing’s latest scheme in Ireland will set new levels of environmental excellence.
Paul Carty is director of construction for Ballymore in Ireland. Renowned in the sector, he has spent more than three decades delivering some of the country’s best-known developments.
Paul joined Ballymore in 2019, taking the reins on Dublin’s most exciting new places including the 1 million sq ft Dublin Landings, and Connolly Quarter – a mixed-use development of offices, a hotel and apartments. Paul is also overseeing construction at 8th Lock, a development of 435 homes, public plazas and commercial space which is the final phase of Ballymore’s Royal Canal Park project.
A former QS and regional director at JJ Rhatigan & Company, Paul’s vast construction experience also includes delivering major projects such as the €105m Lansdowne Place, Trinity Business School, Heuston South Quarter, and UCD’s Student Residences Masterplan.
Building Information Foundation’s research unit focuses on the current challenges of the built environment. Tommi manages RDI activities related to the digitalisation of the built environment and promotes standardisation and fluent information management. He is also responsible for buildingSMART operations in Finland. The Building Information Foundation RTS’s mission is to promote good town planning, building and property management practices by producing, developing and offering generally accepted, unbiased and up-to-date information for all industry players.
Tommi has a solid track record in research, experimentation, innovation and development of knowledge capital in the transport sector. He has been active in a number of research, development and innovation assignments in the digitalisation of the transport sector. He holds a Master of Science degree in land surveying technology.
The Building Information Foundation RTS is a private, non-profit organisation whose task is to foster both good planning and building practices and good property management practices.
BuildingSMART Finland, affiliated with RTS, is Finland’s most important collaboration platform for information modeling.
Dr. Avril Behan, Director and Dean of the College of Engineering & Built Environment, Technological University (TU) Dublin
Avril is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor and holds a PhD in the application of Geomatics to Architectural Historical studies. Her research interests include all aspects of Building Information Modelling and Management, particularly for energy performance and the integration of geomatics technologies, applications of analytics and machine learning in construction, collaborative education, and full asset lifecycle management. The integration of Lean Construction with BIM is also an area of special interest.
Avril has worked in the public and private sectors in the fields of remote sensing, photogrammetry and digital mapping, as well as spending several years in the telecoms sector as a Senior Technical Trainer with Ericsson. She lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in geomatics, architectural technology, construction management, spatial information management, geospatial engineering, and auctioneering for 10 years before moving to a management role in the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies leading programmes in BIM, Digital Construction & Analytics.
Avril is a director of Lean Construction Ireland and chairs the SCSI’s BIM Inter-Professional working group and is a member of both the British and Irish BIM academic fora. She is a Fellow of both the SCSI and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Tom Noctor, Strategic Product Consultant, Procore
In his role Tom is focusing on all aspects of the Procore platform and more widely on UK and Ireland industry issues such as visual design coordination and BIM modelling.
Tom has over thirteen years’ experience in the AEC Industry and joined Procore after several years as BIM Manager at Ardmac Group where he was responsible for the overall management of Ardmac’s digital transition and BIM implementation strategy.
He has attained a CPD Diploma in MEP in the MSc Applied Building Information Modelling and Management and is currently working towards an MSc in Building Information Modelling and Management.
Tom is one of the Procore representatives of the UK BIM Alliance and is passionate about technology implementation relative to the requirements of the construction industry.
Emily Hopson-Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Zutec
Emily is a technology leader who works with companies looking to adopt digital technologies and use their culture strategically, to achieve more both commercially and operationally. Emily knows the pitfalls to avoid and the most effective ways of working to ensure you retain your unique identity and differentiation as you adapt and grow. She understands the barriers to digital transformation and how to overcome them particularly when it comes to ‘selling’ change internally and in the field.
As Chief Operating Officer at Zutec, Emily develops defined ways of working adding accountability and visibility at all levels to ensure that the whole business is always on the same page. Emily is a PMI Agile Certified Professional and Scaled Agile Framework Implementer. She holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University.
Micheál Keohane, Director, BAM Ireland and a main Board Director, Modern Homes Ireland (MHI)
Micheál is a Director of BAM Ireland and a Main Board Director with Modern Homes Ireland (MHI), Ireland’s only NSAI certified volumetric / modular construction company. He is also a member of the Royal BAM Industrialised Construction team and is a Chartered Surveyor. Micheál has worked on multiple significant construction projects and set up BAM’s award winning Facilities Management business in Ireland. He holds a first class Masters of Engineering specialising in volumetric off-site manufacturing, an area he now dedicates most of his time to with MHI and is also working on a PhD in automation in modular construction at TU Dublin. Micheál has previously spoken on the future of construction at events such as; Autodesk University in Las Vegas, the Intelligent Building Conference in San Jose and the IPFA Annual Conference.
Dave Flynn, Executive Director, Skillnet Ireland
Dave is the Executive Director of Workforce Agility and Innovation at Skillnet Ireland. He is responsible for national, industry and regional initiatives that advance business productivity, innovation, and workforce development. He oversees the performance and evaluation of enterprise initiatives funded by Skillnet Ireland, working closely with partners in industry, education and Government.
Lis is a Chartered Architect (RIAI) and Sustainable Energy Engineer, previously managing an architectural practice for 17 years by specialising in the design and construction of sustainable retrofitting and new builds. As the Senior Project Officer within Development Unit and the Centre for Energy Efficiency and Deep Decarbonisation [CEEDD] at Limerick Institute of Technology, she coordinates and manages training and building capacity tasks for a number of EU projects (https://lit.ie/rdi/development/energy). She has extensive experience in sustainable energy efficient design and project management within the construction sector and has a wealth of knowledge on renewables, energy auditing, sustainable techniques and technologies. She carries out various energy efficient Train the Trainer and e-Training courses, as well as presenting at various energy and sustainability forums In Ireland and across Europe.
Tom Boland, Global Head of Digital Construction, Zutec
Tom is an experienced building technology engineer and previously held operational roles with several engineering consultancies in London and a world-leading building control system manufacturer. He has spearheaded innovation and standards achievement in Zutec since 2011. As an experienced commissioning and completions specialist, he has lead project commissioning, training, building certification, operational readiness and handover teams at the US$2.3 billion passenger terminal expansion for the Bechtel Corporation at Muscat International Airport in Oman, and a similar role at the US$5 billion passenger terminal expansion for the Taisei Corporation at Doha International Airport in Qatar.
Tom holds a Polytechnic Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the University of the South Bank, London.
Sean Downey MCIArb, MRICS, MSCSI, FBEng., Director of Specialist Contracting, CIF
Sean has over 20 years’ experience in technical control, project, contract and development management roles in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. As a Chartered and Registered Building Surveyor, he is currently Director of Specialist Contracting in the Construction Industry Federation. His role primarily involves acting as secretariat for specialist contracting associations MEBSCA, ECA and ASCA as well as the CIF’s national Construction 4.0 committee which is leading the industry’s development of BIM, Lean and innovation initiatives. Sean’s work also involves acting as a national representative on committees dealing with building regulations, the negotiation of new forms of contract/sub-contract and establishing appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms. Sean has a particular specialist focus on the adjudication process under the Construction Contracts Act.
Mary C. Flynn FSCSI FRICS MAPM MSc aBIMM, 5D BIM QS
Mary has worked in the AEC industry for over 30 years in Ireland and the UK. Mary joined Dublin City Council Quantity Surveying Division in 2016 having previously come from a private commercial sector background. Mary is co-founder of the Public BIM Group comprising of the major public bodies collaborating on common interests such as BIM, public works contracts and digital transformations. Mary sits on the SCSI QS BIM Working Group focusing on the development and use of 5D BIM amongst the Quantity Surveying profession. She also sits on the ICMS Working Group and is actively involved as APC Assessor/Chair for the SCSI.
Mary is a non-executive Director of CitA and regularly contributes at conferences as a speaker both at home and abroad on BIM, QS, Public BIM, BIM and Smart Cities. Mary is passionate about the use of data for the public good through its collection, harvesting, mining and analytics. She guest lectures with various colleges, having previously lectured for a number of years part-time in TU Dublin.
After graduating with a degree in law from University College Cork, Jonathan Healy worked in radio, television and online media for two decades. He has been a presenter with Newstalk 106-108fm and a senior correspondent with Sky News, with his work featuring prominently on both stations. Jonathan also has experience working with TV3, RTE, FM104, The Cork Independent and Cork’s 96fm.Having conducted thousands of interviews with people from all works of Irish life, he is a skilled interviewer and proven cross-platform content creator with extensive contacts across politics, business and public relations throughout the country, Jonathan is also a proven event facilitator and engaging MC. He has also delivered high impact voice-over work for corporate videos and campaigns.
Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Chartered Construction Manager, also a Fellow, Chartered Building Engineer with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
He has worked in the construction and built environment sector for over 40 years. For the past 14 years Martin has been lecturing in Building and Civil Engineering at GMIT. His specialist teaching areas include innovation and enterprise, project management and construction technology. Earlier in his career, Martin worked as a senior project manager for the John Laing construction group and ran his own successful project management consultancy company. He has worked extensively in the UK and Ireland. He now lives in Connemara and is an active member of the built environment community in the west of Ireland and nationally and the wider Lean improvement community.
Martin is an active researcher and has published internationally on several themes particularly construction defects, BIM, lean construction and action-orientated research methodologies. He has a great interest in improving operational process and is the organiser and chair of the International Construction Management Day Conference, which has been running successfully for the past decade in GMIT Galway.
Enda is an experienced construction planner, having spent almost 20 years in senior roles spanning tender management, contract planning, bid preparation and project controls. He established Strata in 2016, with the vision of becoming the construction planning and visualisation partner of choice.
With offices in Dublin and London, Strata now employs 20 people and along with planning and pre-construction services, also provides visualisation (3D and 4D) and delay analysis services to Irish and International clients.
Prior to establishing Strata, Enda held the role of head planner on the Skanska European Spallation Source project in Sweden, one of Europe’s largest active infrastructure projects.
He has a particular interest in disruptive digital technologies and leveraging them to more efficiently plan and communicate construction projects as well as forensic delay analysis. Enda recently completed an MSc in Construction Law at Kings College London. He is a Chartered Engineer and is a member of the Society of Construction Law.
Darrin is Joint Programme Director of the WIT Lean Enterprise and Operational Excellence portfolio of executive/practitioner programmes; a Faculty Member of the WIT RIKON Centre; and Principal Lead of the WIT Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence.
Prior to entering academia, Darrin worked for over a decade in the private sector as an Operations Manager as well as in consultancy. He joined WIT in 2004, and lectures Lean and Operational Excellence modules on several executive/practitioner programmes, including: the Master of Business Studies in Lean Enterprise Excellence, the Executive MBA, the Diploma in Lean Fundamentals (Online), and the Diploma in Supervisory Practice. He supervises postgraduate research on Lean management, operational excellence, continuous improvement, and Lean construction.
Darrin continues to work extensively with industry, encompassing public and private organisations across services, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. He is a founding member of Lean Business Ireland, he is Co-Chair of the South East Lean Network and he advised on the establishment of the other Regional Lean Networks throughout Ireland. Darrin has worked with Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) since 2015 where he acts as Special Advisor to the LCi Board of Directors and to the LCi Client Forum, as well as LCi Capability Development Lead and Editor of the LCi Annual Book of Cases. Darrin speaks at Lean and Operational Excellence conferences and events, and researches and publishes in the Lean space, including case books commissioned by LCi and Enterprise Ireland.
Michael has responsibility for the enablement of Digital Construction including training of specialist staff, BIM deployment / delivery, Data Management, Mobile Digital, Business Intelligence, Lean Construction as well as the development of BAM Ireland’s supply chain in advancing technologies. Michael is a member of Royal BAM’s Digital Construction Community Table (DCCT), CIF Construction 4.0 Committee, CIF Construction 4.0 BIM in contracts Committee and the Construction IT Alliance (CitA). He has over 23 years’ experience in delivering complex construction projects through advanced technologies with clients that included Intel, Microsoft, Google, Ireland’s NDFA, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB). Michael has delivered Digital/BIM projects for Education, Civil Infrastructure, Healthcare, Commercial, Retail, Semi-Conductor and Data Centre across many contract types including traditional form, design and build, public private partnership and bespoke. Michael oversaw BAM Ireland’s Kitemark certifications for PAS1192-2: 2013, BS1192: 2007, PAS1192-3: 2014 & BS1192-4: 2014.
JJ O’Hara, CEO, Future Cast
JJ has 25 years of management experience specialising in building, manufacturingnand tech projects. One of the founding members of the Western Development Commission, he represented youth/agriculture on the board for 26 years ago. JJ lived in the USA for 10 years and ran construction companies. When he moved back to Ireland, he set up a construction company and tourism business based in the North West.
JJ won EU Citizen of the year 2017 with BCAB. Over the last 3 years we worked on a team lobbying on Brexit in the European Parliament, Westminster, and Leinster house. In July 2019 worked with leading an EU team on Russian/Ukraine peace talks. In Oct 2020 he became CEO of Future Cast, developed a new innovation, R&D and education centre under Industry 4.0 for the Construction, Quarry and Manufacturing industries with a new Industry 4.0 Skillnet with skillnet Ireland and Erasmus programme with technology college’s across EU.
Bart has worked for BBRI for almost 30 years. He is a civil engineer by profesion and has been working for most of his career in building acoustics, resulting in many publications, standards and new building systems. In 2005 he became responsable for the Department of Acoustics, Energy and Climate. In 2014 Bart set up a new research group within the BBRI on BIM which subsequently became the Directorate for Digital Construction.. The BIM-research group organised the CLUSTER BIM (the Belgian subchapter of the buildingSmart BENELUX chapter) involving more than 100 companies willing to work together to advance BIM in the industry.
Siobhán is a passionate advocate for harnessing the inherent efficiencies of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital practices through their practical implementation within the construction industry.
As a Chartered and ACEI Registered Consultant Engineer, she has applied her 25 years’ experience in the industry to successfully implement, manage and promote the use of BIM across the company, overseeing the firm achieving the first NSAI certification to I.S. EN ISO 19650-2. She is a BRE ISO 19650 and BIM Level 2 Certified Practitioner with a Post-Graduate in Collaborative BIM from TU Dublin.
Representing the ACEI, Siobhán provides expertise and advice to the Build Digital Project Team, working under the Construction Sector Innovation and Digital Adoption Sub-Group. She also supports the Liaison Committee for the Construction Industry on the topic of BIM for the ‘Code of Practice for Tendering’ and Guest Lectures on the topic of ISO 19650 implementation at TU Dublin.
Dr. Aliakbar Kamari, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Aliakbar is an architect and engineer, building scientist and educator. He holds a double degree Ph.D. in Architecture and Engineering. His research aims to explore and deal with the growing (interdisciplinary nature) complexity of the processes and decision-making in the development of sustainable strategies and solutions for the design and/or renovation of buildings and built environments. Through teaching and research, Aliakbar has been studying the role of cutting-edge technologies and processes such as BIM (Building Information Modeling), towards developing, adapting, and applying novel integrating and problem-oriented methodologies and design approaches. His research focus areas in this regard are as follows:
- BIM adoption and implementation in the AECO industry for current building practice
- Innovative capability of BIM for integrative design processes (IDP) and project delivery (IPD)
- Development and application of BIM-integrated tools and Decision Support Systems (DSSs)
- Integrating BIM and Life Cycle Management methods (LCA/LCC) for the early design phase
- Extending BIM methodology through the application of VR and AR
David Purdon, Technical Director, Diatec Group
David has been providing training and consultancy services for Design and 3D software 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 and accredited Autodesk technical specialist for Revit, 3DS Max, Autodesk Cloud/BIM 360 platform and certified in BIM through RICS. His primary focus is helping clients across all sectors with technology implementation to enable BIM and digital project delivery requirements. David is focused on helping clients on their digitalisation journey, delivering optimum business outcomes for our customers.
Martin started his career in 1995 after completing a degree in Building Services Engineering in Bolton Street DIT. As a young engineer he earned his stripes on numerous projects in the microelectronics and pharmaceutical industries rising quickly up through the ranks to Director level. During the boom of the early noughties, he managed numerous commercial, hospitality and healthcare projects forging relationships that have stood to him through his career.
In 2008 with his business partner Stephen McConnell, he established LMC. LMC began as an energy solutions company and quickly gained a reputation as a mechanical contracting firm that could be relied on to successfully deliver complex projects. LMC FM Ltd was added to the group in 2014 providing complete life cycle care for customers post contract completion. Seeing a gap in the market in 2017 LMC Modular was added to the group. From its factory in Nenagh LMC Modular now delivers Bathroom, Utility and Kitchen Pods to its customers in Ireland and in the UK. In the coming months LMC will complete its NSAI certification process enabling it to produce full 3D Volumetric Buildings up to 12 stories.
Vision Built is a leading offsite manufacturing company based in the UK and Ireland. Brian has worked in main contracting for over 15 years, with a proven track record of delivering major projects. He is a chartered engineer and member of Engineers Ireland. Brian received his bachelor of engineering degree in NUI Galway and his MBA qualification in Henley Business School. Brian has successfully delivered projects in many sectors including pharmaceutical, industrial, residential, retail, hospitality and leisure. During his years in main contracting, he has held senior roles as Regional Director, Project Director, Senior Contracts Manager and Senior Engineer. Brian has a passion for working in a collaborative environment utilising modern methods of construction, lean processes and embracing innovative techniques to ensure a successful sustainable delivery.
Timmy Falvey, Operations Manager at GagaMuller Group
Timmy Falvey is the Operations Manager at GagaMuller Group, a Digital Project Management consultancy, and oversees a growing team of Designers, Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Engineers who implement the latest digital processes and technology across a variety of sectors.
A qualified Architectural Technologist, Timmy began his career working with Irish Architectural Practices on large scale residential, commercial and educational projects and championed the use of digital processes within these companies. Following this experience Timmy moved into the Datacentre sector working in Mainland Europe as on site BIM Coordinator with a subcontractor and subsequently as a Digital Project Manager with a Tier 1 Contractor.
It was this experience of working at multiple project stages and with various stakeholders that highlighted the disconnected nature of each level of a project team that led Timmy to join GagaMuller Group to focus on implementing new more efficient ways of working.
Barry’s role involves the management and strategic development of existing and future programmes in digital construction and related areas. 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. Barry has continued to build on this research through involvement in both National and International research initiatives such as the Enterprise Ireland funded BIM Innovation Capability Programme of Ireland, Horizon 2020 BIMcert project and the recently announced Horizon 2020 ARISE project, which have all sought to advance the understanding of digital construction within the industry. He also currently serves on a number of journal editorial boards, scientific committees and industry panels which has enabled an active channel of communication between the Irish AEC sector and academia. 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.
Simon is responsible for managing the Geomatics sales team for Topcon Positioning Ireland. This requires working with the local sales team to provide solutions, support and training to our customer base for our innovative technologies. Simon has been working for Topcon for 13 years in various roles offering Geomatics and Construction solutions for businesses to improve their productivity onsite, while managing local sales teams. Prior to his role in Topcon, Simon has held various roles as a section and setting out engineer over a 4 year period.
Louise is a Digital Twin Solution Consultant with Invicara, a global provider of Digital Twin platforms and solutions.
An ambassador for the UK BIM Alliance, she is passionate about the advancement and education of Building Information Modelling and Digital Twins in the construction industry to deliver the best possible outcomes for the team members involved, and ultimately the asset owner.
As an Architectural Technician, Louise draws on her extensive industry experience of the last 15 years both in Ireland and the UK, which includes currently delivering best in class implementation of both BIM and Digital Twins, and her past, BIM implementation roles in a multidisciplinary design firm and also a specialist contractor. Also her experience in BIM management roles for both Tier 1 contractors and clients across multimillion euro projects worldwide allows her to use this knowledge in assisting project delivery on her various current high profile projects.
Alan 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.
Nick has been in the AEC industry for over a decade. He started his career in the architectural side of the industry and has worked for a number of leading companies in South Africa and the UK. In 2012 Nick’s passion for software and technology took him down an exciting new career path when he became an AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) Application Engineer for an Autodesk reseller. In 2016, he took up the Directors role of the company BIMGAMES that he co-founded in 2014. Specialising in BIM management, BIMGAMES is the number one leading BIM consulting firm in Africa and the only ISO BIM certified implementation / training firm in Africa. In 2017 Nick founded Real Data Systems (RDS) and the company has become one of the most trusted direct platinum Bluebeam partners throughout Africa, The Middle East & Europe. RDS specialises in digital transformation, assisting government and private sector clients involved in construction to take the next step in construction process automation and digitisation by providing custom, bespoke solutions that solve the real challenges faced by construction professionals on a daily basis.
Cillian Kelly, Head of Digital Project Delivery IRL & EU, John Sisk & Son
Cillian has extensive knowledge and experience of Digital Construction and BIM within the AEC sector, working as Head of Digital Project Delivery for John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. He has extensive knowledge and experience of BIM across Ireland, UK & Europe across a range of significant projects in multiple sectors including education, civils, healthcare, commercial, data centres, residential , high rise residential, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, Data and ICT.
Cillian has been a key to digital transformation of the construction industry and has an active leadership role across the industry. Cillian is Digital Construction Ambassador for the CIF Construction 4.0 sub-committee and has lead the publication of four guidance documents for the CIF; CIF Construction 4.0 Cillian is the Chair of the CitA Easter BIM Region.
Anthony McCauley, Strategic Advisor and Business Development
Anthony is responsible for strategic positioning of digital pathways building practical frameworks to assist business on their digital journey emphasising talent, customer experience and technology. A key aspect of his role within Skillnet Ireland is to understand how to provide business leaders, across a variety of sectors ,with the tools to achieve effective technology adoption as a means to achieve profitability, competitive advantage and growth. Anthony is the former Head of Research and Innovation for Fujitsu in Ireland and is Chair of the Technology Ireland ICT Skillet Expert Group for Advanced Digital Technologies and contributes to NSAI/ISO standards working groups on Innovation and AI.