Committee

BILT ASIA CHAIRMAN

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Wesley Benn

RTC Events Management
A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management and the RTC Event series. As a long term user and advocate of BIM, Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to work with ArchiCAD and then Revit in the late 1990’s. Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia and beyond.

Wesley is a regular speaker at events across Australia and overseas talking about technology, Integrated Practice, and facilities management. He founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; teaches design, BIM, and architectural technologies at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia, and remains active in architectural practice and smart cities development globally.

BILT ASIA COMMITTEE

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Nigel Ford

Atlas Industries Pty Ltd
Nigel Ford is a Chartered Engineer working for Atlas Industries, a collaboration company with its main Operation Centre in Saigon, Vietnam.

Nigel is currently working with Architects, Structural Engineers and Building Services Engineers, assisting them to collaborate on BIM Projects throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Nigel is originally from the UK where before joining Atlas, he worked in the Manufacturing Industry setting up factories in the UK and the USA, manufacturing Luxury Vinyl Floor Tiles for Amtico International.

Nigel’s mission is now to bring the ‘Just In Time’ and ‘Lean Manufacturing’ philosophies into the AEC Industry by promoting Open BIM Services, real collaboration and Integrated Project Delivery.

Richard Kuppusamy

WOHA
Speaker Manager
Richard Kuppusamy is a chartered British Architect with more than 15 years of experience in the AEC industry delivering large scale projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia regions. At WOHA Architects in Singapore, he is a Senior Architectural Designer and BIM Leader; taking a humanistic approach in designing solutions for sustainable high-rise, high-density, living in the tropical environments of South East Asia.

Richard’s expertise includes over 8 years’ experience in BIM implementation and strategic planning. He is responsible for leading multi-disciplinary collaboration teams and developing BIM workflows from conceptual design through to production information. Richard leverages his experience as an architect, in BIM implementation through project planning, critical thinking, and the ability to logically leverage technology to aid project efficiency.

Richard is a regular speaker at many conferences and has contributed to the development of the Building Construction Authority, Singapore BIM Guide. His experience in architecture and delivering BIM enabled projects encompasses a wide spectrum of sectors including education, commercial, residential, healthcare and transport.

Phil Lazarus

Lendlease
Marketing Manager
Phil Lazarus is an American Architect with over 15 years of experience in the design, documentation and construction of large projects around the globe. Immersed in 3d process from the start of his career, he has leveraged the power of BIM on the behalf of architects, engineers, contractors and clients. Involved with Singapore’s largest construction projects since 2006, Phil has been leading the charge in establishing BIM and promoting technology based innovation throughout Asia. Building upon a design background in stadia and assembly projects, he has established BIM teams for Lend Lease in Singapore, Malaysia and Shanghai focused upon creating construction value in project planning and delivery.

Working tirelessly to advance BIM adoption, Phil is a faculty member in the Singapore BCA’s BIM Specialist Diploma Program, building fundamental understanding of the process. Simultaneously, he has founded the “Forum for Advanced Revit Training in Singapore” to assist in developing core modelling skills amongst eager Revit users. Phil’s core belief is that experienced knowledgeable people with access to the highest levels of technology & training results in enterprise efficiency and improved project delivery.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Jim Balding

The Ant Group
Jim Balding is a licensed architect with more than 25 years’ experience integrating technology into the architectural field. Jim earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been a member of the Autodesk Revit Architecture Client Advisory Board since its inaugural meeting, and served as the Revit Product Chair for AUGI for five years. He also founded and served as the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG) president for five years.
Jim has spoken at several technology conferences and is one of the top-rated speakers at Autodesk University. He has developed a successful Autodesk Revit Architecture implementation strategy that has been adopted by some of the top architectural firms in the world. Jim has recently launched his own architectural and design technology firm - The ANT Group.

Chris Needham

AECOM
Global Director, Partnerships
Region Chairman, ANZ
Chris is BIM Lead for southern Australia, as part of AECOM’s BIM Advisory team. He works closely with a range of building and infrastructure clients to leverage information to their advantage, during design, construction and operational phases of their facilities.

Chris’s responsibilities tend towards change management with a technical component. As such, much of his time is spent in writing documents, reviewing and aligning information between groups of information authors and consumers.

He has worked on projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom, using his expertise to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Over the last 12 years, he has helped firms understand and implement BIM methodologies, and is passionate about exploiting information management technology to its limits. He acknowledges that despite developments in technology, altering people's behaviour is the most crucial and often difficult part of change.

Chris has taught hundreds of industry professionals across Australia, and students at multiple tertiary institutions. He’s led and been involved with various initiatives to help industry for most of his career.

Phil Read

Read | Thomas
Director, Marketing and Communications
Committee Member, BILT North America
Phil Read is the co-founder of Read | Thomas - an AECO consulting group focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline and technology integration.

Phil has 20 years in Architecture and Engineering including 12 years experience using and implementing Autodesk Revit: the world's only fully parametric and integrated tool for the design of buildings. Since 2009, Phil has been one of the driving forces behind M-SIX and VEO™ - the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based platform for visualization, construction and operations of buildings. A frequent public speaker and has presented Autodesk University and RTC on topics ranging from "Best Practices and Large Project Management" to "Parametric Design Iteration in Architecture" and the "Business Dynamics of Transitioning from 2D CAD to Building Information Modeling".

Among other high profile clients and projects, played a lead role in providing training, implementation and ongoing support for the Architectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers on the Freedom Tower World Trade Center Initiative in New York.