BILT NA CHAIRMAN
R. Robert Bell
StantecRobert began working for Stantec when his former company was acquired. He immediately became part of an international team of BIM experts across the organization. He is involved in firm-wide practice integration, primarily focused on MEP engineering, training and education, development of best practices, and multi-discipline BIM collaboration with internal and external clients. Robert promotes the importance of working with truly collaborative teams to improve the overall building construction process and using technology appropriately to remove barriers.
BILT NA COMMITTEE
Program ManagerNicholas M. Kramer, LEED® AP, is the Director of Design Technology for LPA Inc, a fully integrated practice focusing on all areas of the built industry based out of Irivin, California. He has been using Revit since version 8.1 on projects ranging from 400,000sf to 600sf and from medical to libraries to commercial and office buildings. Nicholas has actively run projects day to day as well as helped to implement Revit and new technologies along with the development of standards, processes and best practices for worldwide architectural companies. Additionally, he is currently working with some of the largest construction companies in the world to implement these practices and new technologies.
At LPA, Nicholas provides strategic direction for BIM and new technologies, spearheads the company’s research and development group and overseas the company’s Technology department. In addition to LPA, Nicholas is currently serving as the chairman for the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG), has guest lectured on BIM and sustainability at UCLA, Autodesk University and other forums.
Speaker ManagerDesirée (Dezi) has been in the AEC industry for more than 15 years. After obtaining her bachelor's and master’s degrees from University of California, Davis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she perpetuated her nerdy tendencies with Revit. She started her career in California with a construction company, then with a structural engineering firm, and now is a practicing structural engineer and BIM Manager at Martin/Martin in Denver, Colorado.
Dezi is a regular speaker at many conferences, she co-founded the Rocky Mountain Building Information Society and is the Chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado's BIM Committee. Finally, as if that is not enough Revit in her life, she is married to “The Revit Geek” and acts as a partner in his BIM consulting firm, BD Mackey Consulting.
Read | Thomas
Director, Marketing and CommunicationsPhil 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.
Partnerships ManagerMark has led BIM design and project delivery for multiple firms on projects ranging from retail interior projects to large-scale commercial towers throughout the world. It is his diverse experience and previous history working at the original Revit Technology Corporation that has enabled him to fully comprehend design method technology.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and held an International Study Scholarship at Universität Dortmund in Germany. He studied Post-Graduate Architecture and International Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Mark is licensed in the State of Illinois, is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Mark is a Director at bKL Architecture as Technology Practice Leader.
Region Manager, NASteve is the Region Manager for BILT North America. 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 - www.Revitoped.com, www.revitinside.com and www.revitjobs.com. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.
The Ant GroupJim 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.
RTC Events ManagementA 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.
Global Director, PartnershipsChris 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.