Local Speaker Spotlight – Stewart Caldwell & Luke Johnson

Both Stewart Caldwell and Luke Johnson are local Adeladians – and are excited to be presenting at this year’s BILT in their home town.

Stewart Caldwell is presenting “How BIM has changed my practice: BIM and its impact on SME’s”  in Session 1.2

How many BILT events (RTCs) have you attended? What keeps you coming back?

I have been to all of them except for the very first one and last year. The people and networking keeps me coming back. I have a number of friends which I only see once a year at RTC (BILT).

Is this your first time speaking at a BILT event (of course we know it’s the first BILT anz) if not, which of our other events have you spoken at? 

Yes obviously my first BILT, but I have presented at 5 or 6 RTC events in the past, plus I am CO-Founder of Build-SA which is a BIM conference series here in South Australia and I present at that. Plus a number of other events for some of the resellers like A2K, plus some industry bodies.
Why do you speak at BILT?

I like sharing information, I also think BIM is about collaboration and with that mindset the best way of working together is around a pool of shared knowledge, so I like to contribute to that pool.

What are you talking about this year?

Essentially it’s about our BIM journey and more specifically how it has affected our practice in a fundamental way. Our culture, our staffing, our structure, our projects, everything is different now. These changes have brought lots of positives, but even more challenges along the way. I hope my presentation can enlighten some, assist some, and hopefully align with others similar journeys.

I have been a Director at Russell and Yelland Architects for about 3 years now, and that change in my role has given opportunity to take lessons learnt over a number of years and put them into action from both a project and a businesses perspective. It’s been interesting that the simple things like language and semantics have been the hardest challenges but brought the biggest changes.
Is there anything you have learned putting the presentation together?

It has caused me to reflect once again on our journey so far, and see how far we have come, and how far there is to go. The adoption of BIM as a business practice is ever changing.

What’s your day job?

I am an Architect and director of Russell and Yelland Architects. I am also lecturer at the University of Adelaide on Construction and BIM, as well I am co founder of Build-SA which is a BIM training and education conference, and on the BIM-SA committee and Collaborate ANZ committee.

And what’s something your fellow conference attendees might not know about you?

I am also chair of my local residents association. We live in Kensington which is a heritage listed village in Adelaide and we have a very active residents group and a very close local community.

Luke Johnson is presenting 3 sessions at this years event – BIM Implementation in Real Life – Horror Story or Success Story?” (Session 2.3), Filters Always Win, and “Other Ways to Be Better At Revit” (Session 1.2) and Revizto – How and Why It Can Completely Transform Your Design and Construction Coordination” (Session 1.4)

How many BILT events (RTCs) have you attended? What keeps you coming back?

2011, 2016 and now 2017. There is nothing like this event. I’d say the concentration of such bright people with similar goals in the one place is just exciting and leads to some great ‘wow’ moments. It is inspiring to see the work other people are doing.

Is this your first time speaking at a BILT event (of course we know it’s the first BILT anz) if not, which of our other events have you spoken at?

This is my second time, I spoke last year at BILT ANZ 2016.

Why do you speak at BILT?

I generally enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience and that extends into BILT as well. I also like that pressure of having to really make the message clear and understandable. In some ways it helps me, it rewires my brain a little bit (in a good way).

What are you talking about this year?

Well, I have about 3 this year plus the Keynote Sponsor address. I’m most excited at the moment about my Forum on BIM Implementation. I think that hearing lessons learned by others is a great way to leap forward in BIM.

Is there anything you have learned putting the presentation together?

I have learned that it is a challenge to have a day job, a family, a night job, and also do 3 or 4 BILT presentations :)

What’s your day job?

Construction BIM Manager and BIM Technology Leader at Virtual Built

And what’s something your fellow conference attendees might not know about you?

I really really love hot chillies. The hotter the better.

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