Committee

BILT ASIA CHAIRMAN

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Wesley Benn

RTC Events Management
Region Chairman, Asia / Europe
Executive Chairman
A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management. As a long-term user and advocate of BIM (starting with ArchiCAD in 1996), Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit. 

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. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, facilities management and process change; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and is now focused, via his partnership in theDIGITgroup, on SmartCities development worldwide.

BILT ASIA COMMITTEE

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Richard Kuppusamy

Lendlease
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 Lendlease, he is the Regional Digital Integration Manger for Asia; where he leads the implementation of innovation in digital technology and processes through BIM/VDC to improve project outcomes.

As an early adopter of BIM with over 10 years’ experience in BIM implementation and strategic planning Richard brings unique insights to create additional value in successful project delivery. Understanding commercial interests, processes, regulatory requirements and technical mechanics to implement BIM at both organization and project level from design to construction.

Phil Lazarus

Aurecon
Marketing Manager
Phil Lazarus is an American Architect with over 20 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 development projects since 2006, Phil has been leading the charge in establishing BIM and promoting technology based innovation throughout Asia.

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. He continues to be involved in grassroots support of technological evangelism through regional involvement with The Digital Built Environment Institute.

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....and that Han shot first.

Alice Leung

DPR Construction
Associate Committee Member
Alice is an American construction project manager who is committed to advancing the construction industry. She brings practical BIM/VDC experience and construction knowledge from her career with DPR Construction in the United States to Southeast Asia. Alice was part of the DPR team who built the world class, $1.5B USD, 878,000 sq.-ft. ground-up hospital complex, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay, where the cost of construction was reduced by 20% through VDC methods and a collaborative IPD approach.

With a craving for challenge and a global mindset, Alice relocated to Singapore from the San Francisco Bay Area to help start up DPR Construction, Asia Pacific. She is now studying the different construction industries and markets around Southeast Asia to understand how best to effectively implement value-added Construction Technologies and Advanced Project Management to each unique country. With her deep understanding of how BIM/VDC can be integrated with all facets of a project, from project idealization to building operations, and her passion for pushing the construction industry Ever Forward, she will apply the newest collaborative techniques, innovative technologies, and construction methods to technically-challenging projects in the region.

Rexter Retana

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
Partnerships Manager
Rexter Retana is the BIM Manager for RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd (Singapore) with strong background in civil and structural engineering. He plays a strategic role in the development and implementation of BIM in RSP working across both the architectural and structural departments. He is actively involved in spreading BIM awareness across the region as primary author and invited speaker in conferences like RTC Asia, Autodesk University, International Congress for Architectural Technology, Resource Person for BCA’s Code of Practice for Structural BIM e-submission, and co-founded the BIM Exchange User Group Singapore.

Rexter is a Member of the Structural Engineering Institute and Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science in BIM Management with Distinction. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate study in the application of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing and Big Data Analytics in Construction.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Chris Needham

AECOM
Global Director, Partnerships, RTC Events
Region Chairman, BILT ANZ
Committee Member, Data Day
Chris works in AECOM's BIM Consulting Practice as a BIM Advisory Lead for the Southern Australia region. Chris' role is heavily focused on helping clients manage information effectively, whether during design, construction or operations. He's an advocate for the Abolition of Acronyms and Vagaries (AAV) in the pursuit of better communication and effective outcomes in an ever-changing environment. Prior to joining AECOM, Chris operated his own BIM consulting firm, assisting many firms in organisational change efforts, systems analysis and design, training programmes and project delivery. He has worked on projects in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom, using his experience to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Chris desperately hopes to one day cease his involvement in extra-curricular activities... though hopes his BILT commitments aren’t among those.

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.