Adding Value with Digital Engineering
CHAIR: Stephan Langella, Committee Chairman, SYDBIM
9:00am: KEYNOTE: How Digital Engineering adds value to the organisation and the industry
- Increasing efficiency, safety, and quality with Digital Engineering
- Not just a 3D model: Comprehending the processes and analysis that informs DE
- Cutting through the bells and whistles to the true value of Digital Engineering
- Isolating and activating the most useful information in the model
Colette Munro, Chief Digital Innovation Officer – APAC, AECOM
9:50am: JOINT KEYNOTE: Determining and communicating the true ROI of Digital Engineering
- Boost your potential client base and future-proof your business by committing to DE
- Quantifying the value of Digital Engineering in terms of savings and increased business
- Determining how initial costs and long-term savings should affect different stakeholders
James Glastonbury, Technical Director – Australia Hub, Laing O’Rourke
Andrew Harris, Director, Technical Futures and Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O’Rourke
10:40am: Morning tea
Change Management and Client Engagement
11:00am: CASE STUDY: Driving internal buy-in for Digital Engineering
- Communicating the value-add of DE to the C-Suite and board in language they understand
- Ensuring the entire organisation understands the purpose of digital engineering
- Committing to a holistic adoption of Digital Engineering:
- Long term benefits against short term thinking
- Upskilling staff and self-performing
- Understanding and overcoming pockets of resistance:
- Fear of change
- Perceived extra work
- Changing workflows
Gert Van Aswegen, National Digital Engineering Manager, Fulton Hogan
11:50am: CASE STUDY: Helping clients recognise the value of DE
- Overcoming common client misconceptions about Digital Engineering
- Ensuring consultants represent digital offerings simply, accurately and attractively
- Communicating the benefits of BIM throughout the asset lifecycle
- Working with the client to determine expectations and formats for asset data
Bill Thomson, Director – Digital Strategy and Transformation, GHD
12:40pm: Lunch and networking
Updating Frameworks and Methodology
1:40pm: CASE STUDY: Maximise value-add by growing DE in the wider industry
- The cases for and against mandates in Australia
- Overcoming the capability hurdles of new technology adoption
- How all stakeholders need to work together to integrate and maintain models
Phuong Hua, Digital Engineering Manager, Mirvac
2:30pm: CASE STUDY: Digital Engineering, or Engineering Disruption?
- Is the industry making itself vulnerable to disruption?
- Will DE fuel the race to the bottom?
- The rise of the prosumer
- More of the same is just one way to grow
- Is DE innovation, or just incremental change?
John Hainsworth, Digital Leader – Built Environment, Aurecon
3:20pm: Afternoon tea
3:40pm: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do we optimise training for Digital Engineers?
- Do we need to formalise Digital Engineering as a qualification?
- What are the arguments for and against a licence to practice DE?
- What is the best approach for training delivery and standardisation?
- What should organisations do, and how should universities evolve?
- Is there an “age gap” in technical proficiency?
- Is digital training an add-on to traditional engineering training?
Kerry London, Deputy Dean, Professor Built Environment & Urban Transformation, Western Sydney University
Bill East, Creator of COBie/Director, The COBie Academy, The University of Florida (USA)
Mat Stoddart, Development Manager, The GPT Group
4:30pm: CASE STUDY: Navigating the digital transformation of your organisation
- Using DE to leverage a wider digital transformation in your organisation
- Optimising data flow between organisational silos
- Updating, integrating and transitioning legacy systems
Anthony Roe, Head of Digital Technology, Mining Energy and Industrial, Downer
5:20pm: End of day one & networking drinks