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Digital Engineering Summit 2019

Reducing risk and cost while driving value for all stakeholders

We believe you can drive greater quality, efficiency and accuracy through your projects.

This can only be done if the value of digital engineering is upheld by all stakeholders. ‘Digital engineering’ and ‘engineering’ will soon be one in the same. Your organisation and clients can realise genuine value from DE if you are successful in implementation, collaboration and delivery.

Digital Engineering Summit 2019 is here to give you the big picture abilities required to deliver on the potential of DE.

Digital Engineering Summit 2019 will give you clear guidance on establishing more effective engineering practices.

You will receive practical strategies to enhance the quality, efficiency and client value of your projects. Learn from directors of engineering so that you can practically apply DE to infrastructure projects, navigate change management and client engagement, update methodologies and cut through compatibility, standards and technical issues.

Don’t miss this opportunity to grow with your industry.

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  26 - 27 March 2019
The Sydney Boulevard Hotel


Exclusive insights from Australian and international Digital Engineering leaders


Days of critical issues-based case studies and discussion


Interactive workshops on the key issues of Digital Engineering


The Sydney Boulevard Hotel
90 William Street, Sydney, NSW 2011


  • Learn how to add business value with Digital Engineering
  • Implement DE for infrastructure projects
  • Comprehend the evolving digital engineering landscape
  • Navigate change management and client engagement for DE
  • Update frameworks and methodology to support DE
  • Clarify and standardise compatibility, standards and technical issues

Who should attend this conference



99%BIM Managers /GIS Managers


97%Asset Managers and Owners

Get Ready To Be Inspired!

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Key Speakers


Bill East

Creator of COBie/Director

The COBie Academy, The University of Florida (USA)


Simon Vaux

Director, Digital Engineering

Transport for NSW


Colette Munro

Chief Digital Innovation Officer - APAC



Andrew T Harris

Director, Technical Futures and Engineering Excellence Group

Laing O’Rourke


Bill Van Butzelaar

Chief Engineer – Digital Engineering and Asset Optimisation



Bill Thomson

Director – Digital Strategy and Transformation



Gert Van Aswegen

National Digital Engineering Manager

Fulton Hogan


Phuong Hua

Digital Engineering Manager



James Glastonbury

Technical Director – Australia Hub

Laing O’Rourke


Anthony Roe

Head of Digital Technology, Mining Energy and Industrial



Kerry London

Deputy Dean, Professor Built Environment & Urban Transformation

Western Sydney University


David Mitchell


BuildingSMART Australasia


Ben Cooper-Woolley

Regional Lead - Digital Australasia



John Hainsworth

Digital Leader – Built Environment



Eric Bugeja

Principal – Digital Engineering, EIC Activities



Mat Stoddart

Development Manager

The GPT Group

  • SUMMIT AGENDA:  DAY 1 – 26 March 2019

    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

  • SUMMIT AGENDA: DAY 2 – 27 March 2019

    The Evolving Digital Engineering Landscape


    CHAIR: Stephan Langella, Committee Chairman, SYDBIM


    9:00am: KEYNOTE: Applying Digital Engineering to infrastructure projects

    • How digital engineering can be used to support traditionally 2D processes
    • Lessons learned while cutting a new path in digital engineering
    • Update on plan requirements for infrastructure projects
    • Areas where the industry needs to improve to support owner-operator projects

    Simon Vaux, Director, Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW


    9:50am: KEYNOTE: Digital Engineering and the Crossrail project

    • Re-engineering business and project processes to integrate DE
    • The importance of operator/maintainer requirements
    • IoT Concerns and opportunities for DE
    • How Crossrail is integrating BIM and asset management
    • Using data effectively for decision-making
    • Lessons learned and progress made over the past 5 years

    Malcolm Taylor, Head of Technical Information, Crossrail (UK)


    10:40am: Morning tea


    11:00am: CASE STUDY: “Digital Twins”: Driving client-side value with asset virtualisation

    • The future of BIM is not BIM: How digital engineering is revolutionising asset services
    • Enhance client relationships by prioritising asset handover in the DE process
    • Ensuring operations and maintenance needs are met at asset handover

    Bill Van Butzelaar, Chief Engineer – Digital Engineering and Asset Optimisation, Jacobs

    Compatibility, Standards and Technical Issues

    11:50am: KEYNOTE: The Creation and development of COBie

    • Addressing the need to deliver asset data as distinct from geometric information
    • The importance of a non-proprietary data format for a changing industry
    • Lessons learned during the development of COBie

    Bill East, Creator of COBie/Director, The COBie Academy, The University of Florida (USA)


    12:40pm: Lunch and networking


    1:40: CASE STUDY: Maximising interoperability between platforms

    • Driving an industry-standard exchange data format and methodology
    • Ensuring the client is clear about what formats they need, and delivering them
    • The advantages of being “software agnostic” by supporting openBIM

    Jim Plume, Director & Secretary, BuildingSMART


    2:30pm: CASE STUDY: How data science can add further value to DE and the organisation

    • Navigating the myriad applications of data for the profit of the organisation
    • Connecting data streams and creating a central source of data truth
    • Best-practice data governance, integration and cleansing

    Ben Cooper-Woolley, Regional Lead – Digital Australasia, Arup


    3:20pm: Afternoon tea


    3:40pm: CASE STUDY: Digital Collaboration in Construction

    • Driving digital collaboration in the construction industry
    • Pinpointing which innovative technologies are best suited for collaboration:
      • Robotics
      • Building Information Modelling
      • Lean construction
      • Offsite manufacturing
    • Ensuring that the industry is on-board and ready for digital collaboration

    Kerry London, Deputy Dean, Professor Built Environment & Urban Transformation, Western Sydney University


    4:30pm: CASE STUDY: Ensuring compatibility between building and infrastructure systems

    • Utilising GIS for infrastructure projects through interface with BIM
    • Engaging a wider audience by exposing information from the BIM model with GIS
    • Ensuring the right data is conveyed and avoiding data overload

    Eric Bugeja, Principal – Digital Engineering, EIC Activities (CIMIC)


    5:20pm: End of conference


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