Thank you to everyone who came to our breakfast symposium on delivering sustainable realities through building information modelling (BIM) this morning.

We were thrilled that so many members of the industry came, including:

  • Caroline Choy, AMP

    Caroline Choy, property business development manager for AMP Capital

  • Murray Hogarth, director of Wattwatchers
  • Caroline Pidcock, director of Pidcock architecture
  • Bruce Precious, sustainability manager at GPT Group
  • Lee Stewart, head of sustainability for ANZ at Fujitsu Australia
  • Geoff Thew, BIM technology lead at A.G. Coombs
  • Gary Whatling, director of energy & sustainability services at JLL

The speakers at our symposium on how the digital world can deliver sustainable realities pulled no punches.

The rapt attention from the audience, through all four presentations, said it all – what’s here already and what’s coming in digital technology for buildings is fascinating, exciting, but also challenging.

Alex Harrington, chief operating officer from the University of Sydney’s Warren Centre, delved into sci-fi land as she explored the advent of driverless cars and the disruptive challenges that have been felt by almost every sector, except property. So what’s to come? Jobs threatened? Yes. Absolutely. Maybe not for engineers and designers, but for everyone else… perhaps.  Check out the video Humans Need Not Apply to get a gist of the scale of change on the way.

Cory Banks (pictured in main image), principal consultant on adoption & change management at Microsoft, jolted the morning lull with his challenge to make the business case and get the strategy alignment right for the technology and systems you want to implement.

Laing O’Rourke’s southern region digital engineering lead, Stuart Bull (standing in for Chris Tate of BVN who was struck down by the flu), told it like it is in his company – all the consultants, all the suppliers on board. At least if you want to do a project with LOR, that is.

Fabulous images and a great animation added the much-needed visuals to understand the scale and power of what’s coming construction’s way.

Toby Maple, AECOM

Toby Maple, NSW BIM lead at AECOM and chair of the industry’s leading collaborative organization, Collaborate ANZ (which brings together the mushrooming crowds working on BIM and its offshoots), talked about the need for the industry to work together. And he ran through the ways some governments (although not so much Australia’s!) have invested in their digital future.

Thanks again to our major sponsor for this event, Newforma.

And to event host JLL.

Without them, as you know, these events would not happen.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on the event, and we will now be focused on capturing the learnings from the event in an ebook, which will be coming soon.