Speakers – 1st BIM User Day

Peter Barker (United Kingdom)
Architectural Director, Ryder Architecture
Operations Director – BIM Academy

Peter Barker is Architectural Director at Ryder Architecture and Operations Director of BIM Academy. Peter has almost 30 years experience in architectural practice working in the commercial, education, leisure and process engineering sectors. Over the last eight years he has been responsible for leading the delivery of major education projects, as well as directing innovation, including early adoption of BIM technologies and management practices. Peter is passionate about applying the practical lessons of project experience to the improvement of technical and business processes. In 2011 Ryder and Northumbria University jointly established BIM Academy as a centre of excellence for research, education and consultancy in the area of Building Information Modelling. Peter was appointed as Operations Director and works closely with Professor Steve Lockley as Director of Research.

Professor Nashwan Dawood (United Kingdom)
Director of Technology Future Institute (TFI), Teesside University
Prof. Dawood is currently the director of Technology Future Institute (TFI) and director and founder of the Centre for Construction Innovation & Research (CCIR) at Teesside University, UK. He has spent many years as an academic, practitioner and researcher within the field of project and construction management and the application of BIM in the construction process. This has ranged across a number of research topics including sustainability, ICT for energy efficient buildings, information technologies and systems (nD, VR, integrated databases), planning and management of off-site production, risk management and intelligent decision support systems. Prof. Dawood’s work has been widely published in leading journals, as well as being awarded numerous grants from industry bodies. A well known speaker at international conferences, he is the founder of the CONVR (Construction Application of VR) conference series.

Paul Goodman-Simpson (United Kingdom)
VDC Consultant, ArtrA
Paul Goodman-Simpson has worked as a BIM consultant since 2006, specializing in 3D and 4D planning and logistics. Since 2010 Paul has concentrated on Field-BIM and construction fit-out for ArtrA Ltd. Originally a piping designer in the offshore oil and gas sector, Paul started working with early 3D CAD systems in the late 1980s. In recent years Paul has provided BIM consulting to various international hospitals, schools, universities, high-rise, residential, and infrastructure projects. Paul is an occasional guest lecturer (Field-BIM) at Salford University, published the ‘BIM Revolution’ booklet in 2009, and ran the international Build London Live BIM competitions 2008/2009.

Armin Krimpmann (Qatar)
Department Manager for Planning and Reporting, HOCHTIEF Solutions Middle East
Armin Krimpmann has worked with BIM since 2008, specialising in planning and reporting solutions for large scale international projects. After graduating as a Civil Engineer in 1997, Armin joined with HOCHTIEF in March of 1998, working on the 1.7 bill Euro New Athens International Airport in Greece. Following this, he transferred to Taiwan to support the Highspeed Rail project, and subsequently to Scotland for the Glendoe Power Hydro Scheme from 2006-2008. For the last 4 years, Armin has been based in Qatar as the Manager of Planning and Reporting, working extensively on the Barwa Commercial Avenue project. Armin’s innovative work in utilising BIM and tablet PC’s to support progress monitoring on the project was the first of its kind in Qatar, and has been critical to the successful and on time completion of the project.

Marcus Rowsell (Qatar)
Senior Project Manager, HOCHTIEF ViCon
Currently working with HOCHTIEF ViCon as a Senior Project Manager, Marcus Rowsell has been working with BIM on international projects since 2003. After graduating from the University of Hannover as a Structural Engineer in 1998, Marcus joined Köster AG in the Innovation Department, working on projects such as IKEA Hannover and the Soccer Stadium in Wolfsburg. In 2007 Marcus began working with HOCHTIEF ViCon as a Project Manager spearheading the development of software to enhance 3D design coordination processes and to analyze building information. These products were implemented in projects such as Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and Barwa Commercial Avenue in Qatar. 2009 saw his move to Qatar, where he is now based, to lead BIM Implementation and to deliver BIM services for the Lusail City mega project. At Lusail City, Marcus works closely with all stakeholders to support the positive effect of BIM in the Qatar construction industry.

Hassan Satti (Qatar)
CEO Advisor, Lusail Real Estate Development Company (LREDC)
Hassan Satti has worked in an advisory capacity to mature and emerging companies in the US, Middle East and North African regions for the past 18 years. Since early 2010, he has been working with LREDC as CEO Advisor. After moving to Qatar, at the beginning of 2007, Hassan has led key corporate development programs that contributed in transitioning Barwa Real Estate Company into a mature business model. In 1996, Hassan obtained his Master of Architecture at University of Leuven, Belgium. Hassan worked with the renowned Skidmore Owing and Merrill in their New York office as a Digital Design Manager, fuelling his passion for CAD and BIM. In 2006 he obtained a Ph.D. in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, USA), with a focus on integrating building code analysis within the architectural design process into BIM.

Dr. Khalid Naji
Qatar University
Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji is the Associate Vice President for Campus Facilities and Information Technology at Qatar University. He received his PhD and MSc degrees from the University of Florida in 1997 and UT Austin in 1993 respectively. He chaired the Civil Engineering department at QU, after which he was appointed as an Assistant Director to the Office of Institutional Planning and Development. Directly prior to his current position, he acted as a Director of the Office of Executive Management. Dr. Naji’s main area of interest is computer applications in construction engineering with a focus on virtual construction, construction site modelling and virtual construction operations. Dr. Naji is currently the President of PMI for Qatar Region as part of the Arabian Gulf Chapter since 2009.

Miles Walker MSc
Corporate BIM Coordinator, Design Division
Miles has been involved in the building industry for over 30 years. During the last decade he has delivered many projects following a BIM approach. This included the Royal London Hospital 120,000m2 PFI project for the NHS which was designed by HOK and constructed by Skanska. Miles holds a Master of Science in Architecture: Computing and Design from East London University, graduating in 1994 with distinction.
Since 2010 he has been responsible for BIM at KEO International Consultants head office in Kuwait. Miles has developed BIM approaches across multiple AE disciplines including architecture, structure, HVAC, electrical and plumbing to encourage integrated collaboration.

Christopher Brown
Vice President and Practice Leader
During his career Chris has worked in the UK, USA, Asia and the Middle East gaining a wide variety of experience in different building typologies, legislative frameworks and construction industry practices. He is a highly skilled professional who over the past 17 years as a chartered architect has worked on all project stages from concept design to construction administration. His experience also covers a variety of project scales from individual buildings to large scale mixed use developments and master plans. As a designer and manager of the design process in both architecture and interiors Chris has throughout his career continued to build on a combination of design and technical experience.

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