Speakers – 2nd BIM User Day

Lionel Lambourn (UAE)
Managing Director, Middle East and Asia Pacific, Gehry Technologies

Lionel joined Gehry Technologies in 2007and, since 2008, has been based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Lionel led the team in establishing the Abu Dhabi branch of Gehry Technologies which serves as the hub for Gehry Technologies’ Middle East operations. In 2012, the Doha, Qatar, branch of Gehry Technologies was also established under his leadership. Currently, Lionel’s role is the Managing Director for the Middle East and Asia Pacific teams.


Jeremy Shulman (Qatar)
Country Manager Qatar, Aconex

After finishing postgraduate studies in IT security, Jeremy established an Ethical Hacking consultancy that was employed by Australian banks to identify & secure weaknesses in their IT systems. He implemented an information tracking system for the Australian Quarantine & Inspection service before relocating with Aconex to London. Over the past 6 years he has been discussing the benefits of online collaboration in construction over traditional methods and has successfully worked with clients to implement EDMS on major programs across Europe such as Building Schools for the future, Nabucco pipeline, the National Rail framework, Crossrail as well as housing, infrastructure and education redevelopments in the new Libya and major projects in Qatar.

Gunnar Godawa (Qatar)
Senior Project Manager, ViCon Qatar
Gunnar Godawa is a Senior Project Manager at HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar with more than ten years experience of implementing new business processes on international construction projects. Gunnar graduated as Civil Engineer in the year 2000 and holds a post-graduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. Additionally, he holds a Certificate as a Project Management Associate (IPMA). He started working in 2000 as a Construction Manager at HOCHTIEF. In 2007 he joined ViCon Qatar, a company that provides BIM implementation as its core business. His main responsibilities are to develop custom made BIM execution plans and he manages a BIM team of up to 20 engineers to execute and manage BIM on construction sites within the Middle East and North Africa region.

Alan Lamont (Germany)
Vice President, Bentley Systems
Alan Lamont graduated from Portsmouth University School of Architecture in 1984. He took up a position in a leading German architectural practice (Prof. Deilmann) where he worked on a theater project in Essen, Germany, designed by Alvaar Otto. While there he went on to become the systems manager for the CAD environment and implemented office standards and training for the practice. Since then Alan joined the CAD vendor industry and has held various positions, which, over the past 25 years, have allowed him to gain experience in CAD, BIM and Information Management deployments. In his current position as Vice President for Building at Bentley Systems, he was involved in early deployments in the German automotive industry under the banner of “digital factory”. He took his teams on to support deployments in major events such as the summer and winter Olympics, London being the most recent example, the Asian Games and several mega projects across Europe and the Middle East. Alan enjoys the ability to be able to work closely with Iconic design firms such as Foster & Partners and Zaha Hadid but at the same time working with large construction and construction management firms such as CH2MHill and Mace as well as global owner operators such as Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen which has given him his extensive foundation for deployments covering building lifecycle management.

Prof. 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.

Michael Edwards (Qatar)
MEP Lead, Arup
Mike is a Chartered Engineer currently leading the mechanical team in the Arup Doha office. Mike has worked closely with major developers on sustainability and energy strategies for master plan developments and also for high profile individual buildings such as Ropemaker Place and the new BSkyB television studio and offices in West London. Mike has led teams to deliver mechanical engineering designs for a range of building types and has gained an extensive knowledge of international and local codes/standards in Qatar. He has practical experience of sustainability benchmarking tools and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a QSAS Certified Green Professional.

Edward Adams (Qatar)
Service Delivery Manager, Aconex
Edward started working with Aconex in Abu Dhabi supporting the configuration and implementation of the Document Management system across ALDAR’s entire framework of projects. He relocated to Qatar in 2010 as Service Delivery Manager and has grown a skillful team that have been responsible for advising clients on metadata templates, workflow procedures and industry best practise for Document Control on construction projects. His local team is currently supporting over 160 Aconex sites in Qatar and have implemented the system on projects such as QP District, NDIA packages, Qatar Logistics City, Sidra Hospital, Lusail City, Regent Hotel and other major infrastructure projects.

Racha Chahrour (Qatar)
BIM Manager, ViCon Qatar
Currently working as a BIM Manager at ViCon Qatar, Racha has been working with simulation processes since 2001. Graduating from Kassel University with a Masters in Civil Engineering, she went on to complete her PHD in CAD based simulation, also at Kassel. Joining HOCHTIEF in 2008, Racha developed detailed knowledge in planning, scheduling and simulation within construction projects, and is currently bringing her expertise to projects supported through BIM.

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