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The Summer of BIM 2019 – Greatest Hits

The Summer of BIM 2019 – Greatest Hits
CPD Event
$50 Venue ticket includes lunch and drinks at the Sundowner
$20 Online ticket – perfect for regional and interstate participants

Book your tickets here:

Hew Roberts Lecture Theatre
University of Western Australia
Queries call Rene van Meeuwen
mob: 0407997398 or

Saturday 23rd February

10.00 Neil Ganju – BIM in infrastructure
10.30 Luiz Aguiar – ECI, D&C and BIM
11.00 Melanie Binks – BIM and Beyond
11.30 Chad Gerber – BIM: Connecting Site and Office

12.00 Lunch

1.10 Nathan Trevaskis – 5 year journey – BIMFIRE
1.40 Michael Ruehr – BIM for Trees
2.10 Andy Leong – Automation with Dynamo
2.40 Santiago Perez – Collaborative Robotics in Design and Education

3.20 Panel Discussion – The Future of Construction

4.00 Sundowner with some Greatest Hits


Neil Ganju – BIM in infrastructure – Ridley
Digital Project Manager

Currently a Digital Project Manger (BIM Manager) at Ridley in Melbourne, Australia. After becoming one of the first Graduates from the Masters of BIM degree at UWA Neil has gone from strength to strength. More important however is the impact Neil is having within the construction industry as a leader in the innovation of construction processes.

Luiz Aguiar – ECI, D&C and BIM – ADCO constructions
Architect / Design Manager

Having immigrating to Perth from Sao Paulo, Brazil; Luiz commenced work in the Australian building industry in November 2005. Luiz is a Design Manager with experience in a diverse range of projects in Australia and overseas, including commercial office, health care, residential and education.
Luiz is a design-focused professional with a passion for detailing and excellent communication and technical skills, which is key to good management of the design component in D&C and ECI environment. He is also proficient in the delivery of 3D documentation using Revit software and BIM management procedures and protocols.
He has coordinated multi-disciplinary 3D documentation of large commercial buildings, incorporating environmental impact modelling studies and simulations. His experience includes project coordination in 4D and 5D (project programming/time-frames and quantities takeoff and cost) utilising BIM technology.

Melanie Binks – BIM and Beyond – Multiplex
Design Manager / Architect

I began my working life as a graphic / web designer, where got a little coding experience mixed in with art and aesthetics. I soon developed an interest in Architecture, chasing a balance between creativity and mental challenges, but migrated into construction after becoming a registered architect, so I could concentrate on the practical and problem solving aspects of construction.
I have a keen interest in how technology can improve our efficiency, sustainability by opening doors to new ways of designing and constructing and believe change is a fundamental part of our future that we should embrace. There are always opportunities to find in every situation, if you’re looking for them.
I was also blown away with the Perth Stadium project where we took BIM to the next level. That was an exciting challenge that has allowed me the experience to become an innovator in the BIM space.

Chad Gerber – BIM: Connecting Site and Office – Pindan Pty Ltd
Contract Administrator

Chad was recently awarded the Ric New Rising Star Award by the Master Builders Association in late 2018 for his contribution to the construction industry as an under 25 year old. As the youngest member to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Building Information Modelling in 2017, Chad has continued to apply his understanding of BIM to the industry, with emphasis in translating BIM between workers on site and office based staff.

Nathan Trevaskis – 5 year journey – BIMFIRE
BIM Manager / Director

Nathan has almost 7 years’ experience working in the Construction, Mining, Oil & Gas industries, playing a key role on a variety of large scale projects across Australia, Asia & the Americas. Nathan holds a Batchelor of Applied Science; Construction Management & Economics, completed at Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. He is an active member on a number of State, National and International Building Information Modelling Committees.
Nathan provides enthusiastic initiatives on BIM implementation, strategy and management. He adopts a thorough and detailed approach to all projects and has also developed expertise in 3D model quantity generation, project controls, cost estimating, post contract administration services, payment certification & valuations.

Michael Ruehr – BIM for Trees – Hassell Studio
Architect/ BIM Expert

Michael is Group Revit Application Specialist and Project BIM Manager at HASSELL.
He has over 35 years’ experience in all facets of the building industry, working throughout Germany, India and Australia.
Michael has held positions such as Project Manager, Designer and Drafter and has experience in infrastructure, commercial, hospitality, residential, and government projects. He has extensive on-site construction knowledge and the capacity to break down complex tasks into manageable understandable segments. He has been working with Revit for 10 years and BIM Management for the past 6 years.

Andy Leong – Automation with Dynamo – Parametric
Architect / Computational Expert

Andy comes from an architectural background and has worked in several architecture practices on projects ranging from small scale residential to large scale stadiums.
He has been using Revit for over 10 years and Dynamo for over 2 years. He is also a guest lecturer for UWA BIM Masters course and has presented internationally to architectural bodies about BIM.
Andy has a strong interest in progressive BIM technologies and works daily in high level Revit use/ management. He is also enjoys finding challenging ways to increase efficiencies and improve workflows during design and documentation using automation and computational methods.

Santiago Perez – Collaborative Robotics in Design and Education
University of Western Australia
Architect / Educator

Santiago R. Pérez is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Design, University of Western Australia, focused on the convergence of Architecture + Design with Experimental Materials, Large-Scale Fabrication and Robotics in Education.
Pérez has directed the development and installation of multiple large-scale “Design-Fab” projects as a primary component of his teaching and research, in collaboration Universities, Art Museums and Public Agencies in the United States. These include a permanent visitor pavilion for the Bachman- Wilson House by Frank Lloyd Wright, at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas; the RoboFAB Bike Trail Pavilion in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and installations sponsored by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Lawndale Art Centre in Houston, Texas.


Rene van Meeuwen – University of Western Australia
Masters of BIM Coordinator

Rene has been involved in the design and construction industry for 25 years. Rene has always incorporated teaching into his working life where he has been working as a Lecturer at the University of Western Australia for the last 16 years. Over the past 20 years, Rene has been working closely with the Art and Design disciplines as an Academic, Practitioner and Researcher. Three years ago Rene started the Design group felix.; a multidiscipline group which is research and practice focused. Public Space is our primary research interests. For the felix. team today’s Urban and Regional centres are important design problems that need to be re-addressed through new ways of thinking about Architecture and the built environment. Using innovative software methods to create design solutions which celebrate the true value of our natural and cultural resources we believe our cities and regional centres can contribute to the health of our environment. Our mission is to tirelessly promote design excellence and innovation.
Contact details : mob: 0407 997 398

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