Bentley Executive Keynote and Technology Update

  • Greg Bentley
    CEO, President and Chairman of the Board
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Greg joined his four brothers at Bentley Systems in 1991. Previously, he founded a financial trading software firm, which became part of SunGard Data Systems, Inc., an S&P 500 company on whose public-company board Greg served from 1991 through 2005. He holds an M.B.A. in finance and decision sciences from Wharton.
    Greg is a trustee of Drexel University, where he also serves as chairman of the advisory board for the Pennoni Honors College, and a trustee of the National Building Museum. - See more

  • Bhupinder Singh
    Chief Product Officer
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Bhupinder joined Bentley in 1994 and was appointed to chief product officer in 2016. His team is responsible for the development, sales, and user success of Bentley’s industry-leading software solutions for advancing infrastructure. His prior roles at Bentley include senior vice president of Bentley Software,
    senior vice president of the Platform Products Group, and managing director of sales for Bentley South Asia. Prior to Bentley, Bhupinder held various software engineering positions at Montgomery Watson Hazra (now Stantec-MWH), Bell Labs, and Intergraph Corporation. Bhupinder holds a master’s degree in computer science from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in structural engineering from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and a certificate in management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Phil Christensen
    Vice President, Analytical Modeling
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Phil joined Bentley in 2011 after the company’s acquisition of FormSys, where he was founder and CEO. He was named vice president of analytical modeling in 2016 and is responsible for the company’s portfolio of analysis and simulation software including structural, bridge, offshore, and site optimization.
    He also leads the development of a range of new cloud services for mobile access to analysis models and Scenario Services for design optioneering. His prior roles with Bentley include vice president of offshore and optioneering, vice president of offshore and marine, and director of product development/marine. Phil earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Auckland and a master’s degree in engineering science from the University of Western Australia.

  • Santanu Das
    Senior Vice President, Design Modeling
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Santanu joined Bentley in 2005 after the acquisition of Research Engineers International and was named senior vice president of design modeling in 2016. Santanu manages global sales, marketing, development, and services of the company’s building, plant, electrical, civil, and reality modeling applications.
    His prior roles with Bentley include vice president of design and simulation, vice president of structural and building, and vice president of the structural group. Santanu earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Alan Kiraly
    Senior Vice President, Asset Performance
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Alan joined Bentley in 2010 following Bentley’s acquisition of Enterprise Informatics, where he served as CEO. Alan was named senior vice president, asset performance in 2016. He leads Bentley’s Asset Performance Advancement Team, which is responsible for the development, marketing, service, support, and business development
    of offerings for improving asset performance. His prior roles with Bentley include senior vice president of server products, asset performance and vice president of operations, product management. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton.

  • Harry Vitelli
    Senior Vice President, Project Delivery
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Harry joined Bentley in 2008 and was appointed to senior vice president of project delivery in 2016. He is responsible for product strategy, product development, and pre/post-sale support of Bentley’s portfolio of ProjectWise applications. In previous roles with Bentley, Harry served as vice president of construction
    and vice president of platform product management. Prior to Bentley, he held several senior management positions at Adobe Systems. Harry has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Spring Garden College.

Executive Keynote

  • Nick Smallwood
    VP of Capital Project Delivery Excellence
    Royal Dutch Shell

Executive Keynote Panel

  • Jacques Lubetzki
    Executive Vice President, Europe
    Bureau Veritas

  • Ray O’Connor
    President and CEO
    Topcon Positioning Systems

  • David Epp
    Alliances Director, Global ISVs

The Building and Facilities Forum

  • Ken Adamson
    VP, Building, Electrical, Plant & Structural, Design Modeling
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Ken is responsible for all aspects of the building, electrical, plant and structural design products from conceptual design through detailed design and into lifecycle operations. Ken has recently returned from spending the last
    three years in Beijing to help identify new opportunities and expand on Bentley’s design modeling suite of applications to meet the specific needs for the Chinese market.

    Ken has more than 25 years of experience in the development of software applications for the infrastructure industries. Prior to joining Bentley Systems in 2004, Ken worked for Aspen Technology, Inc. Ken has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Liverpool, England.

  • Chimay Anumba
    Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning
    The University of Florida

    Chimay Anumba is Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at The University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK;
    a higher doctorate – D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) - from Loughborough University, UK; and an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. His research interests are in the fields of advanced engineering informatics, concurrent engineering, knowledge management, distributed collaboration systems, and intelligent systems. He has over 450 scientific publications in these fields and his work has received support worth over $150m from a variety of sources. He has also supervised 45 doctoral candidates to completion and mentored over 23 postdoctoral researchers. He is a Chartered/Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the following professional institutions: the American Society of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Civil Engineers, and The Institution of Structural Engineers.

  • Santanu Das
    Senior Vice President, Design Modeling
    Bentley Systems, Inc.

    Santanu joined Bentley in 2005 after the acquisition of Research Engineers International and was named senior vice president of design modeling in 2016. Santanu manages global sales, marketing, development, and services of the company’s building, plant, electrical, civil, and reality modeling applications.
    His prior roles with Bentley include vice president of design and simulation, vice president of structural and building, and vice president of the structural group. Santanu earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Nigel Davies
    Evolve Consultancy

    Nigel is founding director of Evolve and has 20+ years’ extensive experience within the AEC industry. Trained originally in civil and structural engineering, Nigel appreciates the need for reality-based solutions to aid the project design process. He has accrued invaluable experience in engineering
    and architecture through his work for notable projects including the Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) and the BBC Broadcasting Centre redevelopment.

    Nigel was a member of the PAS1192-2:2013 Steering Committee advising on the UK BIM standards and is also chair of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols initiative developing off-the-shelf protocols, based on British Standards, for the structuring and exchange of design documentations. He has authored two BIM-based books, “Practical Architectural Modelling” and “Practical Structural Modelling with AECOsim Building Designer” (Bentley Institute Press).

  • Shawn Foster
    Commercial Technology Manager
    Black and Veatch Power / Oil and Gas

    Shawn Foster is currently the technical lead for a multi-year implementation of Bentley solutions as the default global execution toolset across all disciplines for EPCM projects in the Power and Oil and Gas business lines with Black and Veatch. With over 28 years industry experience, opportunities
    and roles include project practitioner, project coordinator, CAD manager, trainer, account manager, consultant, and BIM manager/director. Tenures at owner/operators, technology consulting / channel partners, and AEC/EPC firms have allowed Shawn to use a broad skillset in many different capacities on many different types of projects including plant/process environment and campuses, federal facilities and campuses, owner/operator project process consulting as well as consultative projects such as best practice evaluations, BIM implementation and execution planning and delivery.

  • Elaine Lewis
    Managing Director

    With a strong commercial background, Elaine leads a team of talented and committed individuals providing software and services for Architects and Engineers in the UK. Cadventure is one of Bentley’s largest resellers in Europe respected for its pragmatic advice, technical expertise and customer service.
    Elaine has operated in this sector since 1997 and enjoys long term relations with many clients and suppliers. She works alongside her husband who founded the family business 27 years ago. In November 2015, Elaine was awarded the first Bentley Systems Channel Partner Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Elaine is passionate about implementing BIM in a planned, measured and cost-effective way to benefit the practice. She believes this should be to reduce risk and derive productivity benefits for the team and its clients. Elaine hates to see money wasted through following the crowd or inordinate pressure to conform when there is no sound business reason to do so.

  • John Messner
    Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Messner is the Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State and a Professor of Architectural Engineering. He specializes in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual prototyping research, along with globalization issues in construction.
    The CIC Research Group developed the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners, and they previously completed the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide. Dr. Messner also leads a task group focused on design tools and methods for the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation.

  • Xu Jiefeng 许杰峰
    Professor of Engineering;
    Vice President of China Academy of Building Research;
    Executive Director, China BIM Union;
    BIM Professional Committee Vice Chairman, China Association for Engineering Construction Standardization;
    Executive Vice President, China Construction Industry Association, Building Technology Society

Forum Facilitators

  • Ken Adamson
    VP, Building, Electrical, Plant & Structural, Design Modeling
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Ken Adamson is responsible for defining the overall product roadmap for Bentley’s plant products. He has more than 25 years of experience in the process engineering industries, the last 20 in the development of software for the plant design market with EA Systems, Aspen Technology, Inc., and Bentley Systems.
    Adamson began his career as a mechanical engineer at Protech International and McDermott Engineering. He has had several articles and presentations published, including “Building the Competitive Edge” and “ISO 15926 – Lifecycle Data for Process Plant.”

  • Allan Murphy
    Director, Business Execution, BEPS
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Allan joined Bentley in 2010 as Sales Director for EMEA (building and plant). In May 2013, Allan became Director, Global Professional Services with overall responsibility for the implementation of Bentley plant technology. Today, he leads a global team as Business Execution Director, responsible for design modelling technology covering building and plant.
    With over 25 years’ experience, first as a design engineer (pharma, oil & gas, advanced manufacturing), and then using this expertise to lead various sales organizations globally, Allan offers extensive industry knowledge in business and design supporting key industries for Bentley and its users.

  • Andy Smith
    Director, Product Management, BEPS
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Andy is an architect and technologist. He practiced architecture with Atlanta-based firms Heery International, Lord Aeck Sargent, and Stephen Fuller Designs. He joined Bentley in 1998 as a member of its Professional Services team, providing technology consulting, custom application development, and implementation services.
    In his current position he consults with global design firms, contractors, and owners who are seeking improvements in building information modeling (BIM), project delivery methods, and lifecycle data management.

    In 2008, Andy was recognized by USACE Major General Bo Temple for his leading role in Bentley's successful completion of the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie). He also received the American Institute of Architects 2000 National Young Architect Award for his contributions in bridging the gap between technology and its successful use in practice.

    Andy is an active member of the buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction (2009-present), the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Advisory Group (2012-present), and a former member of the Design-Build of America BIM Committee (2009-2012) and the AIA Atlanta Board of Directors (1991-1998). Andy earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Rail and Road Forum

  • David Burdick
    Industry Sales Manager for Visualization, Civil Design
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    David Burdick is an industry executive with Bentley Systems, responsible for overseeing market development activities in the area of engineering visualization. He has more than 30 years’ experience in engineering and manufacturing information technologies and is widely recognized as a leading authority for the
    implementation of design and computer graphics solutions. Burdick has consulted for many firms in this industry, including Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Dassault Systems, EDS, Esri, Ford, e-on Software, HP, IBM, LMS, and SolidWorks.

    Prior to joining Bentley, Burdick served as the vice president of marketing at e-on Software, which Bentley acquired in 2015. At e-on, he was responsible for all marketing and business development activities with a special emphasis on growing the engineering and GeoDesign visualization markets. Before joining e-on, he was the founder and president of Collaborative Visions, Inc, a research and consulting organization in the areas of PLM, BIM, GIS, and computer graphics technologies. Burdick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering technology from Bradley University.

  • Krzysztof Ciacka
    Senior Highways Design Engineer,

    Krzysztof graduated in 2005 and started his first job as Assistant Engineer in Poland. During his first years, he developed knowledge of all types of roads design through involvement in several major road schemes in Northern Poland promoted by the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways.
    Since becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2010, Krzysztof has developed his professional experience through key roles in some significant projects and has gained extensive experience in all stages of road scheme development and implementation.

    Krzysztof has extensive experience in the use of road design modelling software suites, including Bentley MX/OpenRoads, Bentley Microstation and Bentley MX RENEW. He also has a comprehensive knowledge of other 3D modelling software such as LumenRT and VUE which he was successfully using to produce road visualizations of projects he was involved in.

    His role on A9 project as a Senior Highways Design Engineer is to deliver DMRB Stage 2 and Stage 3 full 3D design models of A9 mainline and junctions design options with respect to IAN 184 and BS1192:2007 BIM standards. He is also responsible for creating for client and public consultations fully interactive 3D models and visualisations based on actual 3D design models.

  • James Colclough
    Technical Director

    James is leading the promotion and implementation of Digital Project Delivery within AECOM's Civil Infrastructure business (EMIA region). This involves the development of delivery standards and embedding digital processes within projects. His background in information management and GIS
    is adding value to the wider digital development within the AEC industry. He has worked closely with a number of clients including HS2, TfL, TfGM and Centro. This has included developing digital strategies and information workflows to realise efficiencies and quality improvements in project delivery. As a Chartered Geographer and Transportation professional, James has often presented on geoBIM and the integrated vision towards a Digital Built Britain.

  • Mark Hansford
    New Civil Engineer

    Mark serves as editor of New Civil Engineer where he is responsible for driving content across all activities and the development of new digital and event products. Mark has over 20 years’ civil engineering industry experience, first as practicing qualified engineer and then as award winning journalist
    with a personal and professional goal to help professional engineers become better engineers by providing thought-provoking and inspiring content around future technologies and technical excellence.

  • Nick Van Den Hurk
    Fugro Raildata

  • Ian Rosam
    Director, Product Management, Civil Design
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Ian Rosam is Director of Product Management for Road and Rail with Bentley Systems. He joined Bentley Systems in 2002 through the company’s acquisition of Infrasoft and has more than 25 years industry experience with infrastructure design and construction, 18 of those years in software development and Product management.
    He was instrumental in the development and launch of Bentley’s OpenRoads technology and is now responsible for leading the company’s civil product management team.

  • Francois Valois
    Senior Director, Product Management, Civil Design
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Francois Valois joined Bentley in 2004 and now serves as the company’s director of product management responsible for ConceptStation (Road, Rail and Building) and Reality Modeling. During his career with Bentley, he has been director of product management responsible for the
    civil, geospatial, utilities, communications, mining and geotechnical product lines. Prior to Bentley, Valois was with Esri in Redlands, California, as a product engineer responsible for designing, testing, and documenting functionality related to geometry and topology sub-systems. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in geomatics engineering, a master’s certificate in project management, and an MBA from Laval University.

  • William (Bill) Vavrik, Ph.D.
    Vice President & Principal Engineer
    Applied Research Associates, Inc.

    Dr. Bill Vavrik is a Vice President and Principal Engineer and the director of transportation research and technology deployment for Applied Research Associates, Inc. He joined ARA in 2000 after completing his PhD at the University of Illinois and has over 20 years of experience.
    Dr. Vavrik is ARA's program manager for the Federal Highway Administration's Innovation Deployment Program where he assists the FHWA in the execution of the every day counts program. Dr. Vavrik has a diverse technical background including projects in infrastructure design, evaluation, materials, construction, asset management, research, technology deployment, software development, and sustainability. He works in diverse infrastructure application including roads and streets, rural roads, highways, airports, ports, and intermodal facilities. He has authored over 30 peer reviewed technical publications and given over 70 invited presentations.

  • Michael Salvato
    Director and Program Executive, Enterprise Information and Asset Management
    New York MTA

    As the Director and Program Executive (D/PE) for Enterprise Information, Asset Management and Strategic Innovation at the MTA, Michael manages a portfolio of programs to realize value from enterprise information to improve whole-life asset activities and systems and collaborate with
    external partners to spur innovation to more effectively manage and enhance the MTA system. His position is responsible for driving changes that create public value as measured by improved performance, lower costs and controlled risks. In this role, Michael directs and encourages strategic innovation and continuous improvement in business intelligence, open data, analytics, economic value delivery, information strategies, architecture and systems, enterprise asset management, and applied technologies.

  • Ted Stephens
    Model Engineer

    Ted Stephens is a chartered civil engineer. He studied civil engineering at Southampton University, graduating in 1979. He then spent 2 years in Lesotho working on aid agency funded projects building roads through mountainous terrain providing access to the interior of the country.
    He joined W S Atkins in 1982 as a graduate engineer, moving to the civil and transportation computing section within the company. In this section he specialised in computer aided design systems and applied them to numerous projects around the world for highway and railway projects.

    In 1987, Ted set up his own consultancy business for civil engineering computing services providing technical input to major construction projects, including: Channel Tunnel, UK; Channel Tunnel Rail Link, UK; Dublin Light Rapid Transit, Ireland; and various high speed rail projects in Germany, Holland and many other countries.

    Based on this business, Ted founded the rail solutions team as a joint venture with Moss Systems in 1993. Subsequently this group has become part of the Bentley Professional Services Team delivering expertise to the rail industry around the world. Ted was key in establishing this team as the leading supplier of rail related solutions and software in worldwide markets.

    Since Ted retired in 2014 he has devoted his time to building model railways, applying the years of experience gained whilst working in civil engineering computing, and researching the latest technologies that can be applied to building miniature trains to the highest engineering standards, in particular exploring the use of 3D printing.

  • B. P. Awasthi
    Executive Director–Track(P)
    Ministry of Railways, India

    B. P. Awasthi an IRSE officer is working as Executive Director–Track(P), Railway Board, Ministry of Railways. Apart from Track related works he is looking after policy formulation, planning and implementation of IT related projects in various areas of Engineering Assets management, establishment of
    GIS Portal of Indian Railways and GIS mapping of Indian Railways assets.

    Mr. Awasthi obtained his B.Tech Degree from IIT, Delhi and Master Degree in Systems and Management, also from IIT, Delhi. He has been trained in technical as well as strategic management aspects in India and abroad.

    He has worked in various capacities in Northern Railways zone of Indian Railways, Research Design & Standards Organisation (RDSO), Lucknow, in Kashmir Railway project and establishment of web enablement IT-Application Track Management System before joining in present capacity in Ministry of Railways.

Forum Facilitators

  • Steve Cockerell
    Industry Marketing Director, Rail and Road
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Steve Cockerell joined Bentley Systems in 2002 through the company’s acquisition of Infrasoft, and has since worked as part of a team delivering knowledge and expertise to its users in the transportation industry, speaking at international conferences in the U.K., U.S., Middle East, China, Japan, and Australia.
    More recently, he has focused on rail and road, helping to establish Bentley as the leading supplier of software and services to the global transportation infrastructure community.

    Cockerell has more than 20 years of industry experience, which he began by studying civil engineering and working as a highway designer for local government in the U.K. He joined MOSS Systems in 1990 as an application engineer demonstrating functionality and highlighting the benefits delivered by CAD-based design applications for highways, rail, and land development projects.

    Following Infrasoft’s acquisition of MOSS Systems, Cockerell served as channel marketing director where he helped develop and launch Arenium, an engineering collaboration product that enabled multi-user access to MX 3D design models. This paved the way for technology that supports building information modelling processes now demanded by industry and governments around the world.

  • Mo Harmon
    Solutions Executive, Road and Bridge, Civil Design
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Mo Harmon earned an engineering degree from Louisiana State University. He has worked in the consulting industry for the past 26 years before joining Bentley Systems as the Solution Executive for Roads and Bridges. Mo spent his first 8 years in transportation design, before moving into a firm wide role as an InRoads trainer.
    Over time, Mo’s role expanded to managing both training, support, and R&D activities associated with core design and production technologies for HNTB. A key responsibility over the past 6 years has been associated with the deployment of technologies and procedures that reduce risk, reduce schedule, and deliver the right data at the right time on Design Build Projects. In his role as the Solution Executive with Bentley, Mo will be tracking industry trends and working closely with Bentley users to provide strategic input into Bentley products.

  • Andrew Smith
    Business Development Manager, Rail and Transit
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Andrew Smith is the Solutions Executive responsible for Bentley's Rail and Transit solution. Andrew has over 25 years of civil engineering software experience, with 20 years focused directly on rail and transit solutions globally. Andrew is regarded as an industry expert in the management, integration, and analysis
    of railway related linear data, and acts as a subject matter expert for the Bentley's Optram application.

    Prior to joining the Solutions team, Andrew led Bentley's Professional Services team for Rail for over six years, successfully delivering key consulting and services projects around the world. He also provided technical leadership and rail operations and maintenance subject matter expertise to Network Rail (UK) during the roll out of a linear asset decision support system based upon Bentley Optram. Andrew holds a Bachelors Degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex (UK).

The Oil, Gas and Chemical Forum

  • Ian Bush
    BIM Director
    Black & Veatch

    Ian is the Director for BIM at Black & Veatch and is responsible for BIM strategy and implementation as well as engineering IT solutions and software. Ian is also responsible for the Information Management & Analytics (IMA) team who provide solutions and services to help clients
    leverage maximum efficiencies from their assets through smart data management. Originally trained as a civil engineering surveyor, Ian has an MSc in Construction Information Technology and has over 35 years’ experience in the engineering and construction sectors.

    Ian is a past President of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and is a past Chair of the joint ICE/ICES Geospatial Engineering Panel. He is an Ordnance Survey Accredited Consultant and was the technical lead and main author for the British Standards Institute PAS 128 (Specification for underground utility detection, verification and location). Ian represents the ICES on the Construction Industry Council (CIC) BIM Forum and also chairs the Survey4BIM group; he is also a steering committee member of BIM4Water and active member of the ICE BIM Action Group.

  • Ken Douglas
    IT Director – Global Projects Organisation
    BP Upstream

    Ken Douglas has 30 years of experience in information technology and related business roles. He is currently IT Director for BP’s Global Projects Organisation. Ken is a Chartered Engineer with a background
    in electronics and systems engineering. His career began in the North Sea in a variety of engineering and operations roles as well as a period in capital project information management. He has worked across the full scope of energy company business (downstream and upstream) and led projects as varied as developing one of the world’s first fully digital well logging systems to ERP deployments.

    In 2000 Ken was recruited as Director of Technology with BP’s renowned Chief Technology Office where he become responsible for setting the strategic direction of future digital technology use and for identifying and running projects to prove the business value. His work spanned wireless/mobile technology, 3D systems, data analytics, sensory and “internet of things” projects.

    In 2010 Ken became CIO of the Rumaila Operating Organisation in Iraq, and IT Director for BPs operations in the Middle East, deploying IT services and solution across Operations and Projects. In 2016 he became a member of the Upstream IT Leadership Team with accountability for both facilities and functional IT in support of BP upstream Global Projects Organisation.

    When not at work, Ken enjoys a number of hobbies; he is a qualified sailing instructor, a keen cyclist and runner, and also enjoys photography - having had many of his photographs published internationally.

  • Eckard Eberle
    CEO, Siemens Process Automation

    Eckard Eberle joined Siemens AG in 1992 after gaining his diploma in electrical engineering. Until 1994, he served in Erlanger, initially as a Project Manager in power plant automation and subsequently in head office sales for China. From 1996 to 1998, he built up sales and engineering activities
    for power plant automation in Nanjing, China.

    After his return to Germany, he worked until 2005 in Siemens Management Consulting. He then took charge of the Low Voltage Transformer Business in Bremen.

    As of 2008, Eckard worked on the project for “Realignment of Industry Sales” in Nuremburg. That same year, he was appointed Head of the Control Components business segment in Amberg, where he held as well the position of Site Manager from 2009.

    From 2011 to 2014, Eckard was CEO of the Siemens Industrial Automation Business Unit. As of October 2014, Eckard became CEO of the Siemens Process Automation business unit.

  • Alec Miljkovic
    Business Opportunity Manager, Capital Projects ProjectVantage Program
    Shell Global Solutions International B.V.

    Alec joined Shell as an experienced engineer in 1989 after seven years with Exxon Mobil and ABB. After 26 years in Shell as a process engineer, process control team lead, discipline engineering manager for a major project and strategy manager in TaCIT,
    he took the role of Business Opportunity Manager for the ProjectVantage program. His current role is to deliver project performance improvement via the adoption of latest generation engineering design and construction planning technology.

  • David Philp
    Global BIM/MIC Consulting Director

    David’s enthusiasm lies in highlighting the potential of new technologies and how we interact with them to bring added value to our customers and unlock new ways of working throughout the entire lifecycle. David is passionate about our industry and perceives BIM as being a catalyst for reform.
    An early adopter of practical change and purposeful collaboration, he is Global Director of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Main Information Contracting (MIC) consulting for AECOM, the global, fully integrated services firm. He was seconded into the UK BIM Task Group as Head of BIM in 2011 and is also now also Chair of the Scottish Future Trust’s BIM Delivery Group.

    A Fellow of the RICS, CIOB and ICE, he has completed the Virtual Design and Construct at Stanford University, CA. and is a Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University. David is also Chair of the BIM4 community.

  • Nives Stanfelj
    Industry Solutions Manager, Process Manufacturing & Resources Industries

    Nives Stanfelj is the Worldwide Industry Solutions Manager for Process Manufacturing & Resources Industries, accountable for defining and executing Microsoft’s strategies for the Oil & Gas, Metals & Mining industries. Working with Microsoft’s broad partner ecosystem and acting as a trusted industry advisor
    both internally and with customers, Nives’ main objective is to define, land and scale Industry Solutions that address the current and future business needs of Enterprise Customers.

    Nives has twenty-five years of industry experience in applying both IT and OT solutions in the Process and Resources Industries. Before joining Microsoft, she held direct and management positions in Project Delivery, Product Management, Business Development and Consulting at both Honeywell Process Solutions and Aspen Technology Inc., as well as starting her career as an Applications Engineer at Esso Petroleum Canada. Nives has both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University in Canada.

  • Jim Purvis
    Digital Enterprise Operations Director, Advisian
    Board Chair, Fiatech

    Jim Purvis, Digital Enterprise Operations Director at Advisian (a WorleyParsons Group Company) is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the international capital facilities industry. His varied technical positions and sectors served over this time gives him a broad foundation to provide input to clients and senior management.
    Jim excels at completing EPC projects from inception to start-up and is experienced in strategic planning and execution. In addition, he is a trained risk and value engineering facilitator.

    While leading WorleyParsons global engineering design systems group from 2011 to 2014, he worked with a cross section of external software partners and internal teams to drive forward WorleyParsons vision for a data centric project environment. In his current role, Digital Enterprise Operations Director, he is working with North America facility operators to extend this vision to full lifecycle asset data management.

    Jim has been active in Fiatech for several years. Elected to the Board in 2012, he has served as Board Chairman since 2014. During this time, he has been involved in the creation of Fiatech’s performance attainment targets that are poised to create significant efficiencies in the delivery of capital projects.

  • John Kjorstad
    Global Services’ Infrastructure Leader

    John Kjorstad is an associate director within KPMG’s Global Infrastructure business supporting the firm’s international network with research, marketing and business development. KPMG’s Global Infrastructure business works with cities, governments, and private businesses to develop, procure, finance, construct, operate, maintain,
    buy and sell physical assets in transport, healthcare, education, housing, public services, power, water, and natural resources. John also provides leadership and international assistance to a global services team in India delivering infrastructure research and engagement delivery support to multiple KPMG practices around the world. Prior to joining KPMG in 2014, John was the editor of Infrastructure Journal (IJGlobal). He joined the UK-based publication in 2006. John grew up in North Dakota in the United States, and currently resides in the United Kingdom.

Forum Facilitator

  • John Sanins
    Senior Director, Solutions Management
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    John joined Bentley in 2009 as Solutions Executive for Oil & Gas. Today, John leads a development team as Program Director responsible for Bentley Systems' Project Information and Engineering Content Management solutions serving global infrastructure markets.
    With over 31 years' experience in the use and application of CAE and engineering information management systems, John offers extensive industry knowledge in business and engineering best practices supporting key industries, including process plant, power generation, shipbuilding, automotive and aerospace sectors.

    A former chartered mechanical engineer and member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in the UK, John holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Bachelors Degree (with Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, with several years of direct capital project delivery experience working as a project/ design engineer in power plant design in the UK and Northern Europe, working across key phases of the asset lifecycle from engineering design, construction into commissioning and handover.

The Utilities Forum

  • Kevin Bezant
    BIM Implementation Manager – eight2O Alliance

    For over 45 years Kevin has been involved in the design and construction of civil engineering projects across a number of sectors, the last 20 years with Atkins. Originally employed by a large UK civil engineering contractor, he moved into the oil & gas industry in the 1980’s then to rail and most recently, water.
    Prior to his secondment to the eight2O Alliance Kevin spent a number of years in Atkins Corporate IS function where he supported various Atkins divisions as an IS Business Partner.

    Whilst working in the Atkins Rail business Kevin took responsibility for CAD across the UK, writing and implementing standards and managing a large team of technicians. During his time in IS, he gained experience of BIM implementation through involvement with the Atkins BIM adoption programme helping support the business to meet the UK government challenge to implement BIM on large public sector projects by 2016.

  • Mark Biagi
    Business Development Executive, AssetWise
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Mark Biagi is an engineering software executive with over 20 years international experience in applying information technology to discrete and process industries. In his role as Business Development Executive at Bentley, Biagi works with leading owners and operators of complex infrastructure assets,
    with particular emphasis on asset performance management and operational analytics. Based in the United Kingdom, Biagi holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Glasgow University and a master’s degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.

  • A.B. "Buddy" Cleveland
    Chairman of Industry Advisory Committee, Department of Civil Engineering
    Johns Hopkins University

    Buddy Cleveland is an industry consultant working in the area of reality modeling applications. He led the Bentley team working with ESM Productions in the planning of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015, in which reality modeling technology played a key role.
    Buddy is the Senior Vice President of Bentley Software (retired), President of Jacobus Technology, and Manager with Bechtel.

  • Darius Elder
    Manager Geospatial Technology and Data Integrity
    Xcel Energy

    Darius Elder is a GIS data and technology professional working for Xcel Energy with responsibility over the Electric Distribution, Gas Distribution, and Gas Transmission network models. Darius majored in Mathematics and Software Engineering during his undergraduate education and
    is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Software Engineering. Darius' role as Manager of Geospatial Technology and Data Integrity for Xcel Energy, consists of leading a 50 + employee team dispersed across Xcel Energy that perform data maintenance, data analysis, project execution, and development/implementation of the company's Geospatial Technology and Data strategy. Darius has been employed with Xcel Energy for nine plus years with over 15 years' experience in GIS and design including civil, mechanical, and electrical disciplines.

  • Tom Freyberg
    Chief Editor, Water & Wastewater International Magazine/WaterWorld.com
    PennWell International

    Tom Freyberg is an experienced environmental journalist, having worked across a variety of business-to-business titles. Tom became a well-respected journalist having been the editor of a weekly environmental newspaper for over two and a half years. During this period he had articles and comments published
    in national newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian, and helped arrange and speak at international conferences. Since joining Pennwell in 2010, he has been influential in developing international partnerships for the water brand and has overseen digital developments, including 360 degree video case studies. An English graduate from Exeter University, Tom completed his PMA journalism training in London.

  • Teresa Hansen
    Chief Editor, PowerGrid International/Electric Light & Power/Utility Products; Advisory Committee Chair, DistribuTECH

    Teresa Hansen has more than 20 years’ experience as a technical magazine editor, including 18 years at PennWell. Teresa’s previous energy-related experience includes 13 years of service at a nuclear power plant and a brief stint as a senior research analyst for an energy marketing and trading company.

  • Dr Anne Kemp
    Atkins Fellow, Director

    Dr Anne Kemp is an Atkins Fellow, and Director at Atkins, responsible for BIM Strategy and Implementation across the UK. She has been working in the industry for 25 years, delivering information to where it is needed for informed and intelligent decision making.
    At the start of 2015, she became Vice Chair of BuildingSmart UK, having completed two years as Chair for AGI, where she remains as an active member of Council. She is Chair of ICE’s BIM Action Group, and BIM4Infrastructure UK. She has been part of the UK Government BIM Task Group helping the departments to implement BIM, in particular Highways Agency and Environment Agency, and recently graduated as a prizewinner for her MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, focused on enabling sustained collaborative working.

  • Robert Mankowski
    VP, Asset Performance Product Development
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Robert Mankowski joined Bentley Systems in 2004 as a result of Bentley’s acquisition of Haestad Methods, a pioneer in object-oriented hydraulic analysis software, where he served as chief technical officer. In his current position, he leads the development teams responsible for Bentley’s AssetWise
    capabilities and services, which connect people, process, and technology with a common data environment to manage operating assets. Mr. Mankowski has over 20 years’ experience in software development and is a co-inventor of seven patented technologies. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed professional engineer in California.

  • Dr. Nicole Metje
    Reader in Infrastructure Monitoring
    University of Birmingham

    Nicole Metje is a Reader in Infrastructure Monitoring, focusing mainly on the buried assets. She is also a Deputy Director (Sensors) for the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructures and Cities National Buried Infrastructure Facility to be built at Birmingham.
    Her research focuses on mapping and assessing the condition of buried utilities through smart sensors and surface geophysics, including quantum technology sensors such as gravity gradient. Furthermore, she focuses on determining the causes and costs of utility strikes and the direct and indirect costs of utility streetworks. Metje is a Member of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.

  • Ryan Northrop
    Enterprise Mobility Leader

    As work has become less of a location and more of an activity, the modern workforce demands to be able to access information anywhere from any device. Ryan has worked with some of the US’s largest companies in helping them transform their business and productivity tools to adapt to the new modern and mobile workplace.
    Ryan now works for Microsoft in London helping UK based companies enable a “work from anywhere” mobile workplace that employees demand while meeting the security requirements IT requires. He is passionate about how to be most effective with the limited time you have in a day and is excited to share the latest trends in workforce productivity, mobility and security.

  • Neil Rothwell
    Director Business Development, AssetWise Analytics
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Neil has over 30 years of international experience in applying operational analytics in asset intensive industries across the oil and gas, power, and water sectors. In his role as director of business development, AssetWise analytics, Neil works with asset owners and operators to
    introduce the concept of IT-OT convergence and how to leverage operational data to improve business and asset performance. Based in the United Kingdom, Neil holds an honours degree in materials science from Manchester University, a masters and doctorate in corrosion science and engineering from the University of Manchester, and a diploma in business administration from Manchester Business School.

  • Jennifer Runyon
    Chief Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Renewable Energy World Magazine; Conference Chair, Renewable Energy World International

    In addition to her role as chief editor of RenewableEnergyWorld.com and Renewable Energy World magazine, Jennifer Runyon serves as conference chair of Renewable Energy World International Conference and Expo. She was also the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing.
    Prior to that Runyon was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an Eddy Award and in 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. Runyon holds a master’s degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

  • Mike Schellhase
    Senior Director, Software Development
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Mike Schellhase is responsible for Bentley Software's information mobility group overseeing product management and product development for Bentley's mobile apps, i-model technologies, and related services. In this capacity, he interacts with infrastructure owners and providers
    helping them with their information mobility strategies. Prior to joining Bentley, Schellhase was founder and CEO of InspectTech Systems, a leader in transportation asset inspection software, which Bentley acquired in 2012. He holds degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Geoff Zeiss
    Between the Poles

    Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years’ experience in the geospatial software industry working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise geospatial IT around the world. Early in his career, he led software development teams and was directly responsible for
    some of the largest, most successful implementations of location-aware enterprise design and records management software in the utility and telecommunications sectors. In 2004, he received one of 10 annual global technology awards from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle.

  • James Newman, P. E.
    Director, Product Management
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Jim joined Bentley in 2015 as director of product management for Bentley’s AssetWise solution, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the AssetWise product line and leveraging the capabilities of AssetWise for operations and maintenance of infrastructure assets.
    These capabilities include support for document and record management, asset and tag management, asset reliability and integrity, and operational and predictive analytics across multiple industries.

    Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering with a concentration in plasma physics and fusion technologies. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in business administration focused on international leadership and cultural awareness.

Forum Facilitators

  • Tony Andrews
    Solutions Executive Water and Wastewater
    Bentley Systems Inc., UK Ltd

    Tony Andrews is the Solutions Executive responsible for Bentley's Water and Wastewater, and Land solutions. Tony has spent 25 years working in water in one way or another: as a hydrologist, GIS specialist, hydraulic modeling, and asset management, in a research, consultancy or software services role.
    His specialties include: application of GIS, hydrology and hydraulic modeling and predictive/prescriptive business analytics technologies for Infrastructure Asset Management and Asset Performance Management, and BIM processes and technologies relevant to the water industry world-wide. Prior to joining Bentley Systems Tony was Director of Technical Services at Wallingford Software, Manager of the GIS group at Water Research Centre, spent time working as a technical specialist at Esri UK, and was a research hydrologist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, formerly known as the Institute of Hydrology.

  • Cyndi Smith
    Senior Director, Application Marketing
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Cyndi Smith is Senior Product Marketing Director at Bentley, responsible for Bentley’s product and solution marketing. During her tenure with Bentley, she has held a number of positions including Utilities and Communications Solution Executive, Geospatial Product Director, and Geospatial Marketing Director.
    She has spent 30+ years working in infrastructure related software solutions.

    Prior to joining Bentley, Smith held positions with Intergraph in marketing, consulting services, and software development and with Intergraph UK as a project manager. With Intergraph, she worked in the utilities, communications, defense, and oil and gas industries. Smith also worked in the communications industry as an IT project manager for long-haul fiber provider Williams Communications (now Level 3) and as a product marketing manager for Visionael. She spent the early part of her career in the research organizations of Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) and Amoco (now BP). Smith holds a degree in mathematics and completed various graduate studies in mathematics, electrical engineering, and petroleum engineering.

  • Jerry King
    VP, Asset Performance Business Development
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Jerry King is Vice President of Business Development for Asset Performance. His global team is responsible for serving the needs of infrastructure owner/operators with technology solutions for a wide-range of problems including Asset Lifecycle Information Management, Asset Reliability, Operational Analytics and Transportation Asset Management.
    While at Bentley, Mr. King has served as global vice president of Utilities and Communications, vice president of Engineering Information Management and vice president of WorkPlace System Solutions, a Bentley Strategic Affiliate and product research and development startup.

    Mr. King contributed to the development, launch and progressive sales growth of ProjectWise®, the leading-edge engineering information management solution. Since its introduction in 1998, ProjectWise has been adopted by major engineering and infrastructure owner organizations worldwide and represents a huge technological and productivity-enhancing leap forward for organizations managing engineering projects.

    Previously, Mr. King served as executive vice president of Jacobus Technology, a Bentley Strategic Affiliate, from its inception in 1991. Before co-founding Jacobus, Mr. King worked for Bechtel Corporation in the Engineering and Construction Technology organization.

    Mr. King is a registered engineer in the State of California and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Association of Civil Engineers.

The Visions for the Future Forum

  • Stephane Cote, Ph.D.
    Bentley Fellow
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Stéphane Côté is a Fellow and Research Director in Bentley's Applied Research group since 2006. His research work includes exploring potential applications and experimenting with new technologies related with the use of augmented reality, virtual reality, and point cloud technology
    in the context of infrastructure engineering context. Stéphane graduated in computer science (B.Sc., Laval, Canada), physical oceanography (M.Sc., Rimouski, Canada) and satellite remote sensing (Ph.D., Southampton, UK). He worked as a software developer for 10 years at HMR then at Bentley Systems through acquisition. He is the author of nine patents.

  • Dru Crawley, Ph.D
    Bentley Fellow
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Dru Crawley is Director, Building Performance and Bentley Fellow focusing on building performance, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability.

    Before joining Bentley in 2010, he led development of EnergyPlus
    and the USDOE's Commercial Buildings Initiative (now Better Buildings) promoting creation of zero-energy buildings. He has more than 35 years of experience in building performance, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His doctoral thesis focused on building simulation as a policy tool, looking at the potential impact of climate change on the built environment. He also has a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tennessee and is a registered architect.

    Dr. Crawley is an active member in ASHRAE (Fellow in 2009; Exceptional Service Award in 2013; BEMP certification in 2012 and member and chair of numerous technical and standards committees), International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA - Fellow in 2012 and at-large board member), IBPSA-USA (Treasurer and board member), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and an affiliate member of CIBSE. He has published more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, lectured at more than 20 universities, and made more than 400 presentations on building performance, energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world.

  • Jie Gong, Ph.D., CM-BIM
    Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Rutgers University

    Jie Gong, Ph.D., CM-BIM, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers University, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and a geotechnical engineer for three years on projects
    ranging from tunneling to rapid public transit systems. Dr. Gong’s general research interest is in the field of community resilience and sustainability, with focuses on (1) using geospatial big data and developing data analytics to support disaster response and data collection, damage assessment and modeling, vulnerability assessment and visualization, risk analysis for critical infrastructure, and debris removal and management; and (2) sensing, building data modeling, and analytics for high performance building systems. Dr. Gong has been the principal investigator and co-principal investigator for research projects funded by the NSF, U.S. DHUD, U.S. DOTs and many industry organizations. He holds bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, master degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Harry “Tripp” Shenton, Ph.D.
    Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of Delaware

    Harry “Tripp” Shenton, Ph.D. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, and an affiliated faculty of the University’s Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering. Previously he served as a research engineer at the U.S. Army Ballistics Research Laboratory,
    and a research structural engineer at NIST. Shenton joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1994. Dr. Shenton’s area of research expertise is in structural health monitoring and condition assessment of civil infrastructure, with particular emphasis on bridges. He has received external funding from NSF (including the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career award), FHWA, NIST, DelDOT, and industry. He has conducted more than 60 bridge tests during the past 15 years. The tests have ranged from diagnostic load tests, to short-term in-service monitoring, to long-term health monitoring projects, all for the purpose of understanding actual bridge response. Dr. Shenton has lead the effort to develop and implement permanent health monitoring systems on new and existing bridges, and he has also conducted research that has resulted in the development of specialized sensors and sensor systems for in-service monitoring of bridges. He holds bachelor and master degrees from the University of Delaware and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

  • Zheng Yi Wu, Ph.D.
    Bentley Fellow
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Zheng Yi Wu is a Bentley Fellow with 28 years of experience, managing the applied research projects for Bentley Systems in developing the computational intelligence with the emerging computation paradigms. Prior to joining Bentley, he had various consulting, software development and research positions
    at MWH Global, Sinclair Knight Merz in Australia, Sembawang Engineers and Constructors in Singapore, and Danish Hydraulic Institute in Denmark. He is an author of technical publications, inventor of eight patents, and also awardee of ACM, ASCE, AWWA and IWA. Zheng holds a bachelor and master degrees in civil and structural engineering from Guizhou University in China, master degree in hyroinformatics from UNESCO-IHE Delft, a Ph.D. in civil end environmental engineering from University of Adelaide Australia.

  • Jonathan Wright
    Professor of Building Optimization
    Building Energy Research Group, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University

    Jonathan Wright is Professor of Building Optimization and leader of the Building Energy Research Group in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University. His research interests lie in the development of simulation-based optimization methods that explore the design space and provide building designers with both,
    a set of optimized design solutions, and the understanding necessary to inform decision-making during the selection of a design solution for construction. The separate threads of his research include the development: of the numerical methods for design exploration, uncertainty analysis and sensitivity analysis; of building performance simulation-models that are suitable for use in design optimization; and of new approaches to the informative analysis of design solutions. To date, Jonathan's research has resulted in over 70 papers in academic journals and refereed conferences and has been supported through research contracts from both the UK research councils and the US professional society, ASHRAE. His current research is focused on the development of approaches to optimized design that result in buildings which are robust to the uncertainty in their performance prediction. It is Jonathan's belief that the combination of search methods with the quantification of performance uncertainty, and the development of methods design analysis, will result in buildings of the future that are energy efficient, cost effective, and which are robust to the uncertainty in building operation and the prevailing weather conditions.

Forum Facilitator

  • Stephane Cote, Ph.D.
    Bentley Fellow
    Bentley Systems Inc.

    Stéphane Côté is a Fellow and Research Director in Bentley's Applied Research group since 2006. His research work includes exploring potential applications and experimenting with new technologies related with the use of augmented reality, virtual reality, and point cloud technology
    in the context of infrastructure engineering context. Stéphane graduated in computer science (B.Sc., Laval, Canada), physical oceanography (M.Sc., Rimouski, Canada) and satellite remote sensing (Ph.D., Southampton, UK). He worked as a software developer for 10 years at HMR then at Bentley Systems through acquisition. He is the author of nine patents.