The Construction Information Technology Alliance is hosting a two-day conference on ‘Leveraging Building Information Modelling to Create Cultural and Lean Transformation of the AEC Sector’, as part of the Gathering Initiative, on November 14 and 15 next. The conference is on in the Guinness Storehouse.

Keynote speakers

Finith Jernigan, President of Design Atlantic Ltd. Since 1986, Finith has personally completed in excess of 200 projects using parametric models to streamline client decision making, improve project visualisation and achieve superior results during construction;

Deke Smith, Executive Director, Building Seismic Safety Council and building SMART alliance at the National Institute of Building Sciences in the USA. Deke joined the Institute in 2007 after retiring from the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command following 30 years of service;

Laura Lee, Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh USA where she is a former Head of School. She has also taught in Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland. Professor Lee is considered to be a leading advocate for integrated design education, practice and research;

Gregory Howell is founder and managing director of the Lean Construction Institute, which is a non-profit organisation devoted to production management research in design and construction. He was previously visiting professor in construction management at the University of New Mexico and headed his construction firm for 10 years;

Laura Handler is Director of VDC in Tocci Building Companies where she drives the strategy of innovation. This includes VDC, IPD, and facilities services. Laura makes regular presentations on VDC and Tocci’s use of this groundbreaking technology;

David Philp is Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and Head of BIM at Mace. However, he is currently seconded to the UK Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group where he is Head of BIM Implementation. David is enthusiastic about highlighting the potential of new technologies and sees BIM as a catalyst for reform.

In addition to the keynote speakers there will be in excess of 50 internationally refereed papers presented by speakers both from home and abroad, many of whom will represent established Irish architectural, engineering and construction businesses.