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JUNE 11 Event – Speaker Focus #1

JUNE 11 Event – Speaker Focus #1

Shawnee Finlayson (BVN)

Auto Layout: a large goal with small beginnings



Shawnee is a National Design Technology Coordinator at BVN Architecture. As a self-professed nerd she has a growing passion for implementing data-driven design processes on projects and using data analysis and visualisation to showcase their advantages. During her 7 years in the Arup Building Structures Team she continually pushed the limits of their software and practices by implementing parametric workflows on a vast range of exciting projects using Dynamo and Grasshopper. It was here that she developed an insatiable need to automate the boring tasks associated with day-to-day activities and she continues to feed this hunger for efficiency at BVN. By combining technology research, data analysis and visualisation, she hopes to establish new data driven design workflows that will have a substantial and positive impact on BVN’s projects.

Auto Layout: A Large Goal with Small Beginnings

The BVN Sydney studio has individually movable desks. The ultimate goal is to be able to do full layouts automatically, but there are a number of sub-tasks that present significant obstacles! This talk will outline what these tasks are, how they relate to each other and how we’ve solved some of them so far. Our current state is around collecting information about the status quo. The present is surprisingly hard to understand!  We’ll outline how we rebuilt the studio model using a lidar scan, how we’re tracking desks using QR codes, computer vision, beacons and harry potter, how we pass data around using raw JSON for everything, and where all this leads into reinforcement learning and GANNs.


openBIM: Getting it Right Technical Seminar

openBIM: Getting it Right Technical Seminar

This seminar is for technical and ‘coal-face’ professionals who implement BIM and make technical decisions for projects and procurement. It is focused on using openBIM for Project Estimating, Project Planning, and Facilities Management. This is a career opportunity for you to learn about leading-edge digital processes that will enhance and streamline every project you work on in the future.

Brisbane | Tuesday September 18, 2018 – AIA Offices

Sydney | Wednesday September 19, 2018 – ARUP Offices

Melbourne | Thursday September 20, 2018 – Clayton Utz Offices


  • 3.00pm                Registration
  • 3.15pm                Introduction and sponsor address
  • 3.25pm                Jon Mirtschin (Geometry Gym) – Design Transfer for creating Asset Information Models.
  • 3.50pm                Scott Beazley (Mitchell Brandtman) – Validating openBIM model quantities and 5D Workflows
  • 4.15pm                Tim Spiteri (Solid Support) – Using & optimising models for 4D Workflows
  • 4.40pm                Pieter Rautenbach (BHP Billiton) – .ifc and openBIM for Project Scheduling and Programming.
  • 5.05pm                Networking
  • 6.00pm                Close

Attendance: Registration for attendance is required. bSA Members, this event is FREE for you to attend.

2nd Speaker Announcement – September Event

The SYDBIM committee are proud to announce Andrew T Harris of Laing O’Rourke as one of the speakers for our 11 September event.

His talk is entitled “Construction of the Future”

Andrew T Harris

PhD, BEng, BSc, CEng, FIChemE, CPEng, FIEAust, NER, RPEQ, MAICD

Director, Technical Futures and Engineering Excellence Group,

Laing O’Rourke

Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.
Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a.
Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).
Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future, including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.

Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for Robotic Vision.
He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.


Speaker Announcement – September Event

Speaker Announcement – September Event

The SYDBIM committee are proud to announce Saul Brown of Spring Ventures as one of the speakers for our 11 September event.

His talk is entitled Overcoming Organisational Challenges to Cope with Industry Disruption

Saul Brown
Managing Director,
Spring Ventures
Adjunct Faculty & Program Director,
Australian Graduate School of Management


Saul Brown is a consultant and educator with deep expertise across strategy, organisation and leadership. His unique value lies in helping organisations achieve high performance in both business and human domains concurrently as a source of competitive advantage.

Saul draws on his own leadership experience of more than twenty years with leading Australian and multi-national corporations in financial services, ICT, and professional services. He has been part of a successful ICT start-up and has held executive and board positions with corporate and not for profit organisations – usually in phases of launch, growth or significant change.

Saul’s thought leadership is based on extensive academic scholarship and global industry connections, applied in a way that is most practically relevant and impactful for the client. He is a graduate of and adjunct faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW where he has been recognised for excellence in the design and delivery of executive education programs.

He has a BEc (USyd), double Masters Degrees in Business & Technology (UNSW) and Organisational Development & Coaching Psychology (USyd), a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Finsia), and is a graduate of the Adaptive Leadership Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has many years of coaching, group facilitation, teaching and consulting experience. Saul’s research on coaching, leadership and innovation has been published internationally.

Specialties: High performance organisations, creativity and innovation, executive coaching, leadership and team development, culture & change, strategy facilitation and planning, adaptive leadership.


Special Christmas Event!

SYDBIM would like to thank everyone who have participated in our events in these past years and invite you to a very special Christmas event at The Calyx – Royal Botanic Gardens.



Doors will be open from 5:30pm and roll on until late.

There will be a few special announcements on the night however the remainder of the event is your opportunity to enjoy great food and beverages whilst networking with your peers.

Our sponsors for the evening are dRofus & A2K.

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