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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Martin Fischer, Professor and Director of Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford University

Martin Fischer is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE). CIFE is the world-leading, industry-sponsored, academic research centre on virtual design and construction. Dr Fischer is known globally for his work and leadership in developing virtual 4D modelling (time plus 3D) methods to improve project planning, enhance facility life-cycle performance, increase the productivity of project teams, and further the sustainability of the built environment. His research results have been used by many small and large industrial and government organisations around the world. He has lived and worked in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. Dr Fischer holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ilkka Romo, Vice President of Research and Development, Skanska Finland

Prior to his position as Vice President of Research and Development ,Ilkka Romo was the head of Skanska´s Global BIM Competence Center which is located in Finland. The Competence Center develops BIM applications, shares knowledge and organizes BIM training in Skanska globally. He is also in charge of R&D in the Business Unit Skanska Finland. Ilkka has worked for Skanska from 2006 being responsible for BIM development and implementation in Finland and Nordic BIM coordination (2006-2008). Before Skanska he worked for the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT, leading the Confederation´s R&D projects, including the Pro IT project (2001-2005) which developed and contributed national BIM design and production guidance and practices in Finland.

Dr. Thomas Liebich, AEC3 Germany

Dr. Thomas Liebich is the owner of AEC3 Germany, a consulting firm delivering dedicated services for specifying and applying building information modeling and interoperability for more than 10 years. He is leading the buildingSMART International team for developing the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) as well as developing many services to facilitate their implementation, including simple ifcXML, mdvXML and currently the buildingSMART certification 2.0 program. Major projects he carried out in his professional career include the world's first automatic code checking system in Singapore, the CAD/GIS integration project in Norway, the technical support for the first international architectural contest requiring openBIM - the National Museum in Oslo Norway, and the development of the openBIM guidelines and validation process for the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany. He is the co-author of the recent expert report for the German construction ministry (BMVBS) about the influence of BIM on the scope of services and contractual arrangements for architects and engineers.

Thomas Liebich holds a PhD from the Bauhaus University Weimar. He has been involved in many leading R&D projects, including the recent EU projects InPro (open BIM environment) and Hesmos (energy-enhanced BIM framework) and the German Mefisto project (multi-model BIM collaboration).


Dr. William (Bill) East, Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dr. Bill East is Research Civil Engineer at the Engineering Research and Development Center's office in Champaign Illinois. Bill has put research into collaborative workflow into practice through a cloud computing suite for public design and construction. This platform currently supports over 50,000 public project stakeholders and is an experimental platform to conduct applied research. He is buildingSMART alliance project coordinator, where his Construction-Operations Building information exchange, or COBie, project is part of the US National BIM Standard. In the United Kingdom COBie is now mandated for public projects. Bill's leadership of the Specifiers' Properties information exchange, or SPie, project facilitated the publication of the first US consensus product data models. Bill has received awards from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Laboratory Consortium, Construction Specifications Institute, National Institute of Building Sciences, and the American Society of Civil Engineers where he is a Fellow. Bill is a licensed Professional Engineer. Bill's degrees in Civil Engineering are from Virginia Tech and the University of Illinois.

Mr. Leif Granholm, Senior Vice President, TEKLA

Mr.Leif Granholm has been involved with the development of modelling and BIM related software since 1979, when he joined Tekla as Programmer, then IT Manager, Sales Representative, Senior Consultant, Technology Director and Director for both Public Infra and Energy/Utilities Business Area. He has also worked as Managing Director for the Swedish Subsidiary and been responsible for Tekla’s construction industry business in the Nordic and the Baltic countries.
Currently Leif works as a BIM Ambassador to advocate openBIM both internally within Tekla and externally. Leif also participates in the planning of Tekla’s BIM strategy, implementation and support and works as research coordinator in the DRUM research project involving a number of companies, Aalto university and Gerogia Tech. He is Tekla’s strategic level representative in BuildingSMART, and also serves as the Technical Director of buildingSMART Middle East and member of buildingSMART technical management committee.


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