Keynote Speakers

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Raymond E. Topping, Fiatech

ray_photo2_April2015Ray Topping, PE, serves as the Director of Fiatech, a global community of capital facilities stakeholders working together to drive productivity and efficiency improvements by advancement of technology and innovative practices.

Ray’s past experience includes serving as an Executive Vice President of CH2M HILL and on the firm’s Global Operations Leadership Team for 20 years. He served as CH2M HILL’s firm wide Engineering Design Group Director for 15 years. Ray filled senior leadership roles on several of CH2M Hill’s strategic Global Program including the London 2012 Olympics Program, the US$23 Billion Masdar City Sustainable Development in Abu Dhabi, UAE and the Panama Canal Expansion Program.

Education: M.S., Environmental Engineering, Auburn University
B.S., Civil Engineering, Auburn University
Continuing education in technical and management areas

Professional Registration: Professional Engineer: Oregon, North Carolina and Alabama

Publications and Presentations: Mr. Topping has presented and published a number of papers on engineering, project delivery, and engineering management topics.

Realizing Value from Technology and Innovative Practices in the Capital Projects Industry

The Capital Projects Industry comprises the planning, delivery, and management of capital assets, involving a huge related investment, both CapEx and OpEx.  In the environment of today and the future, we can expect a rapid pace of change, drive for continuous improvement, and increasing options for new and improved technology provided by or available to industry players.  However, research shows that even when a compelling innovative solution is implemented, there is 70% likelihood that by the time a fifth project is executed, the innovation will have been forgotten and practices will revert to what has been done in the past. This presentation will highlight technology changes and share the Change Readiness Model that has documented research establishing its ability to assist industry stakeholders in successful innovation adoption.


Aviad Almagor, Trimble

Aviad Almagor IAviad Almagor is the Director of the Mixed Reality Program at Trimble. His focus areas are mixed reality technologies implementation and strategies. Aviad joined Trimble as part of the Vico Software acquisition where he was the Director of Product Design. Prior to Vico Aviad served in various positions with leading AEC software companies, and as a practicing Architect. Aviad holds an MBA degree from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, and a B.Arch degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology.

Mixed Reality for AEC

This presentation will focus on how Mixed Reality can transform the way we consume, interact and share data. Aviad will present the Trimble and Microsoft HoloLens partnership, discuss challenges and opportunities for mixed reality technologies, and provide a sneak peek to the development of AEC oriented applications.


Michael Conroy, NASA, KSC, Exploration Research and Tech

conroyMr. Conroy joined NASA in the early 1980’s as a co-op while attending FTU and later UCF.

Past roles include leadership of: Constellation Modeling and Simulation and advanced tool / capability deployment across NASA, test and certification of Shuttle Avionics, Data Center Management and Operations, Network Management and Space Flight experiments under the Space Lab program. Recent work is directed towards providing NASA the tools, capabilities and expertise necessary to develop the next generation of manned spacecraft. Mr. Conroy is a member to the NASA OCT Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing Roadmap Team leading the Distributed and Integrated System Lifecycle Simulation elements.

Current works include: the release of DON (Distributed Observer Network), a game based data and simulation visualizer for use across NASA and our partner community; development Modeling and Simulation artifact standards; the utilization of the Exploration Visualization Environment (EVE), development of advanced simulation methods and Technology management for the IT and Communications Directorate.

Mr. Conroy is a founding member of the Kennedy Space Center, Center for Life Cycle Design. The Center works to integrate system engineering processes, advanced modeling and simulation, advanced Information Technology and distributed collaboration technologies to create an effective design and development environment suitable for distributed, multi-decadal projects.

Playing Nice Across Time and Space

A discussion on Simulation, Visualization and Virtual Reality applied to Complex Multi-Decadal Systems, Collaboration and System Engineering. Or, how to play nice across Time and Space.


Nashwan Dawood, Teesside University

N dawood photoProf. Dawood is Director of the Technology Futures Institute, through which the engineering, science and technology research at Teesside University is structured and supported. This role includes responsibility for developing and promoting research strategies and vision throughout the institution. He has created CONVR informational annual conference (Construction Application of VR). 15 international CONVR conferences have been held around the world since CONVR first conference in the UK in 2000.

He is specialised in BIM process and technology within the context of project construction management. His research and consultancy has ranged across a number of research topics including: sustainable construction, 4-5D modelling, VR, risk management, intelligent decision support systems, cost forecasting and control and business processes.

Prof. Dawood has generated more than £8 million pounds in research funding and published more than 250 research papers. He has extensive experience of leading internationally recognised research projects and a significant and long-standing experience of working with major industrial partners in the UK and internationally to develop and apply research results as part of further collaborative projects. In particular he is currently leading an international research funded by Qatar Foundation dubbed ‘a Whole Cycle Approach to Information Flow enabled by BIM’.

Digitizing the Construction Sector: The Role of ICT in Prompting Construction Efficiency and Effectiveness

The presentation is focusing on defining construction processes which can start by a brief idea, through design, construction, use and decommission of a facility. It is anticipated that site construction operations cost about 20% of the total cost facilities. The bulk of the cost (80%) will come from running and maintaining them. The presentation therefore is focusing on the role of ICT to tackle the 80% cost and suggest tools and methodologies that engage occupants to reduce running costs. In this context, there is a need to change occupants’ behaviour in order to reduce energy consumption in running facilities. Novel ICT tools are needed to create energy awareness in occupants and to provide them real-time information regarding energy consumption situation. In the presentation, two such ICT tools have been presented. These tools can be used to create energy awareness in occupants and provide energy related information in intuitive and graphical format. These tools also provide information regarding potential actions that occupants can take in order to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. These tools include an augmented reality based application running on hand-held devices and a graphical application using ‘open-sim’ serious game engine technology running on large public screens. The tools have been developed as part of a European co-operation project and are designed so that they can easily be adopted in different European countries with minimum changes. The effectiveness of these tools are being tested in pilot studies in France and Finland.