We have hand picked some of the leading figures within the rail industry to present at this year's event. Find out a bit more about each of our speakers below.
David is EAMS Group's Head of BIM, he comes from a Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing background focused heavily on CAD and Engineering Document Management. This allowed him to transition into Common Data Environments undertaking some of the first Autodesk CDE deployments in the U.K. and then to EAMS Group where he focus's on the integration of BIM and EAM systems for Whole Asset Lifecycle Management.
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 life-cycle. 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 Director of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (EMEA and India) for AECOM, the global, fully integrated services firm. He is also seconded into the Scottish Future Trust (SFT) as Chair of the BIM Delivery Group and UK BIM Task Group as Head of BIM.
He lives in Scotland and his hobbies include photography and collecting air miles. A Fellow of the ICE, RICS and CIOB 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.
Eian Stedford has been working with Taylor Woodrow (Vinci Construction Ltd) for the past 3 years on the Design & Build contract for Crossrail West Stations. On his appointment in the role he made it a point to be classified as CAD Manager and as a BIM Manager with the intention to differentiate between the two.
Eian has been working in the rail industry for over 10 years with significant time spent on Crossrail & HS2, two of the largest infrastructure projects being delivered in the UK.
Progressing from a CAD trainee to a CAD trainer, Eian has the passion and energy for how the industry has grown to adopt the BIM methodology, but also with the aspiration and vision to know there is still a way to go. An advocate for the mandatory requirement of CDE (Common Data Environment) to be implemented, Eian appreciates that the right tool should be used for the job at hand.
Eian has always been “hands on “so, with the experience using the tools and the responsibility of composing procedures, he has a realistic approach of what can be achieved and how it can be delivered.
Outside of work hours Eian volunteers as a youth worker encouraging young men to aspire for more, manages a little league football team for 11 to 13 yr olds, and visits Brixton Prison to volunteer support in the CofE service. As a family man, Eian enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children playing “Twister”, “The Game of Life” and hosting “The Stedfords Got Talent” in his living room.
Fraser, an avionics engineer by trade, has over 30 years’ experience of the delivery of technically challenging solutions to a varied cross section of industry, with 20 of those years being focussed on Software & I.T. and for the last 11 years specifically applied within the Rail industry. Fraser provides both technical and strategic focus to the solutions provided by Balfour Beatty Rail primarily in the areas of remote condition monitoring, structure clearance and asset information management. The unique software developed by Balfour Beatty Rail underpins many network maintainers ability, both national & international, to design, develop & operate an effective network.
Johnny Schute was born in 1960 in London and educated at Shrewsbury School. He entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1981 and was commissioned into 1st Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets later that year. He commanded a rifle platoon on operations in North and West Belfast during the Troubles before attachment to the Royal Army of Oman in 1984, where he trained and led Pakistan Baluch soldiers for 2 years, operating in the remote border region of Yemen and Oman. He returned to the British Army in 1986 and filled regimental and staff appointments in UK and Germany until attendance at the Army Staff Course in 1992.
Further operational tours during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia followed, where he commanded a rifle company in Bosnia. After more staff appointments he was selected to command his regiment – 1 RGJ - and led them through two demanding operational deployments to Iraq, during the 2003 war, and Northern Ireland working in ‘bandit country’ on the UK-Eire border. He returned to Sandhurst in 2007 to take over responsibility for all initial officer training for the army before going back to the Middle East and a further 3 year attachment to Arab armies. In his final appointment he was appointed Chief Safety officer for the army, responsible to the head of the army for all health and safety matters. In that time he introduced a new safety management system derived from lessons learned from the Nimrod disaster and was closely involved in setting up the first defence safety regulator, the Defence Safety Authority. He retired from the army after 34 years service in September 2015 and joined the Office of Rail and Road as deputy director, policy, strategy and planning in the railway safety directorate in October 2015.
He has a master’s degree in business administration from the Open University, a master’s degree in design of information systems from Cranfield University and is Graduate IOSH, currently working towards CMIOSH.
He was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005.
He is married to Lucy, has two children, Alexander and Eleanor and lives in Winchester. His interests include sailing (he is a RYA Yachtmaster Coastal), skiing, squash, mountaineering, the arts and current affairs.
Jon has an unrivalled passion for software innovation and solutions architecture. He has earned the coveted Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer title and is a Member of The Chartered Institute for IT. He came to Balfour Beatty in 2013 bringing with him 10 years’ experience in bespoke 3D data driven application design for architecture and construction. He thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, with his eye on revolution and fixed on innovation.
Jon has a degree in Biochemistry from The University of Liverpool and he is an expert in delivering organic solutions that are always inspired by his experience with biological processes. He currently leads the RED (Rail Electrification Designer) development team based in Liverpool and together they have developed the most innovative and forward thinking commercial OCS/OLE 3D design tool on the market.
He is a petrol head and has recently returned from Abu Dhabi for the spectacular 2016 Formula 1 season finale and is organising a motorbike road trip to the Hungry session in July 2017. In a recurring theme of risk, he is also enjoys diving off the edge of the steepest snowiest mountains all across the world.
Malcolm Taylor is “Head of Technical Information” for Crossrail in London, UK. His current responsibilities include: BIM strategy and implementation; GIS; asset information management; technical data management; document control; and configuration management.
He is a Chartered Engineer - prior to joining Crossrail he was Rail Director for a major global consultancy working on many UK and international rail projects.
Starting as a Graduate with London Underground, Malcolm has over 30 years experience in the design, construction and maintenance of large-scale transportation projects around the world, with a particular emphasis on railway design, programme and project management.
Mathew is Head of BIM for Transport for London. His responsibilities include BIM strategy and implementation of BIM across the whole of Transport for London.
A qualified Civil Engineer with a background in Computer Aided Engineering, Mathew has 27 years’ experience working in the Infrastructure and Construction Engineering industry and is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.
Mathew has worked in highways, bridge maintenance and building structures gaining valuable experience in design, construction, 3D modelling, analysis, project / programme management, contracts, procurement, business strategy and people management. He is passionate about BIM, digital engineering and how working more collaboratively can yield greater value across the asset lifecycle.
Nick Collier, Formally a 3D model designer on the microsoft train simulator franchise continued with the railways with an 11 year career with Eurostar International in Engineering as well as volunteering with the Emergency Services. Now the Director of High Viz Media which recently jointly formed Virtual Reality Group.
Nicks been there, seen it, possibly done it approach has allowed him to discuss the impact that technology can bring to organisations and how to optimise the ever increasing amount of data we hold to strengthen training opportunities. With railways at the forefront of VRG's organisation strategy Nick discusses the opportunities the uses of BIM modelling has to the use of Virtual Reality and where this technology will lead us next.
Professor Fernando has a broad background in conducting multi-disciplinary research programmes involving a large number of research teams in areas such as distributed virtual engineering, virtual building construction, driving simulations, virtual prototyping, urban simulation and maintenance simulation.
Professor Fernando was the Technical Director for the EU funded CoSpaces project (12m Euro) leading the scientific workpackages and collaboration between the scientific teams and the industrialists. A recent project was the VisionAir project (2011-2015) to strengthen the VR infrastructure and research within Europe involving over 25 key VR centres across Europe.
He is now playing an active role within three EU projects (Design4Energy, PRoSEco and CROSS DRIVE) which are focusing on utilising the power of big data to create decision-making systems. He has produced several commercial platforms that can utilise big data for both private and public organisations.
Richard is EAMS Group’s Director of Strategic Consulting. He has over 30 years’ experience of developing, shaping and delivering IT strategy and transformation, and has spent the last 5 years focusing on working with clients in Asset Intensive industries including Network Rail, National Grid and key Water clients. At Network Rail, Richard was responsible for building and maintaining Network Rail’s strategic Asset Information capability supporting enhanced asset management decision making across the lifecycle.
At National Grid, Richard was Lead consultant in the development of the Transmission Information Strategy – a 15 month programme which included defining the Information and Data Governance framework and working across all asset classes in Gas and Electricity to develop the Asset Information Specifications for capturing asset information. Richard is currently engaged with HS2 in developing their strategic approach and systems needs to achieve a whole life value management vision. Key to achieving this vision is the exploitation of BIM – and looking beyond the requirements of achieving Level 2 towards shaping what “Level 3” could mean for the industry.