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Meet the Speakers 2017-08-30T08:02:46+00:00

Keynote Speakers

Callen-Carpenter
Keynote – Autodesk

Callan Carpenter

Callan Carpenter is in his ninth year with Autodesk and is currently the Vice President of Global Named Accounts. In this capacity, he is responsible for sales of all Autodesk products and services to the company’s largest customers in the AEC, Manufacturing and Entertainment industry sectors. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Carpenter was Vice President of Autodesk Global Services, responsible for delivering both consulting and premium support services to the same group of Named Accounts.

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Before taking leadership of Global Services in 2011, Mr. Carpenter was Vice President of Global Subscription and Support, with responsibility for the sales, marketing, and implementation of the company’s $900M Maintenance Subscription program. He also led the global technical support team, and implemented the company’s first enterprise support offering.

Prior to Autodesk, Mr. Carpenter spent 22 years in the semiconductor and electronics industry where he held executive positions in sales, marketing, engineering, and general management. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Tom-Wujec
Keynote – Autodesk

Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec is an Autodesk Fellow, a master facilitator, a popular TED speaker, and a best-selling author on design, creativity, and innovation. At Autodesk, a global software company, Tom charts long-term business strategy, identifies emerging technologies and helps organizations incorporate emerging technologies to foster innovation. As a master facilitator, Tom helps Fortune 500 organizations solve their Wicked Problems. Tom is a popular TED speaker and has delivered several talks on wide-ranging topics now viewed over 10 million times. He has written and edited six books, including the Future of Making and Wicked Problem Solving and Pumping Ions published in 22 countries. 

Tatjana Dzambazova
Guest Keynote – Autodesk

Tatjana Dzambazova

Tatjana Dzambazova spent the first decade of her career working as a trained architect and in the design industry in Vienna and London. Fascinated by the impact that technology has on our lives, she decided to continue her career in the digital design technology world, and she has been working for Autodesk for the last 16 years. 

An avid believer that we are all born with a sense for creativity and innovation and the need to express it, Tatjana focuses her energy on helping make and promote powerful novel digital design technologies in a way that is accessible to wide range of new audiences.

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She was Autodesk’s first product manager for Revit and one of the pioneer evangelist of BIM. In the wake of the Maker movement, she was among the initial founders of the Autodesk’s consumer group and worked on the development of the 123D line of products,  acting as product manager and business development in the early days of the group. Up until last year, she focused her efforts on the development of cutting edge tools in the area of Reality Solutions for Autodesk including ReCap and ReMake, and democratizing novel approaches in domains such as digital conservation and preservation of cultural heritage, arts and natural sciences. This work was extended with her leading and producing the Smithsonian 3D Explorer, (interactive web/mobile/VR experience created with Autodesk’s Project Play labs technology) and acting as technology consultant of many customer initiatives such as AfricaFossils.org.

Tatjana is a passionate technology speaker, some of her notable talks involve TEDx ‘The Future of our past’ and the short film for the FoST Future of story telling conference

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Track Session Speakers

Alastair Riddin
BIM 360 Field: Painless, Paperless Site Management with BIM 360 Field – Prokon

Alastair Riddin

Alastair obtained his National Diploma in Civil Engineering in 2008 and has more than 5 years of civil infrastructure & construction management experience. He also has 3 years of teaching, and 2 years of NDT experience. As a qualified Autodesk Certified Instructor, Alastair has completed two specialisations; Autodesk Civil Infrastructure as well as Autodesk Process and Power. He is an Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D. Alastair is currently specialising Construction. With a vast amount of international experience, Alastair is an energetic and dynamic presenter.

Aldred Boyd
Hands-on Lab: Manufacturing: Inventor Automation – Illogic / VB.Net – Micrographics

Aldred Boyd

Aldred is a certified Inventor Professional and Autodesk Certified Instructor, who along with Pieter, Mechanical Engineer with almost 20 years’ experience of deploying advanced manufacturing solutions in to the market, are able to manipulate some of the higher-end technical options available with Inventor and development software to harness the true power of Mechanical designing with Inventor.

Andrew Proctor
Revit and ReCAP: BIM Tools Scanned to as Built Facilities Management – Inisys

Andrew Proctor

Extensive knowledge and experience with Autodesk based solutions. Have supported and implemented various design and data management packages at numerous engineering firms. Specialising in delivering practical and efficient workflows in the Process Engineering Design industry.

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Specialties: Autodesk Products:

  • Plant 3D
  • Inventor
  • AutoCAD Mechanical
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD P&ID
  • Navisworks
  • Autodesk Vault

COADE Products

  • Cadworx P&ID
  • Cadworx Plant Professional

Material Management:

  • QMS Project Management Software

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Anria Erasmus
Hands-on Lab: Present your design in 30 minutes with Autodesk Revit: for design architects – Modena

Anria Erasmus

Anria has a passion for all things creative. Juggling a demanding career as an Autodesk Applications Engineer and motherhood is no easy feat, yet she still manages to apply time and attention to her love of photography and design.

In 2007, Anria emerged victorious with a completed BA degree in Information Design from the University of Pretoria. In February the following year she embarked on her new career as a Consultant for Lerumo, working as a system administrator for a Stanbic network expansion project in Lagos, Nigeria.

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She gained valuable experience in the field of Information Management by working on roll-out projects for SAPO, implementing IMS for Stanbic Bank Zambia in Lusaka and managing and training IMS users to fulfill the supply chain demand. After training in Autodesk Revit Architecture and Revit MEP, Anria found her niche in training and implementation of Revit BIM applications.

Anria’s passion for photography is evident in her attention to detail, and the creative expression she applies to all her projects.

Anria is a Certified Professional in AutoCAD, Revit Architecture and Revit Structure. She is currently based in the Mother City, Cape Town, where she works as an Applications Engineer at Modena Cape Town.

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Carl van Rooyen & Charl van der Merwe
Left: Carl van Rooyen | Right: Charl van der Merwe
Real world VR – Application in Manufacturing and AEC collaboration – Micrographics

Carl van Rooyen & Charl van der Merwe

With over 20 years of Technical experience between them, Charl (Architecturally qualified and Certified Revit Professional) and Carl (Mechanically qualified and Certified Inventor Professional) are at the forefront of illustrating and deploying the use of modern technology to their client base.

Chris Allen
BIM Panel Speaker – BIM Insitute

Chris Allen

Director of A3D
Lecturer in Department of Construction Management (Nelson Mandela University)
CIOB Africa and CMDC member

Allen brings his knowledge of the early implementation of BIM on four different continents to the institute. He can attest to the fact that the challenges experienced in each of these environments is similar (and deep-seated in technical awareness and culture) – and thereby he has a handle on the skills needed to overcome them in order to make the South African/African BIM experience a successful one.

He was active in the BIM-osphere before the term BIM was even coined (circa 1999). “We formed A3D to use the 3D models we were already building for the construction process (to sequence construction activities) rather than just for design.” 

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He was drawn to BIM as a way to make sense of the chaos of delivering projects the traditional way. The collaborative design and build environment he worked in his early career suggested a better way of working. It was through BIM that he found he could use his tech skills to communicate with all the participants of a project – including the client – and coordinate activities much more efficiently.

BIM is a powerful visual communication tool, enabling project participants, from client to labourer, to see what the team is trying to deliver.

“Their eyes are literally opened to how the project goes together and their role in achieving that, which empowers them to become meaningful participants in the process.”

Moreover, with BIM nobody can hide. Although Allen has encountered individuals and organisations not up to standard try to derail the process by blaming the technology, he warns that this can damage the team dynamic if not rooted out and addressed early.

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Dane Chapman
Autodesk Stingray: Getting the Max out of Interactive Autodesk Models – BIMGAMES

Dane Chapman

Lover of words, designer of things, thirster of coffee and anything that goes beyond the ordinary.

A huge believer in creating virtual worlds, Dane has over ten years’ experience in helping Autodesk clients build 3D environments for South Africa’s AEC and MFG industries.

A natural curiosity towards bringing virtual worlds to life, and seeing the world not just for what it is but for what it could be…”

Daneel Ballaram
Beyond Assembly Basics – Advanced Assembly Modelling with Inventor – Baker Baynes

Daneel Ballaram

Daneel Ballaram is an accomplished speaker, professional trainer and Autodesk Certified Professional. Daneel has spent over 7 years in the Autodesk industry and is able to take customers from initial purchase to full product integration and adoption with ease.  Prior to that, Daneel was working in the mechanical engineering environment.  Daneel holds Autodesk Manufacturing & Data Management Certifications and is passionate about Technology Project Management. 

Dieter Vermeulen
Generative Design, Autodesk

Dieter Vermeulen

Dieter Vermeulen – Technical Sales Specialist, AEC, Autodesk Northern Europe. Working as a Technical Sales Specialist AEC for the Northern European region at Autodesk, I’m specialized in the products of the Computational Design and Engineering portfolio. Within that domain I support the authorized Autodesk channel partners and our customers with innovative workflows and solution strategies.

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I evangelize the power of computational design with Dynamo in the building and infrastructure industry. This results in workflows covering the process from design, analysis, construction to fabrication for structural steel and reinforced concrete structures in building and infrastructure projects.

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Elrina Mills
Back to the Future with Autodesk Revit – Prokon

Elrina Mills

Elrina gained 6 years industry experience before she joined the Prokon team in 2012. She is an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI) and has completed specialisations in Autodesk Building, Advance Structure as well as Autodesk Process and Power. With a love for the Building Industry, she is also an Autodesk Certified Professional in AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit Structure and Revit Architecture. Elrina is an enthusiastic trainer and presenter with a passion for acquiring and sharing knowledge.

Eerik Wissenz
Breaking Down the Barriers to Solar Energy Access – Solar Fire

Eerik Wissenz

Eerik Wissenz is Finnish-Canadian now living in Tampere, Finland. Eerik loves nature and humanity and believes that with creativity, cooperation and sunlight we can solve the challenging environmental and social problems facing us today. After studying mathematics and voyaging around the world, he co-founded Solar Fire Concentration Ltd. in 2012, to develop solar thermal technologies adapted to low-income regions.

Herman Solomon
Transforming an Architectural office to BIM – A true SA success story – Modena & Theo Gutter & Ruan Barnard, dhk

Herman Solomon

Herman Solomon, BIM Specialist at Modena. Herman’s zest for life spills over into every aspect of his being. After matriculating at the Higher Technical School John Vorster in Pretoria, his wide spectrum of interests sent him on a voyage of discovery, collecting fascinating stories and an astounding skill set. His enthusiasm for knowledge has enabled him to accumulate a diverse array of qualifications, including a Management Degree at the Tshwane University of Technology.

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From the Humanities, Herman turned to Design. He started off in the drawing office at a reputable Mechanical Engineering firm where he progressed to a Design Draughtsman. Five years later, he moved to Modena Design Centres in Johannesburg where he earned his stripes as an Applications Engineer, specializing in Revit MEP, Revit Architecture and AutoCAD.

Herman’s passion for people lead him straight back to the training room when he moved to Modena Cape Town, where he enjoys teaching Revit Core Competency Programmes in between assisting clients with BIM Implementations, BIM Management and BIM Consultation Services. The past seven years at Modena has seen Herman focus his interest on the AEC and Infrastructure industry, where he is the current AEC Manager. Herman has a Revit focused blog called Revit Recess with the tagline: “There is always a workaround. We just have to find it!”

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Hilton Treves
VFX meets Reality Capture

Hilton Treves

Hilton Treves has over 27 years of experience, and his areas of expertise include VFX Supervision, VFX Direction, LIDAR scanning, Cyber Scanning, Aerial LIDAR scanning and Virtual Reality development.

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His recent long form projects include the VFX Supervisor for the Disney/ ABC Series”Of Kings & Prophets”, On-set supervisor for Dominion, and Adam Sandler’s Blended.

He has won numerous awards for his commercials work as VFX supervisor at Black Ginger, The Refinery, Spin Productions and Digital Directions.

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Imraan Lambat
Hands-on Lab: Simulation For Designers – Take your Inventor analysis to the next level – Baker Baynes

Imraan Lambat

Accomplished speaker, trainer and Autodesk “Guru”.  Imraan has spent the past 22 Years working closely with customers helping them to implement, use and enjoy Autodesk solutions.  His passion for the brand and the philosophies that have kept Autodesk going for all these years is evident in his face-to-face engagements with the Autodesk community. 

Possibly the most highly trained Autodesk technical specialist in the industry in South Africa – holding Autodesk Manufacturing, Process Power & Plant, Data Management & Advanced Simulation Certifications, Imraan is the Technical Director of Baker Baynes.

Jo-Ann Hogan
Hands-on Lab: Revit Steel Connections: A complete solution from design to fabrication – Modena

Jo-Ann Hogan

Born in 1992 in Krugersdorp, South Africa, Jo-Ann Hogan forms part of the millennial society. She lives up to her generation by being nomadic, tech-savvy, connected and a master of multi-tasking.

She is a Certified Professional in the following software: Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, AutoCAD and Inventor.

On her LinkedIn profile, you’ll see her main goal is to grow.
She writes there: “…. grow (then) grow some more”

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Jo-Ann lives by her life philosophy to grow by being a:

G: Game-changer
R: Resourceful
O: Outcome-orientated &
W: Well-read

Being a presenter at AUx in Johannesburg 2012-2015, and at Las Vegas in 2014, Jo-Ann was awarded the prestigious title Autodesk Expert Elite in the same year – the only one in Africa. Jo-Ann is currently based in Johannesburg where she works as an Applications Engineer at Modena AEC.

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Karl Otten
Understanding BIM Implementation requirements – “the missing middle”- Micrographics

Karl Otten

Karl is as enthusiastic about Engineering technology as he is about people. His passion in converging these 2 themes makes him an ideal Consultant in the Autodesk channel, using his Mechanical Engineering studies and AEC operational experience to adapt technologies in the best way possible to ensure his client’s maximise the ROI from their investments.

Marek-Suchocki
Panel Discussion: Zero to Hero BIM: BIM is as a business process. Autodesk & Industry Thought Leaders

Marek Suckocki

Marek Suchocki is the Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Strategy Lead for EMEA working with civil engineering customers and their projects. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. His career focus has been the research, development and application of information technology to aid management and design processes for built environment projects.

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He sits on the ICE Information Systems panel, is Chairman of Construct IT, and is a member of the British Standards B555 committee for construction design modelling and data exchange. Marek has been an active participant in the Task Group driving the UK Government BIM initiative from its initiation, having a management board role in the BIM4Infrastructure UK sub group and representing Autodesk on the BIM Technologies Alliance. His career includes delivering significant impact on BIM for infrastructure adoption across many projects and organisations, the rollout of collaborative working solutions to private and public sector clients, and undertaking studies on IT and knowledge management.

He has a broad experience in the UK and Europe, having previously been part of Mouchel’s IT Senior Management Team owning a portfolio of corporate IT projects, Research and Innovation Manager and a Principal Management Consultant at Atkins, site agent at Contain, and also worked within an infrastructure client and Quantity Surveying practice. He also spent four years as a Research Fellow within the Department of Construction Management & Engineering at the University of Reading. As a product of his activities he frequently presents at industry events and conferences and has authored papers and reports on BIM, collaborative working and the application of new technology.

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Mike Engel, ESG Architecture & Design
ESG Architecture & Design

Mike Engel

In addition to collaborating with large institutions, developers and national brands on the master planning and design of hospitality, multifamily residential, workplace and education projects, Mike is an early adopter of new technologies in design. He incorporates these technologies into his work to increase process efficiencies, streamline design and production’s integration, and elevate ESG’s abilities and design solutions to levels that exceed best practices. 

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Utilizing such software as Sketchbook, Revit and BIM—as well as hand sketching—Mike quickly and efficiently designs unique, high-quality projects. With these digital efficiencies, he also shares iterations and information with design team members, clients, contractors and fabricators to ensure critical aspects of a design remain in place. He’s leveraged technologies to design innovative canopies of faceted panels for hotels, insert modern amenities into historic renovations and adaptive reuse projects, and present rapid iterations of building facades to find the right solution.

Mike never accepts the status quo. He takes what’s considered undoable and finds the technological tools to bring inventive design solutions to fruition. As such, he is a technological thought leader and regular contributor at national conferences. His most recent presentations occurred at Autodesk University 2015 and 2016 in Las Vegas; the AIA National 2015 Innovation Forum in Atlanta; the Revit Technology Conference in 2016 in Scottsdale; and at Midwest University in Minneapolis in 2016 and 2017.

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Mohammad Abou Assali
Vehicle Tracking: Fully Understand what is Possible – Autodesk

Mohammad Abou Assali

Mohammad Abou Assali – Technical Sales Specialist, Autodesk MET. Mohammad is an Autodesk AEC Technical Specialist based in Dubai, UAE with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and a Minor Degree in Information Technology from the American University of Beirut (AUB), a Diploma in Supply Chain Management (SCM) from the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has 10 years of industry experience working as an Assistant in the Soil & Mechanics Laboratory at AUB,  Civil Site Engineer, Contracts Engineer, then as a Senior Contracts Engineer managing project teams consisting of Quantity Surveyors, Cost & Budget Control, and Procurement Engineers.

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He worked in several mega infrastructure projects in Qatar like the New Doha International Airport (NDIA). Since joining Autodesk, Mohammad delivered many technical classes at several Autodesk University and OTx events held in Germany, Turkey, South Africa, and UAE. In 2016 he was awarded an Autodesk EMEA “Innovate & Inspire” Technical award.

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Neil Brooker
Cloud Security, Autodesk

Neil Brooker

Neil Brooker – Senior Technical Sales Specialists Manager, Autodesk EMEA. Neil is the Technical Sales Specialist manager for Autodesk in Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. Neil has a background in GIS and Infrastructure and has been with Autodesk for 17 years as a Technical Specialist and a manager.

Niyazi Kemer
Hands-on Lab:  Autodesk Live – Autodesk

Niyazi Kemer

Niyazi Kemer – Senior Technical Sales Specialist, Autodesk, MET. Niyazi Kemer is a Senior Technical Specialist within the AEC division of Autodesk. Based in the Autodesk Istanbul office he has 20 years of experience in the industry and has been a Revit user since 2007.

Digital Illustrator – Derivco

Remi Abrahams

After completing a course in 3D Animation and Design at Prestige Academy in 2004, Remi joined Triggerfish Animation studio as an intern in 2006 where he started building upon the foundation as a 

CG Generalist in modelling, animation, storyboarding and concept art. In 2013 he joined Bla Bla Bla studios and started specialising in concept art and digital illustration. Currently, he works for Derivco Cape Town as a Game Designer, specialising in concept art and illustration.

Rodger Green
Value Sales Specialist – HP

Rodger Green

Rodger Green joined HP South Africa in October 2015. He has since has several roles in PC divisions within HP. With 13 years’ experience in IT Rodger is currently involved in developing and growing the value market (workstations, thin clients, immersive computing, and retail point of sale solutions) at HP.

Roger works extensively with sales teams to ensure the correct solutions are deployed to the end clients. In addition, he is responsible for advising partners and customers about upcoming solutions relevant to their business needs. Before joining HP, Rodger’s forte stems from IT hardware distribution and local OEMs.

Shailen Nagesar, Aztech Design
Aztech Design and Manufacturing Technology

Shailen Nagesar

Managing Director of Aztech Design and Manufacturing Technology, a fast growing sales partner of Delcam which has now been bought over by Autodesk.

Thabelo
From a Thought to Reality: How Collaboration for Revit changes a Workflow – Baker Baynes

Thabelo Netshivhungululu

Thabelo Netshivhungululu, AEC Application Engineer. Enthusiastic and highly motivated individual who has a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities associated with being an application engineer. Having the ability to provide support for multiple concurrent priorities, he is able to establish, maintain and develop effective working relationships with service users, operational teams, delivery partners and colleagues. He possesses a broad range of technical, personal effectiveness and leadership skills and uses rigorous logic and methods to come up with effective solutions to difficult problems.

Timucin Tasdemir
Fusion 360 – Autodesk

Timucin Tasdemir

Timucin Tasdemir – Technical Sales Specialist, D&M, Autodesk MET. Timuçin Ersin Taşdemir graduated from Yıldız Technical University Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering department. He worked for several companies in manufacturing industry such as Ship Construction, Industrial Machinery, Consultancy and Services. Timuçin had experience in Data Management and Design and also Simulation Solutions. He was awarded an Elite Application Engineer award in view of these applications. Timucin is currently a Technical Sales Specialist at Autodesk and responsible for solutions from design to Computer Aided Manufacturing. 

Tomas Lendvorsky
50 Shades of Storm and Sanitary Design – Autodesk

Tomáš Lendvorský

Tomáš Lendvorský – Senior AEC Technical Specialist, Autodesk CHS. Tomas joined Autodesk, Inc., 11 years ago and currently is working as Senior Technical Sales Specialist, Autodesk AEC portfolio in Eastern Europe. Tomas has a master’s degree in land surveying from Czech Technical University in Prague. For more than 20 years he has been working with different infrastructure designing products. His current role is to work with Autodesk partners and customers actively promoting the AEC portfolio. Civil engineering expertise helps him be actively involved in countryfication of the product in different countries, ensuring product suitability for each region. He has over 20 years of working experience with civil designing software. 

Vaughan Harris
BIM Institute

Vaughan Harris

Vaughan Harris is the founder of the BIM Institute for South Africa. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the construction industry and has provided training and consultancy services to the South African government, institutions and associations throughout South Africa.

He has an excellent relationship with the international estimating and architectural software community and with many of the major international corporations within the construction industry. Harris has been involved in various sectors of the construction industry locally and internationally before becoming interested in defining information management systems to better coordinate construction processes within the construction industry. As a result, he began studying and specialising in various information technology platforms while working with a range of parastatal clients throughout South Africa.

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His seven years with Construction Computer Software gave him the opportunity to work closely with most of South Africa’s largest contractors to define their internal systems and processes as well as being involved in implementing information management systems on large capital projects.

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Vijay Raina
Future of Construction: BIM 360 Family – Autodesk

Vijay Raina

Vijay Raina – AEC Technical Sales Specialist, Autodesk MET. Vijay Raina is a Technical Specialist for AEC at Autodesk. Vijay has over16 years of AEC industry experience working in India, Middle East and South East Asia.

Vijay joins in Dubai from the Autodesk Singapore office where he spent over 4 years as AEC technical specialist. He is a Mechanical Engineer with Extensive hands-on experience and was working as BIM Manager-MEP for Tilke in Bahrain prior to joining Autodesk.

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