RTC North American 2014 Committee

Jim Balding – Chairman & Executive Committee
The ANT Group

Jim Balding is a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience integrating technology into the architectural field. Jim earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been a member of the Autodesk® Revit® Architecture Client Advisory Board since its inaugural meeting, and served as the Revit Product Chair for AUGI® for five years. He also founded and served as the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG) president for five years. Jim has spoken at several technology conferences and is one of the top-rated speakers at Autodesk University. He has developed a successful Autodesk Revit Architecture implementation strategy that has been adopted by some of the top architectural firms in the world.

Jim has recently launched his own architectural and design technology firm – The ANT Group.

Wesley Benn - Executive Committee
RTC Events Management / ADDglobal / University of New South Wales

Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management and the Revit Technology Conference series. As a long-term user and advocate of BIM, Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit.

ADDglobal (www.addglobal.com.au) is an outsourcing and BIM consulting team operating Australia-wide and internationally. Projects have ranged from documentation services across multiple project types and disciplines; to architectural design management for designers, developers, contractors, and owner-operators; to BIM and technology management of major projects (up to $14 billion) around the world. Together, the team offers a breadth and depth that touches on all aspects of the BIM ecosystem and offers clients high level expertise and a truly encompassing service.

Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, Integrated Practice, and facilities management; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and teaches about BIM and architectural technologies at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

Chris Needham - Executive Committee

Chris has recently joined AECOM as their lead Project Information Manager, responsible for how information is managed across multiple business lines within the business. Prior to that, he was the owner of C3 Consulting Solutions, implementing BIM processes and practices within AEC companies since 2005. He has assisted firms in organizational change efforts, systems analysis and design, training programmes and project delivery. Chris’s strengths are in converting technical experience to tactical approaches, and communication.

He has worked on projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom, using his expertise to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Over the last seven years, he has helped firms understand and implement BIM methodologies, and is passionate about exploiting information management technology to its limits. He acknowledges that despite developments in technology, altering people's behaviour is the most crucial and often difficult part of change.

He has taught hundreds of industry professionals across Australia, and students at both RMIT and Melbourne University. He is a co-author of ANZRS (Australian & New Zealand Revit Standards), steering committee member of BIM-MEPAUS, BIM Management Plans working group chair for the AIA/Consult Australia BIM/IPD initiative and a past chairperson of REVIC (Revit Users Group of Victoria).

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  Phil Read – Partnerships Manager
Read | Thomas

Phil Read is the co-founder of Read | Thomas - an AECO consulting group focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline and technology integration.

Phil has 20 years in Architecture and Engineering including 12 years experience using and implementing Autodesk Revit: the world's only fully parametric and integrated tool for the design of buildings. Since 2009, Phil has been one of the driving forces behind M-SIX and VEO™ - the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based platform for visualization, construction and operations of buildings. A frequent public speaker and has presented Autodesk University and RTC on topics ranging from "Best Practices and Large Project Management" to "Parametric Design Iteration in Architecture" and the "Business Dynamics of Transitioning from 2D CAD to Building Information Modeling".

Among other high profile clients and projects, played a lead role in providing training, implementation and ongoing support for the Architectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers on the Freedom Tower World Trade Center Initiative in New York.

  R. Robert Bell – Speaker Manager

Robert is the Design Technology Manager for Sparling, a specialty electrical engineering and technology consulting firm in the United States, headquartered in Seattle Washington. He provides strategic direction, technical oversight, and high-level support for Sparling’s enterprise design and production technology systems. He is instrumental in positioning Sparling as an industry and client leader in leveraging technology in virtual building and design. Robert has been in the MEP industry for over 25 years and has used every release of Revit MEP from its release as Revit Systems.

  Nicholas Kramer – Program Manager
Perkowitz+Ruth Architects

Nicholas M. Kramer, LEED® AP,is the Director of Technology for Perkowitz+Ruth Architects, an international commercial, retail, housing and residential firm based out of Long Beach, California. He has been using Revit since version 8.1 on projects ranging from 400,000sf to 600sf and from medical to libraries to commercial and office buildings. Nicholas has actively run projects day to day as well as help to implement Revit and new technologies along with the development of standards, processes and best practices for worldwide architectural companies. Additionally, he is currently working with some of the largest construction companies in the world to implement these practices and new technologies.

At Perkowitz+Ruth, Nicholas provides strategic direction for BIM and new technologies, spearheads the company’s research and development group and overseas the company’s Technology department. In addition to Perkowitz+Ruth, Nicholas is currently serving as the co-chairman for the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG), has guest lectured on BIM and sustainability at UCLA, Autodesk University and other forums.

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