As part of the keynote sessions, we are hosting a customer panel discussion.
Neil has over 44 years’ experience in the delivery of large infrastructure projects from project inception, design, construction to operation and maintenance. Neil is a Director of SMEC’s Australian and International businesses. He is responsible for new businesses streams, global acquisitions and review of SMEC’s major projects. Over the years he has sat on numerous Project Boards or Leadership Teams for major projects around Australia. More recently, Neil was instrumental in setting up SMEC’s new Asset Management Group to provide Infrastructure owners with optimum solutions when delivering and managing their assets. Neil is driving innovation & the use of technology within SMEC to win work and improve project delivery.
Andrew Hermann is the COO and co-founder of Nexus eWater, an Australian-American company which has developed the world’s most advanced in-home water and energy recycling products. Graduating from the Australian National University with degrees in Engineering and Commerce, Andrew started work as an engineer developing novel grey water treatment systems for the Australian market. In 2009, Andrew co-founded Nexus eWater with the objective of developing cutting-edge grey water technologies for the American Market. Headquartered in Canberra, Nexus opened its first California office in 2011 and now has manufacturing and sales offices located all across the US.
Chris Lacey is the Australian OEM Product Manager at Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC); Australia’s largest plumbing valves and fittings manufacturer. He has a background in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering and over 15 years’ experience in Australian manufacturing across the Materials Handling, Telecommunications and Plumbing industries. Chris is focused on product development and working with customers to bring engineered solutions to market in an ever competitive global manufacturing industry. He has been involved in the specification and implementation of Autodesk software solutions across RWC’s engineering functions.
As Business Director - Practice Development, Jon provides senior leadership in the development and promotion of tools and processes to enhance delivery efficiency and quality. He also leads Beca's participation in Building industry activity, market forums and professional bodies. Jon’s focus in recent years has been BIM and the impacts it has on design process and workflows. He led the group that developed the NZ BIM Handbook in 2014. Jon travels regularly to meet staff in other hubs to share ideas and best practice. Jon also regularly meets with past Beca engineers currently working for practices in North America and Europe to exchange ideas and current practices.