Presenting the four keynote speakers of the European BIM Summit’s international online Congress

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The Col·legi d’AparelladorsArquitectes Tècnics i Enginyers d’Edificació de Barcelona [Association of Surveyors, Technical Architects and Building Engineers of Barcelona] (CAATEEB), Bim Academy and buildingSMART Spain present the only International online Congress about BIM methodology in Europe. EBS+ will feature on November 19 renowned experts from all over the world to debate the latest trends and innovations in Building Information Modelling. 

Endorsed by the European BIM Summit brand, this participative Congress will feature three round tablesnine case studies and presentations by four keynote speakers. These speakers are introduced in this article: Tai Fatt Cheng, Souheil Soubra, Jean-Baptiste Valette and Randy Deutsch. 

Tai Fatt Cheng 

Tai Fatt Cheng is the Deputy Managing Director of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), an agency reporting to the National Development Agency of the Government of Singapore, which is tasked with regulating building safety and leading the transformation of the building sector according to the objectives of safety, quality and sustainability. 

The BCA is engaged in what they call the built environment, which includes the buildings, structures and infrastructure in the country that provide the resources for the development of the community’s activities. 

The organisation targets the engagement of the entire sector in the common goal of improving citizens’ quality of life, for which purpose BIM methodology has become a core tool. 

In the course of its management activities, the BCA implements initiatives mainly in the following areas: 

  • The physical environment: smart buildings that provide a more friendly environment to live in. 
  • Industry: the challenge is to promote globally successful companies.
  • People: training competent, visionary and respected individuals. 

Souheil Soubra 

Souheil Soubra is the Information Technologies director at the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) and is also the chair of the EU BIM Task Group. He is a specialist in digital construction, in accompanying the sector’s stakeholders in the digital transition and he also engages in research and the development of BIM applications for practical deployment. 

He is also an executive member of buildingSMART International and is involved in BIM standardisation organisations (CEN TC 442, ISO TC 59/SC13) as well as in the French government’s BIM 2022 Plan. 

The CSTB is the association entrusted with guaranteeing building quality and safety in France. It straddles multidisciplinary competencies for the development and sharing of scientific and technical know-how. 

Its remits include accompanying the stakeholders involved in the building sector during the innovation cycle, from the genesis of the idea through to its commercial application, as well as the transformation of the building world in relation to the environmental, energy and digital transitions, in which BIM plays a pivotal role. 

The CSTB engages in five key activities: 

  1. Research and expertise
  2. Evaluation
  3. Certification
  4. Testing
  5. Knowledge dissemination 

Jean-Baptiste Valette 

Jean-Baptiste Valette is Consulting Delivery Manager for France, Belgium and the Iberian Peninsula of Autodesk, the architecture software applications giant, including Autocad and Revit, the latter being one of the benchmark programs in BIM modelling. 

Valette is embarking upon this new professional adventure in the private sector after more than eleven years holding different responsibilities at VINCI Construction France, one of the main business groups in the construction sector. He develops real estate, road, railway and airport infrastructure projects, as well as major facilities, from the concept through to maintenance and operation. 

At VINCI, Jean-Baptiste Valette held the position of project technical director, BIM engineering director, which led him to placed in charge of the structure, guidance and development of part of the team that was tasked with accompanying the group’s major projects. He also developed BIM utilities and associated technologies and was also the technical and technological liaison with the market. 

Randy Deutsch 

Randy Deutsch is an architect, educator, speaker and author of several books about design and architecture. In the course of his professional career, he has designed more than one hundred sustainable projects which earned him the AIA Young Architect Award Chicago. 

He is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has been Associate Director of postgraduate studies for three years. He was also director and vice-chair of the Board of the AIA Chicago. He also manages Deutsch Insights, which specialises in consulting in design projects, product development, building models, business models and design in education.  

Randy Deutsch is a recognised expert in the fields of strategic planning, digital technology and building, collaborative work processes and architectural and urban design. He has experience in the leadership of large teams for the development of complex projects. 

By dint of his long-standing experience, he believes that design principles are based on the values that he has always tried to instil in his alumni: the ability to listen, total attention, empathy, creativity, inquisitiveness, ongoing improvement, value creation, minimum wastage, exceeding expectations.  

He is the author of the books BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2011), Data-Driven Design and Construction (Wiley, 2015), Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017) and Super Users: Design Technology Specialists and the Future of Practice (Routledge, 2019).

 

The European BIM Summit is possible thanks to the contribution of our sponsors: Roca, as Main sponsor; Finalcad, as Gold sponsor; Agència Catalana de l’Aigua, ATL, Bentley, CIAT, FGC, MUSAAT, PREMAAT, Graphisoft Archicad and SIMBIM Solutions, as Silver sponsors; Calaf Constructora, Copisa, and Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, as Pro sponsors; and BASF, as Sustainability sponsor. It has also the support and the collaboration of the Departament de Territori i Sostenibilitat of the Generalitat de Catalunya.