Andrew McNaughton | Chief Engineer and Technical Director, HS2 Ltd.
Speaking on the development of HS2 in the U.K., Andrew McNaughton said in his engaging presentation that this project is about
enabling U.K. cities to work closer together as an economic powerhouse, and about bringing people together because “that’s what makes
things happen.” Why BIM? McNaughton said that BIM is the only approach that addresses the whole life system, from designing and
constructing HS2 virtually, to operating and maintaining it virtually, to renewing it virtually, and to adapting it virtually for at least the next
Ed Merrow | Founder and President, Independent Project Analysis, Inc.
In his insightful presentation on capital projects, Ed Merrow said that project failures almost never start in the field. They typically fail
due to errors in the development, flow, or sequencing of information early on in the project. To help infrastructure organizations prevent
these errors and improve project outcomes, Merrow walked attendees through the three information streams in projects – the basic data
stream, business shaping stream, and front-end loading and engineering stream or project stream.
Guest Keynote Speakers
Bentley Keynote Speakers
November 4–6, 2014 | Hilton London Metropole | London, UK
This global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations is unlike any other. Attendees had an
opportunity to hear from thought leaders in the industry, engage in interactive sessions that explored the intersection of technology and business
drivers, and see what technologies and next practices will shape the future of infrastructure delivery. In addition to keynotes from industry and
Bentley executives, this year’s powerful lineup featured close to 70 guest speakers, including Jon Arnold (Microsoft), Harvey Bernstein (McGraw Hill
Construction), William Gale (Gas Technology Institute), Richard Lane (U.K. BIM Task Group and Creonova Consulting Ltd), David Philp (Mace,
HM Government BIM Task Group), Jan Shumate (Eastman Chemical Company), Gordan L Smith (AngloAmerican-Platinum), Martin Swaine
(Shell Oil Company), John Wishart (Lloyd’s Register Energy), and Dr. Paul Zanelli (Transport Systems Catapult).
The Year in Infrastructure
CEO Greg Bentley
Greg Bentley highlighted this year’s “Effective Strategies for Advancing BIM” as identified by the 2014 Be Inspired Awards nominations.
These strategies result in better performing assets through an increased depth of information modeling and better performing projects
through an increased breadth of information mobility. The strategies include Comprehensive BIM Playbooks, Intrinsic Geo-context,
Virtualization of Talent, Delivering Visibility (via i-models), and Progressive Information Mobility. He also noted the “Emerging Strategies for
Advancing BIM,” including Reality Modeling, Construction Modeling, and Asset Performance Modeling.
SVP Bhupinder Singh
Bhupinder Singh discussed the CONNECT Edition, Bentley’s new generation of “software at your service” for sustaining infrastructure.
The CONNECT Edition, he said, supports a hybrid computing environment for comprehensive project delivery. Its common environment,
comprising a common project environment, modeling environment, deliverables environment, data environment, and performance
environment, empowers Bentley users to attain the full potential of BIM advancements for project delivery.
Founder and CTO Keith Bentley
Keith Bentley provided an insightful look at the waves of hardware innovation – from PCs to personal workstations, the Internet, and
more – that helped drive software innovations over the course of Bentley Systems’ first 30 years. He also addressed the current waves
of innovation, including what he calls “servers for hire” and expanded wireless availability, that are driving new and better software
solutions to infrastructure project and operations challenges – through, for example, increased information mobility. He concluded with
a look at the company’s next innovation priorities, which include fusing the modeled world and physical world.