Scientific Programme

Please find the preliminary programme HERE (Version 3, updated 11/9-18)

Keynote speakers

Arto Kiviniemi 200x300Dr. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design at the School of Architecture in the University of Liverpool

"Our document-based past & digital future - a long journey"

Dr. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design at the School of Architecture in the University of Liverpool, has MSc in Architecture from Aalto University, Helsinki, and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, California. In his early career, 1972-1996, Arto worked as a designing architect. From that period he has twelve 1st prizes and several other awards in architectural competitions as the main assistant and office manager of architect Arto Sipinen. His main projects include Tapiola and Imatra Cultural Centres, Mikkeli Concert Hall, Raisio Municipal Hall and several buildings of the Jyväskylä University

Since 1996 Arto has developed integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) both in Finland and internationally. 1997 the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation invited Arto to lead the national R&D programme “Vera – Information Networking in the Construction Process”. The programme created the foundation for Finland’s position as one of the early adopters of BIM. In May 2010 Arto moved to UK and worked first as a Professor at the School of Built Environment in the University of Salford until he moved to his current position at the University of Liverpool in September 2013.

Internationally Arto’s main activities have been related to the International Alliance for Interoperability, now known as buildingSMART International, where he has acted as the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the International Council and Executive Committee and as the Chairman of the International Technical Management Committee. Currently he is a member of the International Technical Advisory Group.

Arto has presented 160+ keynote and invited lectures in international seminars and conferences around the world since 1996. For his international merits in developing integrated BIM Arto received the Fiatech CETI Outstanding Researcher Award in USA in 2009, the Order of the Knight of White Rose of Finland in 2012 and Fellowship of buildingSMART International in 2017.
Professor Arto Kiviniemi

Jakob Beetz 200x300Dr. Jakob Beetz, Professor for Design Computation at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany

"Linked Data in Building and Construction - breaking out of information silos"

Dr. Jakob Beetz, holds a Diplomingenieur degree from the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany and received a PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherland for his work on the application of Semantic Web methods and technologies in the context of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. In 2017 he was appointed as a Full Professor for Design Computation at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Jakob's research interests are focused on the facilitation of Building Information Modeling with open standards. In 2005 he proposed the use of W3C Semantic Web technologies to capture knowledge and information in the building and construction domain, which among other efforts helped to standardize the ifcOWL Linked Data representation of the Industry Foundation Classes ifcOWL by buildingSMART. Jakob co-founded the Open Source model-server platform bimserver.org in 2009. He has been active in national and international research projects and standardization efforts and published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference papers and is the co-editor of the handbook Building Information Modeling - Technological Foundations and Industry Practice.
Professor Jakob Beetz

Jacob Steen Møller 200x300Jacob Steen Møller, Director of Facilities at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Since 2009 Jacob Steen Møller has been the strategic anchor of developing and operating the campus of DTU. It is his core objective to drive DTU into a world-class technical university within research, learning, study and innovation environments. DTU is currently investing more than DKK 4,5 billions in a comprehensive transformation of the university’s buildings and infrastructure. Over 20 new building projects have been completed or are initiated and are in pipeline. The new facilities will support DTU’s conditions for attracting the best professors, researchers and students from all over the world.

Khoa Dang Ngo 200x300Khoa Dang Ngo, ICT Special Consultant at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Since 2014, at DTU, Khoa Dang Ngo set a goal of changing the built environment with a digital mindset. DTU is the place to be for exploring and implementing digital transformation in an innovative and pragmatic manner as a client and user of facilities. His mission is to strive towards decomposing the fear and barrier of implementing BIM and ICT to promote user driven data on decisions while conceiving, designing, implementing and operating facilities. All this in support of the organization’s people, processes and policies.



Miroslaw J. SkibniewskiMiroslaw J. Skibniewski, Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Maryland (College Park), USA.

Prior to this appointment he was a Professor and Associate Provost at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana), USA. He has held part-time, visiting and honorary appointments in various institutions worldwide, including Aarhus University, Denmark, Technical University of Munich, Germany, Loughborough University, UK, Cardiff University (Wales), UK, CSIRO-Australia, Pontifical Catholic University (Santiago), Chile, Tsinghua University (Beijing), China, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan), China, Hanyang University (Seoul), Korea, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, National University of Singapore, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and Chaoyang University of Technology (Taichung), Taiwan. A native of Warsaw, Poland, he holds an M.Eng. degree in Civil Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), USA.

His current research featured in this presentation is on additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology adoption in the construction industry in the United States and worldwide. A member of several national academies of engineering, Prof. Skibniewski is also Editor-in-Chief of Automation in Construction, an international research journal published by Elsevier.

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