Join us in Melbourne to celebrate 10 years of Women in BIM

Throughout September and October we are celebrating 10 years of Women in BIM (WIB) and to mark this special occasion we are hosting a series of six events in six different cities for our WIB Members, Partners and Supporters, as a thank you for supporting WIB over the past decade.

The event series culminates with our Melbourne event, which is being held at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne on Thursday 27 October.

27 October 2022
9am – 5pm
Immigration Museum
25 Industry Speakers

This final event in Melbourne marks 10 years of achievement, inspiration and ingenuity from women across the globe who are working hard to digitise the built environment.

WIB Founder and Global Chair. Rebecca De Cicco will be hosting this event, alongside International Broadcast Journalist Emily Rice, who will be introducing a sterling line-up of influential and disruptive speakers, sharing their insights and experience of people, projects and the processes that are driving the sustainable future of the built environment.

Join us for a full day of innovation, honesty and thought leadership to celebrate women in BIM and digital construction.


27 October 2022

8.15am – 9.00am

Registration and networking

9.00am – 9.30am

Welcome and introduction

Emily Rice, Global Television Journalist & MC / Melbourne Reporter, 9 News

Rebecca De Cicco, Founder & Global Chair, Women in BIM / Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon

9.30am – 9.45am

Autodesk Presentation

Kelsey Stein, Regional Lead Brisbane, QLD, Women in BIM / Principal Business Consultant, Autodesk

9.45am – 10.30am

Keynote - Hybrid work is just work. Are we doing it wrong?

Karlee’s presentation will touch on the latest findings from Microsoft’s Work Trends Index that uncovered urgent pivots for leaders to help employees and organisations thrive in the current choppy economic waters. Central to her discussion will be the importance of transforming the employee experience so that everyone can become more engaged, helping to reduce attrition and increase productivity.  Given Karlee’s passion for normalising the conversation around mental health in the workplace and the critical importance of this connecting to the employee experience, she will also share more about the initiative that she leads at Microsoft.

Karlee Scott-Murphy, Global Specialist – Employee Experience, Microsoft Viva + REAL Mates Leader, Microsoft, Worldwide Emerging Solutions – Global Black Belt Team

10.30am – 10.50am

Morning tea

10.50am – 11.20am

Up close and personal with our Women in BIM Regional Leads ANZ

Hear from Women in BIM’s Regional Leads in Australia and New Zealand while as share their personal and career journeys in digital roles across their careers. Our Regional Leads will discuss their pathways, the impacts and some of the gains and challenges they faced along the way. 

Rebecca De Cicco, Founder & Global Chair, WIB / Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon

Nicole De Cicco, Global Management, WIB / Consultant, Digital Communications, Aurecon

Jenny Tseng, Regional Lead Sydney, WIB / Digital Delivery Practice Lead, Mott MacDonald

Belinda Thompson, Regional Lead Perth, WIB / BIM Lead, Western Australia, GHD

Rachel Strauss, Regional Lead Melbourne, WIB / BIM Manager, bimco

Keri Niven, Regional Lead Christchurch, WIB / New Zealand Digital Practice Lead, Aurecon

Melanie Tristram, Regional Lead Auckland, WIB / Digital Delivery Lead, Associate Principal, Jasmax

Simoné Roux, Regional Lead Auckland, WIB / Digital Advisory Lead, Digital Engineering, WSP

11.20am – 12.00pm

The Victoria Transport DE transformation

Laura will discuss the Victorian Transports DE Transformation Programme (VTDETP) focusing on the digital strategy across the Department of Transport (DoT) and Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) as well as Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) journey which forms an integral part of this programme. Laura will discuss the strategy and requirements for DoT and MTIA as well as the Victorian transport journey to date. 

Laura Buckley, VT Digital Engineering Transformation Program Manager, Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)

12.00pm – 12.45pm

Driving equality and inclusion across government and industry

In this panel, we will discuss how diverse teams can support greater innovation and efficiencies across our sector. This panel, including both government and industry leaders, will review the policies around diversity, inclusion and driving these goals across procurement and practically into projects. 

Jenny Tseng, Regional Lead Sydney, WIB / Digital Delivery Practice Lead, Mott MacDonald

Carys EvansDirector, Digital Twin Victoria

Andrew Curthoys, Digital Delivery Manager, Cross River Rail / Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB)

Belinda Hodkinson, Principal – Digital Services, Spiire

Luke Belfield, Victorian Chief Engineer, Office of Projects Victoria (OPV)

12.45pm – 1.30pm


1.30pm – 2.15pm

Attracting, retaining and encouraging diverse talent and skills into the digital built environment

In this panel, we will discuss how to attract and retain the best talent to create a more inclusive, smarter, and diverse industry, to support the skills shortages across our sector. We will discuss some of the key issues and challenges facing the industry in terms of promoting, advancing, and retaining women and how Women in BIM aim to address this challenge through their various projects all over the world. 

Amalia Athanassopoulos, Executive Director, Resolve Insight

Dominik Holzer, Associate Professor in Digital Architectural Design, University of Melbourne / Owner, AEC Connect

Fabiana Santos de Almeida, Associate / Studio BIM Lead, Warren and Mahoney Architects

Ben Fox, Digital Integration Specialist, Level Crossing Removal Project / DTV Utilities Lead, Digital Twin Victoria

2.15pm – 2.45pm

The role of diversity in Victoria’s Big Build

Speaker TBC

2.45pm – 3.00pm

Afternoon tea

3.00pm – 3.45pm

The importance of mentoring to enable our future leaders to thrive

In this panel, we will discuss the importance of mentoring and how it can support career growth and a focused career pathway. We will explain how enabling growth in soft skills, leadership and communication techniques can enable our future leaders to evolve and thrive in the built environment. The panel will include some our WIB mentoring program participants and their personal experiences in this process. 

Taylor Hubber-Davis, Digital Delivery Consultant, IIMBE 

Julie Jupp, Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Alastair Brook, Global General Manager, DBM Vircon

Marelise Knobel, Digital Engineering Lead, WSP

3.45pm – 4.00pm

Closing remarks

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Networking and drinks

Industry-leading Speakers

Emily Rice

International Broadcast Journalist and News Reporter

Emily Rice is an accomplished broadcast journalist with more than 20 years presenting experience across Australia and internationally.As a working journalist Emily has an excellent grasp of current affairs and has been recognised with several media awards including Australian Patient’s Association’s Best Health Reporter Award 2019.

Emily is currently 9News Melbourne’s Medical Reporter where she files regular exclusive stories on the latest national health issues. She has also worked as a reporter and presenter on various national programs including; Today Show (Channel Nine) The Project (Network Ten) Meet The Press (Network Ten) and Ten News (US Correspondent / Network Environment Reporter).

Emily is also in demand for her exemplary MC skills, regularly hosting national industry conferences, forums and functions.  In the business space she has hosted numerous HR, finance and leadership conferences.

Kelsey Stein

Regional Lead Brisbane, QLD, Women in BIM / Principal Business Consultant, Autodesk

Kelsey Stein has over fourteen years of AEC industry experience in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand. She currently works as a Business Consultant at Autodesk, where she assists AEC customers to achieve better business outcomes. Her specialty is in digital transformation for construction clients.

Prior to joining Autodesk, she was the National Preconstruction Technology Director at Skanska where she led all technology-related initiatives for Skanska USA Building’s Project Planning Services group. She is a member of the Mavericks 50 List, Top 40 Under 40, and an ACC Construction Champion. She is also a guest lecturer at the University of Washington and an Autodesk University keynote speaker.

Before joining Skanska, she worked on large-scale sports architecture facilities as an architectural designer for Populous. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury University with a Bachelor of Architecture and has a Master of International Construction Management from the University of Florida.

Belinda Hodkinson

Belinda Hodkinson

Principal – Digital Services, Spiire

Belinda is a digital specialist with more than 20 years’ consulting experience with national and international firms across the built environment. As Principal, Digital Services at Spiire, she helps organisations embrace digital and emerging technology as a co-pilot for their success.

Through leading enterprise-wide policy, strategic digital transformation and change management, she enables clients to better serve their customers, enter new markets, streamline internal processes, and improve productivity.
Belinda also devotes time to initiatives that progress and uplift the digital industry, from advising on digital procurement models to developing education frameworks.

Nicole De Cicco

Nicole De Cicco

Global Management, Women in BIM / Consultant, Digital Communications, Aurecon

Nicole is a key member of the Digital Enablement Advisory team at Aurecon where she supports the team the team in Digital strategic advisory solutions to our clients. Prior to Aurecon, Nicole acted as the Operations Manager for Digital Node (acquired by Aurecon in 2021). She managed all marketing & communications solutions for the business. Nicole now acts as the Strategic Training Manager and Digital Communications Advisor supporting the Digital Enablement team’s growth and success across the business.

Nicole is also the Global Manager of Women in BIM where she helps the group run all communications and day to day activities. She supports all the global communications, manages events, supports and promotes WIB Regional Leads and publishes content on and behalf of the team. Instrumental to our growth Nicole also manages communications with event partners, secures speaking arrangements with our members and generally helps to build our brand and overall awareness across the globe.

Melanie Tristram

Regional Lead Auckland, NZ, Women in BIM / Digital Delivery Lead, Associate Principal, Jasmax

Mel is a knowledge-leader in BIM implementation and development in New Zealand. She was instrumental in rolling out practice-wide adoption of BIM specialist modelling software Revit to Jasmax in 2005. This enabled Jasmax to be one of the earliest adopters of this tool in the country.

As Digital Delivery Lead at Jasmax, Mel continues to advance Jasmax’s application of BIM & PIM, advising project teams on project BIM strategy and delivery to ensure that delivery meets each client’s aspirations and expectations. Mel leads Jasmax’s BIM team in researching and implementing tools and workflows that enhance and aid collaboration with our consultants and partners, leveraging BIM and our developing capabilities. Mel contributes widely to the industry, most recently with her appointment to the BIM Acceleration Committee.

Ben Fox

Ben Fox

Digital Integration Specialist, Level Crossing Removal Project / DTV Utilities Lead, Digital Twin Victoria

Ben Fox has nearly 15 years’ experience across a broad range of digital-focused roles encompassing CAD, BIM, GIS, reality capture and digital engineering, including founding and directing a market-leading company delivering the development of BIM content solutions to building product manufacturers, architects and engineers. Ben has also specialised in roles providing digital consulting services focused on scan to BIM, 3D printing, manufacturing and 3D visualisation.

Since 2018 Ben has worked with digital solution teams, with a focus on digital twin initiatives that leverage reality capture, BIM, GIS and other related technologies. To date, Ben has applied his “keep it simple”, client/value-centric digital approach to major infrastructure owners in the road, rail, aviation, buildings and defence sectors. Since mid-2019 Ben has held multiple roles within the Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project. Initially embedded via AECOM as a Digital Solutions Advisor within the internal R&D team followed by directly joining LXRP in late 2021 as a Digital Integration Specialist. Ben’s major focus while at LXRP has been on the challenges and digital opportunities present in the management of underground utilities on infrastructure projects. This has also seen him take a leading role at Digital Twin Victoria heading up the DTV Utilities work-stream.

Andrew Curthoys

Andrew Curthoys

Digital Delivery Manager, Cross River Rail / Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Board (ABAB)

Andrew has held senior roles in the Queensland Government in both economic and social portfolios for 30+ years. He has delivered complex policy and complex projects in a highly charged political environment of constant change. Since 2016 Andrew has led the development of digital enablement policy in the Queensland Government and has become recognised as a ‘thought leader’ in digital enablement, digital policy development and digital application particularly for asset delivery, management, and operations.

Andrew was appointed to the role of Digital Relationship Manager at the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority in March 2021. This role was established to ensure the integration of the digital elements and the data that sits behind that, with the ultimate asset owning agencies.

In April 2022, Andrew was appointed to the role of Digital Delivery Manager overseeing the digital elements of the data driven environment that the Delivery Authority operates in and all the implementation issues and opportunities. Andrew has also been the Chair of the Australasian BIM Advisory Board since June 2019 and is looking forward to the digital enablement opportunities that the Brisbane Olympics 2032 will deliver.

Marelise Knobel

Marelise Knobel

Digital Engineering Lead, WSP

With over 13 years in the construction industry, Marelisa has gained working experience with both design consultancies and construction companies, implementing BIM and Digital Engineering practices and procedures on large projects in the Middle East, Africa and most recently Australia.

As Digital Engineering Lead at WSP she is passionate about improving efficiencies in projects through automation and strategic adjustments to business-as-usual delivery and digital project management practices.

Rebecca De Cicco

Rebecca De Cicco

Founder & Global Chair, Women in BIM / Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon

Rebecca is the founder of Women in BIM (WIB) which she established in the UK in 2012 to support the lack of diversity across our sector and in particular digital. Her vision was to create an opportunity to gather and grow women in the digital space by providing an outlet to network, share and work together. The group began as a UK focused initiative and it has now become a global support network with WIB Regional Leads appointed in over 50 countries across the globe driving and supporting their main themes and incentives.

Rebecca is also the Principal of Digital Enablement for advisory firm Aurecon, acting to drive and support growth in digital enablement opportunities across the group, helping clients to strategize, create and manage assets in a more intelligent and digitally focused way. Her work also focuses on upskilling and educating industry in the adoption of digitally focused processes, requirements and technologies.

Jenny Tseng

Jenny Tseng

Regional Lead Sydney, NSW, Women in BIM / Digital Delivery Practice Lead, Mott MacDonald

Jenny is the Digital Delivery Practice Lead & Principal Digital Advisor at Mott MacDonald and brings over 20 years of knowledge on design, digital and information technology across multiple industry sectors globally.

Jenny has invaluable client-side experiences including Transport for NSW and Sydney Metro. As TfNSW Digital Engineering SME for the development of first Government DE Framework, this was instrumental in generating an industry movement on digital transformation. Furthermore, providing the foundation of government’s digital vision and strategy across asset lifecycle, network, and standards assurance. Jenny currently leads the Digital Standards stream and chairs the Asset Data Integration working group for Sydney Metro EDS in Australia.

Jenny has a broad range of skills offering from client/stakeholder engagements, design collaboration, project management and delivery, quality assurance to operational processes. Consistently an innovator and champion of change, she is also the NSW State Manager for Women in Design and Construction (WIDAC) and the NSW Regional BIM Lead for Women in BIM (WIB). Jenny’s vision and passion is to empower and inspire every person reconnecting with the built world in a new way and to lead a diverse team in achieving excellent performance.

Belinda Thompson

Regional Lead Perth, WA, Women in BIM / BIM Lead, Western Australia, GHD

Belinda has over the past 15 years been leading teams in delivering design projects utilising Building Information modelling (BIM) processes, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved digitally to deliver exceptional results for the client. Her strengths include the ability to manage, coordinate and motivate teams to deliver outstanding project outcomes and the adoption of technological solutions with a focus on the implementation of digital workflows that enable a whole lifecycle approach to project delivery.

Belinda is a known leader in BIM management and implementation, with broad experience on a variety of projects specialising in delivery of BIM for large scale Transport and Infrastructure projects.

Her current position is as GHD’s Western Australian BIM Lead, which is a strategic implementation and governance role within the organisation.

She is also Women in BIM’s Perth,WA representative driving the initiative in this state.

Simoné Roux

Simoné Roux

Regional Lead Auckland, NZ, Women in BIM / Digital Advisory Lead, Digital Engineering, WSP

Bio to follow.

Tayler Hubber-Davis

Digital Delivery Consultant, IIMBE

After her recent move from New Zealand to Australia, Tayler is currently working as a Digital Delivery Consultant at IIMBE, prior to this she was working at Beca as Digital Engineering Manager.

Unique to the industry, Tayler started as a BIM Coordinator straight out of university just over 3 years ago. She has mainly been involved with BIM Management and Digital Asset Management roles where she has been delivering complex projects across multiple sectors including Commercial, Defence, Education, Rail, Roading and Water.

In addition, Tayler has achieved her ISO19650 Information Management Professional training and was awarded Highly Commended for the NAWIC Rising Star award.

Amalia Athanassopoulos

Executive Director, Resolve Insight

A trusted and proven specialist in Building Information Modelling (BIM), Amalia has provided digital design and construction services to over $50b worth of building and infrastructure projects across Australia. Her projects include some of the largest infrastructure developments in the country such as the Melbourne Metro, large-scale level crossing removal projects, NBN infrastructure works and commercial projects such as 567 Collins Street.

Amalia’s digital capabilities connects all aspects of the design and takes the grey out of the construction process. This enables all parties to work with a clear and transparent scope, focused on performance.

Amalia created Resolve Insight to bring the benefits of digital technology to modern day construction projects. In her role, Amalia provides dedicated expert services to design, procurement, construction and asset management systems to guide critical procurement, construction and completion processes.

Resolve Insight uses leading technology to streamline and integrate modern design, procurement and construction processes. The outcome is better, faster, safer projects driven by informed leadership and enhanced collaboration.

Dominik Holzer

Associate Professor in Digital Architectural Design, University of Melbourne / Owner, AEC Connect

A/Prof Dominik Holzer is the former chair of the AIA’s and Consult Australia’s national BIM steering group, and former member of the Standards Australia mirror committee for the development of the global ISO 19650 BIM standards. Next to his work at the University of Melbourne, Dominik is operating as an independent strategic BIM, Digital Engineering, and Design Technology consultant (AEC Connect). In recent years, AEC Connect has specialised in representing client/operator interests in the context of BIM and related technologies. Working with clients both in the private as well as government sector, AEC Connect has assisted the delivery of more than a dozen of major BIM enabled infrastructure projects across Australia. Earlier this year, AEC Connect developed the Digital Engineering strategy for the AU$ 1.4B Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation.

Dominik is a frequent author and presenter on all things BIM, Digital Engineering, and Design Technology; he recently joined the Aurecon ‘Digital Enablement’ trainer team to share his knowledge with the wider industry.

Carys Evans

Carys Evans

Director, Digital Twin Victoria

As the Director of Digital Twin Victoria, Carys is leading one of the most innovative digital programs underway in the Victorian Government. The Digital Twin Victoria program is a record $37.4 million investment by the Victorian Government in digital twin technology and spatial innovation to create Victoria online. An experienced public servant, Carys has professional expertise in digital transformation, policy development and implementation gained through more than fifteen years working in both government and the private sector.

Karlee Scott-Murphy

Karlee Scott-Murphy

Global Specialist – Employee Experience, Microsoft Viva + REAL Mates Leader, Microsoft, Worldwide Emerging Solutions – Global Black Belt Team

Karlee’s passion is to inspire businesses to think differently about the employee experience, and how organisations can leverage this to transform to create a positive impact on the company. She leads the regional mental health peer support network and is dedicated to normalizing the mental health conversation. With a career that started in recruitment/HR, Karlee has spoken at conferences across the world on the topic of employee engagement, weaving in the themes of people analytics, knowledge, learning, wellness and productivity.

To balance out her work at Microsoft, Karlee is a 1st dan black belt in Taekwondo who loves to cook, garden and travel with her family.

Luke Belfield

Luke Belfield

Victorian Chief Engineer, Office of Projects Victoria (OPV)

Luke Belfield was appointed to the role of Victorian Chief Engineer in December 2021 to champion engineering and project delivery excellence and work collaboratively with industry, academic experts and delivery agencies on technical, design and engineering aspects of government service and project delivery.

Luke had been working in the role of Associate Victorian Chief Engineer, leading OPV’s Engineering and Innovation team responsible for advancing engineering in Victoria and leading technical infrastructure innovation including the delivery of the Digital Build Program. Luke is an experienced infrastructure professional with over 15 years of experience in policy, technology and business strategy and project management. Luke’s expertise is drawn from diverse roles prior to joining OPV. He has previously worked at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, as a management consultant for PwC and EY, as a project manager for a metropolitan based water utility and as an engineer for a large global engineering consultancy in the oil and gas and petrochemical industry.

Rachel Strauss

Regional Lead Melbourne, VIC, Women in BIM / BIM Manager, bimco

Rachel is a BIM Manager and co-founder of BIM Consultancy bimco – a BIM services consultancy that provides BIM Management, support and training for Architectural, Design and Engineering firms. She brings a unique combination of documentation, heritage, technology and people skills to the BIM profession. Her career spans the residential, commercial and education sectors where she has firsthand experience documenting and modelling using a variety of BIM platforms.

Rachel is a Victorian Regional Lead for WIB (Women in BIM) and has been part of industry steering committees to achieve course accreditation for state government funded BIM programs and framework reviews.

Laura Buckley

Laura Buckley

VT Digital Engineering Transformation Program Manager, Rail Projects Victoria (RPV)

Bio to follow.

Julie Jupp

Julie Jupp

Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Julie Jupp is Associate Professor of Digital Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in the Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT). Julie is the Coordinator of the Digital Engineering Sub-Major in FEIT and was the former Coordinator of the Digital Technologies stream in the BA Construction Project Management degree.

Julie leads an interdisciplinary teaching team to deliver a program that combines the latest information on BIM technologies, processes, adoption and implementation strategies, integrated project delivery, and team communication.

Julie holds a PhD in Architecture (Design Computing) from the University of Sydney (2005) and undertook her Post-doctorate studies at Cambridge University’s Engineering Design Centre on Through-life Knowledge and Information Management (2005-2008). She is the author of book chapters, journal articles and conference papers in the fields of computer aided design, design cognition, visual representation and reasoning, intelligent decision support, and product lifecycle management.

Keri Niven

Keri Niven

Regional Lead Christchurch, NZ, Women in BIM / New Zealand Digital Practice Lead, Aurecon

Keri is a passionate Digital Technologist, with a strong background in Geospatial technologies, and over 20 years international experience in designing enterprise collaboration platforms.

Keri is the New Zealand Digital Practice Leader and is focused on identifying digital possibilities and creating opportunities to embed new technologies into our organisational way of working.

Keri’s primary area of expertise is in integrating principles of human centered design with visualisation and interactive technologies to facilitate better engagement and insight. With experience gained from infrastructure and construction projects around the world Keri is passionate about design technologies and international best practice frameworks that enable full lifecycle asset and information management. Keri is particularly interested in automating the interfaces between multidisciplinary modelling and design environments and using this to improve efficiency and co-ordination. Keri represents Aurecon on the ANZ Smart Cities Council and on the ANZ Digital Twin Taskforce.

Alistair Brook

Alastair Brook

Global General Manager, DBM Vircon

Alastair Brook, Global General Manager Digital Engineering at DBM Vircon, has over 15 years’ experience working in construction, digital engineering, project management and business management. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management & Economics) with first class honours, as well as an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He has successfully grown digital consulting services at DBM Vircon into a standalone Digital Engineering Division and has a deep amount of experience in complex major project digital engineering implementations.

Alastair has a passion for developing others through the creation and nurturing of relationships, at all levels, to deliver growth and success. He has a thirst for learning and is always looking to improve as a family man, a friend, and a leader.

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