RTC Event Chairman

RTC_Event_Management_110x40 Wesley Benn, RTC Events Management / University of NSW
Executive Chairman
Region Chairman, Europe / Asia

A Sydney-based architect, Wesley is the founder of RTC Events Management and the RTC series. As a longterm user and advocate of BIM, Wesley has been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit.Wesley has worked directly with Autodesk on Revit development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and has implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. He is a regular speaker at events throughout Australia and overseas talking about technology, Integrated Practice, and facilities management; he founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and teaches design, BIM, and architectural technologies at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

RTC Europe Committee

Jose Fandos, Andekan LLC 
Marketing Manager
Jose Fandos is the founder and CEO of Andekan, a company dedicated to Revit content creation and management. Since 2008, Jose has led Andekan in providing Revit content services to major AEC firms, manufacturers, and software makers. Prior to founding Andekan, Jose worked as a CAD manager in the UK, where he led his firm’s adoption of Revit. He later served as co-founder and CTO of Broutek Ltd., a pioneering start-up in Revit content creation. Jose is considered one of the industry’s most knowledgeable Revit content creators, and is a member of the AEC (UK) BIM Standards Committee and the UK Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Breakout Group on Revit Content Standards. Jose lives and works in London, and can usually be found at meetings of the London Revit User Group.
Martin Taurer, LivingRoomCraftz
Speaker Manager
Born in Austria too long ago to remember, Martin graduated as an Architect from Technical University Graz, Austria in 1987 and practiced in Austria, Germany and Brazil through 1999. At that time he joined Autodesk briefly, then moved to the fledgling Revit Technology Corporation in 2001, before getting reabsorbed by Autodesk with its purchase of Revit the following year. He worked as a product designer and product manager on Revit in multiple geographies including both Japan and Australia, before joining a new technologies based architectural and consulting practice in the Netherlands in 2007, LivingRoomCraftz ( Martin has spoken at numerous conferences including RTC, is an author, blogger, and itinerant Mac fanatic whose deep technical expertise in many of the most complex BIM tools has him in high demand throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
Silvia Taurer, LivingRoomCraftz
Region Manager
Silvia Taurer is the founder, owner and director of LivingRoomCraftZ, a consultancy at the forefront of BIM technologies.Evangelising BIM, she inspires LivingRoomCraftZ to maximise and optimize BIM workflow and management practices in content and efficiency.In her role as RTC Region Manager she is a key contributor in planning RTC Europe and is the primary local contact for all RTC activities throughout Europe.Coming from an international background, Silvia speaks fluent German, Dutch and English, conversational level French and basic level Spanish and Japanese.

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Gordon Price, Pragmatic Praxis
Associate Committee
Over the last 15 years Gordon has been a Job Captain, CAD Manager, BIM Lead, BIM Manager & IT Manager. He has implemented & managed Revit in multiple offices, and supported teams on projects ranging from small scale commercial tenant improvements to a $500,000,000 signature Higher Ed project. In 2010 he founded Pragmatic Praxis (formerly the Pragmatic Reviteer) to provide web based Revit training, tools and support.

RTC Executive Committee

logo_antgroup Jim Balding, The ANT Group
Region Chairman, North America
Director, Partnerships
Jim Balding is a licensed architect with more than 25 years of experience integrating technology into the architectural field. Jim earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been a member of the Autodesk Revit Architecture Client Advisory Board since its inaugural meeting, and served as the Revit Product Chair for AUGI for five years. He also founded and served as the South Coast Revit Users Group (SCRUG) president for five years.Jim has spoken at several technology conferences and is one of the top-rated speakers at Autodesk University. He has developed a successful Autodesk Revit Architecture implementation strategy that has been adopted by some of the top architectural firms in the world.Jim has recently launched his own architectural and design technology firm – The ANT Group.
logo_AECOM_120x27 Chris Needham, AECOM

Region Chairman, Australasia
Director, Systems and Operations
Chris has joined AECOM as a Project Information Manager and BIM Lead, working as part of their BIM Advisory business. He works closely with clients to leverage BIM for their advantage, during design, construction and operational phases of their facilities. He’s also becoming keenly acquainted with the application of BIM principles to large-scale infrastructure projects.Prior to joining AECOM, he was the owner of C3 Consulting Solutions, implementing BIM processes and practices within AEC companies since 2005. He has assisted firms in organizational change efforts, systems analysis and design, training programmes and project delivery. Chris’s strengths are in converting technical experience to tactical approaches, and communication.He has worked on projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom, using his expertise to develop systems and processes for numerous organisations. Over the last nine years, he has helped firms understand and implement BIM methodologies, and is passionate about exploiting information management technology to its limits. He acknowledges that despite developments in technology, altering people’s behaviour is the most crucial and often difficult part of change.Chris has taught hundreds of industry professionals across Australia, and students at both RMIT and Melbourne University. He is a co-author of ANZRS (Australian & New Zealand Revit Standards), steering committee member of BIM-MEPAUS, served as BIM Management Plans working group chair for the AIA/Consult Australia BIM/IPD initiative and as past chairperson of REVIC (Revit Users Group of Victoria).

Read_Thomas_logo_w240 Phil Read, Read | Thomas
Director, Marketing and Communications
Phil Read is the co-founder of Read | Thomas – an AECO consulting group focused on connecting designers, builders and owners through cross-discipline and technology integration.Phil has 20 years in Architecture and Engineering including 12 years experience using and implementing Autodesk Revit: the world’s only fully parametric and integrated tool for the design of buildings. Since 2009, Phil has been one of the driving forces behind M-SIX and VEO™ – the world’s first fully integrated, cloud-based platform for visualization, construction and operations of buildings. A frequent public speaker and has presented Autodesk University and RTC on topics ranging from “Best Practices and Large Project Management” to “Parametric Design Iteration in Architecture” and the “Business Dynamics of Transitioning from 2D CAD to Building Information Modeling”.Among other high profile clients and projects, played a lead role in providing training, implementation and ongoing support for the Architectural, Mechanical and Structural Engineers on the Freedom Tower World Trade Center Initiative in New York.