Construction & Engineering

Infrastructure development has been a vital component in increasing a country's economic growth. Developing infrastructure enhances the efficiency of production, transportation, and communication, as well as help in providing economic incentives to public and private sector stakeholders.

Developing economies around the world are facing the daunting task of creating new transportation, communication, water, and energy networks to facilitate rapid urbanization and population growth. While the other parts of the world, advanced industrial economies like the United States and Western Europe, are focusing on repair and replacement of aging infrastructures.

The tremendous growth projected in future of construction sector requires innovation and adoption of technology that can empower AEC firms and project owners to focus not only on what to design and build, but also better understand where and why, helping them to deliver more sustainable and resilient infrastructure through more economical, social, and environmentally responsible practices.

Construction & Engineering program at Geospatial World Forum 2019 will discuss how geospatial technology improves collaboration, efficiency and performance in planning and design phase, during construction, in post-build savings and for ongoing operational management of a construction project. Some of the topics include BIM, reality capture, construction monitoring, locating underground utilities, project visualization in context, digital as-builts, facilities management, full lifecycle modeling, etc.


Andreas Gerster, Vice President, Global Construction BIM-CIM, FARO, Germany
Andreas Gerster Vice President, Global Construction BIM-CIM
Jim Van Rens, Senior Vice President, Riegl, USA
Jim Van Rens Senior Vice President
Mark Freeburn, Chief Executive Officer, AAM, Australia
Mark Freeburn Chief Executive Officer
Jugal Makwana, Global Director, Digital Engineering and Automation, Royal HaskoningDHV, The Netherlands
Jugal Makwana Global Director, Digital Engineering and Automation
Royal HaskoningDHV
The Netherlands
Alexander Worp, Strategic Advisor, BIM, Schiphol, The Netherlands
Alexander Worp Strategic Advisor, BIM
The Netherlands
Ted Lamboo, Senior Vice President, Strategic Channel, Bentley Systems, The Netherlands
Ted Lamboo Senior Vice President, Strategic Channel
Bentley Systems
The Netherlands
Jaan Saar, Head of Digital Construction, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
Jaan Saar Head of Digital Construction
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Phil Langley, Director, Digital Delivery, Bryden Wood, United Kingdom
Phil Langley Director, Digital Delivery
Bryden Wood
United Kingdom
Feodor Mayow, Deputy Unit Manager, WSP Game Studio, Finland
Feodor Mayow Deputy Unit Manager
WSP Game Studio
Raffaele Santulli, Infrastructure, Property and Equipment Maintenance Manager, ATAC SpA, Italy
Raffaele Santulli Infrastructure, Property and Equipment Maintenance Manager
Gita Mohshizadeh, Head of BIM Implementation, Banedanmark, Denmark
Gita Mohshizadeh Head of BIM Implementation
Jeffrey  Truijens, Information & Process Coordinator, Dura Vermeer, The Netherlands
Jeffrey Truijens Information & Process Coordinator
Dura Vermeer
The Netherlands
Vincent Lecamus, Chief Executive Officer, Immergis, France
Vincent Lecamus Chief Executive Officer


Digital Construction: Enhancing Efficiency and Productivity

Sectors such as infrastructure, utilities, and oil and gas are substantial drivers for national economic growth. It is crucial for these sectors to continuously improve their efficiency and productivity for the benefits of the nation. Digitization of construction process will significantly reduce risks and enhance bankability of these assets, besides improving their viability and lifecycle. The session will feature keynotes from various construction and engineering stakeholders on the importance of geospatial technologies in digital construction and how practitioners can leverage additional values.

GIS-BIM Integration: Key to Common Data Environment

The use of structured data in a common data environment enables open collaboration, which becomes the key to efficient project delivery. By integrating GIS and BIM, the management team can quickly identify issues and resolve within a continuously monitored environment. Experts from AEC industry will discuss why GIS-BIM integration in a single-point-of-truth for all project data is a new best-practice for integrated project delivery.

Intelligent Design for Resilient Built Environment

With the rising disaster and climate risk globally, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation amongst architects, designers, engineers and planners alike. Designing resilient and environmentally-friendly buildings and structures is becoming a necessity, especially when it comes to large-scale structures with major consumption of energy. Geospatial technologies allow architects to not only preserve the environment but improve it. This is made possible by placing geospatial information at the center of infrastructure projects. The session will feature talks from experts on how to plan and design assets in relation to the surrounding ecosystem.

Engineering Geology for Complex, Underground and Above-ground Infrastructure

The feasibility, the planning and design, the construction and costing, and the safety of a project depend critically on the geological conditions where the construction will take place. This is especially the case in extended ‘greenfield’ sites for dams, roads, tunnels and bridges construction. Geological data is a must to ensure terrain suitability, as well as to determine the right construction materials and method. This not only lead to safe construction, but also substantial savings. Geological experts will discuss how geospatial technologies can contribute in this process.

Construction Sites of the Future: Real-time Monitoring and Progress Tracking

With the advent of wearables, smartphones, tablets, drones and the Internet of Things, construction workers and even the machinery are constantly collecting data at the job site. These real-time job site data will become even more powerful and enabling when integrated with external data such as weather, traffic, and business/community activities. Such influx of data (including data from previous projects) is providing an opportunity for construction businesses to optimize productivity and processes from the planning and design phase, during the construction, and if maintained properly, can be further leveraged for the operation and asset management phase as well. Listen to successful cases on how geospatial data is being integrated with big data from the construction sites that enable real-time monitoring and progress tracking of projects.

Digital Twins: Connecting Information and Insights through Entire Project Lifecycle

Digital twin is a concept of having a real-time digital representation of a physical object. The concept is made possible with the latest technological developments in sensors, miniaturization, robotics and drones, as well as computing power and smart algorithms. By combining the digital and physical, construction companies now can build cheaper, greener, and more durable buildings in a shorter timeframe. The session will feature use cases and benefits that digital twin technology can give to a construction project team, including the latest techniques available in reality capture, data processing and modeling.

Connected Infrastructure: Optimizing Asset Operational Performance

It is predicted that by the year 2020, connectivity will become a standard feature of a building or infrastructure asset. The possibility of connecting virtually everything, from the simplest to the most complex object, offers remote control, monitoring and sensing capabilities to buildings and infrastructure operators. Integrating geospatial information and building information in a collaborative digital system allows asset operators to turn information into actionable insights. Successful case studies will be presented.


  • Architecture Firms
  • Building Operators
  • Building Owners
  • Construction Companies
  • Consultants (Environmental/ Engineering/ Project Management)
  • Engineering Companies
  • Facilities Managers
  • Geological Agencies
  • Hardware and Software Vendors
  • Infrastructure Operators
  • National Geospatial Agencies
  • Policy Makers
  • Professional Bodies
  • Project Owners
  • Research Institutions & Academia
  • SMEs/System Integrators