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Speakers

 This year’s speakers about ‘Predictable projects in a dynamic world’.

The world is rapidly changing in many ways; digitalization, global warming and Covid-19 have a huge impact on the world where we live in. Despite all the changes we want to have a predictable outcome of projects. The theme of the conference is therefore “Predictable projects in a dynamic world”. Around this theme a variety of topics will be presented.

Keynote speaker

Winy Maas
Prof. Ir. Ing. FRIBA HAIA

Dutch Architect, urban planner and landscape architect Winy Maas (Schijndel, 1959) founded the MVRDV architecture office in 1993 together with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. Maas gained international fame with a wide range of building typologies, varying in scale and always innovative, experimental and theoretically well-founded.

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Over the past 25 years, Maas has been responsible for iconic and much-discussed projects such as the Markthal (2014), Crystal Houses (2016), Tainan Spring (2020), Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen (2021) and Valley (2021). Maas developed master plans for Paris, Bordeaux and Oslo, among other cities. In the Netherlands, Maas has been the supervisor of Floriade 2022 since 2012 and the supervisor of the city center of Eindhoven since 2017.

Maas is a much sought-after guest speaker and guest professor at various universities, and also leads The Why Factory, a think tank at TU Delft that studies and visualises future cities. In 2011 Maas was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, the highest award of the French government. In 2015, he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion by the Dutch government. He is also an honorary member of architects’ organisations in Scotland, England and America.

Keynote speaker

Sander Pluijm
Volvo Ocean Race

Sander Pluijm started his media career 15 years ago after his journalism studies as a program producer at Endemol. Numerous television series later, he produced the branded content program ‘Stoere Mannen, Hoge Golven’ (Tough Men, High Waves) as an Onboard Media Crew Member in the Volvo Ocean Race (Team Delta Lloyd) in 2009.

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Sander Pluijm was the first Dutch Media Crew Member (MCM) in the Volvo Ocean Race, witnessing the tough and long sailing race with Team Delta Lloyd. According to him, a sailing race has many points of contact with the business world. Think about preparation, big data, and cooperation. Under extreme circumstances, you are challenged enormously. It requires the necessary energy, control, and patience. You get to know each other’s weaknesses and strengths at lightning speed. Not only the race crew is important, but also the shore crew and the logistic team. In the preparation you check the assets, the route, and the tactics. You try to control all factors, but despite good preparation, unforeseen things can always happen that are out of your control. Although every team will sooner or later have to deal with setbacks, this does not always have to have a negative effect. Cooperation is crucial for making the right decisions as a team. Acknowledging and respecting each other’s lesser points to really achieve something together is how camaraderie is forged.

Keynote speaker

Stefan Buijsman
TU Delft

Stefan Buijsman (1995) is a philosopher of technology and works on the responsible use of Artificial Intelligence at TU Delft, where he co-founded the Delft Digital Ethics Center. Before joining Delft he was the youngest to obtain a Ph.D. in Dutch history (at 20) and author of books on mathematics and AI for a broad audience.

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Topic: Artificial Intelligence has a strong track record of offering excellent predictions in a wide range of tasks. What can we expect from the use of these new technologies to make projects more predictable? Their versatility and ability to incorporate large amounts of data are sure to bring serious benefits. But at the same time artificial intelligence, and in particular machine learning systems, can be unpredictable and opaque. This complicates their use and calls for a conscious engagement with new technologies to ensure responsible use and maximum value.

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Hans Bakker
TU Delft

Hans Bakker is full professor at TU Delft and holds the chair of Management of Engineering Projects sponsored by the NAP Netwerk, the knowledge network of the Dutch process industry. Hans received his PhD in Solid State Physics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1985). In the same year, he joined Shell Research as a research physicist and worked his whole career in the same company. After a few years in research, he further developed as a general manager. 

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He is the founding father of the Shell Project Academy. Finally, he reached the position of Vice President of contracting and procurement for projects. The common theme throughout his career is change management and project management through the involvement of people. In 2007 he was selected for the chair of Management of Engineering Projects at TU Delft (part-time). His inaugural address in 2008 had as title: “Management of Projects: a people process”. End 2014 Hans ended his Shell career to become full-time involved with project management at TU Delft. During the past years, Hans has supervised almost 200 Master’s students in their graduation and has supervised (and is supervising) 12 Ph.D. candidates in the field of project management and contracting.

Topic: “Learning from Projects”
For years projects are known to deliver late, above budget, and not always fulfilling the expectations of all involved. What do we have to do to improve the track record of our projects? The focus should not be on technology only, the focus should also not solely be placed on sticking to the standards. The focus should be placed on working together with all parties together from the earliest possible moment in the lifetime of a project. We should give much more credit to the knowledge and the skills of the people involved in the project and we should be brave enough to put the authority in the hands of the people who are actually working at the forefront. Early involvement and true integration are the keywords to improve the success and predictability of our future projects. What is essential in this approach is that everybody at least knows the basics of project management. In the words of Eisenhower in preparing for D-Day:” A plan is useless, but planning is indispensable”. Solutions should be found in managing the relationship instead of the contact, scaling the activities rather than skipping them, and stressing that the people are key for the realization of the project, today and tomorrow.

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Frank van Ewijk
Shell

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Guus Keusters
Dura Vermeer

As a practitioner in the field Guus Keusters have a full-time position as manager of the design department of Dura Vermeer Infra. He has more than 30 years of experience in infrastructure projects in the Netherlands. Guus has been involved in many integrated contracts. Some were successful, others were not. His fascination with factors that make these projects successful or not made him start a PhD research in 2018. His observation was that many project failures are rooted in the integrated design phase.

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Topic: Empathy at civil engineering projects
Civil engineering projects around the world have been underperforming for a long time. Meanwhile, the complexity of these projects is increasing, due to a growing need to integrate stakeholders’ interests and new disciplines. Given today’s challenges of sustainability, climate adaptation, urbanisation, mobility, and social inequality, this trend is expected to continue.

The crucial role of people’s competencies for project success is widely accepted in the literature. The evolution from technical to integrative challenges, affects the key competencies of project teams. Although research demonstrated the positive contribution of empathy to team performance and design processes in general, the effects of the levels of empathy of teams in civil engineering projects have not yet been studied.

This presentation will elaborate on a PhD study on the effects of empathy of project teams on the performance of civil engineering projects in The Netherlands. Remarkable results of an extensive empathy measure will be presented, as well as the preliminary insights into the effects on project success. 

Speaker

Alexia Nalewaik
American University

Alexia has 30 years’ global experience in construction cost management, based in the United States. Having started her career in estimating and project controls at KTI Corporation (now TechnipFMC), she transitioned to valuation and real estate roles at Deloitte, and risk management at Faithful+Gould, then spent 17 years as an external auditor.

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She has recently returned to her “roots” in estimating and project controls, at AUI. Alexia has published several technical books, and is on the editorial board for the journal Project Management Research & Practice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics, master’s degree in Civil (Structural) Engineering, and PhD in Strategy, Project, and Programme Management. Alexia is a Fellow of the RICS, AACE International, ICEC, and the Guild of Project Controls. She was previously Chair of ICEC and President of AACE International.

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Eugene Seah
Surbana Technologies

Eugene Seah is highly experienced in Quantity Surveying and often injects sustainability value management and green approaches into his work to achieve to project efficiency. He is a Green Mark professional and is knowledgeable in sustainable buildings. He is also an Accredited Adjudicator under Singapore Mediation Centre and a registered Mediator in the Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers.

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Topic: BIM for Sustainability

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Joop Schefferlie
President IPMA

Joop Schefferlie is President of IPMA  since January 2021 and member of the Executive Board of IPMA since 2017. Joop is director of IPMA Certification B.V. He has over 20 years of experience in building and changing complex organizations up to over 800 employees based on a clear vision and objective. His passion is to develop and improve project management. 

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Joop is a decisive and result-oriented entrepreneur with a focus on the future and possible improvements. Realizes complex changes, recognizes opportunities and is able to steer others in such a way that a translation is made from vision to reality. Strong in starting projects in which the intended purpose of the change, expertise and professional development are central. Communicates honestly and to the point, is independent and has preponderance. He is in his element when structures or procedures need to be put in place or critical comments need to be made. 

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Daniela Pedrini
President S.I.A.I.S. and IFHE

Engineer Daniela Pedrini lives in Modena (Italy) where she earned Classical High School diploma, bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Bologna. She has a long career in the health sector, with important roles in the management of technical aspects of the hospital. Director of the Technical Department and Planning, Development and Investments until 2021 and now Director of Asset Management of the Hospital-University Sant’Orsola Polyclinic, one of the major hospitals in Italy, and Health Authority of Bologna.

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She has directed a multimillion PFI contract for the total renovation of the hospital’s energy production.  

She is an Expert in Economic Engineering (AICE / ICEC certificate – International Cost Engineering Council n. 60). Project Manager of complex procedures for renovations and new hospital constructions, she is certified by CERTing, the National Agency for the Certification of Competence for Engineers, Certificate number MOB-4621-IT21 Advanced – “Expert Building Systems Engineer, specializing in Project Management and Hospital Construction Processes”. 

She is Project Manager certified PMP® by PMI (n. 3200285), ISIPM-base, ISIPM-Av® and AICQ SICEV (Project Manager UNI 11648 n.0403). 

She has served as speaker in many conferences in Italy and abroad. She teaches in many healthcare engineering courses and university masters.  

Co-founder and present President of “Italian Society for Healthcare Engineering and Architecture (S.I.A.I.S.)”, President of IFHE (International Federation of Healthcare Engineering) and Past-President of IFHE-EU. She has been honored with a medal of the Italian Republic Order of Merit. 

 

Speaker

Dave Monswhite
Global Lead – Cost Management Data,Turner & Townsend

Dave is a Project Director at Turner & Townsend where his focus is collating and using cost and programme data to improve client outcomes and certainty.

In this role, Dave is responsible for integration of cost and performance data with both inhouse and third party applications to help predict project outcomes – particularly early stage baselining and parametric modelling for cost and risk. He has worked on the delivery of major projects and programmes, including High Speed 2 and Shell Prelude FNLG.

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Dave is a member of the RICS and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Meet the speaker

Dutch architect Winy Maas

‘We humans share a responsibility to contribute to keeping the world habitable’ says world-renowned Dutch architect Winy Maas in an interview given especially for the ICEC World Congress 2022. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on host city Rotterdam, the ‘second reconstruction’, and his green mission. All these topics will tie in with his presentation during the conference where he will talk about his vision for the city of the future, with a view to densification, greenery, and sustainability. The Future City: What’s Next?

You can read the full interview here.