As the Director of Lean Strategy at Consigli, Cynthia is responsible for customizing the approach for Lean implementation on construction projects as well as within and across company departments. A proponent of Lean project delivery since 1997, Cynthia uses her expertise in product-process design integration to help teams improve project outcomes by efficiently using and enhancing team member capabilities as well as transforming complex design problems into ones that are easier to manage and construct.
Acting Chairman, responsible for the Group's business management. Founded Tidhar as a construction company in 1993 together with Arie Bachar. Thanks to their far-reaching vision, the company grew into what it is today – a global real estate group that initiates, develops and manages numerous projects in Israel and abroad. Gil Geva is also the manager of the real estate management course in Lahav Executive Education, Tel-Aviv University.
Born in 1964, married with five children.
University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Ballard is Research Director of the Project Production Systems Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been teaching and doing research at Berkeley since 1989. His principle research interest is adapting lean production theory from manufacturing to project management practice. To that end, he has developed a model for lean delivery of projects, the Lean Project Delivery System; the Last Planner System, a methodology for planning and control; and Target Value Design, a methodology adapted from product development, for determining customer value and conditions of satisfaction, and steering design and construction to the delivery of value within customer conditions of satisfaction.
Dr. Ballard has worked as a manager, trainer and consultant with numerous organizations ranging from construction and engineering firms to public utilities to international oil and gas companies. These organizations include: Aera Energy, BAA, Bechtel Corp., Boldt Construction, BNIM Associates, Brown & Root, Caltrans, Ford Motor Co., HGA, Jacobs Engineering, Petroleos de Venezuela, Pacific Gas & Electric, Skanska, Sutter Health and Woodside Energy.
Dr. Ballard co-founded the International Group for Lean Construction in 1993 and the Lean Construction Institute in 1997; both dedicated to applying Lean theory, principles and techniques to designing and constructing the built environment.
Worldwide Director of Construction Business Development. Autodesk, Inc.
Kenneth H. Stowe, P. E. is a construction technology expert, development strategist, and project systems coach at Autodesk, Inc. With 25 years of experience in construction management and project control on projects as large as $1.4 Billion, eleven years in BIM and cloud software, experience in 21 countries, and contributions to four books, Stowe leads a team at Autodesk responsible for construction business development and strategy initiatives worldwide.
With time-tested conviction in the benefits of BIM, Lean principles, performance measurement and teamwork, Stowe and his team create a unique partnership between Autodesk’s product development and industry leaders in the worldwide construction community. Together, they leverage research and pursue the synergy of technologies and construction science for measurably better decisions, planning, construction execution and facility performance.
For many construction professionals in the U.S., Canada, UK, China, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Argentina, and other countries, Stowe is a vital trusted advisor supporting their decisions as they invest in tools, process improvements, and metrics.
As an Industry Manager for Construction at Autodesk Laurie is responsible for defining the short-term strategy for Autodesk’s construction business, and driving initiatives to support that business. In her 11th year in the AEC Industry, Laurie developed her practical construction and project management skills while working for large commercial general contractor. Laurie became involved with the lean community while obtaining her Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley, and continues to collaborate with the community to drive continuous improvement in construction project delivery.
Leif has been involved with the development of BIM and GeoSpatial related software since 1979, when he joined Tekla as Programmer, then IT Manager, Sales Representative, Senior Consultant, Technology Director and Director for both Public Infra and
Energy/Utilities Business Areas.
He has also worked as Managing Director for the Swedish Subsidiary and been responsible for Tekla’s construction industry business in the Nordic and the Baltic countries.
Currently Leif is Trimle's Best Practice Lead for partnerships with standards organizations and represents Trimble in buildingSMART, OGC, ISO, CEN and others. His task is to promote and advocate application of open standards both within Trimble and in the general market and to participate in developing open standards.
Architect and planner, and with almost 20 years of experience working and managing design and construction projects, Dr. Luciana Burdi is the Deputy Director for Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs for the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport).
In her role, Dr. Burdi is leading the shift of Capital Programs towards a more innovative, progressive, BIM and Design Technology-driven department. By adopting Lean and Lean Construction principles and concepts, she is also committed to create a culture of continuous improvement focusing on maximizing the value for our customers, improving quality outcomes, while reducing non-value-added activities. She was instrumental in implementing an employee engagement program in the department which received Authority-wide recognition and still exists today. Prior to joining Massport, she held several positions at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dr. Burdi is a member of the CMAA National Board of Directors, the Chair of the CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) Emerging Technologies Committee. In October 2015, she received the CMAA National Award in New Technologies techniques in CM for advancing the use of valuable new technologies in construction management.
She received her Doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, she was a SPURS Fellow (Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies) at MIT and she holds a Master's Degree from the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Venice Italy.
Dr. Burdi is highly involved in the Italian-American community. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children.
Menno de Jonge
Royal BAM Group
Menno de Jonge (1961) holds a Bachelor degree in Civil engineer and finished his Master in Building engineering at the University of Eindhoven. He has 27 years of experience in the construction sector, of which 25 years in different functions on the interface of IT and Construction, in the Dutch construction company Ballast Nedam. After working with Autodesk fort wo years, Menno is appointed as Director Digital Construction at Royal BAM Group, on October 1st of last year.
Menno is also active as Board Member in ENCORD and is Chairman of the Board of buildingSMART Benelux.
Aalto University School of Engineering
Olli Seppänen is a Professor of Practice at the Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering. His field of expertise as a professor is operations management in construction. His research interests include real-time production control, location based management systems, prefabrication / modular construction, construction logistics and digitalized construction operations.
Before joining academia, Olli co-founded and successfully exited three construction management software start-ups Dynamic System Solutions LLC (Finland, sold to Graphisoft), DynaRoad Ltd (Finland, sold to Topcon) and Vico Software Inc. (USA, sold to Trimble). After acquisition of Vico Software by Trimble in 2012, Olli worked as Director of VDC Services and managed a services organization delivering Virtual Design & Construction deliverables to hundreds of companies worldwide.
Olli has written the textbook Location-Based Management System for Construction with Professor Russell Kenley. He has been an active member of the International Group of Lean Construction, and was the chair of the Academic Committee of the conference in 2015.
Olli graduated as a Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) from the Helsinki School of Economics in 2001 and earned the degree of Doctor of Science (Technology) in the field of construction management and economics from Helsinki University of Technology in 2009. The topic of his doctoral thesis, with distinction, was Empirical research on the success of production control in building construction projects.
Mr. Otto Alhava is the Chief Technical Officer at Fira Ltd., an innovative Finnish growth company operating in the construction industry. The company believes in applying platform to the core of their business model and Fira has invested heavily in implementing Lean digitally to their business processes. Fira is the forerunner of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) in Finland and it continuously launches new concepts and startups to the market. Co-creation of value is mainstream in Fira and one of the co-working innovations from Fira is the Intensive Big Room (IBR) concept, which has already been awarded in a BIM competition. Alhava has been working with business process development and Lean for fifteen years in different business areas including telecommunications, software development, outsourcing, and construction.
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Rafael Sacks is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He is the Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and served as Head of Structural Engineering and Construction Management from 2012-2015.
Rafael's research focuses on the synergies of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction.
Recent work at the Seskin Virtual Construction Lab at the Technion, which he leads, has included development of BIM-enabled lean production control systems; semantic enrichment of BIM models using machine-learning and rule-processing, with application to BIM interoperability, model acquisition from point-cloud data, and code-compliance checking; BIM systems for earthquake search, rescue and recovery; and design for safety.
He is a co-author of the "BIM Handbook", currently in its 3rd edition, and the lead author of a new book on Lean and BIM implementation in construction, "Building Lean, Building BIM: Changing Construction the Tidhar Way". He has a rich record of journal publications and was awarded the ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize for research in construction management in 2016.
Head of Virtual Design and Construction, Construction, Skanska Norway
Roar studied Lean in the US and Norway and has worked as a BIM Coordinator and Regional Manager of Lean Construction in Skanska Norway. He is passionate about how Lean and BIM can be integrated in practice both in hos work and research. He is a board member of Lean Construction Norway and committee member of DKT, one of Norway’s biggest BIM conferences. Roar thinks academia and industry has much to offer one another, and is a master thesis advisor and sensor, as well as being a regular guest lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Civil engineering and system analysis. Lean and BIM Research and development. Tidhar Group LTD, Israel.
Ronen Barak is Research & Development manager in Tidhar group LTD which is one of the leading developing and construction companies in Israel. He is a Lean construction and BIM specialist developing and implementing methods, tools and techniques throughout the organization. He started his BIM and Lean journey in the academia on 2004 in the Technion, Israel technology institute, as part of a research team led by Prop. Raphael Sacks. The team researched BIM productivities issues for structural engineering. During 2007-2009, Ronen was a member in the RC-BIM consortium in North America, a group of leading AEC companies, hosted by Tekla and facilitated by Georgia Tech and the Technion. The consortium aimed to develop BIM solutions for reinforced cast-in-place concrete projects and eventually it became Ronen's master thesis. In the years following, Ronen took part in developing the KanBIM system, a production management system based on BIM models and Lean principles. Ronen helped developing the first BIM course in the Technion and was teaching it since 2006.
In 2011 Ronen's joined Tidhar and since then he is developing its BIM department and implementing Lean methodologies at the company work face. As part of his job, Ronen implemented the Last Planner ™ system in all of Tidhar's projects as part of mentoring the workface to develop constant improvement culture. Throughout the years, Ronen led the company's Lean Boot-camps, several VSM in deferent departments and many other improvement team.
Ronen established Tidhar's BIM operation, starting from the organizational infrastructures, training both the company employees and business partners and eventually implementing BIM technologies and processes in various departments (Design, sales, customer services, budget and more).
Ronen is a co-author of a new book on Lean and BIM implementation in construction, "Building Lean, Building BIM: Changing Construction the Tidhar Way".
Director of Strategy, HR and HSE at Veidekke. Veidekke is a Scandinavian construction and real-estate-development company. Also Professor II at the University of Agder, Norway. Has worked with Lean Construction related topics and been a member of IGLC for the last 15 years.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
Dr. Yiannis Xenidis received at 2006 his PhD from the department of Civil Engineering in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) wherefrom he had, previously, graduated at 1998. His doctoral thesis was on: “Risk Analysis of Build-Operate-Transfer projects with the Use of Fuzzy Logic”.
He has taught at the department of Spatial Planning and Development in AUTH during 2005 – 2008, while, currently, he is a faculty member (Assistant Professor) at the department of Civil Engineering in AUTH and he is a tutor/advisor at the school of Science and Technology in the Hellenic Open University. He is the author of several peer reviewed papers in scientific journals and conferences and he has contributed, upon invitation, with book chapters to several publications. He has participated as member of the scientific committee and session chair at several scientific conferences and he acted as co-chair for the CITC-8 Conference. He is, also, a reviewer at several scientific journals and conferences and an evaluator of research proposals, while he is participating as an expert, upon invitation, in several research studies worldwide. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Society of Risk Analysis (SRA), and the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (iaLcce). He has a professional experience as a constructor of public works and private projects and as a consultant of civil engineering projects for three and 16 years, respectively.
His current research interests and teaching activities include: Resilient Systems, Disaster Risk Management for Critical Infrastructure, Risk Analysis and Decision-Making Theory, Infrastructure Investments and Development, Cost and Schedule Management in Civil Engineering Works, Project Management, Construction Management, and Human Resources Management.