General Contractors Committee

 

General Contractors Steering Committee

Tanner Clark, Committee Chair

Director, BIM/VDC Construction Services, Stuart Olson Construction

Tanner has more than twenty years of experience in the development and application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design andConstruction (VDC) methods. Tanner possess a rare combination of skills and knowledge. In a built industry filled with constructors, designers and managers, Tanner slides seamlessly from one role to the next as he has practical construction experience, an exceptional mastery of the leading design software tools, and experience constructing facilities and infrastructure both virtually and physically.

Yuri Bartzis, Committee Co-Chair

Virtual Design and Construction Manager, Pomerleau

Yuri Bartzis is the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Regional Manager at Pomerleau. Yuri has worked in the construction industry for 16 years, starting his career in residential construction where he gained valuable insight and skills by exploring various trades. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa, Yuri’s accumulated knowledge about the construction industry led him to become a Construction Coordinator. He worked on large design-build industrial projects across Canada. On these projects Yuri utilised BIM collaboration as a project management tool to improve planning, designing and construction of complex infrastructures. Over the next several years, he repeatedly applied BIM and virtual construction methodologies to several projects valued between $20M and $120M in both the Heavy Civil and Buildings
Departments as a Virtual Construction Manager leading a team of BIM professionals. Yuri’s current role as VDC Regional Manager is within Pomerleau’s Canadian Buildings Operations division. This role unites BIM planning and implementation for the Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary offices. Yuri works closely with the Innovation Operations Committee, which explores new technologies that will have an impact on the construction industry. This Committee also pilots research projects aimed at developing new construction methods at worksites.

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Dorin Nita

Technical Services Manager, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd.

Dorin Nita, P.Eng, has over 20 years of international experience in the construction industry working in Europe, Middle East, and Canada. He is the Technical Service Manager for Kenaidan Contracting Ltd., a member of the Obayashi global family of companies based in Tokyo, Japan.  Dorin has been with Kenaidan since 2000, and has been involved in a variety of different projects from the Energy, Transportation, Institutional, and Waste Water sectors, having combined experience in both the field and management. In 2004, Dorin successfully utilized 3D technologies during the planning and execution of R.C. Harris WTP Expansion project. In his current role, Dorin is managing the field engineering and surveyors group and oversees the implementation and adoption of BIM technologies in construction.  Parallel with BIM implementation, Dorin has been involved in developing knowledge in the area of CIM – Construction Information Modeling specific to infrastructure projects. His focus is to improve existing construction processes (estimating, planning, cost control, layout, quality control and coordination) through the use of advanced technologies.

Daniel Doherty

VDC Modeling Manager, PCL Construction Management Inc.

Daniel is Manager of Virtual Construction at PCL in Edmonton, AB. He has over 15 years of experience in the AEC industry, starting as a construction labourer and later as an Architectural Technologist. Now as VC Manager at PCL, Daniel seeks to improve design and construction processes using technology. Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management, a Certification of Management in BIM (CM BIM), is a certified engineering technologist (CET) and is continually looking for new ways to add value using virtual construction.

Anup Aravind

Committee Secretary, Civil Engineer

Anup is a Graduate Civil Engineer from Calicut University, India with more than 13 years of experience in construction Industry. He is currently working in Sustainability & Environmental domain in the middle-east. He is PMP® Certified & GSAS CGP Practitioner in addition to LEED® AP (BD+C) with hands on project experience in India & Middle East. He is interested in integrating BIM with Design to be able practice it in his future professional endeavours.

Dragan Marinkovic

BIM Manager, CANA Construction Ltd.

As a BIM Manager at CANA Construction, I have been working on number of projects -  creating 3D models (Structural, Architectural and MEP) as well as developing procedures and manuals in order to merge Virtual Construction with Traditional Construction. My vision is standardization of BIM, so our Virtual Language can be understood throughout Canada.

Siddhika Bavdekar

BIM Technologist, Eastern Construction

Siddhika is a virtual constructor and BIM strategist at Eastern Construction, developing methodologies for BIM implementation from the outset of design through to construction with a particular emphasis on the successful resolution of BIM complexities. Siddhika offers twelve years of related work experience, collaborating with architectural design firms both in Canada and abroad where she participated in the design of large-scale commercial, retail, and hospitality facilities. Siddhika couples a BIM Management Certification from George Brown College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from University of Mumbai and is CanBIM Level P2 certified. As a BIM Technologist with Eastern Construction, Siddhika is currently assigned to the Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex and Student Residence, a $130M construction management project with Ryerson University.  Siddhika is stationed on-site at Ryerson where she is an active team member collaborating with Eastern’s project managers, superintendents, and project coordinators.  In addition to her work at Ryerson, Siddhika is managing the development of the LOD 500 model for the $130M TTC McNicoll Bus Garage design-build project. 

Julian Plant

Systems and Controls Manager, Tucker HiRise

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Katherine Kirwan

VDC Manager, Turner Construction Company

As the lead VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) Manager for Turner Construction Company in Canada, Kate Kirwan manages the VDC Services Group - Canada. Her international experience in the AEC industry began in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked as a conservation architect for the Irish government before moving to Canada in 2010. Kate’s experience encompasses various construction types including complex new build programs, renovations and highly technical M&E builds where she provides real-time modeling services for ongoing construction projects.

Leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM), Kate uses 3D models for logistics planning, review of constructability issues, and schedule visualization to assist in improved early decision-making, collaboration, and coordination. She leads and documents Turner’s 3D virtual trade coordination to resolve issues early in the construction process.

Kate works to promote BIM use throughout the AEC industry, and has collaborated with and presented to numerous consultant groups in BC, as well as to organizations such as BIMBC and LCI - Canada. She also works closely with courses at BCIT and with the Green Bricks Education Society. Kate has served as the Director of Programs for Canadian Construction Women, a Vancouver-based non-profit, since 2014, helping to facilitate opportunities for support, mentoring, networking and community involvement in the local AEC industry.

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