Meet our regional leads. Not sure who to contact? Use these links.
Regional Supporters Tasks:
- Spread the message
- Support WIB at events in their region to grow the numbers.
- Act as go to people to support Women in BIM in their region
Australia – Rebecca De Cicco
Ireland – Louise Kelly
New Zealand – Melanie Tristram
A knowledge-leader in BIM implementation and development in New Zealand, Mel was instrumental in rolling out practice-wide adoption of BIM specialist modelling software, Revit, to Jasmax in 2005; enabling Jasmax to be one of the earliest adopters of this application in the country.
Mel continues to advance Jasmax’s application of BIM in our projects, developing individual strategic plans for our clients, and sourcing additional tools to enhance and aid collaboration with our consultant partners. Both of which contribute to the overall efficiency of documentation output and ultimately streamline project delivery to be on time and on budget. Mel has a clear vision of the value of BIM and its application in project delivery. Her passion and determination for advancing the technology in New Zealand’s design and construction industry has led her to a vital contributor towards the development of the ANZRS (Australian New Zealand Revit Standards) and the New Zealand BIM Handbook – the guiding principle documentation for the country.
Texas – Marie Williams
Marie works remotely with her clients across the United States and is currently living in Texas. As a Freelance BIM Consultant specialized in implementation, her experiences grant her a unique insight into Building Information Modeling and the increasing demand for skilled BIM professionals in the AEC Industry. Marie is ready to see a sustained increase of women in senior level positions, and even more determined to see young women joining the industry.
Seattle, Washington – Lana H. Gochenauer, LEED AP BD+C
Lana is an industry leading, trailblazer and advocate for virtual design & construction (VDC) to improve project collaboration and outcomes. She has worked on the design side, taught college courses, was a certified Autodesk trainer and had her own 3D coordination business. In 2011 she joined Lease Crutcher Lewis and leads the VDC team, sets company standards and personally executes modeling coordination for selected work. Since 2015 she has served as Vice-President for the Seattle Revit Users Group, one of the largest Revit users groups in the United States. She is also active on social media covering all things construction, AR/VR and VDC/BIM. @LanaGAEC
Columbus, Ohio – Tom Kunsman
Tom Kunsman is a structural designer with over 20 years’ experience. Tom has worked on high profile Revit projects during the last four years ranging from renovations to a major National Football League Stadium and renovations to a major Cleveland Ohio museum. Tom has donated time in the past to several high school programs that offer Revit/BIM curriculums. Tom currently works as a BIM Specialist for SMBH Structural Engineering in Columbus, Ohio.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Melissa Thiessens
Melissa is BIM Manager for GSBS Architects in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has worked on projects for clients ranging from higher education and commercial to hospitality and justice. She has taught classes in both AutoCAD and Revit at Salt Lake Community College, was a speaker at RCT in 2014, participated in Autodesk Inside the Factory events in Boston and Shanghai, and has sat on local college program advisory committees as well as being involved with the local RUG.
Canada – Susan Brattberg
Susan Brattberg is Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer of Global eTraining and is on the Board of Directors of CanBIM, the voice of Canada’s BIM community. Susan holds an Executive MBA and has a background in Organizational Dynamics with a focus on collaborative workplaces. She has been running organizations as an entrepreneur for over a decade with extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate training implementation and collaborating with industry partners from around the world to raise awareness of the benefits of education to develop and implement high in-demand training programs. Susan is a ‘BIM conference groupie’ and has attended, exhibited and presented at many BIM and technology related conferences across the globe. Susan is a strong supporter of ‘Women in BIM’ as she believes BIM will continue to progress by attracting and retaining more diverse groups of BIM champions to the industry.
Scotland – David Philp
David’s career spans over some 25 years where he has worked for some of the construction industry’s leading contractors and consultants. During this same time David gained an MSc in Property & Construction Management (Distinction) and University Medal winner as well as Virtual Design and Construction certification from Stanford University, California. He was seconded into the Cabinet Office as Head of BIM Implementation and has been part of the UK BIM Task Group helping UK Government realise their Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy. He is currently part of the UK Governments Digital Built Britain (DBB) team and also Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group through the Scottish Futures Trust delivering the BIM requirements of the Scottish Government. David is employed by AECOM the multinational engineering firm as Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director helping clients around the globe achieve better outcomes through digitised and innovative approaches to the asset life-cycle. In addition to being a Trustee, Fellow and Ambassador of the CIOB he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineering, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
A diverse workforce is key to innovation and it is important that we strive towards a gender-diverse built environment attracting the very best talent irrespective of gender. I am passionate about ensuring that our sector is appealing to all and Women In BIM is an important vehicle to making this happen – simply it is the right thing to do!