Carys Evans

Director Digital Twin Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Carys has worked in the Victorian public sector for over 15 years and has a track record of delivering innovative solutions to complex problems. She has a strong policy, collaboration and negotiation skills and a mindset to get things done. 

Building on a strong academic background – BSc (Hons.), BA and MEnvSci and private consulting experience, Carys’ work with government has spanned many areas from land use planning to legislative reform and the management of threatened species. Most recently, this has involved leading a talented team of technical specialists to deliver Victoria’s foundational spatial products and services in the Land Information and Spatial Services branch. 

Carys is now the Director of the Digital Twin Victoria program an innovative new pilot funded through the 2020/21 Victorian State Budget. The pilot program brings together digital twin technology, rich 3D and 4D spatial data, artificial intelligence and sensor data and more to visualise and model places virtually, before investments hit the ground.  

The trial will bring together a whole host of currently disparate spatial data to develop digital models of Victoria – making it easier to accurately assess and plan projects remotely. 

Takes part in

  • Digital Built World SummitView Full Event
  • 11:25 - 12:05

    Roundtable 6: Twins add value to assets – fact or fiction?

    By Mitch Medway Regional Digital Lead, Arcadis

    Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in moderated roundtables featuring experts to kick-start the conversations. They run for 30 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for sharing of each group’s feedback.

  • 11:25 - 12:05

    Roundtable 8: The digital brief – Ensuring effective agreement on the data gathering, data sharing and project controls

  • 11:25 - 12:05

    Roundtable 7: Ensuring effective BIM/GIS data integration for digital twin applications 

    Panellists include:
    Vlatka Varagic Manager, GIS ANZ, SMEC
    Andy Lovell Solution Engineering Team Lead – AEC, Esri - USA
    Alistair Fox Global Technology Lead for Geospatial Integration, Jacobs
    Moderated by:
    Prudence Lawrence Geospatial Manager, Australian Spatial Analytics
  • 11:25 - 12:05

    Roundtable 5: Data and decisions: Building the business case for a digital twin 

  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Roundtable 4: Is it true that digital twins drive sustainability and the circular economy at speed and scale? 

    By Jason Carr Market Leader – NSW, GHD Digital
  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Roundtable 3: Urban spatial digital twins – Sharing experiences of research, planning and development



  • 16:00 - 16:30

    Roundtable 2: Shaping the future of common data environment - Comparing BIM vs twin data needs and challenges 

  • 16:00 - 16:00

    Roundtable 1: Building the asset information model to support the adoption of a digital twin

  • 17:30 - 17:30

    EXPERT BRIEFING ASIA: The digital brief – Ensuring effective agreement on the data gathering, data sharing and project controls 

    Digital twins require a greater focus on data quality between project partners. The larger vision is that improved data quality for a digital twin creates more certainty for the recommendations or changes it provides to improve the construction or operation of a built asset. In this session, we discuss how partners should manage the data. 

  • 16:20 - 16:20

    Chair's Close and End of Summit

  • 16:50 - 17:30

    Panel discussion – Industry 4.0 sandboxes and the future of digital twins

    For our last panel we reflect upon where the digital twin strategy will take us based upon promising R&D and stronger ESG regulations. We also consider the evolving needs of asset managers in twinning and automating complex business and social systems within buildings, cities and civil infrastructure.  

    Panellists include:
    Anders Logg Professor of Computational Mathematics, Chalmers University of Technology and Director, Digital Twin Cities Centre - Sweden
    Souvik Barat Principle Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services Research - India
    Adam Davis Partner Design Systems Analyst, Foster and Partners - United Kingdom
    Ibrahim Atta-Apau Director, Digital Twin Lead, Atkins Acuity - UAE
    Moderated by:
    Andrew Harris Director Technical Futures & Engineering Excellence, Laing O'Rourke
  • 16:00 - 16:20

    The future of commercial property – Inside the smart building transformation

    Twinview is a browser-based Digital Twin platform for the property sector connecting building systems’ data to a 3D model viewed on a single dashboard. Earlier this year Twinview integrated with Great Portland Estates The Hickman – creating the most intelligent building in the world. We hear from the implementer and the client. 


  • 15:40 - 16:00

    Using a digital twin to manage a large university campus portfolio

    By Ulf Däversjö Director of Innovation and Sustainable Development, Akademiska Hus - Sweden

    Akademiska Hus is one of Sweden’s largest real estate companies. They build, develop and manage education assets located in places all over Sweden. Within their assets, 300,000 people study, research and work every day. They also use a digital twin to optimize the performance of their assets.  

  • 15:50 - 16:10

    Building a digital twin for the Auckland City Rail Link and the asset management objectives

    City Rail Link is the largest transport infrastructure project New Zealand has ever attempted, the first metro project the country has ever done, and with the most onerous mandated digital deliverables a New Zealand project has ever had.  

  • 15:30 - 15:50

    Developing a digital twin for the design and construction of Sydney’s new international airport

    The Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport terminal is a transformational infrastructure project of national significance, driving economic growth and providing thousands of job opportunities for the people of Western Sydney, while supporting Sydney’s growing aviation needs. We consider the advantages of using a twin and how it might also be used by the owners. 


  • 15:00 - 15:40

    Networking Break & Showcase Viewing 

  • 13:50 - 14:40

    Panel discussion – Digital twin user experiences to improve asset performance

    As the concept of a digital twin becomes clearer, the focus is shifting from exploring the technology to focusing on how to capture value from it across the asset lifecycle.  

    Panellists include:
    Col Ussher Head of Asset Transformation, Essential Energy
    Jackie Frost Asset Management Manager, Moreton Bay Regional Council
    Evan Quick Principal Engineer, Digital Engineering, Rail Projects Victoria
    Kudzai Mungate Principal Change & Innovation Consultant, Western Power
    Bart Brink Digital Director, VK Architects & Engineers - Netherlands
    Moderated by:
    Hyma Vulpala Digital solutions lead, Tonkin + Taylor
  • 14:40 - 15:00

    Digital twin project outcomes for water utility asset managers

    By Thomas Debruyne Head Of Digital Transformation - Asia Pacific, Veolia Water Technologies

    Industry studies and a vast portfolio of pan-sector examples show us the benefits of twins for enhanced performance, optimised usage, better predictions and better decision-making. But, the question remains – how will it generate benefit for your organisation specifically? This twinning case study outlines the key outcomes to date for a global leader in water management.  

  • 13:30 - 13:50

    Victoria’s digital assets – the Digital Build Program

    By Luke Belfield Victorian Chief Engineer, Office of Projects Victoria, Department of Treasury and Finance

    Projects are increasingly using internationally leading technologies and workflows to improve project delivery. To ensure this adoption is consistent and value-adding, projects are implementing best practice standards and requirements to ensure the high quality information created throughout delivery is unlocked and managed effectively in the asset management phase.  


  • 12:05 - 12:30

    Fireside chat: Digital innovators share their experiences of digital twins

    Panellists include:
    Derek Feebrey Chief Executive Officer, Trendspek
    Saibal D. Chowdhury CEO, Urbanetic - Singapore
    Moderated by:
    John Pozoglou Founder & CEO, FuturePlace

  • 12:00 - 13:00

    Networking Lunch & Showcase Viewing

  • 11:00 - 23:30

    Rotation 1: Twins add value to assets – fact or fiction?

  • 10:55 - 11:25

    Networking Break & Exhibition Viewing

  • 09:05 - 09:45

    Panel discussion – Innovation in the age of disruption - Bringing your business partner on the digital twin journey

    The use of digital twins to inform decision making and reporting is a key competitive advantageHow do you advise partners, clients or colleagues to adopt this strategy to improve their management of asset information and their digital transformation requirements? What are their key objections towards the adoption of the strategy?  

    Panellists include:
    Sam Harley Managing Principal, Digital Enablement, Aurecon
    Theresa Wells Market Leader Digital APAC, GHD - New Zealand
    John Turner CEO, Gafcon Digital Inc., and chair of the Infrastructure Working Group at the Digital Twin Consortium - USA
    Moderated by:
  • 09:45 - 10:10

    Fireside chat: Transforming real-life spaces into immersive digital twin models

    Digital twin technology enables transparency and comprehensive information about buildings and has helped industries like real estate, hospitality, construction, and insurance simplify how they work and connect with customers and vendors.

  • 09:00 - 09:30

    EXPERT BRIEFING AUSTRALIA: The digital brief – Ensuring effective agreement on the data gathering, data sharing and project controls

    Digital twins require a greater focus on data quality between project partners. The end vision is that improved data quality for a digital twin creates more certainty for the recommendations or changes it provides to improve the construction or operation of a built asset. In this session, we discuss how partners should manage the data. 

    Panellists include:
    Andrew Curthoys Digital Relationship Manager, Information Managem, Chair, Australasian BIM Advisory Boardent & Technology, Cross River Rail
    Josh Symonds APAC Data Leader, Advanced Digital Engineering, Arup
    Angelo Fiumara Digital Asset Integration Manager, Essential Energy
    Eric Bugeja Chairperson, buildingSMART Australasia, and Executive Member, Australasian BIM Advisory Board
    Moderated by:
    Jenny Tseng Principal Digital Advisory, Mott MacDonald
  • 09:00 - 09:05

    Chair’s welcome

    By Cristina Savian CEO and Founder, BE-WISE

  • 17:30 - 17:30

    Chair’s closing remarks & networking reception

  • 16:50 - 17:30

    Panel discussion – Digital twin transformation journeys – from a construction tool to a sustainable service platform and beyond

    Behind the hype, and the data management challenges, digital twins offer real value to AECs and asset owners. In this panel, we explore what it means to use digital twins as a digital and business transformation strategy and what this new framework means for BIM practitioners. 

    Panellists include:
    Raj Thampuran MD, Technology and Research, Surbana Jurong - Singapore
    David McKee CEO, Slingshot and Co-Chair, Digital Twin Consortium - UK
    Simon Evans Digital Twin Leader, Arup, and Chair of the Gemini Call at the National Digital Twin Programme - UK
    Paul Mullett Group Director, Engineering & Technology, Robert Bird Group - UAE
    William Harris Business Development Director - APAC, Asite
    Moderated by:
    Nicolas Waern CEO and Digital Twin Evangelist, WINNIIO - Sweden
  • 16:30 - 16:50

    Key lessons from the National Digital Twin Programme for the United Kingdom

    By Mark Enzer OBE Global CTO, Mott MacDonald, and Head National Digital Twin Programme, Centre for Digital Built Britain - UK

    The National Digital Twin programme (NDTp) is run by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, a partnership between the University of Cambridge and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  


  • 16:30 - 16:45

    We take a short break for the hotel to reset the room. Meanwhile we host a networking activity with a prize draw.


    Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in moderated roundtables featuring experts to kick-start the conversations. They run for 30 minutes with 10 minutes reserved for sharing of each group’s feedback.

  • 15:30 - 16:00

    Networking break and exhibition viewing

  • 15:10 - 15:30

    Empowering stakeholders to collaborate at every phase of the building process

    From five dimensional building information modeling (BIM 5D) to AI-driven scheduling, drone quantity trackers, human safety trackers, or AR-assisted wearables, the future is here, or at least within our reach. Yet to capture its benefits, project teams have to get integrated and change their behaviours. In this presentation you will hear why owners must lead the cultural change and pursue a rolling digital collaboration program with their supply chains to develop, implement and capture the increasing benefit of digital across their project portfolio.

    Hosted by OpenSpace*

  • 14:30 - 15:10

    Panel discussion:  Cost vs value - Investing in a scalable, resilient and secure digital foundation for the future of the built asset business

    Digital transformation for the built asset world has been slow to develop. Hesitation in investing large amounts of funds is a valid and understandable concern.  The panel shares what they see as the future of built asset transformation and what role the digital twin framework has in built world construction and asset management.  

    Panellists include:
    Matthew Gallaugher Director of Technology, WSP
    Thomas Hyde CDO, Beca - New Zealand
    Hester De Wet Technical Director, Energy, Aurecon
    Moderated by:
    Swain Johnson RIB MTWO Construction Cloud Sales Director, SoftwareONE
  • 13:40 - 14:00

    Digital twin ecosystems and partnership to deliver performance at scale

    Digital twins, smart cities, and other forms of innovation can only be efficiently deployed if the underlying BIM data is coherent across buildings, cities and regions. But creating a system to encourage data exchange is meaningless without an environment in which it can succeed. In this session you will get insights into how to develop an interconnected ecosystem built around an open platform in which data flows freely. 


  • 13:10 - 14:10

    Networking lunch and exhibition viewing 

  • 12:15 - 12:55

    Panel: Spatial digital twins – Forging digital partnerships to support sustainable cities and communities

    Spatial digital twin proof-of-concepts are being rolled out in APAC cities. The developers imagine a series of connected urban digital twins sharing data to boost infrastructure performance on issues including climate change. Our panel gives us an insight on how the system will work and will speculate on the impact of 5G.

    Panellists include:
    Damien Cutcliffe Director of Business Development and Growth, Digital, WSP
    Rory Brown Director, Smart Places Programs, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
    Mark Chapman Executive - Integrated Enterprise Products, Telstra
    Brett Dixon Infrastructure Group Lead - Asia Pacific, Esri
    Nikolaas Kostraby BIM and Digital Lead - Snowy 2.0, Snowy Hydro
    Moderated by:
    Cristina Savian CEO and Founder, BE-WISE
  • 11:50 - 12:15

    Creating a uniquely crafted, robust Digital Twin that drives collaboration and unlocks vital insights across the asset lifecycle

    By Rob Kennedy Global Head of Digital Twin - Full Asset Lifecycle, Wood

    We have honed our expertise building digital twins in the energy sector, where highly complex assets, soaring capital expenditure and lengthy operating phases demand a value-driven, full asset lifecycle approach. In this presentation we will share our approach and how we translated this know-how into the built environment, by focusing on ‘right-to-left thinking’ to reflect operational requirements into project delivery – building the operating digital twin alongside the physical asset

  • 11:30 - 11:50

    KEYNOTE: Digital twin ecosystems - Build it open and build it together

    By Carys Evans Director Digital Twin Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

    The power of digital twins is that they can bring together location-based intelligence, 3D technology, building information models, digital engineering and real-time sensor data into the one place. Digital twins provide a unique opportunity to break down data silos and create a shared digital ecosystem for government, industry and the community to collaborate through open data, technology and algorithms to visualise complex problems and enhance real-world outcomes. 

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