Richard Ferris

Chief Technology Officer, AsBuilt

Richard is the Chief Technology and Product Officer at asBuilt, a New Zealand based Technology Company developing and promoting a platform that is using spacial intelligence to improve the way the Construction industry manages and executes the generation of buildings and infrastructure. 

Prior to this role, Richard co-founded a corporate startup to use digital twin technology in the architecture, engineering, construction and operation (AECO) value chain. This resulted in developing a software product together with a system for industrialisation. 

Before entering the world of start-ups and scale-ups, Richard was a senior leader (Group Chief Technology Officer, Head of Strategy & Architecture) at Lend Lease Group responsible for strategy, selection, delivering and evaluating all technology used by Lend Lease globally which encompasses the leadership of the following functions: IT Strategy & Architecture, Finance, Commercial, Risk & Procurement, Strategic Sourcing / Vendor Management , Risk & Security, PMO & Strategic Planning, Organisational Design, and Business Analysis 

 With a masters in Computer Science, a software developer by training, I understand Technology through the years, learnt on how to apply transformation into complex environments across large enterprises, influencing massive projects, and responding to challenging customers and now enjoy using that experience successfully within startup and scale up initiatives. 

I have deep project and program delivery experience and a proven track record of meeting targets, plus I carry great range of interpersonal skills which sees me comfortable within the board room at C level, to engineers and designers in the tech world, and on construction sites where the real work happens. 

I combine both delivery and technology skills with strategic and innovative thinking with honest and trustworthy approach to leading teams. 

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
  • 11:00 - 23:30

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

  • PropTech NEXT SummitView Full Event
  • 14:15 - 14:45

    International Keynote Fireside Chat II: Proptech Innovation: Uncovering the secrets to seeding greatness in Proptechs globally

    Divya Pall is Head of Innovation for Hines India and part of the global Innovation Team. Divya is tasked with identifying, developing and scaling Proptechs for Hines and their portfolio of property assets valued in excess of US$160 Billion across 240 cities in 27 countries globally. In the past year Divya has evaluated over 100 Proptechs, piloted 18 and rolled out 6 into their portfolio. In this session we examine what they look for in a Proptech, how they identify, scale and incorporate them across their mega portfolio of real estate assets globally. 

    • How Hines identifies and develops the highest potential, biggest impact start-ups
    • What are the most promising tech plays and sectors today?
    • Where are Hines looking for start-ups globally?
    • How will tech transform all real estate sectors?
    • What’s NEXT for the property industry and Proptechs globally?
    Guest include:
    Divya Pall General Manager – Innovations, Hines India
  • 09:30 - 10:10

    Tech Transformation Leaders Panel: Australia Under the Spotlight - How are Australian building owners, operators and developers finding, adopting and investing in Proptech?

    In this session we look at how Proptech and Contech use has grown exponentially in Australia and why CIOs now need Proptech more than ever. This session will examine:

    • The state of collaboration and innovation in the Australian Proptech sector
    • Australian market dynamics in focus: growth, capital investment, and innovation in real estate and the drive to enhance sustainability
    • What technologies are on the rise across the different asset sectors in Australia and across the broader APAC region?
    • What’s needed to drive adoption of Proptech within the built world to the next level?
    Panellists include:
    Sharmila Tsourdalakis Chief Innovation Marketing and Technology Officer, Stockland
    Alex Fuerschke Head of Building Technology, Dexus Property Group
    Sheridan Ware Chief Information and Technology Officer, Charter Hall
    Richard Ferris Chief Technology Officer, AsBuilt
    Moderated by:
    Luke Dixon Head of Real Estate Research, AMP Capital

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