The 2013 Be Inspired Awards Jurors

This year’s independent jury ranges from industry and discipline experts, editors, and publishers to previous award winners and other Bentley software users. Representing independent experts from around the world in various fields of infrastructure, this well-rounded group has volunteered wisdom, critical assessment, and enthusiasm for the difficult task of choosing the best among the best.

Antony Oliver
Editor, New Civil Engineer

Antony Oliver has edited New Civil Engineer (NCE), one of the best-read weekly magazines in construction, for 13 years. A chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, he spent six years working as a civil engineer with Owen Williams and Balfour Beatty before crossing over to journalism. He started at NCE as a junior reporter and has worked on all sections of the magazine, covering some of the biggest and most interesting stories in construction over the last 20 years. Oliver is dedicated to ensuring that NCE reflects the industry and is passionate about ensuring the next generation views the profession as a sound career option. He was named Business Magazine Editor of the Year 2008 by the Periodical Publishers Association and was shortlisted for the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards in 2008, 2009, and 2010.


Bernhard D. Valnion, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Göller Verlag GmbH

For more than 14 years, Dr. Bernhard Valnion has been editor-in-chief of special interest magazines reporting on enterprise and engineering IT. He is the founder of digitalPLANT business+engineering, a special insert of Economic Engineering magazine, reporting exclusively on IT strategies for plant industries. In 1998, Dr. Valnion finished his Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics at the University of Munich, Germany.


Daniel J. Belcher, P.E., P.S.
Design Services Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation

Dan Belcher is design services manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation and a licensed civil engineer (P.E.) and land surveyor (P.S.) for the state of Michigan, United States. His 24 years in consulting and state service spans construction inspection, surveying, photogrammetry, environmental, and civil engineering with an emphasis on information technology.


Dick Slansky
Senior Analyst PLM & Industry, ARC Advisory Group

Dick Slansky’s responsibilities at ARC include directing research and consultation in areas such as PLM, ALM, engineering design tools for both discrete and process industries, factory floor architecture, and manufacturing enterprise architecture. He also provides technical consulting services for discrete manufacturing end users in the aerospace, automotive, and other industrial verticals. Additionally, he focuses on engineering design tools for process, energy, and infrastructure. Slansky holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas and in computer science from Seattle Pacific University. He also holds a certificate in client/server project management from the University of Washington (Seattle).


Dorothy Davis Ballard
Senior Editor, PennWell Corporation

Dorothy Davis Ballard is content director for PennEnergy, a global energy research, news, and employment portal under the PennWell Corporation. She is responsible for the development and management of content for a suite of online and print products serving professionals in all sectors of the electric power and oil and gas industries. She lectures regularly and is a frequent editorial contributor for energy-focused custom publications and technical digests.


Geoff Weisenberger
Senior Editor, Modern Steel Construction

Geoff Weisenberger, LEED Green Associate, is the senior editor of Modern Steel Construction, the monthly magazine of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and has more than a decade of experience writing for and editing construction-related publications. He was previously AISC’s director of sustainability, where he handled all sustainability-related matters for the organization. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a minor in English, from the University of Iowa.


Gita Monshizadeh
CAD Manager, Banedanmark (Rail Net Denmark)

Gita Monshizadeh joined Banedanmark as CAD manager in January 2013 after 20 years with large consultant engineers Ramboll and Grontmij. She has been in charge of CAD and modeling works for several large-scale and multi-discipline infrastructure projects. She is an active member of the Danish initiative for defining common standards and requirements to ensure usage of data in the entire lifecycle of infrastructure and transportation projects.


Ilka May, Ph.D., CGeog (GIS)
Associate Director, Management Consulting, Arup

Ilka May studied geography at undergraduate level in Frankfurt, Germany. After completion of her master’s degree in physical geography and GIS in 1998, she worked as research assistant at the Technical University of Berlin, where she completed her doctorate in 2002. May joined Arup in London in 2007, where she is now an associate director. She heads up the spatial technologies team in London, which covers all aspects of GIS and BIM in the design and construction industry. Her project work includes a number of prestigious projects, such as the London Olympics, Crossrail, King’s Cross development, and recently HS2 and Fehmarnbelt Tunnel. May’s innovative spatial data management approach and implementation on Crossrail won an industry award in 2010. Since June 2012, May has been a member of the ICE Information System panel and the BIM activity group. She started a long-term assignment in Germany in September 2012, and was invited to join a BIM Task Force advising the German Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Design.


Jim Porter
CEO, Sustainable Operations Solutions, LLC

Jim Porter is founder and president of Sustainable Operations Solutions, which provides consulting services to help companies make significant and sustainable improvements in workplace safety, process safety management, capital effectiveness, and operations productivity. Previously, he served as chief engineer and vice president of engineering and operations with DuPont. Porter is a board member of governors for the Argonne National Laboratory, and serves on the board of directors of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. In addition, he has served as chair of the Construction Industry Institute and Delaware’s United Negro College Fund, and on the boards of FIATECH, the Mascaro Sustainability Initiative, and the Fieldbus Foundation. Porter is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering board of advisors and National Academy of Construction.


Judy B. Skeen, P.E.
Contractor, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Organizations (AASHTO)

Judy Skeen joined AASHTO as the AASHTOWare Bridge Software Project Manager in 2012 following a 30 year career with the Texas Department of Transportation, the last eighteen as Director of the Technology Services Division. She holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Her technical and management experience in the transportation field includes highway design, CAD, GIS, IT application development, IT infrastructure and operations, project development, and program management. She served as 2009 president of the Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) and is a member of the Texas Tech University Civil Engineering Academy.


Marius Basson
VP and Global Reliability Lead, CH2M HILL

Marius Basson has more than 25 years of experience leading and implementing business improvement and reliability programs. He has specialized in the application of reliability-centered maintenance (RCM2) and has adopted a methodical way of thinking. Basson has a strong track record of successful engagements with asset-intensive industries including mining, oil and gas, electric and water and wastewater utilities, chemical, nuclear waste processing and other process industries. He has extensive experience as a dynamic manager with a proven track record in large capital project management.

Basson offers a hands-on management style and detailed knowledge of underlying technologies with proven ability for meeting large-scale project deadlines and budgets.


Matt Ball
Founder and Editor, Vector1 Media

Matt Ball is the founder and editor of Vector1 Media, with publications Sensors & Systems, Informed Infrastructure, and Asian Surveying & Mapping. He has been promoting the application of sensors, systems, models and simulation for the better stewardship of our planet for the past 15 years. The first ten years of that span were as editor of GeoWorld magazine and show manager of the GeoTec event. He enjoys writing about the combination of sensors and software to revolutionize the construction and maintenance of infrastructure with an eye toward efficiency and performance.


Mo Harmon
Vice President, HNTB

Mo Harmon is a Vice President with HNTB’s Incubation Center, responsible for the deployment of design related technologies across HNTB. He is in his 25th year with HNTB, with the last 6 years focused on technologies and processes associated with the delivery of design build projects. He has also been very active in promoting the benefits of the 3/4D design process by presenting at various conferences, which includes HEEP, IHEEP, AGC, TRB, Bentley Regional, Bentley International, and various owners and contractors. He also participated, and chaired the Intergraph Civil Steering committee as well as being a member of the NCHRP- Transxml project and published as co-author in the TRB Journal (EAS-E). Mo is a graduate from Louisiana State University with a BS in Engineering Design Technology.


Monica Schnitger
President, Schnitger Corporation

Monica Schnitger is founder and president of Schnitger Corporation. She has been quoted in publications such as Automotive Design and Production, Business Week Online, Forbes, Information Week, Mechanical Engineering, Wards Auto World, and Washington Technology, and has appeared on American Public Media’s Marketplace. Schnitger has more than 25 years of experience in engineering and CAD/CAM and has held positions as a senior VP of market analysis at Daratech, in software development management at Computervision Corporation, and as an engineer at Bath Iron Works. She holds a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an honors M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin School of Management at Babson College.


Nam Trinh, P.E.
Senior Design Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Nam Trinh started his career in the utility industry with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in 2005 after spending several years with the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Forensic Services and Sacramento’s Regional Transit District. His passion and determination, along with his vision to utilize cutting-edge engineering and design tools resulted in PG&E’s adoption of Bentley Substation software, a project which won the 2012 Be Inspired Special Recognition Award. Nam Trinh received his bachelors of science in telecommunications and his masters of science in power engineering from California State University Sacramento. He is a member of IEEE and a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.


Paul Wilkinson
Director and Blogger, Ltd

Paul Wilkinson has been working in the construction industry, predominantly in marketing and public relations, since 1987, with some of the sector’s best-known names in professional services and information technology. He is also a leading authority on the use of construction collaboration technology platforms, Software-as-a-Service and related developments in fields such as BIM, mobile technologies and social media.


Peter Lennon
Director, Spatial Data and Mapping,Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland

For the past two and half years, Peter Lennon has been the International President of the International Map Industry Association (IMIA). Lennon has more than 35 years of experience in both government and private sectors, including extensive experience in the mapping and spatial information industry and in project management. He also has strong experience in the policy and information management area, developing information policy, strategy, processes and standards, and in reviewing corporate level information management issues. His roles in the private sector were in management consulting and project management services. He has consulted to the utilities, telecommunications, finance and gaming industries and to the Queensland government. Lennon is now a director in the spatial information business division of the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.


Randall (Rande) Robinson
Editor, TenLinks

Rande Robinson is a part-time blogger, tweeter, author, and journalist who during the day works for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as a technology support specialist advanced. He is currently responsible for the training, support, and implementation of the NCDOT’s CADD and engineering applications for the western half of North Carolina. Robinson has over 26 years of experience in information technology, construction, bridge and roadway engineering with two state departments of transportation and several community colleges. He has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology and has made multiple presentations over the past 20 years in the United States, Canada, and Eastern Europe on the subject of applying information technology in civil and highway engineering.


Sandy Guthrie
Editor, Construction Europe, KHL Group

Sandy Guthrie has been editor of Construction Europe since 2010. A journalist for nearly 40 years, he has edited business-to-business magazines for the United Kingdom and internationally. Construction Europe is part of the KHL Group, established in 1989, which is now the leading supplier of international construction information in the world.


Saša Tomić
Senior Professional Associate andHydraulic Modeling Practice Lead, HDR, Inc.

Dr. Saša Tomić is a senior professional associate and the hydraulic modeling practice lead for HDR, Inc., focusing on creating HDR sustainable modeling services program and the development and implementation of the quality control and quality assurance procedures for hydraulic modeling. He has been the technical advisor on hundreds of the most challenging design projects.

Tomić has more than 20 years of experience in water resources as well as 12 years in hydraulic modeling software development, including being the lead developer of Bentley’s WaterGEMS platform. Tomić attended the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering, a Master of Science degree in computer science, and a Ph.D. in stochastic hydrology. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in water resource engineering from the University in Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Sharifah Zaida-Nurlisha
General Manager of Project Management Services, MMC Oil and Gas Engineering Sdn Bhd

Sharifah Zaida-Nurlisha began her career as an instrument engineer before moving on to project management at MMC Oil and Gas Engineering. She has been involved in the oil and gas industry for 22 years in design positions ranging from conceptual, detailed, and construction to hookup and commissioning of onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities. Zaida-Nurlisha received her bachelors of Electrical and Electronics and an M.B.A. from Nottingham University, England.


Shunji Kusayanagi (Dr. Eng.)
Professor. Dr. Eng.Kochi University of Technology, Japan
Chairman of ICMFA

Dr.Shunji Kusayanagi is a Professor specialized in the international construction project management at Kochi University of Technology, Japan. He provides technical and educational lectures on international construction management, estimating, cost control, scheduling, productivity analysis, quality control, and quantitative analysis in contract administration to groups of engineers working in construction area.

Dr.Shunji Kusayanagi is a civil engineer with over 36 years of construction experience on domestic and international projects as construction and consulting engineer. He worked as vice president in JSCE in 2005.

Terrence O’Hanlon
CEO and Publisher, Uptime Magazine

Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP is the publisher of and Uptime Magazine. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and is the executive director of the Association for Maintenance Professionals (AMP) where he also heads the Asset Management group.   O’Hanlon is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association of Facilities Engineers, the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.  He is a voting member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO 55000 and the ASTM E53 Asset Management Standards Committee.  More recently, O’Hanlon has been selected as an asset management subject matter expert and the sole U.S. representation to ISO Working Group 39 to create a standard for competence in assessing and certifying asset management programs known as ISO 17021-5.


Wanda Lau, LEED AP
Senior Editor, Technology, Hanley Wood Business Media

As an award-winning senior editor at Washington, D.C.–based Hanley Wood, Wanda Lau covers technology and products for Architect, Residential Architect, EcoStructure, EcoHome, and Architectural Lighting magazines. With experience on construction sites and design offices since her college years, she has held a range of technical and nontechnical positions in architecture and engineering firms. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering with high honor from Michigan State University, an S.M. in building technology from MIT, where she was a Presidential Fellow, and an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University, where she was a Newhouse Minority Scholar. When she’s not working, she can be found running through the parks of Washington, D.C., or attached to her camera.


Wolfgang Scheurer, Geodesist
Head of Technical Services, EnergieversorgungMittelrhein GmbH (EVM), Koblenz

Wolfgang Scheurer is division manager of Technical Services and Technical Information Systems for EVM, a regional supply company in Germany. In 1994 he started the introduction of a GIS, supporting all relevant technical processes, such as plan information, maintenance, and network and plant inspections. EVM supports other utilities and industrial customers with its GIS knowledge, based on Bentley products. Scheurer is also member of the GIS data models and applications group ‘ of the German association for gas and water supply.


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