Ridley is pleased to welcome our new Associate Principal and Head of VDC, Daniel Kalnins. Daniel is one of Australia’s leading Digital Engineering and Building Information Modelling (BIM) experts, having utilised BIM processes to transform the design, delivery and handover of over 30 recent major projects.

His expertise with digital technologies reflects a passion for innovation, founded on a decade ofdesign and construction experience, including major projects in the water, mining, building and infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining us, Daniel was responsible for developing BIM and digital engineering throughout the CIMIC Group’s Asia-Pacific operations, including within EIC Activities, a subsidiary specifically charged with enabling clients to remain at the cutting edge of specialist design, research and technology. This role has led to an impressive track record of working with design teams, consultants and clients to successfully increase productivity, boost constructability and eliminate potential risk. Daniel’s standing in the digital engineering industry is reflected in his membership of the Standards Australia working group developing a new international BIM standard.

With CIMIC, Daniel was recently the BIM Manager for the 567 Collins Street project; Melbourne’s largest premium grade commercial tower constructed in in the last 25 years. The 26-level building has been designed to obtain a 5-Star Green Star as-built rating and a 5-Star NABERS energy rating. Daniel now joins the Ridley team fresh from his instrumental role in setting up the $1.6b Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project (Alliance Project) where he created the strategy and implemented BIM & GIS as a key single source of truth from the start of the Tender and into the Delivery phase. He will lead Ridley’s specialist Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) team and will be responsible for driving BIM enabled delivery across our major projects along with guiding the development of our R&D team, Ridley LABS.

Murrumbeena Station. Credit: Level Crossing Removal Authority

567 Collins Street Project. Credit: Investa Property Group