Champions of Construction’ recipients announced

L-R: Adam Plunkett, group manager – business technology and planning, Victoria, Australia at John Holland and Muhammad Khalil Bin Shaiful Bahari, deputy director – group technology office at Boustead Projects Limited, Singapore.

Autodesk has announced two Asia Pacific recipients of the company’s ‘40 Under 40: Champions of Construction’ global awards program.

Adam Plunkett, group manager – business technology and planning, Victoria, Australia at John Holland and Muhammad Khalil Bin Shaiful Bahari, deputy director – group technology office at Boustead Projects Limited, Singapore feature on this year’s global list of 40 industry leaders.

The ‘40 Under 40: Champions of Construction’ annual global awards program recognises both established and up-and-coming professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry who are making a big impact in their companies and in their fields.

Praveen Tomy, Regional Director, Autodesk Construction Solutions, Asia Pacific & Japan said 2022 has been a great year for the construction industry.

“At Autodesk, we are always consistently amazed by the creativity, innovation, and hard work of construction professionals all over the world,” said Mr Tomy. “That’s why we love celebrating and spotlighting the innovators and changemakers helping to advance the architecture, engineering and construction industry.”

“We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s awards, including two innovators and Autodesk customers from Asia Pacific, Adam Plunkett from John Holland in Australia and Muhammad Khalil Bin Shaiful Bahari of Boustead Projects Limited, Singapore.”

Autodesk accepts construction industry nominations from companies across the globe for professionals under 40 years of age who have made a big impact in their roles in 2022; have demonstrated exceptional leadership; or are industry pioneers who have implemented or managed technology with a major impact on a project and their company.

‘40 Under 40: Champions of Construction’ recipient Adam Plunkett is part of the team driving John Holland Group’s Digital Transformation Strategy, supporting the adoption of technology solutions and digital tools across the enterprise and on John Holland projects. The aim is to drive productivity and increase operating efficiencies.

This has included the recently completed Sydney Football Stadium. Doing so enabled the project delivery team to access the most up-to-date information in the field for this fast-paced and complex project.

In addition, Adam, in collaboration with John Holland’s Technology Engineering and Knowledge (TEK) team, is responsible for supporting John Holland’s emerging technology and digital twin strategy, including identifying industry and technology partnerships to set up John Holland’s future successes in adopting transformative technologies.

“Adam’s strategic approach to technology and digital solutions has proven to deliver productivity and bottom-line benefits and drive a data-first approach to traditional construction practices at John Holland,” said David Lehmann, Executive General Manager – Building at John Holland.

Also making a big impact in their role this year, ‘40 Under 40: Champions of Construction’ recipient Muhammad Khalil Bin Shaiful Bahari has, over the last 15 years, witnessed significant transformation in the Built Environment (BE) sector – from manually drawing designs to implementing game-changing digital processes like Building Information Modelling (BIM), Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) and Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD).

As a champion of digital transformation efforts at Boustead Projects, Khalil has helped to drive workforce upskilling under the SkillsFuture Singapore Queen Bee Programme. Partnering with institutes of higher learning, Khalil worked with the BE ecosystem partners to identify skills gaps, curates and facilitates training programmes for them to build up their technology skills and capabilities. Khalil believes in enhancing soft skills, encouraging a mindset change, and hopes to foster greater collaboration within the BE sector instead of working in silos – all with the help of technology.

“Khalil is a highly passionate digital champion at Boustead Projects – a known digitalisation leader in the Built Environment sector,” said Thomas Chu, Managing Director, Boustead Projects Limited.

“During his role as the SkillsFuture Queen Bee, Khalil worked with industry partners to identify their training needs and promoted workforce upskilling, helping to build up the resilience of the Built Environment sector.”

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