Advisory Board

AROL WOLFORD | President, VIMaec

Wolford is the founder of Manufacturers Survey Associates and Construction Market Data. He is the former president/CEO of the CMD Group of companies including Associated Construction Magazines, Buildcore, Canadian Product Source, Canadata, CMD Building Reports (all Canada, United States, and Mexico); R.S. Means Costing Company; Byggfakta of Scandinavia; and Cordell Construction Information Services of Australia. Arol was a early Board Member and Investor in Revit. When Revit was sold to Autodesk in 2003 Arol started SmartBIM to create Revit Objects and a Quantity Survey System connected to R.S. Means for costing with Revit. When naming Wolford an honorary member of The American Institute of Architects in 1997, the AIA citation stated

“His efforts go beyond making information more usable and valuable for architects….Wolford has been successful in bringing positive recognition to the architectural profession through his highly effective efforts to design, develop, and grow businesses that relate directly to, and support the work of design professionals and the construction process.”

Arol started VIMaec to take BIM to VIM (Visual Information Modeling) and he serves as VIMaec’s President.

PAUL DOHERTY | CEO, the digit group / Co-Founder, AEC Hackathon

Paul is a Registered Architect and one of the global Industry’s most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology & business. Paul is currently the President & CEO of the digit group, a leading Cloud solutions company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an author, educator, analyst and consultant to Fortune 500 organizations, government agencies, prominent institutions and the most prestigious AEC firms in the world. Paul has spent the past 28 years in the industry after graduating cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology and graduating from the Career Discovery program at Harvard University’s GSD.

His past successful ventures include Revit (Sold to Autodesk 2002), Buzzsaw (Sold to Autodesk 2001) and TRIRIGA (Sold to IBM 2011). He is a prominent and highly rated speaker at industry events each year and has been appointed as a guest lecturer at leading Universities around the world. Paul has been on the Board of Directors/Advisors of numerous organizations, including the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and holds both European Union and US Citizenship. He is the co-founder of the first professional association Chapter in China, the IFMA Shanghai Chapter, co-founder of the IFMA BIM Lifecycle Operations Community of Practice and a founding member of the IFMA Smart City Task Force. Widely quoted in the media, Paul is also a contributing author to multiple sections of the AIA Handbook of Professional Practice, the Interior Design Handbook of Practice, and author of 2 books, the critically acclaimed Cyberplaces and Cyberplaces 2.0. He is currently writing a series of Smart Cities Whitepapers for the McGraw-Hill Financial Global Institute.

Paul’s current work is implementing Smart City solutions throughout the world. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley in November 2013.

JOSH KANNER | AEC Entrepreneur

Josh is a software entrepreneur and executive with a background in cloud, mobility, and web environments.  He was founder or management team member of two fast growth venture capital backed software companies (Emptoris and Vela Systems) that revolutionized their respective markets before being acquired.   At Emptoris, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy as the web-based strategic sourcing company grew from 20 to 200+ employees and from 1 to 100+ customers, including Motorola, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, and American Express.  In 2005, Kanner co-founded Vela Systems and led the company’s product, marketing and business development functions until Autodesk acquired them in 2012. Under Kanner’s leadership, Vela pioneered the use of web-based and mobile workflows to drive efficiency across construction and facilities operations. At time of acquisition, Vela Systems software was in use on thousands of projects spanning the globe and in a variety of industry segments from hospitals to stadiums to oil and gas facilities.  Kanner graduated from Brown University with a BS with Honors in Chemistry and Biology, and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He has authored numerous patents and has been widely recognized as a leader in the design and construction technology industry.

Stephen A Jones | Industry Thought Leader and Research Expert

Steve Jones focuses on how emerging economic and technology trends are transforming the construction industry. In addition to hundreds of speaking engagements globally and numerous articles in industry publications, he authors a well-known series of research reports on key industry trends which are read by millions worldwide and frequently cited as authoritative references on how advanced technologies, streamlined workflows, emerging performance metrics, and new business models are shaping the future of our industry.

Steve has a track record of active leadership in many industry initiatives including the BuildingSMART Alliance, the BIMForum, Construction Users Roundtable, Alliance for Construction Excellence, the Charles Pankow Foundation, and the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. Steve has also been a judge for the AIA BIM Awards and the HOK BIM Awards.

Steve’s recent career includes major positions with an industry leading data and publishing firm, and at Primavera Systems (now part of Oracle), the global leader in project management software. Prior to that, Steve spent 19 years in creative and management roles with top design firms, most recently as a Principal and Board of Directors member with Burt Hill, one of the largest A/E firms in the US (now merged with Stantec).

Steve holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.

MICHAEL RAPHAEL | President, Direct Dimensions

Michael Raphael founded Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) in 1995 as an engineering company to provide a “one-stop shop” for 3D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3D measurement solutions. Over the nearly 20 years, DDI has expanded significantly to provide the most comprehensive advanced 3D scanning & 3D imaging technologies, digital modeling capabilities, and analysis software solutions for the widest range of applications and industries.

Michael started in the field of 3D metrology in 1985 as an engineer responsible for solving aerospace manufacturing problems at what became Lockheed Martin Corporation. While there, Michael helped develop a revolutionary new portable three-dimensional industrial measurement technology, called the FaroArm, used today throughout the world. Following several years of in-plant development, Michael left aerospace to form Direct Dimensions, Inc. in 1995.

Michael earned a BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech, followed by a Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University.