Ken Thomson, M.AIRAH
Chris Fitzpatrick
Steven Luxford, Affil.AIRAH
Nathan Lyon
Brendan Meller

PANEL: Investing in big data and analytics: An industry transformed?

Challenges, benefits and success stories of using big data and analytics to improve buildings.

Ken Thomson, M.AIRAH, Redd Zebra

Chris Fitzpatrick, City of Sydney
Steven Luxford, Affil.AIRAH, Crown Melbourne
Nathan Lyon, Investa
Brendan Meller, Woolworths

About Thomson:
Thomson has over 25 years’ experience in the building industry, and has completed numerous projects in ESD and mechanical design. These projects include HVAC system design, documentation and commissioning (including undertaking CFD analysis, façade design and analysis, and daylight and glare assessments), as well as post-occupancy inspections, energy audits and building condition audits. 

About Fitzpatrick:
A sustainability professional from the City of Sydney, Fitzpatrick boasts tertiary economics and environmental management qualifications, plus 10 years private and public sector experience. He has spent the bulk of his career working on industrial and commercial sustainability and energy efficiency policy and programs for the NSW government.

Fitzpatrick currently delivers the City of Sydney’s Building Tune-Up Program, which is supporting the installation of building data analytics systems in privately owned buildings from the mid-tier commercial office and accommodation/entertainment sectors.

About Luxford:
Luxford is the engineering and maintenance manager at Sydney’s Crown Casino. Over the past four years, he has managed the deployment, integration and development of data analytics at Crown Melbourne across several different operational technologies. By utilising the available data, Crown has been able to reduce energy usage, increase customer comfort, change maintenance strategies and better understand their assets and buildings’ health. 

Luxford has spoken at several industry events about Crown Melbourne’s journey with operational technology data analytics. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours) and Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University.
About Lyon:
Lyon is the head of building technology for Investa, an Australian commercial office specialist that owns, develops and manages over $11bn in commercial office assets. With over 15 years’ experience in the in the commercial real estate industry across both operations and development, Lyon brings an experienced perspective on the inherent challenges that organisations may face when technology adoption is married to existing practices.

Lyon is passionate about creating intelligent, adaptable property assets. He is responsible for the development and recommendation of technology strategies as they relate to new and existing assets. This work sees Lyon enhancing the experience of building occupants while increasing the performance and flexibility of the built environment.
About Meller:
With more than 25 years’ experience in retail across a range of different roles and industries, Meller’s passion for energy efficiency has led him to facilities management and the energy team within the Woolworths Group.His role in the past two years has been to develop and establish the EMC and lead the FM data and analytics strategy to reduce energy consumption across the Woolworths portfolio – one of the largest costs of running the business.