PD06 Big Data – Is it hype or the future?

Facilitator: Paul Jackson, Associate Director, IBMS

Panel members:

Chris Stamatis, Director, Coppertree Analytics

Laurie Reeves, Manging Director – Victoria, Controlworks

David Walsh, Founder & CEO, CIM Enviromental Group

Leon Wurfel, Manging Director, BUENO

The rise of ‘Big Data’ in the building services industry has spawned the creation of software and algorithms to help collect and analyse it. This session will explore how Building Services data is securely collected, managed and analysed to help optimise and streamline services operation. Discussions will include best practices for data collection, the use of data tagging and the importance of data security and storage.

Presenters will look at the wider impact big data is having on the industry and consider such questions as; Is the data that we are “mining” relevant? Is there too much data – instead of a data lake are we creating a data swamp?

Building analytics software is helping to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings, while improving occupant comfort and reducing maintenance costs. Learn how data analytics is changing the way we maintain and tune buildings, bringing them into the 21st century. Presentations will outline equipment lifecycle improvements and discuss whether fault detection helps to sweat an asset? The role that data from the built environment can play in optimising the electricity grid will be explored as well as how big data can improve building commissioning.

The AIRAH Big Data and Analytics special technical group (STG) will draw upon their industry knowledge to present real life findings and experiences.

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Paul Jackson is Associate Director of IBMS. With over 35 years’ experience in the building services industry, Paul has a varied skillset encompassing mechanical, electrical, air-conditioning, associated control systems and BMS systems.

Having entered the industry as a service engineer, Paul has been involved in field diagnostics and commissioning of a wide variety of building services plants, with extensive involvement in commissioning and project completion. The numerous projects Paul has been involved with, have ranged from very simple minor systems serving residential or light commercial through to large central plant systems in the resource sector in many parts of the world.

Serving on the AIRAH WA Committee since 2013 and holding the role of State President since 2017, Paul is also the Chair of the newly formed AIRAH Big Data and Analytics Special Technical Group.



Chris Stamatis is the Director of CopperTree Analytics Australia. With 10 years’ experience in the HVAC industry he has worked across multiple disciplines including mechanical design, building automation and service which has helped him understand the inner workings of air conditioning systems and how to analyse them. He is passionate about Building Analytics and is continually working with building owners, maintenance providers and consultants to improve how analytics is used in the industry.





David Walsh is the CEO and founder of CIM Enviro. He holds a degree in Computer Science (B.Sc), is a certified consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in entrepreneurship, software development and energy management. He has successfully developed CIM Enviro to become a recognised leader in the growing smart buildings, energy efficiency and clean technology sector. Using his international experience gained with Fortune 100 companies, such as Intel and SAP, he has lead the software and mechanical engineering teams. He has successfully raised millions of dollars of venture capital, secured valuable channel partners relationships in key sectors whilst successfully implementing CIM Enviro’s growth strategy.





Leon Wurfel is the founder and CEO of BUENO. Leon founded BUENO 5 years ago becoming the first mover in Australia in the operational property analytics space. Over the 5 years the team at BUENO has grown to 60 people, a global presence, and an install base of >1,300 buildings covering more than 15 million square metres. Leon is considered a thought leader in the smart buildings and operational big data spaces and regularly presents at conferences in Australia and abroad.





Laurie Reeves is no stranger to our industry.  His background is diverse with extensive experience in building automation, mechanical services, facilities and business management. 

He is Managing Director of Controlworks Victoria, a leading Australian owned master system integrator that provides building automation and SCADA solutions to many industry segments.

Along with other skilled and enthusiastic associates, Laurie takes pride in providing a personalised approach to building automation technology and its application to the building services and facility management sector.

For over 30 years Laurie has served as a senior manager with both Australian and global companies.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), and Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

During his 27 years as a member of AIRAH Laurie has undertaken a range of roles including Acting CEO, Director, President NSW and Committee Member NSW along with developing and presenting technical materials on behalf of AIRAH. 


Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.