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Anand Stephen

Gannett Fleming

Digital Delivery Leader, RBG

Anand Stephen, PE, is the Digital Delivery Leader for the Roadway Business Group at Gannett Fleming. He has over two decades of experience in engineering, software development, and sociology. Anand is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey and California. Additionally, he has infrastructure design and digital delivery experience in diverse geographical and regulatory contexts across the United States. Anand has led digital delivery and digital transformation in several AEC firms. Anand mentors and teaches engineers to use 3D design technologies. He draws from his experience designing and programming enterprise software systems and conducting sociological research to advance digital transformation. He has published articles, presented guest lectures, and taught university-level courses. You can contact Anand at for any comments or questions and follow him on LinkedIn at anand-stephen.

 What to expect during the event

Currently, we are engulfed by data. Some humorously call it data obesity; others call it data deluge. Equally, technologies enabling the proliferation of data are changing at a dizzying rate. Given these mutually reinforcing phenomena moving exponentially, we as professionals should ask ourselves which best practices we should carry forward in this new digital age. What methods have stood the test of time that should be carried forward?   Compared to other industries, our industry has developed a robust Quality Management System (QMS). We begin by discussing the critical aspects of any QMS: Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA). The contract documents we produce are legal documents backed by the sign and seal of the Professional Engineer in the United States (other equivalents globally).   The QMS provides processes for QC and types of artifacts required to ensure that the Quality Checks are completed. The artifacts serve many purposes. Primarily, they give confidence to various stakeholders that the project design was undertaken with due diligence. They provide audit trails to justify why certain decisions were taken. Finally, in unfortunate circumstances, when we are mandated to defend design decisions legally, the artifacts become critical documents.   We discuss scenarios in the Model-Centric world where no QA artifacts are produced even though Quality Control was completed. We discuss the implications of not making these assurance documents from the vantage point of an Engineer signing and sealing contract documents. Finally, we extend this notion when we take a computational design approach. 

Quality Control Amid Data Deluge: Defend Your Data as If It Were Your License

  • 07 Sept, 09:00 – 18:00 IST
    Dublin 4, Anglesea Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, D04 AK83, Ireland
    Live @ RDS Dublin, Ireland + Virtual. Meet and share knowledge with the BIM Heroes of the AEC Industry. A celebration of excellence and digital innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction.
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