Sandra Lang appointed to BuildingSmart Board

bSA is part of the international BuildingSMART programme that has representation across the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Far East. They are a leading association whose vision is to have a building and construction industry that collaboratively shares and maintains information about facilities and infrastructure in a manner that optimises the quality and economy of regulatory approval, design, construction and operation of the built environment.

“I am excited to be on the board, collaborating with likeminded professionals about a cause I am deeply passionate about. I’ve been working within the digital engineering and innovation space for the past three decades and genuinely want to help advance the purpose of bSA because I see the value open BIM can bring.”

Sandra Lang, Director – Digital Engineering

bSA is advancing the industry by developing standards, tools and training to drive the adoption of openBIM – sharable project information that supports seamless collaboration for all project participants. It is helping to make building and infrastructure cheaper, greener, and more efficient, reducing risk and waste.

As part of her role on the working board, Sandra will provide her years of experience and leadership to help define initiatives, working groups around certain topics, training programs and events. In 2023, she was part of a working group and worked with existing board members on the development of an Asset Operations Handover Framework a project defining a standardised, but flexible, modular framework for documenting handover requirements for all facilities.

Sandra will be part of the BuildingSMART Australasia board for a period of 12-months ending in late 2024. She holds a Masters in global BIM Management with a Master Thesis that had a focus on openBIM management.

SYSTRA Appoints New Regional Directors 

All three join the extended SYSTRA ANZ Executive Leadership Team and will accompany Chris Hurst and Jackson Tang who will continue in their roles as Regional Directors for Queensland and Western Australia. 

“Following on from the success of 2022, we are determined to keep growing and expanding the SYSTRA story into new target areas”, says Alana Newbrook, CEO & Managing Director of SYTRA ANZ.  

The appointments of Sandra, Elliot and Trevor will help ensure SYSTRA is there where it matters, on the complex projects with the greatest impact.  

Sandra Lang - Director - Digital Engineering (Regional director for NSW)
Sandra Lang, Director – Digital Engineering (Regional director, NSW)
Elliot Ali - Director - Systems & Safety Assurance (Regional Director, Victoria)
Elliot Ali, Director – Systems & Safety Assurance (Regional Director, Victoria)
Trevor Garnett - Director - Security & Technology (Regional Director ACT)
Trevor Garnett – Director – Security & Technology (Regional Director, ACT)

Alana adds, “Having Regional Directors in each state will support the business as we look to grow our reputation as the signature team for transport solutions with new clients while also offering existing clients outstanding project delivery expertise. Sandra, Elliot and Trevor will also play a critical role internally, helping us enhance our culture and embed our values of bold leadership, connected teams and excellence into our growing team.” 

“I am thrilled to take on the extra responsibility as the Regional Director for New South Wales,” said Sandra. “I’m excited to work alongside all our talented professionals in the region to positively enhance our culture and to deliver world-class infrastructure solutions for our clients.” 

“Victoria is a critical growth area for the business,” says Elliot. “With so much opportunity at hand, I’m looking forward to helping grow our team and embedding our technical expertise into some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects.” 

“I am excited to get started as the Regional Director for the ACT. Along with the recent hire of Andrew Waye as the Director of Security and Technology Solutions who is also based in Canberra, the team is primed for substantial growth into Federal Government Agencies,” says Trevor.  

Sandra Lang 

Sandra’s professionalism and expertise is based on more than 30 years practicing Digital Engineering in the international construction industry. The spectrum of projects she has worked on includes rail and airports as well as the commercial sector. 

Since joining SYSTRA in 2020 she has worked on some of the major global transport projects such as the High-Speed Rail in the UK, the Doha Metro in Qatar and the Sydney Metro West project. 

Sandra holds a Master of International BIM Management of Zigurat Global Institute of Technology. 

Elliot Ali 

Elliot has helped to deliver projects in rail, aviation and defence across Europe and Australasia, including leading major projects and government initiatives. Focussed on large, mission critical and safety critical problems, he has built and led teams to deliver multi-billion dollar projects, keeping business, operational, and commercial strategies aligned. 

These experiences have allowed him to explore avionics bays and cockpits, work in airfields, walk tube lines, represent London Underground during the Olympics, authorise a $10bn rolling stock procurement, and oversee transformational changes to engineering departments. Elliot started with SYSTRA in 2022. 

Trevor Garnett 

Trevor is a skilled and competent project, program and business operations Manager with over 30 years’ experience in Defence and Defence Industry.  He has extensive experience especially in the aviation domain having been involved in Aircrew/craft Training systems, Maintenance Systems and Avionics systems for both fixed and rotary wing platforms as well as aviation support elements. He leverages his technical understanding to attain better accuracy in his project management materials. Trevor has been with SYSTRA since 2018. 

About SYSTRA: 

SYSTRA ANZ’s mission is to be there where it matters; on the complex projects with the greatest impact, providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of our communities. As one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, we are focused on building tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. Operating in more than 80 countries, we have designed 1 in 2 of the world’s metros and highspeed rail lines. The ANZ team is an integral part of part of our global network, backed by 9000+ experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.​ 

For more information, please contact: Victoria Black, Director Clients, Markets and Engagement, SYSTRA ANZ at vblack1@systra.com