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Sponsored by: FARO Technologies
The Data-driven Future for AEC
Nathan Miller, Founder, Managing Director, Proving Ground
The building process is slow, expensive, and risky. Data is cheap, readily available, and can provide new levels of certainty. In this lecture, Nate Miller will discuss a "data-driven" future for the business of design, where creativity is fueled by continuous improvement and solutions are built on proof.
Applying Machine Learning to Building Design
Daniel Davis PhD, Director of Product Research, WeWork
Our cities are giant petri dishes where some buildings grow and thrive while others wane and crumble. Architects have theories about why certain buildings succeed, but we're not really sure. We don't really have the evidence. Today, as we gather ever increasing amounts of data about our buildings, machine learning is set to end this grand experiment, to allow us to identify why some buildings succeed and others fail.
Sponsor Talk: FARO Technologies
3D LASER SCANNING FOR THE PROJECT LIFECYCLE
Brent Slawnikowski, Account Manager, Construction BIM-CIM, FARO Technologies, Inc.
Jennifer Suerth, LEED AP, Vice President, Technical Services, Pepper Construction
The Project Lifecycle has become more complex and challenging over the last decade. Logistics planning, schedules, limited working space, coordination of BIM models and so many other factors affect how our projects are completed. Since the introduction of laser scanning to the AEC industry, significant changes have come to the way we handle each stage of the project lifecycle. In this talk, Brent and Jennifer will discuss different ways that 3D laser scanning can be applied throughout the project lifecycle and how implementation of laser scanning technology has helped Pepper Construction become more successful in the completion of their projects.
Gaming Tech in Construction
Lucas Richmond, Senior Media Studio Manager, Gilbane Building Company
As the head of Gilbane Building Company's Multimedia Studio, Lucas Richmond is doing things differently when it comes to hiring. He is building a rock star team and solid foundation for future success by recruiting the best of the best in video game design for careers in the construction industry. Focusing on an artistic approach and innovation mindset, Richmond and his team are turning the industry upside down and issuing a new wave of thinking when it comes to traditional hiring practices. Learn more about his unconventional approach and the deliverables produced at Accelerate Live!
The Future of Computational Design
Ben Juckes, Associate Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Linguists Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf proposed that the structure of a language determines, or at least influences, how we perceive and experience the world. Could this idea of linguistic relativism apply to computer languages as well? At the Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design scripting has become an every-project occurrence and, as a consequence, each designer regularly works with computational tools as part of his or her basic toolset. The frequency and extent of this usage is having a profound effect on the way the studio approaches problem solving as well as the design and documentation process. We will retrace this transformation with three examples of built or in-process projects where computation has helped shape outcomes or enable new possibilities. Some observations on how this immersion has impacted the way we look at documentation and a possible future for project delivery beyond the current BIM model will close out the presentation.
Sponsored by: NCI Building Systems
Learning From Silicon Valley: Using SaaS to Automate AEC
Sean Parham, VP of Product Marketing and Management, Aditazz
Aditazz's idea to borrow from some of the world's most innovative industries, semiconductor and software development, was the impetus behind the development of a similar approach to the design and construction of complex buildings and infrastructure. We will share our journey of successfully building and deploying a SaaS (software as a service) platform that uses automation and computation to radically improve the efficiency of planning, design, and construction of large-scale, real-world projects.
The ROI of Innovation Culture
Russ Sykes, PE, LEED AP, Managing Partner, SVP, SmithGroupJJR
In the 1920s a Fortune 500 company's lifecycle was 67 years. Today it's 15 years, as disruptive forces and technological advancements displace and create companies/products/services at record pace. Firms that aren't poised to respond to evolving paradigms will not survive. SmithGroupJJR established a culture that ignites innovation and propels change, even in a disruptive world. Russ Sykes will demonstrate how four mantras paved the way for new operational models, idea generation, process improvements & more. They include: positions "intrapreneurs," building loyalty with unconventional rewards; and creating a culture of engagement.
Sponsor Talk: NCI Building Systems
Driving Value through Process Innovation
Jonathan O'Leary, Vice President, Building Solutions, NCI Building Systems
The old way of doing business is becoming increasingly burdensome and expensive for AECs. To drive profitable growth, they must rely on their partners to simplify the business process and minimize risk while serving as a trusted partner and thought leader.
LEARNING BY MAKING: How Maker Culture is Transforming a Design Practice
Pablo Savid-Buteler, LEED AP, Managing Principal, Sasaki
Brad Prestbo, AIA, Senior Associate, Sasaki
Making is re-emerging not just as a craft movement but as a critical element of planning and design practices. Making allows designers to explore materiality, construction feasibility, and the outer bounds of technological integration. How can the maker mindset transform and expand a design practice's horizon and shape the future of design? We will review how digital design and prototyping is informing our approach to design problems, influencing our design process, expanding our services by enabling us to create new products.
Incubating Innovation: R&D and Product Development
Jonatan Schumacher, Director of CORE Studio, Thornton Tomasetti
This presentation will highlight Thornton Tomasetti's intelligent business model for allowing a pipeline of brilliant ideas and intellectual property to develop, be tested, and ultimately productize the IP. We will explain how the incubation of ideas through research and development within the firm's computational modeling and applications development team, called CORE studio, followed by the acceleration of the technology through TTWiiN brought KONSTRU—a new startup firm—to market.
Sponsored by: SageGlass
Preparing for the AI Revolution
Alan Robles, Associate, Firmwide Creative Media Leader, Gensler
Virtual reality and augmented/mixed reality are influencing the design process, but, more importantly, are becoming influencers in how we think about the spaces we're designing in the future. Given that projects in our industry are developed over a time span of years, we are required to look forward and forecast which technologies we'll need to support or integrate and what will be relevant to people who engage the places we design. Our vision includes the consideration of how artificial intelligence (AI) and technologies derived from deep learning software programs will impact our business. Looking to future-proof our business, we'll discuss where we see opportunity and how we're forecasting our role in developing, integrating, and surviving the transition to automation.
Marcene Kinney, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, GBBN Architects
Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, Senior Associate, GBBN Architects
There's an emerging, fundamental shift in how space is thought of using behavior change and salutogenic (health-generating) design as a value proposition to generate new typologies and space fusions. We'll share design hacks pinpointing specific aspects of the built environment that affect behavior, well-being, and performance to help clients get more success out of their spaces. Our predictive outcome modeling helps clients make strategic design investments that enhance user and building performance while minimizing behaviors that can lead to more negative outcomes such as injuries, poor health, or mistakes.
Work In Progress: How The Office Environment Drives Innovation
Dr. Alan D W McLenaghan, CEO, SageGlass
Workplaces that spur innovation challenge the conventions of the traditional office environment. They're designed to benefit the health and wellbeing of team members, above all us. During this presentation, Alan will review how biophilic design and new technologies, such as dynamic glass, create a greater connection between the built and natural environments in the office. He will detail how this connection can enhance the creativity, cognitive thought and productivity of team members – ultimately creating the foundation for innovation.
Next-Gen Materials for the Built Environment
Blaine Brownell, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota School of Architecture
Virtually every revolution in architecture has been preceded by a revolution in materials: think iron, glass, steel, concrete, plastics, or composites. What is the next revolutionary material that will reshape the very nature of architecture? A solid that's lighter than air? Metal latticework so delicate it rests on a dandelion? Self-generating microbial glue that repairs cracks in concrete? Blaine Brownell, author of the Transmaterial series, will reveal emerging trends and applications that are transforming the technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential of architecture in Transmaterial Next.
The World's Smartest Buildings
Derik Eckhardt, AIA, The Miller Hull Partnership
What makes a building "smart"? Architect Derik Eckhardt travelled to eight cities across the globe to research the world's smartest buildings. Discover what Eckhardt learned about the smart buildings movement during his recent journey.
Sponsored by: Bluebeam Inc.
Manufacturing the Future of Construction: From Job Site to Factory
Tyler Goss, Global Innovation Development Manager, Turner Construction
As a successful incumbent, Turner Construction has invested heavily in meeting these challenges in a holistic and strategic manner. Combining and building upon core technological and process improvements such as BIM and Lean Management, our (as-yet-unfinished) goal is to fundamentally transform our dynamic job site environments into predictable—and therefore improvable—industrial processes. In this session, Tyler Goss will discuss the technological and cultural transformations under way at Turner Construction, how we leverage these deep strategic changes to drive tangible improvements, and what key trends in innovation we believe will most affect the future of building delivery.
Finding the Money For Your Clients' Projects
Paul Westlake, FAIA, Managing Principal, Lead Designer, Westlake Reed Leskosky
Adding value through tax credit equity financing of design projects, through preservation tax incentives and New Markets Tax Credits.
Sponsor Talk: Bluebeam Inc.
Is the road to the future the path of least resistance?
Sasha Reed, VP of Strategic Development, Bluebeam, Inc.
The path of least resistance often leads you to the right destination, IF you focus on solving the right problems. But how can we be sure that todays "solution" isn't just a set up for tomorrow's headache? It's the innovator's dilemma. Do we evolve bit by bit over time by sustaining the benefits of experience, or do we adopt entirely new models and practice responsible, disruptive innovation? With the industry's need to generate efficiencies strong than ever, Sasha Reed, Bluebeam VP of Strategic Development, will introduce the models and methods necessary to make the right changes to addresses the real challenges on your specific jobsite. Construction will not change unless we start responsibly breaking things. Interoperability is no longer a buzz word. Integrations are the new reality. Learn how to give your teams the permission to responsibly break things and create ecosystems of people, process and technology to truly evolve our industry.
A Case for Big Data in Construction
Graham Cranston, PE, SE, Senior Structural Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Our projects are creating and using more data, from more sources and across more disciplines, than ever before. From the IoT and swarms of sensors, to point clouds and reality capture, to daylighting, acoustic, vibration, and CFD studies from specialized consultants—we have so much information we're about to drown in it. We're causing mental blocks just as we need decisions. So how do we grab a hold of this information, and how do we make the best recommendations for the project? We're applying mathematical optimization techniques to leverage the Big Data generated by parametric analyses and presenting it all in an information-rich interactive visual graphics. Through project examples, we will show how parametric analysis and optimization are being used to find deeper understanding of the systems we're designing.
Scaling change in a changing industry
Chris Mayer, Chief Innovation Officer, Suffolk
Construction projects are more complex and harder to visualize than ever before. Utilizing innovative processes and technologies can define as much predictability for clients during the earliest planning stages and throughout construction. So how do we evaluate which emerging technologies can truly provide value rather than just using technology for technology's sake? How can we push the boundaries of these technologies so that we're unlocking their true potential—such as shifting from a 3D model to advanced visualization, real time data capture, and beyond? And what does it take to apply these techniques so they are part of a team's regular workflow? This session will unveil the framework and resources needed to create and sustain an innovative culture, while evaluating the benefits of various technologies to improve safety, quality and productivity.
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