The Accelerate LIVE! Agenda

7:30am - 8:15am

Networking Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am

Accelerate Live Talks Begin!

TRACK #1: AEC Technology Innovation

Sponsored by: FARO Technologies

8:30am - 8:45am


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.

8:50am - 9:05am


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.

9:10am - 9:25am


Sponsor Talk: FARO Technologies


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.

9:30am - 9:45am


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!

9:50am - 10:05am


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.

10:05am - 10:25am


TRACK #2: AEC Business Innovation

Sponsored by: NCI Building Systems

10:30am - 10:45am


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.

10:50am - 11:05am


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.

11:10am - 11:25am


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.

11:30am - 11:45am


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.

11:50am - 12:05pm

TALK #10

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.

12:05pm - 1:15pm


TRACK #3: The Changing Build Environment

Sponsored by: SageGlass

1:20pm - 1:35pm

TALK #11

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.

1:40pm - 1:55pm

TALK #12

Health-generating Buildings

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.

2:00pm - 2:15pm

TALK #13

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.

2:20pm - 2:35pm

TALK #14

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.

2:40pm - 2:55pm

TALK #15

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.

2:55pm - 3:10pm


TRACK #4: Project + Process Innovation

Sponsored by: Bluebeam Inc.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

TALK #16

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.

3:35pm - 3:50pm

TALK #17

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.

3:55pm - 4:10pm

TALK #18

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.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

TALK #19

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.

4:35pm - 4:50pm

TALK #20

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.

4:50pm - 5:15pm

Accelerate Live Takeaways & Closing