The Accelerate Live! Agenda

7:30am - 8:15am


8:15am - 8:22am

Welcome Remarks

Tony Mancini, Group Director, SGC Horizon Building Group

8:22am - 8:30am

Welcome Remarks

David Barista, Editorial Director, BD+C

TRACK #1: The Changing Built Environment

Sponsored by: SageGlass & SAFTI FIRST

8:30am - 8:45am


Regenerative Design: When Sustainability is Not Enough

Eera Babtiwale, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President of Sustainability, Associate Principal, HMC Architects

Eric Carbonnier, PhD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President of Sustainability, Associate Principal, HMC Architects

A fundamental shift is occurring from the old guard of sustainability to the new one of regenerative design. Whereas sustainable development attempts to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations, regenerative development seeks to rejuvenate the environment and the people who live within its ecosystem. In this session, we'll discuss how the goal of regenerative design is not simply to take less from nature, but to inspirit the environment around us. This starts by understanding our limitations, and embracing the unknown. While the theory of regenerative design is—to some degree—may be unattainable, it is this "unknown" that inspires us to push the limits of what we know.

8:50am - 9:05am


From Micro Schools to Tiny Houses: What's Driving the Downsizing Economy?

Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager, Associate, Stantec Architecture

The United Nations projects that by 2050 more than one-third of the world's population will live in urban areas. Architecture and urban planning have a great opportunity to support cities as they densify so that they are affordable to live and work in. Compact design is an emerging trend for cost savings seen across multiple building typologies, including urban housing, office, hospitality, and institutional projects. In the specific case of housing, well-designed small apartments have become a proven strategy for developer clients to lower rental costs, improve project financial performances, as well as to build stronger urban communities through a focus on providing more shared living spaces. Furthermore, compact typologies are well-suited to take advantage of the scalability of modular design & construction, thus increasing efficiency, reducing carbon footprint, and lowering project cost to benefit future urban dwellers.

9:10am - 9:20am

Sponsor Talk:
Debunking Daylight Myths

Dr. Alan D W McLenaghan, CEO, SageGlass

9:25am – 9:40am


The IoT: Why The AEC Industry Must Adapt

Jeff Carpenter, National Director of Technology, IMEG Corp.

Few things are as poised to be technologically disruptive to the AEC industry as the ever expanding Internet of Things (IoT)–the connection of all things (devices, machinery, etc.) to the Internet. This presentation will discuss the technology roadmap of our "adapt or cease to be relevant" world. It will also explore established and emerging IoT applications for commercial and institutional buildings.

9:45am – 10:00am


Security and the Built Environment: Insights From an Embassy Designer

Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal, Krueck + Sexton Architects

Throughout history, the need for security has heavily shaped the built environment. Today, the question of how to integrate increasing security strategies and safety measures into our schools, university campuses, hotels and hospitals, and government buildings is ever more important. Based on his experience working with GSA and the U.S. Department of State creating some of the world's most hardened buildings, including embassies and consulates, Tom Jacobs explores ways that provide the needed protection while keeping intact the representational and inspirational qualities of a design. The talk offers a surprising insight with relevance to Chicago and the nation.

10:05am – 10:15am

Sponsor Talk:
The Impact of New Fire Rated Glazing Technologies to Design, Performance and the Environment

Tim Nass, VP of Sales, SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

In the last decade, advances in fire rated glazing technology and manufacturing have introduced a special breed of fire resistive glazing systems that are capable of performing multiple functions in one assembly.  Today, we see fire resistive glazing systems that simultaneously protect against bullets, attack, hurricane, blast, noise, UV and more.  New applications that were once treated as exceptions, such fire resistive curtain walls, floors, butt-glazed walls, decorative and more are slowly becoming a norm.  The impacts of these developments have opened new opportunities to bring transparency and light to any fire rated space, and pushed fire rated glazing system manufacturers to design products that  appear and perform just like any other glazing system in the project.

10:20am – 10:35am


TRACK #2: Project + Process Innovation

Sponsored by: Bluebeam

10:40am – 10:55am


Using Artificial Intelligence For the Future State of Construction Scheduling

Rick Khan, Senior Director of Innovation, Mortenson Construction

Rene Morkos, CEO, ALICE Technologies

There are a millions ways to schedule a given construction project, and planning projects through the CPM or WBS method has not changed much in the last 20 years—until now. The speakers will discuss a completely new way of approaching project scheduling with the use of a parametric scheduling technology through work performed at Mortenson Construction. How long does it take to build one or two schedules? Days? What if over the course of an afternoon, you were able to generate 66 million 4D scheduling options, representing 22 different parameters sets or construction strategies based on two key outcomes, time and cost. The resulting schedules were up to 84 days shorter than the 540-day duration obtained through the current process. What if we spent our field teams' time finding the best solution, rather developing a single approach to building a project? Imagine the possibilities.

11:00am – 11:15am


Cracking the Code on Manufacturing in Construction: An AEC Giant's Roadmap For Integrating Design, Manufacturing, and Construction

Mark Skender, CEO, Skender

Tim Swanson, Chief Design Officer, Skender

Skender CEO Mark Skender and Chief Design Officer Tim Swanson present the construction giant's vision for creating a manufacturing-minded, vertically-integrated design-manufacturing-build business model. This includes the launch of an advanced manufacturing subsidiary and the acquisition of a boutique design firm, all in an effort to revolutionize the construction of hotels, hospitals, multifamily developments, and other commercial buildings.

11:20am - 11:30am

Sponsor Talk:
Education is the Single Biggest Driver in the AEC Tech Revolution

Jeong Woo, Ph. D., Program Director of Construction Management, Associate Professor Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Disruptive and innovative technologies including connected machines, intelligent networks, integrated platforms and collaborative systems are transforming the AEC industry. But what will it take to enable these "smart" technologies to actually make projects more successful? And how will we leverage the efficiencies they introduce to boost productivity and improve quality? As the industry calls for smarter and more intelligent products, attention is now being refocused on the human aspect of this tech evolution. Dr Jeong Woo, Program Director of Construction Management at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will explore the data-driven education transformation required to deliver the next generation of construction technology professionals.

11:35am – 11:50am


T3 Mass Timber Office Buildings

Steve Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP

Architect, Principal, and Design Leader, DLR Group

Hear the story behind the T3 office building projects told from the architect's perspective, including social and market drivers that resulted in this unique solution, information about the sustainable aspects of the work, and insights into the thought behind the design.

11:55am – 12:10pm


Seven Technologies That Restore Glory to the Master Builder

Rohit Arora, Founder, Vin'R Technologies

Artificial intelligence, computer vision, real-time rendering, drones, robotics, augmented and virtual reality are today's technologies that can creatively address our construction needs. What seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, is now coming together in a way that'll change how we build in near future. These have the potential to enable the designer/architect to (re)take on the role the master builder, as the one directly enabling constructing at the site.

12:15pm – 1:25pm


TRACK #3: AEC Technology Innovation

1:30pm - 1:45pm


The Smart Jobsite: Predictive Visual Data Analytics For Proactive Project Controls

Mani Golparvar, PhD, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; CEO, Reconstruct Inc.

Tomislav Žigo, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, Virtual Design and Construction, Clayco Inc.

Burcin Kaplanoglu, Ph.D., Senior Director of Industry Strategy and Innovation, Oracle

Across the entire enterprise Clayco Inc. is striving to align the production efficiency with scheduled activities through the use of reality capture and BIM-enabled workflows. The exponential growth in data acquisition and application of BIM, paired with ever more aggressive delivery schedules, calls for introduction of solutions that transcend the current algorithmic capabilities and venture into AI territory with the goal of achieving better control and higher level of predictability through the real time analysis of production, resources and jobsite conditions. This talk will present how Clayco has leveraged Reconstruct's visual production management system for achieving production efficiency on several construction sites.  We will present how images and videos from drones and smartphone cameras are used within computer vision algorithms to automatically generate 3D reality models over project timeline. Integrated with BIM and schedule, we will also show AI algorithms compare reality models with 4D BIM to track progress and productivity and identify risk for potential delays. We will share insights on the underlying technology and work processes, and will showcase the ongoing research and development that will pave the way for achieving real time analysis of production, resources and jobsite conditions.

1:50pm – 2:05pm

TALK #10

The Rise of Multi-user Virtual Reality

David Polzin, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director of Design, CannonDesign
Jimmy Rotella, Digital Practice Director, CannonDesign

Two of CannonDesign's tech leaders will present their early findings from pilot testing multi-user VR technology for AEC project coordination. If successfully leveraged, multi-user VR will allow multiple people from around the world to all enter the same virtual spaces together at the same time. In these multi-user environments, users will not be limited to just viewing models and asking questions. They won't have to take off the goggles, remember their thoughts, and then go sketch new ideas elsewhere. Instead, multi-user VR environments enable true collaborative design; people can discuss, draw, scale, break sections apart, and advance the design project in real time. This can allow for enhanced communication and increased time for design exploration, ultimately leading to more successful built products.

2:10pm – 2:25pm

TALK #11

Material Meets Data: How Advanced Digital Fabrication Techniques Are Driving Design Innovation

Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, LEED AP, Technical Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Kyle Vansice, Architectural Professional, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

New fabrication techniques are driving design innovation. They have the potential to inspire new materials, means, and methods in conventional building construction. At SOM, we believe it is possible to discover new forms of architectural expression and unlock added layers of character and richness in design by working backwards from material and tool. Integrating data-rich workflows into our design process affords us the capability to embed large amounts of detail into our parametric models in a flexible and rigorous manner, making direct collaboration with fabricators possible. The result is a continuum between design and fabrication that has the potential to realize a more integrated, sustainable, and expressive built environment through a more cooperative process. Beginning with our work on AMIE 1.0, we'll explore how advanced digital fabrication techniques can create unprecedented innovation and efficiency in the design and delivery process.

2:30pm – 2:45pm

TALK #12

Methods in Making: Design Innovation at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Anthony Viola, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Designer, Team Leader, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

When designing the innovative projects created at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG), the common thread is the concept that form follows performance. This method of design investigates complex architectural problems by exploring new solutions through an intense and iterative process, one where high- and low-tech methodologies are equally explored and implemented. Three current projects illustrate: how the teams at AS+GG innovate though "making;" how the teams use technology to engage in the design process; how they help generate discourse between interdisciplinary design teams that can form more salient questions; and how they discover alternative design solutions that lead to architectural breakthroughs. The discussion will further focus on how this process will continue to push buildings and technology in the future, when the challenges faced by our environment, both built and natural, will inherently require innovative design solutions.

2:50pm – 3:10pm


TRACK #4: AEC Business Innovation

3:15pm – 3:30pm

TALK #13

The Next Frontier of Post-Occupancy Evaluations

Chris Flint Chatto, Assoc. AIA, Principal, ZGF Architects

From apps to SurveyMonkey reports from employees, post occupancy evaluation has become all the rage. But how do you conduct a meaningful, holistic evaluation from design to occupancy? Presenter Chris Chatto will discuss this next frontier of post-occupancy evaluation. Grounded in best practices and lessons learned from projects including the Rocky Mountain Institute's Innovation Center, the presentation will address how new initiatives must be combined with traditional measurement and verification methods to develop a more holistic POE — one that includes utility resource use, environmental conditions, occupant satisfaction, and the holy grail — occupant productivity.

3:35pm – 3:50pm

TALK #14

AEC Data Hunter: How a Fortune 500 Data Guru Is Transforming a Construction Giant

Catherine Rose, PhD, MBA, Director of Staff Development, Skanska USA

With a PhD in mechanical engineering and an MBA with concentration in finance, data expert Catherine Rose spent 15 years in supply chain management, finance, and product management at Procter & Gamble, Duke Energy, and Philips Healthcare. Now she's applying her expertise in data-driven decision making to transform construction operations and business operations at Skanska USA.

3:55pm - 4:10pm

TALK #15

"AEC can has Blockchains?"

Greg Schleusner, AIA, Principal, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK

Our industry loves to talk about a future that looks like manufacturing—an integrated supply chain, offsite fabrication, robots, and IoT. The advancements that enabled this within the automotive or aviation markets were partly based on technology, but also because of strong OEMs that could benefit from an integrated supply chain. AECO has no "owner." We certainly have owners of buildings, but most aren't habitual builders and thus expect the practitioners to know how to deliver a great product. So how do you make a supply chain that benefits all parties within the industry without an process owner? We believe there is a need for a consortia-led technology company that needs to serve the role of industry advocate. Its mission would be to serve the industry, its members, and the users of buildings. It would steal the best ideas from manufacturing (think smart fabrication), banking (think Bitcoin), the Internet, and others and help modernize our continuously under-performing industry.

4:15pm - 4:30pm

TALK #16

AEC + Data + AI: Poison For Some, Elixir For Others — What's Your Firm Drinking?

David L. Morgareidge, Predictive Analytics Director, Associate Principal, Page

Many "projects" currently requiring an AE firm will convert in the near future to clients' in-house, real-time continuous operations, eliminating AE involvement. Efforts that do remain "projects" will have greatly reduced staff, and much of the key work will be performed by non-traditional AE team members and automated systems. These changes are driven by four factors, including the boom in real-time data sources and the increasingly powerful and inexpensive computation power and storage. Morgareidge will track these trends through the lens of his own work, project them forward to the future, and suggest steps that AE firms can take today if they want to survive AECO digital transformation.

4:35pm – 4:45pm