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Two weeks away! See the full speaker roster for BD+C’s Accelerate Live! innovation conference

Multi-user VR, AI in construction, blockchain for AEC teaming, and advanced digital fabrication are among the talks at BD+C’s second-annual Accelerate Live! conference.

April 26, 2018 |
BD+C's Accelerate Live! conference.

Twenty-two business and tech leaders from 18 AEC firms will take the stage in two weeks at BD+C's Accelerate Live! conference. 


The speaker roster is set for BD+C’s second-annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference, Thursday, May 10, at Venue Six10 in Chicago.

Twenty-two business and tech leaders from 18 AEC firms will take the stage in two weeks to discuss radical ideas, breakthrough projects, and novel technologies related to the future of the AEC industry and the changing built environment.

Our AEC visionaries get 15 minutes and up to 10 slides to present their innovation in this high-energy, fast-paced forum and networking event. 


The 2018 Accelerate Live! speaker roster:


TRACK #1: The Changing Built Environment

Sponsored by: SageGlass & SAFTI FIRST


8:30am - 8:45am
TALK #1 - 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


8:50am - 9:05am
TALK #2 - From Micro Schools to Tiny Houses: What's Driving the Downsizing Economy?
Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager, Associate, Stantec Architecture


9:10am - 9:20am
Sponsor Talk: SageGlass, Dr. Alan D W McLenaghan, CEO, SageGlass


9:25am – 9:40am
TALK #3 - The IoT: Why The AEC Industry Must Adapt
Jeff Carpenter, National Director of Technology, IMEG Corp.


9:45am – 10:00am
TALK #4 - Security and the Built Environment: Insights From an Embassy Designer
Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal, Krueck + Sexton Architects


10:05am – 10:15am
Sponsor Talk: SAFTI FIRST, Tim Nass, VP of Sales, SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions



TRACK #2: Project + Process Innovation

Sponsored by: Bluebeam


10:40am – 10:55am
TALK #5 - Using Artificial Intelligence For the Future State of Construction Scheduling
Rick Khan, Senior Director of Innovation, Mortenson Construction
Rene Morkos, CEO, ALICE Technologies


11:00am – 11:15am
TALK #6 - 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


11:20am - 11:30am
Sponsor Talk: Bluebeam, Jeong Woo, PhD, Program Director of Construction Management, Associate Professor Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, Milwaukee School of Engineering


11:35am – 11:50am
TALK #7 - T3 Mass Timber Office Buildings
Steve Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP, Architect, Principal, and Design Leader, DLR Group


11:55am – 12:10pm
TALK #8 - Seven Technologies That Restore Glory to the Master Builder
Rohit Arora, Founder, Vin’R Technologies



TRACK #3: AEC Technology Innovation

1:30pm - 1:45pm
TALK #9 - The Smart Jobsite: Predictive Visual Data Analytics
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.


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


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


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


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


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


3:55pm - 4:10pm
TALK #15 - "AEC can has Blockchains?"
Greg Schleusner, AIA, Principal, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK


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


4:35pm – 4:45pm

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