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Accelerate Live! talk: Security and the built environment: Insights from an embassy designer

 

SUMMARY
When we think about the “new reality” of commercial and institutional buildings, where security and safety threats come in so many heinous forms, a deeper level of integration is needed to safeguard the occupants of our nation’s schools, university campuses, hotels, workplaces, hospitals, and government buildings. 

Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with Krueck + Sexton Architects, has worked all over the globe designing, studying, and researching some of the world’s most hardened buildings, including embassies, consulates, and high-level government buildings.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), Tom discusses how designers can safeguard at-risk buildings without turning them into fortresses or jails. He also explores ways that provide the needed protection while keeping intact the representational and inspirational qualities of a design.

 

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

Tom Jacobs, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal with Krueck + Sexton Architects, joined the firm in 1997 after receiving his Diploma of Architecture from the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich in 1995. From 1999 to 2002, he worked for Herzog and deMeuron in Basel and San Francisco on the New de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, returning to K+S in 2002. Jacobs has been recognized by the national AIA as 2012 Young Architect for his "tireless dedication and devotion to the practice of architecture, to his clients, team members, and students," noting that "his guidance and aspiration for the profession is infectious."

 

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Accelerate Live! talk: Security and the built environment: Insights from an embassy designer
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Accelerate Live! talk: Using artificial intelligence for the future state of construction scheduling

 

SUMMARY
Artificial intelligence—like so many of the topics featured at Accelerate Live!—was nothing more than a pipe dream five years ago.

Yet, in just a few short years, AI has shifted from R&D and academia into the marketplace, thanks to several enterprising startups. These firms offer custom and off-the-self solutions for optimizing many of the complex and convoluted processes in commercial design and construction.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), we hear from two of the earliest adopters of AI-driven processes in commercial construction.  

Rick Khan is the Senior Director of Innovation with Mortenson Construction.

Rene Morkos is the CEO of ALICE Technologies, a Stanford University startup that uses AI to optimize construction scheduling.

Rick and Rene speak about Mortensen’s recent pilot of the ALICE platform on construction projects, as well as the construction giant’s ongoing plans for AI.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ricardo Khan
Senior Director of Innovation, Mortenson Construction

As the Senior Director of Innovation, Rick leads the Mortenson Innovators Program with a goal to inspire, engage and partner with all internal team members in the process of idea incubation, solution validation, and then to commitment and launch of new ways of working. Rick's focus is on Big 'I' Innovation that targets a 10x value creation. Prior to his current role, Rick Led Mortenson's Project Solutions department, focused on operations excellence. Project Solutions supports project teams from concept through closeout by providing expertise in project management, planning & scheduling, virtual design & construction, and innovation services. We have two key areas of focus, enhancing today's processes while creating the future state of construction through research and development.

Rene Morkos
CEO, ALICE Technologies

Rene Morkos' professional experience includes working as a project manager in Afghanistan, underwater construction in Lebanon, automation engineering on a $350 million gas refinery expansion in Abu Dhabi, and Virtual Design and Construction consulting around the world. He completed his PhD in Artificial Intelligence applications for construction as a Charles H. Leavell fellow at Stanford University.

 

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Water treatment facility renovation benefits from laser scanning technology

When JRA Architects were contracted to modernize a water treatment facility from the late 1800s, they reached out to Ayoroa Simmons for help with assessing the current structures. Learn how the data captured by FARO® laser scanners helped create a clear, comprehensive view of the renovation in much less time than traditional field measuring methods.

Water treatment facility renovation benefits from laser scanning technology
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Butt-Glazed Fire-Resistive System from Technical Glass Products

The Fireframes ClearView™ System is comprised of butt-glazed Pilkington Pyrostop® low-iron fire-rated and impact safety-rated glass with a heat-resistive perimeter frame.

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An Inside Look at SAFTI FIRST

Go behind-the-scenes to discover the advantages of partnering with the only single-source, vertically-integrated, fire-rated glazing systems manufacturer in the USA.

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Architect educational support from ZIP System® sheathing and tape

Don Simon, Manager Education and Training, discusses how Huber Engineered Woods is dedicated to providing education and support to multifamily teams from specification details to jobsite mock-walls and beyond at Greenbuild 2017.

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Fire-Resistive Aluminum Frames from TGP

Fireframes® Aluminum Series provides a barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer. The narrow profiles allow unlimited areas of glazing in fire separations.

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SageGlass continues to provide dynamic and innovative products

In this video, we check in with SageGlass at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston. Learn about some of the ways they are using electrochromic dynamic glass to promote comfort and productivity for the occupant in a variety of settings, while also providing architects with more design freedom.

 

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Hotel & resort planning solutions

Smart design means simplifying the lodging experience. dormakaba is unmatched in quality and service among global companies that supply the full range of hospitality solutions. For more information visit dormakaba.us.

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From one end of the building to the other. Watch Cliff's time, material & labor study that compares traditional vs. pre-engineered methods, solutions & benefits.

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The right products for the building envelope can play a critical role in reducing energy costs and improving building performance.

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Tornado resistant door hardware solutions

Keep your building secure and those within it safe from tornadoes and severe weather with certified tornado resistant solutions from ASSA ABLOY’s Corbin Russwin FE6600 Series and SARGENT FM7300 Series multi-point locks.

For more information, visit www.assaabloydss.com.

 

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Fire-Resistive Aluminum Frames from TGP

Fireframes® Aluminum Series provides a barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer. The narrow profiles allow unlimited areas of glazing in fire separations.

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Electronically tintable SageGlass provides a beautiful way to control solar glare and heat gain without shades, blinds or external sunshades. At SageGlass, we are passionate about this technology, one that enables people to live and work in comfortable buildings filled with natural light.

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Duro-Last® is a leader in vertical integration. Since the beginning, our founder, John R. Burt, strived to produce as many parts of a Duro-Last assembly in-house while also embracing the Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky™ approach. All of this allows Duro-Last to control quality from top to bottom.

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Sustainability has been a part of the Duro-Last® culture for more than 20 years, and we have the products to back it up. Duro-Last’s flagship membrane achieved NSF/ANSI 347 Platinum Certification – the highest certification available – and the Duro-Tuff®,  Duro-Fleece®, and Duro-Last EV membranes each earned Gold Certification.

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Steel Curtain Wall Systems from TGP

SteelBuilt Curtainwall® Systems feature larger free spans, narrower sight lines and improved thermal performance than typical aluminum curtain wall. 

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See how laser scanner technology has changed the way this company approaches problem-solving

Robins & Morton is a general contractor and construction management firm that has been using laser scanners from FARO to identify and solve problems on the job. Take an inside look at how this innovative technology has saved time, money, and set this company apart in the market.

See how laser scanner technology has changed the way this company approaches problem-solving
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Pondering pre-fab? See a smart solution with PEX.

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Build and design safer and stronger buildings

The performance of a NUDURA ICF wall system is designed to withstand some of Mother Nature’s worst. Be sure your new building will withstand high winds, fire, the elements and the test of time by using NUDURA ICFs.

 

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Proven silicone solutions from Dow Corning

Joy Govitz takes us through some of the rich history of silicone solutions from Dow Corning at AIA 2017. Watch this video to see some of the versatile product offerings featured at the show.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Is the road to the future the path of least resistance? Sasha Reed, Bluebeam (sponsored)

 

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 today’s "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 stronger than ever, Sasha Reed, Bluebeam VP of Strategic Development, introduces the models and methods necessary to make the right changes to addresses the real challenges on your specific job site. 

Construction will not change unless we start responsibly breaking things. Interoperability is no longer a buzzword. 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.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

As Vice President of Strategic Development at Bluebeam, Sasha Reed connects with design and construction industry leaders to promote collaborative, digital ecosystems using the open file format, PDF. Sasha is known industry-wide as a "conversation facilitator" for her work hosting roundtables, creating platforms and authoring content on StrXur and the BD+C Magazine Digital COM Blog to foster ideas that advance the industry. Sasha has been a featured presenter at numerous national and international conferences, including the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Federal Project Delivery Symposium, and the NTI Danish BIM Conference. She was recently featured in the UK's Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) roundtable on BIM, as well as the BIM+ webinar on "Real Life Applications of BIM." Sasha is an advisor and founding member of the CPCoalition, a grassroots effort to provide a common industry framework from which to create and maintain construction PDF documents. She also served on the City College of San Francisco BIM Industry Council and is Secretary to the BOD for the buildingSMART alliance, council to the National Institute of Building Sciences.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Is the road to the future the path of least resistance? Sasha Reed, Bluebeam (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: Work in progress—How the office environment drives innovation, SageGlass (sponsored)

  

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, SageGlass CEO Dr. Alan McLenaghan reviews how biophilic design and new technologies, such as dynamic glass, create a greater connection between the built and natural environments in the office.

He details how this connection can enhance the creativity, cognitive thought, and productivity of team members—ultimately creating the foundation for innovation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass, is an 18 year veteran of the Saint-Gobain group, the parent company of SageGlass. Prior to becoming CEO, Alan served as SVP of Technology at Saint-Gobain's Containers Division (glass bottles), Global VP Manufacturing at Saint-Gobain Glass (flat glass) and Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Glass UK Ltd. He considers it the ultimate honor to have been asked by Saint-Gobain's executive leadership to bring dynamic SageGlass to the global market. Electronically tintable SageGlass is the most innovative product and technology to emerge in the glass and glazing industry since the advent of flat glass produced by the float process. Alan started his career in the late 1980s with the chemical companies, ICI and DuPont, working in several European countries, North America and China. He holds a B.S. in Applied Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from universities in his native Scotland. Despite the executive titles, Alan considers himself a practical, straightforward Scot and was recently described by a well-known industry blogger as looking and sounding like a Scottish football (soccer) player.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Work in progress—How the office environment drives innovation, SageGlass (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: Driving value through process innovation, Jonathan O'Leary, NCI Building Systems (sponsored)

 

The old way of doing business is becoming increasingly burdensome and expensive for AEC firms.

In this talk, NCI Building Systems’ Jonathan O'Leary discusses why firms must rely on their partners to simplify the business process and minimize risk while serving as a trusted partner and thought leader.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jonathan O'Leary is the Vice President of the Building Solutions Group at NCI Building Systems, leading a team of professionals passionate about bringing value-added building solutions to architects, engineers and owners. Jonathan and his team bring unique solutions to customers that drive value across the supply chain and help clients reduce their total cost of ownership, minimize complexity and increase their projects' speed of delivery.  Prior to his role at NCI, he held leadership positions with Commercial Metals Company and Owens Corning and has been recognized for developing strong relationships with customers, suppliers and distributors.  Jonathan holds a BSBA in Finance/Economics from Robert Morris University and an MBA from The University of Pittsburgh.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Driving value through process innovation, Jonathan O'Leary, NCI Building Systems (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: 3D laser scanning for the project lifecycle, FARO Technologies (sponsored)

   

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 Slawnikowski, Account Manager, Construction BIM-CIM with FARO Technologies, Inc., and Jennifer Suerth, LEED AP, Vice President, Technical Services with Pepper Construction, discuss 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.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Brent Slawnikowski brings over eight years of surveying, laser scanning and civil engineering practice to the industry. Brent graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. During his four-year tenure at Purdue Calumet, he worked as an intern for Great Lakes Engineering and two years later took the role of Project Engineer at FALK PLI Engineering & Surveying. Expanding his reach, a little further, Brent relocated to Florida in 2014 where he spent a year with CAPTEC Engineering as a Project Engineer. After his one-year tenure in Florida, he relocated back to Northwest Indiana, where he picked up where he left off at FALK PLI Engineering & Surveying. Seeing an opportunity to offer his knowledge and experience to the AEC market, he joined FARO in June 2016.

As Vice President of Technical Services at Pepper Construction, Jennifer Suerth provides strategic direction for the company with regard to BIM, laser scanning, virtual reality and other technical services specialties. She serves as a key advisor to project teams on constructability and implementation strategies throughout the early stages of project design and development, as well as providing leadership on construction, fabrication and facility management. Jen has more than 12 years of experience in architecture, engineering and construction. She is a leader in the Chicago virtual construction community, speaking frequently and running workshops educating others on BIM. She has been recognized among 2016 Women in Construction by Constructech Magazine, Chicago Building Congress Future Leaders and ENR Midwest's Top 20 Under 40. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture, Structures, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Accelerate Live! talk: 3D laser scanning for the project lifecycle, FARO Technologies (sponsored)
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Accelerate Live! talk: Next-gen materials for the built environment, Blaine Brownell, Transmaterial

    

Virtually every revolution in architecture has been preceded by a revolution in materials: think iron, glass, steel, concrete, plastics, and 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? 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Blaine Brownell, author of the Transmaterial series, reveals emerging trends and applications that are transforming the technological capacity, environmental performance, and design potential of architecture in Transmaterial Next.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Blaine Brownell is an architect and former Fulbright scholar with a focus on emergent materials and applications. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and Principal of the design and research practice Transstudio. Brownell authored the Transmaterial series as well as the books Matter in the Floating World and Material Strategies with Princeton Architectural Press. Considered a leading scholar on advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell has been published in over forty design, business, and science journals including The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and Discover, and he has lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Blaine's latest book with co-author Marc Swackhamer is entitled Hypernatural: Architecture's New Relationship with Nature.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Next-gen materials for the built environment, Blaine Brownell, Transmaterial
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Accelerate Live! talk: Incubating innovation through R&D and product development, Jonatan Schumacher, Thornton Tomasetti

 

Over the course of the past decade, Thornton Tomasetti has morphed from a firm based on traditional engineering practices, to one centered on innovation through R&D and product development. 

As Director of the firm’s virtual incubator, CORE Studio, Jonatan Schumacher has helped to spearhead this companywide movement toward innovation. 

The firm’s inventions range from novel scripts and design tools to its custom TTX database that provides real-time collaboration across a multitude of software tools. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Schumacher presents the firm’s business model for developing, incubating, and delivering cutting-edge tools and solutions for the firm, and the greater AEC market.  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

As Director of CORE studio, Jonatan Schumacher oversees and implements strategic development related to integrated structural design, façade design and building information modeling. He works closely with the building structure, building skin, and building performance practices, assisting project teams firm wide. His experience encompasses architecture, engineering, product design, robotics, and computer science. His areas of expertise include digital fabrication, automatic and generative geometry, computational analysis, and building information modeling. He is fluent in more than five scripting languages and has expertise in various parametric modeling platforms, as well as data mining, problem modeling, and knowledge exchange through APIs of Revit, Tekla, CATIA/Digital Project, Rhino and Grasshopper. Schumacher lectures at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He holds a masters degree in architectural engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's degree in Product Design and Engineering from Middlesex University, London.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Incubating innovation through R&D and product development, Jonatan Schumacher, Thornton Tomasetti
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Accelerate Live! talk: The future of computational design, Ben Juckes, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

 

Since joining the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign three years ago, Ben Juckes has worked on a wide range of typologies, from an award-winning hybrid student "maker space" and housing building at the University of Utah to cultural projects in Los Angeles and Jerusalem.

He is instrumental in developing a variety of DIY tools and custom workflows that challenge conventional practice and change the way we think about architecture.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Juckes discusses Yazdani’s tech-centric culture, where scripting has become an every-project occurrence and, as a consequence, each designer regularly works with computational tools as part of their basic toolset.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ben Juckes is an Associate with the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary architecture and design practice which is a laboratory for exploration and experimentation. Before relocating to California, Ben taught parametric modeling and design studios at the University of Western Australia where he also received his Master Degree from the School of Architecture. Whilst at UWA, Ben represented Australia at the Venice Biennale, collaborating with Felix on a retrospective pavilion that brought unbuilt projects to life through a series of augmentations and animations.  Since joining the Yazdani Studio he has worked on a wide range of typologies, from the award winning hybrid student "maker space" and housing building - Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah, to cultural projects in Los Angeles and Jerusalem, and significant high end residential developments in Dubai. Ben is embedded in and provides design leadership in both the studios research initiatives and active projects, and is instrumental in developing a variety of DIY tools and custom workflows that challenge conventional practice and change the way we think about architecture.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The future of computational design, Ben Juckes, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
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Accelerate Live! talk: A case for Big Data in construction, Graham Cranston, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 

Our projects today are creating and using more data, from more sources, and across more disciplines, than ever before. From the Internet of Things, to swarms of sensors, to point clouds, to reality capture—we are drowning in data. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Graham Cranston, Senior Structural Engineer with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, shares SGH’s efforts to take hold of its project data. 

This includes applying mathematical optimization techniques to leverage the Big Data generated by parametric analysis and presenting it all in an information-rich interactive visual graphics.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Graham Cranston is a Senior Structural Engineer with Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) specializing in design and analysis of non-standard structures. As a member of the Digital Design and Fabrication Group at SGH, Graham uses high-fidelity structural models, finite element analysis, and computational tools to solve diverse problems at the leading edge of structural design. He is currently developing multiobjective optimization approaches for a range of physics from structures to daylighting and energy use. He's also developing workflows for the efficient development of multiple unique and variable 3D printed structural components in buildings.

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Accelerate Live! talk: A case for Big Data in construction, Graham Cranston, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
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Accelerate Live! talk: Scaling change in a changing industry, Chris Mayer, Suffolk Construction

 

In the GC community, Suffolk Construction was one of the first to not only recognize the potential of emerging technologies, like drones and reality capture, but to establish a formal process for vetting these tools.

The firm established R&D teams across the organization to pilot technologies on actual projects. If the desired results were achieved, the team would then evaluate the scalability across the organization.

It all sounds so simple, right? Well it’s not.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Chris Mayer, Suffolk’s Chief Innovation Officer, talks about the firm’s framework for vetting and implementing new technologies and processes.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Chris Mayer is the Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Suffolk Construction. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company's innovation initiatives, managing their execution, and measuring their results to achieve safer and more affordable building. In addition, Chris heads up Suffolk's Innovation Committee, which is focused on identifying new innovations and testing them for feasibility. Prior to joining Suffolk, Chris was a consultant in the digital media and online education industries where his focus was on developing strategic technology plans that align with, and enable, successful business growth. Chris also worked as the Publisher of the Boston Globe newspaper and websites for four years and worked at the news organization for nearly 30 years. He oversaw the Globe's two-brand online strategy, developed new technologies that allowed subscribers to access Globe content on smartphones and tablets, and launched RadioBDC which introduced the Globe to a new digital radio audience. Chris currently serves on the board of Community Servings, a not-for-profit food and nutrition program that provides services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Yale University.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Scaling change in a changing industry, Chris Mayer, Suffolk Construction
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Accelerate Live! talk: Gaming tech in construction, Lucas Richmond, Gilbane

 

Based out of Gilbane’s Milwaukee office, Lucas Richmond has spent the better part of the past decade building the company’s fledgling media studio into a multimedia powerhouse—and a critical piece of the firm’s client-service offerings.

High-powered graphics, 3D gaming environments, virtual and augmented reality, video, photography—Richmond’s team utilizes all of these tools to help clients and building teams realize their architectural vision.

A key to his success is his unconventional hiring practices, which includes looking outside the AEC industry when recruiting his rockstar team. Richmond walks us through his hiring strategy during this 15-minute talk, from BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago).

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Lucas Richmond is the Senior Media Studio Manager for Gilbane Building Company. Richmond excels in this role because he is a problem solver and someone that can help people realize their architectural vision. He can take a simple, pencil sketch from a napkin and bring to life a vision in a 3D environment, where you can add materials, lighting, and finishes, and then view in a high-frame-rate virtual reality environment. Richmond is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he studied graphic and multimedia design. His 10 years in the industry of 3D multimedia, combined with solid communication skills, and an architectural background, result in highly detailed animations and visuals for Gilbane's clients.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Gaming tech in construction, Lucas Richmond, Gilbane
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Accelerate Live! talk: From job site to factory, the future of commercial construction, Tyler Goss, Turner

 

From prefabrication to predictive visual-data analytics. From RFID tagging to the use of drones and rovers on job site. Turner Construction has been at the forefront of smart job site movement. And the construction giant is just getting started. 

Through these measures and others, like Lean management and advanced BIM/VDC coordination, Turner has set an ambitious goal to transform the complex and messy process of commercial construction into a predictable—and therefore improvable—industrial process.   

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Tyler Goss, Turner’s Global Innovation Development Manager, presents the company’s “job site as a factory” initiative.  

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

As Turner Construction's Global Innovation Development Manager, Tyler Goss oversees a broad portfolio of organizational transformation initiatives. Whether he is coaching internal entrepreneurs, advising senior leadership, developing external partnerships, or pioneering new revenue streams for the company, he is a passionate advocate for the broad technological and cultural changes necessary to meet the significant challenges facing current and future generations of the AEC industry.

Trained as an architect at UCLA, he has previously held positions at SHoP Architects, CASE Design, and WeWork. In total, he has nearly 20 years of experience in design, construction, and operations, giving him a unique understanding of the current state of the industry across all phases of project delivery. Combining this knowledge with both a strategic vision for organizational transformation and a rigorous understanding of future technological trends, his goal is to continuously raise the bar for the effective and efficient delivery of buildings at Turner and throughout the industry at large.

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Accelerate Live! talk: From job site to factory, the future of commercial construction, Tyler Goss, Turner
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Accelerate Live! talk: The world's smartest buildings, Derik Eckhardt, Miller Hull Partnership

 

In the burgeoning area of smart and connected buildings, you’d be hard pressed to find an AEC professional who knows more about the newest and most-advanced projects than architect Derik Eckhardt.

Last summer, Eckhardt traveled the globe to research and study the world’s smartest buildings, under a scholarship from AIA Seattle. Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dubai, London, and Stuttgart were among his destinations. Consider Eckhardt the Anthony Bourdain of smart buildings. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Eckhardt shares what he learned during his recent travels, and attempts to answer the question: What makes a building “smart”?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Derik Eckhardt, AIA, is an Architect with The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, Washington. The breadth of his work has developed into an intentionally diverse portfolio. Most recently he has been working on civic infrastructure facilities as well as mixed-use commercial developments. Derik was the 2016 recipient of AIA Seattle's Emerging Professionals Travel Scholarship, which allowed him to travel extensively, exploring the role of emerging technologies within the practice of architecture.

In March of 2017, he curated the exhibition Smarter Buildings, which addressed overlapping themes of technology and architecture. Derik holds a Bachelor of Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. During his studies he participated in the University of Cape Town BAS (Honours) program in South Africa and also spent time studying in Tianjin, China.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The world's smartest buildings, Derik Eckhardt, Miller Hull Partnership
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Accelerate Live! talk: Preparing for the AI revolution, Alan Robles, Gensler

 

Alan Robles is not an architect, yet he rose through the ranks to become a leader and trusted innovator within the world’s largest architecture firm. 

Maybe it’s his beatboxing skills, or his racing talents, or maybe his flair for songwriting. No, we have a feeling it’s because of his creative abilities, especially designing experiential environments for Gensler’s clients. 

And for his gifts of seeing into the future and exploring how technologies will impact design and the built environment.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Robles shares how the AEC Giant firm is preparing its project teams and clients for the coming artificial intelligence revolution.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Over 24 years exploring the relationship between users and their surroundings, Alan Robles has been creating experience environments for clients and projects of every scale around the world. In his role at Gensler, he explores the opportunities found at the fringes of the design practice, searching for the edges of the play space of each design opportunity.

As augmented reality, virtual reality, and digital media have become a more significant part of the engagement and development of "place," Robles has focused his work on exploring the interplay between content and context. Developing the tools for creating stories in places with special attention to the value those stories help communicate within the experience environment.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Preparing for the AI revolution, Alan Robles, Gensler
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An energy-efficient innovation from Dryvit provides the look of brick

Discover the simplicity and flexibility of NewBrick™, featured at the Dryvit booth at AIA 2017. Watch this video and get an architect's perspective on the impact this solution will have on the industry.

An energy-efficient innovation from Dryvit provides the look of brick
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Discover whole wall solutions from CENTRIA

Jeff Peskowitz of CENTRIA discusses several of the innovative products featured at AIA 2017. Watch this video to learn about some of their unique options for metal wall and roof systems.

Discover whole wall solutions from CENTRIA
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Project-driven solutions from Deltek

We caught up with Zak Ruck at AIA 2017 to walk through some of the key solutions Deltek offers to AEC industries. Watch this video for a brief overview of the types of tools and systems available to architects to help improve efficiency.

Project-driven solutions from Deltek
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