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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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Improve indoor air quality with Nedlaw Living Walls

Join us as Randy Walden of Nedlaw explains the amazing technology behind their living wall biofilter at AIA 2017. Learn more about this innovative product and how it can pay for itself in just 3-5 years.

Improve indoor air quality with Nedlaw Living Walls
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ROXUL announces no-added formaldehyde product

Kim Friedrich of ROXUL announces their new no-added formaldehyde stone wool insulation product at AIA 2017. Watch this video to learn more about this new product and the benefits of their stone wool insulation.

ROXUL announces no-added formaldehyde product
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Discover the benefits of ICFs from NUDURA

Andy Horgan of NUDURA describes the structure and function of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) at AIA 2017. Watch this video and learn how ICFs have become one of the most energy efficient and airtight wall systems available.

 

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Bringing visions to life with Nichiha's Architectural Wall Panels

Carolina Albano shares some of the unique features of Nichiha's Integrated Rainscreen system at AIA 2017. Watch this video and see the variety of color and texture options available for this easy-to-install product. 

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High performance air and moisture barriers from Dörken

Todd Kimmel, technical consultant with Dörken, answers some of the most common questions about their air and water-resistive barrier solutions featured at AIA 2017. Watch this video and see how their DELTA® products can help manage moisture effectively.  

High performance air and moisture barriers from Dörken
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A multiple-in-one solution from Huber Engineered Woods

Join us as Mike Moriarty from Huber Engineered Woods takes us through some of the advantages of ZIP System® R-sheathing at AIA 2017. Watch this video and learn how installation convenience and long-term performance are just two of the benefits of this product.

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Accelerate Live! talk: How maker culture is transforming Sasaki’s design practice

 

Boston-based design and planning firm Sasaki has been at the forefront of the maker movement in the AEC market. We’re not referring to designing maker spaces for their clients, although Sasaki does that, too. 

We’re talking about applying the principles and practices of the maker movement to the traditional design firm; Using hands-on exercises, prototyping, and digital design to help extract the best solutions and ideas from everyone in the organization. 

Pablo Savid-Buteler, LEED AP, Managing Principal, and Brad Prestbo, AIA, Senior Associate, are leading Sasaki’s maker culture initiatives.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Savid-Buteler and Prestbo talk about how this movement is changing the way Sasaki goes to market, and how it is helping the firm win new business.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Pablo Savid-Buteler, LEED AP, is a Managing Principal with Sasaki. As head of the architecture and interior design practice, Pablo is a member of the Executive Committee. He also leads the Campus Studio's international efforts, with a particular focus on work in Central and South America. His experience encompasses both urban and campus environments. Within an urban context, Pablo has expertise with mixed-use environments and on campuses he focuses on student life and learning environments. His commissions are characterized by sensitivity to materiality, attentiveness to the relationship between buildings and surrounding landscapes, and making places that respond to their unique culture and context. His approach involves close dialogue with clients, interactive working sessions, and hands-on, collaborative design and production. Pablo is certified as LEED AP. He holds a diploma of architecture from the Universidad Católica de Cordoba, Argentina, and a master of architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Brad Prestbo, AIA, Senior Associate with Sasaki, is an architect with over nineteen years of experience working on some of the nation's most prestigious campuses. A problem-solver with great technical skill, he has been part of several award-winning project teams. As chair of Sasaki's Technical Resource Group, Brad shares his knowledge of design and detailing with the rest of firm to promote better practices in architecture. Brad enjoys exploring what is possible. In his practice, he finds that researching "what if..." is more rewarding when collaborating with colleagues from various disciplines. He takes an active role in mentoring, sharing his knowledge of 100-year building design principles with colleagues inside and outside the office. A registered architect in Massachusetts, Brad attended Syracuse University School of Architecture where he received the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Thesis Super Jury Award. He currently serves as a design critic and thesis mentor at Suffolk University. Brad is actively involved in the the Construction Specifier's Institute. He frequently lectures on detailing and working drawings, and is currently writing a series of books on contract documents.

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Accelerate Live! talk: How maker culture is transforming Sasaki’s design practice
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Think Smarter with PEX for Hydronic Piping

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Accelerate Live! talk: The ROI of innovation culture, Russ Sykes, SmithGroupJJR

 

Russ Sykes has seen it all. 

He’s hiked 19,000 feet above sea level, to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He launched his firm’s operations in China. And he rose to become a Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of the nation’s oldest and largest AE firms. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Sykes takes us through SmithGroupJJR’s ongoing journey to create a firm culture that ignites innovation and propels change across all levels of the organization. He demonstrates how four mantras paved the way for new operational models, idea generation, and process improvements. They include creating a culture of engagement, nurturing "intrapreneurs," and building loyalty with unconventional rewards.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Russ Sykes, a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and a LEED Accredited Professional, is a Managing Partner and part of a three-person leadership team for SmithGroupJJR. Working from the firm's Detroit, Michigan location, he leads the company's 10 offices, with a focus on improving project delivery processes and operations. Previously, he managed the Science & Technology studio in Detroit and also served as director of China operations.

Russ graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1985, and went on to join SmithGroupJJR as an electrical engineer. Through the years he was promoted to management roles at the 280-employee Detroit office, including director of operations and office director. In 2013, he was integral in the establishment of a new office in Shanghai. In 2016, Mr. Sykes was honored as Pennsylvania State University's Outstanding Engineering Alumni, and in 2010 he was recognized by the school's Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society as a Centennial Fellow in the Department of Architectural Engineering.

In 2016 he also completed six consecutive years on the Industrial & Professional Advisory Council for the University's College of Engineering. Additionally, he is active in various professional affiliations, including the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Construction Owner's Association of America, and is an associate member of the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The ROI of innovation culture, Russ Sykes, SmithGroupJJR
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Accelerate Live! talk: Finding the money for your clients' projects, Paul Westlake, Jr., DLR Group|WRL

 

As everyone in the AEC industry knows all too well, without money for a building project, there is no building project. 

During his decades-long career in architecture, Paul Westlake has become somewhat of a master for helping his clients—particularly in the cultural and performing arts sectors—find money for their projects, or find more money for their projects. 

In some cases, these projects would not have happened without Westlake’s expertise. In other cases, he helped his clients fully realize their vision, with added funding for optional programming.  

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Westlake shares some of his methods for adding value to projects on the financing end. These include tax credit equity financing, preservation tax incentives, and new markets tax credits.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Paul Westlake, Jr., FAIA, Global Culture+Performing Arts Leader and Senior Principal with DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky, specializes in the planning and design for the performing and cultural arts.

His award-winning projects encompass theaters and performance venues of all types as well as other cultural facilities such as museums and fine arts buildings. Over the course of his career, Paul has been personally involved in the study, renovation, and design of approximately 200 cultural facilities nationally and internationally, including work in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, and Gabon, Africa. His projects and clients range from large performing arts centers in major cities to facilities nurturing the diversity of the arts on college campuses and in smaller communities.

Paul has lectured on performing arts design at national conferences of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the International Association of Assembly Managers, the League of Historic American Theatres, and other symposia.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Finding the money for your clients' projects, Paul Westlake, Jr., DLR Group|WRL
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Accelerate Live! talk: Health-generating buildings, Marcene Kinney, Angela Mazzi, GBBN Architects

 

During the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed an evolution in building design, from high-performance and energy-efficient buildings, to sustainable and green buildings, and now to spaces that enhance performance and promote wellness and health. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Marcene Kinney and Angela Mazzi from Cincinnati-based GBBN Architects talk about their work in behavior change and health-generating design.

Their 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.

They also 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.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

As Principal and Market Director at GBBN Architects, Marcene Kinney, AIA, LEED AP, leads her team's exploration and focus to do more than merely solve functional architectural problems for clients. Her applied research details fives types of space and their physical attributes that contribute to socialization and gathering patterns within spaces. She has dedicated 17 years exploring how space facilitates social interaction and builds community within the educational environment. Kinney has presented her research-based design work to American Institute of Architecture and Society of College and University Planning audiences and is the recent recipient of an AIA design award for work completed at Northern Kentucky University. Perhaps most important are the satisfaction survey reports by her clients who are reporting increased engagement and retention from their customers.

Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, is a Senior Associate and Medical Planner at GBBN Architects, where she focuses on enhancing quality of life through built environments—connecting great design with user needs. Her background in design, business management, and research on socio-cultural contexts provides a unique perspective on how culture is reflected in architecture and user experience. Mazzi serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), the Board of AIA Cincinnati, the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, and was an Advisory Board member for Arizona State University's Healthcare Design Program in its initial years. Her research linking wellness to design has been published in many healthcare journals and been presented at both national and international conferences.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Health-generating buildings, Marcene Kinney, Angela Mazzi, GBBN Architects
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Accelerate Live! talk: Applying machine learning to building design, Daniel Davis, WeWork

 

Daniel Davis joins us from New York, but he hails from New Zealand, so don’t dare call him an Aussie!

Davis has a PhD in architecture and has spent the better part of the past 4.5 years researching and applying advanced technologies in building design and planning—from the use of sensors to reality capture to artificial intelligence.

As Director of Product Research at WeWork, Davis leads a team of researchers that is using a range of computation and machine learning methods to improve WeWork’s co-working office spaces across the globe.

When he isn’t busy revolutionizing workplace design, Davis works as a consultant for the ongoing construction of Antoni Gaudí’s famed Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Davis offers a glimpse into the world at WeWork, and how his team is rethinking the workplace design with the help of machine learning tools.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Daniel Davis, PhD, is the Director of Product Research with WeWork. Based out of New York, Davis leads a team of researchers investigating the relationship between people and spaces at WeWork.

Using a range of computation and machine learning methods, his team is particularly interested in understanding how workplaces can be designed to enhance people's happiness, productivity, and connection to their community.

Davis originally trained as an architect in New Zealand and later did a PhD in computational design at RMIT University in Australia. Outside of WeWork, Davis works as a member of the design team completing Antoni Gaudí's Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

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Accelerate Live! talk: Applying machine learning to building design, Daniel Davis, WeWork
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Accelerate Live! talk: Learning from Silicon Valley - Using SaaS to automate AEC, Sean Parham, Aditazz

   

Straight from Silicon Valley, Sean Parham has spent nearly his entire career in the tech and telecom worlds, from Motorola to Cisco to launching his own startups.

Last July, he joined the executive team of one of the AEC industry’s hottest tech-focused startups: Aditazz.

As VP of Product Marketing and Management, Parham is leading the firm’s charge in shaking up the traditional design and construction approaches.

The firm’s goal is to simplify and improve what is an inherently complex and messy process by adapting technologies and methodologies from the semiconductor and software development worlds.

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Parham takes us through the "Aditazz way" for automating traditional AEC practices.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Sean Parham is VP of Product Marketing and Management with Aditazz. With over 25 years in SaaS (software as a service), enterprise software, and broadband networking, Parham is a successful entrepreneur and executive committed to building and launching innovative products.

From founding startups to executive management of large-scale enterprises, his experience spans marketing, general management, and product development.

Before joining Aditazz, Parham was VP and General Manager of IoT New Ventures for Cisco, where he was responsible for creating an IoT PaaS (platform as a service). Prior to Cisco, he was retained by Pace plc following its acquisition of 2Wire, where he was Chief Marketing Officer.

He helped lead the strategic process that resulted in the Pace acquisition of 2Wire for $475 million. While CMO at 2Wire, he headed the company's strategic planning, corporate marketing, product marketing, and worldwide sales support.

Parham holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Accelerate Live! talk: Learning from Silicon Valley - Using SaaS to automate AEC, Sean Parham, Aditazz
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Accelerate Live! talk: The data-driven future for AEC, Nathan Miller, Proving Ground

   

We call him the "other Oracle of Omaha.” Hailing from the great state of Nebraska, Nathan Miller has no formal training or education in computer coding—but don’t let that fool you. 

In short order, Miller has earned wide acclaim as one of the industry’s bright minds and most trusted consultants in the areas of computational design and data-driven design. As Founder and Managing Director of the consulting practice, Proving Ground, he has helped some of the nation’s largest AEC firms overcome challenges in the technology landscape. 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Miller presents his vision of a data-driven future for the business of design, where creativity is fueled by continuous improvement, and solutions are built on proof.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Nathan Miller
Founder, Proving Ground

Nathan Miller is the Founder of Proving Ground, a new business venture that delivers data-driven solutions for architecture, engineering, and construction businesses. Miller has worked with some of the most reputable organizations in the building industry to create strategies and software for delivering value with data.

His work in data and computation has impacted the design and delivery of a wide range of built environments, including stadiums, skyscrapers, hospitals, and museums. As a technologist, Miller has authored numerous free and open-source tools that are widely used by building professionals and researchers with the aim of improving designer productivity. Among these tools are the popular Grasshopper and Dynamo plug-ins LunchBox, Rhynamo, and Slingshot.

He has lectured about data and computation at venues including ACADIA, Facades+, AIA TAP, Building Connections Congress, USC BIM Symposium, and Now Next Future. You can read his latest thoughts on the world of data in buildings at the Proving Ground blog: provingground.io.

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Accelerate Live! talk: The data-driven future for AEC, Nathan Miller, Proving Ground
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Fireframes TimberLine™ Series by TGP

Fireframes TimberLine™ Series fire-resistive frames pair a high-strength steel sub-frame with real-wood veneered cover caps.

 

Fireframes TimberLine™ Series by TGP
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See the difference innovation makes

This ICF innovation is exclusive to NUDURA which allow builders and architects the ability to build & design structures with greater efficiency.

See the difference innovation makes
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Integrated, Perimeter Security Fence & Gate System

Watch Ross Technology Post and Beam Anti-Ram Fence and Gate achieve a M50-P1 rating using the ASTM F2656 crash test method.

Integrated, Perimeter Security Fence & Gate System
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FireLite® Fire-rated Ceramic Glass from TGP

FireLite® Fire-rated Ceramic Glass from TGP
Clear & wireless fire-rated glass with fire ratings up to 3 hours and high-impact safety options.  UL classified and labeled.

FireLite® Fire-rated Ceramic Glass from TGP
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Cut Weeks Off The Schedule with Transitions from Armstrong® Ceilings

Transitions from flush to field or straight and curved elevation changes, drywall and ceiling-to-ceiling transitions are perfect fit and finish. These modular solutions eliminate vertical framing to structure and reduce trade coordination – speeding up installations. Click here to learn more.

Cut Weeks Off The Schedule with Transitions from Armstrong® Ceilings
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Redesigning a Residential Project Using ACM

Architect Leon Cheng, of Arquitectonica describes his experience using aluminum composite material on the Olume Residential Building in San Francisco, CA.

Redesigning a Residential Project Using ACM
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BD+C Accelerate Live! AEC Innovation Conference

  

Building Design+Construction's inaugural Accelerate Live! conference will bring together business and tech leaders from the AEC Giant firms to debate the future of the AEC market and the changing built environment. More at: www.AccelerateLiveBDC.com.

BD+C Accelerate Live! AEC Innovation Conference
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Innovation Begins on a Test Fence

In the first part of this exclusive series, we travel to Fort Myer's, Florida to visit Valspar's "Test Fence" facility. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the science and innovation that go into testing each new Valspar coil and extrusion exterior metal coating.

Innovation Begins on a Test Fence
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Layers of Innovation

In the second part of this exclusive series, we discover how important innovation is to the Valspar brand. Learn how failure can be transformed into a successful creation and how the product testing process has evolved over time.

Layers of Innovation
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The Innovation of Color

In the final part of this exclusive series, we take a closer look at the science and technology behind color innovation at Valspar. See how Valspar's color scientists and engineers continue to create new coating solutions and effects for their customers.

The Innovation of Color
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Euclid Chemical Company – LG Project Profile

See how an LG VRF solution replaced an aging VAV system and solved Euclid Chemical’s need for precise comfort while reducing their annual energy usage by 70%.

Euclid Chemical Company – LG Project Profile
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Red Kap. Built-better jobsite-ready workwear.

Check out why Red Kap’s job tested workwear works just as hard as you do. Workwear reinforced in all the right sites! 

Red Kap. Built-better jobsite-ready workwear.
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