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Day One: Planning and Design

Intelligence and Automation


4.6.2021 9:00AM - 12:15PM


Zoom Digital Meeting

Artificial intelligence, reality capture, and digital modeling are just some of the areas that have seen profound advances in the face of fast emerging technologies and are changing how we plan and design buildings. On day One of our 2021 Buildings Conference we will explore case studies and host discussions on some of the most promising solutions and how they are changing the way real estate developers, owners, architects, engineers, and contractors support development or redevelopment planning, the design, and value engineering and analysis in the pre-construction phase of project life cycles.

Then, stay with us for Day Two of the Buildings Conference when we explore innovation in building products, materials, and systems as well as the operations and maintenance of buildings in smart sustainability.

And in Day Three of the buildings Conference, we look at how emerging technology in Modularization and Pre-Fabrication are impacting the development, design, construction, and operations of our buildings.

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Day One Speakers

Day One of this Three Day Conference Looks Specifically at Emerging Technology and Its Impact on how We Plan New and Renovated Buildings. It encompasses tools changing development, architecture, engineering, and preconstruction.

Salla Eckhardt

Director, Microsoft

Jeff Samples

Industry Evangelist, Join

Robert Ioanna

Senior Principal, Syska Hennessy Group

Bob Bray

GM for Autodesk Tandem, Autodesk

Brian Nahas

Senior Digital Design Manager, Mortenson Construction

Stephen Forte

CEO, The BuildClub

Jacob Dalbora

Managing Director of BIM-FM Services, McVeigh and Mangum Engineering

James Swanston

CEO, Voyage Control

John Stebbins

Principal BIM Integrator, Gafcon Digital

Grant McCullagh

Thornton Tomasetti

John Parkinson

Lecturer in the Discipline of Construction Administration, Columbia University School of Professional Studies

Dustin DeVan

CEO, Awair

Day One: Emerging Technology in Planning and Design

The Day One Sessions look at topic areas including automation and artificial intelligence in design, development, and preconstruction processes. For architects, engineers, real estate developers, owners and contractors alike, artificial intelligence, parametrics, digital modeling, scanning and reality capture technology, visualization tools, tools for better purchasing, material specifications, estimating, scheduling, and more are transforming both the efficiency and also the quality of building planning efforts. Sessions on Day One will look at case studies of how industry players are leveraging the technology that is driving these changes. Agenda to be announced soon.

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Day 1 Schedule

9:00AM – 9:10AM

Welcoming Address

9:15AM – 10:00AM

Panel: Innovation in Design, Budget and Scheduling

John Stebbins, Jeff Sample, Robert Ioanna, Grant McCullogh

In the session, we will be specifically looking at emerging technology and its impact on how we plan new and renovated buildings. It encompasses tools changing development, architecture, engineering, and preconstruction

10:05AM – 10:50AM

Panel: Digital Twins and the Future of BIM

Salla Eckhardt, Bob Bray, Brian Nahas, Jake D'albora

Today’s panel discussion will focus on the future of the built environment industry. We all know the traditions of our beloved industry, but with the global megatrends affecting everyone and everything we are transitioning from digital
transformation to digital disruption. We have three industry innovators, experts, on our panel today to discuss the respect we have for the history and traditions of the built environment and how we are shaping our new industry future today.

10:55AM – 11:40AM

Panel: Integrating the Supply Chain in Planning

John Parkinson, Sadia Janjua, James Swanston

Incorporating technology solutions for the sake of doing so has led to resistance in the adoption of modernized management techniques and tools. Poor measurement and capturing of real-time data and processing for the benefit of more efficient execution has not helped this evolution. This manifests within the design and construction phase, as well as throughout the supply chain, getting the goods to the job site when they are needed.

11:45AM – 12:15PM

Keynote: Vision 2030, Future of Project Planning

Dustin DeVan

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