Track D Agenda

TECH+ features a full day of industry-changing ideas, projects, tools, and demos from technology leaders.

These sessions run concurrently in 4 tracks with 4 one hour sessions for you to choose from.

Earn up to 6 AIA HSW LU.

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Breakfast

9:30 - 9:35 AM

  • Dionne Darling
    Associate Publisher

9:35 - 10:15 AM

The way we live, work, and play is very different today than it was just a few decades ago, thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. In a similar way, today we are at the beginning of a new technological revolution: the Internet is entering the physical space – the traditional domain of architecture and design – becoming an “Internet of Things” or IoT. As such, it is opening the door to a variety of applications that – in a similar way to what happened with the first wave of the Internet – can encompass many domains: from production to citizen participation, from energy to mobility to public hygiene, all of which requiring new insights due to the changes brought forth by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution from Prof. Carlo Ratti will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the Senseable City Laboratory, a research initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the design office Carlo Ratti Associati.

  • Moderator
    Carlo Ratti
    Director
  • Moderator
    Aaron Seward
    Editor-in-Chief

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM

Learn how developing a digital twin strategy can help you harness the convergence of the digital and physical worlds with industry leaders who are driving this transformation.

  • Salla Eckhardt
    Director, Digital Building Lifecycle & Innovation
  • Sarah Dreger
    Director, Strategic Lead of Digital Transformation
  • Steven Jones
    Senior Director, Industry Insights Research
  • Bill Kwon
    Vice President of Information Technology and Digital Transformation
  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Samuel Medina
    Contributing Editor

11:30 - 11:45 AM

  • Patrick Chopson
    Co-Founder
  • Dr. Badri Hiriyur
    CEO
  • Jennifer Kresl
    Business Development
  • Connor Tluck
    Solutions Architect
  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing

11:45-12:00 PM

Break

12:00-1:00 PM

Digital twins are a novel and unique way to combine software and hardware. The projects require a heavy investment of both hard and soft costs. If you get it right, the payoff is worth the effort. Like with any new technology, change is constant and you may have a skills gap on your team.

  • Salla Eckhardt
    Director, Digital Building Lifecycle & Innovation
  • Sarah Dreger
    Director, Strategic Lead of Digital Transformation
  • Steven Jones
    Senior Director, Industry Insights Research
  • Bill Kwon
    Vice President of Information Technology and Digital Transformation
  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Samuel Medina
    Contributing Editor

1:00 - 1:15 PM

  • Altaf Ganihar
    CEO
  • Anna Liza Montenego
    Director of Marketing
  • Carolina Corrales
    Account Manager
  • Patrick Chopson
    Co-Founder

1:15-2:15 PM

Lunch

2:15-3:15 PM

As a result of the pandemic, global supply chain issues and rates of inflation have led to significant delays in design, architecture and construction. In order to navigate these large hurdles, while still aiming to deliver projects on time and on budget, there must be a tightly orchestrated approach between all partners to ensure seamless planning and execution while providing tools for excellent organization and alignment for a design-assist approach.

SGA – a leading, multidisciplinary architecture and design firm – has invested significantly in increasingly powerful software and tools to do just this. The firm’s Virtual Design and Construction discipline – led by Partner Michael Schroeder – fills the long-awaited gap between design and construction by integrating highly advanced technologies with the most essential element in design: the relationship between human beings. The creation of the SGA Dashboard – a proprietary, easy-to-use, web-based tool – is the single source of up-to-date and accurate information for an entire project that has transformed SGA’s project delivery process significantly, resulting in substantial cost savings, schedule reductions, and elimination of on-site waste, leading the firm to deliver buildings faster than ever before, even in the wake of the pandemic.

In this talk, Michael Schroeder will unearth how VDC can create a more seamless design and communication process, along with how architects can tap into new technologies to directly address the issues of waste, change orders, and cost overruns that are plaguing the design and construction industry now more than ever.

  • Michael Schroeder, CCM
    Partner
  • Samuel Medina
    Contributing Editor

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Break

3:30-4:30 PM

Join the team from Sasaki Strategies to discuss the opportunities and challenges of firm-wide R&D. Sasaki Strategies is an internal data analysis, computational design, and software development team within Sasaki.

On the surface, software development makes little sense within a professional services industry. Unlike the familiar billable-hour model, software development efforts can scale almost limitlessly: theoretically, an hour put into development can save time over and over again. However, in reality it takes time and overhead hours to centralize code and design for effective reuse.

Sasaki Strategies fills a niche between one-size-fits-all solutions and entirely bespoke work. A one-off effort may be targeted and high-impact enough that it brings sufficient value to a project. On the other hand, tools may be sufficiently scalable and repeatable that they make sense as external stand-alone products. Within this continuum of scalability there are many opportunities to adopt and adapt, developing and leveraging reusable platforms to fit the exact needs of a particular design opportunity. Our team engages with design teams deeply enough to understand the real issues and needs presented by projects, but briefly enough to be able to abstract and extract the opportunities for continued development. In this capacity, Sasaki Strategies connects multiple project teams around common solutions.

In this talk, Tamar Warburg (Sasaki’s Sustainability Director) will highlight how custom tools such as Carbon Conscience can help elevate design decisions; Scott Penman (Computation Design Lead) will discuss how innovation happens at the speed of project work; and Ken Goulding (Director of Sasaki Strategies) will talk about what it takes to lead a software innovation team within a design firm. We will share what we have learned about navigating the space between the very different worlds of software development and professional services and why it is critical for design-driven innovation to continue pursuing and testing ideas through a combination of hacked-together solutions and polished, high-quality user experiences.

  • Ken Goulding
    Director
  • Tamar Warburg AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal Director of Sustainability and Resilience
  • Scott Penman
    Design Technologist
  • Samuel Medina
    Contributing Editor

4:30 - 4:45 PM

  • Diana Darling
    President

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