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Creating a Single AEC Workflow

8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

  • Paul Doherty AIA, IFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow , The Digit Group

8:10 am Keynote: Promoting Highly Collaborative, VDC Enabled Project Delivery Across All Contract Types

  • Jacob D’Albora AVP & Director of BIM – FM Services, McVeigh & Mangum Engineering Inc


Walking through the different workflows of DBB through IPD project delivery types, this session will discuss the different tools and workflows currently streamlining AEC processes as we:

  • Explore current industry trends in project delivery and appetite for construction technology: Where are we seeing most success and moving towards VDC enabled project delivery?
  • Think outside the box to see how teams are pursuing collaboration and integration despite contract delivery type
  • Assess the barriers outside of contracting that are still challenging further integration of AEC workflows and how this is changing in the advent of advanced technology
  • Discuss how traditional contracts and specifications limit integration and innovation and the small tweaks that can be made to help mitigate risk and encourage mutual trust between partners

8:50 am Technology, the Enabler: How Can Each Partner Best Assist One Another to Streamline Efforts from Project Inception Through Completion?

  • Matt Vanture VDC Manager, The Whiting- Turner Contracting Company
  • Travis Voss Leader of Innovative Technology, Mechanical Inc
  • Nick Cameron Director of Digital Practice, Perkins and Will
  • Paul Doherty AIA, IFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow , The Digit Group


This session will comprise of both an audience breakout and panel discussion as we lift the lid on what each project partner needs to be able to best coordinate with their peers.

• What do you need from a more collaborative AEC workflow to better deliver?
• How can project partners best support you to maximize the use of collaborative technologies?
• What are different parties across the industry already doing to bridge the gap from design through construction?
• How can the AIA and similar associations improve standard contracts to facilitate more collaborative workflows?

9:30 am Advancing the Industry: Driving Diversity Because of Technology


  • We are in the midst of Industry 4.0 and the pace of change is extraordinary. And, yes, it is fun. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard
  • We can’t underestimate the fact that we still need to solve for power, connectivity, and hardware while keeping our information
    secure and our people safe
  • The change is real and it is owned by real people. To do that we need to unleash the creativity of others and bring new ideas to
    light by inviting diverse subs, vendors, colleagues, and partners to join us on this journey. But it DOES require effort to do things a
    little differently. It won’t always be the easy path, but it will be the right path.
  • During this talk you will learn how contractors are using technology to enable and support their diversity initiatives, and the
    results they are seeing

10:00 am Morning 1-2-1 Digital Networking

Seamlessly Weaving Design & Construction

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‘Blurring the Line’ Between Technology & Operations

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Upping the Stakes with R&D

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10.50 Panel: Bringing Technology into the Conversation Earlier to Maximize Alignment & Efficiency of the Entire Team

Moderator: Judd Fuoto, Lead Solutions Analyst, Southland Industries
Josh Molitor, National Director of VDC, McCarthy Building Companies
Eric Whobrey, Technology Manager, ARCO/Murray
Brian Athey, Director of Construction Innovation, Miron Construction Inc

10.50 Advancing Collaboration Between Technology & Operations Teams to Optimize Technology Implementation Strategies

Salla Eckhardt, Director of Transformation Services, Microsoft

10.50 Innovation in the Right Direction: How Can You Ensure You Match Technology & Innovation Initiatives with the Needs of Your Organization?

Nichole Carter, Implementation & Adoption Manager, Big-D Construction

11.30 Laying the Foundations for Collaboration: What Needs to Be Done to Get off to the Best Start in Planning & Design to Align Trust, Transparency & Understanding to Streamline Project Delivery?

Jayme Couchene, Project Development Director, The Boldt Company

11.30 Case Study: Harnessing the Power of Big Data & Computer Vision to Plot Project Trends & Enhance Predictive Decision Making

Mani Golparvar-Fard, Associate Professor & Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow, University of Illinois

11.30 A Consortium of Builders, Owners & Innovators Applying New Technology & Processes Innovations to Transform Facility Planning, Design & Cost Management

Sue Klawans, Principal, SK Lean

12:10 pm Lunch Break

Leveraging Cloud Sharing Technology to Take Integration to the Next Level

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Developing Advanced Project Services

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Piloting, Scaling & Integrating for Maximum Impact

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1.10 NextGen Collaboration: Rethinking Partnerships, Data Sharing & Workflows to Harness CuttingEdge Collaboration & Revitalize the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air & Space Museum

Billy McReynolds, BIM Manager, Smithsonian Institution
Robert Fink, Associate & Design Technology Director,Quinn Evans
Jack Moran, Director of VDC & Integrated Services, Consigli Construction

1:10 Case Study: Harnessing Reality Capture Tools to Verify Field Installations

Jeff Edwards, Assistant VDC Manager, The WhitingTurner Contracting Company 

1.10 Developing an Effective Piloting Strategy to Benchmark & Assess the Best Tools for Your Organization

Rob Leicht, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University

1.50 Panel: Moving Towards Data Democratization & the Creation of Open File Sharing Standards to Build More Efficient Projects from Start to Finish

Moderator: Nathan Wood, Executive Director, Construction Progress Coalition
Travis Voss, Leader of Innovative Technology, Mechanical Inc
Alison Hart, Manager of Project Solutions, Mortenson

1.50 Overcoming the Limitations of Jobsite Connectivity: What Are the Best Options for You?

Steve Baret, Head of Innovation, Mortenson

1.50 Developing More Consistent Standards for Selecting & Tracking ROI of New Technologies to Improve Piloting Success

Kelli Lubeley, BIM Program Manager, Cupertino Electric

2.40 Striking the Balance Between Technology Integration & Human Interaction in the Digital Age

Mark Sands, Founder, Building CATALYST

2.40 Case Study: Exploring the Future of Jobsite Robotics: How Are We Working to Automate Layout of Models With Field Teams?

Tim Riefenberg, BIM Manager, The Beck Group



2.40 Optimizing the Standardization & Scaling of Emerging Technology Adoption Across All Regions

Eric Whobrey, Technology Manager, ARCO/Murray 

3:20 pm Afternoon 1-2-1 Digital Networking

Inspiring Innovation

3:50 pm GPU cloud workstations deliver better than physical workstation performance!


  • Workspot’s turnkey SaaS platform leverages global public cloud infrastructure to place Windows 10 GPU workstations and desktops at
    the edge of the cloud region nearest users for unparalleled performance.
  • AEC firms can enable even power users to work from anywhere, maximizing their productivity.
  • Firms gain agility as it becomes easier to hire the best talent and support those workers wherever needed.
  • Workspot will provide a short overview of its cloud platform for delivering virtual desktops and GPU workstations, while showcasing
    customer case studies of how industry-leading CIOs have used Workspot to improve business agility, increase end user productivity and
    enable a sustainable ‘work from anywhere’ business model.

4:10 pm Fostering Highly Effective Collaboration: What Are the Best Tools & Techniques That Produce Innovation?

  • Lana Gochenauer VDC Solutions Manager, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions


• Assessing what collaboration truly means and the gaps that still plague AEC teams from maximizing its impact

• Revealing the tools, and tested, learnable skills being developed by the worlds of business management, negotiation, neuroscience, and psychology that enable teams to integrate their knowledge and produce results better than any of the members could on their own

• Introducing new skills to your teams: How can you determine the most effective tools for your team and begin practicing them immediately?

4:40 pm AECO in the Age of Pandemics: Technology, Process & the New Normal

  • Paul Doherty AIA, IFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow , The Digit Group


Our industry will always need humans to become the knowledge behind the project. This will not change. But what will change is the way projects are created, managed and delivered beyond today’s limitations of the design, construction and facility management process. Join us for an exploration of how the disruption of the Age of Pandemics is changing our industry forever and how you can position yourself for success; Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Voice Assistance, Big Trusted Data, Robotics, Modular/Pre Fab, Augmented/Virtual Reality and BIM 2.0 will be showcased with real world examples from around the world.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
• Recognize the short-term and long-term effects of the Age of Pandemics

• Identify how they and their companies can thrive in the new normal and implement workflows and technologies to fit their unique situation

• Begin to develop how work gets done with project partners based on the new normal

5:20 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

  • Paul Doherty AIA, IFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow , The Digit Group

5:30 pm End of Day One