Talking Tech at Accelerate LIVE!
Industry luminaries share ideas about AEC's future
As part of the company’s continued commitment to the AEC Industry, Bluebeam was more than happy to sponsor and attend BD+C’s Accelerate LIVE! Event held at Venue Six10 in Chicago. With a dais of 19 AEC professionals hailing from different backgrounds within the industry, the day offered non-stop TED Talk-style presentations aimed at peering into the future of AEC, and how to progress the changing built environment. Some of the topics included: machine learning in design, gaming in construction, jobsite as a factory, AI revolution in AEC, next-gen materials, and the world’s smartest buildings. Digital Com blogger and Bluebeam VP of Strategic Development Sasha Reed had a chance to speak to the crowd of nearly 200 AEC professionals and sat down with three other presenters, Alan Robles, Jennifer Suerth, and Lucas Richmond to expand on some of the ideas they shared at Accelerate LIVE!
Alan Robles, Associate, Firm-Wide Creative Media Leader, Gensler
“I’m an Experience Designer at Gensler out of the Los Angeles office working out of the consulting practice. I’ve been with the firm for ten years, and I’ve developed a certain expertise around advanced visualization and the way we use not just the tools from within our practice but also how those tools and technologies will impact our design product as those technologies mature. Of particular interest to us now is Augmented Reality, the ability to consume information visually in our environment and how that represents the most logical interface for artificial intelligence enhanced applications as they become disseminated into popular culture and our society at large.”
Jennifer Suerth, LEED AP, VP of Technical Services
“I am VP of our Technical Services Group at Pepper Construction. Basically that encompasses everything with VDC (virtual design and construction). Virtual Reality, MEP coordination, Augmented Reality, laser scanning, drones…we have been pretty busy implementing these technologies across our company.”
Lucas Richmond, Senior Media Studio Manager, Gilbane Company
“I’ve been in the construction industry for the past 11 years. I run a group out of Milwaukee that is all video game majors and all multimedia majors. We work a lot on the global sales and marketing side, but we also help VDC through the lifespan of a job by helping with virtual mockups, doing a lot of 4D simulation on the front end for sales, trying to win work. We’re working on data-driven HoloLens use for facilities management.”