June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Architectural Design

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Architectural Design

Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 22 2019 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Session Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

1:30pm - 1:50pm Using Point Clouds and Virtual Reality for Hospitality Design

For today’s forward-looking architects and designers 3D imaging, virtual reality and point cloud technology is being seamlessly woven into the design process behind commercial architecture projects to deliver optimal and personalized customer experiences. This new generation of technologies is changing the way restaurants and hotels are being designed and built. This technology includes 3D scanning, point clouds, and virtual reality. These technologies enable architects and designers to: ● Create models faster ● Collaborate with colleagues online using only the most current data ● Streamline processes for improved efficiency ● Avoid overages and stay within the project scope ● Boost client satisfaction Specifically, the latest 3D imaging laser scanner provides architects and designers with a device they can carry in their hand to photograph and scan an entire room in three minutes. It creates a virtual space using point clouds, which are dimensionally accurate laser reproductions, which can help inform the building of a base model. It also speeds up the site-measuring process dramatically and allows architects and designers to focus more on designing and less on verifying existing conditions. As these experiences become standard across the hospitality industry, architects and designers need to quickly immerse themselves in the next generation of technologies that will enable them to meet client requirements and exceed guests’ expectations. By using innovative technologies to create environments that reflect the way people work and live – and anticipate their current and future needs – architects and designers can help the hospitality industry gain a competitive edge. In this session, prominent architects will provide insight on how they go about integrating technology into their design process, with special attention given to the use of points clouds, 3D scanners and virtual reality.


1:50pm - 2:10pm Building Smart MEP Systems with Algorithms

Get back to focusing on the important things by learning how to have Dynamo do the heavy lifting in Revit MEP workflows. We will design and build Revit HVAC systems using nothing but algorithms. We will introduce machine learning concepts and instruct on how they can be applied to MEP design. Learn to take Dynamo to the next level, build a smarter model, and do it in less time.


Sean Fruin

Sigma AEC Solutions

2:10pm - 2:30pm Reaching New Heights: Mass Timber Innovations

Energy use and carbon emissions from the built environment have been gaining significant attention worldwide. The construction of buildings across the world is currently dominated by concrete, but production of cement, a primary ingredient in concrete, is a major source of pollution, producing a ton of CO2 for every ton of cement. One approach to reducing the environmental impacts of construction involves increasing the use of materials with lower environmental footprints, such as wood. The development of Engineered Wood Products (EWP), such as Cross-Laminated Timber. have increased the possibilities of building with wood, allowing wood building to reach new heights. During this presentation Dr. Laguarda-Mallo will present the most relevant innovations in sustainable mass timber construction. She will explore different materials, analyze the current state of the North American Mass Timber market and present the most cutting-edge timber national and international projects.

2:30pm - 2:50pm Current Trends in Modular Construction

Modular Construction Technology is continuing to emerge as a viable solution to many real-world construction challenges. The presentation will provide a brief introduction to the Modular Construction, examples of application and how Design Teams are adapting to support the growing industry.


Troy Tiddens

NeUdesign Architecture

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