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CIFE Summer Program 2021 Agenda

Impact of Digitalization on AEC

Digitalization is an essential approach to scaling the production of a sustainable, high-performing built environment from a few lighthouse projects to the majority of projects. This year’s CIFE Summer Program will show how owner-operators, design firms, and builders deploy a wide range of digital technologies to address lifecycle concerns more systematically, decarbonize, enhance workforce health and safety, and improve predictability and reliability.

Registration (No fee)

September 14, 2021 - Day 1 (Pacific Daylight Time)

6:45 AM: Webinar opens

6:55 to 7:00 AM: Welcome and introduction to upcoming sessions

7:00 to 8.30 AM: Session 1 - Generative design and design optimization

In addition to digital information and workflows, generative design and design optimization are a major area of application of digital tools. They give project teams the ability to explore the design space more fully by considering dramatically more options and more criteria. They also enable teams to apply code and other constraints as well as knowledge at scale to all projects. The panelists will describe the generative and optimization methods they are deploying and explain the corresponding business opportunities and challenges.

9:00 to 10.30 AM: Session 2 - Government and whole-country initiatives

Digitalizing the built environment at the country level through programs led and sponsored by governments can significantly speed up the widespread adoption of digital methods by owners, architects, builders, operators and others engaged in creating and managing the built environment. It can also offer benefits beyond the AEC industry. The panelists will discuss respective visions and initiatives in their countries.

  • Stefan Holy, Deputy Prime Minister, Slovak Republic
  • Neil Thompson, Head, Construction Innovation Hub, Centre for Digital Built Britain

3:55 to 4:00 PM: Welcome and introduction to upcoming sessions

4:00 to 5.30 PM: Session 3 - Impact of digitalization on the workforce

The AEC industry is starting to deploy technologies like robotics and digital information appliances in the field. These technologies have the potential to improve the working conditions for craft workers. Panelists will offer their perspectives on opportunities and challenges of digitalization for the craft workforce. The panelists will also address what each of them are doing to build the craft workforce for the increasingly digital future.

6:00 to 7:30 PM: Session 4 - How to improve the usability and operability of buildings

Digital methods also offer unprecedented opportunities for improving the use and operations phase of projects through proactive consideration of usability and operability concerns during design and through improved facility management. The speakers will share how they are improving the performance of their built assets through digital technologies.

  • Alex Liu, Sr. Manager, Digital Project Delivery and Building Automation, Johnson and Johnson
  • Carlos Delgado, Director of Design and Construction, Megacentro
  • Roger Silveira, Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations, East Side Union High School District

September 15, 2021 - Day 2 (Pacific Daylight Time)

6:55 to 7:00 AM: Introduction to upcoming sessions

7:00 to 8:30 AM: Session 5 - Project management reimagined with digital methods

Digital tools like reality capture, real-time jobsite monitoring, robotics in offsite manufacturing, etc. are starting to be used in the AEC industry. The speakers will share case studies on how they utilize advanced technologies on projects today, including the challenges and benefits their project teams are realizing with these tools. They will also offer an outlook on how project management will likely change with increased adoption of digital methods.

  • Bill Brown, Senior Project Manager, Austin Commercial
  • Richard Hage, Director of Global Strategy, Data Center Engineering, Microsoft
  • Yujin Lee, Postdoctoral Scholar, CIFE, Stanford University
  • Øyvind Børstad, Head, Corporate Development, HENT

9:00 to 10:30 AM: Session 6 - Decarbonization

Decarbonization of the built environment is one of the main, if not the main, challenges the AEC industry faces for the foreseeable future. It requires engagement from all types of companies involved in the built environment as well as adjustments in the education of AEC professionals. This session will show what building decarbonization means for design professionals and for educators of design professionals.

3:55 to 4:00 PM: Introduction to upcoming sessions

4:00 to 5:30 PM: Session 7 - Supporting corporate strategy with digital strategy

The last 18 months of COVID has highlighted the key role technology and digitalization has played in the AEC industry. Digital tools have not only helped keep our industry delivering projects, but has also created an unprecedented opportunity to innovate the project delivery process and the business models. From their respective roles in the industry, the panelists will discuss how their corporate strategy is being influenced by digitalization and how their companies are benefiting from these opportunities.

6:00 to 7:30 PM: Session 8 - Panel on future practice and opportunities for young staff

The AEC industry is in the throes of digitalization and this provides an exciting time for a young person to join the industry and make an immediate impact. In this panel discussion, we will talk with senior leaders from a range of AEC companies on how the industry is evolving and hear their advice for people entering the workforce today.