The built environment is fundamentally changing, empowered by innovation in virtual design and construction (VDC). The result is more-complex and increasingly elegant designs, as well as streamlined procurement and construction methods. This panel includes academic and industry leaders responsible for developing and implementing new VDC technology, including Hilda Espinal of CannonDesign, Ricardo Khan of Mortenson Construction, Forest Flager of Stanford University, and Danielle Dy Buncio of VIATechnik. The panel will discuss advancements seen on past and current industry projects in the areas of prefabrication, artificial intelligence, data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and multidisciplinary design optimization. Panelists will use multimedia presentations and demonstrations to communicate the material to attendees to facilitate thoughtful and interactive discussion. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of the impact that VDC has on project delivery and performance.
- Understand how new technologies are fundamentally changing the AEC landscape
- Learn how disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence, VR and AR, automation, and computational optimization are being implemented
- Discover how VDC innovation has facilitated owner relationships, enabled better designs, and influenced construction means and methods
- Discover opportunities to use the technologies described to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment
Forest Flager is an engineering research associate and lecturer at Stanford University. His research and teaching focus on computational methods that augment human abilities for design space exploration and decision making. At Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, he has worked with leading companies—including Arup Group Limited, The Walt Disney Company, and Mortenson Construction—to apply these methods to identify innovative, high-performing building and civil infrastructure solutions. Previously, Flager lead product for a venture-backed technology startup in San Francisco, and he practiced as a structural engineer for Arup in San Francisco and London. He holds a BS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University, a Master of Design degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Master of Engineering degree in structural engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Danielle Dy Buncio is the Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a construction and engineering services firm transforming the construction industry through virtual design and construction by blending global human capital with cutting-edge construction technologies. At VIATechnik, Danielle leads the company’s strategic growth efforts and builds and manages client relationships with some of the largest AEC firms around the country. Under Danielle’s leadership, the firm’s innovative and landmark projects have included everything from a point cloud BIM of one of the world’s largest breweries to the creation of a virtual “gaming” environment of a nuclear power plant. Danielle and the VIATechnik team are spearheading advancement of BIM, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence in the industry. Prior to founding VIATechnik, Danielle worked for general contractors in Silicon Valley, Sydney, and Chicago. As a Civil Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil, and marine construction experience. Danielle holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jimmy Rotella received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and he is now part of the Digital Practice at CannonDesign in Chicago. In his 12 years of experience, he has worked for multiple large design firms implementing Revit software, developing project standards, managing software and infrastructure, providing technical support for design applications and computers, and teaching in both corporate and educational environments. Rotella’s backgrounds in both IT and architecture put him at the forefront of design technology and position him to share his knowledge of new tools with others to help them build and realize their digital designs.