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Ahead of the Curve-How VDC Innovation Is Impacting the Future of Making Things

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    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.

    Key Learnings

    • 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