We hear a lot about disruption in the business world. What do we mean by disruption and what drives disruption? The formal name for disruption is 'disruptive innovation.' Market disruption is generally not a result of the technology itself, but rather it is a result of the way in which the technology is applied. For example, designers and builders use Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology in different ways and the technology is impacting the market differently. At its core, disruption is driven by innovation. Innovation comes from innovative people who possess a skill known as 'associative thinking.' This round-table discussion will focus on answering the following question: Is the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry being disrupted? This discussion will also address the question of how AEC firms drive innovation that enables the firms to thrive in a disruptive and highly competitive business environment. Finally, we will discuss how the AEC industry is being transformed and what other transformation is needed.
- Understand industry disruption
- Learn how architecture, engineering, and construction firms are being impacted by industry disruption and transformation
- Learn how associate thinking can drive innovation in architecture, engineering, and construction firms
- Learn what emerging technologies will impact the future of the architecture, engineering, and construction industry
As executive director of AEC Verge Solutions, James McKenzie has a proven executive-level track record as a change agent and motivational team leader who propels companies forward to meet demands of increasingly complex projects and emerging technologies in a global business climate. Prior to AEC Verge, James was the director of the Center for Excellence for Swinerton Builders, where it was his responsibility to plan, develop, and help lead continuous organization improvement and learning. James is an industry professional with experience in each sector of the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, managing multimillion-dollar programs and projects. He also has extensive expertise with project delivery methods that emphasize integrated practices. James is a recognized expert in usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and related technologies, he holds a BS in construction management and an MS in architecture, and he is a frequent social media blogger and audio podcaster with extensive speaking experience.