Speakers

Keynote: Kimon Onuma ONUMA, Inc.

Kimon Onuma, FAIA, builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. In 1994, years before it was mainstream, he demonstrated BIM benefits on numerous large scale U.S. government projects. Kimon leads a unique team of architects and computer scientists at the 1988 company he founded, Onuma, Inc. His award winning ONUMA System, a web based tool that allows both tech and non-tech savvy users to cloud collaborate in real-time, creates data output that generates BIM. 35 BIMStorms, such as the 24 hour BIMStorm LAX, which brought together 133 design professionals and industry specialists from 11 countries together to plan, design and collaborate 420 buildings totaling over 55 million square feet. Kimon authored the 2006 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Report on Integrated Practice titled "The 21st Century Practitioner.” Recent projects include the Department of Defense Military Health System and Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management. Kimon is the chair of Thought Leaders at the buildingSMART Alliance and served as the 2013 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) chair.

Keynote: Charles Portelli Flux Factory

Charles Portelli is a licensed architect and Senior Computational Designer at Flux Factory where he engages with industry professionals to help develop and expand the seamless integration of geometry and data across multiple modeling applications used in the AEC industry. His role allows him to engage with various different levels of the product development bridging the worlds of the AEC industry and application development.

Formerly, Charles was an Associate Principal at KPF where he lead the Computational Geometry Group for several years where he specialized in solving and documenting complex geometry. He also developed a series of in-house applications that were distributed across the firm to help extend seamless integration of design, sustainability, documentation, and fabrication parameters across multiple modeling application. Charles earned a Bachelor’s of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and a Master’s degree from the Produce Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has taught at Pratt, City Tech, and currently teaches at NJIT.

Presentation: Data At Scale

Synopsis: This keynote talk will showcase data at various scales (global, regional, neighborhood, building) and explore its potential impact within the AEC industry from distinctive levels of interaction (health impact, post occupancy, design, etc.).

John Mack XL Construction

John is the Best Practices Leader at XL Construction, overseeing VDC, Sustainability, IT, Lean Construction, Process and Construction Technology. A pioneer in virtual design and construction and Lean construction delivery, John has approached it from all sides, as a general contractor, a subcontractor, a teacher, and partner to software developers like Autodesk.

John began his career as a plumber and has worked his way through numerous roles from drafter/detailer, foreman, superintendent, estimator, to VDC leader, providing him with an inside-out view of the construction process. He is an exceptional teacher and mentor, intent on advancing the industry and bringing along the next VDC professionals. He is a prolific writer and speaker and has lectured at Stanford University, the GSA, the Lean Design Forum, Revit Technology Conference, the DBIA Convention and multiple engagements at Autodesk University.

John has over 30 years of industry experience, holds an A.S Degree in Plumbing, a California State AutoCAD Certificate, and Autodesk AutoCAD Certifications 1, 2, and 3. He is a co-founder and President of the San Francisco Navisworks User Group, and a founding member of the Virtual Builders Roundtable.

Presentation: We have all this data, so now what?

Synopsis: During the time in this presentation we will discuss model data. What has been done with data to date and how to carry it forward using better workflows. The discussion is to inspire you to help the cause, not to fight it.

Guy Messick IA Interior Architects

As an Architect, Technologist & Thought Leader, Guy focuses on understanding the connections between design and emerging technologies. Trained in the arts, design, and fine woodworking, Guy finds architecture to be the profession that best unites these disciplines. Upon the adoption of digital technologies in his design practice in 1989, capturing relevant information from the edge environment, and making it available for AEC processes is Guy’s passion.

Presentation: Jumping the Shark - BIM Data from the Owners Perspective

Synopsis: In the world of interior architecture where Facilities Data from BIM is not yet happening, what is the point of a robust Building Information Model? We will look at how a global architectural firm has found a way forward to add value to our projects utilizing Revit as a centerpiece.

Brian Ringley Woods Bagot

Brian Ringley is a platform specialist on the Global Design Technology Team at Woods Bagot, where he leads efforts on computational workflows for model interoperability, environmental analysis, geometric rationalization, and architectural fabrication. Brian provides platform training, bespoke toolsets, and intensive support for Woods Bagot's globally significant projects. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati, the City University of New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the AA Visiting School, and currently teaches courses on data-driven design, workflow convergence, and robotic automation at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program. Prior to Woods Bagot, he worked for R&Sie(n), Dellekamp Arquitectos, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Brian is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and, together with Zach Downey of FC Modular, runs the design technology education website and podcast Designalyze.

Presentation: Data-Driven Interoperability for Synchronous Design and Interrogation

Synopsis: Recent shifts in data exchange paradigms have made interoperable workflows more accessible to project teams. New possibilities inherent to contemporary methods of data transaction will be explored while emphasizing the importance of model access through custom user interfaces, concluding with relevant case studies from the Woods Bagot Design Technology Team.