BILTna 2017 Speaker Spotlights!
Lab: Maintaining Revit Model Standards with Autodesk Model Checker for Revit and Configurator
I am the AEC Manager for CADD Mircrosystems, so I have a pretty good mix of internal and external jobs. Internally, I do project management and the usual business stuff, but the fun part is working with a team of design nerds who love technology (or maybe technology nerds who love design?) and helping them learn more and get excited about hardware and software. Externally, I work with a lot of different firms and owners focusing on helping them improve their tools and processes. This might be with a simple lunch and learn, or it might be a deep dive and helping them design and build custom software to help them out.
I have two great kids and they are always challenging me in so many ways. They also seem to have a far more active social calendar than I do, so I am learning new things through their interests. We love traveling, and try to find opportunities to go new places whenever we can (hello, Canada!) When that’s not happening, or when I am not hauling a kid around to some activity, I like drawing or designing. It’s become a tradition that I’ll make family members stupid tee shirts for holidays and birthdays… and I do mean “stupid”.
I went to school for architecture but found myself in IT over the years. Good design and good support have a common thread, however, and that’s around problem-solving. I love figuring out solutions to problems. I find it a personal challenge to not let a PC defeat me and to make it do what I want it to do. I’m not always successful, but I try. I tend to not do as much technology work at home, but I still try to find ways to solve problems. The family and I have been doing a LOT of escape rooms recently…
I am running the lab “Maintaining Revit Model Standards with Autodesk Model Checker for Revit and Configurator”. It’s a hands-on lab, so it keeps me on my toes but we will be going over how to make checks for your Revit model. The Model Checker is not a design checker, it’s a data checker and validator, and in the world of BIM data is king. You need to be able to know that the information in your model is good and this session will (hopefully) help you feel a little more confident in that.
This is only my second time attending, but I learned so much at the last one. Everyone who is there is either pushing or interested in pushing what we can do with design, construction, and technology and I love learning new things from everyone.
Owner, RevitIT and Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Session: Dynamo For Architects The Real Ones
First and foremost I’m the father of an incredible 4 years old little girl named Victoria. I also happen to be Canadian and living abroad. Not a chance in the world I would have missed the chance to go back home and speak.Work wise, I am the guy who needs to get that digital model out the door… the way Renzo likes it.
You might be surprised to hear that my hobbies are… diving and photography. I traveled so much that photography was just a no-brainer to me 😊. Heck I even built a website lol.
I’ve been doing that job for so long that I do sometimes ask myself what motivates me. Technology is the first thing that comes to mind. I love my gadgets. From my Apple Watch to the Oculus or the Hololens. We live in a crazy awesome time for the AEC industry, tech is finally catching up on what we do.
The class title is “Dynamo For Architects The Real Ones”. I am so lucky to teach that class with Colin McCrone, not only is he a genius but I get to call him my friend. We wanted to do a class that would not only teach Dynamo to people but help them go back to the office with simple (or not) definitions that would actually help them right away in their work.
BILT is ALL ABOUT people for me. Of course, I get to learn stuff but I also get to see people that you don’t always (if not barely) that I wouldn’t see otherwise. It’s great to be able to sit down and have a coffee with someone instead of chatting in a Slack channel.
Session: Terrestrial Scanning in Construction
Starting out as an apprentice carpenter eleven years ago, I was drawn toward construction site surveying and layout because of the challenges and rewards of seeing a set of building plans come to life in the real world. While focusing on this niche, I’ve gained unique opportunities to work on a wide variety of projects. From tunnel systems to high-rise construction, I’ve pushed for the implementation of cutting-edge technology in geospatial engineering. Aspiring for accuracy and precision, I have a proven record in streamlining one of the most important aspects of construction: surveying. From analyzing virtual design models and translating them in the real world to interpreting the real world and modeling it in the virtual medium, construction site surveying has provided a critical conduit between the two domains.
Spending time with my wife and kids has been important to me. This has led me to spend as much time as I can with them. From kids sporting events and riding the nearby bicycle trails to the random date nights and camping trips, my family is the world to me.
What motivates me the most is the ability to learn, utilize, and implement technology. From working with GNSS systems to applying scanner technology in the construction field, being able to be at the forefront of change and literally the construction of that change is what excites me the most. The perspective of all this really allows me to push the limits of what is typically sought out.
My session is “Terrestrial Scanning in Construction”. This is a game changer for the AEC community that often times is overlooked. Sometimes it is price, other times it is simply a lack of knowledge. However, being able to confirm what the current reality of a project is a huge deal. Documentation provided is often inaccurate (former as-builds or 2d surveys) in which we find that the depth of definition is not always achieved. This has led to costly mistakes and frustration of teams involved. Being able to relate this to our current modeling efforts, having a 3d model over a 2d plan has been a great boon to the community, in which the same can be said about having a 3d scan model over a 2d survey.
This will be the first time I have ever attended BILT, but I am looking forward to seeing the different applications within modeling that others have found useful. I will be looking closely at seeing if maybe any of these applications can be applied to any layout/survey practices as well.