AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference, June 5-7, 2018 in Anaheim, Calif. — co-located with the SPAR 3D Expo & Conference — will feature six technology tracks and more than 60 conference sessions and keynotes exploring the latest trends and best practices for designing, constructing, and managing AEC projects smarter. In addition, an exhibition will highlight companies offering hardware, software, and services; emerging technology; as well as building/construction products. Special features will include theaters on the expo floor featuring case studies, new products, and best practices.

    The educational program will feature a series of conferences-within-a-conference, including:

    National BIM Conference — Addresses IT needs of the entire facilities and construction team, including how information and electronic data are leveraged throughout the life cycle of the facility and how information standards are defined and shared;

    National High-Performance Building Conference — Includes executive-level meetings, roundtable discussions, seminars, a vendor product exhibit, and a short-course theater to highlight high-performance building products and services covering sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost effectiveness, function and operation, historic preservation, productivity, and safety and security;

    BIM in the Academy — Developed by front-line universities that are driving industry innovation, the conference presents cutting-edge developments in BIM and sustainability and how the next generation of AEC professionals are learning to apply and advance new technology; and

    National Specifiers Conference — Concentrated group of sessions on specifications production, including specification change impacts and trends.

    Educational tracks include:

    • BIM and Integrated Project Delivery
    • Building Performance and Sustainability
    • Sustainable Sites, Infrastructure, and Smart Cities
    • Jobsite Connectivity and Construction Management
    • Specs, Codes, and Standards
    • Facility, Asset, and Life Cycle Management

    Additionally, the conference features three keynote addresses:

    Creativity & Constructability in AEC — Ken Sanders, FAIA, managing principal at Gensler; and Jack Dahlgren, senior project manager at NVIDIA, will discuss highly collaborative, integrated approaches to design and delivery that illustrate how digital technology is magnifying the creativity of design talent and achieving new levels of performance and value for clients.

    Intelligent Design for Collaborative Constructability — David Wilson, chief innovation officer, Bechtel Corporation, discusses how full realization of digitization will entail wide-ranging components: integrating multiple sensors for capturing the environment in real time; increasingly complex data analytics; progressing from machine learning/computer vision to true AI and autonomy; “digital twin” virtual design and construction to operations and maintenance; use of driverless vehicles and robotics of all kinds; and jobsites that will incorporate manufacturing.

    Integrated Projects: A Vision for the Future — Atul Khanzode, chief information officer, DPR Construction, works with project teams across the country to implement Virtual Building and Lean Construction tools and processes and collaborates with academia and research groups around the world to move the industry forward in the use of technologies to improve project delivery processes.

    Up-to-date information about the AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and registration details are available at

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