8:00 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:00 am Breakfast & Registration

8:05 am
Buy-In to Computational Design

8:10 am Creating the Technological Backbone to Develop More Engaging & Responsible Design


• Discussing the digital transformation that the AEC industry needs to make to address the primary challenges of the 21st century-built environment, and how you can place  computational capabilities at the heart of that mission

• Positioning our firm to invest in the talent and capabilities of tomorrow: How are we  working with academia to move the needle of what can be achieved with computational  design, and what are we most excited about coming down the pipeline? 

• Exploring the ways that becoming a digital native can enhance the integration of your  firm with the broader AEC ecosystem and supply chain, enhancing your value for clients  and partners alike 

8:40 am Increasing Cultural Buy-In to computational Design to Enhance Business-Wide Adoption

  • Robert Otani Chief Technology Officer, Thornton Thomasetti


• Reviewing successes and failures in implementing initiatives to improve buy-in to computational methods across various levels of seniority 

• Assessing the role of mutual trust in the roadmap to firm-wide adoption: how can you play an active role in building this trust?

• Investigating how deeper understanding of cultural nuances between regional offices can change your approach to securing buy-in across the country 

• Integrating an end-to-end cultural alignment throughout the firm

9:20 am Audience Discussion: Better Tracking ROI of Computational Design Applications to Boost Your Business Case for Investment to Senior Management


• Discussing the value of tracking adoption of specific applications to support your business case for further investment

• Developing a robust approach for consistently and accurately quantifying cost and payback estimations for new tools: How can you present this visually to make the data more easily accessible to senior leadership?

• Utilizing ROI calculations to support your conversations regarding increased resourcing with senior management and make them see that the investment in computational design shouldn’t just sit with your department

10:00 am Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

Track 1:
Computational in Action

Track 2: Strategic Leadership & Development

Improving Revit

Optimizing Team Structure & Capabilities

10:50 am Streamlining Complex Geometries & Data on End-toEnd Workflows to Improve & Expedite Design Development

  • Emre Toprak Americas Structural Skills Digital Manager, ARUP


• Ensuring designers adhere to rigorous design standards to ensure models are transfer ready 

• Reviewing how much time and efficiency is lost in the current process for translating models from design to documentation

• Mapping out the end-to-end workflow required to increase interoperability across both platforms 

• Exploring ways to make these workflows more accessible to end-users

11:30 am Software Development Best Practices: How to Build Custom Revit Add-Ins the Right Way


• Discussing how internal development groups that leverage textual code and Software Development best-practices can build tools that are more robust, maintainable, and scalable than traditional visual scripting tools

• Discussing how Automatic Testing and TDD (Test Driven Development) support scalable and bug free tool development

• Exploring the limitations of common C# Revit Addin development workflows and discuss why automatic testing and TDD is not widely practiced

• Explaining how Mocking, Stubs and Interfaces allow us to  automatically test our Revit API code without launching Revit

10:50 am Creating a Culture Where Technology Teams Feel Empowered to Develop New Tools & Foster Organic Innovation


• Fostering a learning organization that can strengthen your computational capabilities and employee engagement

• Bringing in talent with the right skillset and attitude to help your technology team thrive: How can you make sure that your organization is attractive to emerging talent and is a place they want to stay and grow within?

• Building the digital infrastructure for people to organically engage with training and development, tracking their engagement and progress, and providing a platform for requesting further resources

11:30 am Leveraging AI & Other Strategies To Fill The Talent Gap In Your Firm’s Digital Transformation

  • Dan Reynolds Senior Associate & Speciality Structures Engineer, Walter P Moore
  • Timon Hazell Sr. Technical Designer, Walter P Moore


• Assessing the potential for AI to assist in coding: Examining current efforts and whether there may be an opportunity to further this in the near future

• Augmenting traditional skills by rethinking technology’s role in delivering projects

• Exploring methods to enable AI integration with low code design platforms such as Grasshopper and Dynamo

12:10 pm Lunch Break

Integration Across Design & Construction

Developing In-House Applications

1:10 pm Communicating Engineering Design Value Externally Using Digital & Scaled Physical Models to Help Teams Select the Best Design Option

  • Tobias Fast Partner, Director of Digital Practice, Fast + Epp
  • Kent Pretorius Computational Design Manager, Design Engineer, Fast + Epp


• Understanding the importance of communicating engineering design to external parties through digital models

• Examining the role of scaled physical models for design communication in real-world engineering projects

• Integrating digital and physical models and presenting successful case studies of this combined synergized approach to design communication to assist teams in selecting the best design option

1:50 pm Overcoming Barriers to Successful Collaborative Computational BIM Workflows


• Identifying the most common bottlenecks in cross-stakeholder collaboration for 3D modeling

• Understanding options for computational BIM workflows & data standardization

• Incorporating real-time interoperability using cloud-based platforms

• Creating benchmarking actions that can improve collaboration

2:30 pm Fireside Chat: Discussing the Potential for Digital Twin Development to Provide More Valuable Design Data to Clients


• Understanding the cost, development timeline and staff optimization required for digital twin creation 

• Discussing how teams are tackling technological barriers to enable digital twin creation

• Assessing the role of computational design in producing higher quality digital twins

1:10 pm Building The Business Case for an In-House Software Development Team to Develop More Cost-Efficient, Custom Software


• Exploring the benefits of bringing development in-house

• Underlining the process and investment required to transform your team from a small group of specialists to a full department

• Examining long-term advantages of an in-house development team, such as monetizing solutions to further enhance buy-in from senior management

1:50 pm Evaluating the Most Effective Applications to Develop In-House to Maximize the Value of Your Team for the Organization


• Working with end-users to identify potential optimization opportunities in current design workflows

• Outlining the criteria for development: How can you determine which application is the right one to invest development capabilities into first?

• Discussing what to do if you discover an off-the-shelf solution midway through development: Continue or abort?

2:30 pm Establishing a Process to Build More Scalable Tools with the Flexibility to be Leveraged by Multiple Project Teams


• Highlighting how teams can build computational scripts with the ability to become flexible from the outset

• Building an excellent user interface to make interaction with the tool easy for a variety of non-technical personnel 

• Mapping out a planning, implementation, and improvement process for the roll-out of scalable tools to a wider user base

3:10 pm Afternoon Refreshments

3:15 pm
Empowering End-Users

3:50 pm Equipping Architects with the Knowledge & Skillset Required to Effectively Harness Computational Methods in Their Day-To-Day Workflows


• Determining what the term ‘computational thinker’ means for architects and the training required to get there

• Developing a baseline understanding of the opportunities for computational building  design with middle-management to benefit their teams to get their buy-in to additional  training

• Developing a robust yet easily adoptable training program to make end-users more  computationally adept, without adding significant workload to an already ‘full plate’

4:30 pm Combatting Tool & Process Fatigue to Maintain Adoption & Innovation with Computational Applications


• Balancing the decision of when to update software, considering the potential downside of tool fatigue

• Best practices for testing the functionality of scripts after software updates to reduce failure rate, and ensure you don’t lose the trust in computational being a value add

• Ways to future-proof tools in preparation for potential incompatibility with updated software

5:10 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:20 pm End of Day One