Recently we printed our first multi-material, 1/8th scale model of our high-rise urban habitat we call “Falcon Tower”. We ran into some issues with material fusion such that the structural analysis model didn’t match with the data we were getting from the printed sensors. The sensors were reporting a striated mix of concrete and steel in the core that was compromising the structure and that would not meet the safety requirements when printed at full-scale. Being such a new technology, it’s understandable that serious issues like this will arise and this is the reason that we went to the expense of printing a scale model. From the perspective of the design-technology leader, I feel the weight of this initial failure bearing down on me. Clearly though, there’s an issue with the translation and scaling of the BIM to the current build of the MMP software because the hardware checked-out fine and the model passed both an automated quality check and a visual quality check done by yours-truly. Still, there’s a lot riding on this for our company as well as a risk of great expense for our client so there can be no question as to the reliability of the delivery process. Luckily, through my participation in the Deign Technology Summit over the years, I’ve forged some great relationships with my peers, most of which are venturing down the same path with multi-material building printing, and I can reach out to them to see if they are experiencing the same issues at scale and discuss solutions that I may have overlooked. Innovation can be a double-edge sword but I believe that without great risk there is seldom great reward.
This is fiction. One day in the near future I may be having this issue and I’m certain that I’ll still be relying on the colleagues I’ve met at DTS to help solve the issues quickly. Join this community of Design Technology Leaders this summer in Toronto to talk about innovation and other topics, and take a step towards a greater future for your company through a knowledge network that’s unmatched in this industry.
Our attendance is capped at 40, so please apply early. If you’d like to attend but did not receive an invitation, please email us at: [email protected] and include your name, e-mail, title, company, approximate number of employees, company website and a brief response on “why you belong at DTS”. I look forward to seeing you there!
Ok, so a month later, this is it! Registration for the 2017 Design Technology Summit opens this week. For those who may have missed my last post about the upcoming event, you can check it out here.
The application to attend DTS is now part of the overall BILT NA registration process. You can select ‘DTS Only’ or, if you will be attending multiple events, select one of the BILT NA options and you will be asked which additional events you would like to attend later in the process.
More information on the event and pricing can also be found on our webpage www.designtechnologyleaders.com.
Our attendance is capped at 40, so please apply early. I look forward to seeing you there!
Virtual reality has entered the main stream. Clients are asking for it. After decades of being the odd stepchild of rendering and the world wide web, virtual reality has come into its own thanks to developments in mobile and supporting technologies. Some of you may remember the introduction of VRML in 1994 and the promise of Web3d a few years later. Prior to that, Morton Helig devised a multimodal stereoscopic machine called Sensorama, immersing the user into a virtual world for entertainment. Today, Design industries are seeing much value in virtual and augmented reality. For the healthcare industry, VR has proven to be invaluable and generally a real crowd pleaser. For instance our staff walk around existing Hospital Emergency Departments with our clients and their staff, displaying the virtualized renovations on iPads and Cardboard viewers. Decisions to design questions are quickly provided and feedback is ample. Miscommunication is minimized with these tools and attendees leave with a clear understanding of the designs presented. Value.
I look forward to discussing VR and AR with colleagues at the Design Technology Summit this summer in Toronto. Being a forum of leaders of large firms, DTS has got the answers you are looking for and the experience to tap as you venture into new avenues of design technologies.
The upcoming Summit looks to cross-pollinate with individuals and expertise outside of our industry, to inspire ideas and solutions to challenges you face. Discussion of your firm’s design-technology challenges is part of every Summit. Join the community of Design Technology Leaders this summer in Toronto and take a step towards driving increased value, new client opportunities or better quality in your firm.
Sometimes you just can’t keep up. The constant demands of developing and maintaining design technology standards, supporting staff, ensuring BIM Quality and efficiency across the profit centers, supporting projects and staff members, reviewing RFP’s and contracts and BIM execution plans, and leading BIM meetings and task forces, among other things, leaves little time to keep a finger on the pulse of the design technology industry. Trying to do it all risks spreading resources too thin. Focusing on a limited number of initiatives risks missing opportunities. A firm’s Design technology and/or BIM strategy should account for some of this. Even so, the breadth of scope for design technology leaders in the AEC industry is significant such that working without a community of peers in similar industry roles slowly stifles a firm’s ability to be competitive.
That’s why the community of design technology leaders that make up the Design Technology Summit, have been so valuable to so many firms over the years. Participants value having access to the breadth of experience that makes up this event and the community that has developed because of it.
The upcoming Summit looks to cross-pollinate with individuals and expertise outside of our industry to inspire ideas and solutions to challenges you face. Discussion of your firm’s design-technology challenges is part of every Summit. Join the community of Design Technology Leaders this July and take a step towards driving increased efficiency, new client opportunities or better quality in your firm.
We’ve touched on BIM training for Project managers and so it makes sense to touch on the far more common training of production staff. Training is a topic that many design technology leaders manage and even grapple with at times. Constant, involved, best managed in-house for some reasons and outsourced for others. Assessing a firm’s current state of BIM expertise and addressing problem areas is critical. Continue reading “Schooling Your Staff”