DTS New Year, New Faces, New Changes

Happy New Year! I don’t know about you but it certainly feels like 2016 flew by! It’s hard to believe that it was nearly six months ago that we were in sunny “mildly warm” Scottsdale! This means of course that DTS 2017 is only about six months away in humid (and likely warm) Toronto (if you think that by going north of the border you are going to escape summer heat, think again, Toronto can get pretty warm and muggy in the summer thanks to that giant lake next to it).

So, what’s new and happening with the Design Technology Summit you ask? Continue reading “DTS New Year, New Faces, New Changes”

The 411 on DTS Registrations!

Can you believe registration for RTC’s North American events is just around the corner! Phil recently blogged about some of the challenges surrounding the registration process for North America due to its popularity and number of unique events all occurring in just a single week!

To that end I wanted to reinforce that you will be able to register for DTS and RTC at the same time this year, as well as make your accommodation booking at once; however, because DTS is invite only, your registration for the DTS portion will only be approved if you are already on the DTS list.

Want to be on the DTS list, because you belong? Contact [email protected]

Has your e-mail changed or have you changed jobs, but still belong at DTS? Please contact [email protected]

As we have mentioned in prior blog posts we want to use DTS 2016 to focus on strategic conversations about topics that are relevant to you, Design Technology Leaders. The event site includes our current agenda and some information on our planned topics and goals. Our committee members have been writing blog posts on topics that we believe could engender some provocative, useful and interesting conversation:

We look forward to seeing you at DTS! Registering early will give you a voice in shaping the exact topics to be discussed. Remember our attendance is capped, so please sign-up in advance!

DTS Agenda

The last few DTS posts have dealt with some topics which have engendered either comments or tweets, which is great! We plan to keep up with the thought provoking posts however this week we’re posting our planned agenda, subject to change and refinement of course. One of the things we’ve heard time and again is that in order to justify attending DTS you need more information about what we’ll actually be doing. This year the committee has outlined some of the discussions topics in advance (for the first day) but we’re leaving the second day open. Our plan is that the first day’s discussions will be broad, without too much depth, we anticipate that collectively we will decide on more detailed discussions for the second day, based on the first day.

DTS agenda

All told we have more than nine hours of opportunity to discuss the most pressing and strategic issues at hand for Design Technology. We hope that the thought provoking posts that we’ve had (with more to come) will be enough to whet your appetite to sign up for DTS when registration opens!

See you at DTS

A message from the Chairman

An update from the Design Technology Summit Chairman:
As I write, the Design Technology Summit (DTS) is only a month away! It is hard to believe that the time since the summit in San Diego has flown by so quickly! The good news is that in a few short weeks our first official documents will be published and released! This is our first opportunity to go “public” in a big way and the Management group under the leadership of Robert Yori (SOM) have secured a spot in a well circulated print and digital magazine for their first OpEd piece. Second, our Innovation group is going to recognize the spirit of Innovation at RTC NA with the innovation aware. So far we have a number of people who have submitted entries. If you’re attending RTC NA and would like to submit (but didn’t) you can update your registration information (for assistance e-mail [email protected]).

Lastly, we still have seats open at DTS, so if you are already a member, please register, we would love to have you back. If you’re interested in becoming a summit participant, please let us know how you qualify. If you are on our mailing list and you missed it, we sent out a registration reminder a few weeks ago, just search in your inbox for “DTS 2015 – Elevator Pitch”.

We look forward to seeing you in a month!



Architecture / Engineering Design Technologies – Are you up to speed?

Survey sampleIn less than thirty days a group of some of the best Design Technology minds in North America will meet to discuss the challenges and successes they face as managers, collaborators and innovators of design technology for Architecture and Engineering companies. With the economy trending in positive direction architecture and engineering firms are busier than ever and design technology managers are under increasing pressure to maintain competitiveness in an increasingly technologically-complex marketplace. Ramping up technology is not just limited to BIM. The increasing challenges of collaborating between multiple firms, the management of a wide menu of tools (software & hardware) the choice of mobile platforms, security of cloud services are facing AE firms as decisions and challenges in the next days, weeks, months and years.

The Design Technology Summit provides the opportunity for Design Technology Directors and Managers to meet and discuss these topics with fellow experts in the industry. DTS is where one can learn and find solutions to challenges you are currently facing or surely face in the near future. Technology is not the competitive advantage of designers, rather it is a platform where a broader understanding and network of knowledge, provides greater opportunity for success and growth.

Interested? Does your firm belong at DTS? E-mail [email protected]. Visit our event webpage for more information about the February meeting in San Diego and visit our website for more information about the group.