About the RTC Design Technology Summit

If you’re not familiar with the Design Technology Summit (DTS) now is your chance! DTS has three topic groups, Collaboration, Management, and Innovation. Each group’s focus was chosen by the members as a primary area of challenges that design technology leaders in the industry face. We like to make sure that the meetings are highly interactive as people share across a variety of organizational sizes and types.

During the summit, much discussion ensues in these topics as well as others. Each of the groups also continue to develop their projects which vary by group, some of which aim to be revealed or published this summer. The Summer session of the DTS will be held in Washington DC, prior to the Revit Technology Conference.

One more thing: in order to keep the interactive momentum during the summit going strong. Based on past experience we expect to get a great cross section of delegates. But in the process we’d like to keep delegate count limited in order to encourage discussion. As a result we’re limiting registration to the first 40 attendees.

So don’t wait – register today!

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.


Design Technology Summit

The winter Design Technology Summit continued a series of interdisciplinary design meetings organized by the DTS committee that was collocated with the Vancouver Revit Technology Conference in July 2013.  The main topics for the summit were related to collaboration, management, and innovation.

Over three days, approximately 35 architecture and engineering professionals along with a few folks from manufacturing, formed connections with other like-minded professionals, shared ideas and knowledge and learned from their experiences.  Break-out groups tackled specific issues aiming to identify effective management techniques, collaboration methods and innovation strategies.

DTS Collaboration

The previous work session in July provided the starting point for an open discussion about varying levels of collaboration and the inherent problems associated with interdisciplinary work.  The value of these discovery sessions was in the knowledge gained by actively engaging in internal, external and global collaboration discussions, in the interest of removing barriers that have hindered our ability to effectively collaborate.

A collaboration subcommittee was formalized for the February summit, specifically focused on the relationship between technology and process.  The goal of this group is to foster cross-cultural understanding amongst design professionals and to cultivate a common approach to understanding how to resolve collaboration problems.  Based on the discussions in the subcommittee during the day long work session, we realized that technology and process would benefit from further investigation by their own sub groups.

The Technology subgroup plans to develop a technology matrix and to deliver a comparison analysis at the next DTS session in Chicago. The goal of this effort is provide a concise comparison of different project team configurations, data sharing and virtualization strategies.

The Process subgroup plans on developing a web portal that will allow individuals to select the best performing technology option from a series of questions based on the content of the technology matrix.  The aim of the web portal is to provide a decision path that can potentially answer questions about the cost and method of collaboration technology.

Design technology Summit June 2014 Update

March 19th, 2014 | Posted by Steve Stafford in News

“I’m not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead – ahead of myself as well as you.” ― George Bernard Shaw

RTC North America’s third Design Technology Summit (an invitation only event) will occur on Monday June 16th, 2014 and Tuesday June 17th, 2014, just before the main RTC conference in Schaumburg, Illinois (near Chicago). If you attended either of our previous two sessions we hope you’ll come again to continue the conversation.

This Summit will be an opportunity for the small groups that were formed at our last session to discuss the progress they’ve made on their work to date and lead a discussion on their drafts and conversations. Each small group’s focus is:

• Collaboration: Internal, External, Global
• Management: Culture, Technology, Business Alignment, Education
• Innovation: Research, Implementation, New Technology

If you are reading about this event for the first time, keep in mind it is by invitation only and we only accept 40 registrations. We want to foster a small group atmosphere of meaningful discussions and experience sharing. If you have not attended before, have not been invited yet and wish to participate please write to our Secretary. Naturally prior attendees are given priority but if openings become available we’ll be happy to include you.

Each previous attendee will each receive an email with registration details. We hope each of you will return to share your challenges and ideas with your peers. Please use the relevant links in your personal email to respond.

All sessions will be recorded for audio and dictated with attribution to the contributor. Meeting minutes, audio recordings and materials presented at the summit will be shared with all attendees. Everyone is expected to actively participate. Full details, including registration and accommodation costs can be found on the event website. However, just remember, it is only possible to register once you’ve received an invitation to attend.

We are also actively seeking sponsorship of our meetings to help defray attendee cost. If you are interested in sponsoring (or have any other comments/questions) please write to our Secretary and include the necessary contact information.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago this summer!

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