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.