Past Event

TechPerspectives New York

When: 8:00am - 1:00pm, Thursday June 02, 2016
Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th St), New York, NY 10016
Credit: Microsol Resources is an Approved Provider through the AIA/CES and will provide Certificate of Completion for 3.5 AIA LUs and PDH for this seminar.
Note: There is no cost to attend the event though you have to register to participate. Breakfast will be served.

Microsol Resources' TechPerspectives are events held annually in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Our annual events showcase and highlight the latest technology driving change in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. We will hear from design technologists as they explore new workflows and processes that promote collaboration and information exchange to enhance building design.


In previous years, we called our events BIM Perspectives. This year, we are broadening our conversation from BIM into various innovative technology from 3D printing to virtual reality, computational design, fabrication and other technologies that leverage efficiencies in project design, collaboration and facility management.


weworkSpatial Data Analytics

Carlo Bailey, Design Researcher, Product R&D | WeWork

Collapsing the distance between the digital and physical domain has been a desire of designers for decades. WeWork’s Research department currently explores novel techniques that leverage sensor technology to enable a continuous awareness of our space. This enables an instantaneous control, feedback, and communication between our designers and space operators that bring the speed of bits to the world of atoms. We are using this methodology to extract data about our space utilization in efforts to gain unprecedented spatial awareness.


SOMHigh Impact: Low Threshold

Robert Yori Jr., Senior Digital Design Manager

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Robert will highlight features from AIA TAP’s 2016 conference,  “High Impact | Low Threshold”. Speakers from a range of practices and industries shared low-cost and/or easy-to-use applications often overlooked in traditional technology-oriented environments.

From smartphone apps to useful Excel spreadsheets, to client and contact databases, communication tools, customizations, and beyond, come learn how others are using technology simply and effectively.


BIGDynamo for Design Architects

Jan Leenknegt, BIM Manager

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Jan Leenknegt will show how they use Dynamo to manage complex geometries in Revit, review models and handle large-volume data. Dynamo is an open-source software platform for computational design and BIM. Through a friendly visual interface, construct logic routines to smooth and automate workflows, find optimum solutions, and sift through design options.

HoKOpen BIM Standards & Level of Development (LOD) Specification

James Vandezande, Director of Design Technology


James Vandezande will talk about the true benefits of using Open BIM standards. As a member of the BIMForum board of directors, he will share the latest news about the group’s activities relating to buildingSMART International including an update on the Level of Development (LOD) Specification for BIM.

Thornton TomasettiKPF Urban Interface: Applied Urban Analytics 

Luc Wilson Associate Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC

Director, KPF Urban Interface

Data is the language of cities, it enables dialogue between people and the cities they live in. Geo-temporal data (twitter, instagram, etc.) is being generated by anyone who carries a smartphone. City governments are also generating publicly available spatial data that range from information about buildings and lots, to taxicab data, to locations public complaints. All of these data sets are spatial, inherently tied to the way we interact with the built environment. Because of the spatial aspect of these data sets, architects are uniquely suited to design the way cities and people interact with the data they produce.
KPF Urban Interface was launched to develop how urban data is collected, analyzed, visualized and ultimately used. This presentation will demonstrate how the unique R&D structure of KPFui integrates data analytics in the design of buildings and neighborhoods, and facilities timely research by bringing together technology, design and public policy through academic and civic partnerships. It will provide an overview of the KPFui structure, case studies, current research initiatives and a discussion of future.

Thornton TomasettiPreplanning the Work with BIM and Lean

Jennifer Downey, National BIM Manager

Turner Construction Company

At Turner Construction Company, BIM tools and lean construction processes are an integral combination for helping us be better builders every day.  Jennifer Downey will present on how both BIM and lean are used to preplan the means and methods to better execute the work.  She will discuss daily operations, project case studies, as well as ongoing research efforts. 

Thornton TomasettiSoftware Development and Building Design

Robert Otani, Principal | Jonatan Schumacher, Director | Nicholas Mundell, Senior Integration Engineer | Ben Howes, Director of Application Development

CORE studio | Thornton Tomasetti

CORE studio is Thornton Tomasetti’s integrated research and development studio. Its mission is to increase the value we bring to clients through innovation. The studio coordinates R&D, develops custom software, designs workflows to optimize project realization and develops computational models. From its inauguration in 2011, CORE studio focused on improving interdisciplinary workflows from design to fabrication of building systems. This presentation will highlight a number of built projects, as well as software development and process initiatives.



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