8th Annual Design & Construction Technology Conference: Session Schedule & Information    


Learning Units available for presentations with an asterix next to them in the list below.

* Opening Keynote:

Justin Stichter, PGAV, Project Manager/Attraction Designer                       Steve Mohesky, PGAV, Visualization Lead

Story Living: Bringing Ideas to Life through Technology, A Case Study of the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Utilizing the visually captivating Saint Louis Science Center Omnimax Theatre, the opening keynote is a case study presentation about the upcoming renovation of the St. Louis Union Station and its transformation from a Historic Train Station turned Urban Mall into an Aquarium. The presenters will demonstrate how technology can be used to develop and tell the project story.  They will explore immersion and the future of virtual technology in the project life cycle. Aspects covered about the architectural and technological workflow will include the following: Concepts (Napkin Sketch), Illustrations, 3D Models, Software Tools, and PGAV’s HIVE – Highly Immersive Virtual Environment.

Justin Stichter, PGAV, Project Manager/Attraction Designer:  As a +14 year veteran and Project Leader at PGAV Destinations, Justin’s leadership and design skills have helped bring projects to life around the world. With a focus on bringing both animal habitats as well as rides and show components together, Justin’s proficiency in complex systems and adjacencies have helped build PGAV’s expertise in the themed entertainment industry. An alumni of both Baylor University and Washington University in St Louis, Justin has earned degrees in Art, and Master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. A native of San Diego, CA, Justin’s childhood fostered a love for the ocean and nature as he spent his youth snorkeling and frequenting the San Diego Zoo. In his free time, Justin enjoys spending time coaching youth sports, volunteering at his church, and playing video games with his three kids.

Steve Mohesky, PGAV, Visualization Lead:   While pursuing his BFA degree in Design at Kansas City Art Institute, his career began at Hallmark Cards helping to establish their 3D visualization practice. Steve has worked with some of the top game studios as an animator developing immersive environments on several widely acclaimed interactive software titles for Hasbro, Disney and the Discovery Channel. Steve's work has appeared in numerous magazines, and his thematic illustrations have been published in the book Elemental 2, The World's Best Autodesk Art.

After a decade in the gaming industry, Steve founded Moh.Visuals, Inc., a unique award-winning 3D visualization studio, where he continued to push into new possibilities and realities that were just beginning to transform visualization. After working with PGAV on a highly successful marketing animation, Steve decided to join the team in late 2014. His passion is now focused on transforming PGAV’s ability to visualize through innovative new possibilities. In his free time, Steve unplugs by playing 5-String banjo for a local St. Louis bluegrass band and restoring a vintage VW bus.

Closing Keynote:

Maureen Price, Fluor, Leader of Business Transformation & Innovation (BT&I) Organization

Organizations are devoting millions of dollars towards developing new ideas to improve project execution, but how do organizations ensure solutions are sustainable? Learn how Fluor developed a crystal-clear, three-word metric, based on Fiatech research, which serves as the basis for its innovation efforts. With this metric as a guiding principle, innovation efforts are prioritized on the basis of sustainability, client benefit and engagement.

Maureen Price leads Fluor’s Business Transformation & Innovation (BT&I) Organization. Fluor’s BT&I approach ensures the company’s innovative solutions serve clients’ needs and are shared and implemented globally. The BT&I team is comprised of an idea growth and implementation engine, as well as Fluor’s intellectual assets, including the Technology and Execution Council (TEC), the Fellows Program, Intellectual Property, and the P4 Program.

A proven technology leader, Ms. Price has been pivotal in the successful development and advancement of Fluor's innovation culture. Her stewardship of Fluor's technical assets has included leading the TEC and Fellows members in determining which technology and ideas Fluor should invest, managing the P4 Program showcasing this expertise in technical publications and industry presentations, and guiding the Intellectual Property Group to ensure protection of ideas and inventions.

Ms. Price is a process engineer with over 29 years of experience. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of Process Engineering on several Energy & Chemicals projects, supporting Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Business throughout North America and the Middle East.

Ms. Price is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Brunswick.


* All things "R"...An exploration of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Eric Bogenschutz, HOK; William Carney, STLRUG; Chris Link, KAI Design & Build; Ellen Smith, Christner Inc. The world of "Reality" is currently in a constant state of flux as it relates to the AEC industry. Join the St. Louis Revit User Group as we present the current and future technology as it relates to Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR). We'll have a presentation to describe the variety of software and hardware tools that are being used around the industry today and a look forward to the future of what we see coming just over the horizon. Also, join us for a different type of session where we'll also have various demo setups allowing you to get hands on use of various tools and technology. Audience: BIM/VDC Managers, Architects, Engineers, Visualization Specialists, Business Development/Marketing. Subjects: Virtual, Augmented, Mixed Reality - Visualization.

BIM Coordination Using Navisworks Manage: Brian Myers, Virtual Design and Construction Lead, Jacobs Engineering. Computer Lab: Coordinating the work of various trades can often be confusing, particularly if you are not using the proper tools. Using Navisworks, it is possible to coordinate the work of various design disciplines and check for "clashes," or areas where the design will have issues among the various systems within a structure. Audience: Project Managers, Project Engineers, Designers. Subjects: Coordination, Design.

* Blending Technology and Innovation into Design, Construction and Operation Workstreams: Aaron Gipperich, BatesForum; Brett Kostial, BatesForum; Marin Pastar, AIA, NCARB, BatesForum. Case Study: With the goal of providing the best patient care at lowest cost, Mercy, one of the top five large U.S. health systems, selected our Team for Project Delivery Services. Our team was presented with a 30% challenge by Mercy: reduce the cost of Design and Construction by 10%, shorten the project delivery schedule by 10%, and reduce the cost of facility operations by 10%. To achieve the challenge and deliver our promise, our team turned to Technology and Innovation for intuitive solutions. Audience: Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Owners, Facility/Operation Managers and all other Project Delivery team members that have a stake in how facilities are designed, built, and operated. Subjects: Connected Workflows, LifeCycle Management.

* Bluebeam Estimating Lab: Chris Link, BIM Coordinator, CRB. Computer Lab: This Lab will demonstrate several different techniques for using Bluebeam Revu for Quantity Takeoff (QTO) and Estimating purposes. Participants can expect to utilize the Measurement toolset and other various Markup Tools to extract quantities directly from PDFs. Quantity data will then be manipulated by using Revu’s Markup List, Custom Columns and Reporting features to provide flexibility and portability to the estimating process. We will also go through a mock revision cycle to demonstrate how to reuse and modify your previous markups and adjust your estimate based on the revision. In addition, we will explore the Excel spreadsheet Linking function (introduced in Revu 2017) to push and update QTO data directly from Revu into predefined Excel estimating spreadsheets. The use of predefined Toolsets, Profiles and Excel Templates will also be discussed. Participants should have a basic understanding of the Bluebeam Revu software Interface and how the software works. Audience: BIM/VDC Managers, Estimators. Subjects: Bluebeam, Estimating.

Construction Industry IT Practitioners talk about Key IT Issues and Information Security: Steve Adams, Senior Director, Technology Services, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc; Dennis Heinle, IT Manager, Guarantee Electric; Bill Wagnon, SelectView with Moderator: Mary Sumner, SIUE and SumnerOne. Panel Discussion: This session will give everyone an opportunity to learn about best practices regarding cyber-security, cloud-based applications, managing BYOD, and disaster recovery/business continuity. One of the best features of this panel is the opportunity to ask questions and to learn about real-world issues in construction technology.  This panel highlights many of the most important information technology management issues that construction leaders face.  The panelists will provide insight into best practices and lessons learned. Audience: IT Managers & Personnel, Contractors, Owners. Subjects: Cyber-security, Cloud-based applications, Managing BYOD, Disaster recovery/business continuity.

* Design Communication and Collaboration using Revizto and other Technologies on National and St. Louis Area Projects: Brian Myers, Virtual Design and Construction Lead, Jacobs Engineering; Jason Pierce, Architectural Discipline Manager, Jacobs Engineering; David Rush, BIM Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering. Case Studies: The use of technology can be the key to winning and producing successful projects, in many cases by allowing discussions which otherwise would be difficult to have without the use of the proper tools. This presentation will discuss how Jacobs has used technology for visualization, coordination, and enhancing the experience of dealing with clients and project partners. This presentation will include projects in the United States and regionally in the Greater St Louis area. Audience: Architects, Engineers, BIM Managers, Project Managers, Owners. Subjects: Collaboration, Design Communication.

* Dynamo: The Basics:
Micah Gray, Digital Practice Manager, Lawrence Group. Computer Lab: This class will discuss which process would be a good candidate for Dynamo and where you will spend more time creating a Dynamo graph than manually creating it yourself. Next, the session will step into the actual program, start to learn about data structure, the importance of that data structure, and what can be done with that data. Finally, the session will conclude putting Dynamo to work and creating some basic Revit geometry, automatically. Audience: BIM Managers, Computational Designers, Designers, Revit Users. Subjects: Dynamo, Visual Programming.

* From Revit to SketchUp, and Back Again: Dave Cooperstein, Architect and Senior Creative Designer, PGAV Destinations; Ashley Edelbrock, PGAV Destinations. Case Study: Using a simple case study, and walking through the interoperability in real time, we’ll demonstrate the process of setting up and coordinating a model in Revit, pushing it out to SketchUp for design iterations, and sending it back into Revit for further coordination. The interoperability of these two pieces of software is a hurdle that can be overcome with careful planning, some technical ingenuity, and some software tools some may not have tried. Audience: Architects, Designers, Planners, Modelers, 3D Visualization Specialists, Project Leadership. Subjects: Design Process, 3D Modeling Interoperability.

* Future Shock - The Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence - Dispelling myths and focusing on the realities of these disruptive technologies - and how to capitalize on them for greater success: Lanny Morrow, Senior Data Scientist, BKD, LLP. In this session, we will discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence will disrupt the construction industry in the coming years and steps you can take to prepare. We will dispel myths and misunderstandings about these technologies, and cut through the hype being generated by premature market entrants.  Based on this solid foundation, we will explore how a responsible, principled path to implementing these technologies can help better manage risk, increase productivity, and make your organization more “insight driven.” Audience: Construction Industry Professionals. Subjects: Artificial Intelligence, Productivity.

* Leveraging the New BIM360 Design to Connect Design and Construction Workflows:
Aaron Gipperich, BatesForum; Brett Kostial, BatesForum; Marin Pastar, AIA, NCARB, BatesForum. Case Study: This class will present a case study on how leveraging the new BIM360 Design streamlined the Design and Construction workflows, when coupled with the other products in the BIM360 platform. Our team has successfully leveraged Collaboration for Revit and BIM360 Team on large-scale healthcare projects over the last several years. This class will showcase the evolution of the same intent to connect Design to Construction, and engage the entire project team into streamlined project delivery. Audience: Design and Construction professionals interested in best practices for connecting the AEC industry workflows. Subjects: BIM360, Design-Build.

* Live Case Study: The Peaks and Valleys of VDC Implementation on Major Project Delivery: Alex Rayman Belkofer, CM-BIM,VDC Director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc; Chris Campbell, VDC Visualization Manager, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. Case Study: This live case study is an opportunity for the A/E/C industry to “look in the mirror” at where we are at in 2018 with our collective understanding, acceptance and participation in collaborative VDC delivery processes. As we dive into our real-world example of expectations vs. reality, join us for a healthy discussion on where we as an industry are successful and where we still have plenty of work to do in order to deliver seamless, effective and lean project delivery using VDC processes and technologies to advance the state of Virtual Design & Construction across the country. Project Description: This presentation is focused on live successes and challenges in the overall VDC delivery process on the Washington University in St. Louis East End Transformation of the Danforth Campus Project. Audience: Architect, Engineer, Construction Manager, Building Owner, BIM/VDC Manager, Executive/Corporate Manager. Subjects: VDC, Project Delivery.

* Practical Considerations for Your Drone Use Plan: Jonathan E. Schmalfeld, ESQ, JD, Husch Blackwell. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, are proliferating in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. They are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft and faster than human surveyors; allow for more frequent and expeditious collection of site data; and provide a level of accuracy previously unknown in the industry. These gains can translate into significant savings on a construction project, if the use doesn't violate Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations. Construction industry members should be aware of key legal requirements and limitations on their use. They also must be purposeful about developing policies and practices governing the use of UAS on job sites  and by employees. Audience: In-house counsel, Attorneys, Risk management, Project managers, Site managers, Construction managers, Engineers, Superintendents. Subjects: Drones, Risk management.

* Reality Capture Panel: Mark Hanna, PrecisionPoint; Andy Joost, Geospatial Data Manager, TWM, Inc.; Josh VandenEnde, Apogee Consulting Group; Harvey Wright, Seiler Instrument; Tomislav Zigo, Vice President of Virtual Design and Construction, Clayco, Inc. with Moderators Adam Lega, Apogee Consulting group, P.A.; Marcus Moomey, KAI Design & Build. Panel Discussion: Reality Capture is having a big impact on the AEC industry.  There are many tools available to us between laser scanners, drones, ground penetrating radar, and digital cameras.  Our panel will discuss in more detail how these tools might be best utilized in our applications today and in the future from the design phase to the jobsite. Audience: Architect, Engineer, Construction Manager, Building Owner, BIM/VDC Manager, Executive/Corporate Manager. Subjects: Reality Capture, Reality capture tools.

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