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In the $800 billion nonresidential construction industry, it is the nation's largest design and construction firms—the AEC Giants—that are pushing innovation. Accelerate AEC is an online forum for showcasing the best ideas from the AEC Giants.
Giants 300 Technology and Innovation Study
This free 17-page PDF report includes the complete findings from BD+C's survey of the nation's largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms.
Lessons From a Builder's Offsite Construction Journey
Hear how CFC Construction's Founder and CEO EJ Olbright approached prefab construction for its multifamily projects.
Spandrel Glass Primer
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Learn about how spandrel glass is fabricated, how to specify spandrel glass, and placement considerations.
The Future of AEC in the Time of Big Tech
Big Tech has begun to set its sight on the trillion-dollar construction industry. How will this affect the current players, and what will they need to do to stay competitive?
When Buildings Design Themselves
Architect, designer, and author Lance Hosey explores the implications of a built environment completely designed and built by computers.
Using Advanced Tech To Battle Hidden Costs
Sustainability expert Susan Heinking discusses how tech tools can help project teams improve overall energy performance and maximize the ROI.
Beyond BIM: Getting Your Systems in Sync
Architect Carlos Cardoso demonstrates Beyer Blinder Belle's proprietary software tool for sharing project information in real time with all parties (think: BIM meets Google doc).
Leveraging Computational Design in the Realm of Occupancy Evaluations
Design technology whiz Dane Stokes discusses how his firm is using computational design tools to refine its design process, optimize building performance, and enhance client collaboration.
Bionic Practice: Data Rich Design?
What happens to the design process when computers can deliver information that is accurate, instant, and supports design that is 'provable' to be the best?
Generative Design in Prefab Manufacturing
VDC expert Mac Little explains how project teams are utilizing one-source VDC models to execute large-scale pre-manufactured construction projects.
Designing for Enhanced Productivity: Promoting Convenience + Control
Building technology expert Herbert Els talks about the opportunities and challenges with creating agile work environments.
Evolve or dissolve: Transforming your practice for the new future
Where do we see our practices in 10 years? Truth is, most of us have been reactive to an increasingly tech-dependent profession.
Get the lead out A roadmap for creating an agile, tech-focused AEC practice
AEC tech consultant Nathan Miller talks about how design and construction firms can move toward agile, digital solutions that capitalize on near-term innovation.
Jit Kee Chin, Chief Data Officer, Suffolk Construction
Jit Kee Chin has a long history of innovating through data analytics. As an industry "outsider," Chin is committed to driving innovation and harnessing big data.
Lisa Feeley, President, E2 Strategies
Lean expert Lisa Feeley demonstrates how to identify and eliminate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of waste and inefficiencies on construction projects.
The rise of AEC superusers Design technology specialists and the future of AEC
With new technologies and work processes appearing nearly every week, how can practitioners be expected to stay on top and thrive? In a word, Superusers: those who provide 20% of the effort but achieve 80% of the results.
Wechselwirkungen: The Science of Place, Wolf Mangelsdorf
Placemaking, like architecture, has long been considered more of an art than a science, based on the notion that utilizing scientific approaches that optimize for efficiency would result in places that are soulless and uninviting.
Thom Chuparkoff, AIA, LEED AP, Director of OSports, OSports
There is a common misconception about offsite construction: that it only works for simple, repeatable building structures. The rise of advanced technical tools and enhanced collaboration are proving this notion wrong.
From micro schools to tiny houses: What’s driving the downsizing economy?
Micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, explores the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies.
Security and the built environment: Insights from an embassy designer
Embassy designer Tom Jacobs explores ways that provide the needed protection while keeping intact the representational and inspirational qualities of a design.
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