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Accelerate Live! talk: ‘AEC can has Blockchains?’

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), HOK’s Greg Schleusner explores how the AEC industry could adapt the best ideas from other industries (banking, manufacturing, tech) to modernize inefficient design and construction processes.


Our industry loves to talk about a future that looks like manufacturing—an integrated supply chain, offsite fabrication, robots, and IoT. The advancements that enabled this within the automotive and aviation markets were partly based on technology, but also because of strong OEMs that could benefit from an integrated supply chain. 

AECO has no “owner.” We certainly have owners of buildings, but most aren't habitual builders, and thus expect the practitioners to know how to deliver a great product. So how do you make a supply chain that benefits all parties within the industry without an process owner? 

In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago),  HOK’s Greg Schleusner talks about the need for a consortia-led technology company that would serve the role of industry advocate. Its mission would be to serve the industry, its members, and the users of buildings. 

It would steal the best ideas from manufacturing (think smart fabrication), banking (think Bitcoin), the Internet, and others, and help modernize our continuously under-performing industry.


Greg Schleusner, AIA
Principal, Director of Design Technology Innovation

Greg Schleusner is a Principal and Director of Design Technology Innovation at HOK. In this role, he guides the firm in researching and adoption of new technologies ranging from data management to computational design. Schleusner is an advocate of open standards in AECO. He leads technical efforts within buildingSMART International as chair of the Technical Room. He is guiding the development of open source efforts around BSI standards and the development of a larger technical road-map for buildingSMART. Schleusner has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master's in Technology Management from Columbia.


Takeaways and recap from BD+C's 2018 Accelerate Live! innovation conference


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