TechPerspectives @ Tech+ 2017
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TechPerspectives NY

TechPerspectives will 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. Microsol Resources' TechPerspectives are events held annually in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

This year, The Architect's Newspaper and Microsol Resources' TechPerspectives have combined forces to present a full day program of industry leaders on the innovation stage at Tech+.

We will explore various innovative technology from BIM to 3D printing, virtual reality, computational design, fabrication and other technologies that leverage efficiencies in project design, collaboration and facility management.

Meet our presenters

 Jim Jacobi

Jim Jacobi | Walter P Moore

Jim is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) as well as the Executive Director for Walter P Moore’s Technology group. As CIO, he is responsible for the firm's overall information technology strategy and programs. He has over 35 years of domestic and international experience in engineering design, project management and construction with a special interest in application of information technology to this field. His areas of expertise include implementation of integrated project management systems, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and other related virtual design and construction project delivery systems. Jim has had a leading role in the implementation of Building Information Modeling delivery systems at Walter P Moore.

Jim has written and presented nationally on a variety of subjects pertaining to technology as well as serves on a number of committees and university advisory boards. Jim earned both Master and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.  As a registered professional engineer in five states, Jim also holds a professional registration in software engineering in the state of Texas. 


Robert Otani

Robert Otani | CORE studio, Thornton Tomasetti

Robert Otani has 20 years of professional experience, including structural design, project management, advanced computational design and modeling. His portfolio includes a variety of sports, commercial high-rise, infrastructure, aviation and cultural projects, as well as structural art. He also has extensive experience designing and detailing architecturally exposed structural steel and concrete structures. An expert in seismic, wind, dynamic and thermal analysis, Rob is the firm’s special structures leader. Rob has served as adjunct instructor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and as an adjunct assistant professor at Pratt Institute’s Undergraduate School of Architecture. Rob’s hobbies are closely related to his work. In his free time, he designs structurally complex sculptures. A boating enthusiast, he also designs and builds sailboats and kayaks.


 Alexandra Pollock

Alexandra Pollock | FXFOWLE

As the Director of Design Technology at FXFOWLE, Alexandra plays a role on multiple projects, looking for ways to integrate and implement new technologies across the firm’s projects.  Her portfolio ranges in scale from small renovations to large institutions and high-rise towers, both locally and internationally. She has been instrumental in development methodologies ranging from generative design using computation and analysis, to overall project collaboration and delivery using Building Information Modeling. Alexandra has a particular interest in the intersection and overlap of disciplines and how they inform each other, and feels that technology plays an important role in these relationships and has the ability to create a more informed and integrated design process.


Joseph Ramano

Joseph Ramano | Langan Engineering

Joseph Romano has a broad range of experience in the fields of design and construction. As Director and Manager of the Langan Survey Department, Mr. Romano leads the offering of comprehensive surveying services through Langan’s 20+ U.S. locations and abroad. His areas of expertise include boundary law and GPS/GIS/Laser Scanning technologies and advanced use of point clouds, BIM for existing conditions and 3D modeling. He is very active in promoting land surveying and has been a guest speaker at numerous land survey and scanning conferences. He is a founding and current board member of the USIBD (a non-profit organization established to promote and facilitate building documentation.


Luc Wilson

Luc Wilson | Kohn Pedersen Fox

Luc Wilson is an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox and the Director of KPF Urban Interface, an initiative focused on urban analytics and technology development. He has applied a data-driven design methodology on over 200 projects globally ranging from master plans to rezonings to supertall towers. A critical aspect of this work is research collaborations with Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, and the New York City Department of City Planning. His work has been published in both academic and popular publications from Architectural Science Review and SIGGRAPH Asia to Wired and the New York Times.  Luc was recently selected to as one of the Commercial Observer’s “2016 Top Young Professionals: Top Architects, Engineers and Contractors.”
Luc is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where he teaches course focused on performance based design and urban data analytics, and an Adjunct Course Advisor in the Center for Data Science at NYU, teaching urban analytics as part of the Capstone Project course.


What will we learn?

• See how physical prototyping and 3D printing bring your design ideas to life from the digital to the built environment.
• Learn about how virtual reality (VR) and photogrammetry is used for the design and architectural visualizations
• Hear how designers are utilizing parametric modeling tools to realize design intent, manage drawing production and facilitate fabrication.
• Explore fabrication modeling to provide a seamless interface between design, fabrication and construction teams.
• Learn the uses of data analytics for the design of buildings and cities
• Demo on how Dynamo Studio is used for façade panels placement and management, large-volume data management, model review, and QA/QC

Who Attends TechPerspectives?
Technology leaders from architectural, engineering & construction firms attend the event including CIOs, CTOs, VP of Information Technology, IT Directors, BIM Managers, CAD Managers, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Managers.

Why Attend?

• Stay ahead of the curve and hear about the technology trends from industry leaders and specialists in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms.
• Interact with technology leaders in the AEC community throughout the conference and networking breaks.
• Meet with the industry’s premier technology solution providers demonstrating how they can assist you in meeting your increasing project demands while supporting productivity.
• Earn Continuing Education Units for AIA learning units or PDH. 

Other business and technology leaders also attend including property owners and managers, public agencies, facility designers and managers, and technology consultants. 


May 23, 2017 08:00 AM EDT - 01:00 PM EDT
Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St.
New YorkNY 10036 USA
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.