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DIALOG Represents at BUILDEX Alberta 2023

August 31, 2023

Join DIALOG’s John Souleles, Partner, Architect; Tai Ziola, Partner, Architect; Greg Widmeyer, Director of Technology; Megan Brooks, Associate, Leader of Design Technology; Krigh Bachmann, Associate, Leader of Digital Innovation; Stephanie Fargas, Associate, Specifier; and David Pesta, Associate, Structural Engineer, from October 18 to 19, 2023, as they present sessions at BUILDEX Alberta 2023 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre.

For over 20 years, BUILDEX has been providing essential continuing education, new product sourcing, and networking opportunities for Alberta’s building and construction industry. The conference brings together colleagues, influencers, and industry peers from across the AEC profession for two days of educational seminars, panels, keynotes, workshops, and live demonstrations on the latest technologies and innovations.

See the sessions below:

Practical Guidelines & Best Practices for Specifying Low Carbon Concrete, with Stephanie Fargas and David Pesta

Date:                              Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Time:                             10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT
Location:                      Second floor, Glen 209
Fee:                                Early Bird: $50; Admission: $65

Join Stephanie Fargas, David Pesta, and industry experts in a conversation on approaches, best practices, and what to avoid when specifying sustainable concrete on projects. This panel discussion is ideal for engineers and specifiers, owners and developers, designers, procurement professionals, and anyone involved in the identification, specification, and procurement of building materials.

ConEd Credits: 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour

Creating Safe Spaces for Indigenous Students: Three Perspectives, with Tai Ziola

Date:                              Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Time:                              1 p.m. – 2 p.m. MT
Location:                      Second floor, Glen 208
Fee:                                 Early Bird: $50; Admission: $65

Campuses, civic buildings, and public spaces are increasingly seeking to provide a sense of welcome to users from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences, including important perspectives from Indigenous people. Design teams, however, often do not represent the same diversity.

Join Tai Ziola alongside industry professionals in a seminar that focuses on how a design team seeking to create welcoming space can work collaboratively with diverse users to provide safe and culturally appropriate space for Indigenous communities.

ConEd Credits: 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour; 1 BOMI CPD

Case Studies of Emissions Neutral Building Projects in Alberta, with John Souleles

Date:                             Thursday, October 19, 2023
Time:                             10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT
Location:                      Second floor, Glen 208
Fee:                                Early Bird: $50; Admission: $65

John Souleles will be joined by industry experts in a panel discussion that will highlight some of the existing work underway in Alberta to develop net-zero buildings, both through deep energy retrofits and new construction. Attendees will learn from three to four diverse projects in different phases of development in Alberta and an assortment of retrofits, new builds, commercial, and residential applications. The seminar will wrap up with further information on how to learn more about these initiatives through the Building Information Exchange.

ConEd Credits: 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour; 1 BOMI CPD

PropTech Innovation Showcase, with Megan Brooks

Date:                              Thursday, October 19, 2023
Time:                              11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT
Location:                      Tradeshow Floor: TECHCENTRIC
Fee:                                 Free

Megan Brooks will be joined by a panel of industry professional at the BUILDEX Innovation Showcase to explore and evaluate the latest property management technology.

The format:

• 5-minute “micro-presentations” delivered live by each innovator company
• Cross examination and questioning from a panel of industry experts
• Q&A between the innovator company and live industry audience
• Expert panel and industry audience vote for their favourite solution

Contractors + Consultants: Building Better Together to Meaningfully Improve Our Communities, with Megan Brooks

Date:                             Thursday, October 19, 2023
Time:                             1 p.m. – 2 p.m. MT
Location:                      Second floor, Glen 208
Fee:                                Early Bird: $50; Admission: $65

One way that design and construction professionals can improve their collaboration is by adopting new technologies and tools that facilitate communication and coordination. Project management software, for example, can help to track progress, assign tasks, and resolve issues in real-time. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies can also be used to visualize and interact with designs in a shared space, allowing for more effective collaboration and decision-making.

In this presentation, Megan Brooks will showcase how working together can drive success by exploring collaboration methods between design and construction that focuses on improving the built environment, identifying unique perspectives that each party brings to their projects, and the importance of close relationships.

ConEd Credits: 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour; 1 BOMI CPD

Artificial Intelligence & Its Impact on Architecture & Design, with Krigh Bachmann and Greg Widmeyer

Date:                                 Thursday, October 19, 2023
Time:                                2 p.m. – 3 p.m. MT
Location:                         Tradeshow Floor: TECHCENTRIC
Fee:                                   Early Bird: $50; Admission: $65

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already profoundly impacting architecture and design. In this seminar, Krigh Bachmann and Greg Widmeyer will explore how AI will transform the work of designers and architects and the problems it will help solve. This seminar will delve into the current and future state of AI, identifying areas where it will be most valuable to professionals in these fields, and examine its influence on the lifecycle of building projects. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the following key aspects:

• The pace of AI evolution and its potential impact on technical jobs through increased automation
• AI as a solution for automating tasks such as writing proposals and generating multiple drafts
• Leveraging and applying AI to enhance efficiency in architecture and design practices
• Strategies for the effective and seamless integration of AI into existing workflows
• The range of problems AI can help architects, designers, and their clients solve

ConEd Credits: 1 AAA Structured Learning Hour
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About BUILDEX Alberta

BUILDEX is one of Western Canada’s largest conferences, bringing together talent from across the building industry to interact, learn, and discover the newest innovations of a market in constant transformation. The conference enables architecture and design, construction, and property management professionals to immerse themselves in two full days of accredited industry education with over 60 seminars and 100 speakers and a robust tradeshow floor with over 100 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge solutions, providing them with a hands-on look at game changing technology, networking opportunities, and trading ideas with industry peers.