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Exploring the Latest Design and Make Technologies in AEC: DIALOG Presents at Autodesk University 2023

October 31, 2023

Join DIALOG’s Megan Brooks, Associate, leader, Design Technology; Maulina Saroya, design technology specialist; and Neil Kemp, design technology specialist as they present sessions at Autodesk University Conference from November 13 to 15, 2023, at the Venetian Convention & Expo Centre in Las Vegas.

For more than three decades, Autodesk University (AU) has been at the heart of Design and Make industries. As one of the largest AEC technology conferences in North America, AU brings together innovators from various industries to share how we can adapt to change and drive transformation and increase sustainability and improve impact for the future.

With more than 600 sessions led by industry experts from across the globe, attendees gain new skills, build community, and achieve big or small world challenges using the latest design and make technologies.

See the sessions below:

Revit Process and Workflow: An Essential Guide to Sustainable Design, with Maulina Saroya

Date:                   Monday, November 13, 2023
Time:                   8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. PT

At the outset of a Revit project, it is crucial to define a clear process and workflow. This should encompass several key elements, such as accurately determining the building’s location, shared coordinates, geodetic elevation, building design, and the materials to be represented. As we prepare to tackle the sustainability challenges of 2030 and 2050, it is imperative to integrate these factors into our workflow from the outset to set a strong foundation for designing, constructing, and managing buildings that are in line with our sustainable goals.

In this session, Maulina Saroya will explore how to define an effective Revit workflow, organize and construct families for sustainable design, apply the skill of coordination to implement and execute a sustainable workflow across all disciplines, and how to implement a cohesive workflow with minimal errors and rework.


Many Hills to Climb: Urban Realm BIM at Edmonton’s 100 Street Funicular, with Neil Kemp

Date:                     Monday, November 13, 2023
Time:                     2 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT

In this session, we will explore how civic leaders in Edmonton, Alberta, had long wrestled with how to connect the vibrant downtown walkways to the nearby North Saskatchewan River Valley trails, with more than 50 meters of elevation separating the two. This connection had to be accessible to everyone, regardless of how they made their journey. With this goal at its heart, the 100 Street Funicular was born.

Neil Kemp will discuss how to strategize on integrating urban realm design teams with engineering and architecture in a BIM ecosystem; use reality capture as a cross-check of existing conditions on a heavily graded and forested site; how to use 3D visualization that acknowledges critical infrastructure for uninterrupted access; and how to maximize collaborative BIM to minimize visits to an outdoor site with severe climate variation.


Managing Tech Fatigue in an Emerging Tech Industry, with Megan Brooks

Date:                        Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Time:                        8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. PT

We have seen a massive increase in the available technology across design and construction. Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals often deal with multiple tech providers, constantly changing products, and implementation after implementation with employees. For the people focused on technology, it is manageable. However, for field staff, preconstruction teams, and everyone else, it can be a lot to handle and take in.

In this session, Megan Brooks, along with a panel of industry experts, hope to communicate a strategy for managing this onslaught of new tools, decision-making criteria for what we are moving forward with, and how to keep project teams agile and engaged.


Calgary Cancer Centre: Digital Modeling and Cloud Collaboration Framework, with Maulina Saroya

Date:                         Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Time:                        2 p.m. – 3 p.m. PT

In this session, we will explore a case study of the award-winning Calgary Cancer Centre (CCC), examining the integration of digital modeling and cloud collaboration processes involved in delivering an award-winning building. The main challenges were communicating effectively between the project team(s) during the design-build process, and effectively using cloud-based platforms to optimal efficiency to provide deliverables.

The project teams had an extensive scope to deliver on time and within budget. They had to determine a workflow to manage more than 90 Revit models via the cloud platform (BIM 360 software). Maulina Saroya will share how the cloud infrastructure enabled effective communication with internal and external project teams to exchange information and elevate workflow.


All sessions are eligible for continuing education credits: AIA LU