Denver Thursday, January 18th 2018 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Autodesk HUB| 1500 Wewatta Street, Denver, CO 80202

As seen at Autodesk University 2017, Jarod Schultz will present, “Technology Disruption: Now What?!?!” here in Denver at the Autodesk HUB office.

Technology is moving at a fast pace these days – and with it comes disruption. We’ll look at what has happened in the past and what is happening today to see how your firm can come up with a strategy moving forward. Some items to start thinking about: How has your firm been dealing with these disruptions? What lessons has your firm learned? Where is your firm in the “bell curve” of adoption? Are you and your staff being proactive? Are you walking and talking “return on investment” on your processes? Asking these questions and more, we’ll start looking at how to connect strategies together so your firm adopts and progresses with technology, staff, and workflows. After this presentation, you will take the first of many steps in what I call the Constant Cycle of Improvement.

Key Learning:

  • Understand processes and workflows of the 3 legs of improvement
  • Learn how you and your firm can adopt technology – the right way
  • Learn how to get off the merry-go-round of “it’s all about the technology”
  • Learn how to talk to management and owners about ROI

Jarod Schultz, Director of Specialized Services at initial.aec, helps AEC firms streamline bottlenecks and pain points in their daily workflows and processes. With over 25 years of experience in the AEC industry, he has seen both good and bad workflows first hand. From this experience, Jarod integrates what he has learned to enhance your daily outcomes. These final outcomes will be based on hardware, documentation, videos, workshops, mentoring, and software customized to that final solution. To start the process, he leads with a business strategy session with key team members to assess your current situation. Through his targeted Q&A, he can build a goal-oriented plan to start the process of improving your workflows and processes. Jarod’s expertise is in delivering creative solutions: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Software | Strategic Growth, Process, and Workflow Management | Sofware Development/Documentation | Presentation/Public Speaking Kazien Event/Emotional Intelligence Practitioner

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Looking at pollution in a whole new way…

Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California

Most air pollution is measured at a city level, but air quality can change block by block, hour by hour and day to day. To better understand air quality on a more local level, we began working with our partner Aclima — to map air pollution across California using Google Street View cars—equipped with air quality sensors.  Earlier this year, we shared the the first results of this effort with pollution levels throughout the city of Oakland.

We’re just beginning to understand what’s possible with this hyper-local information and today, we’re starting to share some of our findings for the three California regions we’ve mapped: the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California’s Central Valley (the Street View cars drove 100,000 miles, over the course of 4,000 hours to collect this data!) Scientists and air quality specialists can use this information to assist local organizations, governments, and regulators in identifying opportunities to achieve greater air quality improvements and solutions. 

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The Lagging Construction Industry

Some good reads on how the future will be in the AEC industry, the future can’t come quick enough…

Bringing manufacturing principles to the construction of high-rise buildings

The engineering and construction sector is glaringly lagging behind other industries in process optimization, knowledge transfer, and lean principles.

Construction projects today are conducted in a very similar way to those of several decades ago: the bulk of work is still done on-site, with little automation and process optimization. The sector has not fully entered the third industrial revolution, let alone the fourth.

One of the problems is inherent: the construction site. Although it does allow lean principles to be applied to some degree, it is not really conducive to them. The full potential of lean principles in the construction process, transport and logistics is difficult to realize outside a factory setting. Read More: LINK

Reinventing Construction through a Productivity Revolution

To transform the sector, action is needed in seven areas or through broader adoption of mass-production approaches.

The construction industry employs about 7 percent of the world’s working-age population and is one of the world economy’s largest sectors, with $10 trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year. But the industry has an intractable productivity problem and, according to Reinventing construction: A route to higher productivity, a new McKinsey Global Institute report, an opportunity to boost value added by $1.6 trillion.

Download the PDF: LINK


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