Category: AEC Lab

5 Questions with Growth Strategy Expert Hans Ehrnrooth

With an architect mother and mechanical engineer father, AEC Lab's advisor Hans Ehrnrooth was born into the world of design and construction -- although it took him a little while to find his way back to the field. Raised in Finland, Hans began his career in business development with a paper machinery supplier. Next, he [...]

5 Questions with BIM Expert Luther Lampkin

Luther Lampkin, BuiltTech Labs’ BIM advisor, entered the AEC industry as a drafter in 2006. Late one night, he was stuck at the office working on a set of plans. A janitor, who had been cleaning up piles of discarded paper, walked over to Luther’s desk. “Hey,” he said, “have you heard about this new [...]

5 Questions with Architect and Author Randy Deutsch

Randy Deutsch, LEED-AP is head of the grad department at the Illinois School of Architecture, one of the largest architecture colleges in the country. In addition to research and teaching classes, he has been writing a series of books over the last decade that help to advance AEC, addressing where architecture and construction is leading [...]

The Truth Is Out There, says network dynamics expert John Taylor

John Taylor is a third generation AEC professional who has worked at universities for 11 years. He ran the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab at Virginia Tech to help improve systemic change in the AEC industry, and currently runs the Network Dynamics Lab it at Georgia Tech with a broader mission to investigate phenomena occurring at [...]

Civil Engineers Rule The Future!

When you hear the term “civil engineering”, your eyes and ears usually don’t perk up in anticipation like they do when you hear “new iPhone” or “driverless cars” or “Artificial Intelligence.” Instead, you think bridges, roads, dams, airports, traffic patterns…buildings. Civil engineers are boring, right? [Read more..]

Look to the Past for a Better Future

The AEC workflow looks nothing like it did thirty years ago. From paper and pencil to CAD and now BIM, Cliff Moser is a prime example of how to adapt and evolve in an industry that isn’t always receptive to change. Based in Oakland, California, Cliff is an architect currently using BIM to facilitate the [...]

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen

For Brian Skripac, the key to implementing new technology is to try not to get bogged down in the technology. Counterintuitive, right? But for him, tech is less about the “what,” and more about the, “how.” He asks, “How do we plan our work and work the plan?” In other words, it doesn’t matter so [...]

The Thornton Tomasetti Innovation Machine- An Interview with Rob Otani

The Thornton Tomasetti Innovation Machine We announced earlier that Thornton Tomasetti chose The Combine as their partner to take their most interesting internal innovations to market. We have since launched the first of those concepts – Konstru – and will be announcing several more later this year. The group within Thornton-Tomasetti that brings those ideas to the forefront is called CORE [...]

Corporate Innovation: Theatre or Action? – A piece by Ray Daddazio

Thornton Tomasetti President Asks, “Innovation: Theatre or Action?” This post is written by Ray Daddazio, President of Thornton Tomasetti, from his notes that he took down during a lecture in January of this year. The event was sponsored jointly by Columbia University’s Business School in conjunction with Columbia Entrepreneurship, and was hosted by Chris McGarry, Director for Entrepreneurship in the [...]