April 5, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
325 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654


Lean Construction Institute – Chicago Community of Practice


Leveraging Technology Forum – an AIA/LCI Event

AIA Chicago and the Lean Construction Institute are collaborating on a technology forum for design and construction technologies that represent leading edge industry tools and processes that are allowing us to work faster, better and with greater value to our work. This event will feature (5) different presentations showcasing how each firm is leveraging technology for a Lean advantage. The presentations will be conducted in a Lean Lab fashion so each attendee will have the opportunity to experience the content in a smaller setting. There will also be a short panel discussion to recap all of the event.

The presentations include: 


  • The use of drones within the pedagogy of Architecture is relatively new + a complex study. From mere basic use we see Photography, Video, or Documentation. From a more comprehensive understanding, we evolve into Animation, Site Data Collection, Mapping and Fabrication. These uses stem from a deep understanding of innovation with the field and how we can apply this future knowledge to a field that is rapidly evolving.

Too Much “I” in BIM?:  Leveraging Data Analytics for BIM 

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) is now an established practice within the AEC industry and plays an important role in project information management. The “I” in BIM, often championed as the most critical component to BIM, can be overwhelming and is often neglected beyond the production of deliverables. The opportunity to leverage embedded data to improve a project’s performance, and be empowered to make critical project decisions based on business intelligence becomes a missed opportunity. The application of Data Analytics on a BIM project can therefore help companies maximize their use of BIM.  The data can be analyzed to understand project performance, and trended over a period of time.  In this presentation we will explore the fundamental concepts of Data Analytics, how to rationalize data that is already there in your projects, and begin investigating the application of Data Analytics to BIM Management and BIM projects. We will look at the types of data that is available, and by asking the question, “What does that data mean, and how is it pertinent to my project?”, we will once again reinforce the importance of the “I” in BIM.

Developing Supplemental Coordination Models and Drawings

  • The integrated model is rich in information – and its value can be tapped over and over during the life of the project. Supplemental models and documents, not typically found in traditional project deliverables, can be developed to help support stable design development, ensure constructability, and conceptually visualize future completed work.

Digital Design/Robotically Placed: Robotics & Lift Enhancers in Masonry

  • SAM 100SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, is a brick laying robot designed and engineered by Construction Robotics. SAM100 is the first commercially available bricklaying robot for onsite masonry constructionDesigned to work collaboratively with the mason Consistent production and lower installed cost (50%+ labor savings) Increase masons productivity by 3-5x while reducing lifting by 80%+ MULE: Lift Enhancers for Masonry – a smart lifting tool designed for construction that does the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. Makes any product weightless up to 135 lbs. Works from the ground, traditional scaffold or mast climbing work platforms. Works with many materials. Significantly increases productivity by working smarter, and more consistently.

Using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality from Design to Build

  • We will take an existing project case CAD file and live demonstrate the Schematic and costing process.  From there demonstrate the first cost savings and time savings this process provides.  Live demonstrate AR & VR with attendees that encourage layout changes and how this technology captures it in real time to speed up the lengthy slow design process.


Robert Guertin – Gensler – Robert is an interdisciplinary designer with a background in fine art, industrial design + architecture. He is interested in research between space and its ability to create moments of interpretation, change, transformation and contemplation. He is also interested in the Nexus of emerging technologies and architectural discourse.

Marcus Kim – Autodesk – Marcus Kim is the Architecture Consulting Manager with Autodesk Consulting. He focuses on enterprise adoption of Revit and BIM workflows for AEC customers and has traveled around the globe providing BIM services to domestic and multi-national customers. He brings 14 years of large project experience, and advises companies on how to address BIM at both the project and enterprise levels. He is the author of Mastering Autodesk Revit 2018 for Architecture, the definitive industry book on Revit.

Joshua Mercado – The Boldt Company – Joshua is Director of BIM and Systems Integration with The Boldt Company. He has over ten years of experience working in the construction industry in the high-rise and healthcare sector. With an educational background in design, experience working with a trade partner and now working with the general contractor, he brings a clear understanding of the challenges associated with coordinating multiple scopes. Joshua helps teams collaborate and appreciate their ownership of the overall BIM process.
Rafael Astacio – Construction Robotics – Passionate and dedicated International Business Development Executive, Rafael Astacio creates long-term value for organizations based on an in-depth understanding of direct and indirect sales, strategic marketing, market reach, P&L management and project management. He is a Mentor and leader focused on building collaborative cultures for success and cultivating relationships with customers and market champions.
Chris Matus – DIRTT Environmental Solutions – With a background in manufacturing for 13+ years and always looking at ways to leverage Kaizen to remove costs that clients do not see value for, now using that skill set daily in the construction environment. With the amount of waste that the client pays for in the slow design and construction process, technology is the way that our industry can make construction fun again.

Registration Rates

Flat Rate: $25.00

The special rate for this event has been reduced to $25.00 to encourage collaboration with architects from the AIA community.

Parking is available at nearby parking garage locations.

AIA LogoThis course is registered with AIA/CEU for 3 LU credits