May 21-23, 2019 - Anaheim, CA

Keynote Presentations

The information below is from the 2018 edition of the AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference.

AEC Next will be returning to Anaheim from May 21-23, 2019! Be sure to check back often to stay in the loop about next year’s event.

Creativity & Constructability in AEC

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:30am – 10:00am

Ken Sanders, FAIA, Gensler

Ken Sanders, FAIA, is a Managing Principal at Gensler and has a passion for design resilience, global delivery and the intersection of digital technology and design innovation. He is a recognized industry leader on design technology and author of the influential book ‘The Digital Architect’, winner of an international book award from the American Institute of Architects. Ken is a member of Gensler’s Management Committee, has served on the firm’s Board of Directors  and is a Senior Fellow and Executive Board Member of the Design Futures Council.

Jack Dahlgren, NVIDIA

Jack Dahlgren is an Architect and Construction Manager at NVIDIA. His most recent project was managing the construction of a new 500,000 square foot corporate headquarters for the company. While he is always interested in bringing projects to life, the process of how that happens, and how that process could be better, is always at the forefront. His work at NVIDIA allows him to explore how the power of the company’s own products can accelerate visualization and start to create buildings which have their own intelligence.




Innovative technology is shaping the future of design, but where design can truly make a difference is when human experience is at its core. Ken Sanders, FAIA, Managing Principal at Gensler, and Jack Dahlgren, Senior Project Manager at NVIDIA, will discuss highly collaborative, integrated approaches to design and delivery that illustrate how digital technology is magnifying the creativity of design talent and achieving new levels of performance and value for clients.  Among other real-world project examples, Ken and Jack will present how Gensler and NVIDIA worked closely together to develop a new state-of-the-art, iconic headquarters campus for NVIDIA in Santa Clara, California, incorporating high performance daylighting simulation, virtual reality and computational geometry processes and tools.

Challenges of Change: Project 2020 and the Jobsite of the Future

Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30am – 9:15am

David Wilson, Chief Innovation Officer, Bechtel Corporation

David manages Bechtel’s Future Fund, a program designed to encourage colleagues across the company to create, share, explore and develop new ideas to enhance performance and competitiveness. David joined Bechtel in 2001 as a mechanical systems engineer at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant in Richland, Wash. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility with leadership roles as a Lean Six Sigma black belt and as manager of a telecommunications mobility project. His most recent role was as manager of innovation and virtual project delivery for the infrastructure global business unit. David is a graduate of the University of Utah and received a master’s degree in 2006 in Engineering and Technology Management. He is a certified professional engineer and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Angie Ackroyd,Manager System Analysis, Shell TechWorks

Angie Ackroyd is manager of systems engineering for Shell OIl’s Innovation Center, Shell Techworks in Cambridge, MA. Angie’s team utilizes system engineering methods and practices to analyze complex problems and then propose potential technology solutions to solve these problems.  During her tenure at Shell, Angie had focused on bringing innovative technology to Shell’s capital project jobsites.   Prior to joining Shell, Angie was a Senior Product Manager for robotic material handling systems at Amazon Robotics and Symbotic Robotics. Earlier in her career, Angie was employed at Texas Instruments and held many senior positions including Director of Technical Product Management, Director of Third Party Relationships and Director of Business Development. She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Simmons College and a M.S. in Civil Engineering – Construction Management from Norwich University and is currently enrolled in a Master of Science program in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.


Imagine the jobsite of the future – a fluid and dynamic intersection of technology, data-centric workflows, integrated supply chains, and a production manager focus resulting in improved performance for our customers and a more rewarding work experience for our teams. Cornerstones of future jobsite delivery include smart and Internet of Things (IoT) jobsites, data centric execution, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning and AI, and the reimagining of manufacturing principles for construction. But, how do we get there? The end-state vision offered by jobsite digitization is appreciated by many, but the challenges to achieve it remain ever-present as many participants along the value chain are at different points in their digitization journey. These challenges keep the industry stuck between a truly digital work-process and a document-centric work-process. It has created divides between areas like design and construction that sometimes mean work is duplicated, and it’s an effect that negatively impacts productivity, and continues to fuel headlines focused on inefficiencies in the industry. This Keynote session will address these challenges, from the perspective of a builder and an owner operator, and provide solutions for the practical application of technology to achieve the jobsite of the future.

Integrated Projects - A Vision for Future

Thursday, June 7, 2018
9:15am – 10:00am

Atul Khanzode, Chief Information Officer, DPR Construction

Atul Khanzode leads DPR’s Technology and Innovation group. Starting with DPR in 1997 as a project engineer, Atul is now responsible for all of the virtual building, operations and preconstruction technologies, as well as strategic technology initiatives for DPR. He works with project teams across the country to implement Virtual Building and Lean Construction tools and processes and collaborates with academia and research groups around the world to move our industry forward in the use of technologies to improve project delivery processes. Atul has shared his insights on the impact of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), lean construction and integration of project delivery process at various forums around the world and is a co-author of the book titled “Integrating Project Delivery.” Atul loves his role at DPR because he gets to work with creative, ambitious and entrepreneurial group of people who are always coming up with new ideas and innovative ways to get the job done.


What if every building and every piece of infrastructure truly worked? What if they were all designed not simply to fill a need but to enhance our way of life? What if every building performed as highly as possible, with all systems working in concert to support its purpose? In this session Atul of DPR Construction will discuss his vision for delivering such High Performing Buildings using the Simple Framework he co-authored in recently published book called Integrating Project Delivery. Atul will discuss how the integration of people, processes and technology is fundamentally transforming the AEC industry. Through a few case studies, Atul will provide practical insights that industry professionals can adopt today to deliver truly remarkable results.


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