May 21-23, 2019 - Anaheim, CA

Smart Cities

May 21 2019
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Smart Cities

Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 21 2019 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Integrated Energy and Microgrids

Communities are facing some significant energy and infrastructure challenges. Maintaining and upgrading much of our critical infrastructure can be financially challenging in the face of slow economic growth, aging populations, increasing claims on strained public purses, and escalating environmental concerns. In spite of energy and infrastructure challenges, communities - including all the businesses, industry and people that reside within them - are letting energy go to waste. Integrating energy sources, technologies, and infrastructure allows communities to capture these and other potential energy opportunities, thus cutting costs, securing energy reliability, and reducing environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions. Integration means looking at all of the existing infrastructure and available resources in a community and finding innovative ways to use less energy to deliver the same services. Integrated energy involves interconnected electrical and thermal microgrids. Cars, planes and ships are also examples of microgrids. These microgrids not only shape how communities are being developed but can also offer additional value by creating a reoccurring revenue source in new and redevelopment projects as micro utilities using renewable and low carbon energy. Smart microgrid solutions include both energy and communication networks, so that systems can be monitored, managed, and maintained to ensure high system performance and reliability. These smart microgrids not only support the community development, but when interconnected with other communities offer greater resilience and sustainability. Creating these solutions involves not only improving the building envelope efficiency, but also where it sources energy and how it manages that energy. Creating on-site smart energy management systems involves decoupling energy generation using energy storage, so that buildings can be energized, heated and cooled with an integrated energy model. Case Study: The presentation will highlight the Southwoods redevelopment project in Edmonton Alberta Canada. It is affordable and seniors housing that will provide over 400 residential homes in apartment and town home units. Phase I (122 units) has been operating for approximately 18 months (to date) using on-site electrical generation, distribution, thermal energy exchange and storage system with a low temperature thermal distribution network in the electrical and thermal microgrids. Background: GSS Integrated Energy was responsible for the design, modelling, and management of the energy system installation during project construction.


Michael Roppelt

GSS Integrated Energy Ltd.

Smart Cities, Factories, and Security Systems: LiDAR Applications Beyond Self-Driving Cars

While LiDAR is best known for it’s role in helping self-driving cars “see” the world around them, the 3D sensing technology has a number of novel applications that have yet to be explored. One new and far-reaching application of using 3D- LiDAR sensors is in smart cities. As more people move into smaller metropolitan areas, it will be more critical than ever to use smart technology and creative design to make these cities function in the best way possible. This is where LiDAR can lend a hand. Roadside LiDAR sensors can be used to monitor driver and pedestrian safety as well as traffic flow in real time. This has major impact for economic development, traffic congestion, infrastructure planning, and city air quality. Unlike cameras, the use of LiDAR sensors allows for the complete capture of pedestrian and vehicle flows while fully protecting identities as the system converts position information to anonymous 3D point cloud data. This enables cities to gain a holistic view of traffic and pedestrian flow without the privacy concerns that arise with other forms of tracking and data collection. Industrial automation is another application of LiDAR with the potential to make a huge impact. Warehouses and distribution centers use LiDAR sensors’ 3D vision for collision avoidance and the dimensioning of objects, enabling a rapid, automated flow of goods. Use of LiDAR decreases the amount of time spent controlling the robotic system and provides vehicles with a greater perception of their surroundings. While the size, weight, and cost of mechanical LiDAR has posed a challenge for successful ground vehicle and mobile robot integration, recent breakthroughs in solid-state LiDAR technology, however, have made the sensors lighter, more aerodynamic, and much cheaper to purchase and maintain, rendering LiDAR an attractive tool to bring sight to these machines. Finally, LiDAR has wide reaching applications in security. For example, AI software enables the use of LiDAR for perimeter fencing and intrusion detection. LiDAR can classify and track a human body, based on its unique surface profile curvature, to monitor a person’s movement near a virtual fence. The sensors and software paired with a pan-tilt-zoom camera provide an optimized and integrated security system. Louay is the CEO and co-founder of Quanergy Systems, which makes high performing, reliable, low-cost LiDAR sensors. Louay has been developing and refining this technology for over 25 years, and is by far the most knowledgeable expert in the field. As a speaker, Louay would bring a fresh perspective to the technology and its many diverse applications across a variety of industries. He would also bring a fascinating perspective to panels exploring a number of industries– including security, transportation, and mapping– where he could speak to the way that LiDAR will impact them all. Louay holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics, all from Columbia University, and holds 36 patents, with 35 other patents pending.


Louay Eldada

Quanergy Systems Inc.

A Placemaking Approach to Design

This webinar will illustrate the practices of land use planning, placemaking, and intelligent urbanism and how implementing these practices can have a positive effect on individuals and surrounding communities throughout the lifecycle of a project. Three case studies will be presented that show effective planning in action.


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