NXT BLD London announces conference program

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Speakers from Gensler, Laing O’Rourke Soluis, Mamou-Mani and Space Group head up AEC Magazine’s exciting new conference at the British Museum on 28 June

Having scoured the architecture, engineering and construction community for those pushing the boundaries of AEC technology, NXT BLD is proud to announce 12 amazing speakers for the inaugural event on 28 June at the iconic British Museum.

Highlights include:

Philippe Paré, Design Director, Principal, Gensler, will share research into VR and AR and how near instant physically-based rendering can be used to explore and validate early stage designs.

Rob Charlton, Chief Executive of Space Group, will look at how emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies will revolutionise project planning, management and delivery.

Dr Chris Millard, Technical Director, Manufacturing, will share Laing O’Rourke’s vision of the future for fabrication – robot research and modularisation.

Martin McDonnell, Soluis, will present the Augmented Worker, a consortium of Autodesk, Microsoft, Laing O’Rourke, AECOM & Doosan Babcock which is exploring the tools needed for effective use of AR on the construction site.


Arthur Mamou-Mani will present ‘The DNA of Making’, a future construction research project with Arup that uses new generation robots for construction / deconstruction.

Johan Hanegraaf, ArchiSpace, will explain why the future of design will be immersive, presenting his vision for architectural modelling in VR and more.

Tom Greaves, dotproduct, will show the very latest development in reality modelling, capturing as-built conditions with handheld scanners.

Mike Leach, Lenovo, will explain how the latest development in workstation technology will enhance productivity in advanced AEC workflows.

Faraz Ravi, Bentley Systems Fellow, will present the very latest developments in reality modelling and the opportunities in the advancing intersection of autonomous unmanned vehicles, sensing technology and algorithms.

Tim Guertjens, MX3D, will give his thoughts on the future of Digital Fabrication, including the use of robotics to print metal objects of theoretically unlimited size, focusing on an ambitious canal bridge project.

Dan Harper, Cityscape, will explore how Virtual Reality will change the value of the places we create forever and explain how VR and real time technologies can generate value within a design business.

NXT BLD is a one day event, taking place in the exclusive BP Lecture Theatre at The British Museum. It is organised by AEC Magazine, in partnership with Lenovo.

In addition to the conference, there will be an exhibition with plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with the latest technologies.

A limited number of tickets are available for £25. Price includes admission, tea / coffee and food throughout the day, and drinks at an industry social mixer.

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