TECHCENTRIC will provide you with the information you need to embrace present and future day technology in your practice. Featuring sessions including Virtual & Augmented Reality, 3D Printing and Electric & Autonomous Vehicles, as well as being home to the BIM / VDC Innovation Hub, this area will host educational content and technology demonstrations at the forefront of our industry.


Wednesday, November 6 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • TECHCENTRIC

W08 – BIM 101

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Accredited ]

Are you looking to sharpen your understanding of what BIM is, or review how BIM can benefit your company? This session aims to provide a better understanding of the basics of BIM, then moving into practical concepts and workflows, which have been proven effective globally. Some key issues this session will cover are:

  • BIM Fundamentals
  • What is BIM and why?
  • Benefits and Challenges of BIM
  • Terminology - Strategy Stage, Project Planning, Operational Phase
  • BIM Acronyms

Carl Storms

Carl Storms, Solutions Consultant, IMAGINiT Technologies

Drawing on his 20+ years of experience in architecture, engineering, and construction, Carl provides a practical and well-rounded understanding of BIM to clients. He’s worked in residential and commercial architecture, as well as construction with nearly 10 years of teaching experience at the collegiate and industry level. This experience aids him in providing the business case for BIM and how it makes the most of collaboration, coordination and design tools and processes.

Through implementations, instruction, mentoring, webinars and global speaking engagements, Carl assists the AECO community with the adoption of design technology and BIM processes. As someone who truly enjoys the process of building information modeling, Carl spreads his love of all things BIM via Twitter @theBIMsider, on his Blog, or as a co-host on two AECO Industry Podcasts: The Simply Complex Podcast - Conference Edition, as well as BluePrints a podcast sharing ideas and knowledge about the AECO industry.



Wednesday, November 6 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $50 • TECHCENTRIC

W13 – AUPE HQ BIM Case Study – How is BIM Changing Practices, Creating Efficiencies, and Delivering New Value?

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The Making a Building (in the future) team (consisting of ncx+, Bird, MCW Hemisphere, Entuitive, Arpi’s North, Mod Panel) collaborated from start-to-finish in the development of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) HQ building in Edmonton via a Design Build contract.

The team came together using technology such as Revit 2018 within BIM360 Design, Navisworks, dRofus, and Revizto. During design, the team used a “Unified” model (all teams in one single file) from design development all the way to construction documents. Navisworks and Revizto were used for clash detection and issue management, while dRoufs was used to manage AUPE’s large functional program to ensure that all needs were met in our Revit file.

The project was phased in two phases Core & Shell and Fit-Up. The Core and Shell model was developed to a Level of detail (LOD) of 200 to 300. When the packages went out for tender, the model was broken out into “Federated” files to allow the major trades to take their part of the job and create their own models. These models were further development into LOD 350 plus. Once the trade’s models were complete, they were linked into a Fidelity model for coordination and shop drawings. The models were used as a 3d shop drawing review along with traditional 2D shop drawings.

By collecting the project team together, this panel will offer the opportunity to see and hear how BIM delivered new value across the whole design build project team, from start to end.

Scott Hawryluk

David Kedzierski

Mohammad Moayyed

Aaron Schneider

Keith Tilley

Russell Truesdell

Scott Hawryluk, Senior Technologist, Next Architecture

David Kedzierski, Electrical Designer, MCW Hemisphere Ltd.
Mohammad Moayyed, Associate, Entuitive Corporation
Aaron Schneider, BIM Manager, Arpis North
Keith Tilley, Director, Business Development , Mod Panel Solutions Inc.
Russell Truesdell, Mechanical Designer, MCW Hemisphere Ltd.

Scott is a multi-skilled Architectural Technologist with comprehensive experience in design, construction documentation, and construction administration. He continually displays a proven ability to lead project teams to successfully deliver complex and challenging building solutions. Scott focuses on applying innovative solutions to each project utilizing the most cutting edge software and add-ins to our Building Information Modelling to automate tasks and create efficiency in our processes. He is paramount in the delivery and development of Model Based Project Delivery in architecture at ncx+ and our move away form archaic 2D content. Scott is continuing to develop his skills as a contract administrator and works collaboratively with the construction team to find
amicable solutions to issues as they arise on site. With a construction background from his early career, Scott is as comfortable in the trenches as he is at his computer and is well respected by the teams he works on.

David Kedzierski, Engineer-in-Training, has been part of the MCW Hemisphere’s electrical team for over five years. With experience in commercial, municipal and institutional facilities, he has an excellent understanding of electrical system loads, lighting and lighting control systems as well as various other low voltage systems such as data networks, security and fire alarm. As an active listener who collaborates with the project team he brings a pragmatic approach to design strategies to meet Client’s expectations while respecting the budget realities of any project.
Working closely with teams of a contractors, owners, and other consultants during design and construction, he has leveraged and adopted a wide range of technologies to facilitate a more streamlined approach to designing and constructing electrical building systems.

Backed by over 25 years of industry experience, Mohammad is an Associate at Entuitive with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. During 14 years of engineering practice in Iran, he worked in various positions culminating to leadership position in multi-disciplined firms. In 2007, Mohammad and his family moved to Canada and began his career in consulting engineering. He has also completed his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering with a focus on composite materials in construction from Dalhousie University in 2010.

In 2016, Mohammad joined Entuitive and started the Edmonton office. Over last few years, he led the structural team in delivering several projects, including AUPE Head Office. He believes and enjoys the application of BIM in advanced collaborative project delivery environment.

Aaron has been in the Construction Industry for 20 years, working in many roles. He began his career as a journeyman tradesman, then progressed into a design and drafting role, estimator, project manager, BIM consultant/educator, and then to his present role as BIM Manager at Arpi’s North Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta. Aaron hopes to bring together his construction experience and his passion for technologies to create new and exciting opportunities to help advance the Industry into the digital age.

Keith Tilley loves change... and a good challenge. Whether it be a personal change, or an industry shake up, he is interested in taking part. As a lifelong participant in the construction industry, from apprentice carpenter to business owner, Keith has developed a vast and deep understanding of the commercial construction market. Keith dove in headfirst to apply his business background and construction experience to the Mod Panel team to create smart pre-fabricated building solutions. Keith is currently responsible for the strategic and business outcomes of Mod Panel Solutions, which specializes in providing off-site solutions and management of prefabricated building envelope panels.

Russell Truesdell P.Eng., Mechanical Designer brings eight years of mechanical engineering experience to the MCW Hemisphere Team. His project experience includes involvement in commercial and government infrastructure projects that span from proposal to construction administration. He has an excellent understanding of mechanical load calculations and the capability to communicate concepts and details using software tools such as AutoCAD and Revit. Russell is a strong communicator who collaborates closely with the project team to design mechanical systems reflective of the goals and objectives of his Clients.


Wednesday, November 6 • 12:30pm–1:00pm • FREE • TECHCENTRIC

D01 – Digital Prototyping for BIM with Vectorworks Architect

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Creating models or prototypes is not a novel concept in the building design world, but technological advances have taken this idea to new levels and created a surge of potential new opportunities. Influenced by other industries, such as automotive and machinery design, architects now engage in the process of rapid prototyping in their designs. Vectorworks Architect is the ultimate software from sketch to BIM. From conceptual design, to fully coordinated BIM models, to construction documents, it’s the versatile solution pulling everything together and increasing your efficiency. In this seminar, attendees will look at the link between digital and physical prototyping by exploring specific examples of architects who are using both to achieve their goals. Using Vectorworks we’ll explore how algorithmic modeling can create rapid prototypes that can help increase design efficiency.

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson, Industry Product Specialist, Vectorworks Canada, Inc.

Initially educated at BCIT in the Structural Drafting trades program, Mike’s work experience started with detailing mill and refinery conveying systems. Shifting to BCIT’s Building Technology program, and time with the RAIC Syllabus, opened up job experiences with some of Vancouver’s long-standing architectural firms. Working in a Senior Technologist capacity on a number of care facilities and multi-family projects for over 20 years, revealed to Mike to importance of project coordination and delivery in BIM workflows.

This experience, and combined involvement with world-wide design software developers Vectorworks, Bluebeam and Solibri, provides Mike with relevant insight and expertise that enables the design clients he works with to develop their BIM workflow and project deliverables.


Wednesday, November 6 • 1:30pm–2:30pm • $50 • TECHCENTRIC

W22 – Putting New Advancements Within Design & Construction Technology into Practice

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The future has happened, but most AEC professionals and delivery teams are using tools set decades ago. Even BIM has grown profoundly into Digital Twins and common data environments. This class will cover many of the new advancements within design & construction technology and speak to the benefits of the advancements for practice. Cloud based collaboration, client commentary management, automated reporting and even artificial intelligence will be additional features within the course to discuss the best practices for meaningful dialogue using simple technology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning the basics of real-time game engines and what kinds of design authoring content can be in one. What kind of engines run on popular design platforms.
  • How to use interactive info-graphic presentations (PowerBI) and what kinds of project data can be streamlined into a live, web based and easily accessible format.
  • How to get BIM content (2D, 3D and meta data) into a facilities management platform. How FM platforms can become digital twins.
  • Where AI technology has presented itself in the AEC industry.

Aubrey Tucker

Aubrey Tucker, Director, Innovation + Technology, ETRO Construction Limited

Aubrey Tucker is the Director of Innovation and Technology for ETRO Construction, where he offers a focused and thoughtful approach to innovative research, implementation and application of technology across businesses to create efficiencies and amplify the power of ETRO’s people. He is an Enabler, Technologist, International BIM Speaker, University Lecturer and Revit Expert with an extensive career with skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, airports and technology.




Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:15am • FREE • TECHCENTRIC

D03 – ACS – Connected Construction & Digital Transformation

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD Approved ]

Discussing the benefits, pitfalls, and road maps of technology in the construction industry and how the Autodesk Construction Solutions aim to help companies drive value and think big about the issue at hand. Understanding themselves, the industry and the types of technology that can help push their companies into the next level of digital transformation. By digitizing, integrating, and optimizing the data at hand in order to break down the siloes of data, we are driving more profitability and predictability into your projects. Autodesk Construction Solutions Is making waves in the industry to do exactly that, leverage your data and get the most out of your technology. Autodesk is the only company in the industry who is now enabled to connect this data from design all the way through every phase of the construction project life cycle.

Taylor Dean

Taylor Dean, Technical Solutions Executive, PlanGrid, an Autodesk Company

Technical Solutions Exec as part of Autodesk’s Construction Solutions. An industry expert in the MEP space as he has spent 5 years working for a commercial mechanical contractor in the greater Seattle areas. With a degree in Managing information Systems (MIS) and Construction Management, he is well versed in the technology and challenges faced by the industry today. He has worked in project management and has held a position of BIM/VDC manager with extensive knowledge into many of the Autodesk design products as well as the ACS suite of construction products. He works directly with customers to understand the ACS products and how their companies can begin to integrate and leverage their data, while helping to develop work flows suited for their business.


Thursday, November 7 • 11:15am–12:15pm • $50 • TECHCENTRIC

T17 – Electric Transportation – Past, Present, and Future

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

In a Bloomberg article published earlier this year, Gertz and Grenier (2019) traced the history of electric vehicles as far back as 171 years, citing the development of the first electric carriage in the 19th century, and the high ratio of electric vehicles on US roads in 1900 as “one-third of all vehicles.” However, with the emergence of gasoline fueled cars and mass manufacturing of the Ford Model T, electric vehicles “almost disappeared.”

Almost a century later, our world is returning to electric transportation as the key to automated infrastructure, which is the future of transit. From electric trolleybus systems in cities like Zurich and San Francisco, to completely electric battery-electric buses (BEBs) in Shenzhen China, a growing number of cities and countries around the world are exploring alternative transportation options. Other modes of transportation include electric ferries, float planes, and water taxis.

Local governments in Western Canada such as the cities of Calgary and Edmonton have joined this global movement, as they recognize that the transportation sector presents a tremendous opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are critical to stemming many of the effects of climate change. Recognizing that electric vehicles need charge stations just as gas cars need gas stations, these cities have commissioned a study on electric vehicle charging in homes and workplaces.

In this session, AES will reflect on the history of electric transportation, provide an overview of its current state in Western Canada, and engage in an exploratory discussion of where we can go in the future.

As EVs grow in popularity, governments are requiring that building owners provide EV infrastructure for residential and some commercial parking. Charging sufficiency is dependent on parking time, total power availability throughout the day, and charging technology efficiency.

Our session will conclude with a presentation of case studies which include our research on EV energy needs related to factors such as environmental conditions, distance, and vehicle efficiency, and the sufficiency and efficiency of residential and commercial charging, as well as case studies on the average cost of installation for vehicles.

Sunny Ghataurah

Brendan McEwen

Sunny Ghataurah, President, AES Engineering
Brendan McEwen, Director of Electric Mobility & Low-Carbon Strategy, AES Engineering

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada's leading electrical engineers and lighting designers. He has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and he is licensed in BC, AB, and Washington State.

His skills in designing electrical and architectural lighting systems have been applied across many sectors, including healthcare, education, hospitality, civic, recreational, retail, corporate office, industrial and residential.

Sunny's projects have won numerous awards including Awards of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC), and a Special Citation and an Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). In 2014, Business in Vancouver honoured Sunny with a Top Forty under 40 Award.

A passionate pioneer of sustainable design, Sunny's portfolio includes 100+ LEED projects, three Living Buildings and several renewable energy projects. Recognized as an industry thought leader, Sunny was invited to speak at the Alberta Electrical Inspectors Conference, BUILDEX Calgary, BUILDEX Edmonton, IES Edmonton and the Alberta Safety Codes Council.

Brendan McEwen is Director of Electric Mobility & Low-Carbon Strategy at AES Engineering, a leading electrical engineering consultancy with a specialization in the design of EV charging systems. Brendan and the team at AES support campuses, developers, EV networks, utilities, and all levels of governments in the transition to electric transportation and low-carbon energy systems. Brendan is recognized across Canada for his expertise in policy-making and climate action leadership – notably, he led the development of the City of Richmond BC’s requirements for 100% “EV Ready” residential parking (a first in North America), and played a key role in the development of BC’s Energy Step Code. Brendan thrives on helping his clients develop elegant solutions to complex problems. He received his Master City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thursday, November 7 • 1:30pm–2:00pm • FREE • TECHCENTRIC

D04 – To BIM & Beyond

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Software no longer comes in a box and neither should we operate in one! In this presentation we will take a fresh look at BIM and the power of Virtual Reality. We will also explore OpenBIM concepts that empower smart collaboration.


  • From Intuitive BIM to Virtual Reality (ArchiCAD |Twinmotion)
  • Collaboration Without Limits (Bluebeam Revu | Solibri)

Joe Magas

Joe Magas, CEO + Owner, Fusiontek

Joe Magas is the CEO of FUSIONTEK which provides smart technology for building design & construction. He helps create the “fusion” between Virtual Collaboration Technology and the business needs of this clients.