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How about 3D printers and how architects might use them in their everyday practice.
I would like to know more about problems and issues related to integration of data in a BIM model into a CMMS in a software neutral environment or platform. Maybe discuss research being performed by vendors and universities.
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I'd like to know more about virtual design and construction technology in relation to BIM. Associating the VDC to robotics for construction prefabrication would be great as an addition.
I lead our firm's Tech Studio and have been to several Facades+ conferences so here are my 2 cents.
The main thing I like about the Facades+ conference is what I learn about that are things I don't know about. What I mean are totally new concepts / ideas / tools. Not just exploring ideas that are already covered by the market / articles.
From the most recent conference, the thing that was the most exciting / interesting were the tools that are being developed to link data between software / tools. Examples would be the Thornton Tomasetti Exchange (the TTX) and Flux (FLUX - Sustainable Architecture @Scale). Another example that is slightly different is this paper by Elliot Glassman that talks about using various tools to optimize shading.
Things that other people are interested in our firms Tech Studio are things like:
Hope this helps.
I know of a firm in Trenton who are using drones to video document historic buildings that are undergoing rehabilitation and restoration. Historic Architects LLC. They also demonstrated some very innovative cutting edge techniques to analyze potential points of building failure on historic structures.