Meet our Speakers:
Aubrey Tucker (Moderator): Aubrey "Brey" Tucker is an Enabler, Technologist, International BIM Speaker, Author, University Lecturer, and Revit Expert with an extensive career with skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, airports and technology implementation for architects, engineers, and contractors. He's a Senior Industry Manager at Autodesk, where he focuses on the Project Delivery strategy, Common Data Environments, BIM and ISO compliance and the data thread that ties many of Autodesk's cloud and desktop offerings together.
He's been using VR for a decade and AR since HoloLens; loves thinking about what the next immersive interfaces will be, and how design can be experienced digitally. His XR interests were a part of what got him on the corporate innovative technology team at Stantec where he investigated many potential business adoptions of emerging technology like data visualization from siloed data, quantum computing for transportation, AI-object recognition & inference, computational/automated design and many others.
Brey resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is additionally a part of the Digital Twin Consortium, VRARA, Detroit-Volterra Foundation, UBC SALA, CANBIM and BuildingSMART Canada.
Paul Howard Harrison: Paul Howard Harrison is a designer, researcher and practitioner. Trained as both engineer and architect, his work applies computational strategies to traditional craft techniques, building equitable and sustainable futures through the integration of simulation, labour, and automation. In his role as Computational Design Lead for HDR, Paul contributes to the firm’s efforts in machine learning and AI while providing architectural design leadership day-to-day.
Paul is deeply engaged with design culture and has received Awards of Excellence from both Canadian Architect and the Ontario Association of Architects. As a practitioner, Paul has designed complex, award-winning projects for clients as diverse as Bruce Mau Design, Queen’s University, and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. Paul also teaches graduate students at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
Blair Birdsell: Blair has contributed to 4.86 million sq. ft. of new building projects in architecture and engineering studios in BC and Alberta since 2016. Currently, he focuses on the existing Canadian building stock as an associate researcher at the University of Victoria's Energy Systems and Sustainable Cities lab in their Masters of Civil Engineering program. The lab creates performance modelling tools for building owners, designers, and the general public and conducts research affecting retrofit and renovation policy at all levels of government. The group has three main areas of study: Building and energy simulation, computational optimization, and machine learning applications to better explore systems and data. Parallel to this, Blair co-chairs a CanBIM think tank whose subjects are simulation, automation, and computation for the built environment. He directs the development of best practices in this domain to share with CanBIM members and the wider Canadian AECOO industry.
David Fairhurst: David Fairhurst is a Senior Manager in PwC Capital Projects and Infrastructure practice based in Vancouver. For the last 14 years he has been delivering large, complex capital projects across the EUMI, real estate, and infrastructure sectors, both in Canada and abroad. He has played many roles across the full project lifecycle including owner’s representative, program/project manager, construction coordinator and project controls lead.
David is passionate about technology, analytics and digital information dashboards and was a presenter at the 2021 RPIC data analytics PD.
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