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Next-Generation 3D Design Software: How is it Rocking our World? (1 LU)
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Next-Generation 3D Design Software: How is it Rocking our World? (1 LU)

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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Next-generation 3D design and presentation software allows us to be more productive than ever before, to bypass years of software training, and to collaborate with stakeholders for the first time in 3D that is as simple to use as Word or PowerPoint. Find out why this technology has recently been awarded the global 2019 DevProject 2019 Award in VR/AR/MR/3D.

Join in this lively exploration of 3D design technology with a panel of local architects and hands-on demos on desktop and in augmented and virtual reality. Emerging 3D design tech has the disruptive potential to drive major changes in our profession. How can we embrace 3D design tech and expand our reach as architects to participate in the 75% of US building projects where architects are not now engaged? What are the benefits to the profession? How might 3D design tech further improve the design process? What challenges have recently been solved in 3D design tech and how might 3D design tech grow in the near future? Why is augmented reality now considered to be the future of architectural visualization?


Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will discover new 3D design tech that they can use to improve productivity.
  2. Participants will test augmented and virtual reality equipment to envision and communicate their designs in a new way.
  3. Participants will investigate new 3D design tech that can expand their creative expression.
  4. Participants will brainstorm about untapped markets, professional challenges interdisciplinary dynamics, and professional problems that 3D design tech can be used to solve.


About the Presenters


Cassidy Cheang, Designer, LEED Green Associate, Baran Studio

Cassidy Cheang graduated from the Academy Of Art University in 2008 with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design and received his Master Degree in Architecture in 2012. His academic work focus was on the analysis of urban and suburban morphology and spontaneous city programming extended to architectural form. Cassidy has been practicing architectural design within the Bay Area for over twelve years. His work included the research and development of parametric digital software. He is a LEED Green Associate and is a Certified Green Point Rater.

David Driver, Design Technology Manager, Ratcliff Architects

With over 30 years as an experienced architect, David is responsible for developing in-house BIM Process and Standards to aid in efficient and coordinated project teams. From programming and master planning through construction administration, he oversees model creation collaborating with the project team as a whole. He displays a breadth of knowledge in the production of presentation graphics, documents and details, and integrates new and emerging technology such as virtual reality into established office workflows. David brings additional skills to the team from field survey and point cloud work to working with Facilities Managers to integrate project Data and Building Information into existing CAFM systems.

Hessam Ebrahimi, Job Captain, LEED AP

Hessam Ebrahimi has advanced technical skills and in-depth expertise in commercial office design. He specializes in developing and executing projects all the way from early programming through construction administration. Hessam has a commitment to high-quality, on-time project delivery and profitability. He brings project teams together early in the design process to identify common goals. This early consensus helps teams to innovate and resolve issues effectively. Hessam is extremely detail-oriented and holds strong problem-solving skills, enabling him to complete Revit projects to the highest possible standard.


Dave Alpert, FAIA, LEED AP, CEO, Geopogo

Dave is an award-winning architect with a passion for the real world. He has applied his MBA education to successfully leading landmark projects for some of the most respected global design firms. Dave co-founded Geopogo to give all people the power to easily create, share, and view 3D architectural designs on digital devices.

Geopogo Presenters

Michael Hoppe, Creative Director, Geopogo

Michael Hoppe combines extensive architectural design experience with a deep knowledge of 3D BIM modeling, 3D visualization, and virtual and augmented reality. As Geopogo's Creative Director, Michael is expanding the potential of 3D visualization and 3D model functionality. Michael's mission is to put a smile on your face in two seconds.

Andy Kang, Lead Software Engineer, Geopogo

Andy Kang is an inventive software engineer trained in cognitive science at UC Berkeley, where he was a leader of the university's virtual reality innovation group. Andy leads Geopogo's product development and software programming, bringing a fresh perspective to the way architects can do their work.



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