Hacking the AEC Industry at DTOCON

November 29, 2017 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

It was a quiet morning as hackers put finishing touches on their projects after working tirelessly away through the night at Polytechnic University.  AEC professionals teamed up with Polytechnic students to develop solutions to current AEC business challenges at the Design Technology Orlando Conference and Hackathon (DTOCON).  Day one began with a half-day class on Autodesk Dynamo so students and professionals could leverage the technology for the hacking session that would soon follow.  The evening events kicked-off with a Mock-a-Rita social after which Advanced Solutions CEO, Michael Golway offered a compelling keynote presentation followed by Baker Barrios, ASHRAE, Walter P Moore, and Whiting-Turner presenting their hack requests.

This fantastic conference was two years in the making as Darick Brokaw brought his vision to life of leveraging technology and some of the smartest minds to solve challenges in the AEC Industry.  Darick partnered with Advanced Solutions and Polytechnic University, and although Hurricane Irma threatened to wipe out this opportunity, everyone persisted, and even though delayed, the conference was a huge success! 

As far as the AEC challenges the teams were asked to solve, one requested a way to leverage the Amazon Echo to gather project information while another was requesting an alternate iOS developnent for their construction safety beacon.  The remaining two requests involved automating the creation of scaffolding in Revit and output of schematics with airflow and other HVAC data.  After the presentations, the students were off for a seemingly endless night of problem-solving.  Many of the students had never used Revit, but through perseverance, hard-work, and incredible problem-solving abilities, teams were able to present very compelling solutions to these unique AEC challenges.  Baker Barrios, Walter P Moore, Whiting-Turner, and ASHRAE each awarded $1000 to the winning teams of their respective solutions.  The teams had a second chance to increase their winning with the category of Best Overall Hack.  Each member of the winning team received a $250 Tech Pack awarded by Advanced Solutions. 

We could not be more proud of the substantial investments these individual made in the course of 24 hours! 

Winners of Best Overall Hack - The Freakin' Beacon Team

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To learn more about how the Freakin' Beacon team took home the win or to see the other winning solutions along with some very interesting hacks, visit the DTOCON YouTube page

Thank you to the many organizations that helped make this possible:

Orlando Revit User Group
Central Florida Contractors BIM User Group
Polytechnic University
Design Technology Orlando
Baker Barrios
Walter P Moore
ASHRAE of Central Florida
Advanced Solutions




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