CTBUH Chapter Event

CTBUH Philadelphia Chapter Presents: Exploring Innovative Trends Transforming the Built Environment

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 | Online Event
Join the Philadelphia Chapter for an Online Symposium:
Exploring Innovative Trends Transforming the Built Environment


The digital transformation has caught up to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry and is rapidly changing the ways modern buildings are designed, built, and operated. In this session, we will explore the innovative trends accelerating this movement and meet the AEC leaders driving adoption of the latest innovative technologies and processes. Lastly, we will hear from a start-up founder at the forefront of the digital revolution whose artificial intelligence powered technology streamlines high-rise construction by turning tower cranes into smart devices. Please save the date, you don’t want to miss this!
This event has been approved for 1.5 HSW / LU credits.
A portion of the proceeds are donated to the University City District West Philadelphia Skills Initiative. 



Opening Remarks 2:00pm EST
Speaker: Kirk Harman, President & Managing Principal, The Harman Group
Session Introduction 
Innovative Trends Transforming the Built Environment
Learn how to pursue advancements in rapidly growing areas; drive change and acceptance of new technologies and workflows; and prepare for the future of work in AEC.
Speaker: Jennifer Downey, Director of Innovation, Turner Construction Company
Panel Discussion 2:15pm EST
The Path to Digitalization
The AEC industries’ journey to adopt technology is gaining momentum. Learn from industry leaders on how they’re advancing innovative technologies in AEC. Hear lessons learned on the path to technology adoption and learn what promising technologies are set to make a difference in the future.
Moderator: James P. Barrett, Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Turner Construction Company
Walter Mehl, Managing Partner at Jaros, Baum & Bolles  
Neil Meredith, Director of Digital Delivery, ‎Assembly OSM 
Paul-Arthur Heller, Associate Principal, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
Sean Burgo, Project Director, Construction, Wexford Science & Technology, LLC
Featured Keynote Presentation 3:00pm EST
Turning Cranes into Smart Devices 
The tower crane functions as a control tower – orchestrating and driving a tremendous amount of construction activity. Imagine giving this critical machine eyes and ears and a brain to truly capture and make sense of these critical workflows. This is what Versatile’s CraneView system achieves.
Speaker: Meirav Oren, Founder, Versatile

Sponsored By:


James Barrett

Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Turner Construction Company
New York City, United States

Sean Burgo

Project Director, Wexford Science & Technology, LLC
Providence, United States

Jennifer Downey

Director of Innovation, Turner Construction Company
New York City
Client Executive/Executive Principal, IMEG Corp
Philadelphia, United States

Paul-Arthur Heller

Associate Principal, ZGF Architects LLP
New York City
Managing Partner, JB&B
New York City

Neil Meredith

Director of Digital Delivery, Assembly OSM
New York City

Meirav Oren

CEO and Co-Founder, Versatile
San Francisco