BILTna 2017 Speaker Spotlights!

Aaron Vorwerk | Sr. Technical Advancement Lead  for Buildings and Construction at Autodesk
Session: Better Design Insight = Better Building Performance!

I’m an architect and civil/structural engineer-in-training registered in Texas, and I’ve spent the past 9 years or so providing pre-sales, training, consulting, and support services to AEC industry customers.  I’ve been working for Autodesk for 4 years, and I’ve recently transitioned into a role where I focus on channel partner advancement.  We are working to better align Autodesk with our partners, while also building up business insight and consulting capabilities within our partners.

Frankly, I have a great job.  I love problem-solving, and I have worked with thousands of customers to date—digesting information about their business practices, diagnosing their needs, and suggesting potential solutions.  I spend much of my time working from home, but I’ve had the privilege of sitting down with some of the largest companies in the world to discuss technologies that impact their business.  There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a customer embrace a new workflow, overcome the inevitable challenges, and succeed in improving their business.

Outside of work, I’m a bit of a gym rat, as well as a technology geek.  I very much enjoy travel with my wife Amanda, and we spend much of our free time with our two dogs.

At BILT NA 2017, I’ll be presenting a lab session entitled Better Design Insight = Better Building Performance!  This lab focuses on the use of Autodesk Insight with Revit to deliver integrated energy analysis information at any stage of design.  I’m honored to be joined by co-speaker Ian Molloy, the product manager for Insight.  He is very passionate about energy analysis, and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area.  What makes this product offering unique is that it automatically creates a high-quality energy model from essentially any geometry at any stage—regardless of massing, zoning, level of detail, etc.; analyzes it in the cloud (i.e. very quickly, and leveraging machine learning) via DOE-2 or EnergyPlus; and provides useable results to the end user by considering all possible outcomes at once.  Insight simply removes all of the barriers that have traditionally kept many designers from leveraging energy analysis tools.  Incredibly, this product is offered free to Autodesk subscription customers.

I have been a fan of RTC/BILT for many years, as this is a gathering of some of the most talented individuals in our profession.  I’m humbled to have had opportunities to present among this group, and I very much enjoy attending so many fantastic presentations, but I find the opportunity to connect / reconnect with industry leaders and friends to be the most important facet of this conference.


Tim Waldock | Revit Consultant at RevitCat
Session: Create Good Looking Organic Revit Content

I am ‘RevitCat’ – theoretically just a Revit consultant, going to architects offices to improve their use of Revit, working as a ‘BIM Manager’ for hire when the going gets tough.  What I actually do is much more than that:  I do a lot of Revit beta testing and give feedback to Autodesk on many aspects of their software;  I write a Revit blog: Revitcat.blogspot; I prepare for conference presentations, which means research.

I love travelling – I like to visit cities to take artistic photos of funky buildings; but I also love the natural environment so I try to visit wild places around the world.  I am just waiting for a BILT event in Africa so I can make a business trip there, as it helps with the logistics of travel if I can combine it with some work.

I enjoy solving tricky technical problems, and I enjoy passing on my knowledge to others when I see how it benefiots them and helps them to develop their own skills and expertise.

My session is called:  ‘Create Good Looking Organic Revit Content’ – my abstract title started out as ‘Creating Nurby Revit Content’ – kind of a play on NURBS and Nerdy, but then I decided people might not get the joke so i made it more literal!  Everyone struggles with getting good looking Revit furniture familes, either with creating it in Revit or importing it from elsewhere – so I will cover both of those topics, with some detailed investigation of the conceptual massing tools.  All of these techniques could apply equally to an organically shaped building as a piece of crazy furniture – so hopefully it will help out a lot of people.  In the process I hope to also teach Autodesk just how difficult it is to achieve good results with the tools we currently have.

I have attended the majority of RTC events held around the world, and I have presented at most of them – so it should be obvious that I am passionate about RTC/BILT.  I always learn something new at the conference – from attending other presentations, and from talking to people, from checking out the exhibitors stands – but most of all from the preparation work I do for my own presentations.  I always like to choose a topic that pushes the boundaries of using Revit and of what I know – so that involves a lot of research and testing.


Andy Ion | Senior Technologist at Entuitive
Session: Breaking (Bottle)Necks With a Data-Centric Workflow

I’m a Senior Technologist with Entuitive; a young but rapidly-growing structural engineering consulting firm. What I really enjoy doing here is efficient project delivery, but lately have been diving into the murky realm of design software interoperability; trying to make our design processes as lean as they can be. I also sit on a couple internal committees. Namely our BIM Knowledge Center, where we develop standards, content and templates for company-wide use and mentor junior and intermediate technologists, and the internal Quality Control Committee.

Outside of work, I enjoy the usual dating website stuff: cooking (food in general), travel (looking forward to Antarctica in 2019!). I play sports and like to keep fit, commute to work on my bicycle and love backpacking/camping.

The underlying theme that’s woven into and outside of my work is the belief that there is always a better way. I’m always looking to find better methods and approaches to any problem, and maintain a healthy appetite for new knowledge.

My session is titled “Breaking (Bottle)Necks With a Data-Centric Workflow” and it’s important to me because it’s becoming more and more relevant with every new technology at our disposal. Architects are finding it easier than ever during schematic design to cycle through multiple forms/iterations of a building, and it’s important as structural engineers to be able to react to those many different forms. I see massive inefficiencies in the current approach and think the whole process could be streamlined (in certain cases) if we keep it data and logic driven.

I’m looking forward not only to speaking at BILT NA 2017, but also to attending others’ talks and meeting other people who are on the cutting edge of this fascinating industry.

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