RTC NA introduces the Design Technology Summit

We are pleased to announce that we’ve added a special invitation only feature in front of RTC North America this year. A small group of RTC attendees worked with the committee to organize this event. As this event is by invitation only, you will not have the ability to navigate to the online registration portal from this site. Please refer to your emailed invitation. If you are unable to locate this, please contact the RTC Secretary.


What is RTC’s Design Technology Summit?

The RTC Design Technology Summit (DTS) is a daylong event (Wednesday July 10, 2013) bringing together professionals from large firms in the building Architecture and Engineering (AE) design industry who have a responsibility for managing and implementing design technology. DTS is a forum, a venue to discuss ideas – to share, to challenge, and to refine our thinking. The design world is a constantly evolving landscape driven by the adoption of BIM tools, availability of increased computing power, the ubiquity of mobile solutions and “always on” data access. These new paradigms challenge the traditional operations of AE firms and have resulted in a new domain of expertise at the intersection of technology and practice.

DTS is the environment for those professionals, in the interest of sharing, to workshop together, to learn from each other and to be informed about new and emerging technology. DTS is intended to grow and evolve over time, and will strive to provide a consistent and accessible venue for architects, engineers, and related AEC industry professionals to address technology, business, and the critical juncture between. The goal of the summit is to arrive at an agnostic solution to strategic changes in our technology and business strategy that allows design firms to remain relevant and successful in the 21st century.

This year’s DTS will include three moderated discussion sessions, plus a final wrap-up session:

  • Collaboration (Moderated by Craig Barbieri, Lee Miller & David Spehar) – internal, external, global
  • Management (Moderated by Bob Yori & David Harrington) – culture, technology, business alignment, education
  • Innovation (Moderated by Josh Emig & Jim Balding) – research, implementation, new technology
  • Wrap Up (Moderated by Wesley Benn, Robert Manna & committee) – feedback, how this should run in the future

The focus of the summit is on discussion sessions and more importantly, the issues that challenge us in our day to day work. We all have challenges, and most are not unique. Maybe you’re struggling with collaborating internationally; perhaps you don’t know how to balance research and innovation dollars against billable work; or your design and delivery process lags behind technology advancement. DTS is an opportunity to discuss those challenges and collectively work toward common solutions.

Attendees are encouraged to participate and not merely attend. All sessions will be recorded for audio and dictated with attribution to the contributor.  Meeting minutes, audio recordings and materials presented at the summit will be shared with all attendees. Material will continue to remain available as we build a repository of ideas, solutions and best practices.

Attendance at DTS is by invitation only and limited to 40 registrants.  We feel that his number will better foster an atmosphere of active and meaningful discussions between everyone.

  • If you received an invitation, we are hopeful that you are able to join your fellow invitees.
  • If you have questions feel free to contact secretary@rtcevents.com
  • If you think you belong at this event, but did not receive an invitation, please email secretary@rtcevents.com to sign-up for future follow-up and communication (Please include your name, e-mail, title, company, company size, address (optional), company website and a brief response on “why you belong at DTS”?).

You’ll see a new link to the DTS on the main site for RTC Events Management as well.


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