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Keynote: What’s Happening with the Future of the AEC Industry

James O. Malley, S.E., 
is a Senior Principal with Degenkolb Engineers. He received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Malley has over 35 years of experience in the seismic design, evaluation and rehabilitation of building structures.  He was responsible for the analytical and testing investigations performed as part of the SAC Steel Project in response to the Northridge earthquake damage. In 2000, AISC presented Mr. Malley its’ Special Achievement Award. Mr. Malley is Chair of the AISC Specifications Committee and the Past-Chair of the AISC Seismic Subcommittee.


Glenn Bell, P.E., S.E., CEng, F.ASCE, F.SEI, F.IStructE, recently retired after 45 years at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, 22 of them as CEO.  As a structural engineer he has engaged in design of iconic structures, investigation of structural distress and failure, seismic engineering, and hazards assessment.   Glenn is 2020 President of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute, Director of Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety – United States, Board Member of the Charles Pankow Foundation, and Galletly-Dickson Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, UK.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in nine states and the District of Columbia, a registered Structural Engineer in Illinois, and a Chartered Engineer in the UK.

Greg Gidez, FDBIA AIA,
a licensed Architect, is the Corporate Director of Design Services for Hensel Phelps.  Prior to joining Hensel Phelps in 2007 Mr. Gidez was a Principal with the Denver firm of Fentress Architects. As the senior design professional with Hensel Phelps, Mr. Gidez oversees preconstruction services including marketing, procurement, design-build, design-assist, and design management. At Hensel Phelps Mr. Gidez formed the Hensel Phelps Building Information Technologies department (Virtual Design and Construction), advancing the use of VDC and technology into the design and construction processes.

Vibhuti (Vickie Patel) Harris, LEED AP BD+C,
is the Firmwide BIM Leader at HKS, Inc. With her diverse skill set and over 10 years of architectural experience, she is responsible for developing, maintaining and administering all BIM protocol and standards.  She has uniquely carved this career path by linking her passion of making a change through architecture and the use of technology.  She is focused on helping the AEC industry reach its potential through the integration of technology. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 8:00-10:00 AM PDT


Keynote: What’s Happening with the Future of the AEC Industry

What trends, technologies and innovations will shape the structural engineering profession and the entire Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry in the future?  How can structural engineers position themselves to ensure the future they want? This keynote panel will showcase a leading architect, contractor and structural engineer to discuss what the future looks like from their perspective and answer the following questions:

  • What tools and technology will design professionals leverage to ensure success?
  • How will the traditional education model change to better prepare AEC professionals?
  • Will AEC firms change their business model to something other than selling services?
  • What can AEC firms do to embrace technology, innovation and change?
  • How will improved technology result in more effective collaboration?
  • How will the trend toward more sustainable materials shape the industries future? 

The future success of structural engineering depends on the industry’s ability to better understand the needs of its customers and deliver solutions to address those needs. This session will provide an unparalleled glimpse into those needs and what will be driving the AEC industry in the next decade. Seize the opportunity to attend this session to understand the landscape facing your career and your business.