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IWBC will showcase the future of construction. It is the first-ever event to bring the world’s top integrated, offsite, wood-based, automated construction innovators together with developers, architects, engineers, planners and others interested in game-changing approaches to construction.

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IWBC will showcase the future of construction. It is the first-ever event to bring the world’s top integrated, offsite, wood-based, automated construction innovators together with developers, architects, engineers, planners and others interested in game-changing approaches to construction.

    End to End with Design-Make-Build with Ben Talbot of Mitek

    End to End with Design-Make-Build with Ben Talbot of Mitek

    End to End with Design-Make-Build
    A conversation with Ben Tabolt, Director Plan Services, MiTek

    MiTek empowers its customers to improve the way they design,
    make and build. Listen to Ben Tabolt, MiTek’s Director of Plan Services,
    describe how Mitek is putting Design-Make-Build into action, with
    a holistic approach centered around digital design with offsite
    manufacturing in mind.

    BIM, digital twinning, VR, AR, automated drafting, fabrication are
    among the many services MiTek provides. Ben goes into great detail
    on the benefits of a vertically integrated, collaborative construction
    model.

    Ben Tabolt is Director of Plan Services for MiTek. Prior to MiTek, he
    Founded CDG Project Studio, company focused on BIM and Revit
    training. Ben is also currently a Vice President of The American
    Institute of Building Design.

    • 24 min
    How Can Artificial Intelligence be Used to Produce Timber Designs?

    How Can Artificial Intelligence be Used to Produce Timber Designs?

    How Can Artificial Intelligence be Used to Produce Timber Design
    A conversation with Dr. Luke Whale, CoFounder of DAISY AI, Inc.

    Listen to Dr. Luke Whale describe an exciting new AI technology
    that promises to revolutionize timber design for manufacturing.

    The AI tool is called DAISY, acronym for Design AI Systems, and it
    uses genetic programming to find an optimal design for almost
    any given floor system. Using the principals of evolutionary search
    and natural evolution, DAISY derives a more efficient solution
    generation by generation, until the optimum design is attained.

    Listen to Luke explain …

    What we need artificial intelligence in design
    The impact this will have on the design profession
    How Luke sees the future of timber design
    What comes next for DAISY?

    Luke is a well known UK timber engineer and a true pioneer
    in the development and use of design software. He has also chaired
    the UK Code Committee for structural timber products for over 30
    years and is a co-author of the European Timber Design Standard
    called Eurocode 5.

    • 19 min
    How is Modular Hotel Construction Financed?

    How is Modular Hotel Construction Financed?

    The availability of finance has been - and still is - a major challenge for modular construction. Many banks won’t touch modular projects for a variety of reasons and the challenge of financing has actually impeded the rate of adoption for modular building. But a solution is at hand!

    Hear from Kyung Kim, a Senior VP with AVANA Capital who has direct experience in modular financing as he takes you through each step of the modular financing process.

    - The difference between financing traditional on site construction and modular construction

    - Why banks are reluctant to finance modular projects

    - How private lenders, like AVANA Capital, get comfortable with the risks

    - Specific examples of Marriott Hotel modular projects that AVANA has financed

    Kyung Kim is an experienced professional with more than a decade in the financial services industry. Prior to going AVANA Capital, he spent 11 years at GE Capital in various roles including mergers and acquisitions, business development and strategic planning. Kyung has undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering and quantitative economics from Stanford University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

    Kyung will be speaking at IWBC, along with 42 other speakers from 9 countries - a veritable treasure chest of information on offsite construction from around the world. You will not want to miss this conference! To register, go to http://www.IWBCC.com

    • 14 min
    How Ikea and Skanska joined forces to tackle affordable housing

    How Ikea and Skanska joined forces to tackle affordable housing

    Hear the story of how furniture giant IKEA combined forces with European construction giant Skanska to form BoKlok, a major offsite homebuilder that is successfully tackling the affordable housing challenge in Scandinavia.

    Jerker Lessing, Head of R&D for BoKlok, explains:

    • Why architects were not involved in the early development process
    • The importance of affordability and sustainability
    • How BoKlok homes are affordable to a single parent with one child and a small wallet!
    • Why BoKlok is now installing solar panels on 100% of its houses

    With a PhD in engineering from Lund University in Sweden, Jerker is Director of Research & Development at BoKlok. BoKlok is a joint venture between IKEA and one of Europe’s largest construction companies Skanska.

    BoKlok is Sweden’s leading industrialized housing company and to date has produced more than 11,000 houses.

    Jerker has specialized in the field of offsite construction for 16 years and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts. In addition to his role as head of R&D at BoKlok, Jerker conducts research at Lund University and is an adjunct professor at Stanford University. He has co-authored a book on industrialized construction and has published research in numerous international Journals.

    • 19 min
    Offsite construction with Gerry McCaughey

    Offsite construction with Gerry McCaughey

    Hear IWBC Keynote Speaker Gerry McCaughey, CEO of California-based Entekra in an insightful Q&A podcast discussing a diversity of topics, including:

    - Why is Europe so far ahead of North America in offsite construction?
    - What is the difference between prefabricated components and fully integrated offsite construction?
    - How does the quality of fully integrated offsite construction compare to "stick" building?
    - Why is the current quality of lumber in North America not "robot-friendly"?

    • 27 min

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