21 episodes

World Summit on Digital Built Environment, WDBE, brings together professionals from the public, and private sectors globally. Anyone who shares the enthusiasm to learn, share and co-create our urban future is warmly invited. We welcome brave visionaries, and curious minds to showcase and experience the most sustainable, innovative and future-oriented ideas. Together we can push already existing solutions even further to unleash the positive power of digitalization

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World Summit on Digital Built Environment, WDBE, brings together professionals from the public, and private sectors globally. Anyone who shares the enthusiasm to learn, share and co-create our urban future is warmly invited. We welcome brave visionaries, and curious minds to showcase and experience the most sustainable, innovative and future-oriented ideas. Together we can push already existing solutions even further to unleash the positive power of digitalization

    Talking Circular Future Cities with Daniel Hall

    Talking Circular Future Cities with Daniel Hall

    In this episode of WDBE Talks, Daniel M. Hall, Assistant Professor at TU Delft, talks about circularity and how to boost it with digital technologies and industrialized construction. Daniel is a keynote speaker at WDBE 2023.







    In the interview, Aarni Heiskanen and Daniel Hall discuss









    * How big a challenge and opportunity is circularity in the built environment







    * Why Daniel has extended his focus from the circularity of individual buildings to the urban level







    * What are the building blocks of systematic information management for circularity for construction; what do we already have, and what needs to be developed?







    * How blockchain is a potential solution for retaining data of built assets over their decades-long life cycle







    * How a product-like, industrialized way of building will support circularity







    * What’s next on Daniel’s research agenda









    About Daniel







    Daniel is the lead of the Chair of Innovative and Industrial Construction, researching how to increase innovation in the built environment.







    His research and teaching focus includes lean management processes to improve productivity, digital building information modeling to improve coordination, new forms of project delivery to govern complex projects, and new organizational orientations to spark entrepreneurship for industrialized construction in the developed and developing world. 







    Daniel’s two main research themes are decentralized governance of the built environment and industrialized construction. One recent area of application is exploring solutions to sustainably solve the global housing crisis.







    Register now!







    Go to WBDE.org to register for the event and connect with Daniel on LinkedIn.







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    • 19 min
    Innovating Geospatial with Shehzan Mohammed

    Innovating Geospatial with Shehzan Mohammed

    Shehzan Mohammed is Director of 3D Engineering and Ecosystems at Cesium. In this WDBE Talks podcast interview, he discusses with Aarni Heiskanen the innovations in geospatial technology, game engines, and the value of open standards to the developer community.







    The discussion topics include:







    * Shehzan’s career path* His vision* Shehzan’s most significant achievements so far at Cesium* What have been his biggest challenges* How Geospatial and BIM work together* How game engines and extended reality technologies open new opportunities for built environment designers and their customers* The value of open standards for the geospatial ecosystem







    Shehzan also shares thoughts about his WDBE keynote on the 28th of September, 2022.







    You can connect with Shehzan on LinkedIn and visit cesium.com for more info on Cesium.







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    • 29 min
    Talking Construction Transformation with Per-Erik Åstrand

    Talking Construction Transformation with Per-Erik Åstrand

    How do you successfully digitalize a construction business and gain a competitive advantage? Aarni Heiskanen discusses these and other topics on WDBE Talks with Per-Erik Åstrand, Business Development Executive at SoftwareONE.







    Per-Erik started as a civil engineer and moved to the software business. At SoftwareONE, he drives the digitalization of the AEC industry.







    The interview covers:







    * Per-Erik’s journey from civil engineering to the software business* His mission* What Per-Erik considers his most significant achievements in digitalization* What companies need to become more strategic about their overall technological development* How to improve communication and collaboration between project participants* How to use technology to gain a competitive advantage in the construction sector* What Per-Erik plans to cover in his WDBE keynote







    You can connect with Per-Erik on LinkedIn and meet him at WDBE, where he will give his keynote speech on September 29, 2022.







    Register to experience all the fantastic presentations and connect with leading digitalization experts at wdbe.org.







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    • 25 min
    Achim Menges, a world-renowned innovator of architecture and construction

    Achim Menges, a world-renowned innovator of architecture and construction

    Achim Menges is a world-renowned innovator of architecture and construction. He’s Aarni Heiskanen’s guest on WDBE Talks, discussing digital fabrication and the future of the construction industry in a world facing enormous environmental and social challenges.







    Achim is a registered architect in Frankfurt and a professor at Stuttgart University, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design and Construction. In addition, he’s the director of the Cluster of Excellence, “Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture.”







    On the podcast, Achim talks about







    * What led him into robotics and digital fabrication* The vision that’s driving him and his team* What he considers his most significant professional achievement so far* What it takes to scale up ground-breaking experiments into commercially available applications* How the construction sector can become a positive force in solving our problems instead of creating new ones* What he plans to cover in his WDBE keynote







    You can meet Achim in Helsinki on the 28th of September at WDBE.







    Connect online with Achim on LinkedIn. Register to experience all the fantastic presentations and connect with leading built environment digitalization experts at wdbe.org.







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    • 24 min
    Solving the Big Challenges in Construction with Reid Senescu

    Solving the Big Challenges in Construction with Reid Senescu

    Reid Senescu, Vice President of Product Management at Doxel, is Aarni Heiskanen’s guest on the WDBE Talks podcast. They discuss digitalization, the use of data, and situational awareness in construction.







    The interview covers these topics:







    * What has inspired Reid most during his career* Why Ben chose to join Doxel* What kind of digitalization would give the highest ROI in construction* Why do many construction companies still struggle to digitalize their on-site workflows, and what could ease their transition?* How can you create value in such a construction environment with many, sometimes unforeseen, variables* How to tackle challenges related to data quality over the project life cycle* How digitalization will change the construction industry over the next ten years* What Reid is going to cover in his WDBE keynote







    You can reach Reid on LinkedIn and at  doxel.ai. His keynote takes place on September 29, 2022.







    Register to experience all the fantastic presentations and connect with leading digitalization experts at wdbe.org.







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    • 21 min
    Ben Guy Brings a Human Scale to Planning with 3D Tech

    Ben Guy Brings a Human Scale to Planning with 3D Tech

    Dr. Ben Guy, the founder and CEO of UC 3D Planning Technologies – Urban Circus – is Aarni Heiskanen’s guest on the WDBE Talks podcast. They discuss the use of 3D visualization technologies to bring a human scale to urban development and construction. Ben is a keynote speaker at WDBE 2022.







    Urban Circus is a family-owned, 20-years-old Australian business. Examples of their work include videos, stories, VR, AR, interactive models, gamification, simulations, and planning workflows.







    The interview covers these topics:







    * What brought Ben into 3D technology* Ben’s guiding vision* How advances in technology have improved Urban Circus’s capabilities over the years* What makes 3D such a powerful way to communicate* Examples of the results customers have achieved with 3D visualization and simulation* How Ben uses open data* What the future of 3D is, and what’s Ben’s take on the metaverse* What can we expect to learn from Ben’s keynote at WDBE







    You can reach Ben on LinkedIn and at urbancircus.com.au. His keynote takes place on September 28, 2022. Register to experience all the fantastic presentations and connect with leading digitalization experts at wdbe.org.







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    • 26 min

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