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Enhancing Collaboration Through Innovation

  • Jul 17, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Enhancing Collaboration Through Innovation - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Engineering



Thornton Tomasetti is an internationally recognized engineering company, with a long history in advanced delivery methods and digital fabrication. The Advanced Computational Modeling (ACM) team at Thornton Tomasetti works at the forefront of advanced practices in the AEC industry. By combining advanced modeling techniques, app development related to new BIM workflows and software interoperability, and with a strong link to R&D and academia, the team ties together the firm’s multiple disciplines, which include structural engineering, façade design, sustainability consulting and construction support. Over the past years, the ACM team developed new means through which buildings can be holistically informed by these multiple disciplines in parallel.
This presentation by Robert Otani and Jonatan Schumacher’s will showcase our latest project related to building design and research. We will explore new methods to help enhance the communication process from conceptual design to fabrication, and showcase how tools such as Revit can be integrated into the design-delivery process at all stages of the project.


Robert K. Otani
Robert K. Otani has more than 17 years of structural design experience involving commercial, sports, institutional, aviation and cultural projects. Rob has worked on many complex structures and as Special Structures Leader at Thornton Tomasetti, is specifically interested in collaborating with designers in the detailing and design of architecturally-sensitive structures. Rob is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute and Columbia University GSAPP. His teaching focuses on the infusion of engineering technology into performative architectural design. His project work includes John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal One, Random House World Headquarters-The Park Imperial, American Airlines Arena, Columbia University’s Northwest Science Building, and “The Rising,” 9/11 Westchester Memorial. Rob is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Alberta. Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University.

Jonatan Schumacher:
As Director of the Advanced Computational Modeling Team at Thornton Tomasetti, Jonatan Schumacher oversees and implements strategic development related to integrated structural design, facade design and building information modeling. He works closely with the structural, skin and performance groups, assisting project teams firm wide. Jonatan’s experience encompasses product design, robotics, architecture, engineering and computer science. His areas of expertise include digital fabrication, automatic and generative geometry, computational analysis and building information modeling.
Prior to joining Thornton Tomasetti in 2010, Jonatan worked at companies such as Gehry Technologies, SOM and Buro Happold.
In addition to having taught at Pratt Institute and Columbia University GSAPP, Jonatan is teaching classes at the PAE Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology. His courses include topics such as software interoperability, Object Oriented Programming, advanced Grasshopper modeling, BIM and big data in the AEC industry.

AIA Learning Objectives: The participant will learn about…
1. New methods to use Revit efficiently in a fast-pace multi-platform environment.

2. Holistic analysis processes that inform the design during concept phase and beyond.

3. Recent project examples that showcase how to better integrate BIM processes in the design exploration phase.

4. Examples for using cloud based databases to enhance project collaboration.



Can't attend in person? Set your Meetup RSVP to 'No' and register for the webcast here.


Food and beverages will be provided by group sponsor Microdesk.



AIA Continuing Education credits are provided by Bradford Construction and organized by NYC RUG VP Aaron Gonzales of Plaza Construction.


GotoWebinar & service is provided by SOM.


The meeting space is provided by Pratt Institute Center for Continuing & Professional Studies.


High Performance Cloud Computing Workstation provided by Advance2000.


Liability insurance funding provided by Case.


Administrative support provided by Array Architects.


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  • jigar

    can someone please post link for recorded webinar??

    August 17, 2013

  • Robert M.

    Sorry, had the wrong link for the webinar. Here's the correct link:

    July 17, 2013

  • Jay

    Michael, I have the same problem.

    July 17, 2013

  • Michael C.

    hhmmm.... the webcast link brings me to sign up for an event in August? Does anyone else have this problem?

    July 17, 2013

  • James V.

    I'm bringing 2 copies of Mastering Revit Architecture 2014 to give away at this event!! Bring a business card to enter.

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Raul P.

    where is the link to the online sign up

    July 16, 2013

  • Brad S.

    I'll be online. Great topic and speakers this month. I'll be in NYC for August though. Can't wait.

    July 13, 2013

  • Adam M.

    signed up for the webcast !!!

    July 11, 2013

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