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Concept to Construct: Leveraging All Phases Through Integrated BIM Processes

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Concept to Construct: Leveraging All Phases Through Integrated BIM Processes

At Buro Happold we believe not only in the integration of disciplines or specialism, but equally in the integration of the latest advanced technology in all project stages. The earlier this occurs in the project life cycle the more benefits to all project stakeholders. In the implementation of this philosophy a certain amount of software agnosticism is needed. Therefore we operate in a very focused manner, with Revit as the pivotal point in the midst of a range of task-optimal design tools available in associative- and fabrication modeling, structural and environmental analysis.

As early adopters across the board of novel methods in advanced design, parametric modeling and building technology, we are currently seeing through the completion of the first generation of buildings realized by such means. In this way we have been able to seamlessly fuse existing workflows with an all-encompassing adoption of BIM project delivery – presently Buro Happold New York operates fully in BIM.
At this RUG gathering we will demonstrate current and recently completed work showing the specific benefits derived from the integration of technologies across project stages. From concept design to fabrication modeling examples from our work in sports stadia, high rise, academic and civic sectors will be discussed.


Erleen Hatfield, PE, AIA, LEED AP
Gustav Fagerström, ARB

Erleen Hatfield is a Partner of Buro Happold, a global multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm and is based in New York. She has over 20 years of experience in the structural design of a wide range of complex projects including high rise, commercial, cultural, residential, and academic buildings. In addition, she also oversees the complex modeling group within Buro Happold, managing BIM, integrated practice and fabrication modeling. She is guiding Buro Happold's integration of the virtual building model into design and construction process. She is currently the co-chair of the American Institute of Architects New York City Technology Committee, and sits on numerous boards and committees in the A/E/C industry. In addition, she teaches graduate architecture classes at Yale University and gives regular lectures at Pratt University.

Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and Senior Technical Designer with Buro Happold New York. Specializing in design computation he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computer science. He has experience in all stages of projects in over 10 different countries, having practiced architecture with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and UNStudio. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas and Asia as well as presented at venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA and the SmartGeometry conference. Frequently engaging with academia he has sat on design juries, given workshops and lectures at UPenn, Yale, the AA London, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.

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