Digital Design-to-Fabrication: Opportunities in Contemporary Practice

Date: September 20, 2017 5:30pm
Location: SGH Los Angeles
Speaker(s): Jonathan Hill Paul Kassabian Joseph Moody

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

5:30 - 6:00PM  Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00PM  Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30PM  Cocktail Reception

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
1150 S. Olive Street, Suite 1600 
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Parking is available in the Olive Street parking garage ($2 for every 10 min, $20 daily max). Nearby street parking and independent lots may also be convenient.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.
Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 50 guests to register.



Advancements in technology have rapidly changed the construction industry. New fabrication methods, novel materials, and advanced analytical capabilities have each influenced the nature of design and construction. Together, these changes have the potential to make a profound impact on the industry. In this session, we will present an achievable vision for the future of construction, based on recent technological developments, ongoing research, and examples from our own project experience. Examples of this innovation include 3D-printed metal connections, rapid daylighting simulation and decision-making, facade options with online deliverables for the project team, and instant structural framing and sizing feedback for the design team.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the history of technological development and how they have influenced construction.
  • Discover how new fabrication methods and materials used on construction projects compare to typical health and safety processes in the build process.
  • Learn how advanced analytical tools can empower the designer, remove constraints on projects, and allow the same safety level as other design, fabrication, or construction methods.
  • Identify opportunities on current projects to use various technologies and tools to provide the same level of safety and welfare as existing accepted practices.


  Jonathan D. Hill, P.E. | Senior Project Manager
Jon Hill has more than twelve years of experience in the design, investigation, and construction contract administration of building enclosure components and facade systems for major commercial, educational, and residential buildings. His projects have encompassed waterproofing consulting (including roofs, plaza areas, and below-grade spaces), as well as the design and review of standard and customized cladding components. He is committed to using innovative methods to solve problems and focuses on integrating the design, performance analysis, fabrication, and construction of building enclosures.
  Paul E. Kassabian, P.E., P.Eng, C.Eng | Associate Principal
Paul Kassabian specializes in the structural design of buildings, bridges, and sculptures. He develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house materials lab, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. Paul taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for ten years and currently teaches a course on structures at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
  Joseph T. Moody, P.E., S.E. | Senior Staff II – Structures
Joseph Moody has fourteen years of experience as a structural design engineer. He joined SGH in 2006. His structural design experience encompasses a wide variety of building types, including industrial, residential, and institutional buildings, among other things. His notable recent projects include the Claremont McKenna College Roberts Pavilion in Claremont, CA, and the Sacred Heart University Martire Business & Communications Center and Linda E. McMahon Student Commons in Fairfield, CT.


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