Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) hosted its annual Boston Spring Symposium on 7 April 2016, which brought together close to 200 practitioners and academics from the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry to discuss the topic of innovation.
The symposium, themed “Innovation That Works: Implementing Cutting-Edge Design,” explored how the AEC industry is striving to reach higher levels of innovation, performance, and efficiency through new materials, design approaches, and delivery processes.
“This is not a new topic to us in the engineering profession – we have had a long, distinguished track record of innovation, and our industry’s increasing demand for sustainability and value will drive innovation even more in the future” added Glenn Bell, SGH Senior Principal and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s great to have the opportunity to meet with our peers and colleagues to focus on innovation and celebrate what we have accomplished as an industry.”
Peter Nelson, SGH Senior Principal, served as master of ceremonies for the event and introduced a series of speaker sessions, including the following:
- Innovation with Materials with Glenn and Matthew Bronski, SGH Associate Principal (learn more)
- The Profession’s Future: An Academic’s Perspective panel moderated by Niklas Vigener, SGH Senior Principal, with Martin Bechthold of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Tat Fu of the University of New Hampshire, and Steven Van Dessel of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
- Computational and Direct-to-Fabrication Digital Design with Matthew Johnson, SGH Principal, and Paul Kassabian, SGH Associate Principal (learn more here and here)
- Advanced Glass and Glazing Systems with Scott Bondi, SGH Staff Consultant, and John Barber, BG Glass Technology President (learn more)
- Performance-Based Fire Engineering: Tools for Enhanced Design Freedom with Brian Kuhn, SGH Senior Staff II (learn more)
Building Design + Construction and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Boston Chapter sponsored the symposium.