IBI Group is increasingly using in-house developed tools through which people – developers, asset owners, residents, visitors – can connect to and interact with pertinent information about their surrounding built form and mobility systems. These tools can be catered towards specific needs, types of data, and desired outcomes, specifically increasing efficiency and enhancing user experience of the urban environment. Over the past decade, technology has changed at a rapid pace, and it will continue to do so in the years to come. Society has become accustom to access to information and thus have grown the expectation that this information will be ever-present. As an industry, we need to build and maintain a constant connection with the ever-changing world, and harness current and new technologies to ensure appropriately-paced advancements. The session will explore some of the tools we have been leveraging at our firm, the outcomes of their application and how users increasingly interact and experience cities, neighbourhoods and buildings through different lenses.
As the President of IBI Group, David Thom provides executive leadership to the company with a particular focus on managing and leading the firm’s multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He specializes in the planning and design of complex projects that integrate urban design, architecture, transportation and technology. H has had senior responsibility for many major urban development projects across Canada, the USA, and internationally, including public/private partnerships and private finance initiatives.
David plays a key role in implementing emerging technology tools throughout the firm that makes the design process and the outputs better and more cost and time-efficient, including parametric planning and analysis, BIM digital twins, virtual reality, building asset management, and smart community platforms. Leveraging the firm's existing Systems practice, David is helping clients understand the value-creation potential of layering digital tools on building and city infrastructure throughout the project's life cycle.
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