IDC’s Chairman discussed technology in his building designs in vibrant industry event

The Infrastructure and Construction Focus Group just concluded another of their very successful digital events and workshops titled “Digital Revolution for AEC Professionals?” held via Zoom on April 28 2021.

Very  prominent speakers helped to  discover the in-and-outs of adopting BIM, SaaS and other digital tools to plan, design, construct, manage and maintain buildings to an audience that turned out to be very numerous and vibrant. Among the event partners there was also the Philippine Overseas Construction Board, an agency attached to DTI as well as the Italian and German Chambers of Commerce in the Philippines.

Architect Romolo Nati, Chairman and CEO of Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) was one of the speakers with the objective to talk about his experience in using software and digital applications in planning and designing his green mixed use buildings in Cagayan de Oro and in Sto Tomas, Batangas.  As a fierce “Green-Building” advocate he uses passive green design features as a trade mark of his projects and that reflects in a sustainable architectural design that allows energy savings, more natural ventilation and natural light.

He explained and showed in detail the use of the software to select the exact positioning of the buildings according to the natural flow of the wind, the impact of the sunlight on the building surface and the shading provided by the cantilevers of the structure. These passive green design elements assure energy savings for the residents and make the building overall more sustainable. 

Another speaker of the event was AECOM’s Vice President Cities, veteran urban planner Sylvester Wong, who was showing how technology and data is a very important component of their activities and ultimately he added it needs to serve for the benefit of the users, the residents. BIM expert Architect Basa underlined how important it is to start introducing technology from school and via industry associations like United Architects of the Philippines. Planradar’s Sales Partner Manager Fabio Hirsch was able to add to the importance of using cloud based softwares for project design, audit, implementation, monitoring, building hand-overs, maintenance and repairs.

His company’s application guarantees huge savings of money and time giving the project proponent an unprecedented overview on the whole process of construction and building management. Other contributors and moderators will be Architect Ramon Abiera, former CIAP executive director and Lorens Ziller, ICFG’s executive director. 

The pandemic has increased the necessity of adopting digital tools for the management of our activities. The event can be watched again on the facebook page of the Infrastructure & Construction Focus Group. 

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