On May 11, BD+C hosted its first Accelerate Live! innovation conference, in Chicago, a multimedia event where an audience of more than 100 of the industry’s cognoscenti listened to a rapid-fire barrage of 15-minute presentations by 19 AEC experts.

Those lively talks approached innovation from just about every conceivable angle, from how gaming technology and machine learning redirect building design, to how artificial intelligence, SaaS (software as a service), and Big Data guide engineering and construction toward automation.