Episode Nineteen – Open Source Part 2



Welcome to the BILT Academy Podcast!

Our nineteenth episode has been curated by our guest BILT Academy correspondent and previous BILT Academy Podcast guest Mark Wieringa. This month’s podcast is the 2nd in our 4 part series on Open Source, and in this episode, Mark interviews Jon Mirtschin.

 The BILT Academy team has started into a busy new year with not only pressing deadlines educationally as well as professionally, but the team is also very busy behind the curtains to shape a program for the BILT Academy Summit. So, Mark who was scheduled to co-pilot this episode with David took the initiative to support the team by taking on the lead on the open-source subject. Which turned out to be quite a journey of insights, vision and core knowledge. Since all interviewees have provided the BILT Academy with elaborate information we’ve decided to dedicate to each interviewee a podcast episode that will be airing within the first half of this year. 

For this episode, mark partnered up with a long-time collaborator and inspiring veteran of the open source community, a source of deep knowledge and founder of many open source tools and initiatives. Mr. Jon Mirtschin of Geometry Gym. 

Here are this month’s interviewees: 

  1. Jon Mirtschin, Director of Geometry Gym.

Jon Mirtschin graduated with a double degree Bachelor of Engineering/Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He worked as a structural engineer for 10 years before starting Geometry Gym in 2009. Geometry Gym develops BIM software tools specifically for Model Exchange using OpenBIM standards such as IFC. These are primarily in the form of plugins for applications such as Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Tekla and various Structural Analysis applications. 

Jon Mirtschin

Some resources from this month’s episode:

Jon’s contact details:

Website: www.geometrygym.com 

Email: jonm@geometrygym.com 

Twitter: @geometrygym

LinkedIn: Jon Mirtschin

Publications: 

Github 

https://github.com/jmirtsch

https://github.com/GeometryGym

More stuff on geometry gym 

https://technical.geometrygym.com/

https://discourse.mcneel.com/c/plug-ins/geometrygym/65

https://www.buildingsmart.org

Geometry Gym developments are freely available for academic study and research.

Episode Twenty – Coming February 24th, 2022

We return on February 24th, with an episode about generative design

BILT Academy Summit and BILT Europe – Coming May 2022

We also have some exciting news to share with you! The BILT Academy Summit as well as BILT Europe will be held as in-person events in Valencia, Spain! The BILT Academy Summit commences on May 2nd at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) with Spanish and international workshops for students and academics. This will then be followed up by our international BILT EUR conference from May 3rd – 5th at the Palacio de Congresos in Valencia, a stellar conference program awaits you and a lively exhibition! Mark your calendars, we look forward to meeting you in Valencia!

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Episode Eighteen – Christmas Fireside Chat

On Friday, December 24th, 2021 Episode eighteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live. Our eighteenth episode is our last of 2021. For this Christmas Special, we see the entire BILT Academy return for a nice fireside chat.

We talk about what everyone enjoyed learning in 2021, what were the hot topics of 2021 for the AECO/BIM world. We also cover the must-have “Tech Gifts” for Christmas 2021, and what advice our BILT Academy correspondences would give students entering Higher Education in 2022.

On behalf of the entire BILT Academy crew, we wish all of our listeners a very Merry Christmas and a happier 2022.

Episode Nineteen – Coming January 27th, 2022

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on January 27th, 2022, where we continue our dive into the topic of open source with David and Mark.

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Episode Seventeen – Open Source Part 1

On Thursday, November 25th, 2021 Episode seventeen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live. Our seventeenth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David. This month’s podcast is a BIM Technology podcast, and in it, David interviews industry expert Mark Wieringa

A teaser for episode seventeen. Tune in to the podcast to find out David’s great piece of wisdom.

David has been reading a lot lately about data exchange and the limitations we experience in the building industry when using specific or multiple technologies that don’t correspond directly which leads to data exchange that is inaccurate. Learning more and more about IFC and BCF, I wanted to learn what is open source exactly and who is driving this? For that very reason, I invited Mark Wieringa of Bimforce in the Netherlands a fierce advocate of the open-source use in the AEC industry, for a chat.

Here is more information about this month’s interviewee: 

  1. Mark Wieringa, Co-Founder and Information Specialist at BIMforce

Mark Wieringa is a trained building engineer & architect who worked at one of the leading architectural firms in the Netherlands as their BIM manager. Where he worked on very large projects managing data, developing the company and a national BIM standard, the Dutch Revit Standards. 
In 2015 he started Bimforce with Martijn de Riet out of the belief that BIM could be smarter and the AEC industry could use better solutions. Bimforce uses Open Source technology such as IFC at the core of all their software. They’ve developed a data driven parametric IFC content library called VerteX, a digital twin system called GRiDS and a residential building generator using their own IfcGraph model. 

Mark Wieringa

Some resources from this month’s episode:

Blender – Blender’s mission is to bring the best 3D technology as tools in the hands of artists, for all platforms, everywhere in the world, free and open source forever.

BlenderBIM – An add-on for beautiful, detailed, and data-rich OpenBIM with Blender.

FreeCAD – Your own 3D parametric modeler

GitHub – Where open source communities live

OSArch – Creating a built environment with free software, increased transparency, and a more ethical approach 

buildingSMART: Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) – IFC is a standardized, digital description of the built asset industry.

buildingSMART: BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) – The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) allows different BIM applications to communicate model-based issues with each other by leveraging IFC data that have been previously shared among project collaborators.

Episode Eighteen – Coming December 17th, 2021

We return on December 17th when we continue our deep dive into the topic of open source.

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Episode Sixteen – Robotics Part 3

On Thursday, November 4th, 2021 Episode sixteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live. Yes, we did return a tad delayed from our summer break but for a good reason, we wanted to accommodate the busy schedule of our interviewee! 

For episode sixteen we invited Anthony Meijer,  a student taking Built Environment at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands to hop on board as guest narrator to this month’s topic. 

In this month’s episode, we once again dive into the world of robotics. This time it was Anthony and his research that’s based on how the AEC industry can utilize robotics in construction that lead out show. To get his urgent questions on the topic answered he reached out to Brian Ringley of Boston Dynamics. 

Here is more information about this month’s interviewee: 

  1. Brian Ringley, Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics.

Brian Ringley is a construction technologist at Boston Dynamics where he manages Spot autonomy product development for dynamic sensing in changing environments like construction sites. Before coming to Boston Dynamics, he was a construction automation researcher in commercial real estate where he piloted emerging construction robotics products and stood up a factory for the industrialized construction of office space 

Brian Ringley

Some resources from this month’s episode:

Brian Ringley’s publications, blogs and other media: 

Brian Ringley | Linktree 

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bringley/ 

Boston Dynamics: 

Home | Boston Dynamics 

Spot Arm – Mobile Manipulation | Boston Dynamics 

Break Through Supply Chain Blocks with Automated Container Unloading (bostondynamics.com) 

What is Dynamic Sensing? (bostondynamics.com) 

Warehouse Automation | Boston Dynamics 

Collaborations: 

Trimble Field Technology 

Trimble Releases Turnkey Autonomous Robotic Scanning Solution | Trimble, Inc. 

Urban Housing Reimagined – Home Page – Intelligent City (intelligent-city.com) 

Also mentioned in the podcast: 

Rocos | Robot Operations Platform 

Dusty Robotics | Construction robots  

Construction simulation and optimization software – powered by AI | ALICE Technologies 

INDUS.AI – CONSTRUCTION INTELLIGENCE 

TestFit | Solve site plans instantly with the Ultimate Building Configurator 

Avvir | AI powered precision for the built world 

Reduce jobsite risk with the power of AI (newmetrix.com) 

Construction Photo Documentation – OpenSpace 

StructionSite – Intelligent Project Tracking | Site Documentation | Production Tracking 

HoloBuilder – Construction Progress Management 

Hypar | The next-generation platform for designing, generating, and sharing building systems. 

Versatile | CraneView 

Episode Seventeen – Coming November 26th, 2021

Don’t miss out on our next Podcast airing on November 26th where we kick-off the topic open source.

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Episode Fifteen – BIM Execution Plan

On Thursday, July 29th, 2021 Episode Fifteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

For episode fifteen we invited Hugo Taillandier, fellow Podcaster/ host of Today’s Architecture Podcast and student at Napiers University in Edinburgh to hop on board as guest correspondent to this month’s topic. 

In this month’s episode, Hugo decided to venture into the topic of BIM Execution Planning, as he had not yet been really exposed to that topic and got curious in learning more about how project protocol is set up and executed accordingly. In order to get accessible and in-depth knowledge on this subject, He reached out to the eminent authority on BIM Execution Planning: Dr. Marzia Bolpagni.

Here is more information about this month’s interviewee: 

  1. Marzia Bolpagni, Head of BIM International – Associate Director at Mace.

Marzia works as Head of BIM International at Mace where she develops and implements digital construction solutions for public and private international clients in five international hubs. She holds a Ph.D. in ICT and Smart Construction and she is passionate about filling the gap between industry and academia. She is glad to be a member of the BIMExcellence Initiative, Assistant Editor of the BIM Dictionary where she coordinates more than 120 volunteers worldwide, Ambassador of the UK BIMAlliance and Expert at the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) TC 442 where she chairs a Task Group on information requirements standardization (Level of Information Need). She is the lead author of the Level of Information Need standard EN 17412-1, Chair of EC3 Modelling and Standards Committee and Honorary Lecturer at UCL The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. She is also the founder of Italians in Digital Transformation Uk, she loves sharing her knowledge with students and she is often invited as a keynote speaker at academic and industrial events. She received several awards for her activities including ‘Woman Ingenious’ in 2017, Star Award for Innovation and Service Excellence by Mace in 2019 and Young Engineer of the Year and Sir George Macfarlane Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2021.

Marzia Bolpagni

Some resources from this month’s episode:

References on BEP: 

USA 

UK Guidance 

BIM Dictionary and BIM Excellence Initiative 

Classification 

cent c 442 

Publications: 

Contact and Affiliations: 

Others:

Episode Sixteen and A New Season – Coming October 28th, 2021

Don’t miss out on our next Podcast airing on October 28th where we again go nuts on robots with our guest Narrator Anthony Meijer, a student in robotics and Boston Dynamic’s very own Brian Ringley!

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Episode Fourteen – Visual Programming

On Thursday, June 24th, 2021 Episode Fourteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Before we get into this month’s podcast, we want to celebrate our first year 1 year of Podcasting, and to begin year two with this month’s Episode 14.  We also would like to thank BIM Track for coming on board for another year as our official Podcast Technology  Support. Thank you!

Our fourteenth has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David. This month’s podcast is a BIM Technology podcast, and in it, David interviews two industry experts about coding and more specifically visual programing.

A quick soundbite of what is ahead in this episode

In this month’s episode, with coding becoming more and more part of a daily workflow for practitioners in the built environment we decided to take a deeper dive. We found that for a variety of reasons such as to automate repetitive tasks or to overcome any complex surfaces, coding is becoming more and more popular in the AEC industry. With this in mind, David was wondering what visual programming tools are out there and which ones are most commonly used and, in this podcast, we highlight 2 of those, namely Dynamo and Grasshopper.

Here are this month’s interviewees: 

Jostein Olsen is a BIM specialist at Sweco. Here he has gathered close to 15 years of experience in the AEC industry working on everything from small scale industrial projects to large infrastructure projects. He has a wide experience with practical BIM workflows and has dug deep into the wonderful world of Dynamo. He has a passion for finding the practical middle ground between the BIM-idealists and the more conservative forces in the industry and thinks Visual programming software closes that gap.  

Jostein Olsen

Luis uses programming to collaborate with practitioners in diverse fields such as design, fashion, and gastronomy. Luis developed diverse interests and skills during his academic training as an architect and realized that the programming he was learning and applying to generate novel building solutions could also serve to create new ways of working in other disciplines. 

These collaborations have led to developing projects such as Robots in Gastronomy, where he developed a 3d Food Printing machine and various interfaces by which chefs could digitally design and produce edible 3d models. Luis has also worked in fashion technology, developing garments with wearable technology and software to aid in the bespoke design of garments. These projects were developed with long-time collaborator and partner, Elizabeth Bigger. Elizabeth and Luis run Datable, a studio dedicated to the fusion of tradition and technology. 

Luis has practiced architecture, seeing several projects fully constructed in Spain and Lebanon. Luis’s programming and architectural experience and passion for collaboration led him to start teaching in 2007, and to date, has taught courses and workshops in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. Luis has been faculty at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia for 12 years. Luis’ publications can be found in various conference proceedings and printed books

Luis is currently a developer and 3rd party developer supporter at McNeel Europe S.L. with a mission to help people create great things with the APIs developed for Rhinoceros 3d and Grasshopper 3d. In addition to this role, Luis initiated and manages McNeel Europe’s participation in EU Funded research projects including Innochain, V4Design, MindSpaces, and Ecolopes

Luis Fraguada

Some resources from this month’s episode:

Links from Interview 1 with Jostein Berger Olsen on Dynamo: 

Links from Interview 2 with Luis E. Fraguada on Grasshopper: 

Rhino / Grasshopper 

Main Rhino Site https://www.rhino3d.com  
Rhino 90 Day Evaluation https://www.rhino3d.com/download/  
Rhino Academic Licenses https://www.rhino3d.com/for/education/  
Grasshopper https://www.rhino3d.com/features/#grasshopper  
Rhino + Grasshopper Video Tutorials https://www.rhino3d.com/learn/  
Rhino + Grasshopper Community https://discourse.mcneel.com/  
Rhino + Grasshopper Plugins: Food4Rhino https://www.food4rhino.com/en  
Rhino + Grasshopper Development https://developer.rhino3d.com/  
Rhino + Grasshopper Developer Samples https://github.com/mcneel/rhino-developer-samples  
Grasshopper Player: Grasshopper documents as Rhino commands https://www.rhino3d.com/features/grasshopper/player/  
Rhino.Inside https://www.rhino3d.com/features/rhino-inside/  
Rhino.Inside.Revit https://www.rhino3d.com/inside/revit/beta/  
RhinoCompute: Geometry as a Service (“Rhino on the Cloud”) https://developer.rhino3d.com/guides/compute/  
Grasshopper Hops: Run Grasshopper Documents in separate processes or other computers. https://developer.rhino3d.com/guides/grasshopper/hops-component/  
3rd Party AEC Developments  
 
Speckle: Data Interoperability Solution https://speckle.systems/  
Grasshopper + Tekla Live Link https://campus.tekla.com/grasshopper-tekla-live-link-tekla-campus-users  
Grasshopper + ArchiCAD Connection https://graphisoft.com/downloads/addons/interoperability/rhino  
Grasshopper + SOFiSTiKInterface https://graphisoft.com/downloads/addons/interoperability/rhino  
Rhino + Grasshopper Inside BricsCAD BIM https://www.bricsys.com/applications/a/?rhino/grasshopper-connection-for-bricscad-bim-a1353-al2360 

Others

Episode Fifteen – Coming July 29th, 2021

The upcoming episode in July will be our last one before our summer break for August and September, returning in October. Be sure you don’t miss out on our next Podcast airing July 29th with our guest Narrator Hugo Taillandier and Digital Transformation Expert and Head of BIM International at Mace Group: Marzia Bolpagni!

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Episode Thirteen – Sustainability Part 2

On Thursday, May 27th, 2021 Episode Thirteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our Thirteenth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondents Daniel and Julia.  This is the second episode of our two-part podcast series on sustainability. For this month’s part two, we continue following up on our sustainability topic and tune into Academia and Science for their practical solutions.

Providing AEC experts with assessment methods to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings represents a large challenge over the past few decades. On one side, the topic itself is mainly beyond the designer’s expertise and tools, and the workflows lack the ability to provide quick and significant results for design scenarios and as-is assessment. Consulting with environmental engineers as experts takes time and money. Thinking of energy simulation, we commonly include operating systems and leave out production and fabrication processes of materials. In order to evaluate material selections, the Life Cycle Assessment has been identified by European policies such as the Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM) to be THE method to make environmental assessment throughout all building life cycle stages possible and valid. 

In order to dig deeper into this topic, Daniel and Julia, interviewed Daniel’s colleague at TU Graz in Austria, Dr. Marcella Saade, to provide us with deep insights on this subject matter. 

Marcella Saade graduated as an Environmental Engineer in 2010, in Brazil. She obtained her MSc in Civil Engineering in 2013, and her PhD in Civil Engineering in 2017. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory in Life Cycle Assessment and Circular Economy of the University of Sherbrooke, in Canada, from 2018 to 2020. The focus of Marcella’s work is on life cycle inventory generation and dynamic modelling of carbon cycles in the built environment. Marcella now holds a tenure-track position at the Institute of Structural Design of Graz University of Technology, and actively collaborates with the Working Group Sustainable Construction of the same university. 

Marcella Saade
Some Episode Resources:

TU Graz press releases on Sustainability: 

Profiles and Contact Details Dr. Marcella Ruschi Mendes Saade: 

Researches: 

The BILT Virtual 2021:

Episode Fourteen – Coming June 24th, 2021

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on June 24th, 2021, a technical podcast about coding.

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Episode Twelve – Sustainability Part 1

On Thursday, April 29th, 2021 Episode Twelve of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Before we getting into the show notes for the episode a few announcements: First we are happy to announce that BILT goes globally virtual from June 22nd until 24th, 2021! The event will be held over multiple days and global time zones. You can find more info about the virtual event and register your interest in participation HERE. We also would like to let you know that the BILT Academy Podcast is going on a summer break for 2 full months in August and September this year. We will take the time to refill our energy levels and to spark some new podcast creativity. 

A quick soundbite of what is ahead in this episode

Our Twelfth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent Julia.  This is the first of a two-part podcast series on sustainability. This month’s part one has Julia interviewing a leader in sustainability and climate adaptation.

Those outside of the EU might not be aware, that the European Green Deal is the ambitious EU climate policy that aims to be the first climate neutral continent by the year 2050! 

This requires a fundamental transformation of our energy system and for the general building industry. For this Episode, I teamed up with Willy Spanjer who will tell us how the Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands aims to contribute towards these ambitious European goals.

Willy Spanjer is the Project Manager for Sustainable Building & Climate Adaptation at The Green Village. Within these themes, she works with various parties who want to test, validate and demonstrate their innovations in their field lab. By doing so, bottlenecks can be detected and solved, while innovations scale up to practice faster. With a Master’s in Industrial Ecology, Willy has been with The Green Village since the very beginning, seeing successful innovations realized in the outside world. 

Willy Spanjer
  • What is the Green Village exactly? The Green Village is a field lab for sustainable innovation in the urban environment.

A sustainable future requires innovative ideas and new applicable methods and techniques. At The Green Village, knowledge- and educational institutions, entrepreneurs, government bodies and civilians can research, expEriment, validate and demonstrate their sustainable innovations. This field lab at the campus of Delft University of Technology focuses on the urban environment where you can test on neighborhood -, street – and building level. The Green Village is a place where people can live, work and learn, exempt of standard rules and regulations. With access to the “innovation ecosystem” of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, science is literally around the corner. 
 
By paying attention to technical, corporate, social and policy-based challenges,
they help innovative parties accelerate from theory to practice. These challenges are divided into three themes: Sustainable building and renovation, Future energy system and Climate adaptive city.

Some Episode Resources:

Contact Willy Spanjer: 

Recent international press releases on the Green Village

The BILT Virtual 2021:

Episode Thirteen – Coming May 27th, 2021

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on May 27th, 2021, part 2 of our sustainability series.

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Episode Eleven – Robotics Part 2

On Thursday, March 25th, 2021 Episode Eleven of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our Eleventh episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent Daniel.  This is the second of a two-part podcast series on Robotics. This month’s part two has Daniel interviewing two leading researchers in the field of robotics and its future.

A quick soundbite of what is ahead in this episode

A few years back, Daniel had the privilege of holding an internship position at Fraunhofer Italia where he got to meet inspiring researchers on the cutting edge of technology. In this episode, we meet two leading PhD researchers of esteemed Fraunhofer Italia who will tell us more about the future of robotics in construction and how this will impact us in how we work.

Camilla Follini is a researcher of the Process Engineering in Construction (PEC) team at FhI. She received a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the Polytechnical University of Milan and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Construction and Building Technology at the Technical University of Munich. Her Master thesis was developed in collaboration with KEWAZO, a start-up developing a robotic system to automate scaffolding logistics and assembly. She is currently a PhD student in Advanced-Systems Engineering at the Free University of Bolzano, where she is deepening her research on bridging the gap between robotics and the construction site.

Camilla Follini

Michael Terzer is a researcher of the Robotics & Intelligent Systems Engineering (RISE) team at FhI. He concluded his Master Studies 2017 in Mechatronics & Smart Technologies at Innsbruck /AT. Before he started to work at Fraunhofer Italia, he gathered various insights into different Industries through internships and part time jobs. Since 2018 he is working as Scientific Collaborator at Fraunhofer Italia. His main research topics cover Advanced Robotics Hardware & Software Development, Flexible Production, Precision Agriculture and Open Source Robotics Software Development. 

Michael Terzer

Some Episode Resources:

Start-up company mentioned by Camilla: KEWAZO’s institutional website: https://www.kewazo.com/ 

Fraunhofer’s links: 

Projects: 

Events

  • Robot revolution: will they replace us? Potentiale und Herausforderungen der Robotik von morgen (only available in German) 

Fraunhofer Italia Careers

Follow Fraunhofer Italia on

LinkedIn – YouTube – Website 

Episode Twelve – Coming April 29th, 2021

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on April 29th, 2021. In this episode, we will be experimenting with a new format, so expect the unexcited!

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Episode Ten – Robotics Part 1

On Thursday, February 25th, 2021 Episode Ten of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our Tenth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David.  This is the first of a two-part podcast series on Robotics. This month’s part one has David interviewing two industry experts about the future of robotics.

A quick soundbite of what is ahead in this episode

This month we kick off a series of podcasts where robotics take center stage. This episode focuses on the future of robotics, with the future being us, the next generation of the building industry. We invited a senior lecturer for robotics and a student graduating on this topic to give some insights on how robotics is currently taught and studied. As well as asking them to share their predictions of how the increasing demand for automation will change the curriculum of architects and engineers of the future.

Boris is an architect, lecturer, consultant and physical programmer. After working for various architectural firms, he co-founded Spine Architects in Hamburg in 2005. 

In the course of many years of teaching assignments at various colleges and universities (including RWTH Aachen, TH Kassel, TH Cologne in Germany and TU Delft in the Netherlands), Boris Bähre was intensively involved in research and BIM teaching in Master’s and Bachelor’s programs. 

 His university activities focus on the ‘socio-technical’ aspect of integrative methods and the introduction of combining techniques in teaching. In his current position at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen – Boris is currently in charge of development, coordination and teaching within the new minor: Built Digital

One main focus of his current work is the introduction of: 

Automation fabrication in teaching – implementing a live and hands-on training of physical programming and Cobot Robotica” 

Boris Baehre

Anthony is a student for Built Environment at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. Anthony already acquired quite some experience in Robotics, sensor technology and AI and currently works at Visser & Smit Bouw Groningen a VolkerWessels company to graduate in Built Environment. For his bachelor, Anthony is researching possibilities in how a contractor can make use of Robotics and AI in the near future. 

Anthony Meijer

Some Episode Resources:

Episode Eleven – Coming March 25th, 2021

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on March 25th, 2021, which will be part two of our robotics series. This episode will be curated by BILT Academy correspondent Daniel as he explores the topic of advanced robotics..

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