BC is home to world-class research into building design and construction. Local experts in the emerging fields of digital design, functionalized materials and mechatronics. This session will offer a quick tour of what’s cooking in labs around the province, how these R&D activities will shape construction projects in the future and the benefits to construction companies from working closely with the R&D community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exposure to the wealth of exciting R&D activities and resources on our doorstep
  • The significant business benefits of investing in R&D
  • What it takes to get involved with research projects – in the office and in the field


helen goodland

Helen Goodland

Helen Goodland is principal of Brantwood Consulting to which she brings over 30 years of experience working to advance innovative high–performance building projects in Canada and around the world. She is also co-founder of Building Technology Innovations through which she provides advice and mentorship to start-ups focused on the construction industry.  Currently, she serves on the Canadian Construction Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Taskforce and as chair of the United Nations Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative’s Materials Technical Advisory Committee She is also a member of the BCIT School of Architectural Technology degree program advisory committee. She is an architect registered in the UK and has an MBA from the University of BC. She is also one of the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s climate action heroes and has been nominated as a YWCA woman of distinction.


scott davisScott Davis

Scott D Davis: is a “recovering” Architect, that has been with Autodesk since 2007 as a Sr. AEC Technical Specialist.  Scott has over 12 years of experience in the industry, designing and building projects for Fluor Daniel and WLC Architects.  Scott started his career path in high school using AutoCAD r9, and received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from California Polytechnic University Pomona.  Fresh out of school he quickly became versed in the joys of programming LISP and writing CAD standards manuals, and was “promoted” to CAD Manager.  In 2000, he was introduced to a small startup called Revit Technologies Corporation, and downloaded Revit 1.0 the first day it was ever available, and as they say, “The rest was history!”  He now enjoys his role with Autodesk, which includes traveling throughout North America and promoting BIM. He can be found @scottddavis on Twitter!

dr Kevin OldknowDr. Kevin Oldknow

Dr. Kevin Oldknow, P.Eng. is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Simon Fraser University.  He also serves as Faculty Teaching Fellow for Applied Sciences, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at SFU.   In his role as Associate Dean, Kevin is leading the development of a new undergraduate program in Sustainable Energy Engineering, associated with the expansion of SFU’s Surrey Campus to include a newly constructed Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering Building.

Kevin’s teaching activities at SFU include Dynamic Systems Modeling and Simulation, Industrial Control Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Technology and Society, Engineering Economics and Technology Entrepreneurship.

In conjunction with his academic life, Kevin has more than 18 years of industrial experience including a wide range of technical, strategic and senior management roles at Procter & Gamble, Cameleon Controls, Kelsan Technologies, Portec Rail Products, LB Foster Rail Technologies and, most recently, as President of Oldknow Consulting Inc. (providing technical consulting services with a specific focus on vehicle-track interaction).

guido wimmersDr. Guido Wimmers

Dr. Wimmers holds a PhD in building science and prior to moving to Canada in 2007 he worked as a consultant designing and building residential and non-residential Passive Houses in Austria, Germany, and Italy and was involved in various projects in the field of massive timber construction, extreme energy efficient buildings and prefabricated building envelopes. Since in Canada, Guido has been invited to share his refreshing expertise with students of UBC, SFU and BCIT at lectures, has given numerous seminars and talks about the next leap in building technology at forums and international conventions including the GLOBE convention, the CAGBC summit, ICBEST, BCBEC and the World Conference on Timber Engineering. Guido is one of the initiators of Canada’s first Passive House in Whistler and has since then worked on Passive House projects all across Canada. He is also co-author of the Passive Design Tool Kit of the City of Vancouver and a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute. In 2014 Guido became the Chair of the new Master of Engineering Program in Integrated Wood Design at the University of Northern British Columbia. This program is focusing on modern, larger wooden and hybrid structures, energy efficiency, sustainability and building science.



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