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THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL SIMULATION— by Ed “Duke” Dukstein CTS-D

Many of the recent and current MedSIM design projects that have engaged Sextant Group / NV5 Engineering & Technology have included in the program at least one virtual reality room. When we ask owners what it is that they want to do in these rooms, the answer has almost always been, “We don’t know — but we do know […]

5×5: FIVE EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES THAT WILL RESHAPE YOUR CAMPUS IN FIVE YEARS by Craig Park & John Cook

This article first appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of APPA’s Facility Manager magazine.

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”—Yogi Berra

“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”—Satchel Paige

As two of baseball’s preeminent philosophers once noted,
change is inevitable, and sometimes a little scary. However, adapting to change
is always strategic, and never more so than when […]

HIGHER ED PROJECTS: WHO ARE OUR REAL CLIENTS? — by Nancy Sturm, Principal Consultant

We all know our clients and their needs, right? We’ve been listening to them for years. They spell out their vision and goals in RFQ’s with great buzz words and phrases like State-of-the-Art Classrooms, 21st Century Skills, Active Learning. And we faithfully recite those words back at the interview thinking that’s what they want to hear. But have we […]

Connecting Across the Globe: Corporate Workplace Technology — By Greg Clark CTS, INCE, Principal Consultant

SAP is a global trailblazer in enterprise software and software-related services. With over 58,000 employees in over 130 countries, effective communication and collaboration amongst its widespread workforce and its expansive customer base is a highly important factor in maintaining the company’s role as a dynamic and innovative leader in its industry. Like with many corporations, ready access to resources that […]

Patti Fisher Explains It All, in BICSI Cover Story on Intelligent Buildings

System Designer Patti Fisher RCDD, DCDC, OSP, WD authors the latest cover story Intelligent Buildings and ICT: Preparing for Buildings of the Future in the BICSI trade journal ICT Today. One of only 200 BICSI-certified Data Center Design Consultants (DCDC) and fewer than 100 credentialed in Wireless Design (WD), she is part of an elite group among all IT […]

The New Intelligent Building: IoT and the Promise of 5G Networksby Senior Consultant J.P. Bonin

With the introduction of the fifth-generation of cellular networks, commonly referred to as 5G, there are powerful new intelligent building capabilities on the near horizon. 5G will be a catalyst for expanding the effectiveness of the Internet of Things (IoT) — the embedded sensors and beacons tied to a myriad of building systems — providing real-time operational and analytic […]

Technology and the New Pedagogy in Higher Education – by Principal Craig Park FSMPS, ASSOC.AIA

For over 100 years, didactic learning models – with faculty lecturing as the “sage on the stage” – have dominated the pedagogical approach in most colleges and universities. In the last decade, we’ve seen a marked shift toward student-centric learning models, where the faculty serves more as a “guide on the side,” helping cohort teams research, compile, and present […]

Top Trends in Active and Collaborative Learningby Senior Systems Designer Joe Hammett CTS-D

My daughter is a maker. She spends hours tinkering with sewing machines and slime recipes, building salamander habitats and the like. She hangs out with her school friends inside apps that teach math and problem solving through multi-player games. All the while, they are learning to communicate and collaborate in ways that are completely foreign to their grandparent’s generation. […]

Architectural Acoustics: 7 Common Myths and Pitfalls — by Principal Greg Coudriet

1. “Acoustics is Only Important in Performance Venues and Other Large Spaces”

Acoustics is commonly associated with studios, concert halls, and other large performance venues. While acoustics is a critical aspect of those spaces, acoustic environments also impact productivity, stress, mood, and health in the places where we work, live, and socialize. In fact, most people can quickly recall an […]

Emerging Technologies and the Learning Space of Tomorrow

On the surface, education seems unchanged from 25 or even 50 years ago. But under the surface, deep forces are at work. Register now