Brandon Pike Discusses the Design Technology Summit

March 26
Brandon Pike, Revit/BIM Subject Matter Expert
Brandon Pike, Revit/BIM Subject Matter Expert

We recently caught up with Brandon Pike, Revit/BIM Subject Matter Expert to get his take on the RTC Events Management’s Design Technology Summit (DTS) in San Diego, CA that was held in late February. The three-day, invite only event brought professionals together to share, workshop, and learn from each other. The DTS was specifically intended to grow and progress over time. It provides a consistent and accessible venue for architects, engineers, and related AEC industry professionals to address technology, business, and the in-between. The ultimate goal of the summit was to arrive at an agnostic solution to address technology and business strategy, thus allowing design firms to remain relevant in the 21st century.

Question: Was this your first time attending the event?

Answer: No, this was my third event.

Question: Can you briefly explain how the summit works?

Answer: The Design Technology Summit is an invite only event where professionals from some of the largest design firms in the country get together and discuss industry trends and challenges. As industry evangelists, we meet twice a year (with many conference calls in between), working on yearly cycles to produce deliverables in the forms of case studies, surveys, white papers and/or technology tools. These deliverables are meant to share our collective knowledge, challenges and successes with the rest of the AEC industry with the hopes of further fostering technology growth and innovation.

Question: What were you hoping to take away from the summit?

Answer: An event like this really allows for continuing/regular education and industry benchmarking so we can further evaluate the direction NELSON is going in and ensure that we are on top of the latest design technology trends.

Question: What insights from personal experience and experience with NELSON were you able to bring to your group?

Answer: The challenges and successes we have experienced over the past five years as NELSON and making our own transition to BIM was valuable insight for the group.

Question: What are your views on technology in relation to design and architecture?

Answer: Technology in general is always changing and evolving at an astounding rate. Much like information technology (computers, networks, etc.), the rapid change in design technology is a challenge to keep up with. As we continue to foster new trends in design technology, we will continue to see our current design processes evolve to become more efficient as well as continue to improve the quality of service we deliver to our clients. These rapid changes also present us with opportunities to create key differentiators for ourselves; offering new and exciting services to our clients.

Question: How excited were you to get away from the Minneapolis winter for sunny San Diego?

Answer: Aaaah yes, a mild 75 degrees EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! I could get used to that!


To learn more about the Design Technolog Summit of NELSON's BIM/Revit Services, please contact Brandon at

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