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Digital Transformation at a Moment’s Notice: The rest of your questions answered!

I am so thrilled to announce that registration for the DTS Online discussion sessions has opened!  

We kicked off DTS Online in mid-June with a panel discussion Digital Transformation at a Moment’s Notice featuring Natasha Luthra (Jacobs), Brian Skripac (CannonDesign), Tomislav Zigo (Clayco), Alexandra Pollock (fxcollaborative).

Our panelists provided great feedback on how their companies were doing with the transition to 100% remote workforce in the matter of weeks and how things are looking now and in the immediate future. There were some great lessons learned and tips and experiences shared, and it helped to demonstrate that we are truly “in this together”. If you missed it, have no fear the recording is available for viewing, and hopefully it will pique your interest in attending our follow-up sessions. 

Speaking of our follow-up sessions, the next session is scheduled for August, this will be a full series of moderated discussions making use of Zoom breakout rooms. We are planning to have some special guests as part of those sessions to help kick start and participate in the conversation. Our focus in August will be on the changes your firm has gone through, the benefits and drawbacks you’ve experienced and what it all means for our future, both the immediate and long term. See more on the DTS Online events page

Our panel discussion was a full ninety minute of conversation that almost everyone stuck around for. During that course of that discussion in addition to our moderator led questions, we had some great questions from the audience. In fact, we had so many we couldn’t address them all! Therefore, we followed up with our panelists and polled them on their responses to the questions we couldn’t address, here we’d like to present our summary of those responses, and we hope this will encourage you to attend our next session(s). 
 
Charles Portelli asked: Considering that employees are home with their kids and having to juggle homeschooling and working, are firms starting to rethink their benefits packages? 
 
Alexandra – We have not made changes to benefits, but encouraging everyone to be flexible with parents as far as work hours and meetings. 
Natasha – Our firm is rethinking almost everything about how we work – from HR policies to Legal as well as technology of course. I am not sure if they have had the benefits discussion yet but I am sure it will be reviewed as part of this process. 
Brian – Our firm has a “Return to Work” taskforce but I’ve not been part of that discussion so I can’t comment more on this. 

Rohit Arora asked: Did you consider getting business class internet to the employees? (typical home service has very low upload caps ~ 5 mbps) 
 

Brian – This has not been a topic that I’m aware of, but since all of firm’s staff has already been using VM Ware to access our virtual desktops at our data center this was less of an issue. 
Natasha – We have not as yet, though we are intending to move to a VDI situation which would in some ways reduce the impact of quality of internet if we do this right. It is certainly going to be a huge issue specially since we have to consider locations where the variability of internet service is really dramatic. 
Alexandra – No 

An anonymous attendee asked: Have you got plans for what happens when you return to the office? How you manage the return of staff? Will the remote working continue? How to you capture all of the learnings from the different … 

Alexandra – We will be returning in October to a new space currently being fitout.  We will likely have a hybrid solution where we limit the number of staff in the office.  Which staff are in the office and when will be worked out based on staff comfort level and social distancing protocols. We anticipate remote work to continue for our firm into the future as part of our new normal. 
 
Brian – The plans are still in the works but we’ll be following the CDC’s guidelines and 6′ social distancing. When social distancing cannot be achieved due to current office layouts we’ll implement alternating days in the office for staff and they will continue to work from home when not in the office. There was also a small pilot done of wearing a mask for 8 hours a day at home to see if feasible and it was not. 
 
Natasha – Yes, we have plans for what happens when we return. We have two separate plans/initiatives being work on right now – one focused on the short term and the other on what we think the future of our work will look like. Remote work will certainly continue and be a big part of our future plans. Dealing with all the issues around collecting and sharing institutional knowledge is part of this planning effort as well. 

Continue the discussion of Digital Transformation in the AEC going forward and participate with the DTS Community. We hope you can join us at the next DTS Online in August. Register here

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BILT ANZ 2022 (“Conference”) 24 – 26 November 2022 will be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast Australia. 
The Organiser (“Organisers”) of the Conference is the Digital Built Environment Institute (Australia) Ltd (DBEI).  
All enquiries relating to these matters should be directed to DBEI’s Marketing Team at marketing@dbei.org.

Be Well Agreement 

Any public space where other people are present holds a possible risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. By attending this event, I agree to voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure and agree to not hold DBEI or any of their affiliates including partners and sponsors, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, or sponsored venues liable for illness. I will take necessary precautions while at the event including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate social distancing, wearing a mask in public areas when not consuming food or beverage, minimize face touching, frequently washing hands and avoiding risky environments such as overcrowded bars or restaurants. I agree to not attend any DBEI event if I feel ill or had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case. 

DBEI together with the venue and their suppliers, commit to taking all reasonable actions to provide a COVID safe environment for its attendees, sponsors, speakers, staff and visitors by complying with NSW Government regulations. 

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Once registration is received, a confirmation email and tax invoice will be issued. Any accounts must be paid in full 30 days from the invoice date or 10 business days before the Conference start date, whichever comes first. The Organisers reserve the right, without notification, to cancel outstanding accounts anytime after 45 days from date of the tax invoice being sent. If payment is not received prior to the conference, access will be granted only after full payment is made via credit card. Non-payment does not constitute cancellation. 

All payments should be made to Digital Built Environment Institute (Australia) Ltd (DBEI) by Stripe (credit card). 


Cancellations 

DBEI understands that circumstances can change. At any point prior to the Conference you are welcome to contact us in writing to nominate a substitute delegate at no extra charge (ideally at least 72 hours prior to the Conference). 

Cancellations of registration, social functions, accommodation and other items received: 

  • 6 weeks prior to the Conference will incur a fee of 50% of the item(s) cancelled. All cancellations received within 6 weeks of the Conference will be liable for 100% of the total fee. No refunds will be offered after 23 July 2021. However, you can expect to receive access to an OnDemand Library of content post event.  
      

All cancellations must be made in writing to Digital Built Environment Institute (Australia) Ltd (DBE)I via marketing@dbei.org. Any cancelled Registrants with an outstanding balance due will be liable for the full registration fee; this liability will be the responsibility of the delegate. 

Please note: A ‘no show’ to the Conference will still be considered as a cancellation and therefore the above terms apply. 

In the unlikely event that DBE is required to cancel or postpone the Conference for any reason (other than Force Majeure as noted below), DBEI will issue you a non-transferable credit note for the amount of the Fee, which may be redeemed against any appropriate future DBEI event for a period of 12 months from the date of issue.The Organisers hold no additional liability for travel costs, hotel costs, or any other cost, damage or expense whatsoever.   


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It is strongly recommended that registrants take out insurance at the time of registration to include any eventuality including but not limited to loss of fees through cancellation of registrant's participation in the Conference or through cancellation of the Conference, loss of airfares through cancellation for any reason, loss or damages to personal property, force majeure or any other reason. 

 

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Our event will present opportunities to learn, share knowledge and network. We believe the event should represent a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all people, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, religion, disability, socio-economic background, experience, size, shape and so on. No one should be subject to any harassment, bullying or abuse. Any such behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will take such action as we deem necessary to ensure it does not reoccur.  This may include immediate removal from the event and a prohibition from attending future events held by DBEI. This Code of Conduct explains exactly what we mean by unacceptable behaviour and it outlines the steps someone subjected to such behaviour at an event can take to report it. 

DBEI is a listening organization focused on its participants and fosters interaction, engagement, collaboration, connectivity and community, in a fun and safe learning environment. 

 We value the participation of each member of the community and endeavour to deliver an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Conference participants are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, courtesy and respect for others and maintain the highest level of professionalism at all conference programs and events, whether officially sponsored by DBEI or not. All attendees, speakers, organisers, volunteers, partners, vendors and staff at any DBEI event are required to observe the following Code of Conduct. 

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 Be kind to others. Do not insult or defame participants. Harassment in any form, sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not condoned at DBEI events. 

 Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference at the sole discretion of DBEI. Thank for helping to make this a welcoming event for all. 

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To qualify for the student registration category Registrants must be studying full time at their indicated university/institution. Full time study is a minimum of 25 hours of active class participation. Students must provide the Organisers with a copy of their photo student identification card, proof of full-time status as a student from their university/institution and contact details for their administration office. Registration under the student rate is not guaranteed until full-time student status is verified by the Organisers. 

 

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DBEI shall not be liable for any loss caused by the cancellation of the Conference where such cancellation is due to Force Majeure. The organisers will use all reasonable efforts to conduct the conference despite the intervention or occurrence of any such cause.

In this clause, Force Majeure means circumstances which are beyond the reasonable control of DBEI and which are reasonably likely to affect DBEI’s successful delivery of the Event or would make it inadvisable, impracticable, illegal, or impossible for a party to perform its obligations as originally contracted under this Agreement, including: fire, flood, earthquake, extreme adverse weather conditions, failure of electric power, gas, water, or other utility service, collapse of building structures, widespread disease or other public health emergency (including pandemic or epidemic), strike or other industrial action, the outbreak or declaration of war, act of terrorism, revolution or government orders or action (including the declaration of a State of Emergency). 

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Without prejudice to its obligations DBEI accepts no liability and will not be liable for any compensation where the performance of its obligations under this Agreement is affected by Force Majeure. 

 

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The Conference Organisers reserve the right to change activities, topics and presenters where necessary. 

The Organisers reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice. These Terms and Conditions will be governed by and constructed in accordance with the laws of the New South Wales and the parties submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of that country. 

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