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DAY 1 – 29 Sept 2020

World Summit on Digital Built Environment

29th September 2020

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Login and Matchmaking


Helsinki Welcoming show



Theme 1: Redefining sustainable architecture & digital interaction

Working together towards real-time issues with Unreal Engine

David Weir-McCall

AEC Strategic Business Development

Epic Games

Stay Curious! Why research matters in architecture

Jakob Strømann-Andersen

Partner, Head of Sustainability Engineering Department

Henning Larsen


Exploring the “Illusion City” – Showroom & Matchmaking


Partner sessions

Smart Otaniemi

Digital twins of the built environment: Seven metaphors to explain a buzzword 

Circular Building Solutions from the Netherlands

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Keynote session 2

Theme 2: Redefining sustainable quality of life

How can a virus drive a healthier built environment?

Marta Fernandez

Executive Director

RMIT Europe

Resilient spaces –
urban form designed for healthy living

Annalise Johns

Housing Lead

Connected Places Catapult


twinmotion workshop 1: A Crash Course introduction

This workshop is aimed at archviz designers who have some knowledge of 3D content creation using apps like SketchUp, Revit, or 3ds Max. 2nd day Twinmotion workshop will deepen the themes of the first workshop. Workshop 1 is with Amer Yassine.

Attendees in this session will:

  • learn how to import 3D content into Twinmotion – a fast and easy real-time visualization tool built on Unreal Engine
  • find out how to enhance a project using Twinmotion’s built-in tools and assets, including PBR Materials and lighting
  • learn how to show off designs with images, panoramas, videos, or BIMmotion files


Community sessions

Session 1: Redefining sustainable design

Future buildings – Green & Smart?

Mika Kovanen, Ramboll Finland

Virtual Energy Urban Community as an enabler of clean energy urban transformation

Francesco Reda, VTT

mySMARTLife – Open Energy Data Ecosystem as a Driver for Carbon Neutrality

Maria Viitanen, City of Helsinki

Sustainable Design: From Bioclimatic to Regenerative Digital Design

Arlind Dervishaj, BIM A+

Lean2Cradle® Material Passport – Digitizing Buildings to activate their circular value

Jose Ignacio Cubina Reyes, Eco Intelligent Growth

Utilizing the LCA calculations using BIM

Ahmed Hussein, Metropolia University

Session 3: Redefining urban well-being

Principles of a sustainable city: platform + transparent + data-driven

Natalia Rincón, CHAOS

Smart Communicative City Planning: Towards People-Centered Built Environment with Digital Methods

Pilvi Nummi, Aalto University

Redefining the citizen engagement as an ecosystem of data linked to locations

Maarit Kahila, Maptionnaire

How to achieve inclusive sustainability, case Espoo

Elina Wanne, City of Espoo

Virtual co-creation platform for urban planning

Petri Kangassalo, Aalto University

Future of Work

Tom Lindholm, YIT


Community sessions

Session 2: Redefining virtual design process

Proof of Concept for a BIM based permit checking environment in Estonia

Rick Klooster, Future Insight

Integrated 3D digital city publisher & data collector for companies & municipalities

Petri Kokko, Sova 3D

BIM for massive wood, straw bale, and clay

Conor Shaw, Shaw Architectural Solutions

Co-creating and collaborating with partners to increase the efficiency and transparency

Mika Kupila, HEAL / Trä Digital Oy

Rethinking structural engineering process

Petteri Karjalainen,  A-Insinöörit

Case Large complex builds: How BIM and VR are critical in building sustainable collaboration

Kasey Snyder, Tridify

Session 4: Redefining healthy housing

How does the megatrend of individualism effect the behavior of real estate customers

Harri Majala, GBuilder

Spaces configurator to facilitate environmental and health requirements

Berit Virtanen-Thewlis, Trä Digital Oy

Digital analysis of residential architectural qualities

Kaj Granath, Chalmers University of Technology

Climate wise housing cooperatives

Visa Kivisaari, Green Building Council Finland

Prefabricated modular insulation elements for the deep energy renovation of existing building stock

Targo Kalamees, Tallinn University of Technology

How Artificial Intelligence can save energy and increase indoor comfort at the same time

Imre-Gustav Vellamaa, R8tech


Closing words

Organized in collaboration by

WDBE2020 partners

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