NXT DEV (Next Development) is a unique forum for the future of AEC software development, run by AEC Magazine, the organiser of NXT BLD

Leading AEC practitioners, software developers and investors share their views on what comes next and learn from industry veterans.

The event focuses on how the AEC industry can dramatically drive and accelerate productivity with BIM 2.0 technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Blockchain.

NXT DEV also explores how to break proprietary lock in of project data and digitally connect end to end, from concept to fabrication.


From talking with leading firms, the most mature of BIM practitioners, AEC Magazine recognises that the AEC industry is at a crossroads.

The previous generation of desktop applications have matured and development velocity has plateaued.

The limitations of BIM 1.0 and the rise of cloud, SaaS, Artificial Intelligence (AI), combined with the AEC industry demanding increased data interoperability means we need next generation thinking.

NXT DEV is the event where software developers can meet with and learn from industry leading Design IT Directors as to where the ‘Tech Stack’ pain points are, as well as meet and hear from Venture Capitalists (VCs) and Angels active in funding start-ups and new contenders.

Who attends NXT DEV?

  • AEC software firms
  • AEC software start-ups
  • Heads of BIM
  • Practice partners / directors
  • VCs and business angels in the AEC field


NXT DEV features a dual stream conference.

Help shape the future of AEC software through a series of

  1. Interactive Q&As
  2. Panel discussions
  3. Technology presentations.


Get answers to the following questions and many more.

  • How will AI change the AEC industry?
  • What impact will AI have on the role of AEC professionals?
  • Will offsite design and construction ever succeed?
  • What do AEC firms want from next-gen ‘BIM 2.0’ technologies?
  • What’s coming soon from ‘BIM 2.0’ software startups, including SWAPP, Qonic, Snaptrude, Blue Ocean Sustainability, Spaces, Hypar, Augmenta & Finch 3D? (all featured in AEC Magazine recently)


ALSO – are you an AEC technology startup or software developer?

  • Learn from VCs funding future technologies.
  • Get advice from industry leaders that went from startups to ‘exit’.

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AEC Magazine has been covering the development of the global BIM market for over 18 years.

In that time, we have seen most mid and large AEC firms move from 2D drawings to adopt 3D as a common design workflow.

As the tools have evolved it has become clear that manual modelling to produce 2D PDFs, to mimic the old drawing-based workflow, is not delivering the digital productivity benefits that the customers need.

The industry has become mired in producing more drawings, making more 2D edits and failing to leverage the benefits of 3D modelling, from conceptual to detailed digital twin.

The industry-leading software firms have opted to evolve and maintain this workflow, without seemingly looking far beyond drawing-centric processes to fulfil a necessary step of converging AEC design tools with digital fabrication.

This situation has created a perfect environment for disruptive technologies to be developed, from desktop to cloud, from low detail models to fabrication ready 1:1 scale; from editing incomplete 2D drawings, to getting truly automated drawings; from onsite labourers to robotic off-site construction. And now we have AI making huge and rapid strides – promising, in many cases, to automate much of the detail modelling, as well as the production of the deliverables.

What used to take months can now be produced in minutes.


As AEC Magazine has pivoted to look beyond today’s BIM workflows, many new start-ups have chosen to contact our editorial team very early on, giving us a deep insight into exciting new developments that will revolutionise the AEC market, for all contributors.

NXT DEV is the sister event to NXT BLD. which is now in its 7th year.

NXT BLD is very much about innovation and new technology, but is based around the focus of the top 100 AEC firms, their in-house development, the research of leading Universities and new ideas and workflows.

NXT DEV dives into the AEC software development scene and looks to connect the three key ingredients: customer demand, new software development and finance.

NXT DEV explores the journey of delivering new innovations to market and brings together a focussed community dedicated to furthering the digitisation of AEC.


25-26 June 2024
Queen Elizabeth II Centre
London, UK


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