21 June 2023
Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London


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 will meet for one day, share their views on what comes next and learn from industry veterans.

The event will focus 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 will also explore 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 should attend NXT DEV?

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


Conference Stream 1

9:30am – NXT DEV intro
AEC Magazine’s Martyn Day sets the scene for the future of AEC software development, including BIM 2.0.

10:00am – AEC technology market trends
A Wall Street’s insider’s view of the AEC design technology landscape. With Jay Vleeschhouwer.

10:40am – Founders stories #1
Business lessons for AEC startups from industry leaders.
Eric De Keyser – Qonic (original developer of TriForma, founder of Bricscad).

11:00am – Coffee and exhibition

11:30am – AEC software wish list
Aaron Perry (AHMM), talking on behalf of the Open Letter to Autodesk Group, on the challenges AEC design firms face and the future tools they need to drive productivity.

11:50am – Panel discussion: AEC design tech
The limitations of current AEC tools and what the industry needs from next gen AEC products. With Greg Schleusener (HOK), Aaron Perry (AHMM) and Andy Watts (Grimshaw).

12:40pm – Accelerating AECO Software Development

Cobus Bothma will explore the many NVIDIA technologies and SDKs available to accelerate AEC software development.

1:00pm – Lunch and exhibition

2:00pm – Panel discussion: Sustainability tech & process
How can next generation technologies help the AEC industry meet stringent, future sustainability goals? With Mirren Fischer (MDRxTech), Sarah Surgeoner (Creative Building Performance), and Philipp Leutiger (Holcim)

2:40pm – Panel discussion: Offsite / MMC / DfMa

The future of Modern Methods of Construction, offsite and Design for Manufacture and Assembly. With Charlie Dunn (DPR), Bruce Bell (Facit Homes), Oliver Green (Kope), Richard Harpham (ex Revit, Autodesk, and Katerra)

3:30pm – Coffee and exhibition

4:00pm – Panel discussion: The future of AI in AEC
How will AI transform the AEC industry – from the size of AEC teams to autonomous workflows? With Adi Shavit (SWAPP), Francesco Iorio (Augmenta) Cobus Bothma (NVIDIA), Senthil Kumar (Slate)

4:50pm – Founders stories #2
Business lessons for AEC startups from industry leaders. Moritz luck (original founder of Enscape)

5:10pm – Panel discussion: AEC Venture Capital and development
Hear from those funding the AEC technology sector – how to pitch, what areas are hot, the outlook for the market. With Amar Hanspal (Angel) Jess Clemans (A/O Propetech), Tom Kurke (Bentley Acceleration Ventures), Philipp Leutiger (Holocim Maqer), Shubhankar Bhattacharya (Foundamental), and Moritz Luck (Angel)

Conference Stream 2

10:20am – BIM 2.0 presentation – Finch
Finch utilises AI, graph technology, and advanced algorithms to optimise and challenge your design. With Pamela Nunez Wallgren and Jesper Wallgren

10:40am – BIM 2.0 presentation – SWAPP
SWAPP applies intelligent, advanced algorithms to deliver accurate, detailed, and complete architectural construction documents and BIM models. With Adi Shavit.

11:00am – Coffee and exhibition

11:30am – Urbanly (UrbanVision)
UrbanVision is a platform for visualising urban areas in 3D that uses procedural modelling and analytical tools. With Frederico Fernandez

11:50am – KOPE
KOPE is a platform that brings together experts from design, construction, pre-fabrication and software. With Mark Thorley

12:10pm – Fabrication Information Modelling (FIM)
Tal Friedman on merging AI aided design with industrialised construction. Read his AEC Magazine article

12:30pm – Spaces
Sketch-based concept design for iPad & Apple Pencil. With Martin Sheenhan

1:00pm – Lunch and exhibition

2.00pm – BIM 2.0 presentation – Augmenta
A fully automated building design platform in the cloud (currently MEP), built from the ground up around generative AI. With Francesco Iorio

2.20pm – BIM 2.0 presentation – HYPAR
Next-generation platform for designing, generating, and sharing building systems. Currently using chatGPT to generate detail models. With Anthony Hauck

2.40pm – BIM 2.0 presentation – Snaptrude
Launched in Jan 2023, Snaptrude is a parametric, cloud-based BIM modelling package with workflows with Revit. Version 2.0 will be launched at NXT DEV. With Altaf Ganihar

3.00pm – BIM 2.0 presentation – Qonic
New generation BIM design tool, taking models from design intent to accurate construction. With Eric De Keyser, Tiemen Strobbe and Mark Van Den Bergh

3.20pm – BIM 2.0 presentation – Blue Ocean AEC
A brand new procedural concept to detail design application for architects with integrated modelling & analysis tools and schedule generation. With Marty Rozmanith.

*subject to change




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.

Throughout the day it will look at all aspects of the journey of bringing new innovations to market and aim to develop a focussed community dedicated to furthering the digitisation of AEC.


20 June 2023

21 June 2023

Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK


Two options.
  • Ticket for NXT DEV (21 June)
  • Discounted joint ticket for NXT BLD (20 June) and NXT DEV (21 June)