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



  • BIM 2.0 startups

    SWAPP,  QonicSnaptrude,  Blue Ocean AECArcolHypar, Augmenta & Finch
    A unique opportunity to see all the new BIM 2.0 software developers under one roof.

  • BIM 2.0 panel

    Hear from the design IT directors and heads of R&D at leading AEC firms on what they want from next gen AEC products – delivering real productivity and changing workflows.

  • Artifical Intelligence panel

    Looking beyond ChatGPT, how will AI transform the AEC industry – from the size of AEC teams to autonomous workflows?

  • Offsite design and construction panel

    How can the AEC industry digital connect design through to construction and successfully utilise offsite as common way of working?

  • Sustainability panel

    How can next generation technologies help the AEC industry meet stringent, future sustainability goals?

  • VC panel

    Hear from those funding the AEC technology sector – how to pitch, what areas are hot, the outlook for the market. Featuring: Jess Clemans, A/O Propetech,  Tom Kurke; Bentley Acceleration Ventures; Alessandro Robustelli, ActivumSG Ventures;  Felipp Leutiger, Holocim Maqer.

  • Founder stories

    Business lessons for AEC startups from industry leaders. Eric De Keyser – Qonic (original developer of TriForma, founder of Bricscad), Moritz luck – Enscape.

  • AEC tech track

    Tools and SDKs to help take your startup to BIM 2.0.

  • AEC technology market trends

    A Wall Street’s insider’s view of the design technology landscape – with Jay Vleeschhouwer.




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)