Employees take first place at AEC Hackathon 2.5
Employees from Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, brought their ideas and first place problem solving skills to this year’s AEC Hackathon 2.5 in Seattle. Don Josephson and Jack Johnson represented the Division by presenting three industry problems for the challenge. The problem: Navisworks has inferior reporting functionality and the inability to display large amounts of data in a meaningful way.
After hearing the problem, they were approached by two developers, formed a team, and began problem solving. The team worked to use open source programming to develop a web based tool that extracts data from Navisworks to display summary level graphs. Thus, making it easy for a project manager to see the progress being made in coordination efforts. This tool development won first place at AEC Hackathon 2.5 for using open source code, industry standards, and quick thinking to solve a big industry problem.
AEC Hackathon is an avenue for AEC industry professionals to gather and identify industry problems, team up with developers and programmers, and find solutions utilizing technology. Several hundred attended this year’s event, of whom about thirty percent were AEC professionals.