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Workshop in Detroit: AR for Design, Manufacturing & AEC at LTU - Special Guest Speaker Elizabeth Baron
8:30 AM08:30

Workshop in Detroit: AR for Design, Manufacturing & AEC at LTU - Special Guest Speaker Elizabeth Baron

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This thought-provoking 1-day workshop presented by VRARA Detroit Chapter and Mirari Interactive will help manufacturers identify, understand, plan and deploy Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) for manufacturing, AEC, service, repair, and operations.

Additional presentations will include:

  • Intro to Extended Reality 'XR 101' (AR/MR/VR) 

  • How XR fits and complements Industry 4.0

  • Is your organization prepared? 

  • Defining a Pilot 'XR' Project

  • Content Authoring Tools

  • HoloLens demos

The instructors will utilize syndicated industry research, case studies, real-life examples and facilitated group discussions to demonstrate how to plan and deploy tablet-based AR applications for use in manufacturing, enhancing understanding of end-to-end requirements for deploying a successful AR solution for your company. 

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5:30 PM17:30

VR & AR in AEC WSG GHAFARI - Detroit

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The VRARA Detroit has partnered with AIA Detroit TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) and the Detroit Area BIM User Group for an evening of AR, VR, MR Future in AEC WSG Ghafari. 

Join us in the LTU University Technology and Learning Center (UTLC) Gallery for an evening of exploration and demos with architects, designers and technology leaders in the building design community.

 5:30PM - 6:00 PM:


    •  Food and Beverages Provided

6:00PM - 7:15PM


  1. LTU Collaboratory Welcome - Mark Brucki

  2. VRARA Introduction - David Pollock and Stephen Dantas

  3. AIA and BIM Introduction - Dustin Tiemeyer

  4. AEC KEYNOTE: VR / AR: Bridging the Gap between the Intangible and the Built Environment, Katy Rupp, GHAFARI 

7:15PM - 8:00PM


Keynote Presentation Synopsis: VR / AR: Bridging the Gap between the Intangible and the Built Environment

Virtual reality and augmented reality, like many technologies, began as a concept of experiencing intangible objects and environments digitally. As technology progressed, that concept became a reality and has transformed into a multibillion-dollar industry that allows the real world to be virtualized and augmented. In today’s AEC industry, architects, engineers, and owners have to deal with intangible project concepts, such as how people experience time and space in the built environment. This presentation discusses how we can use VR / AR to design and develop these environments, producing outcomes that better serve the users that inhabit them.

Presenter Bio: Katy Rupp, Architectural Designer, Ghafari Associates

As one of Ghafari’s leading champions of virtual reality technologies, Architectural Designer Katy Rupp is skilled at developing highly immersive visuals that enable project stakeholders to virtually explore the physical environments we design long before they are ever constructed. She leads internal VR training and has also presented and demoed these technologies at a variety of industry forums, including most recently at the 2018 AIA Detroit Celebration of Architecture as part of the Technology in Architecture Practice / Detroit Area BIM User Group exhibit.

Katy joined Ghafari in 2014 and has developed a portfolio that includes healthcare, automotive, hospitality, commercial, residential, and education-sector projects. She holds a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Lawrence Technological University.

Firm Overview: Ghafari Associates

Recognized as the “2017 Design Firm of the Year” by Engineering News-Record Midwest, Ghafari Associates is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly 40 years, the firm has created spaces and processes that help businesses and people thrive. Ghafari is recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest industry advancements, including building information modeling, reality capture, and virtual and augmented reality. 

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6:30 PM18:30

VIP Reception at IoT TechConnect courtesy of VRARA Detroit Chapter

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VRARA in partnership with Terry Bean who created Motor City Connect, is hosting a three-hour workshop that will not only tell you all about the latest trends, but let you sample VR and AR.

The VIP Reception at IoT TechConnect from 6 to 8:30 pm will offer attendees the chance to play with both technologies courtesy the Virtual Reality Augment Reality Association and Great Lakes Drone Company. These are the latest and some of the coolest IoT (Internet of Things) technologies going. Less than 200 tickets remain. To buy tickets or a booth click on

The VIP Reception also will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and the chance to meet many of the panelists who participated in the day-long event that features Michigan IoT Technology, experts, and much more.

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VRARA Detroit February Event
6:00 PM18:00

VRARA Detroit February Event

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VRARA Detroit Chapter has selected Lawrence Technological University and the LTU Collaboratory as the location for VRARA Detroit Chapter monthly meetings. LTU has also opted to join the trade association for the virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality industries.

The first six monthly meetings will be held in the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery on the campus of LTU from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26 and July 31. LTU’s campus is at 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield (see

The evening programs will include a keynote speaker, hardware and software demonstrations, and networking.

The inaugural speaker for Feb. 27 will be Franco Bevione, CEO of Wedoo LLC, the Birmingham-based United States subsidiary of a digital creative agency in Turin, Italy.


Registration and Networking
LTU Collaboratory Introduction - Mark Brucki
VRARA Introduction - David Pollock
Keynote, Franco Bevione, CEO Wedoo

VR and AR Demonstrations by VRARA Members

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6:00 PM18:00

DETrealities Virtual & Augmented Reality - Detroit

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Grant Chirpus, our VR-lovin’ chicken mascot, has a dream: To bring together everyone who’s doing Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality and Augmented Reality in Southeastern Michigan.

Grand Circus is a technology training institute located in the heart of downtown Detroit. It delivers training that produces world-class technologists. Grand Circus offers courses in web and mobile development, digital marketing, design and entrepreneurship. Grand Circus pinpoints the most acute technological skill gaps and delivers outcomes that matter. It provides an inspiring and collaborative work environment for a hand-selected group of the region's most exciting companies and facilitates events where startups, established companies, students, investors, and like-minded individuals can meet to share passion, exchange ideas, enjoy a beverage, and perhaps exchange a business card or two.

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5:30 PM17:30

VRARA Detroit Chapter Kickoff Event with Ford

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Join us and other Detroit VR/AR enthusiasts for the official launch event for the Detroit Chapter of The VR/AR Association


Christian Colasuonno will present a case study on the FordVR - a new platform that brings fans and enthusiasts immersive experiences celebrating Ford Motor Company.

Christian leads the digital production teams at GTB (f.k.a Team Detroit). With over 15+ years of production experience, spanning both coasts & the Midwest, Christian has helped guide award-winning campaigns across multiple mediums for some of the biggest brands in the world – Sony Music, Microsoft, Clorox, Intel, Godiva, Diageo, eBay and now Ford. He is one of the architects of GTB's Content Studio - an always-on newsroom of sorts that reacts to real-time data and social conversation for the brand.

Special thanks to our host and co-host:

Kitestring Visuals (Co-host)

Lightning Media (VRARA Detroit launch event host)

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