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Michael Gustafson

Michael is a seasoned business strategist in the AEC tech sector with a focus on structural engineering and fabrication. He practiced as a structural engineer at Ellerbe Becket, holds an MS in Civil Engineering and is a Professional Engineer from California. He is also certified in AI for Business Managers from MIT.

Recent Posts

Connections are the Heart of Steel

By Michael Gustafson on Jan 2, 2024 4:44:10 PM

As we enter into 2024, I wanted to reflect on what I’ve learned over my past year joining the Qnect team. I’m amazed at the growing interest in early connected models and other related trends like AI and sustainability and how that is shaping our company’s direction.  As I see customers adopting Qnect to deliver more efficient and sustainable steel structures, steel connections remain at the heart of the process. As Allan Paull, Senior VP with AECOM Tishman said at NASCC 2022 “If I can connect the steel early, the rest of the project follows.” Working through how the steel connects is so critical to mitigating risk on the project, not just the steel but the other trades that depend upon the frame getting erected. I bet we can all agree, thinking through the connections is a key to efficient steel delivery. Working with a team that understands connection design but also detailing and constructability is crucial and is a testament to the success our customers are seeing. I wanted to share some of the advances we’ve made in 2023 and what is coming down the pike in 2024.  

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Rationalization and RFIs: Silent Players in Excess Carbon

By Michael Gustafson on Jul 13, 2023 11:24:00 AM

Over the past year, I’ve heard from engineers that their clients are now asking how they are reducing embodied carbon in their designs. Back in the fall I shared some strategies for how to  do this (AECBytes, Dec 2022). However, with so many approaches that engineers can take, it may feel overwhelming knowing where to start. Many engineers are now asking the question: What are the most impactful actions I can take to reduce embodied carbon?  One engineer said to me, “If I design the structure efficiently to the building code, am I not already doing everything I can?”

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Approaching a Crossroad with Early Connected Models

By Michael Gustafson on Jun 9, 2023 4:17:34 PM

As we enter the summer season, many of you are planning your school breaks and getaways. With it also being half way through the year, I wanted to reflect on current market conditions in construction and the continued urgency to reduce project uncertainty.

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Embodied Carbon - Why it Matters to the Structural Engineer

By Michael Gustafson on Dec 13, 2022 8:11:58 PM

AECBytes Embodied Carbon - Why it Matters to the Structural Engineer

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Top Reasons Why the AEC Industry is Headed for Change

By Michael Gustafson on Oct 27, 2022 3:47:50 PM

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