BIM, LEAN CONSTRUCTION, & COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY

BIM & LEAN / COLLABORATIVE CONSTRUCTION DELIVERY – If only we could get there!

BEYOND DESIGN, BIM BEGINS WITH 10 STEPS…

  1. Owner competency & leadership
  2. Life-cycle asset management philosophy
  3. Best value procurement
  4. Collaborative construction delivery methods (IPD, JOC, …)
  5. Mutual trust & respect
  6. Common terms, definitions, and data architectures….all in plain English
  7. Shared risk/reward
  8. Monitoring via key performance indicators (KPIs)
  9. Ongoing education, training, & awareness buildling
  10. Continuous improvement

 

 

 

 

 

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the integration of disparate competencies, business processes, and technologies to accomplish the efficient life-cycle management of the built environment.

Per the above definition, BIM has not moved from theory to reality to any significant extent. Improving facility and infrastructure construction, management, operations, and sustainability is indeed possible, if Owners provide competent leadership.  

Owners must also recognize the value of collaboration, LEAN management methods, and information-based decision-making.   

The fundamental way in which Owners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Building Users, and Oversight Groups interact must change.   The issue is not, nor has ever been, shortcomings in technology.  The vacuum is one of lack of change management skills and lack of overall asset life-cycle management competency.

Asset life-cycle management, as demonstrated in the figure below, requires an integration of business areas and competencies.

BIM asset life-cycle competencies

The primary driver is actually the construction delivery method.  It is the construction delivery method that contractually defines roles, responsibilities, timelines, deliverables, relationships, and sets the tone for a project from day one.   The construction delivery method can actually REQUIRE COLLABORATION of all participants, right down to the terms, definitions, and information used.

Thus a collaborative construction delivery CONTRACT and its associated OPERATIONS or EXECUTION MANUAL are the detailed road map to completed a significantly higher percentage (90%+) of quality  renovation, repair, and construction projects on-time and on-budget, and to the satisfaction of ALL participants.

Collaborative construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery, IPD for major new construction, and Job Order Contracting, JOC, for renovation, repair, maintenance, and minor new construction aren’t new.  The both have proven track records spanning decades.

asset life-cycle model for buildings and infrasructure

OpenJOC win-win

So, why isn’t everyone using collaborative construction delivery methods, and why aren’t 90% of projects delivered on-time and on-budget?   The answer has already been noted… owners are providing the necessary competent leadership, and many players are satisfied with the status quo.

 

 

 

It’s not simply a a learning curve issues,  it’s a culture change.  The multi-party nature, required financial transparency, and sharing of risk and reward is a definite hurdle for many.   Some current owners, contractors, and AE’s, quite simply, won’t be able to make the required transition.

Would it not be nice to stop focusing upon pretty 3D pictures, dated IWMS systems, and other technologies that dictate process and/or embed antagonistic workflows?  As stated previously, technology isn’t the solution, it can however be a crutch, and a problem… if it prevents us from asking the right questions… and dealing with positive change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIM (Building Information Management, Modeling, Model) vs. EVM (Earned Value Managment) vs. TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)

BIM, EVM, TCO (or TCM – Total Cost Management) are all inter-related  

BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technologies. 

TCM is effective application of professional and technical expertise to planand control resources, costs, profitability and risks. Simply stated, it is a systematic approach to managing cost throughout the life-cycle of any enterprise, program, facility, project, product, or service. This is accomplished through the application of cost engineering and cost management principles (I assert this aspect is somewhat incorrect…it not only cost engineering and cost managemt principles, but rather the application and integration multi-discipline competencies;…but hey this definition is from the AAECI, so how can I complain?). , proven methodologies and the latest technology in support of the management process. It can also be considered the sum of the practices and processes that an enterprise uses to manage the total life-cycle cost investment in its portfolio of strategic assets.  (Source: (PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT) AACE® International Recommended Practice No. 82R-13 EARNED VALUE MANAGEMENT (EVM) OVERVIEW AND RECOMMENDED PRACTICES CONSISTENT WITH ANSI EIA-748)

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EVM has two critical flaws…

1. No mention of the need for collaborative project delivery methods, examples in construction sector being IPD – Integrate Project Delivery and JOC – Job Order Contracting.  I argue that EVM is little more than an accounting number crunching exercise unless embedded within a collaborative project delivery methods.  (History BTW proves me write on this… just as in the case of ISO 9000, consultant made millions while little true improvement in fundamental business processes was gained).

2. No mention of functional as well as physical metrics.  Both are required in terms of a product, building, etc. 

 

So, what is needed?

A complete ontology for each sector (built infrastructure, products, etc.).  A life-cycle management strategy noting all required competencies, process, technologies, stakeholder, etc. etc.

For example…

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And a rich listing of metrics.

https://buildinginformationmanagement.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/the-metrics-of-bim-the-manage-the-built-environment/

 

What is wrong with ” The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Major Global Markets: How Contractors Around the World are Driving Innovation with Building Information Modeling” ?

1. The report exclusively deals with construction companies.  The most significant value of BIM is to Owners and the associated collaboration among Owners, AEs, Contractors, Subs, Building Users, Oversight Groups, …..

2. There appears to be no specific definition of BIM.  Thus, what are the respondents really responding to and/or commenting upon?

3. The report states “…BIM adoption in North American skyrocketed from 28% to 71% between 2007 and 2012…”.  Does anyone out there actually believe this based upon the BIM defintion I have provided below?   I certainly don not.  BTW… 71% of what exactly—727 contractors globally—65% large GCs and 44% small contractors?  Larger contractors/small contractors… all contractors, contractors surveyed, what does “adoption” mean?  ….

4. 71% of larger GC’s claim to have “expert level” BIM capabilities.  Really?  And just exactly does that expertise entail relative to the definition below?  Sorry, I am having a lot of trouble here…

Building Information Management, Model and Modeling    BIM3     BIM is a term which represents three separate but linked functions:

Building Information Management: Is the ORGANIZATION & CONTROL of the business process by utilizing the information in the digital prototype to effect the sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of an asset. The benefits include centralized and visual communication, early exploration of options, sustainability, efficient design, integration of disciplines, site control, as built documentation, etc.–effectively developing an asset life-cycle process and model from conception to final retirement.

Building Information Model: Is the DIGITAL REPRESENTATION of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle from inception onwards.

Building Information Modeling: Is a BUSINESS PROCESS for generating and leveraging building data to design, construct and operate the building during its life-cycle. BIM allows all stakeholders to have access to the same information at the same time through interoperability between technology platforms.

 

Life-cycle management of the built environment – To BIM or Not to BIM?

Buildings, roads, dams, electrical grids… are with us for a very long time and linked to the success and failure of just about everything… education, health, national security, transportation, habitat, sustainability, national and local economies and more.

That said, we are not acting as stakeholders of our built infrastructure. Waste is rampant in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Building Owner and Operations Sector (AECOO). Change is required the help assure economic and environmental survival.

BIM, building information modeling, is defined as the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology. However, far too much time, effort, and other resources have been allocated upon the 3D component of BIM vs. the fundamental integration of requisite competencies and processes.

Focus upon collaborative and efficient construction delivery process such as integrated project delivery (IPD) and job order contracting (JOC) , as well as the development of a robust life-cycle management business framework and associated ontology are the paths to success.

 

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Facility Life-cycle Costs: Managing the Built Environment – BIM?

  1. What are Facility/Infrastructure Life Cycle Costs?
  2. What is life-cycle management?
  3. Is BIM the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology?
  4. How important is a standardized ontology?
  5. What are the primary competencies and knowledge domains required to support life-cycle management of buildings and other physical infrastructure?
  6. What are the benefits of life-cycle cost management vs. a “first-cost” focus?
  7. How important is impartial third party cost data to life-cycle management?
  8. How important are collaborative construction delivery method to efficient life-cycle management of the built environment

Answers to the above:

1. The total cost of ownership of a built structure throughout all phases of conceptualization, design, procurement, construction, repair, renovation, adaptation, maintenance, operation, and deconstruction.

2. A process incorporating the ongoing, pro-active management of a built structure in order to best support the organizational mission(s) of the Owner.

3. Yes.

4. Critical.  A robust ontology complete with terms, definitions, and associated inter-relationships and/or data architectures is mandatory in order to achieve efficient life-cycle management of the built environment.

5.  Competency and integration of multiple knowledge domains are required:  Capital planning an management (CPMS) – the ongoing assessment of physical and functional requirements and needs as well as associated capital reinvestment decision support, ongoing routine maintenance (CMMS) of equipment and building components with individual task orders typically under $10,000, space planning and utilization (CAFM), building automation systems (BAS), geographic information management (GIS) and others.

6.  Total lower cost of ownership, enhanced building performance in concert with organizations needs/requirements/goals, enhanced safety, reduced risk, higher productivity …

7. Critical:  Independent third party cost data, such as RSMeans, provided a check and balance vs. external vendors/service providers and internal team activities/requirements.

8. Critical:  Robust, collaborative construction delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) for major new construction and Job Order Contracting (JOC) for renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction are integral to life-cycle management.

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BIM – Attempting to Run before you can Walk? – BIM EU-wide Procurement Initiative

Public sector projects would best be served in the short term by adopting collaborative construction delivery methods.   Integrated Project Delivery – IPD for major new construction and Job Order Contracting – JOC for renovation, repair, sustainability and minor new construction are just two of several proven processes.  

A focus upon these and principles associated with the life-cycle management of the built environment would be of far more value than 3d modeling.    Adjusting priorities would provide more significant value such as: 1. getting stakeholders/participants to learn to work collaboratively (a requirement for BIM), and 2. more efficient procurement and management of the existing numerous renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction projects required to meet sustainability and economic imperatives.

More education and resources should be expended upon life-cycle management of the build environment vs. 3D modeling.  The latter, while important, is the least significant aspect of BIM.

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BIM Technology and Process Road Map
BIM Technology and Process Road Map

 

 

 

 

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When is BIM not BIM?

BIM, Building Information Modeling, actually consists of three M’s…. BIM3 if you will…  Modeling, Models, and Management.

Since the “accepted” definition of BIM is the life-cycle management of the built environment supported by digital technology, it’s easy to see that BIM is part process and part technology, with the goal of developing and using current, accurate, shared information to optimize proactive decision-making.

Unfortunately the AECO sector (Architecture, Engineering Construction, Operations) sector is currently “silo” and “first cost” centric, not to mention relatively technophobic.   Major culture change across all stakeholders must take place before BIM can be understood, let alone practiced, on a widespread basis.

Building Information Modeling: A BUSINESS PROCESS for generating and leveraging building data to design, construct and operate the built environment during its life-cycle.  Stakeholders  have access to accurate, shared information  on demand, enable via interoperability between technology platforms and common terms, definition, metrics and benchmarks.

Building Information Model: The DIGITAL REPRESENTATION of physical and functional characteristics of the built environment.  As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle from inception onwards.

Building Information Management: The strategic vision for ORGANIZATION, COLLABORATION, andCONTROL of the business process by utilizing principles and guidelines for Information  Architecture  (i.e.a digital prototype) to effect the sharing of trustworthy information over the entire life-cycle of a physical asset. The benefits include centralized and visual communication, early exploration of options, sustainability, efficient design, integration of disciplines, site control, as-built documentation, etc.– effectively managing the digital decision support model of an asset from conception to retrofitting to final retirement over the course of a century or more.

Thoughts? Comments?

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Facility Life-cycle Costs and BIM

Understanding facility life-cycle costs is a core component of any BIM strategy for Owners, AE’s, Contractors, Subs, Business Product Manufacturers, Oversight Groups, Building Users, … or any stakeholder.

There are many components of life-cycle costs:

  • First Costs – Planning, Selection, Acquisition, Construction
  • Maintenance, Repair – Routine, Preventive, Unscheduled (typically expenditures of $10,000 per job or less)
  • Capital Renewal (major system/subsystem cyclical replacement)
  • Renovation, Adaptation (altering, updating spaces based upon functional needs)
  • Operations (utilization, utilities, security, safety, sustainability, waste, cleaning, grounds management )
  • Deconstruction, Transition, Disposition

BIM is just now beginning to lay the foundation for new processes and supporting technologies to enable more efficient life-cycle management of the built environment.   An important challenge is the establishment of common terms, definitions, metrics, and ‘best-practices’.   Some off these will be new, however, many/most  will likely be existing… the latter simply better shared, communicated, and consistently applied.

Facility Lifecycle Costs
Facility Lifecycle Costs

Cloud Computing, Construction, Engineering, Architecture and Productivity

Cloud computing is a more than catalyst for change, it is a DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY.  Cloud computing will drive significantly enhanced productivity within the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management Sectors by enabling the consistent deployment of integrated project delivery methods.   Owners, Contractors, Architects, Engineers and stakeholders of the built environment will benefit if they focus upon CHANGE MANAGEMENT and how to best leverage cloud computing.

  1. Collaboration – True cloud computing (vs. cloud-washing, or simply posting legacy application to the cloud) lets users  work concurrently on projects in real-time (milliseconds)… virtually anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Multi-language and mult-currency, etc. can easily be implemented.
  2. Security – Information is NEVER deleted.  This is potentially the best form of security available.   “Who” does “What” and “When” is always tracked and changes can be “rolled back” at any time by authorized administrators.  Furthermore, only changes are transmitted vs. full data sets and even these are encrypted.
  3. IP Protection – Despite all the “hype” to the contrary, it is YOU, the user who determines how, when, and where to publish data.   For example, you can maintain information in your private area, publish as read only to specified members within a private cloud…or publish to all members in a private cloud, or publish information to all members in public cloud and enable rights to use and modify data.
  4. Visualization –  Despite the pervasive misunderstanding of BIM and unfortunate focus upon 3D visualization, DATA visualization and the associated development and implementation of the colloborative life-cycle management of built environment are the benefits provided by BIM.  Cloud computing will accelerate data visualization and transparency among all stakeholders of physical infrastructure and promote performance-based processes.
  5. Agility – Our work and natural environments are changing at an accelerated pace.  Rapid deployment, monitoring,  and the associated modification of processes and policies is becoming increasingly important.  Cloud computing deploys process faster than any other method currently available.   There is no longer a need to rely upon internal “IT” for deployment or applications specific changes.
  6. Mobility – It is neither cost effective, nor efficient to have everyone working in offices or specified work settings.  Resources need to be tapped from multiple locations enabling use of “the best of the best”, and resources with localized resources and/or capabilities.   Cloud computing allows direct, transparent access to local resources while also communicating centralized processes and procedures.
  7. Centralization of Information – While information can be scattered among several data centers, it also can be instantly consolidated to provide global management in support of an organization’s mission as well as associated, efficient local action.
  8. Business Continuity – True, Internet access is required, however, would you rather store your information at your location and risk catastrophic failure, or have your information at multiple locations designed with redundancy, power backup, etc.?

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Roadmap
Roadmap
BIG DATA
BIG DATA

Critical Issues and BIM – NIBS buildingSMART alliance conference – January 7-11, 2013

The fundamental day-to-day business processes of the Engineering, Construction, Owner, and Operations sector are changing.   That said, major cultural change must occur in order to make significant progress.   The efficient life-cycle management of the built environment will not happen until change management is accelerated.   Efficient construction delivery methods (IPD – integrated project delivery, JOC – job order contracting), cloud computing, and BIM are all integral components.

Symposium Name:   The buildingSMART allianceTM Conference

Symposium Title:     Integrating BIM: Moving the Industry Forward

Day(s)/Date(s):          January 7-11, 2013

Monday and Tuesday: Board, Council and Committee Meetings

Tuesday and Wednesday: Conference Educational Sessions

Thursday: Information Exchanges

Friday: BIM Academic Education Symposium

Building information modeling (BIM) is beginning to fundamentally change the building industry in a very positive way. Its impact is already being felt in countries around the globe. In an industry known for construction delays and cost overruns, high quality BIM projects are being built on-time (or even early) and significantly under budget.

Now is the time to expand your knowledge of all things BIM and find ways to implement it in your work. The buildingSMART allianceTM Conference will help you understand how BIM can better integrate the design, construction, fabrication and operation processes, and provide you with the latest metrics available to assess industry progress.

With the theme, Integrating BIM: Moving the Industry Forward, the buildingSMART alliance Conference looks at the big picture of implementing BIM into daily practice. The week-long event includes committee meetings, such as the buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction, National BIM Standard-United States Planning and Project Committee meetings; two days of educational sessions; a full day of innovative technology demonstrations with the Information Exchange Working Group; and a BIM Academic Education Symposium focused on teaching the next generation.

The National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US) Version 3 Planning and Project Committees will begin planning the new standard during these face-to-face meetings. The Planning Committee Meeting is members-only. However, the Project Committee is open to anyone interested in becoming involved. It is a good place to start if you are considering joining the NBIMS effort. The buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction Meeting is also open to the public.

The buildingSMART alliance Conference Educational Sessions are broken into two days. The first day will focus outwardly on three aspects of BIM implementation: design-construction integration, construction-fabrication integration and construction-operations integration, as well as developing the metrics that can be used to assess what progress the industry is making, on an annual basis, toward process improvement. The second day will be more of an inward look at the standards under development by the Alliance, as well as various standards efforts and strategies on the international front.

During its all-day meeting of innovative technology demonstrations, the Information Exchange (IE) Working Group will reveal the newest, most cutting-edge building information modeling (BIM) information exchange standards for inclusion in the National BIM Standard-United States™. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, is where the latest progress will be presented and the course of information exchange development will be set for the year.

The week will close with the BIM Academic Education Symposium. This workshop, jointly sponsored by the buildingSMART alliance and the BIM Forum,consists of a day-long series of presentations by leading BIM educators on topics related to implementing academic curricula at their educational institutions. The topics include the use of BIM in: student projects, interdisciplinary collaboration in studios, scheduling and estimating classes, IPD projects and facilities management. Researchers, academicians and practitioners in the AECOO industry are all strongly encouraged to attend and help shape the future of BIM integration in academic curricula.

buildingSMART alliance Conference

Committee Meetings

Monday, January 7, 2013

1:00 – 2:00 PM            NBIMS-US V3 Planning Committee (free/members only)

Chris Moor, Chair

 

Chris Moor

Director, Industry Initiatives

American Institute of Steel Construction

Chair, US National BIM Standard Project Committee

Chris is the director of industry initiatives for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and also chairs the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US) Project Committee.

He has worked with three-dimensional technology and BIM since 1994 and has led AISC’s efforts regarding technology integration and interoperability. He is a director on the buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction; a member of the Design-Build Institute of America BIM Committee; co-chair of the American Iron and Steel Institute BIM Committee; secretary of AISC Technology Integration Committee; member of the Level of Development Working Group (an Associated General Contractors of America/BIMForum/American Institute of Architects effort); and serves as the AISC lead for a Fiatech project addressing interoperability for steel within the process industry. He was previously the managing director of Tekla Corporation’s UK subsidiary.

In addition to this Chris was also the creator of, and innovator behind, the AISC’s annual showcase event, SteelDay (www.SteelDay.org). SteelDay is a phenomenal success and has become the industry’s largest networking and educational event with more than 10,000 people attending events in 2012.

Born in Manchester, UK (and supporting the Manchester City football club) Chris has spent most of his adult life in the U.S., working in various parts of the country since 1997. After several years in Atlanta, he currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and two sons.

2:00 – 3:00 PM            NBIMS-US V3 Project Committee (free/open)

Chris Moor, Chair

3:00 – 5:00 PM            buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction Meeting (free/open)

Tom Gay, Chair

 

Mr. Thomas A. Gay

Assistant Vice President – Manager, Engineering Plan Services

FM Global

270 Central Avenue

Johnston, RI 02919-4949 USA

thomas.gay@fmglobal.com

 

Tom Gay manages worldwide CAD and GIS services, site plan documentation and engineering document management services for The Factory Mutual Insurance Company (FM Global). He is also FM Global’s representative to the buildingSMART alliance (serving as chairman since 2008) and The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). He is currently serving on the Board of Advisors to The Centre for Spatial Law and Policy. In the past he has served as Chairman of the GDS North American User Group, as a Member of Convergent Group – International Conference Committee and as a Technology/Curriculum Advisory Board Member for ITT Technical Institute.

 

Over his more than 38years service to FM Global, Mr. Gay has performed many different job assignments:

 

  • Worked at client sites as a Field Surveyor documenting as-built construction, occupancy, protection and exposure as it pertains to the real property insurance industry
  • Led CAD selection and implementation projects transitioning FM Global from pencil/paper-pen/linen to electronic production. This has included “CAD” using PEAC, GDS, MicroGDS, AutoCAD, MicroStation, SketchUp, ArchiCAD and “Raster” using Cadcore/Hitachi PrEditor, ScanGraphics, Scan2CAD, etc.
  • Led GIS selection and implementation projects transitioning FM Global from paper maps to GIS. This has included products from GDS, ESRI, MapInfo and Cadcorp.
  • Led document management and retention projects which resulted in selection, implementation and ongoing support of Documentum as the corporate repository for and distribution of engineering reports and drawings.
  • Currently manages FM Global’s Engineering Plan Services with responsibility for over 350,000 drawings documenting approximately 300,000 client sites around the world, CAD & Scanning production services for current locations, CAD support and tool development for corporate users worldwide, GIS support and tool development for both desktop users and corporate web users worldwide, Mapping support for natural hazards and catastrophe response and Documentum support as it pertains to Engineering Documents for Client sites.   

 

FM Global is one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial property insurance and risk management organizations specializing in property protection. In operation for more than 175years, many of the world’s top companies have relied on FM Global’s (www.fmglobal.com) unmatched engineering expertise and scientific research to better understand the nature and cause of fire, natural disasters and other perils to prevent damage to their property and maintain continuity in their business.

 

 

Educational Sessions

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 AM            Plenary Session

Steve Jones, McGraw-Hill Construction

 

Stephen A Jones

McGraw-Hill Construction is the world’s leading source of information

and analysis on the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry.

Steve Jones studies the impact of economic, technological,

business and environmental changes on the future of the AEC

industry, and is highly regarded internationally as a researcher,

writer and speaker on these topics. Steve also leads McGraw-Hill

Construction’s initiatives in developing alliance relationships with

major companies and organizations for technology and content.

In addition to numerous articles in AEC publications, Steve has co-authored McGraw-Hill Construction’s SmartMarket Reports on Interoperability (2007), BIM (2008), The Business Value

of BIM (2009) and Green BIM (2010). These reports have been distributed to over 1million people worldwide and are widely cited as authoritative references on these topics.

 

8:30 – 9:30 AM            Design – Construction Integration

David Quigley, East Coast CAD/CAM

 

David E. Quigley, MBA Graduate of the Whitmore School of Business and Economic, brings years of HVAC and Mechanical experience working in his family’s Mechanical Contracting Business to his position as Chief Operating Officer at EastCoast CAD/CAM. Adding to his real-world, hands-on contractor experience and prior to EastCoast CAD/CAM, David, spent over 20 years developing a unique set of software engineering skills and product development knowledge by participating and developing operating systems, compilers and application software.  As a software engineer, product and project manager, working for companies such as Microsoft, Compuware, and Digital Equipment Corporation, David managed two of the companies industry standards efforts which included; the Ada Compiler (US Defense Sponsored) and Motif, the UNIX Standard User Interface Protocol (Sponsored by the Open Software Foundation, OSF) .  As Chief Operating Officer, David is responsible for developing EastCoast’s overall Product and Business Strategies.

10:00 – 11:30 AM        Construction – Fabrication Integration

The Future is Here: Benefits of Advanced Technology for Subcontractors

Steve Hunt, Dee Cramer

 

Steve Hunt is the BIM/CAD Manager of Dee Cramer Inc. a 75 year old Sheet Metal/HVAC Contractor in Holly Michigan.  Dee Cramer is an industry leader in 3D CAD and Building Information Modeling.

Steve has participated in and been the lead in numerous BIM products in the Midwest ranging from automotive factory and office buildings, healthcare facilities and casinos.  Steve received his Certificate of Management – Building Information Modeling from the AGC in 2011.  Steve has taught 3 of the 4 AGC BIM Education courses, he currently teaches the SMACNA BIM Education Chapter Education programs and has developed and taught Navisworks classes and webinars for Subcontractors across the country.

1:30 – 3:00 PM            Construction – Operations Integration

Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance, Introduction

Phil Wirdzek, I2SL

Terence Alcorn, Stantec

Igor Starkov, Ecodomus

Leigh Lally, Virginia Tech

 

Philip J. Wirdzek

Phil Wirdzek is the founding president and executive director of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). I2SL is broadening the base of knowledge and expertise in sustainable labs and other high technology facilities. Phil was responsible for creating the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) which was a U.S. public-private partnership program promoting sustainable laboratories and was the first recorded program to address the need for sustainable laboratories. During his career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he held various scientific positions including senior scientist and senior analyst for the agency’s sustainability programs.  He also served in the agency’s facility management offices as the national energy manager and as facility manager for the agency’s Washington DC headquarters.  Mr. Wirdzek is recipient of numerous awards among them the Agency’s Gold Medal for Labs21, presidential awards for federal energy management, and the Association of Energy Engineers’ Environmental Professional of the Year.

 

Terence Alcorn

Terence Alcorn is a registered architect with 25 years of experience of projects in higher education and laboratories design including the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science and the National Center for Supercomputing for the University of Illinois Urban/Champaign and two research laboratory buildings for The Scripps Research Institute for their new campus in Florida.  Mr. Alcorn has also been a Professor of Economics teaching both Micro and Macro Economics, and presented at the following conferences:

  • Labs 21 National Conference 2011 – “BIM and Building Financial Analysis”
  • IFMA National Conference 2012 – “BIM for High Tech Buildings”
  • Labs 21 National Conference 2012 – “BIM for Laboratory and Related High-Technology Facility Operation and Management”
  • Labs 21 National Conference 2012 – “High Performance Healthcare Environments: Metrics and Procedures”

 

 

Igor Starkov, Co-founder of EcoDomus, Inc., has 18 years of international business management experience, of which 10 years were dedicated to the construction software industry. Prior to co-founding EcoDomus, Inc. Igor founded Tokmo Solutions (merged with EcoDomus in 2010), the leading provider of Lean Construction and COBie-supporting software solutions. Also, Igor co-founded Latista Technologies, the leading provider of field management software for construction, in 2001. Igor holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Moscow University, Russia, and an Executive MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

How can bSa members contribute to Moving the Industry Forward?

Leigh Lally

 

3:30 – 5:00 PM            Measuring Success – Metrics

Deke Smith, National Institute of Building Sciences

Deke Smith is the Executive Director for the Building Seismic Safety Council and the buildingSMART alliance™ at the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Deke was instrumental in the beginnings of the NIBS Construction Criteria Base, now the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). He initiated both the National CAD Standard and the National BIM Standard.

He retired December 2006 after 30 years as a Designer and Director with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Deputy CIO at the Army Research Laboratory, and Chief Architect for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment in supporting DoD’s 540,000 facilities. After 22 years as a volunteer, he joined the staff of the Institute as an employee in early 2007. He was a winner of the 1996 Federal 100 award, 1997 NIBS Member Award the 2006 CAD Society Leadership award in 2010 he was selected as one of the InfoComm 100. Deke is a 1973 graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a BArch, he has done post graduate work at the National Defense University. He is a registered architect in the state of Virginia and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He is co-author of “Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide” published in 2009 by Wiley.

Comparisson of Measurment Tools for BIM

Brittany Giel, University of Flordia

 

Brittany Giel is a Ph.D. candidate at the M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida.  She holds a Master of Science in Building Construction, a Bachelor of Design in Interior Design and a minor in Information Systems and Operations Management.  She is currently a research assistant at UF’s Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling (CACIM) and has contributed greatly to the development of a revised curriculum on Building Information Modeling and construction technologies at Rinker.  She has authored twelve publications in various journals and conference proceedings and is an active member of several professional organizations in the AEC industry.

The BIM Scorecard – Research & Development

Calvin Kam, Stanford University

 

Dr. Calvin Kam is the Director of Industry Programs at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), where he partners with CIFE industry members and researchers on strategic innovation in areas such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and sustainable developments. Dr. Kam teaches graduate and undergraduate courses as a Consulting Assistant Professor with the School of Engineering at Stanford University. Appointed by the President of AIA (American Institute of Architects), Calvin is the 2011 Co-Chairman of the Center for Integrated Practice Leadership Group with AIA National, as well as the 2010 Co-Chairman and 2011 Chairman of the its TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) National Knowledge Community, which is supported by over 10,000 AIA members. Calvin is a registered Architect in the State of California, a Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, and a LEED Accredited Professional. A recipient of the AIA National, California Council, and local chapter scholarships, ASCE National scholarships, China Synergy Program for Outstanding Youths, and SOM Foundation Traveling Fellowship among other honors and awards, Calvin received his Master’s, Engineer Degree, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. At age 21, Calvin was the first and the youngest to receive dual bachelor degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California (with the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior for distinguished leadership and excellent scholarship).

 

Future of the BIM Capability Maturity Model

Tammy McCuen, Oklahoma University

Tammy McCuen is an Associate Professor of Construction Science at the University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture. Her research focuses on spatial reasoning and the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for solving complex ill-structured problems. Her current research focuses on the use of BIM to create comprehensive representations, inclusive of spatial and object data, as a tool for solving the types of problems common to the disciplines of the built environment. She is an active member of the buildingSMART alliance and advisor for continuing education in the building industry. Tammy is the author of numerous articles about BIM and was a co-author for the recently released National BIM Standard version 2.

 

Leon von Berlo

Léon is a carpenter by education but found ICT and the AEC industry equally interesting. Today he is working for the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO. His main research topic is collaboration in the AEC industry. Léon is the founder of the open source BIMserver initiative, the BIM QuickScan® and the open source BIM collective. Recent works are on the fields of BIM services, GeoBIM, BIM benchmarking and cloudbim technology. Currently he has a leading role in the Dutch National information centre for BIM, working on National BIM guidelines. His work for NIBS concerns the creation of a standard for Building Information Modeling Services Interface Exchange (BIMSie).

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

8:00 – 9:30 AM            NBIMS Content – BIM Execution Planning for Organizations and Projects

John Messner, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Messner is the Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State and a Professor of Architectural Engineering.  He specializes in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual prototyping research, along with globalization issues in construction.  The CIC Research Group is currently developing the Owner’s Guide to BIM as a buildingSMART alliance project, and they previously completed the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide.  Dr. Messner also leads a task group focused on design tools and methods for the Energy Efficient Building Hub, a Department of Energy Innovation Hub.  He has received National Science Foundation grants for investigating the application of advanced visualization in construction engineering education and the AEC Industry.    As a part of these grants, he led the development of two Immersive Construction (ICon) Labs which are large, 3 screen immersive display systems for visualizing design and construction information.  Dr. Messner was also a principle investigator on two Globalization projects for the Construction Industry Institute.  He previously worked as a project manager on various construction projects for a large general contractor and an infrastructure development company.  He has taught courses in virtual prototyping; BIM; strategic management in construction; international construction; and project management at Penn State.

NBIMS Content – OmniClass

Greg Ceton, Construction Specifications Institute

 

Greg Ceton has managed the development of Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) information standards and publications since November 2000.  He has been directly involved in the creation and maintenance of OmniClass™, MasterFormat®, UniFormat™, and the CSI Practice Guide series, among others, and is currently Director of Technical Services at CSI, where he supervises the development of CSI technical initiatives.

Ceton’s work has been recognized by awards from construction associations, among them a CSI President’s Award and honorary membership in Construction Specifications Canada.  He holds the Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) certificate and has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland, a law degree from the University of Florida, and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1991.

Ceton lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

 

NBIMS Content – Industry-wide MVDs for Precast Concrete

Chuck Eastman, Georgia Tech

Chuck Eastman is a pioneer of AEC CAD, developing research solid and parametric modeling systems for the building industry starting in the 1970s. Previously, he was a faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon University and UCLA. In his current position at Georgia Tech, he directs the Digital Building Laboratory  that is sponsored by twelve AEC companies, undertaking collaborative research. In addition, he currently has projects with the Precast Concrete Institute and the Charles Pankow Foundation, the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Concrete Institute, defining BIM exchange standards for these industry areas.

 

10:00 – 11:30 AM       AIA TAP

Kimon Onuma, Onuma, Inc.

For nearly two decades Kimon Onuma, FAIA, has promoted integrated processes driven by architectural knowledge. Using cloud computing, he received two AIA 2007 TAP awards for US Coast Guard and Open GeoSpatial Consortium projects. He was recognized in 2007 by the AIA California Council on Integrated Project Delivery Task Group for his contribution on this committee that worked toward bringing higher levels of efficiency and quality to the building process. Kimon sees the architectural profession as being at the center of making a positive impact toward sustainability. BIMStorm LAX was a 24 hour charette demonstrating architects are ready for real-time BIM collaboration. The event became a 2008 “Woodstock” for the building industry, where 133 design professionals and industry specialists from 11 countries — proved that BIM can be generated from familiar Excel spreadsheets that architects are already using. This global charette developed plans for large sections of Los Angeles, creating designs for 420 buildings totaling over 55 million square feet. BIMStorm process connects GIS, buildings, smart grid and energy, and garnered his firm a 2008 AIA TAP Award. In addition to authoring the 2006 AIA’s Report on Integrated Practice | The Twenty-First Century Practioner, Kimon has written numerous articles on architectural practice, technology and worked with GSA to define their first GSA BIM Guide. Recently the California Community College System (CCC) serving 2.75 million students at 112 California locations, and the largest system of public higher education in the world, joined the CCC FUSION System (Facilities Utilization, Space Inventory Options Net) and the entire California inventory of 71 million square feet of buildings and spaces, with his middleware, the ONUMA System, to make the largest cloud computing BIM + GIS platform. Kimon serves on the Board of Direction for buildingSMART and serves on the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community Advisory Board. A renowned speaker, Kimon has spoken at more than 300 local, state, national and international events.

AISC IFC

IFC: Interoperability For Construction? A Practical Take for the Steel Industry

Chris Moor, American Institute of Steel Construction

 

AutoCodes – FIATECH

Providing the ability to submit plans electronically to Code Officials for checking and approval.

Speaker to be determined

1:30 – 3:00 PM            Government BIM Initiatives

Steve Hagan, GSA Retired, Moderator

 

Stephen Hagan FAIA is recognized as an industry expert and technology evangelist, focusing on the real estate,  and the construction  market place.  In August 2012, Steve retired from the federal government after 35 years and is now consulting about BIM and online technologies.   Steve now is CEO of Hagan Technologies LLC,  focusing on Strategy and Consulting for e-Industry Infrastructure and  Online Technologies for the 21st Century.

Stephen has been program and project management lead for the PBS Project Information Portal (PIP) and a member of the GSA 3D / 4D Building Information Model (BIM) team. He was 2006 Chair of the AIA Technology In Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community and co-chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee of the Federal Facilities Council and on the Executive Committee of the National BIM Standard Committee.

The AIA BIM awards program, which Steve founded in 2003, is now in its 9th year and now includes partnerships with COAA, IFMA, and the AGC BIM Forum.

Private Sector Initiatives

Kurt Maldovan, Balfour-Beaty, Moderator

As Assistant Process Manager, Kurt is responsible for integrating and managing client standards and providing support for organizing project data, developing custom procedures, and applications to make the most efficient use of BIM and emerging technologies.  He is responsible for the oversight and mobilization of the design technology required for project execution, including developing the BIM Execution Plan.    Kurt leads assignment of BIM-related tasks and staff, to include support, design reviews, clash detection, quantification/cost estimation, schedule integration, design and construction submittals, and other items identified in the BIM Execution Plan.

Healthcare BIM Consortium

Russ Manning, Department of Defense Health Systems

Mr. Russell Manning is a Senior Health System Planner DoD’s Military Healthcare System (MHS).  He has worked on multiple healthcare and medical research laboratory projects in five countries and eight US states as a project and program manager.  In the Capital Planning Branch he supports the implementation and coordination facility life cycle management (FLCM) tools, research and policy.

3:30 – 4:15 PM            BSI – Product Room

Roger Grant, National Institute of Building Sciences

Roger Grant is a Program Director for the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) where he manages the Integrated Resilient Design Program (IRDP); related projects for the Department of Homeland Security; the High Performance Building Council (HPBC); and projects for the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). He has focused on developing and delivering products and services to support design, construction and management of the built environment for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Institute, Roger was Technical Director of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and V.P. and General Manager of R.S. Means, the leading publisher of construction cost information in North America. He has experience in cost planning, estimating and analysis; specifications practice; standards development; construction industry information technology; and project and business management.  As a member of A-E-C Industry associations, Roger has been extensively involved in technology and standards development and has served on the Board and Technical Committee of the buildingSMART Alliance and Planning and Technical Committees of the National Building Information Model Standard. He represents CSI on the buildingSMART International (bSI) Data Dictionary Management Group serving as its Secretary and as leader of the bSI Product Room. He holds a degree in construction management and an MBA both from Bradley University; and a certification in construction document management from CSI.

4:15 – 5:00 PM            BSI – Process Room

Deke Smith, National Institute of Building Sciences

 

 

Innovative Technology Demonstrations

(Information Exchange Working Group Meeting) [link to full description]

Thursday, January 10, 2013

8:30 – 11:45 AM          Morning Session – Multiple topics, including COBie Calculator, SPie Catalog, etc. (free/open)

Dr. Bill East, Chair

1:15 – 5:15 PM           Afternoon Session 1 – Planning and Design Software (free/open)

Dr. Bill East, Chair

Afternoon Session 2 – Software for Builders (free/open)

David Jordani, FAIA, Jordani Consulting Group

 

Academic Symposium

Friday, January 11, 2013

8:00 – 8:30 AM            Introductory Comments

Raymond Issa, University of Florida

 

Educational Cricculum Approaches

8:30 – 8:45 AM           BIMStorm: A Platform Facilitating Integrated Design and Construction Processes

Tamera McCuen, Oklahoma University

8:45 – 9:00 AM           Student collaboration as the foundation for learning BIM software

Christopher Monson, Mississippi State University

9:00 – 9:15 AM           Use of Building Information Modeling in Student Projects at WPI

Guillermo Salazar, Worchester Polytechnic Institute

 

9:15 – 9:30 AM           Stressing the Importance of Facility Owner Requirements in Construction Management BIM Curricula: A Case Study

Brittany Giel, University of Florida

 

9:30 – 9:45 AM           Understanding How Virtual Prototypes And WORKSPACES Support

Interdisciplinary Learning In Architectural, Engineering And Construction Education

Carrie Sturts Dossick, University of Washington  / Robert Leicht

The Pennsylvania State University

9:45 – 10:15 AM         Panel Discussion 1 (McCuen, Monson, Salazar, Giel, Leicht)

Guillermo Salazar, Worchester Polytechnic University

10:15 – 10:45 AM        Morning Networking Break

10:45 – 11:00  AM      Industry + Academia: the perfect partnership

Lisa Hogle, Arizona State University

11:30 – 11:45 AM       Design Engineer Construct Integrated Management Lab (DECIMaL)

Allan Chasey, Arizona State University

11:45 – 12:00 AM       BIM education for new career options: an initial investigation

Wei Wu, Georgia Southern University

12:00 – 12:15 AM       Interdisciplinary Collaborative BIM Studio

Robert Holland, The Pennsylvania State University

12:15 – 1:15 PM          Luncheon Speaker

Arto Kiviniemi, Salford University, UK

1:15 – 1:45 PM           Panel Discussion 2 (Hogle, Chasey, Wu, Holland)

Guillermo Salazar, Worchester Polytechnic Institute

 

1:45 – 2:15 PM            Afternoon Networking Break

Educational Content Issues

2:15 – 2:30 PM           BIM + FM

Allan Chasey, Arizona State University

 

2:30 – 2:45 PM           Design – BIM – Build

James Sullivan, University of Flordia

2:45 – 3:00 PM           Descriptive Construction Methods through BIM-based Collaboration

Marcel Maghiar, Georgia Southern University

3:00 – 3:15 PM           Culture, Technology/Social Media, & BIM

Peter Cholakis, 4Clicks

3:15 – 3:30 PM           Integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Facility Management in Hong Kong Public Rental Housing Projects

Ya Liu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

3:30 – 3:45 PM           Parametric Housing in Indigenous Outback Communities

Timothy Sullivan, Harvard University

3:45 – 4:00 PM           Object Interaction Query: a context awareness tool for evaluating BIM components’ interactions

Carolina Soto, Massachuects Institute of Technology

4:00 – 4:30 PM            Panel Discussion 3 (Chasey, Sullivan, Maghiar, Cholakis, Liu, Sullivan, Soto)

Guillermo Salazar, Worchester Polytechnic Institute

Session Leaders Biographies

R. Raymond Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is currently the UF Research Foundation and Holland Professor in the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Building Construction and Director of the Center for Advanced Construction Information modeling and the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Visualization Laboratory. Raymond has conducted over $7 million in information technology related research and he has served as Chair on over 200 Masters Committees and 30 Ph.D. Committees, Raymond has also authored over 200 journal and conference proceeding articles and scientific reports. Raymond has received University, College and School level recognition for excellence in research (UF Research Foundation Professor), teaching, and academic advising (Academic Advisor of the Year; PHD Advisor/Mentor (2)).  Raymond also serves on the Board of Directors of various professional organizations, including the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) and the Pan American Union of Engineering Societies. He served as past chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology and on various other ASCE technical committees. Raymond was recently awarded the 2012 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering and elected to the Pan American Engineering Academy.

Arto Kiviniemi, PhD (Professor of Digital Architectural Design, School of Built Environment, University of Salford, UK)

Design-Construction Integration Program Alumni (2005)

Arto Kiviniemi has developed Integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) both in Finland and internationally since 1996. In 1996-2002 Arto worked at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) as a Chief Research Scientist leading the VERA program which established BIM’s position in Finland. After his PhD in Stanford 2005, Arto was nominated as the Research Professor for ICT in Built Environment at VTT. In 2008 he returned into the industry as the Vice President of Innovation and Development at Olof Granlund, the leading Building Services Engineering company in Finland, where he was responsible of the R&D projects in the company. In 2010 he moved to his current position, Professor of Digital Architectural Design in the School of Built Environment at the University of Salford in UK.

Internationally Arto’s main activities have been related to the International Alliance for Interoperability, now known as buildingSMART International. Arto has acted as the Chairman of the International Council and Executive Committee 1998-2000, Deputy Chairman 2000-2002, Chairman of the International Technical Management Committee 2005-2007. Currently he is a member of the Technical Advisory Group and buildingSMART Korea Advisory Committee. He is also a member in FIATECH’s Academic and BIM Committees and ASHRAE’s BIM Committee, as well as the representative of CEBE (Centre for Education in the Built Environment) in the CIC (Construction Industry Council) BIM Forum. Arto has been the Chairman of Salford Centre for Research and Innovation 2002-2009, a member of Industry Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Committee of CIFE at Stanford University 1999-2005, a member of the Scientific Committee of the ‘BuildingEnvelopes.org’ project at Harvard University 2001-2004, and a member of scientific or organizing committees in over 20 international conferences since 2000. He has presented over 70 keynote and invited lectures and several other papers in international seminars and conferences around the world since 1996. In March 2009 Arto received FIATECH CETI Outstanding Researcher 2008 Award for his international merits in developing integrated BIM.

Guillermo Salazar, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Education: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 1983, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,    M. Eng. in Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto 1977, BSCE, Civil Engineering, 1971, Universidad LaSalle,

Research and Academic Interests: development of formal methods of analysis, computer-based methodologies, cooperative agreements to evaluate the impact of process integration on the cost of civil engineering projects. Building Information Modeling (BIM), Multi-attribute Decision Analysis, Computer Simulation, Knowledge-Based Expert Systems, Neural Networks, CAD Systems, Probabilistic Analysis, Mathematical Programming, and Data Management Systems.

Over the last 10 years, this work has been focused primarily on the academic and professional aspects of Building Information Modeling (BIM). This work has produced several computer-based tools. It has also contributed to improve the understanding on how cooperative behaviors and the effective use of information technology and intelligent systems promote efficient project integration. This activity has also lead to the creation of graduate courses, innovative undergraduate curricula integration and to promote integration of design and construction emphasizing teamwork, life-cycle cost-benefit analysis and effective use of information technology within the curricula.

Professional and consulting activity:  spans for more than 25 years at national and international levels. It includes professional practice in building and steel construction, statistical and simulation studies in tunneling and regional planning, information systems design as well as development of computer models for diverse aspects of project management and Design-Construction Integration.