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Dave McCool has spent over a decade in construction, starting out as a labourer in the field and moving his way to director in his prior role at McCarthy Building Companies. In October of 2017, he joined Procore to spearhead the organization’s BIM initiatives and is currently the Senior Product Manager of that department.
Dave is an educator and passionate advocate for the practical use of technology in design and construction and has been recognized internationally for his efforts to make a positive change in the industry. Dave assisted in creating the first cloud-based design scheduling tool for construction, co-authored BIM and Construction Management (used by over 25 universities and has been translated into both French and Chinese), has been an officer for both AIA and NBIMS committees, received the DBIA Distinguished Leadership Award in 2016, and has lectured at multiple university and industry events around the world.
Additionally, Dave helped develop one of the first virtual reality therapy programs in the United States, approved for children in isolation for both oncology and cardiology patients at Loma Linda University, and is still actively engaged in this research.
Please tell us about Procore.
Procore is an all-in-one construction software solution that connects applications, devices, and users on one central platform. With an unlimited user model and world-class support, Procore encourages collaboration so that all relevant parties can be involved in a project, without being penalized with hidden fees. Real-time data and insights provide comprehensive visibility into all aspects of a project, minimizing risk, and facilitating accurate projections. By delivering best-in-class products for Project Management, Quality & Safety, Construction Financials, and Field Productivity, and the ability to integrate with leading third-party applications, Procore helps firms around the world save time and money while gaining project control and visibility.
What is Procore’s anticipation towards Digitalization within the AECOO Industry?
We believe that the industry will continue to move away from paper-based workflows where information is siloed, duplicated, and easily lost to a more digitalized platform approach, like Procore’s, where all stakeholders can work together, sharing information in an open and connected environment.
Please tell us about Procore’s philosophy about an Automated Cloud-based Construction Management System in AECOO industry.
Procore’s philosophy is centralized around collaboration. The growing use of integrated project delivery methods means that all stakeholders need to have the ability to collaborate throughout the entire lifecycle of the project; design, construction, and operations. Our open platform enables this by allowing all stakeholders to use a centralized database to communicate and collaborate, which has proven to reduce risk and increase productivity.
At the same time, we also recognize that every project is different and may require a specific tool to get the job done, which is why we say, “open.” We want to provide our customers with choice, so they have the flexibility of choosing the right tool for the job, but still allowing them to connect that data in a centralized location using our free “open” APIs.
Please tell us about Procore’s Innovation Lab and User-Centric Technology.
Procore’s Innovation Lab is a chance for our clients to work with Procore and build the next generation of our products. Our goal is to bring clients into the product development process; they work closely with our development teams (engineers, designers, and product managers) to help develop creative solutions to common problems faced in construction management. On a monthly or bi-monthly basis, we fly our clients down and they, in turn, give us feedback on existing tools and help us build the future of Procore.
What digitalization strategy has the highest rate of return and a positive impact on the AECOO Industry?
Our focus on creating a more collaborative environment for teams not only pushes the industry forward, but in turn allows us to build better products to meet the needs of all stakeholders. It’s an almost symbiotic relationship, because we’re somewhat dependent on our customers and their collaborators to help guide our development, but at the same time they’re dependent on us to listen and deliver solutions that solve their problems. Simply put, we can’t build great products without our customers!
What are some of the major challenges in AECOO industry you feel
technology will help to overcome?
Grouping “AECOO” together seems very natural, because they all have a shared interest in the success of a project, but the reality is that breaking down the silos between A-E-C-O-O to build a cohesive and collaborative team to achieve that shared vision is extremely difficult. Each group likely has their own repository of information in a disconnected platform, so sharing information between the five groups creates a tremendous amount of waste in double entry and risk of either outdated information or lost information. The ability to have open platforms through APIs and standardization around information exchange is paramount to overcoming this challenge.
Finally, please share your thoughts on how an Integrated Construction Management System will impact the AECOO industry in the next five years?
Not to be cliché, but it’s all about the data. As Peter Drucker says, “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” The data of our industry has been so fragmented that it’s been tough to connect the dots, find patterns, and measure anything for understanding. There are plenty of articles referencing the fact that from a digitalization perspective, we’re just a step above Hunting and Agriculture, so basically the equivalent of homo erectus. Similarly, our brains are starting to get bigger as we digitalize paper-based processes into a centralized database, which allows us to glean insights and make better decisions. Additionally, the ability to pattern match for trends and intelligence is no longer a manual process, and we can leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate results to various hypotheses. Having this ability in an Integrated Construction Management System allows us to help our customers understand their projects in a way they’ve never been able to in the past. They’ll be able to find new opportunities to not only reduce risk but increase productivity and profitability.
I can imagine the articles, during the late 19th century when Carnegie steel was introduced, saying, “this is the most exciting time to be in the industry!” Owners were able to make bold statements in the skyline, designers could think outside the box, and builders had massive backlogs and were building to the skies. However, one could argue that we haven’t really had an industry-changing event, like steel, until now. The digitalization of construction is the next evolutionary journey and there couldn’t be a more exciting time to be in the industry!
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CanBIM is proud to announce our partnership with this year’s Digital Built Week North America, which encompasses BILT NA, Building Content Summit, Data Day and Design Technology Summit. As part of our partnership CanBIM are providing continuing education points for the sessions that you attend. With this week of events fast approaching, we felt it would be perfect to interview the man behind what is arguably one of the best BIM Conferences in North America and is run by users, for users. For those of you that have never been to a BILT, these events have been held annually in North America since 2011. Originally called the Revit Technology Conference (RTC), the BILT conference now covers the entire building lifecycle across multiple software platforms and looks to improve day to day processes and push the boundaries of technology in the AEC industry so that we as users may be more efficient and further our knowledge and capabilities.
Q. Please provide us with a brief biography about yourself. Who are you and what do you like to do for fun?
I am a Sydney-based architect, and the founder and Executive Chairman of RTC Events Management and the Digital Built Environment Institute. As a long-term user and advocate of BIM (starting with Archicad in 1996), I have been speaking and teaching in the field since starting to play with a pre-release version of Revit.
I have worked directly with software developers on software development and implementation, built content for manufacturers and end-users, and implemented multiple BIM tools into well over 300 practices throughout South-East Asia. I speak around the world on technology, facilities management and process change; founded (and chaired for 5 years) the Revit User Group, Sydney; and am now focused (outside the institute) on Smart Cities development worldwide.
What do I do for fun? Hmmm, well apart from spending time with my kids, and sleeping (I’m a bit of a binge sleeper, feast or famine…), I love to travel. I can never grow tired of meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, foods, sights (and sites) and more. This is a very good thing, as I currently spend between 40-50% of my time travelling for work! The office will also tell you (correctly), that I like anything fast – cars, boats, planes, trains, over-stimulated koalas. Doesn’t matter, if it’s fast, I like it. Ironic I suppose, as I also love curling up in a comfy chair to read a book for the evening. Life is about contrasts, right?
Q. Who is the Digital Built Environment Institute (DBEI)?
DBEI is a global not-for-profit with a mission of “advancing people, processes and technology”, in aid of improving productivity, efficiency and effectiveness across the whole of lifecycle within the Built Environment. To do this, DBEI runs a portfolio of conferences and other events, and will also take on further activities on behalf of the community over time.
The Institute was founded in 2016, as an evolution of RTC Events Management (the company that setup and ran BILT) and its core mission to build and mentor communities dedicated to the built environment. RTC itself grew out of the Revit User Group, Sydney, back in 2005. Even then, as an event built by and run for users, we were all about the whole ecosystem: No one tool can do everything you need, and we need to collaborate and coordinate regardless of which tools we use. Today, the Institute and BILT (The largest of the events that we run) showcases best practices and processes across all software platforms, and all stages of a project lifecycle.
DBEI is what we now see as the best and most direct way to support the broad AECO/FM community. Community is about more than a few days of event time per year, and DBEI can respond to, and build on those needs and opportunities. If YOU can think of things we should be doing within the Institute, or as part of DBW, to help advance this mission, please do reach out and let me know: whatweneed@dbeinstitute.org . We need your voice!
Q. Tell us a little about the new Digital Built Week North America
The Digital Built Week (DBW, because everybody could use with Yet Another Acronym (YAA), right?) is an umbrella term for a full week that encapsulates all of the events and activities that DBEI will run in Seattle in July. Starting on Saturday, July 13th with the DBEI Hackathon (see next question, below) and concluding with the Gala Dinner on Saturday, July 20th, DBW is an 8-day buffet of people, process and technology. Some events will have attendee profiles that differ from the typical, say, BILT attendee, while others will feature significant overlap. Either way, we hope that this larger and broader demographic of attendees will work to continue the process of increasing the community and the connections between its’ members. In the end, we need to make sure that all those who have a stake in our community have a voice in these communities and DBW is a step towards making that happen.
Q. What is new and interesting about the week of events?
The Digital Built Week has within it the 4 separate events that many attendees have experienced over the last several years (BILT, the Design Technology Summit, Data Day, BCS) but now also includes two further elements:
Last year we held an open door event for the first time in North America. Started in Europe as part of the Aarhus, Denmark event, this is an opportunity for those attendees joining DBW from out of town to connect with local practices and to see the types of work and methods of practice employed in the local community. Of course, it also serves as another way for the community to build stronger connections!
We are also excited to announce the introduction of a DBEI Hackathon to kick the week off. This will be held across the weekend before the event, will be focused on ‘Generative Design in Practice’ (take a look at the ANZ hackathon page for some early ideas…), and will also have the opportunity for the winning team to show off their outcomes at the conclusion of the BILT event itself.
Q. Are there any presenters that will attend the event or new and innovative technologies that you would like to call special attention to?
There are always so many new and exciting things to experience at these events! One item on the hardware side I am looking forward to trying out is the new Microsoft Hololens 2 hardware teamed with the software development work being carried out by Greg Demchak and his colleagues at Synchro. Given what they have achieved already, I think it will be amazing to see what they have by July.
On the software side, I am keen to learn more about PowerBI and how I can better leverage the massive volumes of data that all organisations struggle with on a day to day basis. There are many many classes focused on data in this year’s events, and not just within the Data Day event itself. If you have an interest in better understanding and using data, you need to be there, sitting next to me! I’m especially looking forward to the panel talk at Data Day featuring David Haynes, Ryan Cameron and Anthony Hauck.
Within BCS I hope to sit in on the session by Ricardo Rodriguez and Justin DeMarco from BASF on Business Transformation. If you want to learn more about local projects, don’t miss out on ‘Emerald City Jewels’ by Philip Bergsieker and Dale Stenning of Hoffman Construction Company. Finally, in the labs, check out the class on Hypar by Ian Keogh if you want some hands-on time with the cutting edge of design computation.
With 179 activities across 6 days, there is literally something for everyone, and I could go on and on about the things that I want to see, to learn, to do. Instead, let me just encourage you to attend and to share what you have experienced afterwards. I look forward to comparing notes!
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Global eTraining releases ISO 19650 Compliant Global BIM Standards Training inside the ‘GeT Everything’ library
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada April 17 2019
Available as part of the ‘GeT Everything’ library, Global eTraining (GeT) is excited to announce the release of our ISO 19650 updated Global BIM Standards Library.
Developed by Rebecca De Cicco – Managing Director for Digital Node, Global BIM Expert, Founder of Women in BIM, and ‘BIM Personality of the Year’ Award Winner at BIM Show Live 2019 – The Global BIM Standards Library now provides a comprehensive guide to applying BIM (Building Information Modelling) principles, processes and methodologies, consistent with ISO 19650.
ISO 19650-1 and 2 is an international quality standard for BIM, mandated by the UK government, which establishes common terminology and language as well as unified processes and management for BIM projects.
It’s important for the Global BIM community to understand ISO 19650; Organizations around the world can learn from this information and incorporate best practices for project efficiency into their own firms.
“The release of ISO 19650-1 and 2 provides a global opportunity in BIM to allow construction professionals and owners alike to consolidate their approach toward BIM Delivery. With globalization occurring and skills shortages are at an all-time high, training is essential in these topics to allow for opportunities to grow your business.” Rebecca De Cicco, Director, Digital-Node
As a partner to some of the world’s leading AEC firms, software companies, and educational institutions, Global eTraining is proud to be offering access to ISO 19650 compliant BIM training to help equip our clients with the knowledge and skills to increase project team efficiency.
The ISO 19650 Global BIM Standards Library is available to individuals and organizations as part of the ‘GeT Everything’ Library, and includes the following courses:
BIM Fundamentals ConceptsBIM AcronymsBIM Functions and RolesBIM & Collaborative WorkingBIM & ContractsBIM During an Asset LifecycleBIM TerminologyBIM DimensionsThe Importance of Data for the Appointing Party.BIM & ISO 19650 SummarizedBIM Appointing Party Documentation
“We are thrilled to help drive global BIM adoption and highly recommend these important BIM courses for anyone in the AECOO industries. ”
Susan Brattberg, Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Global eTraining
Please visit globaletraining.ca/7-day-trial/to sample the ISO 19650 Global BIM Standards courses and try the ‘GeT Everything’ library for FREE.
Global eTraining (GeT) is a strategic training partner to some of the world’s largest and most diverse multinational design, construction and software organizations, government bodies and Fortune 500 companies, and the global leader in developing and designing training for the 21st Century.
Global eTraining’s world-leading technical training platform, learning methodology and educational products have received Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology and Learning Awards, Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) CoDIE Awards, as well as the Canadian Society for Training and Development’s ‘WOW!’ Award for new technology.
The ‘GeT Everything’ Library provides individuals and organizations with All Access and Complete Control of the entire Global eTraining course catalog and learning experience, for One Low (Pay-As-You-Go) Price.
Global eTraining. Learn Faster. Retain More. Save Time.
For more information about Global eTraining, please visit globaletraining.ca
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For anyone working in design or construction or as asset owners and managers, we can no longer ignore the fact that technology is a key part of designing and constructing buildings and infrastructure – and the pace of change and new technological advances will only get faster. Whatever your role, you need to have some understanding of what technologies are available and what they can do – even if you are not ‘hands-on’ with all the tools. Technology no longer encompasses just CAD or even just BIM, but includes tools for virtual reality, smart buildings, asset management tools and apps as well as project information management.
If you’re looking to take your BIM or technology practice to the next level, we are now counting down the weeks to Digital Built Week North America, the premier week of events, for BIM, VDC, Digital Engineering and related technologies and include the Design Technology Summit, Data Day, Building Content Summit and BILT NA. this year it will take place at the newly unveiled Hyatt Regency in Seattle, Washington.
For those of you who haven’t been to these events before, the flagship event 'BILT' stands for 'Buildings, Infrastructure and Lifecycle, supported by Technology' and is a learning event for all of those involved in the design, delivery and ownership/operations of the built environment. Each event is an independent, “by users, for users” conference and is the best place to get unbiased, first hand advice from industry experts who implement best of breed solutions that drive their business forward. The result is a stronger community, smarter industry and more sustainable environment.
With over 150 classes spread over four days you can find numerous classes to attend in any session with multiple classes for Architects, MEP or structural engineers and construction contractors. There are also a number of sessions designed especially for BIM Managers and this year they have launched a whole host of sessions on Generative Design.
Sessions this year include a large mix of lecture-style sessions, panels, hands-on labs and roundtable discussions from international and local speakers to provide a truly outstanding conference program which gives you the opportunity to build your skills across both technical and leadership spheres.
For those of you that already know these events, over the past few months you may have noticed a change – from RTC to the Digital Built Environment Institute (DBEI) – in some new events and communications. The legacy of the RTC name, and the Revit Technology Conference series, began when it was a truly Revit focussed event, back in 2005. 2 years ago, the name of the primary event series, RTC, changed to BILT to represent the changing nature of the events and to more accurately reflect the BIM community’s needs. The goal now is not only to provide knowledge around software and technology, but to be a trusted builder of communities dedicated to the built environment. The Digital Built Environment Institute is all about sharing knowledge, working smarter and more collaboratively in order to increase efficiency in our industry together. The goal remains to be recognised as a trusted builder of communities dedicated to the built environment.
We look forward to joining with our North America community and immersing ourselves in the world of design and construction technology from 17-20 July at the Hyatt Regency in Seattle, and hope to see you there too! To register and for more information visit https://www.dbeinstitute.org/event/bilt-na-2019/pricing
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Jon McClure, BIM Manager (USA)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/aec-cad
jmcclure@pinnaclecad.com
Mr. Jon McClure comes with over 18 years of construction experience in the U.S.A. He is adept at applying lean construction techniques for MEP systems and BIM/VDC Management by providing leadership and innovating with BIM (Building Information Modeling) and CAD (Computer Aided Design) technologies. Jon joined Pinnacle in January, 2017 and is working to drive our business in the United States and Canada.
Core Expertise
BIM/CAD services to the ENR top 20 mechanical firms in North America using innovation and technologyDelivery of high-quality BIM/CAD modeling, coordination and drawings to clients, resulting in increased profit and improving the delivery scheduleLeadership in building relationships within the AEC/MEP industry, resulting in increased sales, by working with new and existing clientsTraining BIM/CAD professionals to develop processes, workflows, and standards in design, construction and project managementPresentation to companies in the AEC/MEP industry with one-to-one company level meetings, main-stage industry presentations, and panel discussions teaching industry knowledge
Q. Please tell us about Pinnacle Infotech.
Pinnacle Infotech – The Global Leader in BIM Engineering
Pinnacle Infotech is the leading provider of innovative Building Information Modelling services to the Architectural, Engineering and Construction Industries for more than 20 years, and has executed more than 1251 projects in 36 countries worldwide. Pinnacle streamlines the entire workflow process from sales, bidding, cost estimation and conceptual design to detailing, fabrication, erection and follow-up, resulting in increased productivity through 3D modelling.
The Global Delivery Centres of Pinnacle Infotech, Inc. are located at India (Durgapur, Kolkata & Jaipur) with offices in U.S.A. (Houston), U.K. (London), U.A.E. (Dubai), Italy (Calolziocorte) and Switzerland (Zurich)
Pinnacle has executed numerous landmark BIM projects in North America, Asia, Europe & Australia, across various industries including Airports, Hospitals, Medical Centers, Stadiums, High Rise Towers, Infrastructure, University Campuses and more. The process orientation and quality control followed by Pinnacle are as per ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards.
Q. Please tell us about the culture and philosophy for IT Infrastructure Planning at Pinnacle Infotech?
Technical Support - Pinnacle’s Production Center has the capability to support 1500+ employees working in a single shift. It has conference rooms with modern technologies. Constant internet support makes job easier and ensures greater connectivity with clients.
Network – Pinnacle’s work stations are equipped with the latest computer models and servers have proper back-up system to support in crisis. Moreover, 99.99% data and voice network help us to make clear client communication.
Data Security - Information security is implemented through deployment of robust UTM box Fortigate 240D at the perimeter along with Anti-Virus, Anti-spam devices and anti-intrusion systems. Pinnacle’s access control system monitors both the campus and operation buildings. The process is essential for effective protection of client information and data.
Backups – Software updates are regularly applied to the workstations and the efficiency of the servers is kept in mind. Uninterrupted Internet service and secure data and voice network ensure communication between employees and clients. Back-up generators provide power during Emergency.
Hardware – Pinnacle's world-class fully owned production facility at Durgapur is equipped with more than 800 HP Z series high end workstations 12 HP Proliant servers, Perimeter security Fortigate 240D connected with multiple ISPs, CISCO switches of 4507, 3560 and 2960, HP DJ T920 &T610 series of plotters, advanced scanners and other peripherals with 24x7 high-speed internet. Pinnacle has layer 3 LAN through CISCO switches for fast throughput with the backbone of fiber connectivity. Pinnacle has EMC VNXe 3200 series with high availability configuration and 40 TB of useable space for data storage. Pinnacle uses Symantec Backup EXE for data backup.
Software – Pinnacle experts develop automated software routines and processes that rely on high standard quality at all stages of aesthetics, presentation, completeness, accuracy and conformance to specifications. Pinnacle is equipped with the latest software applications like Revit (Building, Structure, Architecture & MEP), SysQue, Navisworks, 3ds Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, Inventor, Civil 3D, Plant Design Suite, Pro/Engineer, Bluebeam, MicroStation, Bentley, Tekla, SolidWorks, Autodesk Fabrication Suite, QuickPen, AutoCAD, Ecotect Analysis, A 360 Collaboration, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, Sketch Up, Lux Level Calculation, Rebar CAD, All Plan CADPipe, ETAP, Dialux, Newforma, CAD-Duct and CADPIPE and provide detailed design, drawing and support services to AEC firms, developers, owners and building product manufacturers for a fast turnaround.
Internal Quality – Pinnacle’s quality is strictly maintained as per the ISO 9001: 2015 standard. Pinnacle has been certified with ISO 9001:2015 as per Quality Management System Standard by Det Norske Veritas and ISO 14001:2015 standard under Environmental Management System. Pinnacle’s adherence to quality reinforces the faith of clients. Pinnacle monitors the operational process of every BIM professional.
Q. Please tell us about Pinnacle Infotech’s work on “Rosslyn Central Place”.
Pinnacle Used BIM for Smooth Completion of Rosslyn Central Place Project
Project Summary – Rosslyn Central Place
One of the significant projects of Pinnacle Infotech, Rosslyn Central Place is a mixed use development, located above Rosslyn Metro Station in Arlington County, Virginia, USA with a 636,000 sq ft. Residential Tower & 750,000 sq ft. Commercial Tower. It is perfectly positioned with an easy access to Washington’s Central Business District and Georgetown. Phased turnover will begin in early 2017, it will provide an inspiring dining and retail space with integrated clientele living and working upstairs.
Located along the shores of Potomac River, Rosslyn Central Place is an exciting mix of residential, retail & commercial development. Designed by a famous architecture firm – Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, the glass façade of the RosslynCentral Place will soar to dramatic heights, offering amazing views of the District & Northern Virginia. Going further, an open-air public plaza with seating, shade and a robust programming schedule is expected to serve as the heart of the place. The project will also be home to the highest public Observation Deck and open air terrace in the Washington D.C. area at 443’-0” above sea level, with 360 degree views of the DC, MD and VA skylines. The panoramic views are anticipated to attract over half a million visitors annually to the front of Central Place.
BIM Scope for Pinnacle
Pinnacle created the architectural and structural models of Rosslyn Central Place that boasts of 33 stories (Ground Floor Level to 30th Floor Level, Floor 31 Penthouse Level, Roof Level) including the basement (B1, B2 & B3). The office space starts from 75 feet above street level on the 8th floor and the view just gets better. Pinnacle deployed a team of 10 BIM Engineers (In-house), including project managers and collaborators located in US and India to create 3D architectural and structural models of the 34 floors, including the level above Mechanical room.
Pinnacle’s scope of work also included:
• Creation of 3D Models (LOD 300) for Architectural & Structural Trades for MEP Coordination (Clash Detection & Mitigation, Visualization)
• Architectural Modeling elements like Exterior Walls, Interior Walls, Ceiling, Soffit, Doors, Windows (as per schedule), Stairs and Railings
• Structural Models of Beams (Primary & Secondary as per the beam schedule), Columns, Joists/Trusses, Structural Slab/Metal Deck, CMU/Pre-cast walls, Footing, Foundation, Equipment Support System, Steel/Concrete Stair and other Structural Framing Components
• Constructability Review (Model Update to reflect changes resulting from Design changes, RFI Update & As-Built Update)
BIM Process involved Pinnacle’s In-House Team, Client & Consultant
Challenges & the Way Out:
1: Timeline - Pinnacle faced the challenge of completing the models of all the 34 floors within 27 working days.
PIS approach:
• PIS engaged a team of 10 engineers, divided into two groups – one for the architecture and the other for the structural modeling with clearly defined targets.
• PIS used Autodesk Revit for successfully completing the 3D Models.
2: Input Inconsistency
The Construction documents set had several inconsistencies that needed to be sorted out before the commencement of modeling.
PIS approach:
• The engineers checked and compared the Construction Documents for inconsistencies.
• Comparison documents were submitted showing inconsistent parameters. The proposed solution were given by Pinnacle and client’s approval was sought for the change.
• Over 85 RFIs were raised, where client’s decision was considered necessary. The RFIs were vetted by the client, who in turn escalated the same to the consultant for probable solution.
3: Coordination Problem among Services
Coordination was difficult as the structure of the building did not allow any service to pass through the beam/concrete wall, unless it was not conceived at the design stage and the space between false ceiling and the true ceiling was inadequate in many cases.
PIS approach:
• At places where coordination was genuinely impossible, RFIs were sent to the client/consultant to change the false ceiling height.
Hurdles Overcome with the Help of BIM
Input Challenges – BIM helped sort inconsistencies that were found in the input drawings.
Incomplete Information – In many cases, floor beam sizes, specifications and elevations were not available in the input documents. BIM identified the need for providing revised ceiling height and beam sizes that would provide the actual plenum space for MEP services. Besides, there were incomplete information related to wall types and design layout for hotel and residential units. RFIs were raised to resolve these issues.
Constructability Issues/ Reviews – There were some conflicts between architecture and structure, which could have affected the actual construction in terms of time, cost, manpower, material, etc. BIM minimized all these wastages.
Value Engineering:
• Modified ceiling height design to suit site constructability
• Modified beam size design to avoid issue in site construction
• Coordinated MEP services with Existing Structure and Interior Drawings
• Detected Design and Constructability Issues
• Facilitated Complete Coordination among all trades
Value Addition:
• Over 85 RFIs were raised pertaining to Missing Data, Conflicting Data, Constructability/ Aesthetic Issues, Maintenance Issues and Accessibility Issues
• More than 100 Clashes were resolved from BIM implementation
Summary
Autodesk Revit helped Pinnacle Infotech to plan using intelligent models and allowed team to anticipate, plan and coordinate every aspect of the project design, detailing, construction and maintenance. It helped to identify constructability issues before the construction by detecting the number of clashes, thus avoiding work stoppages, rework and wastage of time, material and manpower.
Biprajit Nag, Deputy General Manager, Pinnacle Infotech said - “Autodesk Revit BIM software helped us progress through each phase of the project, starting from floor setup to structural modeling. Pinnacle has reviewed critical areas in 3D for any changes made and evaluated space constraint successfully. BIM facilitated various design disciplines to collaborate in a flawless manner as a single information platform, enhancing work efficiency, reducing errors, verifying aesthetic looks and improving building performance.”
“Using Autodesk BIM software, we could easily create models with the help of cutaways, elevations and sections. We combined Revit & Navisworks software platforms to coordinate with subcontractors’ models as well as other disciplines and thus could avoid the cost of rework from the existence of clashes.” – added Sourav Banerjee, Manager, Pinnacle Infotech.
“Autodesk Revit has slashed the time consumed and helped the project to move forward. By managing project info though Revit, our team was able to complete the modeling within the strict deadline, focusing more on better engineering, construction oversight and client satisfaction.” - concluded Bimal Patwari, CEO & Biswaroop Todi, Vice President, Pinnacle Infotech.
Behind The Project:
• Architect - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners
• Engineer - Tadjer-Cohen-Edelson Associates
• MEP Contractor/Consultant - Dewberry
• General Contractor - Clark Construction Group, LLC
• Developer - The JBG Companies
Behind The Project:
Molly Raglani, Senior Project Manager - “Pinnacle was extremely responsive whenever issues arose. The desire to deliver a satisfactory product was very much appreciated.”
Mike Reisinger (Residential) – “Upon project kickoff, our project team was left with a complicated building design without a building model to coordinate with. Pinnacle Infotech quickly produced an accurate structural & architectural full building model to allow MEP coordination to begin almost immediately. Furthermore, the pinnacle detailers were extremely responsive when incorporating design changes into the program. More times than not, Pinnacle’s turn around when making model edits was less than 24 hours.”
P.J. Bombero, Project Manager (Office) – “The design of this project was completed prior to the use of 3D modeling and in order to perform MEP coordination a model needed to be developed. Pinnacle Infotech worked diligently with the team in order to produce the model in phases to allow the coordination process to begin on the below grade structure. The Pinnacle team worked to develop the model quickly, and provided multiple revisions based upon design changes from the Architectural and Structural design firms. Their quick turnaround and desire to provide a satisfactory model was essential in the MEP coordination process.”
Q. Please tell us about an interesting project/case study/product where technology is being implemented or has been implemented at Pinnacle Infotech?
Intelligent Tekla BIM Modeling Saves Time, Delivers Efficiency
About the Project
Escondido Village Stanford University (Graduate Residence) is one of the world’s leading teaching and research institutions, dedicated to find solutions for big challenges and preparing students. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top-ten universities. The project comprises of Four Residential Halls of Type 1 Construction (6, 8 & 10 stories) with a capacity of accommodating 2,400 beds. Currently, Stanford University has more than 55% increased student housing capacity, accommodating over 9,000 graduate students on campus.
4 Buildings – A, B, C, D
Building A comprises of Blocks A1-1 with 9 floors, A1-2 with 11 floors, A1-3 with 7 floors, A-4 with 11 floors, A5 1 with 9 floors, A5 2 with 11 floors & A-13 with 7 floorsBuilding B comprises of B3 with 7 floors, B5-1 with 9 floors, B5-2 with 11 floors, B8 with 11 floors, B 14-1 with 9 floors & B14-2 with 11 floorsBuilding C comprises of Blocks - C3 with 7 floors, C5-1 with 9 floors, C5-2 with 11 floors, C7-1 with 9 floors, C7-2 with 11 floors & C8 with 11 floorsBuilding D comprises of Blocks D9 with 11 floors, D10 with 9 floors, D11 with 11 floors and D12 with 7 floors. The purpose of using BIM is for new construction of concrete structure at the project bid stage.
The Project Showcased in Top Entries of Tekla Poster Competition
Pinnacle Infotech was shortlisted into the top 8 entries for the poster competition - “Creative Showcase by Tekla Customers” at Tekla User Days 2018 on 9th August, Chennai, India, showing how Tekla Software helped to resolve challenges for this project.
Facts on the Project
A. Project Type – Residential
B. Location - Palo Alto, California, USA–
C. Trades Covered: Precast Concrete Structure
D. LOD: 400
E. Software Used: Tekla 2016
F. BIM Start Date: October, 2016
G. BIM End Date: December, 2018
H. Project Area: 1,994,455.22 sq. ft.
I. Average Team Size: 10 Engineers
J. Architect: KSH Architects
K. Structural Engineer: John A. Martin &
Associates
L. Design-Build Pre-fabricator: Clark Pacific
M. Owner: Stanford University
N. Developer: Vance Brown
Project Specifications
 Four Buildings: Full Precast Structures
 Fully Prefabricated: 14,700 Precast Panels
 1,835,000 SF Residences
 1,025,000 SF Exterior Cladding
 Resilience: Designed to higher Class II Level than what is required by Code
 Over 30#/SF lighter than CIP structure (Over 50,000,000 lbs. total)
 20% Smaller Foundation
 4 Buildings Installed within 11 Months (with Cladding System)
 Building construction expected to commence in Fall 2017 with completion in
2021
Project Speciality
1. Total Precast Solution
2. Integrated Structure and Cladding
3. Glazing System Installed Off-site
4. Moment Frame System
5. Over 30#/SF lighter than CIP structure (Over 50,000,000 lbs. total)
Scope of Work
1. Preparation of Shop Drawing / 2D Drawings for Construction - Tekla Detailing
2. Concrete Lift Drawings - Elevation Drawings for Vertical Elements, Detail Drawings
3. 3D BIM Model Creation -
A. Foundation - Earthwork in Excavation, Deep Foundations, Footings/Shallow Foundations, Pile Cap, Grade Beams, Footing Presentation, Foundation Walls & Others
B. Horizontal Structural Component – Slab on Grade, Floor Slabs, Topping Slabs, Beams, Joist, Embeds, Metal Deck, Structural Floor, Structural Roof, Concrete Curbs, Drop Panels, Others
C. Vertical Structural Components - Structural Walls, Structural Wall Openings, Shear Walls, Shear Wall Penetrations, Columns, Column Caps, Ramps, Stairs, Retaining Walls, Lintels, Others
D. Other Structural Components – CMU Walls, Construction Joints, Sleeves, Water Stop, Equipment Pads, Concrete Deadman, Reinforcement, Others
E. Pre-Cast Elements - Tilt Up wall Panels, Hollow Core Slab, Joist, Pile, Beams, Columns, Corbel, Stair, Connection Details, Culverts, Monolithic Blocks, Parapets, Barriers, Others
1. Challenge - Collaboration Issue
Multiple Users Working Across Different Zones: In this precast concrete project, more than 40 people are involved in various segments to execute the model. As a result, it is difficult to progress the project smoothly. We required an effective collaborative software platform to increase the productivity and execute the construction process flawlessly. A cloud server (Model Sharing) is required to easily access the model and file with different time zones separately.
Solution - Tekla Software helped multiple users to work simultaneously in cloud server across different time zones of the world. We could easily work in Tekla without any trouble using master model sharing.
2. Challenge - Huge Number of Panels with Different Precast Elements
The precast modelling project involved 2228 nos. of precast wall panels, 5290 nos. of ribbed floor panels, 1250 nos. of beam panels, 4436 nos. of columns are involved and it was challenging to execute the project within the short & stipulated time frame specified by Clark Pacific.
Solution - After completing the reinforcement of the one panel, we reinforced the panels easily from one panel to another through ‘copy special’ command. This avoided the repeated work and saved time.
3. Challenge - Time-Line Challenge for Shop Drawing Preparation
Preparing quality shop drawings for all the panels within a short time was difficult
Solution - Clone drawing preparation is one of the key facets of using Tekla software. Using this process we created shop drawings for similar panels. It helped to reduce time for creating shop drawings.
4. Challenge - Difficulty in Maintaining the Numbering System of Reinforced Panel
In this huge precast concrete project, it is difficult to maintain the numbering system for all the panels. “Number system” is very essential to identify the particular panels as well as reinforcement for the whole project.
Working with “Numbering” system is a significant part of Tekla Software. If we required changing the Rebar Model, we have to execute “Perform Numbering” of this panel. “Perform Numbering” system helped us to easily get the bar mark of the Rebar from the model.
5. Challenge - Time-Consuming to Use Repeated Custom Components (Hardware)
Repeated use of components in precast panels likes embeds, hangers, lifters, couplers, etc.
We created lots of custom components for the purpose of modeling and used those custom components in the model.
6. Challenge - Schedule Constrain for getting BBS
Difficult to get the BBS in the shop drawing after reinforcement of the panels
We could easily get the BBS of the rebars from Tekla.
7. Challenge – Need to identify the Pouring
Pouring is essential in this precast project to identify which part is poured at a particular
Pouring is the most valuable option in Tekla. We showed the concrete model with different pouring in site.
8. Challenge – Need to identify the Phasing
Phasing is also essential for the purpose of representation and identification
Phasing showed the entire concrete model with different color regions (part by part or floor by floor). Consequently, it helped to easily identify a particular section of the entire concrete model.
9. Challenge – Need for Selection & Visibility Procedure
Selection & Visibility filter are also essential to select & identify a particular element or object from the entire model.
Solution - Selection as well as Visibility Filter is another significant aspect of Tekla. The software helped to identify any object with ease from the entire model.
10. Challenge – Difficulty in Calculating Panels for Site Transportation
Difficult to calculate the number of panels for Site Transportation - as a result of which the Transport Cost of the Pre-cast Contractor get enhanced
Solution - “Lotting” is the most important feature in Tekla. This helped us to easily measure group..
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Q. Please provide a bio about yourself.
A. Andy is considered one of the industry leaders in his field with over 16 years’ experience in the BIM environment. Working on large-scale, complex projects for high-profile clients, Andy has gained vast and diverse project experience throughout his career.
From the start of his career in his native Australia Andy has been working alongside Architects, Engineers and Consultancies, developing and incorporating BIM strategies on a number of projects. For the past 10 years, he has been helping clients in the UK to implement BIM processes, workflows and technologies into their business.
As BIM Manager with a leading surveying company, Andy made a name for himself by publishing a BIM Survey Specification, now widely adopted throughout the UK construction industry.
Andy founded Digital Inc. in 2015 with one main objective (passion!) in mind... to bring highly efficient digital workflows, processes and technology (with a superior customer service) to the construction industry -all with BIM at its core. At a relatively young age, Digital Inc. has quickly gained a reputation as the rapid and agile BIM solution. Since founding Digital Inc., Andy has helped clients save both money and time, as well as overcome countless challenges and bottlenecks, whilst consistently delivering the highest standards of quality and service.
As Managing Director of Digital Inc., Andy combines his knowledge and efficiencies of global sourcing with his BIM expertise and management skills. Digital Inc. is now the AEC industry’s ‘one-stop shop’ for quality, trusted experts, and technical support on demand.
Q. Please tell us about DIGITAL Inc.
A. As BIM specialists, we combine cutting-edge technology with highly optimised processes in…
BIM Execution & ManagementDesign & Engineering BIM Services (2D, 3D, 4D, 5D modelling & coordination)BIM Object Creation for Manufacturers3D Measured SurveysImmersive CGI & AnimationsDigital Building & Asset Management Solutions
Our skilled global workforce and strong local knowledge, coupled with our lean and agile business model, enables high-quality deliverables within rapid work programs – at costs far lower than expected.
Local knowledge, global power: We aggregate an agile workforce on a global scale.
Optimisation: With industry-leading expertise, we create highly optimised, fit-for-purpose BIM and project solutions.
Speed: Our large and scalable workforce enables rapid programs and immediate availabilities.
Excellence: Everything we deliver is quality controlled to the highest standard.
Value: We promise revolutionary value and client satisfaction.
Our clients receive a first-class bespoke service, every time, on every project. We provide access to the most talented experts and engineers, enabling increased productivity and quality.
Q. Please tell us about the culture and philosophy for Digital Innovation at DIGITAL Inc?
A. To remain the leading on-demand solution for the AEC industry, we continually review our working practices. We are constantly seeking more efficient ways of delivering the highest quality service in the fastest programs for the lowest costs. Much of this is made possible due to intelligent application of technology and digital innovation, and a significant portion of our revenue is invested in research and development. The core and culture of our business is to provide modern, cutting edge processes, not just within our own workflows but to leverage our clients’ productivity.
With current technology and connectivity, our industry is evolving into a global marketplace of highly skilled individuals and teams with expertise in various sectors. We seek, test and build relationships with the best resource and technology available, maximising potential by joining forces with other experts (local or global) to form the ultimate solution.
We also want to demystify BIM and battle-test glorified technological advancements when possible, delivering simple, elegant solutions to complex problems. We continually monitor all notable innovations within our industry, and as an agile business, we can easily invest and test the most promising ones.
Our team is comprised of specialists and experts in their particular field. They have a solid grasp of the technology and its applications, and can advise on which innovations are worth our investment. Our philosophy is based on continual development, nothing ever considered a waste of time, any work done is always of benefit to the company - be it a success or a lesson! We are continually trialling the latest tech and software to maximise the benefits of each and discover how these could potentially form part of an optimised process.
As a testament to our digital innovation, clients tell us we are their first port of call for innovations and solutions to daily challenges.
Q. Please tell us about DIGITAL Inc’s work on “Echo building, Liverpool”.
A. The client, Trinity Mirror, engaged Corstorphine + Wright as lead architects for their major refurbishment programme. One of the first problems identified was the lack of information on the structural make-up of the building. Corstorphine + Wright approached us to undertake a BIM-ready survey with a full laser scan and a ‘TruView’ 360 photographic record. This gave the project team a vast amount of accurate data on the current condition of the building, allowing them to spot any hazardous areas or anomalies in the structure.
From point cloud data, we created an LOD300 BIM survey of the tower and the podium. With the building having had multiple uses over the years, we uncovered several surprises, including hidden structures in the ceiling and mezzanine levels. These discoveries added to the time pressures on an already tight refurbishment programme, and we had to work closely with the design team, ensuring they had all the information to make swift decisions and keep the project on track.
During the survey and modelling process, we provided the client with regular weekly reports and progressive deliveries. As there were several issues, uncovering hidden rooms and structures, it was important that the client was kept fully up to date and alerted to any possible setbacks.
The Revit model was eventually delivered ahead of schedule due to our rapid production and QC processes. This enabled the Architects to coordinate their design with much greater accuracy and confidence. It also highlighted inaccuracies in the historical information, potentially saving the client vast amounts of time and money on abortive works.
As we carry out more and more of these surveys, our clients are realising the significant impact a thorough 3D measured survey delivered in BIM can have on de-risking their projects. For a relatively small upfront investment, it pays for itself many times over during design and construction.
Q. Please tell us about an interesting project/case study/product where technology is being implemented or has been implemented at DIGITAL Inc?
A. Being a primarily digital business, almost every project we deliver has had developmental technology implemented. Often it is to improve our own internal productivity and speed of quality assurance. However, we regularly implement these technological advancements for our clients’ projects and workflows.
Typically, we utilise various plug-ins for software such as BIM Collab, Enscape, Kinship, etc., combined with in-house automated processes, scripting in python or dynamo and the use of software such as BIM360, Navisworks, Solibri and Revizto. It depends on the type of work we are doing and/or support we are providing.
Tracking tools and information exchange platforms help with communication between suppliers and clients, and we are big users of common technology such as Skype and even Dropbox. The key to utilising technology successfully is finding the balance between something that is cutting-edge but also accessible and affordable to all parties.
We were recently parachuted in to a distressed BIM project on a very large distribution warehouse for a major retailer. The initial project setup and understanding of the BIM deliverables were not correctly executed from the project kick off. Basically, the client’s instruction was to “do BIM” and the supply chain scrambled in their own way to make it work. Unfortunately, this led to targets and technology being utilised without a clear route as to how to achieve the Asset Information Model that was desired. The M&E model was poorly created by a prior BIM consultancy and it was too late in the project schedule to start again. This meant we needed to implement a variety of processes and technologies to repair and continue their model and ensure it was fully coordinated. Using technologies described above, we delivered the model within the very tight program - and helped our immediate client complete the project successfully.
The lessons learned from this mean we now ensure a systematic approach to projects is always implemented on behalf of the client. A clear set of documentation and execution planning will guide the users in providing the client with an efficient and information rich asset model.
We are currently developing our own bespoke technology, an easy-to-use platform to cater for design and building management. This is in response to conversations with our owner-operator clients who are struggling to find appropriate solutions to managing BIM data for their building assets. At this stage, it is still very much work in progress, so watch this space!
Q. Please tell us about DIGITAL Inc’s Digital Building Management process to overcome 21st-Century Challenges.
A. A project – be it refurbishment, new build or digital asset conversion – delivered correctly in a BIM environment gives owners and occupiers full control and visibility of their asset in digital/virtual form. The current challenge we face with this is how to hand over this data rich asset information model and help clients to manage it in a user-friendly way. The FM sector is diverse, and standards are not clear-cut, or well-aligned to the construction sector.
Employers Information Requirements and BIM execution plans are essential for ensuring the correct information is provided at handover. However, ensuring the client/operator is able to easily understand, work with, manage, and update the information is one of the current challenges our industry has yet to conquer.
We are currently developing solutions of our own that will help bridge this gap. There is a wide range of smart management software on the market today, but most requires upskilling, hefty investments and long-term contracts that are not necessarily aligned with BIM. We are building a solution that is lightweight, simple, web-based, and bi-directionally linked with the asset information model. It will empower the operators to maintain and track relevant information within the asset without being locked into specific software or hardware. Updating information in spaces can be as simple as photographic records with interactive tagging all linked to a shared database. We are also looking into integrating smart meters to enhance off-site management capabilities.
The key to all of this is making it as ‘open and flexible’ as possible. Many new solutions coming to the market are quite restrictive and tend to not allow the user/owner to have full access and control of the data. The software must be as bespoke as possible to cater to various requirements and security issues, and most importantly, to make it user-friendly for a diverse sector.
Q. Finally, please share your thoughts on how Integrated Design and Construction will impact the AECOO industry in the next five years?
A. I greatly wish that we see a majorly positive and tangible impact within the next five years. However, our industry is historically a slow-moving beast and radical change is not something welcomed with open arms! That being said, modern communication, collaboration and technological advancements both digitally and physically, are creating new and exciting sub-industries. Once proven, we will see this filtered back up into mainstream design and construction – or perhaps the new agile technology-based systems will become the norm. Whilst the AEC consultancies and contractors are already seeing the benefits during design and build, it is the owners and operators who are set to gain the most - but who are not yet realising or utilising the full benefits.
The manufacturing industry has significantly improved its levels of productivity, quality, and profitability over the past 30 years. In the construction industry, similar levels of improvement have not been achievable. BIM is a technological process that is simply bringing the AECOO industry into the 21st Century, and it has been available to us for over 30 years now. It could be said that the division of the industry’s management structures and processes are the underlying cause of the waste and inefficiencies, keeping costs high and margins low. Integrated Design and Construction would lead to the construction process becoming more like manufacturing, allowing contractors to make similar improvements to those seen in the manufacturing industries.
What we should see within the next five years is the ability to communicate in a more detailed, fluid fashion, whereas previously, markups and email exchanges have been restricted by red tape. When legal and contractual implications are ironed out, current technology allows faster, more efficient and more accurate detailed communication – which ensures more coordinated designs, faster decision making, mitigated construction risks, faster ROI, and verified asset information models (digital twins). This enables better facility management, maintenance forecasting and profitability.
The concept of smart cities and buildings will be the eventual outcome/realisation from the workflows, procedures and libraries built up by the AECOO industry.
Thank you for taking the time to share with us!
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Line-up of 100 conference speakers announced including new keynotes from National Geographic and IBM
March 28, 2019 (Anaheim, California, USA) – The organizers of AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, the premier co-located events focusing on technology for the built world and commercial 3D technology respectively, announced the full conference program including three additional keynote speakers today.
Joining MiMi Aung of NASA JPL on Wednesday, May 22 is Dr. Robert S. Sutor, VP, IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM with a presentation titled Quantum Computing: A View to the Future. Joining Jon Snoddy of Disney Imagineering on Thursday, May 23 is a joint keynote with Fredrik Hiebert, Fellow at National Geographic, and Kathryn Keane, VP, Public Programming, and Director at National Geographic Museum with their presentation titled Virtual 3D Technologies for Immersive Archeological Experiences.
“We are delighted to announce the latest Keynote additions,” said Linda McLaughlin, Conference Program Manager, Diversified Communications. “We’re all curious to hear about the changes quantum computing will bring and the currently intractable challenges it may solve from Robert’s presentation. And I’m very much looking forward to Fredrik and Kathryn exploring the possibilities for using technology to share the world’s archeological treasures.”
The five distinguished keynote speakers will be joined by more than 100 other innovative technology leaders. AEC Next and SPAR 3D Conference programs feature their own unique technical education programs separately, and merge together for these insightful keynotes. Conference programming begins with Product Previews on the morning of Tuesday, May 21st and continues for three full days. The full program can be viewed here.
“We’re thrilled with the AEC Next agenda – it represents a broad array of innovative technologies applied to the AEC industry. Everything from AR/VR and blockchain to the evolution of ‘traditional’ design and construction practices is on the agenda,” commented Bill Emison, Conference Chair, Diversified Communications. “We’re focused on delivering client success stories featuring AEC leaders which allow attendees to understand how emerging technologies are impacting the entire industries.”
Speaking about the SPAR 3D Conference program, Ms. McLaughlin added “I’m particularly excited for the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) sessions which are new at SPAR 3D this year. These sessions focus on the integration of tools and workflows for specific projects such as LAX, Caltrans, and Giant Mines. Major players along the value chain, from asset owners to contractors, will describe the entire workflow from as-is conditions assessment to processing and deliverables, the hardware and software used, integration of disparate data sets, data handoff, new visualization technologies utilized such as AR/VR and holography, and ancillary benefits of using 3D technologies.”
Registration
Registration for AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is now open. Event organizers recommend AEC and 3D technology professionals register early for the best price and to avoid lines onsite. Registrants may register for either conference to attend the joint keynote presentations along with the rest of their selected conference program, or may elect to register for an All Access Pass to gain admittance to all conference sessions on both programs. Register here.
About AEC Next and SPAR 3D Co-Location
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference will be co-located with SPAR 3D Expo and Conference 2019 for the second consecutive year. Together, the events will feature thought leaders from around the globe in two distinct conference programs. Exhibits will be integrated into one large vendor-neutral exhibit hall allowing all attendees full access to all vendors. Networking events and multiple live-demonstrations areas will also be available to all attendees. Registrants have the option of AEC Next or SPAR 3D conference passes or an All Access pass to attend both conferences.
About AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference is North America’s leading vendor-neutral trade show and conference focusing on the implementation and integration of built world technology spanning the entire project life-cycle. Vendors offer hardware, software and services, emerging technology, and building/construction products complementing a comprehensive education program. Learn more at www.aecnext.com.
About SPAR 3D Expo & Conference
SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is the premier international event for the commercial application of 3D technologies focused on 3D sensing, 3D processing, and 3D visualization tools. From sensing with drones, mobile rigs, and hand-held devices to using augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality visualization tools, everything 3D is here at the only vendor-neutral, industry-agnostic event in the market. Learn more at www.spar3d.com/event.
About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.divcom.com.
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2019 keynote sessions featuring technology thought leaders from NASA JPL and Walt Disney Imagineering have been announced for AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference
February 27, 2019 (Anaheim, California, USA) – The organizers of AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, the premier co-located events focusing on technology for the built world and commercial 3D technology respectively, announced two keynote speakers today. MiMi Aung, Project Manager for Mars Helicopter, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Jon Snoddy, R&D Studio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering will be the highly anticipated keynotes.
“We are thrilled to have MiMi and Jon sharing their vision with us in Anaheim this spring,” said Linda McLaughlin, Conference Program Manager, Diversified Communications. “These technology leaders are changing what’s achievable in our world and beyond; it’s an exciting time for 3D technologies and they are leading the charge.”
MiMi Aung will present the first keynote Mars Helicopter – Adding Autonomous Aerial Mobility to Open Doors to New Classes of Planetary Exploration. Ms. Aung will draw on her experiences working with deep space autonomous systems and line management of technical organizations to relate to and inspire the audience of technical experts and leaders.
The final day of the conference will kick off with a keynote focusing on Collaborative Design from Jon Snoddy. Mr. Snoddy will explain how he’s working collaboratively with scientists, artists, and engineers across robotics, AI, displays, visual computing, materials, and interactive storytelling to create the next generation of Disney characters, rides, experiences, and more.
“The innovative thinking about not just technology, but collaborative design and multi-disciplinary integration at both NASA and Walt Disney is relevant to us all,” continued Ms. McLaughlin. “The new ideas for combining commercial technology solutions with human creativity at NASA and Walt Disney opens our minds to new possibilities.”
AEC Next and SPAR 3D feature their own unique technical education programs separately and merge together for these insightful keynotes as well as networking opportunities and one shared, vendor-neutral exhibit hall. Ms. Aung and Mr. Snoddy headline an impressive lineup of more than 100 speakers presenting at either AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference 2019. See the full list of speakers here www.aecnext.com/speakers.
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Registration for AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is now open. Event organizers recommend AEC and 3D technology professionals register early for the best price and to avoid lines onsite. Registrants may register for either conference to attend the joint keynote presentations along with the rest of their selected conference program, or may elect to register for an All Access Pass to gain admittance to all conference sessions on both programs. To register, please visit https://xpressreg.net/register/aesp0519/landing.asp?sc=207793
About AEC Next and SPAR 3D Co-Location
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference will be co-located with SPAR 3D Expo and Conference 2019 for the second consecutive year. Together, the events will feature thought leaders from around the globe in two distinct conference programs. Exhibits will be integrated into one large vendor-neutral exhibit hall allowing all attendees full access to all vendors. Networking events and multiple live-demonstrations areas will also be available to all attendees. Registrants have the option of AEC Next or SPAR 3D conference passes or an All Access pass to attend both conferences.
About AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference is North America’s leading vendor-neutral trade show and conference focusing on the implementation and integration of built world technology spanning the entire project life-cycle. Vendors offer hardware, software and services, emerging technology, and building/construction products complementing a comprehensive education program. Learn more at www.aecnext.com.
About SPAR 3D Expo & Conference
SPAR 3D Expo & Conference is the premier international event for the commercial application of 3D technologies focused on 3D sensing, 3D processing, and 3D visualization tools. From sensing with drones, mobile rigs, and hand-held devices to using augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality visualization tools, everything 3D is here at the only vendor-neutral, industry-agnostic event in the market. Learn more at www.spar3d.com/event.
About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.divcom.com.
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Canada BIM Council by Canada Bim Council - 3M ago
The built environment is becoming more complex and connected. In the age of Virtual Design and Construction, the Internet of Things and Machine Learning, the breadth of required knowledge and resources is ever-growing. The infrastructure and technology sectors are becoming increasingly integrated, but there is a lack of mutual communication and understanding. A close relationship between the two industries, along with government cooperation, offers profound benefits to the National Capital Region.
Drawing from years of experience, the dbNCR team has recognized the gap that currently exists between the powerful and forward-thinking players in these sectors. Vision, guidance and facilitation is currently offered at the National level in Canada, however no single organization has yet brought the National Capital Region community into a single space wherein vision, innovation, challenges and opportunities can collide to be resolved to collective benefit.
dbNCR’s mission is to build and facilitate the connections needed to create a smarter National Capital Region
INNOVATION AND GROWTH
By bridging the divide between these traditionally separate groups, we highlight the capabilities and opportunities available in the NCR. We encourage construction and technology to come together and explore how the built environment can evolve and offer better value to owners, local government and citizens. The National Capital Region provides the unique benefit of robust leadership in both the technology and construction industries, several post-secondary educational institutions performing cutting edge research and multiple governmental groups driving forward thinking policy. With dbNCR’s facilitation between industry and government leaders at the National, Provincial and Municipal levels we create a community environment that can only exist in the unique context of a National Capital and sister-cities. Horizontal sharing of vision, knowledge, and government resources, between Industry, Researchers, Innovators, and all levels of government is well-timed to align with the:
•Government of Canada’s intention to adopt a Digital Transformation Strategy
for the Construction Sector
•Province of Ontario’s intention to mandate BIM for Infrastructure Projects
•Existing mandate in Quebec for Infrastructure Projects
•Government of Canada Innovation Budget
•Invest Ottawa’s extensive role in bringing Innovation to the Capital
•City of Ottawa Smart City Strategy
•National Capital Commission’s 3D Capital Modelling Project.
INITIATING DISCUSSION
dbNCR hosts a variety of mediums to allow connection and interaction between the key stakeholders in the region. From in-person seminars, presentations and discussions, to online forums and newsletters, we reach a wide audience of forward thinkers. As an affiliate of CanBIM and buildingSMART Canada, we embrace an open approach to interoperability and collaboration. This open philosophy allows the best ideas to naturally emerge and be tested by discussion and collaboration between multiple perspectives. Our free personal membership allows anyone in our region to add their unique perspective to the discussion and creates an
inclusive environment.
The increased level of cooperation and integration between key stakeholders grants dbNCR the ability to centralize the region’s innovation and knowledge. Maintaining a close relationship with partners allows us to be a conduit for governments, major property owners and other key infrastructure bodies, bringing them the latest technology, methods and resources available. dbNCR will connect the right groups together to build a better National Capital Region.
BÂTIR DES LIENS
L’industrie de la construction devient de plus en plus complexe et connectée. Dans l’âge de la Construction et Conception Virtuelle, l’Internet des Objets et l’intelligence artifcielle, les besoins de ressources et de connaissances approfondies ne cessent de croître. Les domaines des infrastructures et des technologies deviennent de plus en plus intégrés, mais il y a un manque au niveau de la communication et de la compréhension mutuelle. Une relation plus approfondie entre les deux industries, avec la collaboration du gouvernement et des corporations éducatives, offrirait des avantages énormes à la Région de la Capitale-Nationale.
En s’inspirant de ses années d’expériences, l’équipe de dbNCR a reconnu l’écart qui existe présentement entres les dirigeants et les innovateurs de cette industrie. Présentement, on peut retrouver au Canada, du support pour la vision et l’orientation dans le domaine du bâti numérique, cependant aucune organisation n’a encore uni la communauté de la Région de la Capitale Nationale dans le but de transformer les visions, les innovations, les défs et les opportunités de chacun à des avantages et des progrès collectifs à l’industrie.
La mission de dbNCR est de contribuer à bâtir des relations et faciliter les échanges des intervenants du domaine.
ENCOURAGER L’INNOVATION ET LA CROISSANCE
En unissant les divers intervenants, on expose les capacités et les opportunités présentes dans la Région de la Capitale Nationale. Notre organisation encourage les domaines de la construction et de la technologie à s’unir et à explorer comment l’environnement bâti peut évoluer et offrir des avantages aux propriétaires, auxgouvernements locaux et aux citoyens. La Région de la Capitale Nationale offre des bénéfces uniques avec ses nombreuses institutions scolaires post-secondaires et entités gouvernementales poussant l’expertise et la recherche avancée dans l’industrie de la construction numérique.
Avec la capacité de dbNCR de tisser des liens entre les experts de l’industrie et les dirigeants des gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et municipaux, nous créons une communauté propice à l’innovation et unique en son genre entre la Capitale Nationale et sa ville soeur. Une collaboration inclusive des visions
des connaissances, et des ressources gouvernementales, entre l’Industrie, les Chercheurs, les Innovateurs et les multiples paliers du gouvernement tombe à point pour s’aligner avec :
•Les intentions du Gouvernement du Canada d’adopter une transformation
numérique pour le secteur de la construction;
•Les intentions de la province d’Ontario d’utiliser le BIM pour les projets
d’infrastructures;
•Le mandat existant de la province de Québec pour les projets d’infrastructures;
•Le budget d’innovation du Gouvernement du Canada;
•Le rôle d’Invest Ottawa de mousser l’innovation dans la Capitale;
•La stratégie ‘’Ville Intelligente’’ de la ville d’Ottawa;
•Le projet de modélisation de la région par la Commission de la Capitale
Nationale
DÉMARRER LA DISCUSSION
L’organisation dbNCR organise des évènements afn de permettre le réseautage des divers intervenants signifcatifs de la région. En créant des séminaires en personne, des présentations, des discussions, des forums en ligne et des journaux numériques, nous pouvons atteindre une audience variée de penseurs et d’innovateurs.
En étant afflié au groupe CanBIM et buildingSMART Canada, nous adoptons et visons une stratégie d’interconnectivité et de collaboration. Cette philosophie permet l’émergence de meilleures idées, testées et fondées sur des discussions et collaborations venant de plusieurs perspectives. De plus, l’abonnement sans frais permet à n’importe dans la région d’amener leurs points de vue et expertises uniques à la discussion, créant ainsi un environnement inclusif.
Ce niveau de collaboration et d’intégration supérieur entre les parties prenantes
donne à dbNCR l’habileté de centraliser l’innovation et les connaissances de la Région de la CapitaleNationale. Maintenir une relation de proximité avec les partenaires nous permet aussi d’être un point de référence pour les gouvernements, propriétaires et entités d’infrastructure, leur offrant ainsi les récentes technologies, méthodes et ressources disponibles. L’organisation dbNCR tient à rassembler les bons groupes afn de bâtir une meilleur Région de la Capitale Nationale.
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Canada BIM Council by Canada Bim Council - 4M ago
The new year is upon us and it’s time for resolutions and wishes for 2019. We asked buildingSMART Canada and CanBIM board members what their top three wishes for BIM in Canada were for 2019.
buildingSMART Canada:
Bill Moore, President:
For commitment from all levels of Canadian government to support and promote the digital transformation of Canada’s built environment.For buildingSMART Canada/CanBIM to establish meaningful engagement across all levels of Canada’s linear Infrastructure sector (which represents a significant portion of Canada’s built environment), and who serve as essential stakeholders to truly digitize Canada.For thriving buildingSMART Canada/CanBIM working committees, challenged with developing/rationalizing standards, best practices and resources aimed at facilitating the transformation of Canada’s built environment.
Susan Keenliside, Vice-President:
Recognition that investment in construction industry innovation is a key enabler of economic growth and job development. Recognition that a digital revolution in the construction industry is a major step change with measurable improvements.Recognition that a national voice for BIM/Digital Construction exists in the joint approach by buildingSMART Canada and CanBIM.
John Hale, Vice-President:
For Canada’s Real Property Sector to truly recognize the value of digitalization, and develop a clear mandate and road map for digitizing Canada’s built environment.For buildingSMART Canada/CanBIM to advocate the importance of BIM within the context of Life Cycle Asset Management.Truly integrated FM Handover! Now is the time for Open BIM objects that enable seamless data flow through all life cycle phases (planning / design / construction / operations).
Claudia Cozzitorto, Director:
- Adoption of BIM at all levels of government as a collective effort in the digital transformation of the Canadian built environment.- An understanding of Open BIM and its importance by all stakeholders- An awareness and use of the Canadian BIM resources in Canada already available to aid in implementation.
Claude Giguère, Director:
- A completely interoperable streamlined Open BIM process from project inception up to decommissioning;- A good understanding by all Project Stakeholders of the different needs of each Party;- No more requirements to use non BIM (2D) softwares in projects. All projects to be performed in BIM softwares.
Erik Poirier, Director:
That government bodies across Canada really buy-in to the digital transformation of the built environment and allocate appropriate resources and effortThat open BIM principles become more and more integrated into everyday practiceThat Canada asserts itself (more) on the world stage and showcase its capabilities, consensus-based and collaborative approach to BIM deployment across the country, namely through increased alignment between bSC and CanBIM.
CanBIM
Thom Strong, President:
I’d like to see more development of the merger of the GIS/ BIM worlds. More meaningful steps to create fluid exchange of data.Would like to see Canada further strengthen our leadership role in the AI space, specifically for the AEC & FM industries. More startups or Canadian based startups emerging.Would like to see a Canadian standard addendum that owners and developers can incorporate into their RFP process that makes asking for and responding to BIM requirements more uniform and routine.
Ian Trudeau, Treasurer:
- Government mandate to use BIM on all public projects- Dissolution of existing legacy CAD standards by authorities (such as transit bodies)- Complete integration of CanBIM and BSC
Scott Chatterton, Director:
I reflect Bill’s #1 comment.Greater international engagement and presence. Supporting and fostering international BIM development and developing international relationships supporting BIM Industry and development within Canada and Canadians overseas. Monitoring and mining BIM development and advances outside of Canada.Strengthen Committee engagement and involvement within the industry through effective organization and support/resources and leadership of committee leaders. Including cross collaboration of committees.
Susan Brattberg, Director:
That Canadian companies embrace BIM and support training and collaboration for all BIM stakeholdersUnified message, resources, support for Canadian companies from CanBIM and bScCanada gets international recognition for its innovative and collaborative approach and stays competitive at a global level
Brent Mauti, Director:
Federal government giving interoperable governance around Digital Transformation / application of BIM.Provide a national “frame of reference”, creating a Canadian-ized application of ISO 19650 (which is the internal standard for the UK’s BS 1192).Fully unified CANBIM and BSC
Best wishes to all our members, partners and subscribers. 2019 will be a big one for digital transformation in Canada!
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