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8:45 am - 9:00 am
Introduction: Randall Stevens, Chairman, BCS
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9:00 am - 9:45 am
Keynote: Driving Increased Visibility through 3D Bid Management. Presented by: Don Henrich, President & CEO, Assemble Systems & Construct Connect
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Presented by:
Don Henrich, President & CEO, Assemble Systems and their ConstructConnect Customer

Experience how AEC firms leverage BIM to create insights into their projects, improve project collaboration and drive data-based decision-making. In today’s preconstruction process, general contractors can now access, analyze, and share 3D model data for the purposes of model validation, document comparison, and streamlined bid management. In this session you will see and hear the vision of Assemble Systems and iSqFt, a ConstructConnect company, as they share their vision on BIM’s current and future impact on the estimating process.

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Quick Fire Exhibitor Introductions

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
BCS

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Design / Build Perspective: "How are Contractors using my Model?"
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BCS

Presented by:
Jeffrey A. Pinheiro, AIA, Creator, TheRevitKid

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BIM Fundamentals
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
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Presenters:
Chris Di Iorio, Chief Executive Officer, ENGWorks
Marcus Fich, Business Development Manager, Grundfos

Moderated by:
David Bandi, Thomas AEC
Mike Collins GPD

Learning Objective

If you have just a basic knowledge of BIM this session will provide you a deeper understanding on key elements such as content types, software tools, marketing tools and best practices to help develop the foundation for your digital BIM strategy.


Section 1: Why BIM should have a major impact on your bottom line

“If you are not in the conversation about how and why you should develop content you may be doing a disservice to your customers, design professionals and your company, if you don’t learn how to support the workflows of your customers customer then you are missing the point of BIM”.


Section 2: The Basics

Who - Knowing your audience is critical, millennials have no brand loyalty and user experience determines decisions where your content resides.

What - is BIM content. File formats, generic, typicals, specs, submittals, MSDS, CEU’s etc. One size does not fit all. If you have an international presence, do you need need multi lingual, multi format, multi version content such as Revit, Archicad, Sketchup, Vectorworks, Bentley, IFC.

Where - Effective distribution is critical, your website is so important.

Why - Committing to a BIM strategy fundamentally changes your digital marketing strategy because products are now selected earlier in the design process and performance attributes matter.


How does this impact your ability to be selected, specified and installed?

Section 3: Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Plenty of time left for Q&A to help answer individual questions that can be discussed within the group .

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm
AVAIL Lunch Sponsor Address

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm
AVAIL Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
BCS

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop 1
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1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
A Manufacturers ROI - The Business Case of BIM
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Chris Di Iorio, Chief Executive Officer, ENGWorks
Marcus Fich, Business Development Manager, Grundfos

Moderated by:
David Bandi, Thomas AEC
Mike Collins GPD

Learning Objective

This session will dive deeper into what everyone discussed in the first session. You will hear real world examples of the role content played within the project lifecycle, how it was used and what were the key attributes that made up the ROI business case for funding a BIM strategy.


Section 1: BIM Project Use

Chris Di Lori and Marcus Fich will present a unique perspective of BIM projects they were involved with, and where they had to use different content formats and tools to illustrate the challenges of delivering a quality construction ready BIM project. Focus will be specifically on content quality, types, availability, what made their job easier or harder and what criteria determined product selection.


Section 2: Crafting a BIM Strategy & Business Case

As a BPM you must try and justify all this expense. What can we be doing better to leverage our vast library of product data, what available resources internal & external do we use. What technologies should we deploy to justify that I am spending wisely. These are the topics we will tackle to help demystify the process.

Analytics/Metrics/Measurement – We will highlight what kind of data is available, from whom and why it matters as a key part of your ROI case.


Section 3: Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Plenty of time left for Q&A to help answer individual questions that can be discussed within the group .

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 1: Choose from a range of round table topics.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables:

•Content Management 401
•Now That I Have All of This Content - What in the Hell Do I Do with It?
•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?
•What Does Data Actually Mean?

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BIM...Content...Specifications! - If they can’t see it, you can’t sell it… It’s time we all spoke the same language...
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Justin James, Virtual Design Consultant / Founder & CEO, REACH-Consulting Ltd.
Jim Conger, BIM Specification Specialist, Dodge Data & Analytics

This session bridges the gap between the technical need and the manufacturers wants. There is no them and us anymore, we breakdown the language barrier between the practical and technical. We appreciate how one member of the team will want to see some technical details, while another will only need to see an overview. We help explain how to make this possible, to please everyone! This session provides a unique opportunity to break down the barriers between BIM content experts and manufacturers, giving you the chance to hear what is really needed from both sides of the industry.

We will discuss methods, tools and benefits for increasing visibility of products for the design teams, owner and facility management teams, that will work for everyone!

Why are visual tools so important? Well, because it’s what our brains like!

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Panel Session: How Data and the Quality of Information is Transforming the Relationship Between Practitioners and Manufacturers. Moderator: Russ Dalton, BIM Director, AECOM
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Speaker:
Russ Dalton, BIM Director, AECOM

A discussion for how data and the quality of information is transforming the relationship between practitioners and manufacturers.

  • Vision for data exchange between disciplines during building life cycle
  • How do we build a cost-efficient service model for new construction and ongoing FM
  • What opportunities are there for more efficient tools to manage this process?
  • How are BPMs affected by these changes?

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Day 1 Wrap Up

5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
The BCS Live Event and Networking Drinks
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
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Bring your talent to BCS Live! A casual evening geeking out with the opportunity to win some great prizes for those who wish to stick around! Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Wed Aug 2
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Registration & Breakfast
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Chairperson's Introduction to Day 2
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Unlocking Sales Transformation – Winning the Deals that Matter. Presenter Patrick Morrissey, CMO, Altify
9:15 am - 10:15 am
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Presenter:
Patrick Morrissey, Chief Marketing Officer, Altify

While the world of technology and sales has changed dramatically over the last several years, companies have changed very little, and often suffered for it. Winning the deals that matter requires a rethink their sales process and account management in order to accelerate sales velocity. Industry leaders like Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Honeywell are re-thinking how they align their solutions to people and problems in order to drive sustainable business success. This session will explore insights on connecting buyers and sellers, explore market trends shaping sales, and provide insight on align your solutions to your customer’s problems in order to accelerate sales success.

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
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10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 2: Choose from a range of round table sessions
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
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Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 3: Choose from a range of round table topics
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Event Series
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•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•What content do I need? (All of it); When do I need it (right now!)?

•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
BCS

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 4: Choose from a range of round table topics
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•Now that I have got all this content, what the hell do I do with it?

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Facilitated Wrap-Up
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4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Drinks
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
BCS

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DTS
Wed Aug 2
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast
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DTS

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Ghosts of Innovations Past & the Future
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What innovations have we seen in the past and how can we use that recognition to anticipate the future?

10:20 am - 10:30 am
Morning Tea Service
DTS

10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Technology & Innovation: In a relationship or just friends?
10:30 am - 12:20 pm
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Design Technology and the platforms we have available to us have both advanced significantly and perhaps not at all. In any case we can do a lot more than we could a decade ago so why aren’t we happy? What do we need to innovate or where is Innovation required?

12:10 pm - 1:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address - Ideate Software
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Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
DTS

Lunch (1hr) Sponsor Message (15mins)

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1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
What should we be doing to help shape the future of our practice?
1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
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We’ve spent nearly a day discussing innovation in our industry, its past, its present and possible future; what does all of that potentially mean to people like us, i.e. Design Technologists. What is/will our role be in the future as technology changes/ improves?

3:25 pm - 3:35 pm
Afternoon Tea Service
DTS

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
Wrap-up Discussion
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Reception
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Data Day
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8:00 am - 8:15 am
Data Day
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Registration & Gather
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DD

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Welcome
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9:20 am - 10:05 am
It's all just data
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DD

Keynote | It’s all just data

Speakers:
Jon Anunson, Senior Global Manager, Process & Metrics, AECOM

Abstract Summary
The design process generates lots of data.  Not just our design output, but what we do, with what tools, for how long, and to what outcome.  This is a look at finding intelligence and business benefit in the broader ecosystem of project delivery data.

BIG Data, Data Center, Data Warehouse, Data Lake. These are in vogue terms in many industries today, and very powerful tools that can be leveraged to inform strategic decisions, but can we benefit from these concepts in our own practices?  In our industry, we’re primarily focused on delivering data for our clients. BIM, media / content, designs, solutions; these are information rich data sources, but they’re not the only data sources we can benefit from.

In this class, we’ll say, “It’s All Data to me” and look at utilizing a broader perspective on the data you can use to understand and improve your business. It’s becoming easier and easier to answer questions like, “What licenses am I consuming and what does that mean to me?" But what else does our usage and process information begin to tell us? Can we use these big data techniques to help us answer these questions and more?

We’ll look at a case study of using design technology licensing software as a source of useful data about business processes, health, and maturity, and discuss applications of big data techniques around the management of design tools, licensing, even talent and user behaviour! The data that is generated AROUND our production can help us understand and optimize that same production!

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand Big Data principles and concepts
  • Plan an approach for harvesting data for Business Intelligence
  • Cite examples of how that data can be used to optimize business processes
  • Use BI tools to help users understand capability and maturity

Session Snapshots

10:05 am - 10:40 am
Morning Tea
DD

10:40 am - 11:25 am
Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer
10:40 am - 11:25 am
DD

Session 1 | Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer

Speakers:
Trevor Taylor, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects
Philip Rothey, Design Technology Manager, ZGF Architects

Abstract Summary
Data is knowledge; and knowledge is power. Databases are, therefore, the modern engines of power. This session is an introduction to the basics of database technology with some cool practical examples and, hopefully, we will inspire you to head off on your own. There’s gold in them there hills!

Learn why data is such a big deal all of a sudden. It isn’t as if data is anything new. Human beings have been collecting and using data for their entire recorded history. Databases, however, are a relatively new invention. Computer technology introduced the ability to store and (quickly) retrieve information. This new technology needed an efficient, regular method of managing often huge amounts of data: enter The Database. Databases have been the humble filing cabinets of business for decades. However, in our current era of hyper-connectedness, ubiquitous sensors and, of course the ultimate data-sponge: the smart phone, humans are generating and collecting vast amounts of data; and doing so at an exponential rate.

Businesses like FedEx and Amazon, which appear to be about logistics and retail sales, are really software companies using data to connect people to stuff. Everyone is on the web and the web runs on data. Data Analyst is a popular career choice for the college-bound. It is important to be conversant in the ways of data and databases. Your business uses multiple databases for finance, project information, customer relationships, and a host of other things large and small.

In this session we will present a few of the more common database models, discuss how they are used in the business of architecture and Building Information Modeling. To augment our discussion we will show several examples of how we use data technology at ZGF. We plan to draw these examples primarily from our use of Revit+Dynamo and Rhino+Grasshopper.

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    • Gain a conversational understanding of database technology
    • See some real-world examples of data in design

11:25 am - 12:10 pm
Data Mashing
11:25 am - 12:10 pm
DD

Session 2 | Data Mashing

Speakers:
Greg Schleusner, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK

Abstract Summary
If a picture is worth a 1000 words how many is a model worth? Every firm has an image database or archive. Every firm has copies of models stored in a project archive by this point as well. Some firms do the extra work to capture a set of documents. This information is very hard to leverage to run the business; instead it is used for marketing and not particularly well. Our solution to this problem brings together a set of tools and techniques to automate the collection and conversion of model data into a searchable platform. This can answer questions we have today and ones we haven't asked yet.

For a design firm the largest and most data rich information store we have are our designs. In this presentation, we'll explore efforts to extract and store this data so we can start to query it for current and future use.

The presentation will touch on some key tools: RTV Tools, FME and Mongo - as well as key file formats including IFC, glTF and others.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

    Understand more about the tools needed to automate the collection of models
  • Identify questions models can answer today
  • Acquire a basic understanding of FME software

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch - Sponsored by Ideate Software
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
DD

1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
Real Time Data Validation
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
DD

Aaron Bridwell, Director of Customer Service, Invicara

2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis 
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
DD

Session 4 | Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis

Speakers:
Ryan Cameron, Project Architect, DLR Group

Abstract Summary
Digital tools that create and assess data have taken our industry by storm. When implemented correctly, these technologies can greatly provide answers to problems your projects are facing. Is your team interested in finding ways to have data help drive decisions? Have you looked into data analytics but don’t know where to start?

This session will provide practical use applications to help your everyday architects, engineers and designers complete requirements. Design changes daily so we will look at some strategies using computation from your 3D design platform and put them into a data analytics tool like Power BI. We will also lead discussions on simple steps to help manage your data so you can begin to create a data strategy for your teams.

Users will gain an understanding of Data Strategy, a dataset of PowerBI templates, Revit models, Dynamo Scripts and working knowledge of how to connect all the data dots in between.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Create simple Design Data mining strategies to begin data integration into your processes
  • Learn advanced data mining and computational design techniques to solve daily problems
  • Create your own workflows and use templates to mine data from your models
  • Learn to lead your team through a data-driven process
  • Learn about tools to implement in your team's strategy for data mining

Session Snapshots

2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
DD

Session 5 | Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want

Speakers:
Kelli Lubeley, VDC Manager, Fortis Construction

Abstract Summary
Imagine handing over a model to the owners/operators that not only contains accurate, as-built geometry, but also crucial operating information like install and warranty information, fuel consumption, client tracking information, and more, all validated against the original design.

This session will cover how to provide a service owners have always wanted, but is rarely, if ever delivered: A coordinated, validated, as-built data deliverable in a standardized and usable format. Attendees will learn how using the everyday tools of our trade, most if not all currently in use by their firms, to streamline the process of validating BIM against field data collected during the construction process, and deliver to the client not only a validated model, but also corresponding data collected and validated from design through COO.

Tools discussed will include: Revit, MS Access, MS Excel, BIM 360 Field & Glue, COBie, and Cx Alloy.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Understand the role data should play through all phases of the project lifecycle
    • Indentify vital information for the turnover process and where the data originates
    • Learn best practices for normalizing data to work across multiple tools and platforms
    • Apply concepts and best practices to create deliverables that will work with existing tools and data used by AEC firms and their clients

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
DD

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Data Across the Project Lifecycle
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
DD

Session 6 | Data Across the Project Lifecycle

Speakers:
Tammy Adolf, Stantec
Brok Howard, dRofus

Abstract Summary
Data is as much about what as it is about who. Who is providing the data? Who is relying on the data?

In this discussion we will review the types of data used throughout a project from the initial data that defines a project through to the use of that data during a building lifecycle. We will also discuss the role of those creating data and those who use the data.

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Panel Discussion - The Future of Data for the Project Lifecycle
DD

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Wrap Up

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception Sponsor Welcome / Networking Drinks
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
DD

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BCS

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Keynote: Driving Increased Visibility through 3D Bid Management. Presented by: Don Henrich, President & CEO, Assemble Systems & Construct Connect
9:00 am - 9:45 am
BCS

Presented by:
Don Henrich, President & CEO, Assemble Systems and their ConstructConnect Customer

Experience how AEC firms leverage BIM to create insights into their projects, improve project collaboration and drive data-based decision-making. In today’s preconstruction process, general contractors can now access, analyze, and share 3D model data for the purposes of model validation, document comparison, and streamlined bid management. In this session you will see and hear the vision of Assemble Systems and iSqFt, a ConstructConnect company, as they share their vision on BIM’s current and future impact on the estimating process.

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Quick Fire Exhibitor Introductions

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
BCS

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Design / Build Perspective: "How are Contractors using my Model?"
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BCS

Presented by:
Jeffrey A. Pinheiro, AIA, Creator, TheRevitKid

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BIM Fundamentals
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Chris Di Iorio, Chief Executive Officer, ENGWorks
Marcus Fich, Business Development Manager, Grundfos

Moderated by:
David Bandi, Thomas AEC
Mike Collins GPD

Learning Objective

If you have just a basic knowledge of BIM this session will provide you a deeper understanding on key elements such as content types, software tools, marketing tools and best practices to help develop the foundation for your digital BIM strategy.


Section 1: Why BIM should have a major impact on your bottom line

“If you are not in the conversation about how and why you should develop content you may be doing a disservice to your customers, design professionals and your company, if you don’t learn how to support the workflows of your customers customer then you are missing the point of BIM”.


Section 2: The Basics

Who - Knowing your audience is critical, millennials have no brand loyalty and user experience determines decisions where your content resides.

What - is BIM content. File formats, generic, typicals, specs, submittals, MSDS, CEU’s etc. One size does not fit all. If you have an international presence, do you need need multi lingual, multi format, multi version content such as Revit, Archicad, Sketchup, Vectorworks, Bentley, IFC.

Where - Effective distribution is critical, your website is so important.

Why - Committing to a BIM strategy fundamentally changes your digital marketing strategy because products are now selected earlier in the design process and performance attributes matter.


How does this impact your ability to be selected, specified and installed?

Section 3: Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Plenty of time left for Q&A to help answer individual questions that can be discussed within the group .

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm
AVAIL Lunch Sponsor Address

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm
AVAIL Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
BCS

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop 1
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
A Manufacturers ROI - The Business Case of BIM
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Chris Di Iorio, Chief Executive Officer, ENGWorks
Marcus Fich, Business Development Manager, Grundfos

Moderated by:
David Bandi, Thomas AEC
Mike Collins GPD

Learning Objective

This session will dive deeper into what everyone discussed in the first session. You will hear real world examples of the role content played within the project lifecycle, how it was used and what were the key attributes that made up the ROI business case for funding a BIM strategy.


Section 1: BIM Project Use

Chris Di Lori and Marcus Fich will present a unique perspective of BIM projects they were involved with, and where they had to use different content formats and tools to illustrate the challenges of delivering a quality construction ready BIM project. Focus will be specifically on content quality, types, availability, what made their job easier or harder and what criteria determined product selection.


Section 2: Crafting a BIM Strategy & Business Case

As a BPM you must try and justify all this expense. What can we be doing better to leverage our vast library of product data, what available resources internal & external do we use. What technologies should we deploy to justify that I am spending wisely. These are the topics we will tackle to help demystify the process.

Analytics/Metrics/Measurement – We will highlight what kind of data is available, from whom and why it matters as a key part of your ROI case.


Section 3: Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Plenty of time left for Q&A to help answer individual questions that can be discussed within the group .

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 1: Choose from a range of round table topics.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables:

•Content Management 401
•Now That I Have All of This Content - What in the Hell Do I Do with It?
•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?
•What Does Data Actually Mean?

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BIM...Content...Specifications! - If they can’t see it, you can’t sell it… It’s time we all spoke the same language...
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Justin James, Virtual Design Consultant / Founder & CEO, REACH-Consulting Ltd.
Jim Conger, BIM Specification Specialist, Dodge Data & Analytics

This session bridges the gap between the technical need and the manufacturers wants. There is no them and us anymore, we breakdown the language barrier between the practical and technical. We appreciate how one member of the team will want to see some technical details, while another will only need to see an overview. We help explain how to make this possible, to please everyone! This session provides a unique opportunity to break down the barriers between BIM content experts and manufacturers, giving you the chance to hear what is really needed from both sides of the industry.

We will discuss methods, tools and benefits for increasing visibility of products for the design teams, owner and facility management teams, that will work for everyone!

Why are visual tools so important? Well, because it’s what our brains like!

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Panel Session: How Data and the Quality of Information is Transforming the Relationship Between Practitioners and Manufacturers. Moderator: Russ Dalton, BIM Director, AECOM
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
BCS

Speaker:
Russ Dalton, BIM Director, AECOM

A discussion for how data and the quality of information is transforming the relationship between practitioners and manufacturers.

  • Vision for data exchange between disciplines during building life cycle
  • How do we build a cost-efficient service model for new construction and ongoing FM
  • What opportunities are there for more efficient tools to manage this process?
  • How are BPMs affected by these changes?

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Day 1 Wrap Up

5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
The BCS Live Event and Networking Drinks
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
BCS

Bring your talent to BCS Live! A casual evening geeking out with the opportunity to win some great prizes for those who wish to stick around! Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Wed Aug 2
BCS
Wed Aug 2
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Chairperson's Introduction to Day 2
BCS

9:15 am - 10:15 am
Unlocking Sales Transformation – Winning the Deals that Matter. Presenter Patrick Morrissey, CMO, Altify
9:15 am - 10:15 am
BCS

Presenter:
Patrick Morrissey, Chief Marketing Officer, Altify

While the world of technology and sales has changed dramatically over the last several years, companies have changed very little, and often suffered for it. Winning the deals that matter requires a rethink their sales process and account management in order to accelerate sales velocity. Industry leaders like Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Honeywell are re-thinking how they align their solutions to people and problems in order to drive sustainable business success. This session will explore insights on connecting buyers and sellers, explore market trends shaping sales, and provide insight on align your solutions to your customer’s problems in order to accelerate sales success.

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
BCS

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 2: Choose from a range of round table sessions
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 3: Choose from a range of round table topics
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Event Series
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•What content do I need? (All of it); When do I need it (right now!)?

•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
BCS

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 4: Choose from a range of round table topics
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•Now that I have got all this content, what the hell do I do with it?

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Facilitated Wrap-Up
BCS

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Drinks
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
BCS

Wed Aug 2
DTS
Wed Aug 2
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am
DTS

8:30 am - 10:20 am
Ghosts of Innovations Past & the Future
8:30 am - 10:20 am
DTS



What innovations have we seen in the past and how can we use that recognition to anticipate the future?

10:20 am - 10:30 am
Morning Tea Service
DTS

10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Technology & Innovation: In a relationship or just friends?
10:30 am - 12:20 pm
DTS



Design Technology and the platforms we have available to us have both advanced significantly and perhaps not at all. In any case we can do a lot more than we could a decade ago so why aren’t we happy? What do we need to innovate or where is Innovation required?

12:10 pm - 1:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address - Ideate Software
12:10 pm - 1:20 pm

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
DTS

Lunch (1hr) Sponsor Message (15mins)

Proudly Sponsored By

1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
What should we be doing to help shape the future of our practice?
1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
DTS



We’ve spent nearly a day discussing innovation in our industry, its past, its present and possible future; what does all of that potentially mean to people like us, i.e. Design Technologists. What is/will our role be in the future as technology changes/ improves?

3:25 pm - 3:35 pm
Afternoon Tea Service
DTS

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
Wrap-up Discussion
3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
DTS

4:35 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception
4:35 pm - 6:00 pm
DTS

Wed Aug 2
Data Day
Wed Aug 2
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Data Day
DD

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon

Speaker details available here.

Session abstracts and details available here.

8:15 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Gather
8:15 am - 9:00 am
DD

9:00 am - 9:20 am
Welcome
DD

9:20 am - 10:05 am
It's all just data
9:20 am - 10:05 am
DD

Keynote | It’s all just data

Speakers:
Jon Anunson, Senior Global Manager, Process & Metrics, AECOM

Abstract Summary
The design process generates lots of data.  Not just our design output, but what we do, with what tools, for how long, and to what outcome.  This is a look at finding intelligence and business benefit in the broader ecosystem of project delivery data.

BIG Data, Data Center, Data Warehouse, Data Lake. These are in vogue terms in many industries today, and very powerful tools that can be leveraged to inform strategic decisions, but can we benefit from these concepts in our own practices?  In our industry, we’re primarily focused on delivering data for our clients. BIM, media / content, designs, solutions; these are information rich data sources, but they’re not the only data sources we can benefit from.

In this class, we’ll say, “It’s All Data to me” and look at utilizing a broader perspective on the data you can use to understand and improve your business. It’s becoming easier and easier to answer questions like, “What licenses am I consuming and what does that mean to me?" But what else does our usage and process information begin to tell us? Can we use these big data techniques to help us answer these questions and more?

We’ll look at a case study of using design technology licensing software as a source of useful data about business processes, health, and maturity, and discuss applications of big data techniques around the management of design tools, licensing, even talent and user behaviour! The data that is generated AROUND our production can help us understand and optimize that same production!

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand Big Data principles and concepts
  • Plan an approach for harvesting data for Business Intelligence
  • Cite examples of how that data can be used to optimize business processes
  • Use BI tools to help users understand capability and maturity

Session Snapshots

10:05 am - 10:40 am
Morning Tea
DD

10:40 am - 11:25 am
Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer
10:40 am - 11:25 am
DD

Session 1 | Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer

Speakers:
Trevor Taylor, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects
Philip Rothey, Design Technology Manager, ZGF Architects

Abstract Summary
Data is knowledge; and knowledge is power. Databases are, therefore, the modern engines of power. This session is an introduction to the basics of database technology with some cool practical examples and, hopefully, we will inspire you to head off on your own. There’s gold in them there hills!

Learn why data is such a big deal all of a sudden. It isn’t as if data is anything new. Human beings have been collecting and using data for their entire recorded history. Databases, however, are a relatively new invention. Computer technology introduced the ability to store and (quickly) retrieve information. This new technology needed an efficient, regular method of managing often huge amounts of data: enter The Database. Databases have been the humble filing cabinets of business for decades. However, in our current era of hyper-connectedness, ubiquitous sensors and, of course the ultimate data-sponge: the smart phone, humans are generating and collecting vast amounts of data; and doing so at an exponential rate.

Businesses like FedEx and Amazon, which appear to be about logistics and retail sales, are really software companies using data to connect people to stuff. Everyone is on the web and the web runs on data. Data Analyst is a popular career choice for the college-bound. It is important to be conversant in the ways of data and databases. Your business uses multiple databases for finance, project information, customer relationships, and a host of other things large and small.

In this session we will present a few of the more common database models, discuss how they are used in the business of architecture and Building Information Modeling. To augment our discussion we will show several examples of how we use data technology at ZGF. We plan to draw these examples primarily from our use of Revit+Dynamo and Rhino+Grasshopper.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Gain a conversational understanding of database technology
    • See some real-world examples of data in design

11:25 am - 12:10 pm
Data Mashing
11:25 am - 12:10 pm
DD

Session 2 | Data Mashing

Speakers:
Greg Schleusner, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK

Abstract Summary
If a picture is worth a 1000 words how many is a model worth? Every firm has an image database or archive. Every firm has copies of models stored in a project archive by this point as well. Some firms do the extra work to capture a set of documents. This information is very hard to leverage to run the business; instead it is used for marketing and not particularly well. Our solution to this problem brings together a set of tools and techniques to automate the collection and conversion of model data into a searchable platform. This can answer questions we have today and ones we haven't asked yet.

For a design firm the largest and most data rich information store we have are our designs. In this presentation, we'll explore efforts to extract and store this data so we can start to query it for current and future use.

The presentation will touch on some key tools: RTV Tools, FME and Mongo - as well as key file formats including IFC, glTF and others.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

    Understand more about the tools needed to automate the collection of models
  • Identify questions models can answer today
  • Acquire a basic understanding of FME software

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch - Sponsored by Ideate Software
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
DD

1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
Real Time Data Validation
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
DD

Aaron Bridwell, Director of Customer Service, Invicara

2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis 
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
DD

Session 4 | Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis

Speakers:
Ryan Cameron, Project Architect, DLR Group

Abstract Summary
Digital tools that create and assess data have taken our industry by storm. When implemented correctly, these technologies can greatly provide answers to problems your projects are facing. Is your team interested in finding ways to have data help drive decisions? Have you looked into data analytics but don’t know where to start?

This session will provide practical use applications to help your everyday architects, engineers and designers complete requirements. Design changes daily so we will look at some strategies using computation from your 3D design platform and put them into a data analytics tool like Power BI. We will also lead discussions on simple steps to help manage your data so you can begin to create a data strategy for your teams.

Users will gain an understanding of Data Strategy, a dataset of PowerBI templates, Revit models, Dynamo Scripts and working knowledge of how to connect all the data dots in between.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Create simple Design Data mining strategies to begin data integration into your processes
  • Learn advanced data mining and computational design techniques to solve daily problems
  • Create your own workflows and use templates to mine data from your models
  • Learn to lead your team through a data-driven process
  • Learn about tools to implement in your team's strategy for data mining

Session Snapshots

2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
DD

Session 5 | Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want

Speakers:
Kelli Lubeley, VDC Manager, Fortis Construction

Abstract Summary
Imagine handing over a model to the owners/operators that not only contains accurate, as-built geometry, but also crucial operating information like install and warranty information, fuel consumption, client tracking information, and more, all validated against the original design.

This session will cover how to provide a service owners have always wanted, but is rarely, if ever delivered: A coordinated, validated, as-built data deliverable in a standardized and usable format. Attendees will learn how using the everyday tools of our trade, most if not all currently in use by their firms, to streamline the process of validating BIM against field data collected during the construction process, and deliver to the client not only a validated model, but also corresponding data collected and validated from design through COO.

Tools discussed will include: Revit, MS Access, MS Excel, BIM 360 Field & Glue, COBie, and Cx Alloy.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Understand the role data should play through all phases of the project lifecycle
    • Indentify vital information for the turnover process and where the data originates
    • Learn best practices for normalizing data to work across multiple tools and platforms
    • Apply concepts and best practices to create deliverables that will work with existing tools and data used by AEC firms and their clients

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
DD

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Data Across the Project Lifecycle
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
DD

Session 6 | Data Across the Project Lifecycle

Speakers:
Tammy Adolf, Stantec
Brok Howard, dRofus

Abstract Summary
Data is as much about what as it is about who. Who is providing the data? Who is relying on the data?

In this discussion we will review the types of data used throughout a project from the initial data that defines a project through to the use of that data during a building lifecycle. We will also discuss the role of those creating data and those who use the data.

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Panel Discussion - The Future of Data for the Project Lifecycle
DD

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Wrap Up

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception Sponsor Welcome / Networking Drinks
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
DD

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Introduction: Randall Stevens, Chairman, BCS
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9:00 am - 9:45 am
Keynote: Driving Increased Visibility through 3D Bid Management. Presented by: Don Henrich, President & CEO, Assemble Systems & Construct Connect
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Presented by:
Don Henrich, President & CEO, Assemble Systems and their ConstructConnect Customer

Experience how AEC firms leverage BIM to create insights into their projects, improve project collaboration and drive data-based decision-making. In today’s preconstruction process, general contractors can now access, analyze, and share 3D model data for the purposes of model validation, document comparison, and streamlined bid management. In this session you will see and hear the vision of Assemble Systems and iSqFt, a ConstructConnect company, as they share their vision on BIM’s current and future impact on the estimating process.

9:45 am - 10:15 am
Quick Fire Exhibitor Introductions

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
BCS

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Design / Build Perspective: "How are Contractors using my Model?"
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BCS

Presented by:
Jeffrey A. Pinheiro, AIA, Creator, TheRevitKid

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BIM Fundamentals
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Chris Di Iorio, Chief Executive Officer, ENGWorks
Marcus Fich, Business Development Manager, Grundfos

Moderated by:
David Bandi, Thomas AEC
Mike Collins GPD

Learning Objective

If you have just a basic knowledge of BIM this session will provide you a deeper understanding on key elements such as content types, software tools, marketing tools and best practices to help develop the foundation for your digital BIM strategy.


Section 1: Why BIM should have a major impact on your bottom line

“If you are not in the conversation about how and why you should develop content you may be doing a disservice to your customers, design professionals and your company, if you don’t learn how to support the workflows of your customers customer then you are missing the point of BIM”.


Section 2: The Basics

Who - Knowing your audience is critical, millennials have no brand loyalty and user experience determines decisions where your content resides.

What - is BIM content. File formats, generic, typicals, specs, submittals, MSDS, CEU’s etc. One size does not fit all. If you have an international presence, do you need need multi lingual, multi format, multi version content such as Revit, Archicad, Sketchup, Vectorworks, Bentley, IFC.

Where - Effective distribution is critical, your website is so important.

Why - Committing to a BIM strategy fundamentally changes your digital marketing strategy because products are now selected earlier in the design process and performance attributes matter.


How does this impact your ability to be selected, specified and installed?

Section 3: Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Plenty of time left for Q&A to help answer individual questions that can be discussed within the group .

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm
AVAIL Lunch Sponsor Address

12:15 pm - 12:20 pm
AVAIL Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:30 pm
BCS

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop 1
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
A Manufacturers ROI - The Business Case of BIM
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Chris Di Iorio, Chief Executive Officer, ENGWorks
Marcus Fich, Business Development Manager, Grundfos

Moderated by:
David Bandi, Thomas AEC
Mike Collins GPD

Learning Objective

This session will dive deeper into what everyone discussed in the first session. You will hear real world examples of the role content played within the project lifecycle, how it was used and what were the key attributes that made up the ROI business case for funding a BIM strategy.


Section 1: BIM Project Use

Chris Di Lori and Marcus Fich will present a unique perspective of BIM projects they were involved with, and where they had to use different content formats and tools to illustrate the challenges of delivering a quality construction ready BIM project. Focus will be specifically on content quality, types, availability, what made their job easier or harder and what criteria determined product selection.


Section 2: Crafting a BIM Strategy & Business Case

As a BPM you must try and justify all this expense. What can we be doing better to leverage our vast library of product data, what available resources internal & external do we use. What technologies should we deploy to justify that I am spending wisely. These are the topics we will tackle to help demystify the process.

Analytics/Metrics/Measurement – We will highlight what kind of data is available, from whom and why it matters as a key part of your ROI case.


Section 3: Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Plenty of time left for Q&A to help answer individual questions that can be discussed within the group .

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 1: Choose from a range of round table topics.
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables:

•Content Management 401
•Now That I Have All of This Content - What in the Hell Do I Do with It?
•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?
•What Does Data Actually Mean?

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BIM...Content...Specifications! - If they can’t see it, you can’t sell it… It’s time we all spoke the same language...
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
BCS

Presenters:
Justin James, Virtual Design Consultant / Founder & CEO, REACH-Consulting Ltd.
Jim Conger, BIM Specification Specialist, Dodge Data & Analytics

This session bridges the gap between the technical need and the manufacturers wants. There is no them and us anymore, we breakdown the language barrier between the practical and technical. We appreciate how one member of the team will want to see some technical details, while another will only need to see an overview. We help explain how to make this possible, to please everyone! This session provides a unique opportunity to break down the barriers between BIM content experts and manufacturers, giving you the chance to hear what is really needed from both sides of the industry.

We will discuss methods, tools and benefits for increasing visibility of products for the design teams, owner and facility management teams, that will work for everyone!

Why are visual tools so important? Well, because it’s what our brains like!

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Panel Session: How Data and the Quality of Information is Transforming the Relationship Between Practitioners and Manufacturers. Moderator: Russ Dalton, BIM Director, AECOM
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
BCS

Speaker:
Russ Dalton, BIM Director, AECOM

A discussion for how data and the quality of information is transforming the relationship between practitioners and manufacturers.

  • Vision for data exchange between disciplines during building life cycle
  • How do we build a cost-efficient service model for new construction and ongoing FM
  • What opportunities are there for more efficient tools to manage this process?
  • How are BPMs affected by these changes?

5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Day 1 Wrap Up

5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
The BCS Live Event and Networking Drinks
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
BCS

Bring your talent to BCS Live! A casual evening geeking out with the opportunity to win some great prizes for those who wish to stick around! Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Wed Aug 2
BCS
Wed Aug 2
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Chairperson's Introduction to Day 2
BCS

9:15 am - 10:15 am
Unlocking Sales Transformation – Winning the Deals that Matter. Presenter Patrick Morrissey, CMO, Altify
9:15 am - 10:15 am
BCS

Presenter:
Patrick Morrissey, Chief Marketing Officer, Altify

While the world of technology and sales has changed dramatically over the last several years, companies have changed very little, and often suffered for it. Winning the deals that matter requires a rethink their sales process and account management in order to accelerate sales velocity. Industry leaders like Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Honeywell are re-thinking how they align their solutions to people and problems in order to drive sustainable business success. This session will explore insights on connecting buyers and sellers, explore market trends shaping sales, and provide insight on align your solutions to your customer’s problems in order to accelerate sales success.

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
BCS

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 2: Choose from a range of round table sessions
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 3: Choose from a range of round table topics
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Event Series
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•What content do I need? (All of it); When do I need it (right now!)?

•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
BCS

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 4: Choose from a range of round table topics
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•Now that I have got all this content, what the hell do I do with it?

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Facilitated Wrap-Up
BCS

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Drinks
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
BCS

Wed Aug 2
DTS
Wed Aug 2
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am
DTS

8:30 am - 10:20 am
Ghosts of Innovations Past & the Future
8:30 am - 10:20 am
DTS



What innovations have we seen in the past and how can we use that recognition to anticipate the future?

10:20 am - 10:30 am
Morning Tea Service
DTS

10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Technology & Innovation: In a relationship or just friends?
10:30 am - 12:20 pm
DTS



Design Technology and the platforms we have available to us have both advanced significantly and perhaps not at all. In any case we can do a lot more than we could a decade ago so why aren’t we happy? What do we need to innovate or where is Innovation required?

12:10 pm - 1:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address - Ideate Software
12:10 pm - 1:20 pm

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
DTS

Lunch (1hr) Sponsor Message (15mins)

Proudly Sponsored By

1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
What should we be doing to help shape the future of our practice?
1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
DTS



We’ve spent nearly a day discussing innovation in our industry, its past, its present and possible future; what does all of that potentially mean to people like us, i.e. Design Technologists. What is/will our role be in the future as technology changes/ improves?

3:25 pm - 3:35 pm
Afternoon Tea Service
DTS

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
Wrap-up Discussion
3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
DTS

4:35 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception
4:35 pm - 6:00 pm
DTS

Wed Aug 2
Data Day
Wed Aug 2
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Data Day
DD

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon

Speaker details available here.

Session abstracts and details available here.

8:15 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Gather
8:15 am - 9:00 am
DD

9:00 am - 9:20 am
Welcome
DD

9:20 am - 10:05 am
It's all just data
9:20 am - 10:05 am
DD

Keynote | It’s all just data

Speakers:
Jon Anunson, Senior Global Manager, Process & Metrics, AECOM

Abstract Summary
The design process generates lots of data.  Not just our design output, but what we do, with what tools, for how long, and to what outcome.  This is a look at finding intelligence and business benefit in the broader ecosystem of project delivery data.

BIG Data, Data Center, Data Warehouse, Data Lake. These are in vogue terms in many industries today, and very powerful tools that can be leveraged to inform strategic decisions, but can we benefit from these concepts in our own practices?  In our industry, we’re primarily focused on delivering data for our clients. BIM, media / content, designs, solutions; these are information rich data sources, but they’re not the only data sources we can benefit from.

In this class, we’ll say, “It’s All Data to me” and look at utilizing a broader perspective on the data you can use to understand and improve your business. It’s becoming easier and easier to answer questions like, “What licenses am I consuming and what does that mean to me?" But what else does our usage and process information begin to tell us? Can we use these big data techniques to help us answer these questions and more?

We’ll look at a case study of using design technology licensing software as a source of useful data about business processes, health, and maturity, and discuss applications of big data techniques around the management of design tools, licensing, even talent and user behaviour! The data that is generated AROUND our production can help us understand and optimize that same production!

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand Big Data principles and concepts
  • Plan an approach for harvesting data for Business Intelligence
  • Cite examples of how that data can be used to optimize business processes
  • Use BI tools to help users understand capability and maturity

Session Snapshots

10:05 am - 10:40 am
Morning Tea
DD

10:40 am - 11:25 am
Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer
10:40 am - 11:25 am
DD

Session 1 | Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer

Speakers:
Trevor Taylor, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects
Philip Rothey, Design Technology Manager, ZGF Architects

Abstract Summary
Data is knowledge; and knowledge is power. Databases are, therefore, the modern engines of power. This session is an introduction to the basics of database technology with some cool practical examples and, hopefully, we will inspire you to head off on your own. There’s gold in them there hills!

Learn why data is such a big deal all of a sudden. It isn’t as if data is anything new. Human beings have been collecting and using data for their entire recorded history. Databases, however, are a relatively new invention. Computer technology introduced the ability to store and (quickly) retrieve information. This new technology needed an efficient, regular method of managing often huge amounts of data: enter The Database. Databases have been the humble filing cabinets of business for decades. However, in our current era of hyper-connectedness, ubiquitous sensors and, of course the ultimate data-sponge: the smart phone, humans are generating and collecting vast amounts of data; and doing so at an exponential rate.

Businesses like FedEx and Amazon, which appear to be about logistics and retail sales, are really software companies using data to connect people to stuff. Everyone is on the web and the web runs on data. Data Analyst is a popular career choice for the college-bound. It is important to be conversant in the ways of data and databases. Your business uses multiple databases for finance, project information, customer relationships, and a host of other things large and small.

In this session we will present a few of the more common database models, discuss how they are used in the business of architecture and Building Information Modeling. To augment our discussion we will show several examples of how we use data technology at ZGF. We plan to draw these examples primarily from our use of Revit+Dynamo and Rhino+Grasshopper.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Gain a conversational understanding of database technology
    • See some real-world examples of data in design

11:25 am - 12:10 pm
Data Mashing
11:25 am - 12:10 pm
DD

Session 2 | Data Mashing

Speakers:
Greg Schleusner, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK

Abstract Summary
If a picture is worth a 1000 words how many is a model worth? Every firm has an image database or archive. Every firm has copies of models stored in a project archive by this point as well. Some firms do the extra work to capture a set of documents. This information is very hard to leverage to run the business; instead it is used for marketing and not particularly well. Our solution to this problem brings together a set of tools and techniques to automate the collection and conversion of model data into a searchable platform. This can answer questions we have today and ones we haven't asked yet.

For a design firm the largest and most data rich information store we have are our designs. In this presentation, we'll explore efforts to extract and store this data so we can start to query it for current and future use.

The presentation will touch on some key tools: RTV Tools, FME and Mongo - as well as key file formats including IFC, glTF and others.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

    Understand more about the tools needed to automate the collection of models
  • Identify questions models can answer today
  • Acquire a basic understanding of FME software

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch - Sponsored by Ideate Software
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
DD

1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
Real Time Data Validation
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
DD

Aaron Bridwell, Director of Customer Service, Invicara

2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis 
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
DD

Session 4 | Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis

Speakers:
Ryan Cameron, Project Architect, DLR Group

Abstract Summary
Digital tools that create and assess data have taken our industry by storm. When implemented correctly, these technologies can greatly provide answers to problems your projects are facing. Is your team interested in finding ways to have data help drive decisions? Have you looked into data analytics but don’t know where to start?

This session will provide practical use applications to help your everyday architects, engineers and designers complete requirements. Design changes daily so we will look at some strategies using computation from your 3D design platform and put them into a data analytics tool like Power BI. We will also lead discussions on simple steps to help manage your data so you can begin to create a data strategy for your teams.

Users will gain an understanding of Data Strategy, a dataset of PowerBI templates, Revit models, Dynamo Scripts and working knowledge of how to connect all the data dots in between.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Create simple Design Data mining strategies to begin data integration into your processes
  • Learn advanced data mining and computational design techniques to solve daily problems
  • Create your own workflows and use templates to mine data from your models
  • Learn to lead your team through a data-driven process
  • Learn about tools to implement in your team's strategy for data mining

Session Snapshots

2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
DD

Session 5 | Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want

Speakers:
Kelli Lubeley, VDC Manager, Fortis Construction

Abstract Summary
Imagine handing over a model to the owners/operators that not only contains accurate, as-built geometry, but also crucial operating information like install and warranty information, fuel consumption, client tracking information, and more, all validated against the original design.

This session will cover how to provide a service owners have always wanted, but is rarely, if ever delivered: A coordinated, validated, as-built data deliverable in a standardized and usable format. Attendees will learn how using the everyday tools of our trade, most if not all currently in use by their firms, to streamline the process of validating BIM against field data collected during the construction process, and deliver to the client not only a validated model, but also corresponding data collected and validated from design through COO.

Tools discussed will include: Revit, MS Access, MS Excel, BIM 360 Field & Glue, COBie, and Cx Alloy.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Understand the role data should play through all phases of the project lifecycle
    • Indentify vital information for the turnover process and where the data originates
    • Learn best practices for normalizing data to work across multiple tools and platforms
    • Apply concepts and best practices to create deliverables that will work with existing tools and data used by AEC firms and their clients

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
DD

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Data Across the Project Lifecycle
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
DD

Session 6 | Data Across the Project Lifecycle

Speakers:
Tammy Adolf, Stantec
Brok Howard, dRofus

Abstract Summary
Data is as much about what as it is about who. Who is providing the data? Who is relying on the data?

In this discussion we will review the types of data used throughout a project from the initial data that defines a project through to the use of that data during a building lifecycle. We will also discuss the role of those creating data and those who use the data.

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Panel Discussion - The Future of Data for the Project Lifecycle
DD

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Wrap Up

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception Sponsor Welcome / Networking Drinks
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
DD

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Chairperson's Introduction to Day 2
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Unlocking Sales Transformation – Winning the Deals that Matter. Presenter Patrick Morrissey, CMO, Altify
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Presenter:
Patrick Morrissey, Chief Marketing Officer, Altify

While the world of technology and sales has changed dramatically over the last several years, companies have changed very little, and often suffered for it. Winning the deals that matter requires a rethink their sales process and account management in order to accelerate sales velocity. Industry leaders like Honeywell, Johnson Controls and Honeywell are re-thinking how they align their solutions to people and problems in order to drive sustainable business success. This session will explore insights on connecting buyers and sellers, explore market trends shaping sales, and provide insight on align your solutions to your customer’s problems in order to accelerate sales success.

10:15 am - 10:45 am
Morning Tea
BCS

10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 2: Choose from a range of round table sessions
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 3: Choose from a range of round table topics
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Event Series
BCS

Attend one of these Round Tables

•The standards are a lie: What users go through to convert content to work with their office & client standards

•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•How to visualize the “I” in BIM: Steve Germano, Unifi

•What content do I need? (All of it); When do I need it (right now!)?

•How Is Content Really Being Used in the Field?

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
BCS

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Workshop Round Table Sessions 4: Choose from a range of round table topics
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
BCS

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•If the standards are a lie, can we make a standard?

•Now that I have got all this content, what the hell do I do with it?

•Walking the BIM tightrope as a BPM: Shawn Zirbes, CTC

•Interpreting Interoperability: Can there truly be content interoperability between manufacturers and end users?

•Your product and content has updated. Does the user know?

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Tea & Networking
BCS

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Facilitated Wrap-Up
BCS

4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Drinks
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
BCS

Wed Aug 2
DTS
Wed Aug 2
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am
DTS

8:30 am - 10:20 am
Ghosts of Innovations Past & the Future
8:30 am - 10:20 am
DTS



What innovations have we seen in the past and how can we use that recognition to anticipate the future?

10:20 am - 10:30 am
Morning Tea Service
DTS

10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Technology & Innovation: In a relationship or just friends?
10:30 am - 12:20 pm
DTS



Design Technology and the platforms we have available to us have both advanced significantly and perhaps not at all. In any case we can do a lot more than we could a decade ago so why aren’t we happy? What do we need to innovate or where is Innovation required?

12:10 pm - 1:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address - Ideate Software
12:10 pm - 1:20 pm

12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
Lunch
12:20 pm - 1:35 pm
DTS

Lunch (1hr) Sponsor Message (15mins)

Proudly Sponsored By

1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
What should we be doing to help shape the future of our practice?
1:35 pm - 3:25 pm
DTS



We’ve spent nearly a day discussing innovation in our industry, its past, its present and possible future; what does all of that potentially mean to people like us, i.e. Design Technologists. What is/will our role be in the future as technology changes/ improves?

3:25 pm - 3:35 pm
Afternoon Tea Service
DTS

3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
Wrap-up Discussion
3:35 pm - 4:35 pm
DTS

4:35 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception
4:35 pm - 6:00 pm
DTS

Wed Aug 2
Data Day
Wed Aug 2
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Data Day
DD

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon

Speaker details available here.

Session abstracts and details available here.

8:15 am - 9:00 am
Registration & Gather
8:15 am - 9:00 am
DD

9:00 am - 9:20 am
Welcome
DD

9:20 am - 10:05 am
It's all just data
9:20 am - 10:05 am
DD

Keynote | It’s all just data

Speakers:
Jon Anunson, Senior Global Manager, Process & Metrics, AECOM

Abstract Summary
The design process generates lots of data.  Not just our design output, but what we do, with what tools, for how long, and to what outcome.  This is a look at finding intelligence and business benefit in the broader ecosystem of project delivery data.

BIG Data, Data Center, Data Warehouse, Data Lake. These are in vogue terms in many industries today, and very powerful tools that can be leveraged to inform strategic decisions, but can we benefit from these concepts in our own practices?  In our industry, we’re primarily focused on delivering data for our clients. BIM, media / content, designs, solutions; these are information rich data sources, but they’re not the only data sources we can benefit from.

In this class, we’ll say, “It’s All Data to me” and look at utilizing a broader perspective on the data you can use to understand and improve your business. It’s becoming easier and easier to answer questions like, “What licenses am I consuming and what does that mean to me?" But what else does our usage and process information begin to tell us? Can we use these big data techniques to help us answer these questions and more?

We’ll look at a case study of using design technology licensing software as a source of useful data about business processes, health, and maturity, and discuss applications of big data techniques around the management of design tools, licensing, even talent and user behaviour! The data that is generated AROUND our production can help us understand and optimize that same production!

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand Big Data principles and concepts
  • Plan an approach for harvesting data for Business Intelligence
  • Cite examples of how that data can be used to optimize business processes
  • Use BI tools to help users understand capability and maturity

Session Snapshots

10:05 am - 10:40 am
Morning Tea
DD

10:40 am - 11:25 am
Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer
10:40 am - 11:25 am
DD

Session 1 | Data is Beautiful: A Database Primer

Speakers:
Trevor Taylor, Associate Partner, ZGF Architects
Philip Rothey, Design Technology Manager, ZGF Architects

Abstract Summary
Data is knowledge; and knowledge is power. Databases are, therefore, the modern engines of power. This session is an introduction to the basics of database technology with some cool practical examples and, hopefully, we will inspire you to head off on your own. There’s gold in them there hills!

Learn why data is such a big deal all of a sudden. It isn’t as if data is anything new. Human beings have been collecting and using data for their entire recorded history. Databases, however, are a relatively new invention. Computer technology introduced the ability to store and (quickly) retrieve information. This new technology needed an efficient, regular method of managing often huge amounts of data: enter The Database. Databases have been the humble filing cabinets of business for decades. However, in our current era of hyper-connectedness, ubiquitous sensors and, of course the ultimate data-sponge: the smart phone, humans are generating and collecting vast amounts of data; and doing so at an exponential rate.

Businesses like FedEx and Amazon, which appear to be about logistics and retail sales, are really software companies using data to connect people to stuff. Everyone is on the web and the web runs on data. Data Analyst is a popular career choice for the college-bound. It is important to be conversant in the ways of data and databases. Your business uses multiple databases for finance, project information, customer relationships, and a host of other things large and small.

In this session we will present a few of the more common database models, discuss how they are used in the business of architecture and Building Information Modeling. To augment our discussion we will show several examples of how we use data technology at ZGF. We plan to draw these examples primarily from our use of Revit+Dynamo and Rhino+Grasshopper.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Gain a conversational understanding of database technology
    • See some real-world examples of data in design

11:25 am - 12:10 pm
Data Mashing
11:25 am - 12:10 pm
DD

Session 2 | Data Mashing

Speakers:
Greg Schleusner, Director of Design Technology Innovation, HOK

Abstract Summary
If a picture is worth a 1000 words how many is a model worth? Every firm has an image database or archive. Every firm has copies of models stored in a project archive by this point as well. Some firms do the extra work to capture a set of documents. This information is very hard to leverage to run the business; instead it is used for marketing and not particularly well. Our solution to this problem brings together a set of tools and techniques to automate the collection and conversion of model data into a searchable platform. This can answer questions we have today and ones we haven't asked yet.

For a design firm the largest and most data rich information store we have are our designs. In this presentation, we'll explore efforts to extract and store this data so we can start to query it for current and future use.

The presentation will touch on some key tools: RTV Tools, FME and Mongo - as well as key file formats including IFC, glTF and others.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

    Understand more about the tools needed to automate the collection of models
  • Identify questions models can answer today
  • Acquire a basic understanding of FME software

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Data Day Lunch Sponsor Address

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch - Sponsored by Ideate Software
12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
DD

1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
Real Time Data Validation
1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
DD

Aaron Bridwell, Director of Customer Service, Invicara

2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis 
2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
DD

Session 4 | Techniques for Data-Driven Design Analysis

Speakers:
Ryan Cameron, Project Architect, DLR Group

Abstract Summary
Digital tools that create and assess data have taken our industry by storm. When implemented correctly, these technologies can greatly provide answers to problems your projects are facing. Is your team interested in finding ways to have data help drive decisions? Have you looked into data analytics but don’t know where to start?

This session will provide practical use applications to help your everyday architects, engineers and designers complete requirements. Design changes daily so we will look at some strategies using computation from your 3D design platform and put them into a data analytics tool like Power BI. We will also lead discussions on simple steps to help manage your data so you can begin to create a data strategy for your teams.

Users will gain an understanding of Data Strategy, a dataset of PowerBI templates, Revit models, Dynamo Scripts and working knowledge of how to connect all the data dots in between.

Session Objectives
After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Create simple Design Data mining strategies to begin data integration into your processes
  • Learn advanced data mining and computational design techniques to solve daily problems
  • Create your own workflows and use templates to mine data from your models
  • Learn to lead your team through a data-driven process
  • Learn about tools to implement in your team's strategy for data mining

Session Snapshots

2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want
2:50 pm - 3:35 pm
DD

Session 5 | Data-Driven Deliverables: Giving Clients What They REALLY Want

Speakers:
Kelli Lubeley, VDC Manager, Fortis Construction

Abstract Summary
Imagine handing over a model to the owners/operators that not only contains accurate, as-built geometry, but also crucial operating information like install and warranty information, fuel consumption, client tracking information, and more, all validated against the original design.

This session will cover how to provide a service owners have always wanted, but is rarely, if ever delivered: A coordinated, validated, as-built data deliverable in a standardized and usable format. Attendees will learn how using the everyday tools of our trade, most if not all currently in use by their firms, to streamline the process of validating BIM against field data collected during the construction process, and deliver to the client not only a validated model, but also corresponding data collected and validated from design through COO.

Tools discussed will include: Revit, MS Access, MS Excel, BIM 360 Field & Glue, COBie, and Cx Alloy.

    Session Objectives
    After this session, attendees will be able to:

    • Understand the role data should play through all phases of the project lifecycle
    • Indentify vital information for the turnover process and where the data originates
    • Learn best practices for normalizing data to work across multiple tools and platforms
    • Apply concepts and best practices to create deliverables that will work with existing tools and data used by AEC firms and their clients

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
DD

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Data Across the Project Lifecycle
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
DD

Session 6 | Data Across the Project Lifecycle

Speakers:
Tammy Adolf, Stantec
Brok Howard, dRofus

Abstract Summary
Data is as much about what as it is about who. Who is providing the data? Who is relying on the data?

In this discussion we will review the types of data used throughout a project from the initial data that defines a project through to the use of that data during a building lifecycle. We will also discuss the role of those creating data and those who use the data.

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Panel Discussion - The Future of Data for the Project Lifecycle
DD

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Wrap Up

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cocktail Reception Sponsor Welcome / Networking Drinks
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
DD

AUG 2017