Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission is now closed for BILT North America 2017. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] thanks.


Lecture / Panel

Levels of Expertise


Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the BILT Committee. Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference's time and resource constraints. Successful applicants will present in either a 75 minute session or a 75 or 150 minute lab (these time frames are a guide only and are subject to change until the program is finalized). Applicants should indicate the preferred length of their planned session. Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated forums / panels. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed. Feedback suggests that our delegates are becoming more experienced with BIM tools and as such are seeking more advanced sessions. Therefore, submitted abstracts should be classified as (and suitable for) Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Guru or All Levels (these levels are defined in the abstract submission site).


Business Strategy and Leadership
Coding, Content and Customization
Construction and Fabrication
General (multi-discipline)
Operations and Maintenance
Simulation and Analysis

General topics of interest

Case Studies
  • Large Projects
  • Small Projects
  • Urban Planning Projects... and every project in between
  • Success Stories
    • Architectural Projects
    • Engineering Projects (Any discipline)
    • Any Trade Contractor Projects
  • Renovations
  • Feasibility Studies
Software Solutions
  • New Tools* or features for BIM authoring platforms (Revit / ARCHICAD / Tekla / etc.)
  • Emerging Technologies*
  • ADSK Solutions
  • IFC Solutions
  • Interoperability with Other Design Applications*
  • Computational / Generative Design*
  • Workflow and Processes
  • Collaboration / Coordination*
  • Data Linking / Mining
  • Analysis*
  • Quantity Surveying / Estimating (5D)
  • Construction Planning / Scheduling (4D)
  • Documentation / Detailing*
  • Construction Administration
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Phasing*
  • Massing / Adaptive Points
  • Approaches to Modeling*
  • Multiple Model Strategies*
  • Mass Production in Construction
  • Prefabrication
  • Best Practices & Productivity
  • Gamification / Virtual Reality
  • Applications for new features / tools
  • Management
  • File Management
  • Content / Families*
  • Standards
  • QA / QC
  • Hardware / Virtualization
  • System Administration
  • Deployments Strategies
  • Project Management
  • Project Setup*
  • In-House Training (New and On-going)
  • API / Developer
  • Integrated Development Environments (including Dynamo)*
  • Languages*
  • Macros / Scripting*
  • Business Strategy
  • Organizational BIM Implementation
  • Adapting to Government Standards
  • Legal Issues
  • Intellectual Property
  • Risk
  • QA / QC
  • Human Resources
  • Industry / Governing Bodies
  • Application Expose for Practice Leaders
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Proposals and Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Staffing and Workflows
  • Collaboration / Discussion Topics
  • Off the cuff (other)
  • Classic Screw-ups
  • Goofy / Unusual
  • Stump the Chump
  • *indicates particular interest for labs

    Labs should be directed to Advanced or higher users. The most effective labs feature a combination of demonstration and hands-on work (perhaps 1:3 or 1:4 proportion?), and the hands-on work focuses on only a very small area of the topic overall. The hands-on work takes longer than you think! If you can, please note who you would nominate as a lab assistant. Alternatively, we can help to arrange this at a later time.

    Remember that these topics represent only some of the areas of interest to the conference, and are neither exhaustive nor prescriptive! We value original and inventive ideas, so have a crack at it ...

    Abstract Criteria

    Prospective attendees should be able to get a good idea of the session from the title alone.

    All submitted abstracts must meet all of the following requirements:

    • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in US English
    • Text should be entered in sentence case
    • The size of your abstract (body description) should be limited to 500 words
    • Your abstract will be submitted as plain text on the submission site (it is recommended that you copy and paste your abstract into the field provided).
    • Describe what will be presented, focusing on the material to be covered, and the benefits to the attendees
    • Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
    • Describe the style of presentation (Presentation vs. demo) and type (Strategic vs. Technical)

    Along with submitting your abstract, you must also:

    • Review the 'Speaking Terms of Agreement' prior to submitting your abstract (this includes information on speaker entitlements)
    • Submit a biography (limited to 150 words)
    • Submit a high quality photo which will be made available on the conference website and conference app. Your photograph must be a minimum of 300dpi – Actual size (approximate size of passport photo). The file may be supplied as a jpg, tif, bmp, png or eps file (not exceeding 2MB).
    • Submit a high quality company logo which may be used within various marketing materials. Your company logo must be a minimum of 300dpi. The file may be supplied as a jpg, tif, bmp, png or eps file (not exceeding 2MB). If your company has a style guide that must accompany the logo, please ensure that you attach a copy when submitting your abstract.
    • Provide a 50 word synopsis of your abstract (this will be used on the conference website for successful applicants)
    • Outline three (3) key learning objectives that delegates will take away from your presentation
    • Confirm that at least one author will be registered to the conference to present the submitted paper.

    Abstract notification (acceptance/rejection) will be communicated to submitting authors in late February 2017.

    After review of the submissions, we may contact you to suggest adjustments to your subject matter or mode of presentation, so that we can deliver a conference with the expected scope and quality of subject matter.

    To ensure the quality of our conference, we maintain a limit of 3 presentations per author; however you are free to submit a greater number of abstracts for consideration if you wish.