So What is a BCS Roundtable?
One of my favorite parts from the inaugural BCS was the afternoon round table discussions. Being able to discuss and interact directly with peers in the design community, manufacturers and software & service providers like that, is a rare opportunity and the lessons learned and connections made since then have been amazing. While last year’s BCS in Scottsdale was a great event – I found I missed the small group dynamic and direct feedback that I got (and could provide) at the round tables and based on the feedback we received I’m not the only one who felt that way. Well… Good News Everyone! Round tables are back!
If you were not in DC two years ago or are just confused about what I’m talking about, the idea is simple: You (yes you, the one reading this – instead of working on that project your boss needed yesterday) get an opportunity to sit down with 10 of your closest BCS friends (or soon to be friends) and have a direct, honest conversation about the topic at hand. And you don’t get just one opportunity – you get multiple opportunities! But Chad – all those pretty words like direct and honest and feedback are great but what exactly do we get to talk about? Opportunities include (but are not limited to):
- How can product manufacturers become easier to work with through Building Information Modeling?
- Content Management for the Architectural firm that DOES NOT use manufacturer or vendor content.
- How does content fit into the project life-cycle (AKA What do we need and when do we need it?)
- Proposal / Schematic Renderings & Space Planning
- Design Coordination (Does it fit, What connections are needed, Is it BPM specific)
- Facilities Management (How many, Where are they, Service Schedules)
- End of Life (Demolition, Hazmat requirements)
- How can design assist services be expanded to a wider variety of building products to improve quality and limit redundant work?
- How can I adapt your content to my office (or client’s) standards?
If you have ever wanted to talk directly with manufacturers about how they are developing content, if you are a manufacturer and want to get real feedback on how designers are using content in projects or even talk with other manufacturers about the lessons they have learned developing their own BIM content then I can’t recommend attending BCS enough. Now I know that sounds biased and it is, but remember, before I got involved I was sitting where you are now. I hated trying to find content that only kind of worked and I didn’t have any idea on how to improve things short of making everything myself (which I really don’t have the time for). As Randall mentioned in the last post, BCS is an opportunity to lead the conversation on BIM content and we need you to help us with that conversation.