Call for Abstracts

IMPORTANT DATES

We are excited to bring Digital Built Week to Seattle, Washington in 2019. Abstracts are now open! We are asking for abstract submissions for all four of our events, BILT, BCS, Data Day and DTS!

Call for Abstracts Open: Wednesday November 21, 2018
Submission Deadline: Monday January 7, 2019, 11:59PM
Notification of Acceptance: February 2019

ABSTRACT CRITERIA

Abstracts must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in US English
  • Prospective attendees should be able to get a good idea of the session from the title alone
  • Text should be entered in sentence case
  • The size of your abstract (body submission) should be limited to 500 words. The size of your synopsis (summary) should be limited to 50 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
  • Outline four (4) key learning objectives that attendees of your session will have learnt
  • Identify whom the session is intended for
  • Describe the style of presentation (Presentation vs. Demo) and type (Strategic vs. Technical)

 

ABSTRACT PREPARATION

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 and requirements.
  • Submit a biography (limited to 150 words), high quality photo (300 dpi) and high quality company logo (300 dpi) which will be used on our event website and app. If your company has a style guide that must accompany your logo, please ensure you attach a copy when submitting your abstract.
  • Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract. Please find more information regarding session types here.
  • Confirm that at least one speaker will be registered to the event to present the submitted abstract.

ABSTRACT APPROVAL

The outcome of your abstract will be communicated in February 2019

  • Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference's time and resource constraints.
  • Selected 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 during abstract submission.
  • Abstract notification (acceptance/rejection/reserved) will be communicated to submitting authors in February 2019.
  • 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 speaker; however you are free to submit a greater number of abstracts for consideration if you wish.

PROGRAM OF EVENTS AND TOPICS OF INTEREST

The below outlines what the committees are looking for in 2019. Keep in mind 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!

BCS - Building Content Summit

Thursday July 18 - Friday July 19

BCS is an annual event, run in multiple regions around the globe, dedicated to improving BIM content by bringing together thought leaders from around the worlds of Design, Manufacturing, Owners and Facilities Managers, and Software/Service Providers. The mixed nature of the event fosters collaboration between the usually separate realms of the AEC industry. Our goal is to help all parties better understand the unique challenges and interests faced during the design and construction process, and help facilitate finding the common ground to create a better built environment and process.

  • Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the BCS Committee.
  • Successful applicants will present in either a 75 minute session or a 75 minute roundtable. Applicants should indicate the preferred format of their planned session during abstract submission.
  • Sessions can take the form of  technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.

Case Studies
  • How a manufacturer's data met the designers need, and how others can learn from this success story
  • Specific examples of bridging the gap between what users need and what manufacturers needs
  • As an owner, how are BIM processes affecting operations?
Designer's Perspective
  • Design vs Construction needs
  • Manufacturer model review: A designer's perspective
  • What designers need vs what a manufacturer needs and how to bridge the gap
Manufacturer's Perspective
  • Manufacturer Specific vs Generic Models
  • Bridging the gap between what Manufacturers need and what users need
  • How are manufacturer's providing design assist platforms for their customers
Software / Service Provider's perspective
  • Not selling a product but selling a brand and service - how does having content get you business?
  • Quantity Take Off  (QTO) - why are we not using Bill of Materials (BOM) software to improve this obvious inefficiency
  • Examples of platforms that bridge the gap between manufacturer and designer
BIM Objects / Modelling
  • Geometry needs vs Data needs
  • Standards - Where are we now? Are we advancing?
  • Different models for different task: design vs visualization vs construction vs facility management

BILT - Building, Information, Lifecycle, Technology

Thursday July 18 - Saturday July 20

BILT is an annual event, run in multiple regions around the globe, designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate and maintain our built environment. As a community of professionals, it is dedicated to improving the way industry works together. Submit an abstract and be part of the conversation!

  • Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the BILT Committee.
  • Successful applicants will present a 75 minute presentation, lab, workshop or roundtable or a 150 minute lab (double lab). Applicants should indicate the preferred length of their planned session during abstract submission.
  • Sessions can take the form of  technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.
  • The committee are always interested in an eclectic group of submissions. Foundational presentations, new takes on what we have seen in the past as well as new ideas and focus on the future. You can find a complete list of topics from previous presentations here, however ideas that are of interest to the committee and the industry in 2019 are listed on the right.
  • Labs should be directed to Advanced or higher users. The most effective labs feature a combination of demonstration and practical work (perhaps 1:13 or 1:4 proportion) with the practical work focusing on only a very small area of the topic overall as this usually takes longer than you think. Lab sessions also require a lab assistant, please note who you would nominate as a lab assistant, alternatively we can help you arrange this later.
Case Studies
  • Innovative workflows
  • Post occupancy Analysis, Sensor Data
Software Solutions
  • Interoperability with Other Design Applications/Platforms
  • Computational / Generative / AI Design*
Workflow and Processes
  • Collaboration / Coordination / Cloud-Based*
  • Gamification / Virtual Reality
Management
  • FM / O&M
  • In-House Training (New and On-going)
API / Developer
    Integrated Development Environments (including Dynamo)*
Business Strategy
  • Legal Issues, risk, Intellectual Property
  • Non-technical, or "soft skills"

Data Day

Wednesday July 17 - Thursday July 18

Previously, Data Day has been a one day only event, however due to popular demand, 2019 will see Data Day extend into 2 days of content. Day 1, will precede BILT NA with presentations and Day 2 will be incorporated into Day 1 of BILT with data focused round-table discussions and labs. This blend creates an ideal environment for multidisciplinary collaboration and networking.

  • Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Data Day Committee.
  • Successful applicants will present in either a 75 minute session (Wednesday 17 July), a 75 or 150 minute lab or a 75 minute roundtable (Thursday 18 July). Applicants should indicate the preferred length of their planned session during abstract submission.
  • Sessions can take the form of  technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.
Case Studies

How data has led to greater efficiency within your own, or your clients business.

Some tips... 

  • If your clients can present their wins, this is viewed favorably
  • We don't accept a sales pitch
  • If you can quantify and show measureable results this becomes a more valuable presentation for all
Software Solutions

We are software agnostic, but if you have a tool that you feel is the cutting edge of the management and/or visualization of data in the AECO industry and can back it up with evidence and a compelling presentation, we welcome it!

Data Labs

We want labs, intermediate and advanced, that focus on using data to gain efficiencies and provide better quality output/information both internally and to external clients

Data Day Roundtables
This year we are looking for some roundtable style presentations/led discussions to spark conversation and perhaps generate new ideas

Design Technology Summit

Wednesday July 17 - Thursday July 18

Previously, the Design Technology Summit has been a one and a half day only event, however by popular demand, 2019 will see DTS extend into 2 days. Day 1 will precede BILT NA with facilitated discussions (apply to attend only) as previous years where topics and conversation will be moderated by the DTS Committee. Day 2 will be incorporated into Day 1 of BILT with design technology focused roundtable discussions. This blend creates an ideal environment for multidisciplinary collaboration and networking.

We want to hear from you, traditionally its been up to the DTS Committee to fully plan and execute the discussions, now its your chance to take control and put forward an abstract.

  • Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the DTS Committee.
  • Successful applicants will present a 75 minute roundtable on Thursday July 18.
  • Sessions can take form of facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.
Implications and Effect of AI and ML
  • Do (potential) clients have a need (for AI)?
  • What needs of practice could AI assist with?
  • Would (potential) clients prefer something else then what they currently get?
  • Would employees prefer something else over current practice?
  • Are there any other technological changes coming, in AEC or relevant allied industries?
Quality Assurance
  • Coordination
  • Standards checking
  • Drawing set checking
  • Code checking
Workforce Augmentation
  • Assistance with rule-based design tasks
  • Option generation
  • Specification collection and organisation
Resourcing
  • Skills mapping
  • Professional development tool

Levels of Expertise

Speakers must ensure their nominated experience levels matches the content in their presentation. Feedback suggests that our delegates are becoming more experienced with use of software tools and as such are seeking more advanced sessions. Therefore, submitted abstracts should be classified as (and suitable for) one of the below.

Intermediate

A general understanding of concepts related to the presentation topic is assumed, but detailed understanding of the specific aspects covered in the topic is not. Delegates are expected to be comfortable with the software generally but may be new to the topic you are covering.

Advanced

The session is expected to explore specific, detailed, high-level and complex functionality and concepts that are, nevertheless, generally encapsulated within the existing capabilities of the program or tool. Delegates are expected to have a good working knowledge of the topic of the class, but not the experience to push it to the degree that is proposed within your session.

Expert

The session is expected to be innovative and forward thinking, exploring new areas and discussing best practice solutions. Delegates are expected to already have a very good knowledge of the subject and may often be other speakers, or people who could be speakers! There is unlikely to be a need to explain concepts, definitions and the like, but expect a potentially robust discussion from people who will know what they are talking about.

Guru
Says all that needs to be said, really: “You live on the raw, bleeding edge of what your software can do, and only smile when it screams in protest and spits out results even the developers said it couldn't manage. If you don’t believe you could be teaching this class, it may not be for you.” There is no such thing as too difficult or arcane for a guru class…
All Levels
These sessions tend to focus on general principals and concepts that do not require deep and/ or specific knowledge of tools. The sessions often take the form of roundtables, panel discussions and the like, but also include lecture style sessions with a more theoretical/ philosophical orientation.

Session Formats

There are several accepted session formats. Speakers must indicate their preferred session format during the abstract process.

Not all of these formats apply to all events so please review the definitions below:

1. Presentation/Lecture

Speaker(s) present from front of room, usually accompanied by audio-visual. These types of sessions range from 'how to' through to real project case studies. Session size ranges from 20 - 100 delegates.

We are seeking presentation abstracts for BILT, BCS and Data Day.

2. Lab

Delegates learn from the speaker using step-by-step live learning experiences, whilst sitting at a computer. There may be provision for a small gallery of additional delegates that bring their own laptops to follow the lab, but you are not required to give them assistance during the lab session. Session size would typically range from 20 - 40 delegates. In 2019, we will be introducing 'Data Labs' on the Thursday BILT program to cater for BILT and Data Day attendees who would like to extend their knowledge.
We are seeking Lab abstracts for BILT and Data Day.

3. Facilitated Panel

A selected group of people gather to discuss, debate or present a topic or a variety of topics in front of an audience.
We are seeking panel abstracts for BILT, BCS, and Data Day.

4. Boardroom Roundtable
A maximum of 24 delegates take part in an intimate discussion or activity, in a U shape (or similar) layout within a private room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted via the abstract process. The speaker acts as a Facilitator for the session. We are seeking workshop abstracts for BILT.
5. Simultaneous Roundtable
A maximum of 12 delegates take part in an intimate roundtable discussion around a round banquet table. Other roundtable sessions will be taking place simultaneously in the same room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted by the speaker. The speaker acts as a moderator for the session. No Audio Visual will be provided for roundtables. We are seeking roundtable abstracts for BILT, BCS, DTS and Data Day.

Abstract Tags

During your submission we will ask you to select up to three tags, one primary, one secondary and one platform, which you believe best reflect the nature of your abstract.

Abstracts may be classified under any of the following tags:

Architecture
- Includes interiors

Business Strategy & Leadership
-Includes Change Management (Implementation of change of any type, be it in people, processes or technology. May also cover soft skills and/or interpersonal subjects, human collaboration, people development etc.)

Coding and Customization
- Software programming, development of plug-ins or standalone products, macros, scripts, use of APIs etc. Includes System admin, hardware, deployments.

Computational Design
- Use of generative techniques to iterate designs, using the likes of Grasshopper, Dynamo

Construction
- Field-based construction activities; inclusive of pre-construction planning

Content
- Model content focused; content scoping, creation and/or management issues

Data Strategy
- Establish a plan for handling data created, stored, and used by an organization. Creating well-planned, efficient pathways of work that better predict future trends of your organization and your customer. etc.

Data Engineering
-Deploying tools that gather, store, process, and combine to provide meaningful output from the various data sources.

DfMA
- Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Infrastructure
- Transportation and other non-building project types, Project types beyond a single building or building complex: road, rail, power/energy, water and precinct/city scale

Legal/Commercial
- Contracts, Intellectual Property, Liability, Insurance, Professional Indemnity, BIM Protocols etc.

MEP
- Services disciplines and/or trades, but may cross over with Infrastructure tag where emphasis on buildings may not be applicable

Model Management
- Modelling standards, methodology, model exchange, assembly and model validation

Manufacturing
- How are you servicing designers and specifiers throughout their BIM workflows? How is your digital strategy augmenting the discovery, design, specify, bid, procure, delivery and service lifecycle?

OpenBIM
-Approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows

Operations & Maintenance
- Facility Management, Asset Management

Project Controls
- Estimation, QTO, Cost Management, Risk Management

Project Management
- Project setup/configuration, project team selection, scope definition, information requirements, etc.

Reality Capture
-LiDAR/ Point Cloud scanning, Surveying, Photogrammetry, Stereophotogrammetry, Validation of real-world conditions etc.

Simulation & Analysis
- Digital or physical models built for the purpose of study or examination of a specific function of the programming, design or management of the built environment. .

Structure
- Structural Engineering design discipline, but may also include Structural Subcontractors - steel detailers, fabricators, precast concrete etc.

Sustainability
- Life-cycle analysis, costing, building performance, environmental

Vizualization
- Graphical/geometry-based visualization of project models; eg. presentation methods, real-time rendering environments, immersive tech like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality or Mixed Reality.

Vendor Tags

Autodesk - Navisworks, Revit, Dynamo
Bentley - Speedicon, Auto Plant, Micro Station, Project Wise
Graphisoft - ARCHICAD
Multi-Vendor
Nemeschek - dRofus, Bluebeam, Solibri
Non-Vendor Specific
Other Vendor
Trimble - Tekla, Sketchup