BIM major focus at Ecobuild & AEC-ST Fall

Sahely Mukerji, Glass Magazine
December 9, 2008
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Building Information Modeling is the all-encompassing theme at this year’s Ecobuild & AEC-ST Fall conference at the Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., Dec. 8-11.

“Whether you’re just starting out with BIM or are a power user, our event has become the most comprehensive source of BIM education,” said Laura Edwards, director of marketing, Ecobuild America, Schwenksville, Pa. “We bring together leaders of the industry who are the early adopters of BIM to share their lessons-learned. You can also tap into the expertise of those shaping the future of BIM technology and its standards.”

"BIM is a dynamic architectural model as a database," said Ryan Ghere, Onuma Inc., Los Angeles. "And the database is great to predict, control and calculate costs. Building owners, contractors and architects are the main stakeholders. The glaziers can help by bringing their expertise in that area of the BIM that represents their trade."

The conference offers numerous workshops and seminars, primarily on BIM, in 14 tracks: Building Performance & Engineering; Education – Colleges & Universities; Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy; Facilities Management & Intelligent Buildings; Government – Federal, State & Municipal; Green Construction & Homebuilding; Green Mechanical/Electrical Systems & Operations; Information Technology, BIM & Interoperability; Infrastructure, Civil, Site/Land Development; LEED, Green Globes & Other Rating Systems; Practice Management, Business Development & Marketing; Project Management & Cost Control; Specifications, Codes & Contract Documents; and Sustainable Design.

The meeting is held in cooperation with: American Institute of Architects, Building Smart Alliance, Green Mechanical Council, and SCIP or Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice. Co-located conferences include: Building Smart Alliance National Conference, FEDCon, FEDspec and Selling Effectively to Construction Specifiers.

FEDCon
The FEDCon keynote speaker, Kevin Kampschroer, acting director, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., spoke on Dec. 9. “We need to change our whole measurement system,” he said. “It’s an imperfect measurement system. We need to think about the interior of a building and the people inside. … The Energy Independence and Security Act added one component to the high-performance building: the human component.” Portfolio and sustainability should be more than the sum of the parts of a building, he said. “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design should change to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Performance.”

The exhibit
The Ecobuild & AEC-ST exhibit runs Dec. 10-11. There are four pavilions on the floor: Building Information Modeling; GreenMech Pavilion and Theater – Mechanical Systems Energy and Efficiency; Green Insulation Pavilion and Theater; and Efficient Windows Collaborative Pavilion.

“We are expecting about 2,000 registrants this year, about the same as last year,” Edwards said. “Five [percent] to 10 percent of our registrants are international. Last year, 5 percent of our registrants were international.”