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This one-day event features Owners and AEC Professionals, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Community Experts for a day of learning and networking.

TECH AREA and Experts on-hand to answer your questions! Featuring Bluebeam, Reconstruct & Trimble and Autodesk Products.

Presentations Include:

Project Showcases - Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Information Modeling (SHIM) presentation!
Broward County staff discusses updated BIM / digital deliverable contract language and expectations on AEC projects
Digital twin and data interoperability
Software demonstrations by Reconstruct, Bluebeam, Trimble and Autodesk
The future of open standards and IFC
The challenges with doing digital deliverables to meet an owner requirement
Challenges of the BIM Buy-out process - An AECO Panel Discussion
Design-Build Institute of America's Director of VDC, Brian Skripac to discuss their national initiatives

And so much more!

Event attire is Business Casual.

Event Schedule

7:30am check-in. 8:00am to 5:00pm event program. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

8:00am – 9:00am: “The Jetsons” World is our Reality! How ready are you?
Cindy Baldwin, buildingSMART USA Executive Committee, President, VDCO Tech, Inc.
Brian Skripac, Director Virtual Design & Construction, Design Build institute of America

The Jetson’s portrayed a technology enabled utopia where the artificial intelligence industry boomed. We aren’t quite there, but how far off are we? Learn what organizations like buildingSMART, AGC, AIA, National BIM Program, DBIA and IFMA are doing today as it relates to enabled technology.

9:00am – 9:30am: Digital Twin and Data Interoperability
Scott Yates, Woolpert, Director Strategic Consulting

The term digital twin is among the most widely misused but also important terms in information and industrial technology today. Everywhere you look, software companies are claiming to provide complete digital twin platforms, consultants are claiming to deliver transformative digital twin services, and customers are claiming to have developed digital twins of their systems, facilities, assets, or operations. Some meet the real definition of a digital twin, but most do not. This session will define and discuss Digital Twin of today the role open standards plays in data integration.

9:30am – 10:00am: AASHTO guiding the future of open standards and IFC
Alexa Mitchell, Transportation BIM Manager, HDR

A collaborative effort of 24 states, including FL, and FHWA through a transportation pooled fund that started in 2018 . The pooled fund main objective is to develop a National Standard for open exchange for bridge and structure data utilizing IFC since 2018 – a vision set by the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures. IFC was selected as the AASHTO official data standard for the exchange of BIM data.

10:00am – 10:30am: Automated Plan Review and Specialized Building Department Services
Carlos A. Penin, PE President CAP Government
Cindy W. Baldwin, CGC, buildingSMART USA Executive Committee, President, VDCO Tech, Inc.

How building departments are utilizing technology today and the role open BIM Standards will play in automation and smart city integration.

10:30am – 10:45am: BREAK

10:45am – 11:45am: What to know about Broward County Digital Requirements in Design and Construction Projects? Presentation and Public Input Session
Ariadna Musarra, Broward County Construction Management Division, Director / County Architect
Jeff Thompson, Broward County Construction Management Division, Assistant Director
Rob Dennis, Broward County Public Works, Assistant Director

County staff will review current BIM requirements for County projects including model accuracy and data requirements. Session will include time for public comments.

12:00pm – 1: 00pm: Lunch & Tech showcase and product demonstrations.

Bluebeam to present from 12:00 - 12:30 and buildingPoint Florida to Demo Trimble products following.
Ari Rejtman, Bluebeam Certified Instructor, DDSCAD

Bluebeam Revu is powerful PDF software optimized for the AEC industry that includes tools for cost estimation, transportation project review, and properly preparing submittals with digital signatures to municipalities. In this presentation, we will showcase Revu’s most relevant features for the civil infrastructure and transportation industries and demonstrate how to effectively utilize the program.

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Why avoiding technology is career suicide. See how Royal Caribbean Group is leading with technology.
Alix Loiseau, CM-BIM, CAVEMan & VDC Director Royal Caribbean Group

See how Royal Caribbean New Build & Innovation Group blends a CAVE environment, gaming engines, CGI technology and Ship Information Modeling (SHIM) as part of RCC’s design build process, and learn why technology is critical for the AEC’s industry’s success.

1:45pm – 2:15pm: How Geospatial Data Drives our Virtual World
Randy Murphy, Arora Engineers, Geospatial Technical Lead

Geospatial Data (including BIM, CAD, GIS, Aerial Imagery and Reality Capture) provides the basis for the planning and design, but also the operation and maintenance of the facilities, building, infrastructure, and assets we build. Unfortunately, this data is often not of the quality required and is often constrained within silos that limit its use. This presentation will discuss how to improve the quality of this data and make it accessible across project phases and organizational departments. Examples from the airport industry that can be applied in other sectors will be presented.

2:15pm- 2:30pm Break

2:30pm-3:30pm: Visualizing Project Risk with P6 Schedule integration, BIM and Construction Monitoring
Zak MacRunnels, CEO, Reconstruct
Lance VanSchaik, BIM/VDC Project Manager, VDCO Tech

This session features will feature a live virtual tour of the $1.3B Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center and Hotel Project using Reconstruct and will include a panel discussion on ways to monitor quality, mitigate risk and prevent rework through visual documentation and BIM compliance reviews.

3:30pm – 4:30pm: Broward County Contracting: BIM Buy out, Not Cop-out – A Panel Discussion
Alez Lazowick, President of Keith

Alex Lazowick P.E., PMP, ENV SP, President of KEITH, a firm specializing in holistic development solutions, will lead a panel discussion on the benefits of BIM in Broward County's AEC industry. The panel will include representatives from architects, contractors, sub-contractors, owners, and engineers, discussing the advantages of BIM's digital representation of a building's physical and functional characteristics in improving communication, coordination, and decision-making. This panel promises to be an informative opportunity for industry professionals to gain valuable insights and stay ahead of the curve in a competitive field.

Wade Martin, Senior VDC Manager, Batson-Cook
Bryan Pravda, Principal Architect, Pravda Architecture/Design
Haley Perry, Project Manager, AECOM
Aniruddha (Ani) Anajan, BIM/VDC Manager, Baker Concrete
Broward County CMD Staff

4:30pm-5:00pm: What’s Next and Why it Matters – Closing Session

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