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Monday, June 21, 2010

USC School of Architecture upcoming BIM events.

I had the honor of sitting in on a BIM lecture at the AIA National Convention last week by Karen Kensek, a professor at USC.  We had some good BIM banter during her question and answer period and I'm happy to help in her request to me to post these events on my blog.   I hope that any and all of you have the ability to attend these seminars.  It's nice to know that there's a university out there so deeply enmeshed in BIM.  I wonder what USC knows that so many architectural programs at other schools haven't figured out yet. 

Karen, keep up the great work and keep these types of events coming more frequently.

This summer, the USC School of Architecture is offering TWO EVENTS that you might be interested in:  an exclusive series of Executive Education roundtable seminars and the FREE annual BIM symposium.  Please take the time to read the entire email if you are seriously interested in the current and future state of the AECO profession.

Feel free to forward this email to your colleagues and others that you feel would be interested in our events.

Thank you for your time!  Sorry that the email is so long, but I needed to describe BOTH EVENTS.



USC, School of Architecture

EXECUTIVE EDUCATION:  August 2nd and 3rd
This year, we have launched five course offerings centered on the theme of Los Angeles as a 21st century model of critical urbanism, creativity, and culture. These courses will explore a set of strategically themed topics, connecting over a dozen of the most forward thinking global practitioners, politicians, and urban theorists today with our own faculty.  One of the two-day sessions is themed around building information modeling (BIM).  This is a unique opportunity to interact in a small group (30 maximum attendees) with leaders in the profession, in a session focusing on dialogue and debate.  Please visit the website for further information about this unique event, its distinguished speakers, and registration information.  As only a very limited number of spaces are available, please enroll soon.

Keep checking back on the website as additional information will be updated there.



Current list of speakers:

Keynote speakers:
Phil Bernstein, confirmed
Vice President, Industry Strategy and Relations, Autodesk AEC Solutions

Ken Sanders, confirmed
CIO of Gensler

Session leaders:
Cristiano Ceccato, invited
Associate,  Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Larry Eisenberg, confirmed
Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Development
Los Angeles Community College District

Carl Galioto FAIA, invited
Senior Principal, Managing Principal HOK/New York

Stephen R. Hagan FAIA, confirmed
U.S. General Services Administration

Atul Khanzode, confirmed
Director of Virtual Building at DPR Construction, Inc.

David Todd, confirmed
Executive Vice President National Technical Services
Bovis Lend Lease, formerly Walt Disney Imagineering for 33 years

invited instigators:
Jordan Brandt, Horizontall LLC
Marty Doscher, Morphosis
Calvin Kam, CIFE, Stanford University; Optima
Dennis Selden, Gehry Technologies

BIM isn’t BIM without Information.  For decades, faculty, researchers, and software companies have been developing software tools that are intended predict the performance of a building, for example, energy consumption, day lighting, cost, code compliance, structural analysis, etc. These tools have typically been stand-alone tools that provide a specific analytical capability.  The range and depth of these tools has been astonishing, and yet lamentably many of these tools have not been significantly integrated into the design processes of professionals.  BIM is a promising technology to encourage improved integration of design analysis into the building model.  For the Fourth Annual BIM + Symposium, we will explore the nature of analytical modeling in architecture, engineering, and construction.  We will seek opportunities for a more responsive integration of the evidence/simulation based design decision-making.  We will have speakers who have integrated simulation and BIM i
n their design process, a forward looking section on BIM parametrics, and informative presentations on interoperability and standards.  More information including a list of speakers and registration information will be available on the web site.  Please reserve your spot soon; BIM CON!FAB filled up last year.

Keep checking back on the website as additional information will be updated there.


Current list of confirmed speakers:

* Architecture and Engineering *
Rachelle Villalon,  Jenna Knudsen, and Alex Korter,  CO Architects
Erin McConahey + team, ARUP
Mitch Dec, David Summers, Tianxin Xing, Glumac, “Rapid Energy Modeling”

* Construction *
Jim Bedrick, Webcor
Viktor Bullain, Turner Construction, "BIM Execution Plan for Successful Model-based Analysis"
Jonathan Widney, Solibri and Darren Roos, Suffolk Construction Company, "Mining the Model – Analysis of the Model Information, not just the Geometry"

* Parametrics / Performance Based or Algorithmic Design *
Nathan Miller, NBBJ, "Feedback Cloud:  Tactics for Toolset Integration and Design Optimization"
Kurt Komraus, Buro Happold

* Integration, Standards, the Big Picture *
Richard Nowicki, NTD Architecture and Lance Lareau, San Diego CCD, no title yet
Michael Rendler, LACCD, “BIM /GIS The WHOLE Picture.  LACCD e7 System”
Chuck Good-Man, Irwin Partners Architects

If you wish to contact us,  use one of the email addresses listed below.

If either of the websites don’t work, please contact Gennaro Avolio-Toly at avolioto@usc.edu .

For more information about the Executive Education sessions, please contact Eric Moore at ericjmoo@usc.edu .

For more information about BIM Analytics, please contact Eve Lin (Karen’s assistant) at shihhsil@usc.edu .

If you really want to get a hold of me, email kensek@usc.edu .  Thanks!


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