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Building Innovation 2015 Conference & Expo Program

Science meets DesignConference Program

Information Resources and Technologies Symposium:
Improving Facilities with the Power of Information

Earn 6.0 Learning Units / Health, Safety, Welfare

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
(Following the Opening Keynote Address at 8:30 am)

Information—whether good or bad— is the basis for all leadership and decision making, and a key component of productivity. The facilities industry (with its decades-old downward sloping productivity curve) is beginning to move into the information age, but there are still islands of uncoordinated information in every facet of the industry. Find out about the tools available to advance the industry during the Information Resources and Technologies Symposium: Improving Facilities with the Power of Information.

This day-long symposium will start with the end goal in mind and focus on what opportunities exist for the owner of an information-rich facility; how information, created one time by an authoritative source, can then be stored and made available to others for their use and repurposing; and how that information can be used to support resiliency for disaster recovery (DR) and continuation of operations (COOP) after a crisis. Presenters will then trace how facility information is created and made available to others during design, construction, assembly and operations throughout the facility’s life cycle. They will highlight some of the missing pieces to make information even more valuable and trusted by all parties. Geared towards everyone involved in the facility information cycle—owners, operators, maintainers and fabricators, based on information created by planners, designers and constructors—this event will identify many new opportunities for the facility team (and the industry) to become more productive.

The day will consist of four areas of focus. The first session, Start with the End in Mind: Facility Operations Optimization, will answer two important questions: "What is the full potential of information-rich facilities?” and "How do you prepare to take advantage of the information to operate your facilities in a sustainable way?” This session will include several case studies that showcase how to optimize information gathered during planning, design, construction and operations.

The second session will address Resilient Facilities: Information's Role When Disaster Strikes. When a manmade or natural disaster strikes, it impacts where people live and work. The time it takes to recover from such a disaster has a profound effect on the people and businesses in a community. While model building codes protect against immediate loss of life, they do little to help a facility or community remain functional following a catastrophic event. This session will highlight how having access to information during design and construction can benefit a facility when disaster strikes.

The third session looks at Construction: The Information Goldmine. The key time for immediate information use is during construction and fabrication. The contractor generates, uses and acts as a conduit for information. Information is needed for final shop drawings— detailed design drawings, as well as those drawings connecting to the product life-cycle management (PLM) cycle to order and document what was installed. Information is a key aspect of scheduling and ensuring costs are controlled. During construction is when the future life-cycle cost of a facility can be most impacted. The actual installation of assets has significant ramifications on the cost to maintain a facility.

While it is never too late to create a building information model (BIM) for a facility, the best time to start is at the beginning of the project (with the authoritative source capturing the information). The final session, Getting Started on the Right Foot: The First Critical Steps, will focus on the owner and the designer and their first critical steps.

Speakers/Session Leaders:

  • Jim Becker, Corporate Senior Vice President, Skanska USA Building
  • Dru Crawley, Bentley Fellow and Director, Building Performance, Bentley Systems
  • Jason Fairchild, CAD/BIM Community of Practice Leader, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Thomas Gay, Assistant Vice President, Manager Engineering Plan Services, FM Global
  • B. James Glocking, PhD, MIFireE, Technical Director, Fire Protection Association (UK)
  • Steve Hagan, President/CEO, Hagan Consulting
  • John Jacobs, Chief Information Officer, JE Dunn
  • Burcin Kaplanoglu, PhD, Vice President, Telecom Business Unit, Lend Lease and Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University
  • Ricardo Khan, Director of Integrated Construction, Mortenson
  • Hannu Lindberg, Senior BIM Project Manager, DPR
  • John I. Messner, PhD, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Kimon Onuma, FAIA, President and Founder, Onuma
  • Greg Schleusner, Vice President - Director of buildingSMART Innovation, HOK
  • Andy Smith, AIA, Solutions Executive, Bentley Systems, and Chair, buildingSMART alliance
  • Dana K. "Deke” Smith, FAIA, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences, and Executive Director, buildingSMART alliance
  • Raymond Topping, Director, FIATECH
  • Robert Yori, Senior Digital Design Manager, SOM


  • Owner opportunities
  • Sustainability
  • Resiliency
  • Life-cycle costing
  • The benefits of building information modeling (BIM)
  • The National BIM Standard-United States®
  • The U.S. National CAD Standard®
  • Facility maintenance and operations priorities
  • Project management tools
  • Information resources, including the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) and Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK)
  • Integrated facility management (iFM)


8:30 am – 9:30 am

Conference Opening Keynote presented by Bryan Koon, president of the National Emergency Management Association and director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management

9:30 am – 9:45 am


9:45 am – 10:50 am

Session 1: Start With the End in Mind: Facility Operations Optimization

Session Leader: Burcin Kaplanoglu, Lend-Lease
John Messner, Penn State
Kimon Onuma, Onuma
Ray Topping, FIATECH

10:50 am – 12:00 pm

Session 2: Resilient Facilities: Information's Role When Disaster Strikes

Session Leader: Thomas Gay, FM Global
Dru Crawley, Bentley
B. James Glocking, Fire Protection Association (UK)
Steve Hagan, Hagan Consulting

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Exhibits Walking Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 3: Construction: The Information Goldmine

Session Leader: Jim Becker, Skanska USA Building
Ricardo Khan, Mortenson
John Jacobs, JE Dunn
Hannu Lindberg, DPR

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Session 4: Vision 2021 - The Challenge

Deke Smith, National Institute of Building Sciences



4:00 pm – 5:05 pm

Session 5: Getting Started on the Right Foot: The First Critical Steps

Session Leader: Andy Smith, Bentley
Greg Schleusner, HOK
Robert Yori, SOM
Jason Fairchild, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

5:05 pm – 5:30 pm

Session 6: Wrap Up Session

Deke Smith, National Institute of Building Sciences



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