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BI2020 Keynotes: 3D Printing Technology, Resilience and Diverse Workforce Recruitment

Posted By Christine Cube, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Building Innovation 2020: Virtual Edition is less than two months away. 

We're hard at work, combing through the virtual technology that will bring you two days of the best information around building technology, resilience, and workforce on August 18-19. Attendees also will be able to earn up to 8 AIA-approved CES/HSW credits, over two days, for full conference attendance.

Speaker highlights include these keynote presentations:

BI2020 Technology Track
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3D Printing as a New Paradigm for Affordable, Resilient Housing, with Evan Loomis, Co-Founder and Chairman, ICON. In 2018, ICON delivered the first 3D-printed home to receive a building permit in the U.S. Loomis' presentation will cover how ICON is using robotics, software and advanced materials to bring affordable and dignified housing to people affected by disasters, while solving for a plurality of problems, including homelessness, affordability and resiliency of homes.

BI2020 Resilience Track

 How We See Now, with Billie Faircloth, Partner, KieranTimberlake. Faircloth leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. In this session, Faircloth will discuss resilience through the daily actions and diverse projects of KieranTimberlake.

BI2020 Workforce Track

Improving Construction Safety to Recruit a Stronger and More Diverse Workforce, with Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters, and Doug Mouton, General Manager, Global Datacenter Procurement and Construction at Microsoft. Presented by the Women Executives in Building Summit, this keynote will explore how the topic of safety in the construction industry and the need for efficiency and better production are closely related. Among the takeaways: How an enduring safety culture creates safe workers and jobsites, and how adopting and enforcing safety practices eliminates project disruptions.

BI2020: Virtual Edition will feature 16 sessions, covering topics like zero energy, building performance, design and resilience, mitigation, green jobs, workforce development, and the challenges that COVID-19 brings to the built environment.

It is open to all within the built environment and features a “pay what you can” registration fee. Registration fees will be used to support the cost of the technology, and the NIBS 501(c)3 non-profit mission to serve the public interest by advancing building science and technology to improve the built environment. Register today!

Want to learn more? We'll break down the Resilience sessions on the BI2020 agenda in our next post. Stay tuned! Also, let's be social! We're @bldgsciences on Twitter, or you can find us on Facebook.

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It’s #GirlDay2020 – A Day to Recognize that Inspiration in STEM Starts Early

Posted By Christine Cube,, Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Happy #GirlDay2020!

Inspiring today’s youth to enter into STEM careers begins with education, and it must start early.

According to the Society of Women Engineers, just 13 percent of engineers are women. More than 32 percent of women switch out of STEM degree programs in college, and 30 percent of women who have left the engineering profession cite organizational climate as the reason.

Thankfully, the tides are changing with regard to higher education: Since 2012, there’s been a 58 percent increase in bachelor’s degrees awarded to women in engineering and computer science. Further, 6.1 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering were awarded to women of color.

GirlDay2020 is a program of DiscoverE, which “works to ensure people everywhere understand how engineers, technicians, and technologists make the world a better place.” The organization mobilizes and supports the engineering and technology volunteering communities. It also provides engineering activities for kids and students.

The GirlDay2020 program is part of EWeek, which runs from Feb. 16-22. EWeek was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951. It’s dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Formally, EWeek is a coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and 50+ corporations and government agencies. Every year, EWeek reaches thousands of schools, businesses, and community groups across the country.

Tackling workforce issues at BI2020

At the National Institute of Building Sciences, we’re putting the finishing touches on our speaker lineup and educational sessions for the Building Innovation 2020 Conference & Expo.

We have an entire day dedicated to workforce, which is being affected across the board in the built environment. It starts with a labor shortage and not finding enough skilled workers to fill job openings.

Among the highlights of the BI2020 sessions is one being led by Marjan Sadeghi, a VDC Engineer at VIATechnik. Sadeghi holds a doctorate in construction engineering and management, and she has a background in civil engineering.

Her session is entitled Extending Virtual Design and Construction for Facilities Management.

This talk will look at the power of computational building information models (BIMs) in facilitating automated workflows to generate data-rich FM deliverables, retrieve and verify model data for the transition to FM systems, and carry out analysis for downstream FM tasks.

Building Innovation 2020 is scheduled for April 6-9. It’s a premiere event for the built environment that brings together innovators, government leaders, public and private sector representatives, and officials from building and construction. Register today to attend.

In other news, here’s another date to put on your calendar: March 4. It’s World Engineering Day. 

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