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Keynote Will Give Inside Look at Department of State Facility Operations

Wednesday, October 5, 2011  
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For all of those people who have wondered how a federal agency implements facility operations improvements department-wide, this is the keynote to see. Attend the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) keynote presentation, Wednesday, December 7, from 8:30-10:00 ET, and learn how the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) incorporates information technology (IT), including building information modeling (BIM), into its overall facility strategy.

This exciting inside look at OBO kicks off the COBie events held at the 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Meeting and serves as the official keynote address of the 2011 Ecobuild America Conference, to be held December 5-9, in Washington, D.C.

Come hear OBO Information Resource Management Division Director Robert E. Clarke and OBO Information Resource Management Application Development Branch Chief Danilo Stapula present, "COBie and BIM: an Integrated Standards-Based Environment for Building Management."

OBO recently finalized a five-year Information Technology Strategic Plan, which will serve as a mission-driven blueprint for the technology solutions and services needed to support OBO’s requirements in Washington and overseas. Responsible for the full life-cycle planning, acquisition, design, construction, maintenance and disposal of State’s overseas facilities, the Bureau also serves as the real property manager for the Department’s multi-million dollar portfolio of diplomatic and residential properties. OBO manages approximately 20,000 building, land and structure assets located at 289 posts worldwide.

Clarke and Stapula will present aspects of the OBO plan and implementation, including development of a global Unified Building Management System (UBMS) to support posts and headquarters, and establishment of a comprehensive BIM solution for life-cycle building planning and management.

Their presentation will reinforce the relationship between a Unified Building Management System and BIM through the use of the COBie standard. The presentation will explore the nature and links between BIM and facility management needs. It also will highlight the importance of developing and deploying international industry standards in the building sciences, including the Industry Foundation Class (IFC)-based COBie approach, which will be supported by the Specifiers Property information exchange (SPie) currently under development.

Institute members will receive a 20% discount on registration. (Just enter the discount code "NIBS11" when registering.) To find out more about the Institute’s Annual Meeting, as well as to learn about co-located events and Ecobuild America sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, visit

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