Building Innovation 2016 Conference & Expo Program

Conference Program

Information Resources & Technologies Symposium:
Tools and Technologies to Reach Resilience 

Earn 5.5 Learning Units / Health, Safety, Welfare

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 10:15 am — 5:30 pm
(Following the FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast at 8:30 am)

Information and the tools to use it effectively are important fundamentals for the achievement of high-performance buildings and communities. Assuring that information is available at the most relevant time and in a format most accessible to the particular application or user requires significant consideration of information organization and interoperability. This one-day symposium identifies the current and emerging tools and technologies essential to the realization of high-performance and resilience goals. This symposium will build on the Industry Leadership & Advocacy Symposium’s discussion of the People and Processes to Reach Resilience, to be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

The following councils, committees and programs will present their related work during this symposium:

  • buildingSMART alliance (bSa)
  • High Performance Building Council (HPBC)
  • Integrated Resilient Design Program
  • Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)
  • Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK)
  • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)


  • Tim Chipman, President, Constructivity, LLC 
  • Sue Klawans, Director of Operational Excellence and Planning, Gilbane Building Company
  • Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering
  • Kimon Onuma, President, Onuma Systems
  • Bob Payn, Director, Information Technology, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Jason Steinbock, The Weidt Group
  • Michael Tardif, Principal, Building Informatics
  • E. Scott Tezak, Security Practice Lead, TRC
  • James P. Whittaker, PE, CFM, President/CEO, Facility Engineering Associates


  • Bridge information modeling
  • Building information modeling
  • Energy modeling
  • Geographic information systems
  • High-performance building goals
  • Information tools and technology
  • Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) tool
  • Interoperability
  • Open data
  • Open standards
  • Risk and resilience measurement and management
  • Web services



8:30 am – 10:00 am

FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast

10:00 am – 10:15 am 



Introduction to Tools and Technology
James Whittaker, Facility Engineering Associates

10:45 – noon

High-Performance Data and Information

Kimon Onuma
, Onuma Systems

Modeling using Open Standards – Examples from bSA and FHWA
Tim Chipman
, Constructivity, LLC

BIM-Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Integration

Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie)
Michael Tardif
, Building Informatics

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

High-Performance Tools and Technology

Energy Modeling
Jason Steinbock
, The Weidt Group

Assessing Building and Infrastructure Using Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS)
E. Scott Tezak, TRC

Casey Martin, AIA, AICP, Jacobs Engineering
Bob Payn, National Institute of Building Sciences 

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Wrap-Up Panel Discussion:
Bringing Together the People and Processes, Tools and Technologies

Sue Klawans, Gilbane Building Company (Moderator)
James Whittaker, PE, CFM, Facility Engineering Associates
Kimon Onuma, Onuma Systems 

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