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Chicago BIMForum, July 19-20: Call For Presentations

By BIMForum on February 22, 2011


A consensus is emerging about the benefits of tapping the expertise of consultants, contractors, and facility managers during the early phases of a BIM-enabled project. The intent is to achieve design decisions that are both early and well informed to avoid costly later revisions. But does this necessarily imply that all design effort should be concentrated exclusively at the start of a project? Are late design decisions necessarily detrimental to budget, schedule, and quality? Are changing client requirements and construction volatility such that early decisions are not only impractical but also to be avoided?

If you have direct experience related to the impact of early or late design decisions, we are very much interested in hearing from you. To provide additional clarity, submitted presentations should consider addressing some of the following design related topics:

· Is the idea of good early decisions pragmatically an oxymoron and not possible?
· Is a good decision once made always a good decision?
· Is it reasonable to expect a fixed functional program from a client?
· Can all factors that affect design and cost be known early in a project?
· Do late design decisions always adversely affect a project budget and schedule?
· How does BIM technology affect the cost and schedule implications of late decisions?
· Can design realistically progress in an efficient and linear way without iteratively searching for an
optimum solution?
· Are legacy project phases applicable in integrated design and construction?
· What are valid contractual relationships related to consultant, contractor, subcontractor, and facility
manager design input?
· How can consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and fabricators be engaged in evaluating multiple
designs when they have monetary incentives to consider the fewest schemes possible?
· Are clients willing to pay for additional early design effort by “non-designers”?
· Are consultants and contractors assuming more the role of the designer in early phases while
simultaneously ceding much of their legacy documentation and management roles to subcontractors
and fabricators?
· Where does traditional design leave off and spatial coordination begin?
· When does spatial coordination morph into design?
· How can contractors and designers find common ground for design and coordination?

Proposals are due by Friday, May 6th, 2011.
To Submit a proposal, click here.