5 Tips for Running an Awesome Conference

By James Vandezande of HOK | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News


I was honored once again to volunteer my time as the event chair for the BIMForum. The group’s most recent event was held on April 29-30 in sunny San Diego. The twice annual conferences are built around a theme to focus the content of the presentations and discussions around a core concept. For Spring 2015, the BIMForum chose “Transforming Deliverables” as the main theme, which has some interesting interpretations. One may see the topic of deliverables that transform our processes, while others will want to learn how we are transforming our traditional deliverables using BIM.



San Diego BIMForum Spring 2015 Presentations

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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The following presentations from the Spring 2015 San Diego BIMForum are available here:



BIMForum Questionnaire

By The BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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Please take a moment to complete our BIMForum Questionnaire. Thank you in advance for your valuable feedback!


BIM: Are We There Yet?

By Matthew Sulhoff – Implementation Manager, Assemble Systems | Posted in Articles


“Are we there yet?”  The all too familiar question asked from the back seat anytime we leave the house. Ultimately this game results in the parental tactical nuke of, “One more time and no Minecraft for a week.”


This is a very valid question.  It emanates from not understanding the time to destination.  Once a trip has been traveled a number of times, there is a familiarity with the route and how long it takes to travel. Markers along the way give a sense of place and being and help to predict just how much longer they [+]


San Diego BIMForum – Call for Presentations

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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April 29-30, 2015 in San Diego, California

Theme: Transforming Deliverables

The “deliverable” is a mechanism used to relay instructions and information from one party to another in a useful format. A common opinion is that the “I” in BIM is of utmost importance, but it is also the most overlooked. How can our industry better harness the information we are creating with BIM tools? What forms should these new deliverables take? Do traditional formats still work? Are there ‘new and improved’ deliverables on the horizon? [+]


BIMForum Articles – We Want Your Submissions!

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

The BIMForum aims to be the go-to source for rich discourse on the topics that are transforming the AEC industry, offering carefully curated content written by leading thinkers who continue to innovate and inspire.

We seek to deliver directly applicable insights and VDC best practices developed by contractors, architects, engineers, owners, and all other stakeholders across the industry. In pursuit of our mission, we encourage submissions that promote constructive interdisciplinary discussion of the most important topics in the AEC industry today – and in the future.

Why Write?

  • Gain exposure for your work and your firm in front of a growing audience
  • Receive a byline/author bio, giving you credit for your submission and a link to your own site
  • Expand the reach of your writing via social media promotion

Submission Guidelines

  1. Submit articles to
  2. All articles should be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files).
  3. Submissions should not exceed 1,000 words.
  4. Include the name, company, and email for all authors.

We appreciate the time and effort you put into your article. If it is approved, we will work with you to ensure we reach our intended audience. Articles will be posted monthly.


Dallas BIMForum Presentations

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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The following presentations from the Fall 2014 Dallas BIMForum are available here: [+]


Dallas BIMForum – On the Jobsite Knowledge Sharing Session

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles

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Are you going to the Fall BIMForum? Miss your chance to submit a proposal? The Call for Proposals has closed, but if you’re still interested in sharing your jobsite experiences with your colleagues, we want to hear from you.

We will have a Field Communications Knowledge Sharing Session within the “On the Jobsite” track on Thursday, October 9, from 1:00pm – 3:45pm. During this session, we will aim to focus on practical applications of  BIM/VDC and related technology to support improving collaboration and communication on the jobsite. Here are the details:

Presentation Format:

  • 10 minute rapid fire presentation
    • 5 minute presentation with 5 minutes of Q&A
  • 3 main slides – MAXIMUM 5 slides to support your topic

Each presenter will frame their presentation in the following format:

  1. State problem – what are we trying to solve? For who? Why?
  2. Present the solution – it doesn’t need to be completely figured out, but share how you addressed the challenge with BIM/VDC or technology on the jobsite
    1. What was the technology delivery system – is it just software? Database or system integration? Technology that doesn’t exist yet, but the trends are tracking in that direction?
  3. Describe your plus/delta – what went well, what can be improved?
    1. Share any metrics to support your solution.
    2. Saved time, improved communication…

Here are some possible topics that you could present:

  • Model based Layout/Total Station
  • Laser scanning
  • Project Data/Model access in the Field – Field station or job box
  • Cloud solutions to drive access to the field
  • Mobile devices – tablets/iPads/apps…
  • Robots (drones)

If you would like to give a short presentation on one of these topics, please submit your proposal to Marisa Gerdano by August 29.


Dallas BIMForum – Courses at BIMForum

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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October 7-8, 2014 in Dallas, Texas

We are pleased to offer several BIM courses at the Intercontinental Dallas Hotel leading up to the Dallas BIMForum. These courses are separate from the BIMForum conference program and are being held jointly between AGC of America and AGC TEXO. For a full description of any of the courses below, click here. To register for any of these courses, visit the Dallas BIMForum registration page.



Unit 1: An Introduction To Building Information Modeling – 10/7/2014 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
An Introduction to Building Information Modeling and BIM

Unit 2: BIM Technology – 10/8/2014 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

BIM Units 1 and 2 Bundle – 10/7/2014 7:30 AM – 10/8/2014 5:00 PM


Dallas BIMForum – Call for Presentations

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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October 9-10, 2014 in Dallas, Texas

Theme: Optimizing Construction with BIM

At the April BIMForum conference, we discussed how implementation of building information modeling processes is optimizing project design. Now, at the October BIMForum conference in Dallas, we turn to optimizing construction. We are seeking individuals and integrated teams with intelligent, real world examples on how BIM is being used proactively, to have a measurable impact on the construction process. [+]