San Diego BIMForum – Call for Presentations

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

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

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

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

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

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. [+]


Building Information Modeling: What’s in a Name?

By Dace Campbell of Autodesk | Posted in Articles

Recently, I participated in the BIMForum in Boston, where the topic about “Design Optimization” drew a record crowd of professional attendees. Early and often, the presenters referenced “BIM” (Building Information Modeling) as a term or concept, with notable attention to the “I” (Information) in BIM as a key point of emphasis in successfully optimizing design. [+]


Thoughts on the Boston BIMForum

By Dan Gallivan of Payette | Posted in Articles

Attending the recent Spring BIMForum in Boston, many of the topics and discussions reminded me of an internal presentation I held in our office back in February. My presentation compared Building Information Modeling (BIM) of the architects for design, to the Building Models construction managers and general contractors are creating for construction. [+]


Design Optimization Flashblog: Optimizing Design at BIMForum

By James Vandezande of HOK | Posted in Articles

I recently had the privilege to co-host the Spring BIMForum conference held at the Renaissance Waterfront in Boston, MA. BIMForum is a group whose mission is:

“…to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the AEC industry. We will lead by example and synchronize with counterparts in all sectors of the industry to jointly develop best practice for virtual design and construction (VDC).”

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) was the founder of this growing group, but the AIA has also joined forces with the AGC in support of BIMForum’s goals. We selected the theme of this event as “Optimizing Design with BIM” – a broad look at how we are improving our process and our products with technology. The presentation proposals were selected from a wide variety of disciplines – from computation, to urban design, to architecture and engineering. Click here to watch our conference theme introduction… [+]


Design Optimization Flashblog: BIMForum Boston recap: Gilbane inspires with collaboration challenge

By Sasha Reed of Bluebeam Software, Inc | Posted in Articles

I recently attended BIM Forum in Boston, which is an AGC-sponsored event that brings together some of the top Architectural, Engineering and Construction firms from across the US.  The focus of this forum was “Optimizing Design with BIM.”  The sessions ran the gambit.  It was everything from taking a page from Aerospace for Simulation Design to predictive analysis—even designing Cinderella’s castle in Revit, which won Disney an AIA TAP award for Design.

One of the sessions that really stood out to me was from Gilbane.  [+]