Boston BIMForum Presentations

By BIMForum on April 28, 2014

The following presentations from the Spring 2014 Boston BIMForum are available here:

Forum Introduction

John Tocci, Tocci Building Companies

Conference Introduction

James Vandezande, HOK & Laura Handler, Tocci Building Companies

Keynote: BIM BAM BOOM!

Patrick MacLeamy, HOK

As HOK’s chairman and chief executive, Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, LEED AP, leads the firm’s strategic vision and direction. He is based in San Francisco.

Patrick is an advocate for transforming the fragmented nature of the building industry to a vertically integrated, highly efficient system that emulates the manufacturing industry. He has supported this vision as a founder and chairman of buildingSMART International, an organization that fosters open, interoperable standards for data exchange in the building industry.

What is the value of BIM over time?

“I believe that owners can save enough money during building operations to pay for a substantial part of the design and construction of that building. The real promise of BIM is better design, better construction and better operations.”


The Art and Science of Performance Measurement

Tyler Goss, CASE

As Building Information Management technology evolves, it is critically important that training, procedures, and collaboration methods change to take full advantage of revolutionary advances in hardware and software. This presentation will examine three case studies on high-value business processes (design iteration, coordination, and production control) where design and construction teams measured the specific impact of BIM on process efficiency. Diving deeper, these case studies will describe how to develop rigorous scientific testing environments in the messy world of construction, outline the benefits of both autonomic and manual data collection strategies, suggest best practices for testing and evaluating alternative delivery strategies, and how to capture and broadcast these best practices across complex organizational structures.

As Director of Construction Solutions at CASE, Tyler Goss leads our efforts to improve construction through process transformation. A licensed architect and experienced construction manager, he leverages integrated technology solutions to create productivity-driven improvements. Prior to joining CASE, Tyler held the position of Regional VDC Manager of Turner Construction where he led the implementation of innovative construction management technologies and processes for projects like the Levi’s Stadium, Madison Square Garden and NYU Langone Medical Center. He earned a Master of Architecture from UCLA and has presented to diverse industry audiences at events including the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Summit of the Americas, the national conference for the Construction Managers Association of America, ENR FutureTech, and Autodesk University.


On Optimization: Q&A Session

Optimizing Building Layout to Minimize Walking Distances

Harry Mattison, Boost Your BIM & Robert Manna, Stantec



Building Information Modeling, enhanced with API applications, can help architects and clients create highly efficient building layouts.

Kaizen Institute USA notes that “Unlike warehouses, production facilities or offices, it is very difficult to make dramatic changes to the layout of a hospital once it is built. This results in poor patient flow, poor use of space or excessive walking distances becoming set in concrete for many decades.”

During the design of large hospitals, clients put a premium on evaluating the “efficiency” of the building shape and layout of individual rooms. Clients and their architects want to understand how their design decisions will impact the walking distances for both patients and staff. Manually identifying the shortest path and measuring walking distances between dozens or hundreds of rooms would be a tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone task.

Boost Your BIM, a Revit API development firm, and architects at Stantec have collaborated to create PathFinder, a tool that automates the computation of walking distances and straight-line distances between hospital rooms in a Revit model. These distances are used to quantify the efficiency of the hospital layout.

By seeking opportunities like this to programatically interpret BIM data, it is possible to reap much greater value from BIM.

Harry is the founder of Boost Your BIM, a software development and training company that collaborates with AEC firms to make Revit better. Boost Your BIM customers benefit from custom-built API applications that extend Revit’s capabilities and enable them to complete their work faster and with better results.

Boost Your BIM has built applications to automate routine tasks, enforce company standards, extract model data, use the Revit UI more efficiently, and solve other problems that would be difficult or impossible to do with Revit in its “out of the box” state.

Harry was an employee of Revit Technology Corporation and Autodesk from 1998 to 2012 and spent four of those years developing and testing new Revit APIs in areas such as the Family Editor, Massing, Analysis Visualization, Dynamic Model Update, and Views & Schedules.

Robert works for Stantec in the Boston office, he has been a key team member on multiple projects, and he now serves as the BIM R&D leader for the firm as well as providing business consulting services for clients implementing BIM. He has taught internally and helped develop the curriculum for training new users, provides high level support as well as planning and implementation of new tools. He has spoken at: RTC NA, Autodesk University, has been a guest lecturer at the BAC, and has presented at BIM events hosted by the AIA, ACEC, Autodesk and resellers. He has written two articles about Revit for the AUGI AEC Edge magazine, and has written assessment questions for KnowledgeSmart. He maintains a personal blog dedicated to Revit & BIM. When he has time he hangs out with his wife and two year old daughter, and enjoys skiing, swimming and biking.


Design to Fabrication Workflows and Visual Programming

Frank Fralick, The Beck Group


What should the relationship between building-scale modelling and object-scale modelling be?  Many design professionals struggle with how their representational model can be used directly to drive the creation of fabrication information.  My role at Beck (an integrated design and construction firm) is to find ways to leverage the information created during design to protect design intent, allow us to buy work in new ways, and to create self-performance opportunities for target scopes of work.  This often involves in-house generation of fabrication data, details, and installation drawings.  Over the past several years we have learned many practical lessons about moving design data from a BIM environment to a Digital Prototyping environment.  This presentation will draw on past projects to illustrate the progression of integration between BIM and Digital Prototyping, with a focus on our work to automate much of our digital prototyping process.  This presentation will discuss exciting new possibilities for cross platform integration/interoperability that will be made possible through new visual programming tools, like Dynamo.  I have been doing development work to extend Dynamo, which currently just targets Revit, to Autodesk Inventor (both projects are open source).  Traditionally interoperability is thought about as transfer of static design information.  New visual programming tools will create possibilities for a more associative kind of collaboration across modelling platforms.  Visual programming tools, specifically Grasshopper for Rhinoceros, are well know in the AEC industry.  Many view Dynamo  as “Grasshopper for Revit”, but at its core, Dynamo is built to be deployed to any application, and to create new opportunities for cross-platform and cross-discipline collaboration.  What Dynamo brings is the ability to generate the scaffolding or rigging of design intent in a way that is independent from the platform you are working in, and that maintains its links to live modelled objects.  This serves as an explicit record of the thought process behind the design intent, rather than just the final form of the design.  This information will be able to be shared associatively with versions of Dynamo running on disparate modelling platforms and used as the basis for downstream platform specific model generation.  This presentation will demonstrate this using Dynamo running in Revit, and Dynamo running in Inventor, discuss conditions under which these types of workflows could impact schedule and cost for both design and construction disciplines, as well as discuss other possible practical applications for these new tools.

Frank Fralick leads The Beck Group’s Procurement Group, an integrated enterprise providing architecture, construction, and development services throughout North and South America. Frank studied civil engineering at Vanderbilt and is a native of/based in Atlanta, GA.

Frank works closely with designers to understand their goals and uses his expertise to execute the vision without comprimise. Highly leveraged design data is employed to protect design intent, to allow work to bought in novel ways, and to execute digital fabrication and prefabrication opportunities on scopes of work randing from structural and ornamental steel, to complex millwork. Frank also develops tools that support the Procurement Group’s processes, focused on automation of fabrication model generation within several platforms.


Remote Solving – Collaborative Design and Analysis in the Cloud

Ben Howes & Matthew Naugle, Thornton Tomasetti



Remote Solving allows for an automated means of providing design feedback to our clients. The process entails building a specialized BIM model, hosted in the cloud, that has the ability to share certain high-level inputs and outputs with the client. As the client makes changes to these inputs, our model reads the updated BIM data, runs the desired analysis, then returns analysis feedback automatically – all without the need for exchanging full 3D models.

This process enables a highly fluid and rapid communication in the conceptual and schematic phases, when a design may only stay on the boards for a short period of time. As consulting engineers, much of our value during these phases depends heavily on how well and how quickly we can convey our findings about a particular design iteration.

This presentation will demonstrate how this integrated approach allows for effective design optimization during the conceptual and schematic project development phases, and enhances collaboration.

Benjamin Howes is member of the CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti, with a focus on computational design, research, and applications development. He is responsible for developing new design tools for engineers and designers at Thornton Tomasetti, and leads a small development team within the CORE studio. Benjamin has taught computational design and computer programming seminars at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY, and the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

Matthew Naugle is member of the CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti, with an emphasis on establishing digital workflows catered to the multifaceted modeling processes within the company. He is responsible for teaching and developing methods that utilize parametric modeling, interoperability, integrated analysis, BIM management, and geometry rationalization. Matthew has taught and lectured on the topics of parametric design, digital fabrication, and building systems at Philadelphia University, Stevens Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Rapid-Fire Technology Demonstration: Leica Geosystems


AIA TAP Awards


Moderated by Brian Skripac, 2014 Chair of AIA National Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community


BIM and Smarter Cities

Cheryl O’Neill & Radoslav Brandersky, Torti Gallas Urban



BIM visualizations are a powerful tool to simulate the impacts of planning initiatives on built environments before they are implemented. BIM visualizations exploit its ability to generate building forms directly from parameters, such as FAR or building heights, that are often contained in planning regulations. When carried out over an area of the city, a visual model of development can be created.

Torti Gallas has created a patented Town Information Modeling system (TIM) which marries the BIM tool with Navisworks, uniting both two and three-dimensional visualizations with multiple databases in a user-friendly software program. When married with GIS, this creates a powerful tool to make intelligent urban design and planning decisions utilizing hard data and accurate, place-based visualizations that engage clients and allow the best strategic decisions. The result eliminates many of the unintended consequences of paper regulations, creating smarter cities and improving the quality of our built environment.

This presentation will discuss the TIM system, its use of  BIM models and databases, and its application to a number of planning projects undertaken for both public municipalities and private developers, in the United States and abroad. An overview of the projects, the use of BIM and TIM systems will be discussed as well as the way in which they have engaged lay and professional audiences, and permitted more strategic, better informed decision-making.

Cheryl A. O’Neill is a Principal with Torti Gallas, an urban design and architecture firm with headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland and offices in Los Angeles, California, Istanbul, Turkey and Washington, DC. Ms. O’Neill is one of two directors of the DC office, Torti Gallas Urban. The largest firm in the country devoted to the principles of the New Urbanism, Torti Gallas’ practice operates at multiple scales of development, from regional planning to the design of mixed-use, residential buildings. Ms. O’Neill specializes in inner city urban design and revitalization projects. Over the past twenty years, she has designed and implemented plans in cities throughout the United States. Her work most recently has focused on the DC metropolitan region and includes planning, urban design, entitlement and architecture projects.

Ms. O’Neill’s leadership in urban revitalization has been recognized by numerous institutions, including HUD, CNU, APA and ASLA. Her projects have received many national awards, among them AIA Urban Design, CNU Charter and ASLA awards. Ms. O’Neill has lectured extensively at conferences and design schools throughout the country. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and studied Urban Design in Cornell’s Master of Architecture program, under the leadership of Colin Rowe.

Mr. Brandersky is a Senior Associate at Torti Gallas and Partners, a large  urban design and architecture firm headquartered in Silver Spring, MD and with offices in Los Angeles, California, Istanbul, Turkey and Washington DC. Mr. Brandersky is the firm’s Digital Design Manager; his responsibilities include BIM/CAD coordination, project planning, training and mentoring, creation of 3D renderings & animation, evaluation of new BIM-related software and technologies, development, implementation and enforcement of BIM standards.

Mr. Brandersky provides day-to-day support to multiple project teams and is the creative leader in the firm’s continued innovation in the use of computer technologies. Mr. Brandersky has attended numerous conferences, seminars and tech-tours for BIM products. He is an AUGI member and has been an Autodesk University Attendee since 2007.


Main Street: BIM Outreach to Stakeholders on a Complex Street Project

Christof Spieler & Armandina Chapa, Morris Architects


Main Street is the heart of Downtown Houston, passing through the historic district and the employment core. 10 years ago, it was rebuilt with light rail line. Today, with 8 new private development projects underway, the Downtown Redevelopment Authority is updating the streetscape with lighting, landscaping, and street furniture. This requires coordination with numerous residents and public agencies and careful consideration of existing conditions in a crowded urban environment. This is no easy task; previous projects in Downtown have left business and property owners surprised as signal cabinets, signage, and railings unexpectedly appeared in front of their buildings. To avoid that, and make the most of the construction budget, planners at Morris, leading a design team with landscape, civil, and lighting consultants, have built a BIM of all 19 blocks of Main Street. The model includes every curb, planter, tree, pole, sign, station canopy, utility box, and hydrant. It is being used to identify new objects and objects to be removed, to budget the project, and to show stakeholders what their street will look like. As construction documents are generated, the model serves as a continuing definition of project scope and tool for outreach. This project ignores the “B” in BIM but makes full use of the “I” to create a signature street.

Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP – is a Vice President and Director of Planning at Morris.He has coordinated the planning effort on projects including the Downtown-EaDo Livable Centers, which looked at integrating transportation, land use, and the public realm in an area including the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, the new Dynamo stadium, and Discovery Green, and the Galveston Livable Centers Study, which is intended to transform a 15-block area between the historic Strand and UTMB into a thriving walkable, mixed use area through public realm improvements, policy, and private development. His engineering background and talent for explaining technical issues help him coordinate team meetings and present studies to the public.

Christof leads firmwide efforts in BIM. Among his current projects are new firmwide BIM standards, initiatives to increase the use of BIM early in design, a new project process manual that leverages the design and delivery process in light of changing technology and client expectations, and outreach to contractors and consultants. Prior to joining Morris, Christof spent nine years as a consulting structural engineer. A registered professional engineer, Christof is a graduate of Rice University, where he now teaches in the School of Architecture. He was recently named one of “40 under 40 AEC Superstars” by Building Design and Construction Magazine and an “Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus” by Rice University.

Armandina Chapa is a core member of the firm’s urban team. She has put her excellent design, planning and technical skills to use on numerous planning and architecture assignments since joining the firm in 2005. Her combination of architecture and planning experience is invaluable in site planning and early design; and her experience working through design development and construction documents on complex mixed-use projects helps her keep constructability and efficiency in mind. Her visualization capabilities have allowed her to produce renderings for many complex commissions. She was one of the first to work in Building Information Modeling software and she has led the BIM effort on a variety of projects. She is currently leading BIM training efforts firmwide.


Rapid-Fire Technology Demonstration: Panzura



LOD Update

James Vandezande, HOK & Will Ikerd, IKERD Consulting

Video (starts at 17:00)

Unique Challenges for MEP Design Teams in the BIM Process

John Gerney, Michael O’Toole, & Thomas Burroughs, WSP


Video (starts at 35:45)

There are many challenges unique to the MEP design team within the overall BIM design process. Beyond this are challenges to integrate the MEP model into the construction and building operation phases. Our presentation will include the following topics:
• Understanding importance of MEP systems space allocation in early design using BIMs
• Spatial coordination requirements of MEP equipment and systems in BIMs
• Schematic representation vs. fully modeled systems in BIMs
• LOD350
• Persistence of MEP meta-data beyond the design phase

John Gerney is a Senior Associate and BIM manager with 25 years experience in the AEC Industry.

For the past 15 years John has lead the effort in implementing and advancing digital design processes for MEP system engineers at Flack+Kurtz and WSP in New York City. This includes managing all facets of digital project delivery for complex commercial, corporate, educational, finacial, sports, and healthcare projects.

For the past 5 years John has been overseeing the implementation of BIM processes for WSP across all their US Building Systems offices.

Michael O’Toole is an associate at WSP and has more than 9 years of experience as a BIM manager. At SEI, he supported some of the earliest uses of Revit on MEP design projects in the Boston area.

Mike is responsible for all aspects of BIM implementation and operations in the WSP Boston office; this includes staff development, interaction with client and consultant BIM design teams, MEP content development, and BIM marketing activities for the office. He is also an key member of the WSP US BIM Group which is tasked with promoting BIM adoption across all US Building Systems offices.

Mike regularly speaks about BIM around the Boston area including engagements with the Boston Revit Users Group, the Boston Society of Architects, and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. In 2011, he headed a group from WSP that presented at Autodesk University.

Mr. Burroughs is a Senior Vice President and Project Manager with 22 years of experience in HVAC design and engineering.

Thomas is responsible for the mechanical design for new construction as well as renovation projects. He is responsible for the engineering and design for projects from master planning through construction. This includes the engineering, preparation and coordination of working drawings and specifications and performing field construction inspections. His experience includes the design for central heating and chilled water plant systems, central air handling systems, air and piping distribution systems, and energy management systems.

Thomas has been involved in the implementation of BIM at WSP continuing the use and advancement of BIM efficiency and effectives on all project types and project phases.


A Model-Based Cast-in-Place Concrete Work Process from Concept to As-Built

Peter Carrato, Bechtel Corporation



Virtually every project that makes up the built environment includes cast-in-place (CIP) concrete.  A model-based process that facilitates the CIP concrete supply chain from conceptual design to as-built structure is described.   This process embraces the primary participants along the supply chain; architects, structural engineers, rebar detailers, fabricators, and concrete contractors.  A variety of software applications are addressed, as well as more than one method of information exchange.  Activities include extracting of concrete neat line geometry from a primary modeling tool.  This geometry is then linked to structural requirement and transferred to rebar detailing software which then exports a bar list for fabrication.  Three dimensional printing is used to create physical models of the concrete structure.  Ultimately rebar placement information is sent to the field for use by a robotic layout tool, and the final as-built installation is then scanned and uploaded for quality checking against the original model.  An example based on a complex cast in place machine foundation for a large turbine generator set is provided.

Pete Carrato is a Fellow of the Bechtel Corporation where he has worked for over 35 years.  Dr. Carrato is the Corporate Manager of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and is responsible for the BIM implementation strategy for all five of Bechtel’s global business units.  He received his Bachelors of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University, and a Doctorate from Duke University where he majored in Civil Engineering and minored in Mathematics.  Dr. Carrato is a registered Professional Engineer in the commonwealth of Virginia and is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of Illinois.  He is also a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.  He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers in England.


The Integrated Data Model: Design, Refine, Build

Jason Chen & Sebastian Claussnitzer, SOM



It’s no secret that the greatest potential for performance improvements at the lowest cost can be achieved in a project’s early stages. In those stages, building information is created by many collaborators with different areas of focus, piecing together diverse bits of information into a cohesive whole. How can BIM be useful in this broad, iterative, environment of partially defined objectives, and constantly changing criteria?

Our presentation will showcase SOM’s Integrated Data-Modeling process for early design collaboration between Structural Engineering, the Sustainable Engineering Studio, and Architectural teams. As one example, a project’s Enclosure and Core design teams can each work in their tool of choice and cooperatively develop a single information model. The Sustainable Engineering Studio’s software can  instantly read the model, and the team can analyze the design idea for near-immediate feedback. By accessing the same model, the Structural Engineers can impart their knowledge to the model, simultaneously informing and enriching the design.  Together, the entire team collaborates to arrive at the best solution at the earliest stages possible.

Jason Chen is a Senior Digital Design Specialist in the New York office of SOM. His responsibilities include developing and implementing BIM practices, mentoring staff in BIM and other digital design tools, and researching future technology.  Jason has been imbedded into project teams, creating and refining work flows from the ground up. He also manages multiple project teams, advising best practices, project planning and troubleshooting. Jason continues to practice architecture with a focus on exploring the utilization of BIM in all aspects of a project.

Sebastian Claussnitzer works in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he specializes in project information workflow, strategic design and design computation. His research focuses on the use of numerical optimization and real-time web-systems for decision making regarding energy efficiency of buildings. He has worked on residential and transportation projects in the US and Germany.  Sebastian studied at the Architecture Department at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany, and as an interdisciplinary student in the College of Architecture, the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.


Using Analysis to Inform Not Validate with BIM

Matt Petermann, Perkins+Will


Determining the correct data at the correct time to input into the process to make chronological decisions.   Embedding cost values in all the elements of your models can help keep a running tally from day one as you investigate different design options.  This helps you consider the true value provided for your client and answer the questions for the accountants and decision makers while moving forward through design into construction.   This along with energy analysis that informs the design instead of validating it continues to optimize the outcome for a client through a lean process.   The current reality of big data and the need to be agile requires us to continue to maximize the BIM tools we are giving and more collaboratively with all partners at the table.

Matt Petermann is Regional Digital Practice Manager working in the Chicago office of Perkins+Will.  Matt brings a background of working on projects from concept to construction in different market sectors such as healthcare, higher education, corporate, and science + technology.  His degree in architecture and affinity for technology uniquely positioned him for a role with the firms design applications team.  He has contributed to firmwide standards for BIM and Project Management among his many duties.  Currently, he is focused on new technology and its role in the modern practice.  This focuses on what new opportunities exist with our clients and with our process that were not possible before.  This leads to a detailed look at the strategy of the firm and the profession for the future.



Jonathan Ammon, Gilbane Building Co. & Chris Blomquist, Payette Architects


As BIM-driven collaborative workflows among architects, engineers and trades take root during the design and construction phases of projects, there are numerous reasons as to why the process fails.  Identifying the failing components of design-assist and colocation workflows that NEGATE success are crucial and require a new method of problem solving.  Additionally, the recalibrations and reconfigurations among the Construction Management and Design Teams, as they relate to individual skillsets and responsibilities, will continue to evolve as design-assist workflows become commonplace.  The evolution among the workflows and the project teams enable better decision making, confirmed issue closure and design optimization.

Jonathan has traveled abroad to 21 countries, including Finland, Jordan, Israel and many of their surrounding areas. He resided in Spain and Finland during his undergraduate and graduate studies and studied the architectural and urban environments in many of the countries visited. While working as a Senior VDC engineer for the Gilbane Building Company in Boston, Massachusetts, he is midway through the examination process for his professional license in architecture. Jonathan strongly believes that the primary drivers of enjoyable and productive work environments are collaboration, constructive criticism, innovation and a non-ego driven approach to the tasks at hand. He is a committed and avid supporter of the BIM environment in the workplace and believes that proficiency in modeling software and construction methodologies are priorities for future designers, architects and construction professionals. The realization of quality design through the built environment is a craft he strives to fully master and pass on to others.


Rapid-Fire Technology Demonstration: Global eTraining



LEAN Design Process: Optimizing Decisions Through Rapid Trade-off Analysis

Jason Reece, Balfour Beatty Construction



A 2004 study of a construction projects by Glen Ballard and Greg Howell revealed that on average, 54% of the plans we make during construction fail.  In addition, we perceive this rate of failure as acceptable.  There is a similar rate of failure in our design process, which is common through all design processes in every industry.

The decisions that have the greatest impact on total facility cost of a building are made early in the design process, based mostly on intuition and experience, without significant analysis.  Traditionally, the information required for this analysis can only be obtained after we have already made critical decisions and developed the design.  This is the paradox of design.

By combining Lean practices and new technology, we can break this paradox.  The key is to develop many design solutions, analyze the data, and then use that analysis to help us prioritize our decisions.  This enables design teams to stop validating their decisions after-the-fact, and allows them to simulate outcomes prior to making decisions.

This presentation will explore the following challenges:

–          How traditional linear design process generates waste (re-work)

–          How set-based design (Lean process) can be more efficient

–          The two critical challenges to deploying set-based design

–          How Rapid Virtual Prototyping (RVP) can solve the challenges of set-based design

The presentation will explore a simple case study to demonstrate how to:

–          Facilitate quicker, and more informed decision making

–          Simulate data for many design options

–          Prioritize decision making

–          Analyze trade-offs between energy performance and capital cost

Jason is a leader of Research & Development for Balfour Beatty’s Capability Center — evaluating and developing new ideas for their national business. He researches and evaluates design and construction processes for ways to improve them with new technology or techniques. His presentation will explore his research into the design process, lean techniques and simulation technology, then demonstrate how to improve the efficiency of design, while also producing better, more predicable outcomes.


Integrating Simulation & BIM to Optioneer EPC Projects

Jonathan Berkoe, Bechtel Corporation


Video (starts at 41:50)

A strategy that combines an effective BIM work process with targeted simulation capability can greatly facilitate an ability to strategically evaluate multiple design variations for improved delivered performance, in other words enable “optioneering” early in the project planning and execution. Simulation tools focused on components and systems have been used on large EPC projects to improve performance, or at a minimum reduce the risk of unforeseen problems. These efforts in the past have been rather “ad-hoc” and typically not well integrated with the project design process. BIM offers the potential to greatly expand the utilization of toolsets for design optimization and greater awareness of the cross-discipline impact of design options on aspects such as schedule, cost, constructability, etc. This will allow for development of multi-faceted models that contribute to an evolution of the design, rather than just a static improvement. We will show examples of this evolution from recent past to future using the context of environmental impact and design robustness for airport projects of various scale and location.

Jonathan currently manages the development and planning of strategies for enabling cross-functional implementation of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) tools and practices as part of Bechtel’s Corporate BIM Initiative. He is a Senior Principal Engineer and prior to his current assignment he was Manager of the company’s Advanced Simulation & Analysis group, a high-caliber team of 20 technical experts in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, structural dynamics, and advanced visualization. He is an innovative team leader with industry-recognized expertise in the fields of heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Jonathan’s formal education was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science in 1983 and Master of Science in 1984, both in Mechnaical Engineering. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the state of California.

Jonathan has received recognition as a Bechtel Distinguished Engineer, as well as being awarded the National Academy of Engineers Gilbreth Lecturer Award, Society of Mining Engineers Krumb Lecturer Award, and four Bechtel Outstanding Technical Papers.