San Diego BIMForum Presentations

By BIMForum on April 10, 2017

Presentations from the Spring 2017 San Diego BIMForum are available below. To see videos of other presentations from the San Diego conference and other BIMForum conferences, consider purchasing a BIMForum membership.


Benjamin Crosby, Yates Construction Co. & Brian Skripac, CannonDesign


Owners and BIM: Why Do We Care?

Russ Manning, Penn State University

This presentation highlights the facility life cycle perspectives that owners have, some reasons why BIM provides promise and value to owners, how collaboration with industry partners establishes success, and the critical role owners bring to BIM success.

Key Concepts:

  1. BIM, Data, Information and Facility Life Cycle Integration
  2. Collaboration with industry partners to achieve broader success for owners (typically the customer providing the project funding)
  3. The critical role and responsibility owners bring to the team to achieve BIM success across the life cycle

This presentation sets the stage for the event’s agenda full of examples from multiple owners, designers, builders, software vendors and consultants on how BIM is being leveraged to achieve a variety of successes across the facilities life cycle spectrum.

Dr. Russ Manning currently serves as the Virtual Design & Construction Engineer for the Pennsylvania State University.  His perspective includes previous work with the DoD’s Defense Health Agency (DHA) as the Chief for FM Operations and Asset Visibility; the lead for the Military Health System’s Minimum BIM Requirements (MBR) development; and past chair of a collaborative workgroup within NIBS (Healthcare BIM Consortium) focused on advancing BIM success for the healthcare market sector which included DoD, VA, Kaiser, Sutter and other US healthcare owners.


OKAY – What DO Owners Want?

Renée Tietjen, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ideally, all construction documents would be perfectly aligned with what is needed to build a building. However, construction documents are often not perfect instruments.

The VA has recently released  its new BIM Standards, a suite of documents for design and construction, intended to better align design documentation with the needs of construction. This presentation will discuss what steps the VA has taken to help correct common deficiencies, show how the new standards can improve construction outcomes and provide a roadmap for other owners follow.

  • Learn about the changes VA has made, including giving the right-of-reliance to the AE’s model.
  • Identify the new responsibilities for AEs and contractors and the differences in the owner’s expectations of outcomes.
  • Describe the difficulties large organizations have to create a perfect delivery system that works for all parties—(but even incremental progress is still moving forward….)

Renée Tietjen is a Senior Architect and the National BIM Program Manager at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to VA, she worked at the General Services Administration, where she facilitated the first use of BIM technology for the Jackson, MS U.S. Federal Courthouse. Her work has been published in ENR and Architectural Record.

Ms. Tietjen’ private sector employment includes consulting firms, Marriott International, and McDonald’s Corporation.

She holds BA and BLA from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  She completed additional architectural studies at Qinghua University in Beijing, China in 1982.


Streamlining the Project Turnover Process with BIM Deliverables

David Pifher & Faye Bodyke, The Ohio State University

Beginning with the end in mind means knowing how information will be used. OSU has created a BIM Delivery Standard designed to ensure information and documentation suit their specific needs. Presenters will share their perspective of what they need in their documentation, how they use it internally and why they have specific expectations for documentation.

  • Understand an Owners’ planning process for developing a BIM Project Delivery Standard.
  • Learn how a delivery standard impacts people, process, and technology.
  • Learn about an owner’s expectation for turnover documentation and how they used it internally.

Faye Bodyke is the Director of Projects for the academic buildings on the Columbus campus as well as five branch campuses. She manages a staff of professionals including, Interior, Project and Construction Mangers. She is responsible for the procurement, contracts, budgets, changes, disputes, and construction oversight. She serves a major role in the relationship with architects, engineers, design builders, construction managers and other professional services. Faye has spent her entire career working in the Columbus area, with more than 25 years of construction experience from the perspective of both an owner and a contractor. She earned a degree in Accounting and Construction Management from Columbus State Community College. Since starting at The Ohio State University as a project assistant, and working on numerous projects gaining experience and responsibilities, she rose to senior project manager, among many successful projects; Faye served as the Senior Project Manager on the 237,000 square foot, $126M Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building.

David Pifher is the Architectural Services Manager at The Ohio State University (OSU), where he provides leadership for OSU’s Planning and Design Studio along with managing the complete line of architectural services for 36 million square feet of academic, research, and healthcare facility drawings across the University’s 9 campuses. With a background in planning and design, David has provided decision support to planning services, other organizations, and senior leadership for the past 13 years, resulting in improved facilities processes, optimized performance, and increased sophistication in decision making across the enterprise. As a leader for the BuckeyeBIM (Building Information Modeling) Initiative, David has led OSU in the adoption of BIM for existing buildings and supported the BIM for design and construction to advance the university’s planning, operations, and management of buildings. David holds an AAS in Design Engineering from North Central State College and a BS in Strategic Communication from OSU.


Three Questions Every Handover Conversation Should Answer

Chuck Mies, Autodesk

What does an Owner mean when they ask for BIM? Most practitioners and owners alike agree that this is a question that causes a great deal of angst. The conversation is often dominated by the extremes – either a highly detailed, prescriptive standard, too complex or complicated perform or overly generic and lacking sufficient specificity to be useful. Chuck Mies from Autodesk will help you understand how simple questions asked at the beginning of the project to create a useful handover plan:

1) Who’s going to use the data?

2) What data do you need to capture and how?

3) How will the data be maintained?

Chuck Mies is a member of the Autodesk Business Development Team focused on looking at the application of technology to the entire ecosystem of a project, extending from preliminary design through operations and maintenance.  In this role Chuck works on a global scale with owners in Healthcare, Education and Retail/Hospitality as a resource to assist these clients and the firms that work for them understand the value of Building Information Modeling and the ways to maximize the value of BIM.

Chuck’s background includes 30 years of professional experience spread across the practices of Architecture, facilities management and technology consulting.


OWNERS – How to Contract for BIM Deliverables and Actually Get What You Want

Cindy Baldwin, VDCO Tech

What Owners want are BIM deliverables they can use!  Many Owners move forward requiring BIM without defining what they want or why they want it. The results are often unsatisfactory (and costly). An Owner’s best chance at receiving useful BIM deliverables is to determine what they want, how they want to use it and then contracting to get it. This presentation will provide the fundamentals of defining practical and achievableBIM deliverables that align with an owner’s needs, including:

  • How far do you do go with your data requirements, are there additional costs, and when is it worth it?
  • Why and how Owners should align organizational vision and goals with their BIM uses
  • What are the pros and cons of dictating BIM platform-specific deliverables
  • Practical uses for As-Built BIMs for Record BIMs
  • How to go beyond COBie with a Facility Data Specification

Cindy Baldwin is Founder and President of VDCO Tech Inc. with over 23 years of diverse AECO Industry experience.  She is recognized nationally for her expertise in BIM and Virtual Design and Construction process and implementation strategies. She has a proven ability to lead her team of Building Information Modeling, construction professionals, subcontractors and design professionals, while maintaining a strong Client relationship. Cindy’s key strengths include reducing risk for her Clients and increasing efficiency in production through BIM & VDC. She coordinates internal company-wide BIM support and development of future BIM technology as it fits into the construction / industry workflow.

Cindy is a Certified General Contractor, (having grown up in the construction field with her Father), a LEED-AP and was the first person in Florida to be CM-BIM certified. Cindy is also an approved CM-BIM instructor for all four of The Associated General Contractors of America BIM Certification Classes and was most recently selected to serve as an AGC Florida East Chapter Board Member. She is one of the founding members of the bimSMART foundation, was on the Board of the buildingSMART Alliance and has served on the Standards Committee.

Cindy is highly regarded in the industry for her practical and “real-world” approach to BIM implementation and process. She is known for getting into the “BIM Trenches” and working through traditional processes to implement change. Under Cindy’s leadership, VDCO Tech is growing and researching new markets. Cindy has created partnerships and relationships with IBM and Microsoft as she looks to explore the world of VDC and Virtual Reality. Always looking for new ways to exceed client expectations, Cindy encourages her team to continue to learn and bring innovative ideas to their projects and clients and creates and environment that fosters collaboration and creativity.


10 BIM for FM Deliverables in 20 Minutes

Brian Krause & Ava Norton, Clark Construction

This presentation will discuss a BIM-FM playbook developed by Clark Construction and Virginia Tech to help define efficient processes for BIM facility management deliverables.

Including ten BIM-FM deliverables used by Clark Construction and their requirements, processes and challenges.

  • Learn the similarities and differences between requirements for ten different BIM facility management deliverables
  • Learn different process workflows for BIM-FM delivery
  • Discover ways to overcome project BIM-FM challenges through clearly defined requirement definition

Brian Krause serves as Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for the Clark Construction Group.  He leads the development and implementation of Clark’s VDC strategy nationally.

Brian has sixteen years of industry experience with successful leadership roles in project management, business management, and construction technology implementation in the Washington, DC area, nationally, and internationally.  He has led and supported Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation through preconstruction, construction, and facilities management since 2007.

Brian joined the construction industry in 2001 as a Field Engineer and has worked his way through various field, cost, engineering, technology, business, and management positions on projects such as the Dulles North and West Flank Parking Garages, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus, FDIC Headquarters at Virginia Square, and Dulles Automated People Mover Station.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech.  He was a member of the first graduating class of the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Certificate Program at Stanford CIFE (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering), one of the first certificate programs of its kind.  He is currently pursuing his Clark Darden Executive Business Certificate at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Brian is a member and financial chair of the AIA DC Technology Committee.  He has presented on BIM in Brazil, Australia, Montenegro, Russia, Turkey, and Egypt and at events throughout the United States.  Brian was recognized as one of the 2013 Engineering New Record (ENR) Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 in the Mid-Atlantic region and was honored to deliver the spring commencement speech to the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies graduating class in 2013.

Ava Norton serves as Manager of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for the Clark Construction Group.  She leads the implementation, employee training, and support of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and VDC nationally for Clark Construction Group.

Ava obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  In 2011, she started her career working as an architect in the multi-residential sector.  Her work has contributed to the rapid housing boom in DC.  During her role as an architect, Ava helped to implement BIM as a standard and developed an expertise with using models for design and construction coordination.

In 2014, Ava joined the Clark Construction Group in the VDC department.  Her experience as a registered architect and BIM expert has promoted problem solving and enhanced project delivery with VDC applications.  Ava supports the VDC implementation for Clark on projects valued at over $500M in construction volume such as the Cannon House Office Building Renewal (Architect of the Capital) and the East Campus Building 2 (Army Corps of Engineers).  Ava’s leadership has contributed to Clark being ranked as the #7 BIM contractor per Building Design & Construction magazine.


 BIMing the City of Angels: The City of LA’s Path to a BIM Specification and What Happened Next

Pablo Medina & Daniel Sistrunk, Turner Construction

The presentation will showcase the steps in developing a BIM Specification for the City of Los Angeles, highlighting the owner’s role in the model authoring and coordination process.

  • Learn an owner’s process for developing BIM requirements
  • See how linking BIM milestones to progress payments can keep a project on track
  • Learn how an owner’s involvement in the BIM process can increase efficiency and reduce uncertainty
  • Learn to evaluate BIM capabilities of  the design and construction firms

Pablo Medina has over 9 years of experience working in the AEC industry and is currently a VDC Project Manager for Turner Construction in San Diego California. He has worked in various roles including; assistant superintendent, construction engineering and extensively as a BIM engineer and BIM manager for Turner Construction. He has helped implement BIM in over 1 billion dollars in work involving VDC services. He has International BIM implementation experience working and consulting on projects in Mexico. He has consulted with large universities and with the City of Los Angeles on BIM implementation within their bureau of engineering and building. He is a CM-BIM holder and is a certified instructor for the AGC BIM education program.

Daniel Sistrunk is the VDC Manager in Turner Construction Company’s Southern California office. Daniel is a lean construction advocate focused on the practical and innovative application of technology to the design and construction process. Throughout his career at Turner Construction, Daniel has weaved back and forth between preconstruction and operations roles, most recently as an MEP Engineer on the Wilshire Grand project in Los Angeles, CA which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Daniel is a frequent presenter at both the BIMForum and LCI Annual Congress and has been a guest lecturer at Cal State Long Beach and USC.


Maintaining Cyber Security in a Collaborative Environment

Carl Roberts, Law Offices of Carl G. Roberts & Michael Hastings, M.D. Hastings Risk Consulting

Owners and contractors are awakening to the cold reality that sharing information and conducting transactions over the Internet or any other accessible network means exposure to the possibility of cyber attacks. Is your firm prepared?  With emphasis on a shared BIM environment, this session will provide an overview of the threats that exist today, steps the companies can take to protect themselves, and explain insurance coverage that is necessary to protect all parties in a construction project.

  • Recognize and avoid threats that can affect projects and approaches for mitigating the risks presented by cyber attacks.
  •  Owner-driven measures to address threats
  • Cyber security as a prequalification criterion for bidding subcontractors
  • Guidelines regarding access to data and shared sites
  • Contractual requirements including indemnification and purchase of “cyber liability” insurance

Carl Roberts has over forty years of experience as a litigation attorney, including real estate, construction, software/technology, and commercial contract disputes. He is on the Board of the BIMForum and vice-chair of its Legal Subforum and is a past chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section. Mr Roberts is a chapter author for eDiscovery (PBI, 4th ed. 2017) and for the Pennsylvania chapters of several treatises on mechanics’ liens. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Mike Hastings has designed, negotiated, marketed, and managed insurance placements on construction projects comprising over $75 billion in construction cost. Working with owners, contractors, engineering firms and lenders, he has played a key role on a wide variety of projects including hospitals, rail, stadiums and arenas, industrial, power generation, and residential/mixed use.  He has led risk and insurance consulting teams on seven major US public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure transactions achieving financial close since 2009, comprising over $13 billion in construction cost.

With a foundation of 30 years working in leadership roles at Marsh Inc. and The Travelers Insurance Company, Mike formed M.D. Hastings LLC to provide an independent source of advice that is not tied to the sale of insurance products or ancillary services.

Mike is a frequent speaker on construction risk management and insurance issues, sought out by groups such as the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Bar Association, and the BIM Forum. He is a contributing author for the ABA publication Construction Insurance: A Guide for Attorneys and Other Professionals.


Update on buildingSMART Activities

James Vandezande, HOK

Use of open BIM standards is an important aspect in moving the global AECO industry towards full digitization. This presentation will discuss how BIMForum will embrace the task by supporting buildingSMART International.

James Vandezande – chair of the US Chapter of buildingSMART International – will provide a brief update to the BIMForum conference attendees on the state of the reborn US Chapter of buildingSMART International. He will discuss the priorities of the mission to educate, advocate, and support US-based organizations in the improvement of efficiency, productivity and quality. We need to stop being spectators of BIM and become active members in a changing global economy.


Technology and the Built Environment – Celebrating the Professionals, their Grandeur and their Glory!

Ashraf Habibullah, Computers & Structures, Inc.

In this presentation, Ashraf will inspire you with his intense passion and enthusiasm for technology, architecture and engineering. He brings into focus the invaluable socio-economic contributions that architecture and engineering professionals make to humanity and presents a compelling case for why the grandeur and glory of these professions should be applauded and celebrated.

Ashraf will present an enlightening talk highlighting the importance not only of technology, but also the need for a broad-based education that equips young design professionals with the tools they need for success and leadership in ever-advancing—and technology-driven—fields. He demonstrates why architecture and engineering students should be exposed to the arts, public speaking, human psychology, and marketing so that they enter the professional world ready to communicate, inspire, and collaborate not only with their peers, but with the public.  Only with this foundation can students fully leverage technology’s incredible potential.

You will leave with a renewed appreciation for the ways in which architecture and engineering professionals bring grandeur and glory to human existence, and make the world not only a better and more beautiful place to live for all of us today, but also for countless generations to come.

Ashraf Habibullah is a Structural Engineer and is President of the software company Computers and Structures, Inc. For the past 40 years he has lead the development of technology and software that is used by engineers to design buildings and bridges that are earthquake resistant. The software is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries. Ashraf also has a keen passion for the arts. He is a co-founder of the Diablo Ballet and the founder of the Engineering Alliance for the Arts, an organization that involves school children with technology, focusing on the artistic aspects of bridge engineering.


Leveraging the Power of BIM for the UCSD Jacobs Medical Center

Scott Laoboonmi, Cannon Design & Michael Roush, UC San Diego

Jacobs Medical Center project was UC San Diego’s largest capital project to date, and was the first major UCSD project to utilize BIM for design and project delivery. Since its inception in 2008, the project team has grown to over 200+ people across multiple disciplines and trades. Though the project was traditional CM at Risk, UCSD made a decision to co-locate the design and construction teams on-site during construction in order to enhance collaboration and communication amongst the team. The scale of the project is 633,700 SF, which consists of a hospital bed tower, central utility plant, kitchen renovation project, and make-ready projects, which required the development and coordination of 30+ design team models, crossing multiple design and incremental submittal phases with the AHJ. The Jacobs Medical Center recently opened and saw its first patients November 20, 2016.

Scott Laoboonmi has 16 years of architecture and planning experience working with large, complex healthcare and institutional facilities, and has led the coordination and BIM management of multi-phase and multi-building designs.  He has worked on projects as a BIM manager, programmer, master planner, medical planner, construction administrator, and project manager.  His management skills and understanding of the design and documentation process have resulted in successful work flow and team integration across multiple locations internationally and across the country.  Scott received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.

Michael Roush joined UC San Diego’s Facilities Design & Construction (FD&C) in 2008 as a Principal Architect.  Over the following seven years he focused solely on the Jacobs Medical Center expansion, which represented approximately half of the University’s Capital Program at the time.  Michael now leads the Professional Practice Program within FD&C and is actively involved in the implementation of standards and processes that enhance the delivery of Capital Projects.  A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Michael has spent most of his career in healthcare architecture.  He is active in the American Institute of Architects, serving on the AIA San Diego Board of Directors as Vice President and President and has presented topics at various conferences ranging from practice management to healthcare design trends.


An Owner’s Entry Into BIM

Michael DuLaney, UCHealth

We all know project teams must provide BIM that suit owner’s needs, but how does the owner decide what they need? To determine this, first  the owner must first know how they can leverage what is delivered with available systems and personnel.

  • Learn how to evaluate personnel, capabilities and relationships
  • Learn how to evaluate internal technology systems:
  • Understand policies and procedures that may impact the BIM process
  • Learn how BIM is being integrated with an IWMS and CMMS.

Michael DuLaney, CM-BIM, is currently the BIM manager for UCHealth. Michael is currently implementing BIM on several new hospitals, medical office buildings, renovations, and expansions. Michael is integrating the turnover packages into IWMS and CMMS. Prior to UCHealth Michael worked for a major CM/GC for 20 years where his roles included CAD Administrator, Sr. Scheduling Engineer, Transition Planning Database Developer, and Regional BIM Manager. Michael has a BS in Information Systems Management (summa cum laude) from University of Maryland University College. Michael also taught the CM-BIM courses for the Washington, D.C. AGC.


Introduction to the National BIM Guide for Owners

Johnny Fortune, Bullock Tice Associates and buildingSMART alliance

A team of building owners, BIM experts, and facilities management professionals has worked for the past year to create the National BIM Guide for Building Owners (NBGO). The session will showcase how the NBGO works and its backstory of encouraging building owners to assume their role as active members of the integrated BIM team.  Team member Johnny Fortune, will present the major construct and key principles of the NBGO.

Johnny Fortune serves as the BIM Director at Bullock Tice Associates in Pensacola, Florida.  He is the immediate past chair of the buildingSMART alliance and serves on several National committees; the National CAD Standards Steering Committee, the US National BIM Standard Planning Committee, and the USACE/Industry BIM/CIM Consortium. Additionally, he was the technical writer for the recent release of the VA’s BIM and CAD standards.  He has often presented on the topic of BIM/CAD workflows and standards at venues such as Autodesk University, NIBS Building Innovation Conference & Expo, GeoBuiz, and various S.A.M.E. & CSI chapter events.


A Digital Revolution in Construction: Using Digital Tools in Planning and Executing Technical Construction Projects

Anne Ramsey, The Procter & Gamble Company & Alan Asadoorian, M+W US, Inc

The Procter & Gamble Beauty Care business is making a major investment in innovation capability through a new technical center in Mason, Ohio.  The new R&D facility is a 500,000 SF expansion where innovation is driven for brands such as Crest, Oral B, Metamucil and Pepto. This presentation will demonstrate how the owner and its Construction Management have used BIM and other digital tools to plan, coordinate and execute the construction of this complex facility.

  • Why Owners Need to Drive the Use of BIM in Engineering, Construction and throughout the lifecycle of a Facility
  • Importance of Complete 3D Design (LOD)
  • Opportunity for Improved Efficiency through Sequence Simulations
  • Benefits of a Virtual Design and Construct Room
  • Use of BIM documentation in Facility Operations and maintenance

Anne Ramsey, Construction Manager on P&G’s Mason Business Center Expansion, began her career with Procter & Gamble in 1999 as a technology leader and steadily expanded her role through taking on new challenges in engineering and construction roles supporting P&G global R&D and manufacturing.  Anne enjoys building  capability holistically and sustainably, so that people, processes, systems, facilities and environment, are better for many years to come. She approaches projects as a collaborator, and an architect of building networks to connect the right people at the right time, driving innovation that is solution focused. Anne is a leader who communicates transparently, openly, and honestly — earning the respect of peers, partners and vendors.

Anne earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and began her career in the semi-conductor industry, setting the stage for a focus on leveraging technology to improve ‘life’ — from life’s daily activities to the environment we live in.

Under Anne’s leadership the Mason Business Center Expansion project has achieved many milestones and technology advances that will improve project execution in the future for P&G.

Alan Asadoorian is a construction professional with more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of construction services including general construction, construction management, including at-risk and design-build project delivery. He has demonstrated consistent leadership during a career dedicated to the construction of technically complex facilities, serving clients in the electronics, science and research, and biotechnology, and consumer goods industries. Alan has comprehensive experience working on unusual, challenging projects while providing guidance, advice and direction to project management teams, owners, and designers. He earned a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management and holds a professional engineering license in Washington. Alan also holds a construction supervisor’s license in Massachusetts and is a licensed Contractor/Builder in seven other states.

As Director of Construction with M+W U.S., Inc. he has demonstrated consistent leadership during a career dedicated to the construction of technically complex facilities, serving clients in the microelectronics, science and research, and biotechnology industries. Alan’s leadership results in rapid mobilization and on-time delivery within budget. His foresight drives improvement in construction practices and delivery methodology – including the use of BIM tools.

Alan has been a part of P&G’s Mason Business Center Expansion project from the beginning, working collaboratively with Procter & Gamble’s Construction Team driving improvements in delivery and methodology.


Putting BIM in Practice at the Smithsonian Institution with the National Air and Space Museum Renovation

Barbara Heller, DCStrategies & Mike Carrancho, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Facilities organization employs a wide range of technologies in support of its project execution and facilities management practices. The world’s largest museum and research complex, SF’s responsibilities encompass over 12 million square feet of space in 640+ buildings, 43,000 acres of land, distributed across urban, mountain, and tropical sites in the US and internationally..

This presentation will describe SF’s BIM Practice which includes contract language, deliverable requirements, design and construction review processes, data management and supporting technology platforms.

  • The value and uses of BIM to Smithsonian
  •  Requirements  and review processes for BIM project deliverables
  • How BIM is expediting large multi-disciplinary renovation projects.
  • How building owners can develop a BIM practice.

Founder and President of the nationally recognized specifications consulting firm Heller & Metzger, Barbara Heller is also CEO of sister company Design + Construction Strategies. The experience and insight gained from participating on over 800 construction project teams informs DCStrategies mission to provide strategic business and technology consulting for facility owners, construction industry stakeholders and technology companies. From budgeting to BIM to work process improvement, DCStrategies applies technologies in innovative new ways to deliver results.
Ms. Heller received her B.S in Architecture at the University of Illinois and has been a registered architect since 1982. She was Chair of the AIA Documents Committee from 2003-2005 and was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2001.

Michael Carrancho has over 25 years of design and construction experience in the U.S. and abroad.  As a Deputy Director in the Office of Planning Design and Construction his focus is on Engineering & Design.  Responsible for the design management of all the Smithsonian’s capital and large maintenance projects, SI Facility Design Standards, is the senior building code official, and signatory on all construction documents for the institution.

2003-2010 Mr. Carrancho served as the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Europe Africa and Southwest Asia, Business Manager and Chief Engineer in Naples, Italy.  Supporting over 1300 personnel and responsible for providing:  Design and Construction services, Planning & Real Estate Acquisition, Environmental Services, and Public Works for an area spanning from the Azores to Bahrain.

Mr. Carrancho has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, and holds a Professional Civil Engineer license from the State of California since 1995.  He is also a LEED Green Associate.


LOD Committee Update & BIM Execution Plan Guide Update

David Francis, Murray Company


Economic Issues Update

Ken Simonson, AGC

Contractors foresee a variety of opportunities in the remainder of 2017 and beyond, but also heightened uncertainty from a range of announced and potential policy changes. From infrastructure spending to regulatory relief to trade, immigration, tax and health policy initiatives, there have seldom been as many aspects of the economic environment for construction in play at once. AGC of America’s Chief Economist will discuss the outlook as expressed by contractors and his own view of what is likely to occur.


Kenneth D. Simonson has been Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America since September 10th, 2001. Beginning the next day, he has provided insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries. He is interviewed and quoted almost daily by local and national media, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and National Journal magazine, which recently made Ken part of its inaugural panel of 25 “economic insiders.”

Ken has 35 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. Before joining AGC, he was senior economic advisor in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. Earlier, he was vice president and chief economist for the American Trucking Associations. He also worked with the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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