Dallas BIMForum Presentations

By BIMForum on November 09, 2017

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


James Vandezande, HOK & Will Ikerd, IKERD Consulting


Prefabrication: The Changing Face of Engineering and Construction

Ethan Cowles, FMI

Ethan Cowles, director with FMI, presents key findings of the FMI 2017 Industry Prefabrication Study conducted in collaboration with BIMForum. The presentation also includes an overview of prefabrication best practices, which are based on several industry case studies, ranging from small to large construction firms. Ethan also provides recommendations on how to start thinking about innovation and prefabrication to prepare for the future.


Practical Applications of Prefabrication

Matthew Englert, Rosendin Electric/Modular Power Solutions & Chris Crosby (Compass Datacenters)

Matthew Englert, Senior Vice President of Rosendin Electric and President of Modular Power Solutions, a prefabrication plant, and Chris Crosby, Chief Executive Officer for Compass Datacenters discuss how Mr. Crosby was instrumental in implementing the plant’s product into Digital Realty Trust’s program back in 2010. This presentation takes a deeper dive into the topic of prefabrication.


USIBD Introduction

John Russo, Architectural Resource Consultants

John Russo of USIBD gives a brief introduction on how scanning is used in Prefab and Lean, and how to capture and use the scan data.


NASA Mars Challenge

Tony Kim, NASA & Pete Carrato, Bechtel


LOD and BXP Update

Will Ikerd, IKERD Consulting & Jim Bedrick, AEC Process Engineering



Innovation and Technology at Large Scale

Erleen Hatfield, Buro Happold

Innovation is not easy in building design and construction, especially in large scale projects. The recently opened Mercedes Benz Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’s Atlanta United, features a host of engineering innovations in its pioneering design. The 75,000 seat stadium features a 723′ long span steel retractable roof with an unprecedented 8 moving petals that open similar to a camera aperture. The roof also supports a 360-degree LED video scoreboard, the largest in sports. The geometrically complex facade is clad in single-skin ETFE, a light weight and translucent material, its first use as a single layer façade in the United States. The facades lean both towards and away from the building in large triangular facets, a move a away from the more typical curvilinear sports stadium facades, resulting in significant geometric challenges.

The building is also on track to be the first LEED Platinum stadium. This presentation focuses on the team’s effort to create an icon for Atlanta. From the concept phase through construction. technology and BIM were utilized to enhance creativity, improve processes, and deliver on an extremely tight schedule.


Scanning 101: Scan School

Ken Smerz & Ted Mort, Eco3d

This is a macro level review of what laser scanning is all about. It contains the features and benefits of using this technology and where it can lead to. The session includes topics such as accuracy, quality, schedule, and budget, and how it applies to today’s built environment.


Masonry for BIM Update

Jamie Davis, Ryan Biggs

This session provides important updates in the masonry industry that are being developed by the BIM For Masonry organization.


Model Driven Design and Construction for Masonry

Tom Cuneio, CAD BLOX LLC

Models are increasingly becoming the primary medium for design and documentation in commercial construction.  From the earliest conceptual stage to detailed coordination in the field, models are improving traditional work flows.  Increasingly complex systems can now be modeled which has opened the door for masonry to be supported in both design and construction models.  This program will present an overview of how 3D computer models are being applied to produce better masonry designs and improve construction efficiency.  Case studies in coordination using unit based masonry models with rebar will be featured as well as the latest in point cloud models and clash detection.  We will also demonstrate a new plugin for Revit that supports custom bond patterns with accurate modular layout and automatic section generation.


Overview of Standards Summit

James Vandezande, HOK


BIM Execution Plans, Best Practices

Will Ikerd, IKERD Consulting


Model Driven Design and Prefabrication for Wood

Steve Bumbalough, Alpine, an ITW Company & Brad Blissit, Integrated Structural Concepts

Architects and builders around the world are discovering that wood building materials are sustainable and renewable. BIM-enabled workflows are now flexible enough to support custom options, driving construction from initial design through manufacturing using tools we all have on our fingertips now. The great downturn in 2008 and the ensuing labor shortages have combined to bring virtual construction and prefabrication workflows to the forefront in the light frame industry. Production homes and multifamily residential structures represent the majority of structures that use this renewable resource called wood and with some of the tools we’ve been working with for Revit you will see that framing a model is no longer a waste of time but can save significant time and money when the framers hit the jobsite.


AIA Innovation Awards

Robert Yori, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope & Brian Skripac, CannonDesign

BIM Management Track Presentations
SEI/SET Track Presentations
USIBD – Reality Capture Track Presentations