WPL Publishing Presents 2010 Building Information Modeling Webinar Series

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The four-part webinar series will help owners, facility managers, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and fabricators in the construction industry optimize their use of BIM technology.

Next month, WPL Publishing will begin hosting a series of webinars that are designed to help professionals in the construction industry learn about the emerging technology of building information modeling (BIM).

WPL will present BIM Roadmap 2010: The Authors' Series, BIM Evolution 2010 & Beyond. In this four-part series, authors of the original four industry-recognized BIM books will describe how the technology has evolved since those books were written, explain what they intend to do differently this time around, and advise webinar attendees on how they should direct their businesses to take maximum advantage of BIM going forward. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/ygbzb75.

Here is an in-depth look at each session:

Session 1 -- Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
BIM Evolution: From Drafting Aid to Preferred Design Tool
Instructor: Finith Jernigan, author of the first published BIM book, Big BIM, Little BIM.
Join Jernigan as he recaps the value proposition of BIM and how it has evolved since the book was first published in 2007 and published as a second edition in 2008. BIM's early promise as a 3D design tool to enhance productivity for architects and engineers has transformed itself into an indispensible tool for contractors and an asset management tool for owners. BIM is also transforming the way business is being conducted, enabling more fluid design-build delivery, and opening the way to integrated project delivery. Jernigan will build on the information of his first book (which all series attendees will receive), providing a four-phase framework for integrating BIM into existing practice, offering a seven-step approach for guiding a business in this area, examining the day-to-day process and expectations, and advising on future direction.

Session 2 -- March 17, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Planning and Managing Design and Construction Projects
Instructor: Willem Kymmell, author of Building Information Modeling -- Planning and Managing Construction.
Projects with 4D CAD and Simulations will provide highlights from his book, published in 2008, including why BIM works, the concepts, and challenges. Attendees also will learn how to make BIM work for projects, from planning BIM to implementing BIM. Kymmell's new book, to be published by McGraw Hill in 2011 and entitled BIM by Example, is entirely based on case studies from the design and construction industries. He will give attendees a sneak peak at what to expect in the new book, through case studies he will present, including how to assess a project and how to learn from a project. From his research for the books and his many years of experience in the industry, he will explain why BIM should be used and what works, what attendees should be aware of to bring all the elements together for BIM, and how to set goals for BIM.

Session 3 -- March 31, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
Guide to Building Information Modeling -- Tools, Technologies, and Methods
Instructors: Paul Teicholz, co-author of the BIM Handbook, and John Jurewicz, noted construction technology lecturer and columnist for Construction Project Controls and BIM Report.
BIM is for owners, facility managers, architects/engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and fabricators. Discover technology and methods to best apply BIM. Only two years old, the BIM Handbook is already undergoing a comprehensive update, and attendees can get a jump start on how they should implement BIM now. Attendees also will benefit from insight on Jurewicz’s upcoming book addressing BIM methods. Teicholz and Jurewicz will provide up-to-the-minute BIM technology analysis designed to save attendees money and time on their BIM solutions research.

Session 4 -- April 7, 2010, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST
The Business Development and Management Process
Instructors: Deke Smith and Michael Tardif, co-authors of Wiley’s Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide.
The organizational strategy approach to BIM is just as critical as implementing design and engineering. Long-range goals, company policies and procedures, return-on-investment analysis, cost-benefit studies, and the “people” approach to training and implementation all have significant impact on the degree of BIM usage and success. Smith, executive director of the BuildingSmart Alliance, and Tardif, design-construction analyst, architect, and BIM implementation director for a major construction company, provide guidelines for attendees' use on planning or updating their organizations' BIM strategy with insight and practical tips on integrating BIM with minimum risk and maximum benefits.

A 20-minute period has been reserved at the end of each webinar session for the speakers to field questions from attendees so that they can discuss specific issues or gain additional knowledge about topics discussed.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/ygbzb75.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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