Three Experts to Provide Advice on Building Information Modeling (BIM) at Upcoming WPL Publishing Webinar

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The interactive webinar, entitled “How to Make BIM Utilization a Win-Win for All Parties,” is suited for construction managers, private owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers.

For an upcoming WPL Publishing webinar, an owner, architect, and builder will offer their opinions about how construction professionals can optimize their experiences with building information modeling (BIM).

The 90-minute webinar, “Three Perspectives to Using BIM: The Owner, The Architect, The Builder -- How to Make BIM Utilization a Win-Win for All Parties,” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. To register, visit

BIM is being touted as the future of the design/build process. However, with a steep learning curve and a heavy investment of time and money, initial steps toward adoption can be very daunting. While giant leaps forward are being made within the BIM arena, because of the many challenges posed by adoption in addition to the daily juggling of client deadlines, firms with limited resources have been tentative to dive head first into the technology.

BIM experts who will address webinar attendees include the following:

  • James Vandezande, a registered architect and a senior associate at HOK in New York City. He is a member of the firm-wide BIM leadership and is managing its buildingSMART initiatives. He is a co-founder and president of the NYC Revit Users Group and is an adjunct lecturing professor at the NYU School for Continuing and Professional Studies as well as the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. He will explain how architects are using BIM for execution planning, enhanced visual studies, performance-based design, and compliance with new client BIM requirements.
  • Scott Wood, who serves as director of virtual construction services for Tishman Construction. He has more than 10 years of experience in the architecture, construction, and engineering industries. He has worked in all phases and tasks of project development and delivery, including building design, cost estimating, construction documents, construction administration, contract review, and construction methods/scheduling. Additionally, he is fluent in the applications of 3D/CAD/BIM technology. He will share the benefits of BIM for the construction team including structural steel connection detailing, scope allocation, clash detection for building components, shop drawing/direct fabrication, logistics plans, 4D scheduling and sequencing, 5D cost estimating, punchlist tracking, and 3D as-builts.
  • David Rackmales, who serves as BIM manager/coordinator for the New York District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). All of USACE’s 45 districts around the world are using BIM in some capacity. He will explain how USACE uses BIM from the owner’s perspective and what the Corps’ expectations are for this technology.

This is a great opportunity to learn from three experts who use BIM every day what the current state of BIM is and where the technology is headed.

After the presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

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

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

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