‘BIM Strategy 2010’ Webinar Series to Offer Key Advice for Successful BIM Implementation

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WPL Publishing’s four-part webinar series is tailored for various professionals in the construction industry, including contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, public and private owners, construction managers, and others with an interest in building information modeling (BIM).

BIM Strategy 2010: Key Initiatives and Practical Steps to Successful BIM Implementation

Later this month, WPL Publishing will begin hosting a four-part webinar series to help various professionals in the construction industry implement a successful building information modeling (BIM) project.

Integration and transition of models is leading to increased cost effectiveness in employing BIM. With more widespread BIM usage among trade contractors, combined with newer delivery methods, the building industry continues to move closer to the realization of major BIM benefits, including substantial cost and time savings. This year's webinar series builds on substantial developments over the past year with an emphasis on overall BIM implementation, strategy, and design. The event, entitled “BIM Strategy 2010: Key Initiatives and Practical Steps to Successful BIM Implementation,” will take place every Wednesday at 1:00 (Eastern) from Oct. 27 through Nov. 17, each webinar lasting 90 minutes. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/33yoxaw.

Here is a breakdown of individual sessions:

Session 1, 10 Principles of BIM: Setting the Stage for Specifying BIM, Oct. 27 – Dana Smith, executive director of the buildingSMART alliance, will help webinar attendees better understand the entire BIM opportunity and prepare themselves for what is coming. Among the 10 principles he will focus on are the following: coordinating and planning with all parties before a project begins; building a model and then building to a model; contracting for data; and ensuring that data is externally accessible yet protected.

Session 2, The BIM Implementation Guide: Defining BIM Scope and Setting the Stage for Measured Results, Nov. 3 – John Messner, a professor of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University, will share information about his successful experiences with BIM and advise on the best ways to develop BIM and BIM specifications for attendees’ organizations. As director of the Integrated Construction Research Program at Penn State, he was primarily responsible for the development of the “BIM Implementation Guide,” a widely accepted roadmap used by owners, designers, and contractors for planning BIM-driven projects that provide the full design-construction-facility benefits.

Session 3, How Savvy Owners Are Setting the Stage for Maximum BIM Benefits, Nov. 10 – Design Atlantic Ltd. President Finith Jernigan will help attendees improve their decision-making skills in projects involving BIM and create new revenue streams.

Session 4, How Major Federal Agency Building Programs Are Taking Past Successes to the Next Level, Nov. 17 – Bergitta Foster, partnership development lead for Sandia National Laboratories, will discuss how far the federal government has progressed with its pioneering BIM initiatives, where it is headed, and what the architecture/engineering/construction community will need to do to participate. Case studies highlighting key government BIM successes will be shared.

After each 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 http://tinyurl.com/33yoxaw.

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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