WPL Publishing to Sponsor ‘Data, Collaboration and the Cloud -- Prepare for Design-Build Practices of Tomorrow’ Webinar

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The interactive event is targeted to a wide variety of professionals in the construction community, including contractors, subcontractors, public and private owners, construction managers, designers, architects, engineers, consultants, and construction law attorneys.

WPL Publishing soon will hold a webinar to show construction professionals how the convergence of today’s building information modeling (BIM) tools in a cloud environment can help them manage projects more effectively. The program is based on BIM expert Finith Jernigan’s new book, entitled “Makers of the Environment: Building Resilience into Our World One Model at a Time,” which each attendee will receive.

During the webinar, Mr. Jernigan will help attendees understand the following: BIM, geographic information, and other technologies such as Google Earth, Sketch-up, BIMstorms, etc.; distributed, multidimensional tools and processes that connect data from multiple sources; and rules-based tools that save time on decisions and tasks that can be automated. His presentation also will focus on the ability to interact with everything in the built environment, opening two-way opportunities that benefit both the project and its relationship to its surroundings; networking and data, creating workflow efficiencies and reducing errors; and collaborative processes, rich data repositories and advanced graphics to indicate results quickly and early to achieve least-cost, best-outcome solutions. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/88rpujf.

The webinar will mark the exclusive, worldwide introduction of “Makers of the Environment: Building Resilience into Our World One Model at a Time,” Jernigan’s second book, which follows his award-winning first book, “Big BIM; Little BIM.” In addition to providing important content for the construction community, the 380-page “Makers” book is designed to serve as a model, containing links to resources and more current data.

Technology is leading the charge in how construction professionals conceptualize, design, and build a significant portion of today’s buildings. Although BIM tools have established a foothold in design and construction over the past five years, the technology has barely scratched the surface. However, this is expected to change significantly over the next five years and beyond. Owners and developers have begun to grasp the significant value of using technology in both the conceptual design and operational phases of their facilities. Also, an unprecedented collaborative design/build environment has surfaced to facilitate and take advantage of new technologies and processes. Before owners and developers expend significant resources, they need to do the following:

  • Make “go/no-go” decisions very early in the process.
  • Minimize the chances of being over budget, late, or buried in problems.
  • Recognize the potential of teams and tools to help make more informed, fact-based decisions to avoid risk.
  • Know that they cannot rely on anecdotal tales and history. The fact that it was done that way for at least 20 years does not work anymore.
  • Understand that the pace of change, politics, and financial complexity all work to increase the opportunities for catastrophic errors of judgment.

Emerging standards are being embraced, allowing critical data developed at all stages of the design/build process to be leveraged to productive use, not merely for the purpose of completing and operating a successful project but for the project’s interaction with the overall built environment itself (i.e., life safety, community planning, energy usage forecasts, etc.). The demand for more technology is about to escalate, and construction professionals soon will see why. To help them prepare for these changes, Mr. Jernigan, Design Atlantic LTD executive architect and founder, will show attendees the design and construction possibilities that technology is enabling.

Mr. Jernigan is an internationally recognized architect, educator, author, and publisher. He is an expert in integrated practice using information model technology and next business practices, and has taught construction professionals how to use information modeling tools in new ways that help them both save and make money.

After Mr. Jernigan’s 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/88rpujf.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: 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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