Top Universities Present Sustainable Design and BIM Developments at Ecobuild America

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For the third consecutive year Ecobuild America is offering a strong university curriculum. This year’s program, BIM in the Academy: the Technology Symposium on Sustainability for Building Science Educators is a blockbuster. Twelve universities will be making presentations in this all-day event scheduled for December 4 as part of Ecobuild®America, Washington, D.C., December 3-6, 2012.

BIM in the Academy delivers a robust and comprehensive curriculum that reflects the ever-growing importance of BIM and its effect on making our built world better, greener, safer and healthier. The day-long Academy will answer the building science community’s increasing demand for information with a four-part program. Developed by front-line universities that are driving industry innovation, the four 90-minute seminars submit cutting edge developments in BIM and sustainability.

BIM in the Academy Part 1: BIMStorm
University of Oklahoma
The Pennsylvania State University
Stanford University

  •     Educational elements of BIMStorm Oklahoma City (OKC), a unique partnership between the City of Oklahoma City and industry participants to create a virtual BIM student event.
  •     Review of tools that support education using BIM to present interdisciplinary, real world problems to students.
  •     Research and development of the BIM Scorecard that evaluates outcomes of BIM adoption.

BIM in the Academy Part 2: Design Initiatives
California Polytechnic State University
Texas A&M University
MIT, Computation Group

  •     Use of BIM for preplanning in commercial building construction.
  •     BIM CAVE - Immersive Reviewing System that provides students a multi- faceted simulation used for visualizing the details of a virtual building.
  •      oIQ, an interactive tool for evaluating BIM components’ interactions.

BIM in the Academy Part 3: Facility Performance
Purdue University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Ball State University

  •     Building information modeling maturity in construction projects.
  •     Nanotechnology enabling BIM for facility owners.
  •     Net-zero energy and carbon neutrality with examples of student designs.

BIM in the Academy Part 4 - International Initiatives
University of Wyoming
Salford University
Anglia Ruskin University

  •     University and industry collaboration for BIM implementation.
  •     From Paris to Laramie: international prof-student collaboration using BIM.
  •     Cloud computing as integration platform for BIM applications ‘Cloud BIM’.

Special discounts are available for educators and students for this seminal one-day event at Industry leaders, sponsors and exhibitors can register or get more information at


About AEC Science & Technology®, LLC
Under the leadership of Principals Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and George Borkovich, AEC
Science & Technology®, LLC (Centerville, MA), manages and produces Ecobuild®
America. Together they have a depth of experience in technology and event planning for the AEC industry, including creating and managing the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition. The events cover the unique intersection where ecology meets technology. Proud member of: buildingSMART alliance™; Green Building Initiative; High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition; United States Green Building Council; and Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium.

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