Ecobuild Keynote to Focus on COBie and BIM: An Integrated Standards-Based Environment for Building Management

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Keynote Will Give Inside Look at Department of State Facility Operations For all of those people who have wondered how a federal agency implements facility operations improvements department-wide, this is the keynote to see. Learn how the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) incorporates information technology (IT), including building information modeling (BIM), into its overall facility strategy.

Keynote 11 Stapula

Clarke and Stapula will explain the relationship between a Unified Building Management System and BIM through the use of the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard.

AEC Science & Technology® and the National Institute of Building Sciences present two top United States Department of State Overseas Building Operations (OBO) officials to deliver the keynote at Ecobuild® America, taking place in Washington, D.C., December 5-9, 2011. The event also is part of the Institute’s 2011 Annual Meeting.

Robert Clarke, Director of the OBO Information Resource Management Division, and Danilo Stapula, Branch Chief for Applications Support and Management at OBO, will discuss aspects of the Department of State’s recently finalized five-year Information Technology Strategic Plan, which will serve as a mission-driven blueprint for the technology solutions and services needed to support OBO’s requirements in Washington and overseas.

The presentation will cover information on implementation, including:

  •     development of a global Unified Building Management System (UBMS) to support posts and headquarters; and
  •     establishment of a comprehensive Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution for life cycle building planning and management.

Clarke and Stapula will explain the relationship between a Unified Building Management System and BIM through the use of the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. They will explore the nature and links between BIM and facility management needs. The presentation also will highlight the importance of developing and deploying industry standards in the building sciences similar to IFC, COBie, and SPie.

Robert (Bob) Clarke                

Clarke’s duties combine his professional interest in architectural design, process improvement, technologies, and facility lifecycle management. As Director, he oversees a team responsible for IT systems that support the acquisition, design, construction, furnishing, management, maintenance, disposal, and reporting of real property abroad for the Department of State and all foreign affairs agencies represented at 289 posts.

Danilo Stapula

Stapula manages systems development efforts for OBO supporting Washington, D.C., and embassies world-wide with real estate, design, construction, and facility management applications.

The keynote address is included with all Ecobuild® America conference registrations and Exhibit & Keynote Pass registrations. The keynote is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7 at 8:30am. Complete keynote details are available 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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