On August 19, Beck Technology held the 2013 Beck Technology Roundtable in Alexandria, Virginia. This annual event brings together current DProfiler users, project owners, and construction technology enthusiasts to not only discuss future implementations of BIM but how advanced technology is currently utilized in the building industry.
Steve Jones is a Senior Director with McGraw-Hill Construction and was the keynote speaker for the event. His presentation mapped out construction trends and shared forecasts of what the industry’s framework may look like in the coming years.
Mr. Jones said, “For the first time, contractors actually surpassed architectural firms in terms of the numbers of them reporting being involved in BIM. We believe that the torch has been passed from the design professionals to the construction professionals in leading the innovation, implementation and adoption around BIM.”
Other presenters and their topics at the event included:
- Renee Tietjen, Senior Architect of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, presentation topic was “Technology and the VA”
- Craig Mulliniks, Cost Planning Director of Lend Lease, presentation topic was “Beginning and Ending with Macro BIM”
- Edward Williamson, Program Manager in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations which is part of the U.S. Department of State, presentation topic was “Macro BIM: Technology Reshaping Process”
- Jason Mayes, Assistant Project Manager of Beck Technology, presentation was “Programming Meets Virtual Reality”
- Stewart Carroll, Chief Operations Officer of Beck Technology, presentation was “DProfiler 2014 1.0 Preview”
Presentations from the event can be viewed on the Beck Technology YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpuaz7ufxZHpkXjxq7y5Z7-mHwO1sg22K. Presentations from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of State may be uploaded at a later date after approval.
This year’s event also recognized two individuals for their outstanding achievements in utilizing technology in the construction industry. Craig Mulliniks of Lend Lease was honored with the Beck Technology Excellence Award and Edward Williamson of the U.S. Department of State was honored with the Beck Technology Vision Award.
Mr. Williamson is working towards increasing the proficiencies in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations through innovative platforms. He is a huge proponent of revising traditional design and construction processes so a streamlined approach will allow for better buildings, better projects and better use of staff allotment. Mr. Williamson continues to search for ways to make the federal building industry solvent and proactive.
The 2014 annual Beck Technology event will be held in Dallas, Texas on March 26, 2014.