This year’s BIM Forum shifted the focus from facility management back to design by showcasing examples of collaboration, optimization, and sustainability within the industry. Patrick MacLeamy, CEO of HOK, opened as the keynote speaker. He challenged attendees to consider if we are fully using BIM to get the most optimized design and what metrics are being used for that optimization. In presentations throughout the day, macro and micro optimization approaches were utilized, with examples of optimized cities, MEP analysis for building performance, and digital fabrication from models.
Frank Fralick, Procurement Manager at the Beck Group, presented design to fabrication workflows and visual programming. He remarked on lessons learned from moving design data from a BIM environment to a digital prototyping environment. Specifically, he shared project experience from First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas.
Presentations in the afternoon were centralized around AGC’s partnership with AIA, and attendees were briefed on LOD initiatives. Awards were presented from the AIA TAP Committee. Members from the BIM Forum leadership group were excited to report that current national standards efforts were moving forward to establish global LOD standards, in partnership with Building Smart Alliance. The afternoon closed with the presentation of the AIA TAP award to the Disney Imagineering Team and Gehry Technologies for their Enchanted Castle Project in Shanghai, as voted on by attendees.
Presentations on the second day touched on topics ranging from informative analysis to design optimization through simulation. Jason Reece, Manager of Research & Development at Balfour Beatty, presented over decision making through rapid simulation during the design process. Jason shared Balfour Beatty’s approach of integrating the ideas from LEAN design and construction, defining those design targets, simulating design options, and then identifying trends to make informed decisions from this data.
The final day concluded with an invitation to October’s BIM Forum, which is being held in Dallas. The theme will continue to focus on optimization, but will shift to the construction side of optimization. Presentations from the Spring BIM Forum in Boston can be viewed on the BIM Forum site here, https://bimforum.org/2014/04/28/boston-bimforum-presentations-2/.