bimSMART foundation BIM Summit Fact Sheet

The bimSMART foundation BIM Summits are unique events drawing together participants from every aspect of the facilities and infrastructure industries jointly with academic faculty and students to support and promote the efforts needed for sustaining the future built environments. The BIM Summit invites local AECO firms and organizations to showcase how they are utilizing today’s technologies to advance the building delivery process but also provides insights to universities for preparing market ready graduates.

 bimSMART foundation’s vision links to all organizations, agencies, and associations seeking to improve the quality of facilities and structures while reducing their total cost and shortening their delivery times, all the while protecting the environment. To accomplish this, we have developed a clear set of actionable goals achievable today along with longer terms efforts.

Our Goals

Open the lines of communication between…

owners, practitioners, faculty, and students to discuss issues related to implementing information age tools in the facilities and infrastructure industries to ensure universities are producing the new hires needed in practice to bring about continuous improvement.
the various colleges (architecture, engineering, construction management, and others) along with University Physical Plant folks supporting the facilities and infrastructure industries transformation to the information age.

Provide local grass roots open source networking on a regular reoccurring basis to help resolve local issues collectively and to build the foundations necessary to move the entire facilities and infrastructure industry forward.
Provide the catalyst to identify regional and national issues to buildingSMART International – International Users Group (IUG) through the national chapter as well as to disseminate international solutions to practitioners and universities in support of developing the necessary curriculum improvements to continue moving the facilities and infrastructure industries forward into the information age.

Who should attend

Owners wishing to implement advancements and coming capabilities in building information modeling across the industry so they can better understand what to expect and contract for from those producing facilities and structures.
Practitioners whether they be architects, engineers, contractors, sub-contractors, or facility managers who are involved with structures requiring building information models. The information will be applicable to all types of structures and facilities.
Faculty who are planning and coordinating curriculum as well as preparing students for the future job market.
Graduate, under graduate, and high school students who are currently matriculating as well as those who may be considering the transformed facilities and infrastructure industries.

University Networking

We encourage regional participation in the bimSMART foundation BIM Summit events by faculty and students from other universities and colleges in the geographical area of any of the events. This cross pollination will lead to more successful networking and program development for each of the events.

Benefits to Sponsors

The BIM Summit is supported through the generosity of our sponsors who can promote their successes which provide inspirational models and mentoring to other practitioners, owners, faculty, and students in attendance, to promote products needed in support the industry transformation and to support the education of future generations moving into the facilities and infrastructure industries. The event is also an excellent source for potential interns as well as future employees.

Events have been held in the following Locations to date

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida in conjunction with South Florida University
  • Waltham, Massachusetts in conjunction with buildingSMART International
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico in conjunction with University of New Mexico. Three years.
  • Norman, Oklahoma in conjunction with the Oklahoma University


Events are currently being planned for:

  • Seattle, Washington with University of Washington
  • Phoenix, Arizona with Arizona State University
  • Fort Collins, Colorado with Colorado State University


The Format

Our current model is a one-day event, that could be expanded to involve a pre meeting for educators and/or a post meeting outside the purview of the bimSMART foundation that could take advantage of the assembled experts to address other local issues not covered by the BIM Summit.

Typical Agenda

Morning Session

  • 7:30 Registration and Networking – Continental Breakfast and Coffee
  • 8:15 Welcome and Agenda (:15) – Welcome by the university and review of the goals and agenda
  • 8:30 Morning Keynote (:30) – Typically an update from a nationally or regionally recognized expert in building information modeling
  • 9:00 Showcase Sponsor Presentation (:30) – Typically a local practitioner demonstrating their successful implementation of tools supporting building information modeling or related use cases
  • 9:30 Technology Sponsor Presentation (:15) – Typically one of the local suppliers of technology in support of practitioners
  • 9:45 Sponsored Networking Break (:15) – An opportunity to discuss previous presentations over coffee provided by a sponsor
  • 10:00 Owner’s BIM Initiatives (:30) – What are owners doing in the locality
  • 10:30 BIM Education Initiatives (:60) or Recent Graduates Panel (:60)
  • 11:30 Networking Lunch (:60)


Afternoon Session

  • 12:30 HIRE Education Panel (:60) – A panel made up of practitioners, recently graduated students, and faculty discussing what is to be expected in the “real world” after graduation
  • 1:30 Afternoon Keynote (:30) – Typically an update from a nationally or regionally recognized expert in building information modeling
  • 2:00 Showcase Sponsor Presentation (:30) – Typically a local practitioner demonstrating their successful implementation of tools supporting building information modeling or related use cases
  • 2:30 Technology Sponsor Presentation (:15) – Typically one of the local suppliers of technology in support of practitioners
  • 2:45 Sponsored Networking Break (:15) – An opportunity to discuss previous presentations over coffee provided by a sponsor
  • 3:00 Showcase Sponsor Presentation (:30) – Typically a local practitioner demonstrating their successful implementation of tools supporting building information modeling or related use cases
  • 3:30 Foundation Speaker (:30) – One of the Foundation board members tying up the events of the day with some additional topics covered.
  • 4:00 Local Interest Group (:30) or Session Setting Up Local Interest Group (:30)
  • 4:30 Closing Remarks


University’s Responsibility and Opportunity

This is an opportunity to recognize the companies in your locality who are supporting your school’s efforts, either as advisory committee members, technology providers, or organizations providing intern opportunities to your students and give them a chance to demonstrate their capabilities. bimSMART foundation will work with you help identify speakers, and take care of on-line registration, collecting fees, and helping to line up sponsors. We will provide an agreement prior to the event spelling out everyone’s responsibilities, and most everything is negotiable. We are in a support role to you to help ensure a successful event.

Other Affiliations

Relationship with buildingSMART International (bSI) – International Users Group (IUG)

The Interest Groups established through the bimSMART foundation as a result of the BIM Summits, plus any other Interest Groups aligning with the Foundation will make up the feeder organization from throughout the United States to address and bring forward to the bSI-IUG any issues thought to be important to ensuring continued progress in the industry. This would also include identifying United States participation in ISO working groups developing international standards (ISO) important to BIM, as currently many of these groups do not include United States representation. These people would also require approval from ANSI in order to become recognized representatives.

buildingSMART United States

During the reorganization of the United States chapter of buildingSMART International our activities progress, based on need. It is our goal to ultimately link arms with the new buildingSMART United States Chapter to provide services to link practitioners and academia with the IUG. 

Academic Interoperability Coalition (AiC)

The bimSMART foundation works in concert with the over 60 universities networked with the AiC, this organization provides an annual academic Forum for delivering and publishing juried papers regarding the furthering of interoperability and collaboration in education necessary to implement building information modeling and the associated use cases supported by facility and infrastructure information. The AiC is also promoting a BIM Body of Knowledge to coordinate curriculum development which will lead to better coordinated educational outcomes. 

 

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