Advancing Field Technology is returning

with more scope than ever before

August 20-22 | Chicago, IL

Day One
Monday, August 20

Day Two
Tuesday, August 21

Focus Day
Wednesday, August 22

Full Event Guide
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Improving Project Set-Up

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Establishing Lean Workflows in Project Planning to Enhance the Use of BIM Across the Project Team

  • Landon Wren VDC Manager, The Whiting-Turner Construction Company
  • Jacob Price Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Construction Company


  • Understanding the importance of, and how to set up, lean workflows to maximize potential use of BIM for clients
  • Discussing best practices for data management and assessing the importance of creating a BIM execution plan up-front to engage all parties and ensure the correct information is put in at every stage
  • Reviewing tools and technologies available to streamline the flow of information across the project team and facilitate accurate and timely updates to working models

Case Study: Leveraging BIM in Preconstruction to Improve Design & Planning: Setting up the Project for High Productivity


  • Understanding how to maximize the use of BIM in the planning stages for estimating, scheduling, and other key preconstruction tasks: What information is most useful and what products will facilitate further use?
  • Outlining step-by-step the stages of setting up models for 4D and 5D updates in the design stages to facilitate tracking of project progress
  • Reviewing the impact of integrated models on stakeholders and collaboration, and understanding how to better contract to clarify model ownership

Morning Refreshments

Ensuring Consistency Across the Project Team

BIM Auto-Route: Exploring the First Steps to Automated Clash-Free Routing for Greater Speed & Accuracy in MEP Coordination


  • Understanding how to better relay BIM requirements and manage team input to tighten control of the model across the entire construction process
  • BIM auto routing, when computers think like a human: Does it increase productivity when modeling?
  • Exploring the potential for automated clash detection and tools available that could transform team efficiencies in the next 2-3 years

Case Study: Keeping As-Built Models Up-to-Date to Optimize Data Handover to Clients


  • Setting-up the model to optimize tracking: What format does the design team need to use and how can they be engaged to ensure constructability of designs?
  • Creating a process for updating the model that is easy to use in the field and does not require advanced VDC capabilities
  • Exploring the different tools and technologies on the market for data capture that can easily integrate with design models

Lunch Break

BIM for FM

Panel: What Do Owners Find of Value with the Use of Model Data & Where Have They Had Most Success?


  • Discussing setting up and enforcing standards so that owners benefit from getting similar quality data from their team’s models
  • Hearing how owners have been overcoming challenges with improving total cost tracking (cost data integration with facility model information)
  • Benchmarking best practices to make information more accessible and easier to find and use for the team

Reviewing Alternative Systems for Handing Over Facilities Management Information to the Client to Enhance Clarity & Efficiency


  • Exploring various hardware that can be used to present BIM models to the client in a clear and concise format, maximizing use post close-out
  • Comparing alternative systems to capture and integrate data in a clear and concise format that can also be used for facilities management, particularly when the owner does not have advanced BIM capabilities
  • Analyzing how Smart buildings are going to impact the ways that contractors employ technology with the client in mind

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Focus Day