CSI presents webinars on linking BIM to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

April 27, 2009 |

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April 27, 2009) – The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will present a two-part Webinar series in May on linking Building Information Modeling (BIM) to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects and the construction site. The Web-based educational sessions will provide an inside view of IPD as a collaboration model, address how the combination of IPD and BIM interacts with other trends, and discuss using BIM to create new efficiencies in construction delivery.

The interactive telephone/Internet sessions for the BIM Beyond Design: Enabling IPD and Field Applications series are scheduled between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. EDT on May 14 and May 26. Participants can view the session materials and ask questions of the instructors in real time during each of the 90-minute classes:

Thursday, May 14 – Integrated Project Delivery: Theory and Reality. This first session provides an inside view of IPD as a model of collaboration from the perspectives of an owner, architect and contractor, using the case study of the Autodesk Trapelo Road project. The session will discuss the way the specifications process may be affected in an IPD environment. Participants will learn how IPD differs from traditional delivery and the potential benefits and risks of IPD delivery approaches (with respect to project cost, schedule and quality). Additionally, the session will address how the IPD+BIM combination interacts with other trends in the industry.

Tuesday, May 26 – BIM for Construction. The second session will address how BIM can be "linked" to the field during the construction phase. This connection, called "Field BIM," will be explored through case studies such as the Autodesk Trapelo Road and New Meadowlands Stadium projects. Field BIM facilitates collaboration to optimize field operations during construction. Then, the owner and operator can use that information post-handover for warranty management, facilities management and more. In this session the speakers will demonstrate how software for field process automation can be used to leverage the data in BIM to create new efficiencies in construction delivery and new potential for collaboration. Participants also will learn about connecting BIM to field information, technologies that enable field software to work in disconnected Internet environments and more.

"As an association dedicated to advancing the project delivery process, CSI is pleased to offer this informative series on linking Building Information Modeling to IPD and the jobsite," said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE.

Participants can earn 0.15 CSI CEUs, 1.5 AIA LUs, HSW per session, or 0.3 CSI CEUs, 3.0 AIA LUs, HSW for completing the entire series. Discounts are available to students (proof of student status is required).

The instructors for the May 14 session are: Erin Rae Hoffer, CSI, AIA, LEED AP, industry programs manager for Autodesk; Laura Handler, LEED AP, virtual design and construction manager for Tocci Building Companies; and Sarah Vekasy, AIA, project architect with KlingStubbins.

The May 26 sessions will be taught by Erin Rae Hoffer, CSI, AIA, LEED AP, industry programs manager for Autodesk and Josh Kanner, co-founder of Vela Systems, Inc. For more information on the instructors and the sessions, please visit the Webinars section of the CSI Web site.

CSI Webinars are designed to be convenient and affordable. One fee covers the registration for all participants at a single site. Participants can register for an individual session, or save money and guarantee a seat by registering for the entire two-part program for one fee.

To register for the entire series, or an individual session, please visit CSI's Event Registration Web page.


Josh Spiler

(800) 689-2900 ext. 4771




About CSI

CSI is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. The organization is unique in the industry in that its members are a cross-section of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors and building materials suppliers. The organization has 146 chapters and more than 14,000 members. Monthly Chapter meetings allow members the opportunity to communicate openly with their counterparts and exchange information for successful project management. CSI is renowned in the industry for its rigorous certification programs for professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of accurate and concise construction documents. CSI provides continuing education, professional conferences and product shows. For more information, visit www.csinet.org, or call (800) 689-2900.



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