Session 8 The Elusive History of BIM

The Elusive History of BIM session will be chaired by Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick

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Professor Carrie Sturts Dossick, P.E. is a Professor of Construction Management and the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Built Environments, University of Washington.

Dr. Dossick also holds an adjunct professor appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is currently the Vice-Chair of the National BIM Standard -US Planning Committee. Dr. Dossick co-directs the Communication, Technology, and Organizational Practices lab in the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC).

Dr. Dossick has over two decades of research and teaching experience focused on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM). She is an active member of the National Institute of Building Sciences BIM Council, and the Academic Interoperability Coalition (AiC).

Current research projects include BIM Standards and Processes for the Port of Seattle, digital fabrication workflows for concrete formwork with Turner Construction, IB Index with the University of Technology Sydney, Cyberscurity for Large Institutional owners. Recent work includes BIM-based information exchange between design, construction and operations, the use of Virtual Reality for Facilities Management Training, and BIM workflows for Preconstruction Services. Recent Technical Publications.

She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Education, General Services Administration, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, Sound Transit, Skanska USA Building, Mortenson Company, University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington Capital Projects and Facilities services.

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Deke Smith will give the talk titled:

Chuck Eastman's Role in Information Delivery Manuals

Dana Kennish "Deke" Smith, FbSI, FAIA Emeritus – Facilities Architect, IT Architect, Lecturer, and Author. His career spans from the early days of computer-aided design to the current open BIM strategies. He is co-author of Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Architects, Engineers, Constructors, and Real Estate Asset Managers (2009) and Developing BIM Talent: A Guide to the BIM Body of Knowledge with Metrics, KSAs, and Learning Outcomes (2021), both published by Wiley & Sons.

Deke co-chaired APPA's two-part Total Cost of Ownership Standard and is the Executive Director of the Academic Interoperability Coalition (AiC). Deke worked for 30 years for the Department of Defense, volunteered for 20 years, and then worked on the National Institute of Building Sciences staff for another ten years.

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Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam will give the talk titled:

Tracing the Elusive history of BIM evolution in an Indian design and contracting firm

Dr. Ashwin Mahalingam joined the faculty in the Building Technology and Construction Management division of the Civil engineering department at IIT-Madras in 2006. Ashwin received his B.Tech in Civil engineering from IIT-Madras and then proceeded to Stanford University for a Masters in Construction Engineering and Management. He then helped start up an internet based company in the USA called All Star Fleet, aimed at providing asset management services for construction companies. Following this he returned to Stanford University to pursue a PhD in the area of Infrastructure Project Management. Ashwin's research interests are in the areas of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Infrastructure planning and management, the management and governance of large engineering projects and the use of technology in infrastructure development. Ashwin is also a co-founder of Okapi Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd and serves as a Director on the Board. He is the Editor of the Engineering Project Organization Journal (EPOJ) and has served on many national committees. 

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Dr. Tom Maver will give the talk titled:

The Earliest Concepts (and Pioneers) of Digital Building Design

Tom Maver is a Scot who was born and educated in Glasgow, some 8 decades ago. As early as 1968, he established, at the University of Strathclyde, ABACUS – a research group dedicated to the evolution and application of CAAD and which twice achieved the UK’s top ranking of 5* for international research excellence. Although an engineer, he is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the first Fellow of IBPSA and the Design Research Society and others. He was a participant in the panel (Chaired by Robert Aish) of three oldies entitled ‘Pioneers of Digital Design’ – Chuck Eastman and Don Greenberg being the other two – at ACADIA 2015 in Cincinnati.

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Dr. Robet Aish will give the talk titled:

The influence of Chuck Eastman on Design Computation and Building Topology

Robert Aish is visiting professor of Design Computation at the Bartlett 

School of Architecture, UCL. He has made a number of contributions to the digital transformation of the construction industry, working at the overlap of architecture, computation and HCI.  He contributed to the development of RUCAPS, the original BIM application, publishing one of the first papers describing the benefits of BIM to construction. 

As Director of Research at Bentley Systems he led the development of GenerativeComponents, one of the first parametric and computation modelling systems.  As Director of Software Development at Autodesk he led the development of DesignScript, an end-user language for design computation delivered as the computational engine within the Dynamo application.  

His research into the architectural application of non-manifold topology has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, resulting in the recently released multi-platform Topologic plug-in.  He is a co-founder of the SmartGeometry educational initiative which supports researchers and practitioners exploring the use of advanced computation in architecture and construction.