BIMForum Conference Fall 2010 – Review


John Tocci addressing panel at BIMForum conference

In regards to BIM and VDC, Tocci’s BIMForum is the fastest-growing, most diverse industry group on the subject.

The BIMForum is a multilateral professional focus group for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and is the fastest-growing, most diverse industry group on the subject. Tocci’s CEO, John Tocci, helped found the BIMForum in 2005 and remains the chairman to this day.  The BIMForum meets three times a year at various locations around the US to discuss topics relevant to BIM research, adoption, implementation, ROI, and market demands.

The 2010 Fall conference was held on October 14th and 15th in Atlanta, GA. The theme was “The Evidence on BIM”, a discussion about whether real-world evidence substantiates the claims that BIM leads to measurably higher performance in design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

John Tocci, Laura Handler, and Pierce Reynoldson attended and came back recharged about the potential of BIM to fuel faultless project execution and extraordinary owner satisfaction.

The most compelling part of the conference was on Friday the 15th when five owner groups presented how they are implementing BIM throughout millions of square feet of their existing and new projects.  Attendees left knowing that any owner hesitating at this point will find themselves playing serious ‘catch-up’ later and any CM or designer playing with BIM rather than diving headlong into full implementation will find themselves relegated to the has-been category in as few as twenty-four months. One of the owners on the panel had this to say:

I can only speak for myself, but I was very proud to be part of this event. We, as owners, made it clear we are involved in BIM and hope they (A/E, consultants, contractors) will be ready once we start to demand BIM on our future projects, with detailed expectations and deliverables. Our job now is to educate other owners.

Birgitta Foster, Sandia National Laboratories