2010 DBL Symposium


2010 Kick-Off Annual GA Tech Digital Building Laboratory Industry Symposium


June 14, 2010, 1:00 pm - June 15, 2010, 12:30 pm


Klaus Advanced Computing Building Room 1116, Georgia Tech Campus


2010 DBL Symposium Program

DAY ONE:  Manufacturing Research Center Auditorium

1:00 PM

Introductions and greetings Eastman, Balfour, Rosen, Kahn

1:15 PM

Purpose of DBL and of the symposium - Eastman

Introduction to discussion topics

1:30 PM

General Sessions

Interoperability – Eastman

Interoperability is identified by advanced BIM user’s the greatest limitation to future advances. How can we address and break this bottleneck, to make BIM exchanges robust

Object Model Capture – Brilakis

laser scanning and videogrammetry allow fast capture of raw geometry. A big manual effort is still required to turn the geometry into object model structures useful in design or renovation. Object recognition and data fitting are recognized as the next steps. How might these be incrementally acted upon to address this labor intensive issue?

2:30 PM


2:45 PM

General Sessions

Embedding Expertise in BIM Tools – Bernal, Cavieres, Eastman

Modern parametric modeling tools, including those developed for BIM, are capable of embedding design, building code, structural, fabrication and other knowledge within them. What new examples should be developed to capture knowledge and expertise – of a firm, or of an industry?

Integrated Project Delivery – Shaw and Bowen

IPD and other forms of collaborative practice are trying to bring incentive structures and responsibility more in line with the objects of a project. how can the DBL best address the many issues of IPD? How can we help in these issues to address dysfunctional practices and behavior?

3:45 PM

Break-out Session 1:

In shop fabrication robotics – Jikov & Lipnevicius – Auditorium

The set-up and use of arm-robots provides the opportunity to greatly reduce costs and increase productivity for metal building assemblies. These are beginning to be applied to steel fabrication. What other industries should they be applied to?

Neutral Representation of Product Models – Panushev – Conference Room

Today, product data is simply geometry and product IDs. Two aspects are limiting – how to make them neutral between different BIM platforms? And how to make them rich enough to support analyses/simulation?

4:15 PM


Breakout  Session 2:

Automated Design Guide Checking – JM Lee – Auditorium

Design guides are passed to people to be used as part of a review process. Some of these conditions are complex and/or very detailed. These can be automated.  We review some applications of rule-based systems for checking the quality of candidate designs; are there other significant applications? 

Assessing Project Integration Methods – Castro and Ospina  – Conference Room

New technologies and practices are available for adoption. Which have the most payoff, what are the costs and benefits? Castro and Ospina

5:00 PM

Discussion and Prioritization of Studies – Eastman

5:30 PM

Agenda for tomorrow


DAY TWO:  Manufacturing Research Center Auditorium June 15

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM

Introduction to today’s Agenda and schedule

General Sessions

Fabrication Testing and Mock-ups – Gentry, Al-Haddad, Maing

New forms and methods of construction require testing of mock-ups; the new Digital Fabrication Laboratory is being re-configured to test fabrication, assembly of mockups for testing – Gentry, Al-Haddad, Maing

BIM education and training – Irizarry and Eastman

BIM, along with new processes and project delivery methods are greatly impeded by culture and education. Educating AEC students and current professionals are major challenges. How can industry and DBL best address these issues?

9:00 AM

Coffee Break

9:15 AM

General Sessions

BIM Model Checking – JK Lee – Auditorium

How to validate the quality of a BIM model with regard to its intended uses? The truism of “garbage-in, garbage-out” has new dimensions when a building model is a database of geometric and other data that will be used for multiple uses. How can we eliminate the quality question?

BIM Servers – Panushev  – Conference Room

Why will we need to go to this next level of data management? What should their architecture be? How can DBL facilitate solutions to this growing need?


Break-out Session 1:

Economic and sustainability assessment of strategies - Ashuri– Auditorium

How can firms deal with carbon counts or embedded energy in assessing projects? Development of methods for assessing the “new economics”

Construction safety – Teizer

Safety and productivity go hand in hand. What technologies exist and what needs to be done to boost the construction industry's safety and productivity performance?


General Session

Discussion and Prioritization of Studies: voting  – Eastman


General Session

Review of Next Steps; review of DBL Structure and process