St Louis Arch

Presentations from the 2019 BIMForum in St. Louis are available below:


Brian Skripac, CannonDesign & Alex Belkofer, McCarthy


BIMForum Initiatives Update

Will Ikerd, IKERD Consulting & Jim Bedrick, AEC Process Engineering


Integrating Virtual Design and Construction into Progressive Design Build

Geoff Neumayr & Josephine Pofsky, San Francisco International Airport

Integrated Project Delivery is the new norm and no longer the alternative.  This presentation will touch on how the integration of the people, organization, processes and technology is vital to the success of not only Progressive Design Build during design and construction , but for the full life cycle of our infrastructure.  The idea of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) encompasses not just Building Information Management (BIM), but also Geographic Information System (GIS).  The journey starts with a brief discussion of the Progressive Design Build contract model and how it creates an environment of collaboration and Integration.  With this collaborative and integrated project delivery model, BIM becomes a natural fit in the journey, allowing for seamless collection of data that can be transformed into useful and verifiable information for the owner for years after the completion of project. The journey will continue and address the owners role in the development of the BIM Execution Plan to align the entire team with standards and uses, to ensure that a verifiable and reliable model can be developed for construction and turnover of project information at the conclusion of the construction process.  Of course, the end of construction is only the beginning of the next phase of the life cycle.  The final journey to be explored will be the integration of BIM and GIS for operations and maintenance functions, indoor mapping of our facilities, space management, and other business applications.

Geoff is the Chief Development Officer for the San Francisco International Airport Planning, Design & Construction Division and oversees the planning, design and construction sections. Geoff is a graduate of Cal Poly with a degree in Architectural Engineering and has over 34 years in design and construction professional in both design & construction. As the Airports Chief Development Officer, Geoff is currently responsible for the Airports $7.3 billion capital improvement program which will include a new hotel modernization of two terminal buildings, a new long term parking garage, new office building, the extension of the AirTrain system to Lot DD, and the implementation of the first Net Zero Energy Airport in the United States. Under Geoff’s leadership the Airport has completed the renovation of Boarding Area E & Terminal 3 West as well as the new Air Traffic Control tower. He is a big proponent of the team concept for the design and construction of public infrastructure projects, and is a proponent of the use of Progressive Design Build as implementation approach for integrated project delivery. Geoff also is a huge advocator for Structured Collaborative Partnering because it is the foundation that high performing collaborative teams are built on. He has established a reputation within the industry as a leader in the collaborative delivery philosophy of delivering projects with exceptional outcomes. Geoff currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s College of Architectural & Environmental Design. He also serves as Chair for the Airports Council International Project & Construction Delivery Group, is a member of Airports Council International Operations & Technical Committee, serves as a member on the International Partnering Institute’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Design Build Institute of America’s National Board of Director’s, and is the Chair for the Design Build Institute of America’s Progressive Design Build Committee.

Josephine is the Director of Infrastructure Information Management for the San Francisco International Airport, Planning, Design and Construction Division. Josephine oversees both the Geographic Information System (GIS) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) operations at SFO. She is also the technology visioning lead for the Division and is currently spearheading an airport wide implementation effort in virtual design and construction. She frequently presents at conferences on topics related to SFO’s continuous advancements in integrated infrastructure information management.
Josephine received her MBA from UC Berkeley and has also attended the Virtual Design and Construction Certificate Program at Stanford University.


Use of LOD in Mars Habitat Design Competition

Pete Carrato, Bechtel & Cory Brugger, HKS 

NASA’s Mars Habitat Challenge is stimulating the development of the means and methods for construction needed to build a facility suitable for the first four astronauts arriving on the planet to live and work in for a year. A portion of this Challenge required participating teams to develop a Building Information Model of their proposed habitat. Models had to provide a minimum living and working space of at least 93 m2. The models also served as input to an autonomous construction process using additive manufacturing (3D printing) of all pressure retaining and structural component of the facility.
The Challenge required that habitat models undergo a design development process, with judging taking place at a preliminary phase and again when the structure is ready for the teams to construct a one third scaled prototype of the structure. These two different phases of design are defined using the Level of Development (LOD) provided in the BIMForum specification. The preliminary design was deemed to be 60% developed by requiring the structure and pressure retaining components to be at LOD 300, while MEP and ECCLS were at LOD 100. Final design, that to be used for prototype construction, required the structural components to be at LOD 400 and the MEP and ECCLS at 200. Development of 4D BIMs were encouraged and provided a further measure of construction ready (LOD 400) structural systems.


The Zopherus Habitat: Using BIM to solve the complex problems of space exploration

Trey Lane, Nabholz

NASA and Bradley University recently completed Phase 03 of their 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, which explores design and construction of a habitat on Mars using additive manufacturing with in-situ materials. Team Zopherus won first place in this competition with their May 2018, 60% submission and second place for their 100% submission.
This competition challenged competitors to use BIM as the documentation platform for solving the complex problems associated with space exploration and habitation. The competition also encouraged solutions that integrated the use of BIM and other virtual construction techniques with autonomous 3D printing construction methods. BIM and 3d printing, are viewed as promising technologies to the future of space exploration by NASA.
This presentation focuses on the way BIM and IFC have enhanced the capabilities of the team and underpin our innovative design solution. This session explores:

  • how open standards for data exchange enabled a team structure based on shared interests and skillsets, instead of corporate structure or shared design software.
  • how design with multiple BIM authoring tools enabled additional flexibility for creative work.
  • how the IFC platform made cross discipline collaboration not only possible, but also efficient.
  • integration of other non-BIM platform authored content into the BIM in a way that preserves object data.

As both an Architect and Virtual Design & Construction specialist, Trey has a passion for the application of innovative technology in design and construction. He is the winner of multiple NASA competitions, and is the leader of team Zopherus, who recently received top finishes in NASA’s Centennial, 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Trey enjoys discovering and sharing knowledge and serves on the board of directors for NWA Space, a local STEM advocacy organization. He’s most energized when finding ways to connect design to other disciplines.

BIM Standards: Where are we? Where are we going?

Johnny Fortune, Bullock Tice Associates & John Messner, Pennsylvania State University

In this session we share an update on the current state of national BIM standards and what BIM standards will attempt to address in the next few years. We also identify some of the challenges in the standards development process. Following the presentation is a BIM standards leadership panel discussion on standards development now and in the future, with representatives from across the industry.

Johnny Fortune serves as the BIM Director at Bullock Tice Associates in Pensacola, Florida. He is the immediate past chair of the buildingSMART alliance and serves on several National committees; the National CAD Standards Steering Committee, the US National BIM Standard Planning Committee, and the USACE/Industry BIM/CIM Consortium. Additionally, he was the technical writer for the recent release of the VA’s BIM and CAD standards. He has often presented on the topic of BIM/CAD workflows and standards at venues such as Autodesk University, NIBS Building Innovation Conference & Expo, GeoBuiz, and various S.A.M.E. & CSI chapter events.

John Messner is a professor of architectural engineering. He is a recognized expert in energy-efficient building design. Messner’s specialty is advanced visualization technologies for construction design. He is the director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State.