1C: Tech and Teams

In this session, we will discuss how teams collaborate using new technologies to promote innovative decision-making by managing tensions between new and old practices.

Design, construction, and operational practices are awash in new ways to develop and analyze building and infrastructure projects.Trends in 3D modeling, Virtual Reality, 2D visualizations and data are distributed across the project team, requiring teams to collaborate in new ways and develop new decision-making processes that rely upon complex and sophisticated understanding of multiple disciplines, tools, and the analysis they produce. In this session we address how teams can leverage visualization and analysis tools to develop shared technical understanding across project stakeholders.  We also explore challenges and impacts that ongoing technology changes have on industry routines and practices.

Panel Lead

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick is a Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington, College of Built Environment and Executive Director, Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Dr. Dossick has over a decade of research and teaching experience primarily focused on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). She is an active member of both the National Institute of Building Sciences and buildingSMART Alliance. Current research projects include technology and collaboration strategies for green building design and construction; global team collaboration with Virtual Reality; operations applications of BIM and facilities data in maintenance management and life cycle planning; and rebaselining BIM and asset data for existing buildings.




BIM for Enhanced Facilities Management

Jack Ray, CCI Engineering Services

While Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become more widely accepted as a best practice for design and construction of complex facilities, owners have struggled with how to best utilize the models after construction to enhance the operations and maintenance portion of the facility life cycle.  The Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) has commissioned a study funded by the FAA to develop a guidebook for airports on best practices for BIM implementation, standards, process, measuring return-on-investment, quality control and contractual/legal standards.  While focused on providing guidance to airports the study will draw from best practices in alternative industries where BIM has been more fully implemented over the last decade. These include healthcare, universities, automotive, public utilities and oil & gas.  The study has also developed original case studies to demonstrate future BIM facilities management capabilities not yet adopted in the industry.  Guidebook is due for publication in late 2018.

Achieving Innovation through Visualizations: how interdisciplinary teams generate shared understanding around complex challenges and solutions

Dr. Laura Osburn, University of Washington

This presentation will address how integrated teams collaborate using 3D and 2D visualizations to come to a shared understanding around project problems and innovative solutions. Based on our latest qualitative research on visualization use in an integrated design studio course at university, this presentation will discuss how project teams interact with an array of visual media to translate technical data and expertise to their teammates from other disciplines. In doing so, this presentation highlights the importance of curating places where teams can interact with visualizations using talk, drawing, and gesture to generate and confirm shared understanding around problems and design ideas. This presentation concludes with the potential implications of this research for better understanding the affordances and constraints of using VR/AR as tools for achieving innovation.

NBIMS-US™ – A Vision for the Future

Dr. John Messner, Penn State University

The National BIM Standard – United States (NBIMS-US™) is the most comprehensive standard related to Building Information Modeling within the United States.  NBIMS-US™ includes a series of practice guidelines along with information exchange standards.  The buildingSMART alliance, the developer of the standard, is planning for the next version of NBIMS-US™, which will be significantly different from the current version.  This presentation will discuss the content contained within NBIMS-US™, along with a vision for the future of the standard.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Laura Osburn is a research scientist in the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Laura has over nine years of qualitative research experience with expertise in how storytelling impacts decision-making. She has brought her expertise to a broad range of social, cultural, and organizational contexts including architect, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams and online organizations. Laura currently works on several research grants, including an NSF funded project on energy modeling and project team collaboration and communication. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Laura will be working on the UW Innovation award project, “Engineering Communication in Data Rich Environments: How do we support innovation in interdisciplinary teams?” This research will study how engineers communicate with data and data visualizations for interdisciplinary innovation and generating solutions. As a research associate, Laura also helps support CERC research initiatives through research collaboration, grant development, data collection and analysis support, IRB consultation, and mentoring Construction Management graduate students in qualitative and interpretative research design and writing.

Jack Ray is VP/COO of CCI Engineering Services, a Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) consulting firm that provides technology services for design, construction and facilities management in the utilities, transportation and building industries.  He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Transportation Research Board BIM Beyond Design for Airports study. Experience includes Building Information Modeling (BIM), existing conditions capture and modeling, facilities management modeling and asset management, 3D design for site and civil engineering and geographic information systems.  Prior to joining CCI, Jack was Director of Engineering/R&D with Applied Innovation, a developer of next generation network management software and hardware for the telecommunications industry and Director of R&D for LuxPath Networks. He is also co-founder of the VirDeCon Business Accelerator, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit developed to provide workforce development for the VDC industry.  Jack graduated from the Ohio State University with B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Physics and is CM-BIM certified by the Association of General Contractors (AGC).  He is a member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Dr. John Messner is the Director of the Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program at Penn State and the Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering.  He is also the current Chair of the buildingSMART alliance and he is the Chair of the Research Committee for the Lean Construction Institute. He specializes in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and virtual prototyping research, along with lean construction.  The CIC Research Group developed the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners and the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, which are included in NBIMS-US™.   At Penn State, he has taught courses in virtual prototyping; BIM; strategic management in construction; international construction; and project management.