3 Days of Data
Data-driven design takes center stage at BILT North America 2019
Finding data. Sharing data. Uploading data. The design and construction industry’s best minds brainstormed at the BILT North America conference, discussing all things data, as the technological empowerment of project information is consistently playing a deciding factor in the success and strategy behind project delivery.
As data took center stage, the event showcased dashboards, digital twins and disruptive technologies, with an emphasis on information sharing. Bluebeam served as a gold sponsor of the event, sharing the space with many technology providers who are all working diligently to address data transmission for the modern jobsite.
Rapidly becoming a project staple, the use of digital dashboards allows stakeholders to navigate and find relevant information in more convenient and accurate ways than ever before. Hoffman Construction Engineer Luke Brown subscribes to this innovation, and presented on how he uses Bluebeam Revu to create dashboards with detailed hyperlinks, which allows end users to create a deeper level of visual information within the project drawings to enhance spec understanding and facilitate markups. The BILT audience shared in Hoffman’s data-rich area projects including the Space Needle renovation and MoPop, the Museum of Pop Culture, which highlighted Seattle’s reputation as being one of the hottest construction markets in North America.
Digital Twins are rapidly becoming data fanatics’ best friends. Acting as a digital replica of a building, these are 3D models of networks, processes, and systems within a project, allowing key data points for all aspects of the project to be packaged into a single source of truth. Willow Design Lead Ian Siegal sees this future of building data as the next step in fully using the model for not only project delivery but also for owners and operators, as these pack all of the O&M data into an even more interactional package.
Speaking of 3D, Data and Disruption…
If you are arguing about 2D versus 3D, you’re having an irrelevant conversation, according to Bluebeam Community Development Program Manager Lilian Magallanes. She led a roundtable of industry luminaries who concluded that it is data, not format, that reigns supreme, and that the accuracy and accessibility of the information is truly the key to project success.
ClearEdge Vice President of Industry Strategy Kelly Cone took BIM to task in a session addressing the ability to prove the ROI in your BIM delivery A difficult challenge for most, finding that value depends on accurate data to inform and develop building strategy, so that measurables can be compared to assess value.
Of course, all of this disruption is nothing new, explained keynote speaker Phil Bernstein. The noted architect, technologist and associate dean and senior lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, hosted a live podcast on stage, reminding folks that construction disruption has been around since prefabbed homes were available in 1950s Sears catalogs. While the more things change, the more they remain the same, BILT NA 2019 has made it clear that data management, accuracy and accessibility are the key to successful project design—as well as to the future of the design and build industry.