IFMA BIM Conference 2018 – Practical & Effective BIM for Facilities Management

Monday, February 5th, 2018



Join us for this can’t-miss conference offered in conjunction with IFMA Facility Fusion! This year we have expanded the BIM Conference to a full day event, bringing industry experts, real world experiences and projects all centered on BIM and related technologies for FM.  Panelists and a moderator will lead each session, keeping topics on point and engaging the audience in the dialogue.

New this year are “Innovation Presentation” sessions providing relevant insights into the products and services FM’s need to know! Ask the experts questions, discover solutions, network with peers and come away with a plan for your facilities or projects.

The theme of our event focuses on providing Practical & Effective BIM for Facilities Management and beyond FM, providing key insights into the reality of BIM and related technologies (such as Blockchain, LiDAR, and GIS), workflows, legal and case studies reflecting the current state of BIM. Whether you’re trying to figure out what building information modeling (BIM) for FM means or providing your experiences and expertise, the value of BIM in Facility Management is the topic for this important session. Come to learn from industry experts while having ample opportunity to discuss with facility managers, product vendors and consultants what BIM for FM is. This meeting will include the opportunity to learn about key BIM resources to help you evaluate the best strategies and processes for your organization. Attend to better understand BIM in FM and to add your feedback to the development of BIM in FM.



When:  March 19th, 2018, 8 – 5PM



Sheraton Grand Chicago  –  Michigan Rooms A&B

301 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611



For more information and to Register for this event, goto:

IFMA BIM Conference 2018




AM/PM Event Sessions
7:00 – 7:30 Registration
7:30 – 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 Session 1.0 – BIM for FM: Reality Check & Global Perspecitve
8:45 – 9:00 Innovation Presentation #1
9:00 – 9:45 Session 2.0 – Making it Practical: It’s All About the Data – Where to Begin
9:45 – 10:00 Innovation Presentation #2
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Session 3.0 – Making It Practical: Existing Buildings & Reality Capture
11:00 – 11:15 Innovation Presentation #3
11:15 – 12:00 Session 4.0 – Keeping It Practical: New Construction, As-Built & Handover
12:00 – 12:15 Innovation Presentation #4
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Session 5.0 – Keeping It Practical: Maintaining the Vision
1:45 – 2:00 Innovation Presentation #5
2:00 – 2:45 Session 6.0 – Keeping It Practical: Space, Workspace and Real Estate, beyond FM
2:45 – 3:00 Innovation Presentation #6
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Session 7.0 – Keeping It Practical: Crowd Sourcing Information for Facilities Innovation
4:00 – 4:15 Innovation Presentation #7
4:15 – 5:00 Session 8.0 – Keeping It Practical: Practical Examples and Lessons Learned Panel
5:30 – 7:30 Networking Reception



Click here to learn more about our esteemed presenters… 


Session 1.0 BIM for FM: Keynote & Reality Check

It is widely accepted that BIM is the present and future of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC).  The entire delivery system is seeing tremendous technology growth in areas and in ways previously unimaginable.  BIM is tremendously effective data authoring, collaboration and visualization tool with an ever-increasing number of use cases and value streams for FM’s and Owners across the board.  So what are some of these areas of value, how is BIM connected, and what are the trends of BIM (and related technologies)?

Join us as we kick off this conference and provide insights and reality checks on where this whole BIM thing is developing globally.

Speakers: Daniel Stonecipher, IFMA iTC BIM Group Leader/Chair – IMMERSIVx
                 Dr. Joachim Hohmann, PhD, MSc, CFM, Consultants Circle – Germany

Innovation Presentation #1  


Helping clients make BIM for FM a reality

For more than a decade, facility professionals have heard they can use data from Building Information Modeling (BIM) to support operations. Early case studies have shown how streamlining building handover can save many hours and headaches for FMs planning maintenance and preparing a new building for occupancy. However, for most, the conversation about BIM has become very confusing and they see BIM as a “black box” – with plenty of hype, added cost, and unclear value.

Matthew Sulhoff, Director of Application Services at Invicara, will discuss how his team applies the right mix of technology and consulting services to help owners and FMs get the models and the data they need – both to get the building up and running quickly and to support ongoing operations

For more info contact:   Marty Chobot, Director of Marketing 
+1 919.696.6535 |  |


Session 2.0 BIM for FM: It’s All About the Data – Where to Begin


The success of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for building delivery is fueling the push towards the use of BIM for building management. Owners are now starting to reuse the models and information created during design and construction to streamline their own operations. But often the models resulting from BIM building design and construction processes simply do not contain the information necessary for building operations. However, this problem can be solved by recognizing the issue and asking the right questions. So before embarking on a BIM implementation, this presentation will guide owners to ask three important questions. These questions will help you better understand the challenges you face and, in turn, define a solution that provides data integrity and confidence.

Speakers:   Doug Sinclair, Sr. Director, Asset Advisory – AECOM
                   Ivan Jaramillo, AEC  Worldwide Sales Development Executive – Autodesk

Innovation Presentation #2   


This presentation showcases ‘DrawAlert’, a disruptive, cloud based technology solution that focuses on saving time, reducing costs and improving results on Construction Projects.

DrawAlert provides full transparency to all stakeholders on a project, automated payment notifications, a smart document hub with association workflows and a bi-directional peer rated score card function. We start with every project prior to the RFP process and stay with it until the final warranty expires.

A DrawAlert Certified Project supports a transparent, professional and respectful business relationship between all stakeholders in any given construction project.

For more info contact:   Ted Ritter, Co-Founder 
C 480-371-0027 O 480-719-1541 |  |

Session 3.0 – Making It Practical: Existing Buildings & Reality Capture


Ok, you have done your homework and have an end in mind plan in place.  The majority of all buildings occupied, operated and maintained in today’s world have existed long before the days of CAD, let alone building information modeling (BIM), and the internet of things.

There are many different technologies and workflows in place to develop or capture a “Digital Twin” or your buildings.  The ‘digital twin’ is a vital technology component for all phases of capital planning, budgeting and operations and understanding what these technologies are, how they are being used (good, bad, ugly) and more importantly, how do you engage all of this to bring value to your organization?

Join us in this presentation that will explore approaches and technologies for creating a building and/or workplace ‘digital twin’ and the handover and consumption of data into operational systems, such as IWMS, CAFM, CMMS.

Speakers:   Ted Mort, Vice President – Eco3D
                   Chad Knutson, Divisional VDC Manager – Gilbane Building Company

 Innovation Presentation #3   


Gilbane VDC and FM Services is pioneering BIM to FM technologies that drive efficient building turnover for new construction or renovation of existing facilities.  Traditional BIM to FM solutions require a data rich Building Model (example Revit), as a starting point to begin BIM to FM integration.   But 95% of the world’s buildings today do not have a valid Building Model.  Gilbane is implementing reality capture/scanning to map building spaces, systems and assets that can work in concert with BIM efforts, or as a standalone deliverable.  We will discuss and show a cost effective process to create Building Models of existing facilities and an integrated BIM to FM solution that your staff will find easy to use to extract valuable information renovations, operations and maintenance

For more info contact:   Randy Smith, Director – Gilbane FM Services
951.201.4724 |  |

Session 4.0 – Keeping It Practical: New Construction, As-Built & Handover


With the proliferation of the use of BIM for VDC, Owners are often left in the lurch asking the questions of how to take advantage of this data-rich authoring environment.  Questions such as:

  • “How do i realize FM-ready BIM, how is this different from As-Built BIM?”
  • “What about data commissioning, handover and integration with my existing technology?
  • “How are laser scanning/point clouds, drones and other cool technology being leveraged in new construction and delivery?”
  • “What about this blockchain thing i keep hearing about?”
  • “How do I incorporate any of this into my capital planning and operations?”

This presentation will examine the processes and ever changing technology landscape facing owners, contractors and service providers including BIM as part of the overall delivery service.

Speakers:   Jen Suerth, Vice President of Technical Services – Pepper Construction
                   Daniel Stonecipher, CEO | President – IMMERSIVx

Innovation Presentation #4   


This presentation showcases ‘saltmine’,  a disruptive new technology in the design build world, combining machine-learning driven programming, 2D and 3D design, project costing and product marketplace.

For more info contact:   Simon Davis, Sales Director
602.625.1573 |  |

Session 5.0 – Keeping It Practical: Maintaining the Vision


This session is all about maintaining the BIM/data enabled vision through facilities management, operations and capital planning and budgeting.  The utilization of BIM throughout design and construction has been effectively embraced and is considered mature.  While the transition of BIM through handover has been explored in the previous session, this session follows through on the question: “We have the data… we have 3D geometries… We are operating the building… now what?”  This session is all about maintaining the BIM/data enabled vision through facilities management, operations and capital planning and budgeting.  We will present this session through the lens of case studies as well as technology and service solutions in practical ways.

Speakers:   Damon Ranieri, Senior BIM Integration Manager – LendLease
                   Greg Schleusner, Principal | Director of Design Technologies – HOK

Innovation Presentation #5     


Data is just Data…Until it becomes information, it is useless to me…  Understanding Business Processes is key to translating Data to Information…  Information is most meaningful when configured and available for all stakeholders.

We believe all data is spatial.  Join Matthew Arsenault as he showcases the IMMERSIVx technology platform, ‘TRINITYx’. This session is focused on the authoring, management, integration, Analysis and visualization of  BIM/GIS/FM & Asset data and geometries, spatially, throughout design, construction and commissioning thru handover into operations.

For more info contact:   Matthew A. Arsenault, VP | GeoSpatial
541.760.5130  |  |

Session 6.0 – Keeping It Practical: Space, Workspace and Real Estate, beyond FM


Building owners are now utilizing BIM models and information created during design and construction to streamline their own operations. To successfully track and report on facilities data a method to reference “places” in the building is needed, particularly with respect to occupants and assets. By understanding the details of how space is used, facility professionals can reduce vacancy and ultimately achieve major reductions in real estate expenses. In this presentation we will discuss how Cloud-based facility management systems with real-time bi-directional integration to a portfolio of Revit models enables space planners and portfolio managers to analyze spatial performance across an entire facilities portfolio. We will also take a close look how Cloud-based Business Intelligence Tools (BI) and distributed secure access to all members of a facilities team can ensure the spatial consistency and quality of Revit model data throughout the lifecycle of a facilities portfolio.

Speakers:  Brian Haines, Vice President of Marketing – FM:Systems
                   Cheryl Jefferies, Vice President | Senior Practice Specialist ‘On-Site’ Services  – HOK

Innovation Presentation #6    


BIM and The Future of Utilization – Do you know how your employees are interacting with your space?

In this presentation we will explore how BIM and emerging new technologies such as the FM:Systems FMx remote sensing platform, employee facing kiosks and mobile devices are enabling organizations to better understand how their employees are interacting with their space. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of different occupancy utilization tracking methods, tools, and workflows which can help you better understand the concept of real-time utilization and how your space is really being used.

For more info contact:   Brian Haines, VP of Marketing 
919.582.9739  |  |

Session 7.0 – Keeping It Practical: Crowd Sourcing Information for Facilities Innovation


There are many sources of information that shape the design, program and ultimate use and efficiency of any facility.  With technology advancement, learning from, iterating, and re-developing how these sources are considered based upon measured and tracked facility operations, including cross functional data sources and KPI’s, has evolved facilities innovation.   Join us as we dive into practical real world commercial real estate and industrial projects based in this innovation evolution.

Speakers:  Karl Heitman, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, President | Founder  – Heitman Architects 

Innovation Presentation #7  


AECOM is a global network of experts working with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.

Delivering clean water and energy. Building iconic skyscrapers. Planning new cities. Restoring damaged environments. Connecting people and economies with roads, bridges, tunnels and transit systems. Designing parks where children play. Helping governments maintain stability and security.

We connect expertise across services, markets, and geographies to deliver transformative outcomes. Worldwide, we design, build, finance, operate and manage projects and programs that unlock opportunities, protect our environment and improve people’s lives.

Imagine it. Delivered.

Session 8.0 – Practical Examples and Lessons Learned Panel


This panel discuss will include experienced industry professionals providing practical examples and lessons learned across the full arc of topics covered in Sessions 1, 2 and 3.  Join our experienced professionals to gain deeper insight into the challenges and benefits from real world examples and engage our panel with your questions.  This session will be interactive, engaging and informative.  Don’t miss it!  

Panel MC / Moderator: Ted Ritter, SAG Leader – IFMA IT Community
Speakers: Session Presenters




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Conference Leader

Daniel R. Stonecipher, IMMERSIVx

BIM Group Leader & Immediate Past President of the IFMA IT Community

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