Business and Professional Practices

Full Session without Abstracts

499782 - Business of BIM Debate

Friday, April 26
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Celebration 5-6

The following session will be sponsored by the Committee on Building Information Modeling and will be debate style. Moderator will ask questions and two panelists take pro/con stances to defend viewpoint on particular topic. Each panelist will be allotted 2 minutes to make case with an opportunity for a 30-second rebuttal before opening discussion to audience for 5 minutes of round table discussion. We will address 6-8 topics (listed below) in the 60 min session.

As a sequel to our lively debate session at the 2018 Congress, our theme this year will be geared towards the younger engineer and the various ways firms are incorporating BIM workflow into design and engineering tasks. Many differing opinions exist on how best to approach the BIM process and leverage the various skill sets and decision-making ability of your staff while managing a project budget.

Debate topics include:
o Separating modeling from engineering
o How do you find new young drafters/modelers?
o Is drafting a dying trade?
o BIM is more than drafting – analysis, design, documentation, coord., operations
o BIM as Structural design tool
o BIM as deliverable – everyone on team has to be versed in models


David Aucoin

Senior Associate
PES Structural Engineers

David is a Senior Associate in the New England office of PES Structural Engineers. He has over 12 years of experience in the structural design of steel, concrete, masonry and wood framing systems in a wide variety of markets including hospitality, industrial, multi-family housing, retail, healthcare and religious facilities. As a Studio Director, he serves as the primary client contact for the New England office and oversees a team of project managers and engineers. As BIM Director, David guides the firm’s strategic integration and customization of BIM software applications and workflows to enhance our engineering and communication capabilities. David is a co-chair of the Structural Engineering Institute’s committee on BIM as well as co-chair of the Construction Institute’s BIM Council.


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