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2020 BIMForum: Houston


May 3-5, 2020 | Houston, TX | "New Frontiers in BIM!”

BIMForum is now accepting proposals for a limited number of speaking opportunities for the 2020 conference, May 3-5 at Marriott Marquis Houston.

BIMForum is looking to highlight case studies of how the building community is driving quantitative and qualitative outcomes through the development of model-centric workflows that address the entire design-build-operate continuum. In addition, we’re seeking to better understand the current cultural shifts and revisit the “human side of BIM” from past BIMForums. This will enable us to drive a better understanding of leadership qualities and strategies needed to produce the return on investment of BIM that comes from the refinement of traditional workflows and business practices as well as the growth of collaborative project delivery strategies. The theme of New Frontiers endeavors to capture the spirit of the conference – held in a region known as a new frontier for over six nations, as well as the home of NASA’s Houston Space Center, exploring new frontiers in space. Preference will be given to those presentations capable of demonstrating tangible examples of how metric-based results were achieved within the areas of interest defined above. Additional areas of interest are case studies on the following:


  • Model-centric workflows, model reliability, less reliance on drawings.
  • The scalability of a BIM to address project delivery models beyond Design-Bid-Build, such as Design-Build, Design Assist and IPD.
  • Legal challenges of BIM, what went wrong?
  • Advances in BIM contract language.
  • How is real world constructability infused into BIM?
  • Implementation of BIM Execution Plans and Lessons Learned.
  • Standards for the use of BIM and data throughout the lifecycle of projects. 
  • Owners leveraging LOD to define deliverables.
  • Best practices for laser scanning and reality capture in building documentation.
  • Peer-reviewed research specifically addressing results of BIM use and/or the BIMForum LOD Specification.
  • Value in leveraging IFC and open standards

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

An important goal of the BIMForum is to provide high-quality educational sessions for AECO executives and professionals. Our two-and-a-half day, multiple-track format is focused on topics that reflect current and emerging issues in the industry. Special consideration will be given to presentations that feature project-based case studies that illustrate best practices, lessons learned, and unique opportunities or challenges throughout the industry.

*Presenters should consider including an Owner as part of the presenter team (or including a statement from the Owner, if he/she is unavailable to present) if it would help to validate the best practices and quantifiable outcomes being achieved.

*Vendor proposals which include an Architect, Engineer, Contractor, Owner, etc. will be scored higher during the selection process. “Sales pitch”-style presentations for products and services should be avoided.

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