Technical Sessions

Geo-enabled Design and BIM for Preventive Maintenance The largest cost of any building/infrastructure's life-cycle does not come from design and construction. It comes from operating and maintaining the asset for as long as its lifespan. It is critical for building owner and facility managers to be able to control such cost. Projects that incorporated geospatial-enabled BIM from the design phase, and continually used in the construction phase, will have essential facility information in one manageable, accessible package. Once the contractor hands over the BIM to building owner or facility managers, this becomes a powerful tool that can be used for the entire life cycle of the asset. The session shall feature building owners and facility managers discussing their key challenge in developing a maintenance program for their assets, and how geo-enabled design and BIM can help.

Modern Geodesy & Urban Design Continued development of advanced terrestrial and space geodetic infrastructure (GNSS) has revolutionized geodesy and surveying application. There are now crucial geodetic applications in a wide range of fields, including in urban design. Although majority of urban plans are still produced in 2D, there is a growing trend towards 3D. This is largely because urban design has become more complicated due to today's rate of urbanization and the rapid expansion of cities. High-quality 3D city models and accurate digital terrain models are the viable solutions to address this issue. The session shall discuss the significant benefits provided by geodetic infrastructure in urban planning and design application.

Geo-enabled Design and BIM for Smart Cities When delivering geo-enabled design and BIM in the context of a city, a building is never seen in isolation. It is always integrated with other infrastructure, such as the transportation system, utilities, public spaces, etc. And that's where the real challenge lies. Geospatial-enabled design and BIM collects and store a building's key physical and functional characteristics digitally even before it is built. This helps architects, engineers, contractors, and owners to see, prior to construction, what their design will look like and more importantly, how it will perform. This is absolutely critical for creating a Smart City. The session will discuss the contribution of geo-enabled design and BIM processes in various components of smart cities, i.e. energy-efficient buildings, sustainable transportation infrastructure, smart utilities, underground infrastructure, and others.

GEO|Design+BIM Education Panel The purpose of this panel is to share and reflect on challenges, opportunities, and advances in Geodesign and GeoBIM education. While Geodesign is a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary framework that pairs planning, design, and environmental systems with spatial decision support tools, GeoBIM produces digital representations of the built environment – current and alternative design scenarios – along with physical and functional characteristics of place. Combined, Geodesign and GeoBIM provide the theoretical and applied frameworks to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century: urban population growth, smart infrastructure, land management, sustainability, among other issues.

Participants of this panel are from various international academic institutions offering training and education in Geodesign and/or GeoBIM which range from an individual course, a teaching studio, a certificate, a concentration, a capstone, a BS, as well as an MSc. Panelists will discuss a wide range of topics, such as: Geodesign/GeoBIM curriculum requirements, program strengths and challenges, hardware and software platforms used in the curriculum, student engagement in the local community, Geodesign/GeoBIM applications, student career placement, as well as program ambitions for the next 3-5 years.

Key words: Geodesign, GeoBIM, education, curriculum development, spatial sciences

Contact If you are interested in participating in this panel, please contact Darren Ruddell