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BIM and Sustainable Design




Podcast: 2007/6/6 - 15:48

Presenter: Phillip G. Bernstein, FAIA

Moderator: Markku Allison, AIA



Phil Bernstein is Autodesk vice president of Industry Strategy and Relations, AEC Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for developing and delivering technology solutions and design tools to the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Prior to joining Autodesk in 2000, Bernstein was an associate principal at Cesar Pelli & Associates, where he was project manager for many of the firm's most complex commissions, including the Goldman Sachs corporate headquarters, the Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami, the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, the Practice Integration Building at the Mayo Clinic, the New North Terminal at Washington National Airport, and the Lerner Research Center at the Cleveland Clinic. He was responsible for general management support in the firm, providing fee analysis, delivery and team structure, risk management, technology strategy and contract negotiation for many of the firm's projects.

Bernstein has served as Lecturer in Professional Practice, Yale University School of Architecture since 1988. In addition, he was a contributor to the 13th edition of the AIA Handbook of Professional Practice and is a member of the AIA College of Fellows and the AIA National Documents Committee.

Bernstein received a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with Distinction in Architecture in 1979 from Yale University and a Master of Architecture in 1983, also from Yale University.

Building information modeling (BIM) describes 3D, object-oriented, AEC-specific CAD: a digital representation of the building process to facilitate exchange and interoperability of information in digital format. BIM covers geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components. It can therefore be used to demonstrate not only the entire building lifecycle, but also the impacts it can have on the surrounding environment. Phil Bernstein, vice president of Industry Strategy and Relations, AEC Solutions, discusses BIM and how digital prototypes are serving to optimize sustainable results.

Currently at the beginning stages of development, BIM provides the potential for a virtual information model to be handed from Design Team to Contractor and Subcontractors and then to Owner, empowering each to add additional discipline-specific knowledge and tracking of changes to a single model workable model. How are firms changing to incorporate this new technology, in what ways, and what are the challenges they’ve faced? Moreover, given the growing market demand for green building, firms must align the culture of practice to make a process transformation. This podcast reviews practical advice for how and why to make the transition, especially for smaller firms venturing to remain competitive.



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