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GSA Mandates on Building Information Modeling




Podcast: 2006/9/18 - 17:00

Presenters: Calvin Kam, Ph.D. and Steve Hagan, FAIA



Calvin Kam, PhD, is a doctoral fellow at Stanford University Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) and a visiting fellow at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Chief Architect. He is involved in the research, teaching, and industry applications of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies (such as 3D/4D building information modeling, interoperability standards, and decision-support tools). A recipient of AIA California Council and AIA National/AAF scholarships, he completed his dual undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Architecture and BS in civil engineering) from the University of Southern California. He also received three graduate degrees (Masters of Science in design/construction integration, the degree of engineer in construction engineering and management, and PhD in decision-making in the building industry) from Stanford University. He was awarded with the SOM Foundation Traveling Fellowship and ASCE National Scholarships among other honors and awards. He has assessed state-of-the-art VDC technologies and standards in Finland, served as a 3D/4D consultant on biotechnology projects for Genentech Inc., and applied VDC technologies on a number of retail, residential, museum, hospital, and federal projects. Currently, Dr. Kam is National 3D-4D-BIM Program Manager for the Public Building Service at the U.S. General Services Administration.

Stephen Hagan, FAIA, directs the Project Knowledge Center within the Property Development Division at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service’s National Capital Region. In 2002 he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows. He has distinguished himself as the premier architect providing leadership and vision at the national and international level for the integration of information technology into the planning, design and construction process, benefiting the entire profession.

Three of Hagan’s notable achievements were his path-breaking effort to build a Project Information Portal for the U.S. General Services Administration Public Buildings Service (PBS); he pioneered, promoted, and evangelized the creation of standards that will drive cooperation and interoperability among information technology vendors; and his accomplishments while serving as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Federal Facilities Council Design and Construction Standing Committee Chair have broadened his influence to 22 federal agencies.

He currently directs the Project Knowledge Center within the Property Development Division at GSA PBS's National Capital Region. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Architecture. He is currently the GSA representative to the NIBS/IAI (International Alliance for Interoperability), vice chair of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community, co-chair of the Federal Facilities Council (FFC) Emerging Technology Committee, and member of the AIA's Integrated Project Delivery Group.

In 2003, the US General Services Administration (GSA) adopted the use of 3D-4D-BIM programs in design starts beginning in 2007. Under the mandate, the GSA will require architects to utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs in early concept design. As the country’s largest procurer of construction, the GSA believes that these data-rich interactive data models will benefit the industry in the long-run by improving decision-making processes. Moreover, the GSA hopes to improve interoperability and efficiency by creating an industry neutral standard for construction projects.

Speaking more generally, Dr. Kam and Mr. Hagan both encourage the use of 3D-4D-BIM techniques in the design process. They argue these techniques will eventually develop effective interoperability by encouraging conformity to an underlying classification system and industrial taxonomy.



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