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February Technical Webinar: Impact of Virtual Design Technologies on Engineering & Construction
February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
The complexity and rapid paced development of today’s projects are challenging the industry to find new, innovative approaches to project delivery. The Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach to design has emerged as the high-tech, process transformational method used to successfully address some of these challenges. When compared to the traditional approach for designing and building projects, BIM and its digital delivery process offers many advantages in the areas of multi discipline collaboration, cost and schedule reduction, improved understanding of the project and improved constructability of the design.
Unlike the drawing-centric approach used by the traditional delivery process, BIM project participants are able to access the various digital models throughout the design process without having to wait until paper drawings are produced and delivered. This provides a multi-discipline view of the project can be shared with all participants early in the process and continuously throughout design and construction. Experience shows that collaborating in this fashion produces break through results that are not possible by using drawings alone. Higher-order collaboration among project participants, and better understanding of the design through visualization, are just two of the immediate and impressive benefits the BIM approach will bring. These two factors alone will result in a substantial reduction in RFIs and field rework which will, in turn, lead to improvements in project schedule and cost reliability. This session will explore the use and impact of various virtual design technologies on the Engineering & Construction industry.
Jim Jacobi PE is a Senior Principal and Chief Information Officer for Houston-based Walter P Moore, one of the leading engineering consulting firms in the nation with offices nationwide. In this position, he is responsible for the firm’s overall information technology strategy and programs. He also leads the firm’s Technology Consulting Business Group, Walter P. Moore Technology LLC. He has over 35 years of experience in engineering design, project management and construction with a special expertise in application of information technology to this field. Mr. Jacobi is a registered professional engineer in five states.
Mr. Jacobi began his career as a structural engineer and has served in progressively more responsible engineering and management positions including Vice President & Chief Engineer for Brown & Root, one of the world’s largest engineering and construction companies, and prior to joining Walter P Moore, as Chief Information Officer for Halliburton Company. His areas of expertise include implementation of integrated project management systems, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and other related 3D CAD project delivery systems. Jim has had a leading role in the implementation of Building Information Modeling delivery systems at Walter P Moore. In addition, he has led the firm’s efforts in managing the interface with other members of the design, construction and owner teams in project collaboration and coordination in the BIM environment. He has led many multi-discipline BIM Coordination Services projects and leads the firm’s Technology Consulting Group which offers services in the areas of Managed IT Services, IT Consulting, BIM Project Coordination, Virtual Reality Services and Systems Integration and Custom Software Development. He has presented nationally on a variety of subjects pertaining to technology in the AEC industry, holds a patent for improved facilities management systems and currently serves as a member of the ACEC national CIO Roundtable.
Jim earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies, and has served on a number of committees including chair of University of Houston’s Industry Advisory Board on Training in Advanced Plant Design Systems, the Electronic Data Management Task Force for the Construction Industry Institute, and the A/E Productivity Committee of the Construction Users Roundtable. He is an Emeritus Member of the Advisory Board for the College Of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and the Advisory Board for the College of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Michigan.