McGraw-Hill Construction Presents National Conference on Business Benefits of Building Information Modeling, Sep. 21-22, in San Francisco

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ — The rapid emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) technologies is revolutionizing the way architecture, engineering and construction firms work together to communicate, solve problems and build better projects. To bring design and construction professionals closer to BIM’s benefits, McGraw-Hill Construction will host a national conference on the “Business of BIM” on September 21-22, 2009, at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

More than 200 design and construction professionals and affiliates will convene to discuss the business benefits of BIM, present projected effects on the bottom line, and detail case studies that have demonstrated real, measurable results. Attendees will have direct access to BIM technologies, including those new to the market, and will have the opportunity to analyze trends alongside the foremost BIM thought-leaders.

“BIM capability is increasingly becoming mission-critical, both for winning work and improving productivity,” said Stephen Jones, Senior Director, McGraw-Hill Construction, who will present highlights from McGraw-Hill Construction’s new research report on the nationwide adoption and business value of BIM. “In challenging economic times, companies need an edge to survive, and the Business of BIM Conference will equip them to survive, and indeed, thrive.”

David R. Van Wyk, Executive Director, Project Management, Walt Disney Imagineering, will present the keynote address. Other distinguished speakers include:

    • Digby Christian, Senior Project Manager, Sutter Health
    • Derek Cunz, Director of Project Development, Mortenson Construction
    • Samir Emdanat, Director, Virtual Design & Construction, GHAFARI
    • John Mack, VDC/BIM Manager, Herrero Contractors, Inc.
    • Patrick MacLeamy, CEO, HOK
    • Ben May, Owner & Founder, May Construction Services
    • John Moebes, AIA NCARB, Director of Construction, Crate & Barrel
    • David Morris, Director of Virtual Construction, EMCOR Construction Services
    • Brady Nadell, PE, Project Manager, PB Americas, Inc.
    • George A. Pontikes, Jr., President/CEO, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.
    • Nadine M. Post, Editor-at-Large, Engineering News-Record
    • R. Scott Ricks, Owner, South Central Steel, Inc.
    • Igor Starkov, President, Tokmo Solutions, Inc.

For more information and online registration, visit http://construction.com/events/natlbim/ or call 1-800-371-3238. Special rates apply for associations, media, and groups of 4 or more, and attendees can earn 7 HSW AIA Continuing Education Credits. In addition to the national conference, local events will take place this fall in Orlando (9/15), New York (9/30), Texas (10/21-23), and Chicago (10/27).

The Business of BIM is produced by McGraw-Hill Construction. The buildingSMART alliance and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. are Silver Association Sponsors. Association Media Event Sponsors include the American Institute of Architects California Council, the Society for Marketing Professionals, and the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter.

About McGraw-Hill Construction

McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the design and construction industry. For more than a century, the Company has remained North America’s leading provider of construction project information, plans and specifications, product information, industry news, and industry trends and forecasts. In print and online, the Company offers a variety of tools, applications, and resources that easily integrate with its customers’ workflows. Backed by the power of Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-RecordGreenSource,and 11 regional publications, McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers within the $5.6 trillion global construction community. To learn more, visit www.construction.com or follow @mhconstruction on Twitter.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands such as Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2008 were $6.4 billion. Additional information is available at www.mcgraw-hill.com

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About the Author

Travis Reinke is the Chief Editor and Founder of BIMable and has over 18 years of experience in 3D modeling and rendering, planning, design, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Mr. Reinke has implemented and managed numerous BIM projects on an international level. He has and continues to work closely with the industry to provide implementation, training and support on more complete and effective use of BIM.