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"The Future is Now - BIM" Seminar

Friday, May 10, 2019  
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The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee held a seminar called, “The Future is Now - BIM”  that was held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, Illinois.  The seminar was facilitated by Lonny Simonian, author, design & construction industry professional.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that goes far beyond switching to new software, it requires changes to traditional phases and more data sharing than is common during the design and construction stages. Electrical contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors are often short-changed during the MEP coordination process due to their under-utilization of technology, such as BIM, which can be used to assist them in performing pre-planning and pre-fabrication. The course focused on what electrical contractors need to know about BIM and the process of generating and managing building data during its lifecycle. The program is based on the research report, “Building Information Modeling for Electrical Contractors: Current Practice and Recommendations” that was funded by ELECTRI International.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the design and construction stages of a project when using BIM
  • Explain how to use the BIM process for pre-planning and pre-fabricating
  • Discuss design and clash detection software
  • Describe the potential cost and time savings with BIM
  • Discuss the current status of BIM in the electrical contracting industry

We thank Mr. Simonian for his time with the program.

Pictured above is Lonny Simonian as he began the program.


Pictured is Lonny Simonian as he facilitated the class.

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