Autodesk University
Roundtable    CR3150-R
BIM and Beers: Taking Local User Collaboration to the Next Level in South Florida
Alix Loiseau
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, Kris Lengieza
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Description

Sick and tired of the same old user groups? Wish you had a group who really understood what you were working on and could help you overcome some of your hurdles? Lets admit it: we all need sounding boards, but how do you find those people? In this roundtable session, we share with you how a small group started meeting monthly over beers to discuss our troubles with BIM, and we were shocked at the outcome: pure Guinness...I mean genius. BIM was always designed to improve collaboration, but no one would have thought that it would break down barriers in the local market and help all of us improve our workflow. Conversations often get spirited but also lead to breakthroughs that may have never occurred without an open mind. Our group has made several innovative breakthroughs and in this session, we show you how. Every local market is different, so collaborating with those in your market is key. Come join us as we discuss how it is easy to start a local user group and break down barriers and start collaborating.

Key Learnings

  • Develop relationships with other local BIM users
  • Encourage an environment for collaboration
  • Brainstorm among your peers for the betterment of the industry as a whole
  • Involve users from different perspectives to help solve complex workflow and process problems

Speakers

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<p>Kristopher M. Lengieza earned his Civil engineering degree in 2004, from Lehigh University. In 2006, he joined The Weitz Company, a top ranked national builder and helped the VDC/BIM transformation at Weitz in South Florida. He quickly became a leader in VDC in south Florida and was recognized by both ENR and BD&amp;C as one of the top 40 construction professionals under 40 (southeast and nationwide). He is now leading the VDC integration effort at Stiles Corporation in Ft. Lauderdale. He's been a speaker at several BIM Events including Ecobuild, buildingSMART Alliance, BIMForum, ACE Mentoring, AIA of Broward County and CASF. Kris believes that VDC is the future of construction and collaboration and it is rapidly changing the AEC industry. He is always willing to share his ideas and insight to help better the industry and the market.</p>
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Kristopher M. Lengieza, director of virtual design and construction (VDC) at Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been instrumental with the integration of VDC, lean and LEED principles in several companies over the course of his career. Lengieza has earned a multitude of awards for his work, and he was nationally recognized by both ENR (Engineering News Record) and BD&C (Building Design and Construction) as one of the top 40 construction professionals under 40. He is constantly seeking to further the use of technology and foster innovation in the construction industry, most recently as part of the Construction PDF Coalition. As such, Lengieza has been a sought-after speaker for national conferences, including Autodesk University, BIMForum, Ecobuild, SPAR, and many other regional events. More importantly, Lengieza is always willing to volunteer and share his knowledge. He has taught for numerous organizations over the past 5 years, including Associated General Contractors and American Institute of Architects to name a few. Lengieza earned his civil engineering degree in 2004, from Lehigh University.
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