2011 AIA Convention - Award Winning BIM

AIA convention log

Seven Years of AIA TAP BIM Awards (TH224)


Stephen R. Hagan, FAIA, BIM Awards Chair
Calvin Kam, AIA, PhD, TAP Co-chair
Tony Rinella, Assoc AIA, TAP Co-chair

Session Blurb

Award-winning building information models and the firms and teams that submitted and have received these awards constitute a tremendous knowledge base and set of case studies on the state of practice and state of the art for Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). This moderated panel discussion, by members of the AIA Technology in Architecture Practice (TAP) advisory group, who also served for the past six years as coordinators and jury members, will explore the progress of BIM and what the future holds by looking back at what can be learned from the winners of the past six years of AIA TAP BIM Awards. Included in the discussion will be case studies from Stellar Architecture, Process Improvement, academic, and sustainability categories. Quotations and commentary from winning teams and jury members will add an additional perspective to the presentations and interactive Q&A with the attendees.



This session, like most awards sessions, reviewed the winners of the various categories.  What was nice about this presentation was that they took the time to highlight some of the trends they have seen in the awards submissions over the past seven years.  The early BIM award submissions were about drawing automation.  Next there was model production to decision and then direct to fabrication.  Now the emphasis is on process – designers, owners, constructors in integrated teams.

A BIM Scorecard from CIFE/Stanford was introduced. The beta version was reviewed and some of the BIM Award winner’s projects were assessed using this new tool. This tool is supposed to be available on the CIFE website, but as of this writing, I cannot find it.  When it does come available, it will be a very useful tool for assessing a project’s usage of BIM and highlighting areas where a project could have done more.

Link to session PDF.

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