UMES Lecture Series Addresses Building Information Modeling

  • Monday, November 9, 2009

    Tardif, MichaelPRINCESS ANNE, MD-Michael Tardif, director of Integrated Project Delivery Systems for Grunley Construction Company Inc., a major construction company in the D.C. metropolitan area, lectures on the topic, "Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM):  A Contractor's Perspective," on Tuesday, November 10, at 11 a.m. in the Student Services Center Theater at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

    "Building Information Modeling is one of the newest and most significant trends in managing construction projects," said Dr. Leon Copeland, professor and chair of the Department of Technology at UMES.  "It is an extremely valuable topic for our students to enhance their professional development as well as being a topic of interest to area professionals in construction management."

    Co-author of a recent book, "Building Information Modeling:  A Strategic Implementation Guide," Tardif is an expert in the area of BIM.  During his presentation, he will discuss the relationship between IPD and BIM and explain how architects, contractors, engineers and owners are working together to streamline the building design and construction process, fast becoming a standard in the business.   He will relay how Grunley Construction is applying both methods to their unique business: the phased renovation of occupied buildings, many of which are national icons and monuments in the D.C. area.

    Prior to his current position, he was the director of the Center for Technology and Practice Management of the American Institute of Architects.  He was involved in one of the first standards-development efforts to support genuine e-Commerce in the building industry as the former project manager of the agcXML Project supported by the AGC and the buildingSMART Alliance.

    The event is part of the third annual Roger R. Blunt Lecture Series, which was created by its namesake as a means to present current topics affecting the construction industry to professionals, faculty, students and interested members of the public.  Roger R. Blunt, CEO of Essex Construction LLC of Rockville, Md., and benefactor of the UMES Construction Management Technology (CMT) program, opened the series with the topic, "Breaking New Ground In Africa," followed by Courtney Lorenz, national environmental manager for Skanska USA Building, discussing the topic, "Green Building Techniques."

    The UMES Construction Management Technology program is the only four-year offering of its kind in Maryland and the surrounding region.  An upper division offering is available at The Universities at Shady Grove to serve graduates of associate degree programs in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.  The CMT program at UMES is accredited by the American Council of Construction Education.

    The Roger R. Blunt Lecture Series is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-651-6465.

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    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.