This year’s technical program at the ASHRAE Annual Meeting in beautiful St. Louis consists of sessions designed to inform industry professionals of advances in technology and practices. Mitch Swann, of MDCSystems, is involved in several of these enriching sessions.

How to Predict the Long-Term Success of Your Green Design: The Five Characteristics that Determine Technology Adoption
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Facilitator: E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., Virtual Construction/BIM Manager
Have you ever wondered why a new technology is readily accepted by some but resisted by others? In this workshop, discover the five characteristics of any technology or strategy that will determine its chances of being adopted successfully on projects. Based on technology adoption research from Everett Roger’s “Diffusion of Innovations,” learn to be more strategic when selecting design options for projects. The goal of this simple technique is to choose the best options for clients – ones that will be embraced and maintained for the life of the building.

The Busted BIM Building Blues
Wednesday, June 29, 2016:
Chair: E. Mitchell Swann, P.E., Virtual Construction/BIM Manager
BIM has become a growing industry practice over the past 10 years. Inconsistencies in approach, application and intended use have made the realization of the theoretical benefits of BIM uneven. The lure of BIM is fewer field conflicts, fewer RFIs, fewer change orders and a better project. What can you do with BIM when you have it? How should an engineer “do“ BIM? A Contractor? An owner? Wouldn’t you like to know? Well then, you had better come to this program to find out! (But remember, the blues can be happy too!)

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