The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is pleased to announce the second lecture in a series of monthly events focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology.

Virtual Building Energy Simulation
Vladimir Bazjanac, Ph.D.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Thursday 22 March 2007, 7pm - 8pm, FREE
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This event qualifies for 1 CEU credit.

One major component of sustainable design is improvement of the building's energy efficiency. With a thorough understanding of a building's environment, it is possible to design the building to take advantage of natural resources- daylighting, shading, natural ventilation, airflow. The key to improving performance is the ability to virtually simulate projects while they are in design, as they are taking shape. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Environmental Energy Technologies Division researches, develops and employs building energy simulation solutions in support of actual building projects.

Dr. Vladimir Bazjanac, of LBNL's Environmental Energy Technologies Division will discuss his industry-leading work in the area of energy simulation.

His Virtual Building Environment (VBE) is a suite of software applications that, as a group, define a buildings behavior and performance during Design, that make it possible to conduct experiments prior to building, using experts in the various building design disciplines. The LBNL VBE facility operates to promote the propagation of building simulation, providing expert assistance to build simulations for actual building projects, and also training others in the know-how.

Dr. Bazjanac is also recognized as an expert in the area of software interoperability, specifically in the exchange of data between design modeling and energy analysis applications.

Attendees will gain specific insights which will allow them to go back to their practice and immediately work towards improved building performance.

Vladimir Bazjanac, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Building Technologies Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California.

Dr. Bazjanac is the longest standing North American technical representative in the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), involved with the IAI since its beginning in 1994. He is the leader of IAI Technical Advisory Group, Member of the IAI International Management Committee and the IAI Software Implementation Support Group. He is also a former long-time faculty member in the Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley. He has won national architectural design, industry and scientific awards. He has also published over 100 articles, papers and reports related to the AECO industry on design theory, simulation, information technology, and software interoperability; and lectured at major universities and professional societies in both Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Event Information
Thursday 22 March 2007, 7pm - 8pm, FREE
Gin Wong Conference Center, Harris Hall 101
School of Architecture, University of Southern California

The event will start promptly at 7pm. Light food will be served from 6pm. Please arrive early so that we can ensure a prompt start.

This event is free due to the generous support of USC School of Architecture and ABC Imaging.

1 AIA CEU credit provided by the AIA/LA CAD Committee.

Driving Directions

Enter the campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd at USC Watt Way (between Figueroa and Vermont Blvd). Parking on campus is $7. The parking attendant will direct you to the closest available parking. The Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center is located in Harris Hall just east of Gate 1.
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The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum serves to increase awareness of technological innovations in design and construction, and to foster their application throughout the Los Angeles design community. By connecting a diverse audience of designers, engineers, builders and owners who have widely varying conceptions of technology in their work, we hope to create new opportunities for efficiency and creativity.

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is coordinated by Marty Doscher (IT Director, m0rphosis Architects) and Reg Prentice (Director of Information Management, Gehry Partners, LLP).

Marty Doscher holds a Bachelor of Science degree with major in Architecture from Georgia Tech, and a Master of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc. Marty Doscher is IT Director for m0rphosis architects in Los Angeles. His primary focus is the integration of the virtual building model into design and construction processes. He has over 20 years experience with CAD, and has been in an IT/CAD management role for 8 years.

Reg Prentice holds Bachelor of Building Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is the Director of Information Management for Gehry Partners in Los Angeles, where he has worked in various technology management roles for over 11 years. Reg is focused on the integration of design processes, and develops and implements systems supporting the design process.


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