The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum, in association with the AIA|LA Technology in Architectural Practice Committee and ABC Imaging, is pleased to announce the next event in a monthly series focusing on the intersection of Design and Information Technology.


Merging Design, Fabrication and Construction Models

DATE: Tuesday 16 November 2010,   FREE       (note: Tuesday)
TIME: Lecture 7pm,   6pm Wine and Cheese
CEUs: 1 AIA Continuing Education Unit is available
WHERE: This event will be at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, DeCafe in Perloff Hall. Parking is $10, please see this link for information: parking map.

Post event libations and filler @ To be announced location

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Dale Stenning, Hoffman Construction

As the largest construction manager/general contractor based in the Northwest United States, Hoffman’s reputation is built on challenging, unique projects. Recent examples include the Experience Music Project in Seattle, designed by architect Frank Gehry; Seattle Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas; as well as numerous projects in health care, high-tech, commercial, residential and industrial markets. Hoffman is an industry leader in developing BIM best practices and in pushing the envelope in implementing BIM on numerous projects. Beginning with the Experience Music Project in 1999, Hoffman has worked to develop collaboration, digital fabrication and construction quality tools and work flows to improve project delivery. With in-house laser scanning capability, Hoffman is able to bring actual geometry models into the virtual environment – scan to BIM – enabling the project team to make better decisions regarding implementing solutions during construction.

With design models being a mature yet still evolving component of BIM implementation, and digital fabrication techniques becoming widespread, there is a third element gaining in importance – the “actual” model. Just as fabrication models can differ from the initial design intention, material and installation tolerances, revisions to the design during fabrication coordination, and the human element all combine to create a divergence of as-built geometry from the virtual plan. Without a feedback mechanism, the BIM will atrophy during construction and become less relevant. By bringing the actual conditions into the model, better decisions can be made, especially where the project complexity becomes great.

The presentation will offer case studies which demonstrate the benefits of bringing the realities of the jobsite into the BIM environment to enhance digital fabrication opportunities and inform the project team as the project develops.
Hoffman Construction Company


Experience Music Project, Gehry Partners, Architect


Seattle Central Library, OMA/LMN, Architects

About Dale
Dale Stenning manages BIM development and implementation at Hoffman Construction. Dale played key roles on the Experience Music Project and the Seattle Central Library and is currently involved with numerous projects across Hoffman’s portfolio. Dale has worked in the built environment since 1974, beginning with a focus on Architecture and Engineering. Dale has worked in Construction Management for the past 18 years including the past 13 years with Hoffman. Dale has also taught Virtual Construction at the University of Washington and has lectured at numerous institutions including MIT, Case Western Reserve, University of Colorado, Denver, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, and Washington State University.


Seattle Central Library, OMA/LMN, Architects


Portland Airport Baggage Handling Facility, PGAL Architecture, Architects


Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, Architects

About the LADTF:

The Los Angeles Design Technology Forum is a collective organization representing a wide cross-section of architecture and engineering firms and academic institutions around the Los Angeles basin. It 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, Reg Prentice, Dennis Shelden, Randy Jefferson, and Kurt Komraus.

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