Committee Confessions – Chapter Three: The Importance of BILTing Communities


It’s that time of the week, where I sit down in front of the typewriter once again. Following last week’s R-rated confession; I want to talk about a topic, where the absolution of my sins are not needed; instead lend me your ideas and passion.

It’s a bit a surreal to think of how welcoming this community has been to me since we were first acquainted in the outskirts of Washington D.C. less than two years ago. One thing is to create professional bonds; but rarely, in any other ‘conference’ setting have I forged relationships where so many connect on a personal level. Some of you I now count as personal friends; and to me, this is just one of the things that makes this global community special.

Earlier this week, I had a long conversation with the gentleman that introduced to me to all of this. We had not talked for a while; and it was good catching up on both professional and personal matters. Here’s to you, Mr. Parley Burnett (@parleyburnett), who would have thought that a guy from Montana would be mad enough to believe that a Viking had something interesting to share with the broader audience at the inaugural #BuildConSum and who will forever be the foundation brick in BILTing my community.

Now, it’s been three paragraphs; and you’re probably wondering where I am going with this, so let’s speed up the pace.

Last year, at the European #BuildConSum, we introduced a workshop track; where six passionate members of our community had prepared topics such as ‘Why Data Consistency Should Be The Thing You Care About the Most!’ and ‘BIM objects for manufacturers: Setting the right level, and getting things done.’

Workshops are not just a means to get somebody else’s opinion on a matter you struggle with; it’s also what brings extraordinary community members together (and occasionally arch-nemesis’ will clash but I promised to keep this chapter gore-free…). This year we are going to be hosting a ****load of workshop sessions at both the North American and European BuildingContentSummit – and for that we need the help of the entire BILT community.

Maybe you have a content methodology you like input on or that you think is going to revolutionise the industry; maybe you figured out how to optimise content selection throughout a city-wide project or maybe you have  questions that you really want sparring on – if so, we want to hear from you; so we can begin soliciting workshops for the big Content showdown in Toronto and Aarhus. Drop me a line on with your thoughts, dreams and aspirations.

Oh, and for those of you that have yet to benefit from actively participating in #BuildConSum here’s a little teaser: The Building Content Summit is an event dedicated to expanding the knowledge of all those involved in BIM content development by bringing together thought leaders from within the disciplines of Design, Manufacturing, Software and Service Providers. We invite you to be an influencer; join us at this 2-day event where you will learn and hear different perspectives, help develop and set trends, and connect with peers and learn how to get the most out of your BIM content. In other words: #BuildConSum = Awesomeness

Till next week,


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