How I felt about BCS running concurrently with BILT vs Now

When the topic of BCS NA running concurrently with BILT NA was brought up last year I have to admit I was not in favor of it in the short term.  In the overall scheme of things I felt it was definitely a good idea, but at the time I didn’t think it was the way to go.  As an attendee to BILT, I already have a hard time selecting sessions for BILT, and now I was going to have to pick between BILT and BCS sessions.

Fast forward a couple months, several meetings and a lot of conference calls later and I am actually excited for both events to happen concurrently.  As Randall mentioned in his post last week, it opens up BCS to everyone who is a BILT attendee, which is awesome.  I know a lot of people are interested in the topics at both events, but getting the extra time away from work and covering the additional costs associated with a separate event can be difficult, even for the most generous of firms.  Even if you have only been ‘kind of curious’ as a BILT / RTC attendee in the past, this creates a great way for you to dip your toes in the water and see what is happening.

On that note, I present you with a small cross section of what is happening:

Schneider Electric will be discussing how content is delivered and used. More interestingly, this takes the conversation that has been driven for years by end users and flips it on its head, since this one is being moderated by people on the manufacturer’s side of the coin.  Some of the topics discussed include Why is manufacturer content important?, the ever popular How easy is it to find what you are looking for?, Who should govern how manufacturer content is made?, and for those of you who have one foot in the future, What are the content needs for both current and future technologies such as VR, AR, and AI.

Ken Flannigan, with Kone Inc. will be presenting a session  ‘Configure, Automate, Innovate: Industrialized BIM in a World of Variation’.  To quote Ken “there are more possible configurations of just KONE equipment than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy (that’s 100 billion.)”  As an end user, wading through that volume of information can be overwhelming, and to help ease the pain, Ken will be discussing how manufacturer configuration tools can aid in design, the limitations and opportunities within those tools, and how to increase the designers understanding of the components that are being used in their buildings.

And finally, to quote one of my favorite lyricists: Once again, back is the incredible*.  This year we will again have a bevy of round tables, ranging in topics from follow up discussions to the more formal sessions, face-to-face time with manufacturers to provide real feedback on what is needed in content, and another really popular topic – how to actually manage the content once you actually have it.  If you have been to BCS in the past, or participated in a round table at BILT or another conference you know how enjoyable the interaction between participants can be, but also how much new information and points of view there are to sit back and ponder once it is all said and done.

I’m off to listen to some Public Enemy.  See you in St. Louis!

Chad Clary

BCS Committee

*Public Enemy. “Bring the Noise” It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Def Jam, 1988



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