The Confession Chair – Prologue

‘Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success’

– Henry Ford



With #BILTeur abstract submission closing this Sunday, I thought it fitting to pen down my thoughts for my series this year; ‘The Confession Chair’. In the spirit of last years ‘Committee Confessions’, I will be chronicling what goes on behind the scenes of BILT EUR; but this year from a chairman’s perspective. In this series i will show you how the climactic BILT Europe 2018 comes together as we approach the event itself in a mere ten months.

As I type this, I am sitting on the 18th floor of the Hilton Palmer House in Chicago, where the ASHRAE Winter Conference (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) takes place, where I happen to serve on the BIM ‘committee’ as well – and involved in some of the standardization work. However, I’ll keep the standardization bit out of this prologue – as that would be too heavy a point to start off with. Now, the reason I’m mentioning the ASHRAE in this post is that for the first time in years, I’m hearing presenters and scholars emphasize that their innovation in buildings and HVAC design would not have been possible without applying BIM workflows in coordination across disciplines; and although presentations here are a very different beast than what we have at BILT (i.e. you cannot mention specific software, names of people and companies involved etc) – a lot of what people here are asking for; as in ‘how did you actually manage to build a 70 storey multi-zoned mixed use building in the middle of NYC” is EXACTLY the kind of insights you would get by attending BILT.

I cannot reiterate this enough. If you are sitting on knowledge that would be beneficial for others in both the analogue and digital built environment, you should seriously consider submitting your thoughts for BILT Europe via this link. The abstracts close on Sunday at midnight – so you still have time over the weekend to get things on to our submission site and on the fast track to speaking among new and old friends (oh, and we would also waive your admission fee if you make the programme).

To get you in the right mood; imagine how it would feel to blow the minds of the people in our highlight reel from the 2017 conference:

That felt pretty good right?  The committee and I are certainly looking forward to reading all your submissions which is what I will be writing about in the next issue of ‘The Confession Chair’ :-)


Until next time,




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