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Summer Program 2018

Celebratng 30 years

CIFE Summer Program 2018 & 30th Birthday Celebration --- September 18-19

Achieving High-Performance Facilities through Integration and Automation

30 years of CIFE research has shown that integration is the key strategy to create high-performance buildings and to do so safely, productively, and sustainably. It has also shown that much research remains to be done to integrate the information basis, the project organizations and processes, and the technical systems for constructed facilities.

This year’s summer program will highlight state-of-the-art practices in integration and address two related, strategically important topics: the understanding and improvement of the performance of buildings, plants, and infrastructure and the development of the socio-technical systems for the design, construction, and operation or delivery of constructed assets.

Since most current facility delivery methods are built on a strategy of fragmentation, i.e., a strategy to divide and conquer each project phase discipline by discipline and building system by building system, the presentations and discussions on integration will focus on why and how projects and companies are integrating the knowledge from many disciplines and many project phases to achieve higher performing facilities. The program will also focus on the integration between buildings and the infrastructure systems that serve them.

To create high-performing facilities, we must first understand their current performance so that owners and projects can set aggressive, but meaningful and impactful performance targets. These targets then drive the synergies between building systems in a building and buildings and their environment, which can be best achieved through a strategy of integration. The CIFE summer program will showcase best practices and emerging methods to measure and assess facility performance for many types of performance and explore ways for enhancing our understanding of the performance and for improving the performance itself.

Such a strategy can be best deployed consistently and at scale with a socio-technical system that leverages what people and computers are good at. It is a core task of management to define and implement such a system in their company today so that facilities are designed, built, and operated from an information and knowledge basis that builds on and extends the knowhow of a company and an industry sector, leverages the automation potential that already exists today, and creates rapid and effective feedback loops for the performance of facilities and the delivery teams and processes. The summer program will feature examples of such socio-technical systems including their implementation challenges and the benefits companies and project teams are achieving.