call for abstracts
Call for Abstracts Open: Wednesday 18 December 2019
Submission Deadline: Sunday 16 February 2020, 11:59pm GMT+1
Notification of Acceptance: March 2020
Prospective attendees should be able to get a good idea of the session from the title alone.
All submitted abstracts must meet all the following requirements:
- Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
- The size of your abstract body should be limited to 500 words
- Your abstract will be submitted as plain text on the submission site (it is recommended that you copy and paste your abstract into the field provided).
- Describe what will be presented without giving the reader room for interpretation or assumption, focusing on the material to be covered, and the benefits to the attendees.
- Describe the style of presentation (Presentation vs. demo) and type (Strategic vs. Technical)
- Tags should be used according to the abstract itself and the discipline it relates to
- Have tangible learning objectives, making it clear how you are going to approach the topic during your class with expected takeaways for delegates
Along with submitting your abstract, you must also:
- Review the ‘Speaking Terms of Agreement’ prior to submitting your abstract (this includes information on speaker entitlements)
- Submit a biography(limited to 150 words), high quality photo (300 dpi) and high-quality company logo (300 dpi) which will be used on our event website and app. If you company has a style guide that must accompany your logo, please ensure you attach a copy when submitting your abstract.
- Provide a 50-word synopsis and (up to) a 500-word body of your abstract, used on the event website of accepted abstracts
- Outline three (3) key learning objectives that attendees of your session will have learnt
- Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
If you have questions or simply want to run your ideas past one of the team before submitting – reach out our speaker manager, Rui Gavina at [email protected]
After review of the submissions, we may contact you to suggest adjustments to your subject matter or mode of presentation, so that we can deliver a conference with the expected scope and quality of subject matter.
To ensure the quality of our conference, we maintain a limit of 3 presentations per speaker; however you are free to submit a greater number of abstracts for consideration if you wish.
Topics of Interest
Understanding carbon footprint of buildings through LCAs, design optimization in terms of environmental impact and material use
Design for end of life and re-usability of buildings and their components, ethical supply-chain/business ecosystems
BIM on-site, tracking construction matrix against design goals
Connecting the project information requirements with the asset information requirements for the operational stage.
Emphasis on real-life case studies from various angles of FM, with proven use by Facility Managers.
Intelligent building conservation
Real applications of connection the physical assets with the digital model through the use of sensors or other technologies. Smart buildings and smart cities.
C-level high management processes of people, business and assets for the digital and technological transformation. Change Management.
Uses of AI and Big Data for informed decision making. Understanding the value of data and how to use it to make better decisions and in a predictive way.
Common architectural and engineering analysis for the design performance of buildings, using digital information and digital technologies. Examples: Solar, Evacuation, Acoustics, Energy, Structural and others.
Efficient collaboration and communication between lifecycle stages for an integrated process. IPD.
Open standards for interoperability between softwares, including IFC. DIY solutions to integrate diferent platforms.
- Case Studies (e.g. Small or Large Projects, Urban Planning Projects, Success Stories, Architectural Projects, Collaboration)
- Software Solutions (e.g. New Tools or feature of BIM authoring platforms, Emerging Technologies, IFC Solutions, Interoperability with Other Design Applications, Computational / Generative Design)
- Workflow and Processes (e.g. Collaboration/Coordination, Data Linking/Mining, Analysis, Quantity Surveying/Estimating, Construction Planning/Scheduling, Life Cycle Analysis, Gamification/Virtual Reality
- Management (e.g. File Management, Content/Families, Standards, QA/QC, Hardware/Virtualisation, Project Management)
- API/Developers (e.g. Integrated Development Environments (including Dynamo), Macros/Scripting)
- Business Strategy (e.g. Organisational BIM Implementation, Adapting Government Standards, Legal Issues, Intellectural Property, Risk, QA/QC, HR, Industry/Government Bodies, Collaboration/Discussion Topics)
- Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Committee. The review process will consist of 2 phases. The first will be based on abstract content alone where all speakers are concealed from the reviewers. The second will reveal speakers to the committee to review previous ratings and feedback or speaking experience.
- Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference’s time and resource constraints.
- Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, or facilitated discussions. Case studies demonstrating innovative or well-developed practice are welcomed and encouraged to be put forward as an abstract.
- If you are considering submitting a panel discussion, we encourage you to consider diversity of views and backgrounds when assembling your panel members. It is your responsibility to gather the panel members and evaluate their stance on this topic
- Feedback suggests that our delegates are becoming more experienced with use of digital technologies and methodologies and as such are seeking more advanced sessions. Therefore, submitted abstracts should be classified as (and suitable for) Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, Guru or All Levels.
Speaker(s) present from front of room, usually accompanied by audio-visual. These types of sessions range from ‘how to’ through to real project case studies. Session size ranges from 20 – 100 delegates. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes
Delegates learn from the speaker using step-by-step live learning experiences, whilst sitting at a computer. There may be provision for a small gallery of additional delegates that bring their own laptops to follow the lab, but you are not required to give them assistance during the lab session. Session size would typically range from 20 – 40 delegates. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes
A selected group of people gather to discuss, debate or present a topic or a variety of topics in front of an audience. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes
Delegates take part in a discussion or activity within a private room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted via the abstract process. The speaker acts as a Facilitator for the session. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes
A maximum of 24 delegates take part in an intimate discussion or activity, in a U-Shape (or similar) layout within a private room. Participants discuss a topic or topics, of which is submitted by the speaker. The speaker acts as a moderator for the session, which may include partly presentation, partly chaired debate. Session duration: minimum 75 minutes.
During your submission, we will be asking you to select lifecycle phase, topics, vendor, and audience types, which you believe best reflect the nature of your abstract.
Abstracts may be classified under any of the following tags:
- Operations & Maintenance
- Not applicable
Levels of Expertise
Speakers must ensure their nominated experience levels matches the content in their presentation.
See a full explanation of each level below:
A general understanding of concepts related to the presentation topic is assumed, but detailed understanding of the specific aspects covered in the topic is not. Delegates are expected to be comfortable with the software generally but may be new to the topic you are covering.
The session is expected to explore specific, detailed, high-level and complex functionality and concepts that are, nevertheless, generally encapsulated within the existing capabilities of the program or tool. Delegates are expected to have a good working knowledge of the topic of the class, but not the experience to push it to the degree that is proposed within your session.
The session is expected to be innovative and forward thinking, exploring new areas and discussing best practice solutions. Delegates are expected to already have a very good knowledge of the subject and may often be other speakers, or people who could be speakers! There is unlikely to be a need to explain concepts, definitions and the like, but expect a potentially robust discussion from people who will know what they are talking about.
“You live on the raw, bleeding edge of what your software can do, and only smile when it screams in protest and spits out results even the developers said it couldn't manage. If you don’t believe you could be teaching this class, it may not be for you.” There is no such thing as too difficult or arcane for a guru class…
These sessions tend to focus on general principals and concepts that do not require deep and/ or specific knowledge of tools. The sessions often take the form of forums, panel discussions and the like, but also include lecture style sessions with a more theoretical/ philosophical orientation.