11 - 15 August, 2020, San Diego, United States
Digital Built Week NA 2020

call for abstracts


Call for Abstracts Opened: Tuesday November 26, 2019
Submission Deadline NOW CLOSED: Sunday January 19, 2020 11:59pm PST
Notification of Acceptance: Mid February, 2020

We were calling for abstracts for the below Digital Built Week Events:
BILT, BCS, Data Day and DTS

Abstract Criteria

All submitted abstracts must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English
  • Text should be entered in sentence case
  • 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, focusing on the material to be covered, and the benefits to the attendees
  • Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
  • Describe the style of presentation (Presentation vs. demo) and type (Strategic vs. Technical)


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 four (4) key learning objectives that attendees of your session will have learnt
  • Identify whom the session is intended for, listing job titles etc.
  • Confirm that at least one speaker will be registered to the event to present the submitted abstract.

Please refer to the ‘topics of interest’ (below) when considering your abstract submission. These are topics the Digital Built Week Committees are particularly interested in for DBW 2020. However, this does not mean that we will ONLY accept abstracts on these areas.

If you have any questions, or simply want to run an idea past one of the team before submitting, reach out to Speaker Manager Desiree Mackey, [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.


Machine Learning and Generative Design
Data Strategy: Data Capture and Project Tracking
Civil Engineering
BIM Content
New and Emerging Technologies/Trends

Important Information

  • Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Digital Built Week Committees (BILT, BCS, Data Day, DTS).
  • Abstracts will be approved on their merit, within the conference’s time and resource constraints.
  • Successful applicants will present in either a 45 (Data Day) or 75 minute sessions, or a 75 or 150 minute lab (these time frames are a guide only and are subject to change until the program is finalized). Applicants should indicate the preferred length of their planned session during abstract submission.
  • Sessions can take the form of labs, technical presentations, roundtables 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
  • Feedback suggests that our delegates are becoming more experienced with use of software tools 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.

Session Formats

Technical Presentation/Lecture – speaker(s) present from front of room, usually accompanied by audio-visual media. Session size would typically range from 20 to 100 delegates. These types of session range from a ‘how to’ through to real project case studies.

Lab Session – where delegates learn from the speaker using a step-by-step live learning experience, whilst sitting at, or using a computer. Session size would typically range from 20 to 40 delegates. 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.

Facilitated Panel– A selected group of people gather to discuss, debate or present a topic or variety of topics in front of an audience.

Boardroom Roundtable– 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 particular topic or topics, of which is submitted via the abstract process. The roundtable speaker acts as a host and facilitator for the session.

Simultaneous Roundtable – A maximum of 12 delegates take part in an intimate roundtable discussion around a round banquet table. Other roundtable sessions will be taking place simultaneously in the same room. Participants discuss a particular topic or topics, of which is submitted by the speaker. The speaker acts as a moderator and host and facilitator for the session. No Audio Visual will be provided for simultaneous roundtables.

Abstract Tags

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:

Lifecycle Phase

  • Pre-design
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Not applicable


- Includes Interior Design, Building Design and Landscape Architecture

Business Strategy and Leadership
- Focus on leadership, change, driving behaviours - doing the right things Perfect for C-suites

Change Management
- Implementation of change of any type, be it in people, processes or technology

Coding & Customization
- Software programming, development of plug-ins or standalone products, macros, scripts, use of APIs etc.

Computational Design
- Use of generative techniques to iterate designs, using the likes of Grasshopper, Dynamo includes Generative Design

- Model content focused; content scoping, creation and/or management issues

Data Management
- Data definition, visualisation and analytics, Common Data Environments, use/admin/management of Common Data Environment and Electronic Document Management Systems; how to deal with legacy information transition; validation of deliverables etc.

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly

Fabrication, Assembly & Installation
- Construction means and methods

Information Technology
- System admin, hardware, deployments, network architecture, cybersecurity

- Transportation and other non-building project types, Project types beyond a single building or building complex: road, rail, power/energy, water and precinct/city scale

Interoperability / OpenBIM / Collaboration
- Approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of built assets based on open standards and workflows

- Intellectual Property, Liability, Insurance, Professional Indemnity, BIM Protocols etc.

- Manufacturing techniques, supply logistics

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire
- Services disciplines and/or trades, but may cross over with Infrastructure tag where emphasis on buildings may not be applicable

Model Management
- Includes modelling standards, methodology, model exchange, assembly, and model validation

Next Generation
- New Technology, Emerging Technology, AI, Machine Learning, New ways of doing new things with old technologies

Operations & Maintenance
- Includes Facility Management, Asset Management

Project Controls
- Includes Estimation, QTO, Cost Management, Risk Management

Project Management
- Project setup/configuration, project team selection, scope definition, information requirements, construction planning/scheduling, 4D sequencing, logistics management. May overlap somewhat with Project Controls and Legal/Commercial tags.

Reality Capture
- LiDAR/ Point Cloud scanning, Surveying, Photogrammetry, Stereophotogrammetry, Validation of real-world conditions etc.

Simulation & Analysis
- Digital or physical models built for the purpose of study or examination of a specific function of the programming, design or management of the built environment. 

- Structural Engineering discipline, but may also include Structural Subcontractors - steel detailers, fabricators, precast concrete etc.

- Life-cycle analysis, costing, building performance, environmental

- Graphical visualization of project models; eg. presentation methods, real-time rendering environments, immersive tech like AR/VR/MR

Vendor Tags

Autodesk - Navisworks, Revit, Dynamo
Bentley - Speedicon, AutoPlant, MicroStation, ProjectWise
Graphisoft - ARCHICAD
Nemetschek - dRofus, Bluebeam, Solibri, Vectorworks
Non-Vendor Specific
Trimble - Tekla, Sketchup
Other Vendor

Levels of Expertise

Speakers must ensure their nominated experience levels matches the content in their presentation.
See a full explanation of each level below:

All Levels

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