American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin

21st Annual DFD Consultants Conference

Thursday, November 08, 2012 (8:00 AM - 4:45 PM)

Exceeding Client Expectations
The 21st annual Division of Facilities Development Consultants Conference covers the tools necessary to understand the process consultants are expected to implement on all DFD projects. The combination of educational programming, networking opportunities and question and answer sessions provide attendees with information to deliver projects that are Exceeding Client Expectations.

The regular registration deadline is October 30.

Contact ACEC WI at 608.257.9223 or with any questions. 

Conference Agenda
The conference agenda can be found by clicking "Download the Brochure" on the upper-right side of the screen.

DFD Project Expectations Panel Discussion

Exceeding Client Expectations begins with understanding what is expected throughout all phases of the project: pre-design, preliminary design, final design and construction. The stage will be set with a summary of the increase in design and construction related issues on DFD projects and how they can be avoided. A panel consisting of key DFD staff and project managers will be available to field your questions about the DFD process and project expectations.

Morning Breakout Sessions

1. Building Information Modeling (BIM) Updates
The DFD BIM Guidelines and Industry Findings for BIM and Digital Facility Management Handover have been updated. Learn about the changes to the BIM Guidelines and the release of the National BIM Standard version 2. This session includes a comprehensive description on the Wisconsin BIM Implementation Strategy and looks at the industry trends in planning, design, construction and facility operations for BIM and related technologies.

2. Sustainability Guidelines & New WisBuild Sustainability Module
Learn about the new WisBuild Sustainability Module developed for establishing, tracking and documenting sustainability efforts for state building projects. Receive updates on DFD’s sustainability guidelines and how these efforts and goals are tracked in a new WisBuild module.

3. WisBuild & File Transfer Site Demonstration

WisBuild is the web-based application utilized by the DFD for management of the State’s building program. The DFD also uses a file transfer site to receive deliverables from consultants. All consultants providing services to the DFD are required to use WisBuild and the file transfer site. This session will include an overview and demonstration of the WisBuild application and file transfer site.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
1. Expectations from Construction to Operations

Learn what works and what remains to be a challenge in the transition from construction to facility operations. This session will provide perspective from other states through the National Association of State Facility Administrators (NASFA). Topics of interest include the elements leading to successful closeout and startup - commissioning, closeout deliverables, and handover of information for operations.

2. Large Projects Consultant Orientation
Whether the Division of Facilities Development is a new client or your firm is interested in pursuing larger projects, this session will provide you with a roadmap for effectively working with the DFD.

3. Small Projects Consultant Orientation
This session provides attendees with an orientation on how to provide services to the Division of Facilities Development for small projects.

What’s New at the DFD?
Learn about the latest initiatives underway at the DFD including updates on resolutions to fee guideline and change order issues developed through a collaborative effort between the DFD, ACEC WI and AIA. Attendees will also receive updates on DFD administration and staff and the MBE/DVB program. There is also an interactive question and answer session with conference presenters to respond to your questions about the information presented and the DFD in general.

Continuing Education Credits
Professional Development Hour (PDH) and AIA Continuing Education System (CES)  learning unit hours credits will be awarded to attendees.  Up to 5 PDH credits can be awarded for Wisconsin professional engineer license renewal requirements.

AIA Wisconsin is a Registered Provider for the AIA Continuing Education System and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with AIA/CES criteria. AIA members participating in this conference can receive up to 5.25 AIA/CES Learning Unit Hours, including 1.0 Health, Safety and Welfare and Sustainable Design Hour.

Registration and Fees 
Registration fee includes conference attendance, proceedings notebook, continental breakfast, networking breaks, luncheon and parking. Membership will be verified when selecting ACEC WI or AIA member rates.

Registration Type

by Oct. 5
by Oct. 30
after Oct. 30
 ACEC WI Member  $185  $210  $245
 AIA Wisconsin Member  $215  $240  $275
 Non-Member  $315  $340  $375
NASFA Attendee
     Contact NASFA to register.

Cancellation Policy
Registration is fully refundable if cancellation is received by October 30, 2012. Cancellations will not be accepted after October 30; registration is transferable to another individual.


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