ITGN12

Audiovisual & Telecommunications Infrastructure: What You Need to Know

The course is designed to assist architects and design team members in assimilating the requirements for today’s AV and IT technologies into their projects, focusing at the planning stages. Topics covered include space planning for IT server and equipment rooms, AV control rooms, audiovisual equipment rooms, as well as infrastructure for supporting those systems. We will also review methodologies and best practices for integrating technology into specific spaces. During this portion we will discuss integrating things like video projectors, front (and rear) projection screens, video cameras, and loudspeakers into millwork enclosures and niches.

ITHC02

Information Technology in Healthcare: An overview of recent changes to Design Standards and Guidelines (HSW)

For many years generic design standards and guidelines have been available to assist architects and engineers incorporate information technology infrastructure into the building design process. Recently, a number of new design standards have emerged that provide detailed guidelines for specific building types such as higher education, K-12 schools, and healthcare facilities. This presentation reviews the ANSI/TIA 1179 Healthcare Infrastructure Standard that was ratified in August of this year and its affect on the design of healthcare facilities. This presentation will also review how trends in technology and converged networking are changing building design, the need for technology support spaces and the demand for traditional wired data outlets.

ITGN16

BYOD and Understanding Wireless Networks

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been receiving a great deal of attention lately, with users from educators to corporate executives wanting to use their own laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other personal devices to collaborate and present material on the fly in the conference room or classroom. This seminar will focus on the particular wired and wireless network architectures required to support BYOD connectivity. Techniques to determine wireless propagation and provide sufficient bandwidth in the built environment and their implications to building design will be discussed and demonstrated.

ITGN05

Intelligent Integrated Building Networks

Defining an intelligent building has always been a moving target. Even the term “intelligent building” can have negative connotations: if your building is intelligent, does that make mine “dumb?” Not a good thing if you’re in the commercial real estate market. This presentation reviews the work of the Continental Automated Building Association’s (CABA, www.caba.org) Task Force 3 which was created to inventory and define the systems that comprise an intelligent building as well as an alternative system that determines a building’s “IQ” based on a matrix of evaluation criteria (modeled after the LEED system for Green Buildings)

ITGN13

The Intelligent Building is Finally Here: How high-speed networks are changing Building Design (HSW)

Now that the concept of using one network to transport telephone, data and Internet traffic has become the norm, the converged network is rapidly expanding to support video, multimedia, digital signage, security, building control, building management and building automation system applications. This presentation will review how trends in technology and converged networking are changing building design, the need for technology support spaces and the demand for traditional wired data outlets.

AVGN02

Physical Attributes of Successful Videoconferencing Rooms

Designing videoconferencing facilities is one of the most complex design challenges for architects today, similar in many ways to the complexity and scope of designing a hospital operating room. This program will help architects and project managers understand the structural and architectural ramifications of professionally designed videoconferencing venues. Topics covered include ideal room attributes, fundamentals of audio and video conferencing, text and graphic legibility standards, sightline and seating considerations, architectural acoustics and mechanical systems noise criteria.

NVGN20

Safe and Sound! Protecting your Facility with Remote Monitoring

Vibration monitoring services provide real-time analysis and feedback to construction teams, facility managers, and/or end users of highly sensitive projects at hospitals, universities, corporate research labs, manufacturing facilities, performance halls, recording studios, animal facilities, data centers, museums and even offices. Deployed at the project site, monitoring systems send tailored alarms or warning notifications by email and text if levels exceed location-specific thresholds, as well as stream data to a private central website for viewing by authorized personnel. The systems allow firms to appropriately monitor these types of facilities, whose requirements are beyond the capability of traditional seismographs (for building damage) and sound level meters (for code enforcement). Ultimately, the systems help to eliminate guesswork, inefficiencies and after-the-fact claims for the contractor, and give peace of mind to the facility who know someone is watching the line for their interests. Our brief presentation will give an overview of the systems, their use on projects, and the benefits and lessons learned through their use.

AVGN13

Interior Technology: Designing High-Tech Spaces that People Love to Use

People want the latest technologies, but for these products to be considered successful they must be (a) easy-to-use (b) well-integrated into the building infrastructure and (c) reliable. In this session we will discuss strategies for sophisticated room design and share comments from end-users. Optimal high-tech design requires close design team collaboration. All of the participants (architect, interior designer, client’s staff and consultants) play a role in creating the high-tech environment that people will use. It is also a process of compromise since the real world requires well-thought out trade-offs in budgetary, technical, operational and administrative objectives and goals.

MISC02

The Benefits of Increasing Project Team Coordination: Information Sharing and Early Decision Making

This presentation is designed to assist architects and project managers with understanding how to schedule, coordinate and leverage consultant services during the design phases of a project as well as the bidding and construction administration phases. It will review the responsibilities of the design team, Owner, contractor and consultant in each phase of the project, the optimal time to make decisions and how to make intelligent tradeoffs among often conflicting financial, technical, operational and administrative project constraints.

MISC03

Disaster Recovery Incident Command: Real World Tips, Tricks and Traps

This session will help firms prepare for and manage business interruptions by providing detailed, practical information on what to do when disaster strikes. Firms of all sizes, including solo practitioners, are encouraged to bring their plans for review and discussion. We’ll cover ways to increase the effectiveness of recovery plans and decrease the time required to become operational again. Learn how the nature of the event will influence your staff’s priorities and tips to substantially improve your firm’s ability to prepare for the unexpected.