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Trends in Digital Assets for Owners

April 20, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

$10.00 – $20.00


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Trends in Digital Assets for Owners

AIALA Committee: Practice

This is a virtual event. Zoom information will be emailed directly to registrants 24 hours before each event.

CES Units: 1/LU

A round-table discussion on the Trends in Digital Deliverables for Owners. The key topics will include:
+ Owners’ increasing interest in obtaining digital assets from their delivery teams
+ What types of digital assets are owners starting to look for?
+ How are they being utilized?
+ Connect to other owner-driven systems i.e. financial, project controls, CAFM/BMS, etc.
+ Strategies for digital project and lifecycle management
+ Standards & best practices between projects
+ Conflict between milestone and WIP deliverables
+ Cross-disciplinary workflows
+ Building new skills sets for building operators and capital project teams



Lucas Reames, AIA – Director, Trimble Consulting
Lucas Reames, AIA leads Trimble’s Consulting group based out of Los Angeles, California (previously Gehry Technologies) and is co-founder of ZeroSixty, an accelerator program focused on design and technology for the AEC industry. Specializing in assisting design and building professionals in powerfully delivering technology driven projects, Lucas brings experienced in managing project value chain, productivity, process innovation, team performance, stakeholder relationships, project delivery systems, project data structures, risk/opportunity definitions and technology implementation.



Terri Mestas – Senior Director, Design and Construction, Caltech
Terri Mestas is the Senior Director of Design and Construction at Caltech. She previously was Western Federal Market Sector Leader for AECOM as well as the program director for several mega design and construction programs such as the NASA Ames Research Center program and a $6.2B bond program for the Los Angeles Community College (LACCD), the largest community college in the United States. Terri’s accomplishments have been recognized in SAME’s Military Engineer magazine and other publications. She spoken about all aspects of Program Management and leadership at numerous CMAA, DBIA, NAPW events locally and nationally. Under Terri’s leadership, the LACCD program won the Program Management of the Year award from CMAAs Southern California Chapter in 2015. Terri was named one of the five top women executives of the year by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2015. As a successful and experienced program manager and leader, Terri knows all phases of design and construction. In addition, Terri has managed offices and led large teams for AECOM and numerous pursuits resulting in wins.


Brian Pratt – Campus Architect, Associate Vice Chancellor, UC Irvine
Brian Pratt oversees major academic building projects, research facilities, and housing projects He leads Design and Construction’s efforts for the campus, delivering highly complex projects via design build. Brian has served in the private and public sectors, formerly leading the Orange County Architecture Discipline as a Principal with AECOM. Brian has recently led a variety of project types, including laboratories, sports facilities, retail, cultural, and civic, both new and renovation. Past clients include the Arizona Cardinals, University of Arkansas, Pomona College, UCSD, UCLA, CSUF, UCSB, and UCR. Brian’s work has been recognized with several awards and recognitions and many projects have achieved various levels of LEED certification.


Laura Shinn, AIA – Director of Facilities Planning, San Diego State University
Laura V. Shinn, AIA, AICP, is the Director of Planning at San Diego State University. Ms. Shinn is responsible for campus strategic and master plan management, capital program development, CEQA Actions, facilities planning and design, and facilities data and records oversight. Laura also collaborates closely with the office or Parking and Transportation to plan for all modes of transportation to and around the campus. Prior to joining SDSU in December of 2013, Ms. Shinn was a director in the Office of planning at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Ohio State, Ms. Shinn was the Associate Director of Design at the Columbus Neighborhood Design Assistance Center. She began her career as an architect in private practice specializing in historic preservation and accessible design. Ms. Shinn has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects in Ohio and San Diego. She is currently serving as the 2021 President of AIA San Diego.


Ifeanyi Nzewi, CM-BIM
Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in Design and Construction. Skilled in Energy Modeling, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its integration with Game Engine Coding, Virtual and Augmented Reality, LiDAR, and Robotics. B.Arch focused in Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology from NewSchool of Architecture & Design.



Azam Khan – Co-Founder & CEO, Trax.GD
Azam Khan is the Co-founder and CEO of Trax.GD, developing an urban scale symbiotic simulation and optimization platform. He founded the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) in 2010, is Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and has been the Velux Guest Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and Design. Azam received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. Azam has been the Director of Complex Systems Research at Autodesk Research where he led an international multidisciplinary team of 25 people including researchers, software developers, architects, and engineers. Previous to that, he was Research Scientist at Alias Systems. He has co-authored over 70 articles in modeling and simulation theory and practice, visual analytics, visual cognition, Human Bayesian inference, human-computer interaction, sensor networks, and architectural design. The core of the simulation research has been published as SyDEVS, an open source project implementing a multi-paradigm, multi-scale systems simulation framework to support modeling of complex natural and artificial systems.


Learning Objectives:

+ How owners are using digital assets across the lifecycle of their projects.
+ Best practices delivery teams use in managing their digital assets.
+ How technology can provide for decision making.
+ Differences between digital deliverables used for delivery vs operations.


April 20, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
$10.00 – $20.00
Event Category:


A virtual ZOOM meeting


AIA|LA Practice Committee