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AEC-Science and Technology Event Announced

Former A/E/C Systems team creates event for technology solutions (October 18, 2004)

Technology for the AEC market has advanced tremendously since its introduction to this industry in the early 1980s. But that growth aimed at creating efficiency also fostered incompatibility between systems as the market flourished. The result, ironically, is the availability of many powerful systems for environmental planning, engineering, computer-aided design and operating management accompanied by inefficient and sometimes inaccurate flow of data between resources.

In fact, a report sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows that in 2002 the lack of efficiency and accuracy in data exchange added $15.8 billion to the overall cost of designing, engineering, building and operating facilities.

A new event, AEC-Science and Technology (AEC-ST), will address this important issue of interoperability across all disciplines that exchange data in the process of planning, designing, building, owning and maintaining the world's structures and infrastructure.

The first AEC-ST takes place in 2005 in Orlando, Fla. Educational programs run from June 20-23, and related exhibits are open June 21-23. The mission of this event is to focus on interoperability for the entire building/construction process including site development, civil/surveying, land use/planning, building design and construction, as well as infrastructure and power/process/plant applications.

RCG Productions LLC of Exton, Pa. produces AEC-ST. RCG principals, George Borkovich, Richard C. Vendola, Jr., and Chris Gibson have a depth of experience in technology and event planning including the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition. The annual event produced the world's largest CAD, GIS, and EDM productivity forums and had grown to attract 25,000 attendees and exhibitors in more than 1,400 booths. A fall event drew 6000 professionals to a 400-booth exhibit and nine licensed events operated internationally. In 1997 the property and licenses were sold to Penton Media.

AEC-ST takes a new approach, according to Gibson. He says: "Many high tech events are trapped in a time-warp of charging higher fees and delivering fewer attendees and services. They've also ignored how the many advances in technology have changed the way users need to be educated. AEC-ST is different. It creates opportunities for corporate participants to interact with users and buyers of their products with a marketing approach that best meets their needs and budgets. We used our understanding of all sides -- as an exhibitor, an event producer and a service provider -- to create an event that fits what corporations are seeking and what attendees expect."

Gibson has 10 years experience in the trade show and event arena and is developer of RegConnection, an attendee lead tracking, data gathering and analysis, and online registration network. Gibson also was director of global marketing services for Bentley Systems, a key exhibitor at A/E/C SYSTEMS International, and also was responsible for development of the Bentley International User Conference.

The AEC-ST conference addresses information technology needs of the entire team. It covers: how information and electronic data are used and exchanged; how resources and assets are leveraged; how information standards are defined and shared. Program content is organized by Randall Newton, editor-in-chief of AEC Automation Newsletter and analyst with Bethesda, Md.-based Cyon Research, who has more than 19 years experience in the AEC technology industry.

Borkovich, who was the creator and co-founder of the former A/E/C SYSTEMS International conference and exhibition, adds: "Our goal is to develop the understanding of how to apply the technology and improve the efficiency and accuracy of data exchanged among all resources. It's different from any other event and will draw everyone involved in the process -- planners, architects, engineers, constructors, technology managers, building owners and facility managers."

The vendor portion of AEC-ST will be non-traditional demo kiosks, hospitality suites, and sponsorships and will showcase an array of information technologies and management services. These include: solutions for CAD, engineering, financial and project management, virtual reality, multimedia, facilities management; networking, VPN and internet services, connectivity solutions, accessories and supplies, mobile communications, reprographic systems; software for GIS, land planning, landscape design, surveying, civil engineering, mapping, topographic data and digital terrain modeling, and power/process/plant design/management.

The comprehensive conference and showcase is co-located with other events focused on providing solutions for the whole built environment. They include: AEC/GIS IT Analyst Conference, Facilities Management Information Technology Conference (FM/IT), National Specifiers Conference, and Ecobuild America, an environmental systems technology conference and exhibition.

Bradley Holtz, president and CEO of Cyon Research will chair the AEC/GIS IT Analyst Conference. Holtz formerly was conference director A/E/C Systems International and has been involved in analysis and consulting in the CAD and engineering software industry since 1977.

David A. Jordani, FAIA is developing the FM/IT conference. Jordani serves as vice-chairman of the Facilities Information Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences and president of Minneapolis-based Jordani Consulting Group.

The educational component of Ecobuild America is produced by Mark Kalin, FAIA FCSI, president of Kalin Associates Specifications, Newton, Ma. Kalin is a LEED accredited professional and author of the original GreenSpec Specifications for Environmental Sustainability and R.S. Means' Specifying Green Building Products. A principal in organizing Ecobuild America is architect Yoshiteru Kaneko, producer of Japan's largest AEC technology event, and creator of Ecobuild Japan.

All of the events are organized by RCG Productions, LLC. For information about exhibiting, presenting at, or attending AEC-ST and related events, call 1-800-996-3863, fax 1-508-790-4750 or visit


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