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Hashtag: #DigADE2017

To advance knowledge sharing, documentation, and promotion of best practices for long-term sustainability and interoperability of digital architecture, design and engineering (ADE) assets for design and the built environment, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the Architect of the Capitol will host a day-long symposium offering thematic discussions on these challenging topics. With contributions from various stakeholders in the ADE communities, including content creators and the caretakers, topics will include the development and implementation of open standardized file formats; case study discussions on current projects and practices, and creation of viable project deliverable specifications for new-build ADE assets. The goals of the symposium include community building, identifying common issues and challenges, and information sharing. Outcomes from this meeting will include a report with recommendations for future work.

Program Schedule

8:30-9:00 a.m. Arrival and Registration
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15-9:30 a.m. Event Introduction
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Session 1: ADE Formats Primer

  • Tim Walsh, Canadian Centre for Architecture
  • Katie Pierce Meyer, Architecture & Planning Library, UT Austin
  • Aliza Leventhal, Sasaki Assoc. / SAA CAD-BIM Task Force
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 2: Data Flowing Through Time & the Digital Tapestry

10:45-11:30 a.m. Panel "How We Create and Save": An insider's look at lifecycle management

  • Greg Schleusner, HOK
  • Rick Zuray, Boeing

11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fireside Chat - Data Flow

  • Tomas Hernandez, Alexander Gorlin Architects
  • Noémie Lafaurie-Debany, Balmori Associates
  • Mark Rylander, Mark Rylander Architect

30 Minutes Q&A for both sections

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, on your own in 6th Floor Madison Cafe
1:30-2:45 p.m.

Session 3: Access Use Cases

  • Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager, Yale University Library
  • Andrew Witt, Graduate School of Design, Harvard
  • Matthew Allen, Harvard University, University of Toronto
  • Dennis Shelden, AIA PhD, Director, Digital Building Laboratory, Georgia Tech

15 Minutes Q&A

2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:15 p.m.

Session 4: What is Happening Now?

  • Phil Rosche, CAx Implementor Forum, ACCR
  • Jessica Meyerson, Software Preservation Network, Educopia Institute
  • Jeff Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, buildingSMART International - Implementation Support Group
  • Roger Grant, Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences

15 Minutes Q&A

4:15-5:00 p.m. Tim Walsh: Summary
5:15 p.m. No-host social hour (nearby location TBA)

For any questions, please contact Kit Arrington, Digital Library Specialist, Prints and Photographs Division - Library of Congress at



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