Course DescriptionThe “Intro to COBie” course provides a common understanding of the purpose, organization, and application of the COBie standard. Anyone who has, or is planning to include, a COBie requirement in their contracts should begin their learning by taking this self-paced, on-line course. This course will also prepare you for the buildingSMART COBie Fundamentals exam.
E. William (Bill) East PhD, PE, F.ASCE
Bill is an internationally known construction management researcher whose career spans the areas of planning and scheduling, quality management, and building information modeling. While with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, East created the Corps’ Standard Data Exchange Format (SDEF). This format has been getting Corps’ contractors paid every month of every job for over 25 years. He also developed parametric planning and automated schedule analysis tools, and provided related consulting services on international projects. East’s not-for-profit project collaboration tool suite, ProjNet, streamlined design quality and contract management process at the federal, state, and local levels. Most recently, East invented the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) in 2007. Today, Bill is Owner, Prairie Sky Consulting where he helps owners and contractors specify and meet COBie requirements. Bill has Civil Engineering degrees from Virginia Tech (B.S.) and the University of Illinois (M.S. and Ph.D.). East is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia and is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
R. Raymond Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, API
Raymond is an engineer, lawyer and computer scientist and Holland Professor of Construction Management at the Rinker School of Construction Management, University of Florida. Raymond specializes and teaches in the areas of construction management, construction law, information technology and structures and foundations. Raymond is the Director of the Center for Advanced Construction Information Management (CACIM), and an advocate for technology integration in the AECO industry. Raymond’s research is showcased on the CACIM WWW (http://www.bcn.ufl.edu/cacim/). Raymond is in great demand as a keynote speaker on BIM, technology integration, modular construction and creativity and innovation at conferences. His portfolio includes over 350 publications and service on over 300 Masters and Ph.D. committees. Raymond received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award in 2012 and was elected to Pan American Academy of Engineering in 2014. He currently serves as the VP for the North American Region of the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies and the Secretary for the ISCCBE Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).