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ISE People: Jon Melchin, Director of Architectural Business Development, FSR

Jon Melchin is the Director of Architectural Business Development for FSR, Inc., an Energy Star Partner and manufacturer of products for the audiovisual and machine vision industries. A member of InfoComm International’s Green AV Task Force, Jon will be speaking at the inaugural Smart Building Conference at ISE 2013, delivering a talk on ‘Building Information Modelling: What it Means for the AV Industry’. “BIM is a 3D design, modelling and simulation technology that has changed the way architecture is practised,” Jon comments. “The construction industry has embraced the evolution of 2D drawings and analogue text to 3D digital electronic imagery and information. BIM is more than just a 3D representation of the physical (products) and functional characteristics of a structure – it is a shared knowledge resource (the ‘I’ in BIM), which involves everybody in the design process, including architects, interiors people, engineers, the facility owner and vendors such as audiovisual consultants and systems integrators.”

BIM invites tight design discussions, and for AV professionals, this presents a tremendous opportunity to get involved on the ground level of a project, sometimes before the first shovelful of dirt is thrown. This will be discussed in Jon’s Smart Building Conference presentation in Amsterdam on Monday 28 January, as well as other benefits of BIM-to-AV integration.

BIM facilitates clash detection, including space and system-routing conflicts, clear cable pathways, and camera and projector sightlines which, thanks to BIM, are visible within the 3D model. These factors, along with opportunities for AV manufacturers to get involved with BIM object creation, will be covered in the presentation.

In the final portion of the presentation, a brief case study will be discussed pertaining to the construction of a BIM-designed project.

Jon Melchin is a Passport Provider with the AIA-CES, and conducts a presentation that earns one SD and one HSW credit. He has contributed numerous articles that have been published internationally in trade magazines that serve the construction and audiovisual industries, and has over 12 years of experience in the AV business.

A joint venture of ISE’s co-owners InfoComm International and CEDIA, the Smart Building Conference will look at how smart buildings are being designed, built and used, with expert case studies and presentations from some of the industry’s pre-eminent educators and consultants.

See the full programme and speaker details, and to save 50 euros by registering in advance for the Smart Building Conference @ ISE.