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Superior Technical Achievement Recognition Awards Received by Target Corporation and Seven Industry Professionals


AUSTIN, Texas (April 6, 2016) – Fiatech hosted the CETI Awards Gala the evening of April 5th, in conjunction with its 2016 Technology Conference and Showcase. Superior Technical Achievement Recognition (STAR) Awards were received by one organization and seven individuals whose leadership, commitment, and technical expertise benefited the entire capital projects industry by enabling the Fiatech membership to produce valuable tools, products, and technological developments.

Colin Muirhead
Colin Muirhead, Business Analyst, Shell Global Solutions, has become an outspoken leader among members at Fiatech. He serves on the advisory committee for the Mobile IT Community of Interest which features frequent global subject matter experts via webinars. Colin also facilitates high visibility workshops at Fiatech events including the Construction and Advanced Works Packaging workshop (CAWP) at the 2015 Leadership Forum. The take-aways from that workshop included indicators which have become vital to the Productivity Advancement Initiative.

Deb McNeil
Deborah McNeil, Project Productivity Program Manager, Dow Chemical, is a Change Agent. She was the catalyst for adjusting Fiatech’s approach to providing performance improvements to the capital projects industry.  Deb challenged and helped cultivate Productivity Advancement Targets (PATs), performing the critical cost avoidance analysis that allowed the PATs to be expressed economic terms. The PATs when fully realized, can provide cost savings in excess of 24% and a reduction in cycle time of up to 10%. Deb has also led numerous valuable Fiatech webinars and Voice of the Owner sessions.

Eric Crivella
Eric Crivella, Industry Sales Director, Bentley Systems has consistently demonstrated a passion for work processes and provided thought leadership in supporting Advanced Work Packaging over the past 15 years, beginning with the original advancements of WorkFace Planning.  His commitment and active involvement has been instrumental in driving the structure of Advance Work Packaging, designation of Advance Work Packaging as a CII best practice by Research Team 319, and accelerated reduction to practice in the industry, where cost reductions of over 15% have been consistently demonstrated.  Within Fiatech, Eric identified and advocated the need for detailed Information Mapping to further strengthen the viability of Advance Work Packaging. 

Dr. Fernanda Leite
Dr. Fernanda Leite, Professor for the Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has been an active participant and supporter of several Fiatech projects over the past four years. In 2012-13 Dr. Leite oversaw the work of graduate student Li Wang to the Fiatech AutoCodes Project in the research and writing of a major report analyzing the status of all Building Information Modeling (BIM) guidelines and standards around the globe. The report, “An Overview of Existing Standards and Guidelines: A Report to the Fiatech AutoCodes Project.” has become the base industry document in its field. In 2014, in support of the implementation of the Fiatech Strategic Plan, Dr. Leite took on the role of Co-Chair of the Horizon-360 Team, developing and maintaining a mechanism for scanning the global economy to identify, track, and evaluate game changing and incremental technologies and processes which may have potential benefit to the construction and capital facilities industries.   

Nelia Mazula
Actively involved in Fiatech for the past five years, Nelia Mazula, Senior Executive Consultant, Dassault Systemes, has brought enthusiasm and keen insight to several Fiatech projects and activities. In 2014, she helped develop a project to address business concerns of capital facility owners across the globe in the area of applying 3D Virtual Reality technology to building operations.   Ms. Mazula recognized that Owner/ Operators are leveraging 3D design information to develop 3D virtual experiences.  This is an important leap to the future for a variety of reasons including; resource constraints, increased regulation and increasingly complex asset allocation and production processes.  Nelia is transforming the project including the expansion of its project team and identifying funding sources. Most recently, following up on discussions at the Fiatech Leadership Forum held in Glendale, Arizona last fall, Ms. Mazula is working with Fiatech staff to develop an outreach program to develop the next generation of leaders within Fiatech member companies.  

Ron Sattan
Ron Sattan, Vice President, Mott MacDonald, has been actively involved in Fiatech over the past two years.  In 2014, in support of the Three-Year Strategic Plan, Ron became Co-Chair of the Fiatech Horizon-360 Team.   Comprised equally of industry and academic members, the team develops and maintains a mechanism for scanning the global economy to identify, track and evaluate game changing and incremental technologies and processes with potential benefit to the construction and capital facilities industries.   The H-360 Team also identifies potential Fiatech projects based on those technologies and processes.   Ron has led several presentations at Fiatech events, including the Technology Conference and Leadership Forum.

Judy Veatch
Judy Veatch, Project Systems Manager, Black & Veatch, has been a strong advocate for Fiatech, providing evaluation, input, and guidance. Judy’s focus has been primarily on Interoperability and Lifecycle Information Management activities. She has helped Fiatech focus on improved definition of work process changes and the values delivered. This past year, Judy supported development of the Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Computing Initiative and hosted a workshop identifying over 40 potential applications of cognitive computing. At the 2016 Fiatech Technology Conference & Showcase, Judy led the Regulatory Streamlining Breakout Session and the Horizon-360 Session on bringing cognitive computing to the construction industry.

The final award of the evening recognized Target Corporation

Target Corporation has been a leader in Fiatech for the General Buildings Market Segment. Target has led many initiatives and projects that have produced high value benefits to Fiatech Members and the capital projects industry. They have led the Project Management Roadmap Element with strong, consistent, effective leadership for the Regulatory Streamlining Initiative. These efforts have made substantial progress in advancing industry practices. Examples include Guidelines for Replicable Building reviews, Digital Signatures, AutoCodes Proof of Concept, the Research Report on BIM Guidelines, and the AutoCodes Modeling Matrix. Target has provided significant resources commitments to advance these initiatives. They provided funding, committed people to advance projects, and devoted Target resources to build communications and promotion materials. Target produced the promotional Autocodes video and facilitated vital industry relationships including buildingSMARTalliance and the International Code Council (ICC) resulting in a Memorandum of Understanding essential to advancing the Autocodes project. The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, National Fire Protection Association, and American Institute of Architects are also part of this extended network.

 From Target Corporation:

  • Steve Makredes serves on the      Fiatech Board of Advisors, Membership Committee, and as Board Liaison for      the Project Management Roadmap Element. Steve is a past Co-Chair for the      Technology Conference and has sponsored presentations at Fiatech events.
  • Tom Phillips has been a      co-champion for the Project Management Roadmap Element and co-lead for the      Regulatory Streamlining Initiative. Tom has been a lead for projects      advanced through the Regulatory Streamlining Initiative and key for      advancing the Autocodes Project.
  • Steve Wolf, formerly of      Target, contributed to the AutoCodes Modeling Matrix and made several      presentations on AutoCodes including the AIA Annual Convention in Atlanta      in 2015, as well as state and national gatherings of the American      Institute of Architects.

The next CETI Awards Gala will be held April 11, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. For more information click here.To receive future Fiatech invitations and announcements, click here.