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Dr. Richard H. F. Jackson Honored for Technology Leadership

AUSTIN, November 4, 2010 – FIATECH, an industry-led consortium that provides global leadership in identifying and accelerating the development, demonstration and deployment of fully integrated and automated technologies to deliver the highest business value throughout the life cycle of all types of capital projects, announced that Dr. Richard H.F. Jackson, the founding Director of FIATECH, received the 2011 James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership.

The James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership was established in 2007 to honor and celebrate Porter’s vision, leadership, technical acumen and commitment to people and to advancing the industry and the goals of FIATECH. Annually, this prestigious award is given to a deserving individual who is selected by the FIATECH Board of Advisors and who exemplifies these traits and characteristics. In 2010, this award was presented to John G. Voeller, 2003-8 ASME White House Fellow, Senior Vice President, Black & Veatch

K. Keith Roe, Chairman, President & CEO, Burns & Roe Group, Inc., presented the award at the October 4, 2010 Member Meeting stating, “As FIATECH got underway, FIAPP – or Fully Integrated and Automated Project Processes - had been a CII Vision for nearly a decade and for industry for twice that. But FIAPP’s scope was so broad, its stakeholders so diverse, its challenges so complex, that it suffered many false starts that neither CII nor the industry could get it off the ground. Yet FIAPP was a compelling idea, an innovative approach for the Capital Projects Industry that would enable it to leapfrog into the 21st century and catch up with other industries it had lagged for so long. FIATECH had its origins in 1999 from the CII Breakthrough Strategy Committee and NIST. After receiving approval and some initial funding from CII, FIATECH needed a leader. Enter Ric Jackson. To me what is impressive about Ric’s joining FIATECH at that time is that he left a substantial leadership position at NIST and jumped into this startup! FIATECH was essentially nothing at the time: a good idea loosely conceived; a few committed people from industry with day jobs; a few bucks (not much we later learned); a borrowed office; and no staff – at least initially. About all he had to work with were his own vision and determination. And yet, as a testament to his determination and leadership skills, Ric took an idea – and that is all it was – and turned it into the reality it is today! Clearly no one person builds an organization like FIATECH. The Board, key staff and others in the organization, as well as the numerous volunteers, share the credit. But Ric was the pivotal player – the driver and leader that made it happen! While the Board and others went back to their day jobs, it was Ric that had to get up each morning for 10 years and make FIATECH a reality. And what a reality he made it! Today Ric leaves behind a solid foundation for FIATECH to advance. FIATECH not only has a substantial membership and many active projects, but is recognized across the industry and around the globe as the go-to place for capital projects technology innovation and development; is the developer and steward of the industry recognized Capital Projects Technology Roadmap; is acknowledged, with POSC-Caesar, as having brought ISO 15926 from just a standard to a working, usable reality, and much more! There is absolutely no question in my mind that FIATECH would not even closely resemble what it is today without Ric’s drive, leadership and vision. And for that we owe him a great debt of gratitude!”

As FIATECH’s first Director, Ric was responsible for building its membership and member services, forming and building the organization, achieving financial stability, and running projects that deliver results to its members. From a cold start in July 2000, FIATECH grew to almost 80 highly committed member organizations (composed of owners, contractors, hardware and software vendors, research institutions, and universities), dozens of active projects, and more than 50 products. As a result, FIATECH has become a recognized leader in the industry for its focus on technology deployment and for its efforts to provide tools to coalesce industry efforts in technology, for example, the Capital Projects Technology Roadmap Initiative. Dr. Jackson personally led development of this Technology Roadmap, a comprehensive analysis of the state of technology and long-term requirements for the capital projects industry that has since become internationally recognized. Ric’s leadership role in bringing the industry together to accelerate its integration and automation was acknowledged by his being named one of ENR’s top 25 Top Newsmakers of 2004.

Jerry Gipson, Director Engineering Solutions Technology Center, Dow Chemical and Chair, FIATECH Board of Directors adds, “Ric Jackson has been instrumental to 10 years of achievement and growth by FIATECH. He is known widely as a tireless champion and spokesperson in the pursuit of value and increased effectiveness for the capital projects industry.”

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FIATECH will present the 2012 James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership to the next recipient on April 3, 2012 in Miami, FL.


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