The Data on Data Driven Design and Construction


I thought I’d provide an update on Data Driven Design and Construction to be published by John Wiley & Sons and hope this answers your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

When will the book finally be published?

For the publication of Data Driven Design and Construction: 25 Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data, we’re looking at Fall 2015.

The author again?

The book was written by Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP

The number of data driven strategies that appear in the book?

As suggested by the subtitle, the book contains 25 Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data.

Who wrote the book’s Foreword?

James Timberlake FAIA, Partner at KieranTimberlake wrote a truly remarkable, inspiring Foreword for the book. We couldn’t be happier with it.

Tell me the gist of the book in a sentence?

That’s not really a question. This is a FAQ. While recognizing the value of BIM, most individuals and firms use BIM tools today as a document creation tool, when instead design and construction professionals need to recognize BIM’s real value as a database, and start treating it like one. (That, and about 1267 other things worth knowing.)

How many trees will die?

None if you read it in iBooks or on your Kindle. The book manuscript is 798 pages long. How many total pages the actual book will contain is up to Wiley – and what both the aided and unaided eye can see in the way of readable font size.

You’re kidding me. 798 pages?

The book contains 141,125 words (not including the index.)

How much will that set me back?

No pricing information at this time. As Sherlock Holmes said, “it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

How is the book organized?

The book is written in three parts.

PART I: Why Data, Why Now?

PART II: Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data

PART III: What Data Means for You, Your Firm, Profession and Industry

And nine chapters plus an epilogue, so 10.

Chapter 1 The Data Turn

Chapter 2 A Data-Driven Design Approach for Buildings

Chapter 3 Learning from Data

Chapter 4 Capturing and Mining Project Data

Chapter 5 Analyzing Data

Chapter 6 Applying Data

Chapter 7 Data in Construction and Operations

Chapter 8 Data for Building Owners and End Users

Chapter 9 Building a Case for Leveraging Data

Epilogue The Future of Data in AEC

How many pieces of software are mentioned in the book?

The book strives to be vendor agnostic. That said, 69 separate software and apps are discussed.

Do you mention Meerkat?




How about Grasshopper plugins Ladybug and Honeybee?

You’ll just have to wait to find out.

Will I know any of the people or firms mentioned in the book?

A list of the experts, innovators and thought leaders interviewed for the book (in alphabetical order) and their firms, institutions and universities:

Jill Bergman, Director of Healthcare and Knowledge Management, dsk architects

Jonathon Broughton, Data Wrangler, Allies and Morrison

Aimee Buccellato, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture 
at the University of Notre Dame

Sean D. Burke, LEED AP, Digital Practice Leader, NBBJ

Daniel Davis, Senior Building Information Specialist, CASE Inc

Bill East, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, bSa Projects Coordinator, Founder, Prairie Sky Consulting LLC

Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Research Director and Associate, KieranTimberlake

David Fano, Partner and Managing Director, CASE Inc.

Mark Frisch, FAIA, Managing Principal, Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Mani Golparvar-Fard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tyler Goss, Director of Construction Solutions, CASE Inc.

Toru Hasegawa, Columbia University GSAPP Cloud Lab Co-director, Proxy Co-creator, Morpholio Co-creator

Marco Hemmerling, MA, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Professor at Detmold School of Architecture

Andrew Heumann, Leader of NBBJ’s Design Computation team

Gregory Janks, Principal, Sasaki Associates

Mads Jensen, CEO, Sefaira

Jennifer Johnson, Senior Director of Product Development/Management, Reed Construction Data

Michael Kilkelly, Principal, Space Command

Evelyn Lee, Strategist, MKThink

Peter Liebsch, Global Head of Design Technology, Grimshaw Architects

Brendon Levitt, LOISOS + UBBELOHDE

Sam Miller, Partner, LMN Architects

David Morgareidge, Associate Principal / Predictive Analytics Director at Page/

Tom Mulhern, SVP, Chief Innovation Officer, Dātu Health, (formerly with Gensler)

Ryan Mullenix, Design Partner, NBBJ

Erik Olsen, PE, Managing Partner & CEO, Transsolar Climate Engineering

Sukanya Paciorek, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust

Greig Paterson, Researcher, AHR (formerly Aedas)

Peter Pellerzi, Manager – Data Center Global Engineering Team, Google

Chris Pyke, USGBC

Brian Ringley, Fuse Lab Technology Coordinator, City University of New York; Design Technology Platform Specialist, Woods Bagot

Zigmund Rubel, AIA, Co-Founder Aditazz Inc

David Sawdey, Director of Business Intelligence, Jones Lang Lasalle Strategic Consulting

Clay Starr, Associate Vice President, RTKL

Greg Schleusner, Director buildingSMART Innovation, HOK

Jonatan Schumacher, Director of CORE studio, Thornton Tomasetti

Brian Skripac, ‎Director of Digital Practice at Astorino (now Astorino-CannonDesign)

Carin Whitney, Communications Director, KieranTimberlake

Andrew Witt, Director of Research, Gehry Technologies

Robert Yori, ‎Senior Digital Design Manager at SOM

That’s a cool book cover.

Thanks. But that’s not a question. The image featured on the book cover is the Hangzhou stadium by NBBJ, image by Andrew Heumann, Leader of NBBJ’s Design Computation team (with shoutout to Nathan Miller.)

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