DFDM Collaborative Conference Agenda

Join us on Monday, September 28

Please use this page to learn more about the sessions at the virtual DFDM Collaborative Conference. Each session has a title, description and speaker. Click here to download a full conference agenda. Full attendance is eligible for 3 PDHs.

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What's New at DOA/DFDM (8:00 - 9:00 a.m.)

Hear from DOA/DFDM leadership on upcoming initiatives including remote working, technology changes and sustainability guidelines updates.

Small and Large Projects/How to Get Work with DFDM (9:10 - 10:10 a.m.)

Speaker: Audra Jervey, DFDM

This general session will detail the various types of DFDM projects, their respective budget thresholds, and consultant selection processes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between Small, Monthly and Major projects.
  • Discover the approval and delivery processes differ between types of projects.
  • Review how consulting firms are selected for each type of project.
  • Learn how to successfully win and deliver DFDM work.
Technology Use in Projects (10:20 - 11:20 a.m.)

Speakers: Jon Schwichtenberg, GRAEF; Daniel Schwartz, Ruekert/Mielke

This session will highlight the exciting new technologies firms are using to enhance their operations. GRAEF will focus on the use of technology to collect (assess), maintain, manage and complete construction on buildings. By looking at project examples of parking ramps, buildings and grounds, speakers will show how the technology is used to be more efficient throughout the process and involve all stakeholders. Ruekert/Mielke will will share new, cutting-edge applications and explore the future of drone use in our industry. Drone technology adds value to your projects by giving you more information to make critical project decisions and is a vital tool for modern designers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review what innovative technologies are now available.
  • Discover how GIS can make everyone more efficient during the construction process.
  • Learn the basics of photogrammetric, lidar and multispectral sensors, their capabilities, and the advantages/disadvantages of each with respect to remote surveying and mapping.
  • Understand the importance of integrating new technology to save time and increase safety.
Case Study - Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery Renovation
(11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Speakers: Brent Binder, DNR; Scott Chilson, MSA Professional Services; Jake Ehmke, DFDM; Andy Hron, Kettle Moraine Springs Hatchery; Austin Schoenherr, CD Smith

This session will give an overview of the recently completed Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery Renovation project.  The DFDM project manager, individuals from the DNR Facilities and Hatcheries groups, and members of the design and construction teams will be facilitating the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the scope and challenges of the Kettle Moraine Springs Fish Hatchery Renovation project.
  • Learn about innovative solutions utilized to meet DNR needs.
  • Discover primary takeaways and lessons learned from the project team following completion and subsequent operation.
  • Review the importance of collaboration on a project of this complexity.