BUILDER Summit Agenda

The next BUILDER Summit is scheduled for Wednesday-Friday, February 12-14, 2020, bringing together users and experts to learn and discuss the benefits of the BUILDER™ software system.
Note: Schedule below is tentative and subject to change.

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Wednesday, February 12th


8:00 - 12:00
BUILDER Training
Track 1:
Assessor Boot Camp

The intended audience understands the foundations of BUILDER and wants to sharpen field assessment skills. Topics will include high-level QA approaches and a system-by-system breakdown of the areas most challenging for consistent sectioning and direct rating scale. Topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Assessment Tools (BRED)
  • Custom Reports for Data Quality
  • System Overviews
Track 2:
Program Management Sustainment Strategies

With the initial implementation scaling down, BUILDER is moving to a sustainment model where leadership must establish how to ensure the data is current and valuable. Planning topics include:

  • Work Item Remediation
  • In-House vs Contracted Teams for Reassessment (BRED)
  • Desktop Update Strategies
  • New Construction and Removed Facilities
  • Refinement of Work Configuration Standards
  • Staff Training and Development Options


1:00 - 5:00
BUILDER Training
Track 1:
Assessor Boot Camp (continued)
Track 2:
Program Management Sustainment Strategies (continued)

Thursday, February 13th


8:00 - 8:15
Agenda Review
8:15 - 9:00
BUILDER Past Release Highlights & Next Updates
BUILDER 3.5.3 was released in November 2019. This session will showcase the new features added to the application through a demonstration. A list of resolved defects will also be provided. Planned features/bug fixes for the next BUILDER release will also be discussed.
9:00 - 9:30
Enterprise SMS Update
CERL will provide an update on the progress made on the Enterprise Sustainment Management System (eSMS) that includes FUELER, PAVER, and BUILDER data. The updates will include staffing additions and development milestones.
9:45 - 10:30
Optimizing BUILDER Data to Your Audience
As a strategic planning tool for your facilities, the primary audience for BUILDER data is executive leadership. This session will discuss strategies to provide views on the data to the host of secondary audiences that could benefit from the information. This includes facility management, real property, and project review teams.
10:30 - 11:30
UNIFORMAT Scope Inclusion
The agencies using BUILDER all have a slightly different approach on the UNIFORMAT systems to be included in the scope. A summary will provide insight on the areas of general agreement and highlight differences. Justifications for inclusion and/or exclusion will be discussed.


1:00 - 4:30
Breakout Sessions
Track 1:
1:00-4:30 System Admin/BUILDER Hosting

This session will focus on the areas of BUILDER typically only used by system administrators. This will include what is available through the UI for user management and administration. Other highlights will include the configuration tables (timeout settings, etc.), frequent problem areas during a deployment, cloud hosting system requirements, and configuration considerations. An industry-suggested configuration will be showcased.

Track 2:
1:00-2:00 Knowledge-Based Inspection Workshop

Many have asked how often a BUILDER assessment is required. Often people will leverage policy that requires 5-year inspections. In the context of BUILDER, does that mean all sections need to be inspected, one section, or maybe a smart subset? This workshop will identify how to set Knowledge-Based Inspection parameters to generate a list of sections BUILDER suggests for inspections.

2:00-3:00 Metrics Deep Dive (BCI vs FCI)

This session will focus on the delivery of a deeper understanding behind the two most basic metrics of BUILDER. The pure condition of a facility as a metric for risk, BCI, the more financial metric that shows work as a proportion of building value. A slide deck will be provided to everyone with script.

3:15-4:30 Quantify Risk (MDI & CII)

Federal facility organizations are calling on finances to be directed to the highest risk. This session will talk to those areas of BUILDER most connected to mission risk and how to leverage that for work identification and prioritization.

Friday, February 14th


8:00 - 8:45
Cost/Design Life Catalog
All metrics are driven based on the catalog of sections and the attributes. We will focus on the key attributes of cost and service life. Participants will learn how to complete batch edits, understand what the government provides, and get an overview of the commercial alternatives.
8:45 - 9:30
Field Assessment Innovations
BUILDER assessment contractors will have the opportunity to showcase some of the innovations used to increase the speed and quality of the data gathered. Some of the tools will be proprietary to one organization and others may be available for Gov purchase.
9:45 - 10:30
Custom Reports
For many, custom reports are still how they analyze and consume BUILDER data. With each agency able to independently develop and deploy reports, this session will showcase report highlights from different servers. All reports shown will be available to any federal agency without cost.
10:30 - 11:30
CMMS Integration (Closing the Loop)
BUILDER has a great affinity with a CMMS or IWMS for sharing of equipment condition records and tracking completed work to new sections in BUILDER. This session will discuss the process, effort, and key lessons learned from integrating the two. Specifically, CMMS solutions discussed will include Maximo, Infor EAM, iEMS, and others.


1:00 - 2:30
Breakout Sessions
1:00-2:30 BUILDER Analytics: Telling a Story

This session will showcase key PowerBI business analytics report capabilities to drive action. Breakout session participants will be able to log in directly to a PowerBI server and manipulate reports.

1:00-2:30 Scenarios + FCI “POM” Planning

Earlier versions of BUILDER could use funding sources to establish a limit of work completion in each year. The end result would be FCI values for each facility. With BUILDER 3.5.3, CERL introduced a feature to allow users to flip the configuration. Now FCI targets can be set to establish funding required to meet those targets. This breakout session will train users on how to set up, run, and report on this new feature.

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