The DaS Symposium at COFES 2010

The DaS Symposium at COFES 2010
April 15-18, 2010
Scottsdale, Arizona

The Design and Sustainability Symposium: Exploring the intersection of design, simulation, and sustainability for the built (AEC) and manufactured environment.

COFES is a unique gathering of individuals from companies representing a wide variety of industry sectors, each with significant interest in software used to design the world around us. The DaS Symposium exists within that community to focus on how design software can facilitate the visibility of sustainability issues at the design stage. The goal of the DaS Symposium is to raise the issues that need to be addressed and to identify areas of common ground that may be best served by collaborative, rather than competitive solutions.

The DaS Symposium will explore how different sectors are facing the sustainability challenge and discuss areas of common ground. The urgency of compliance and certification in the AEC world (LEED, 2030 Challenge, etc.) and manufacturing world (ELV, REACH, etc.) are two of the drivers behind an increasing need for a tight feedback loop between software and designers at the earliest stages of design.

Founding members of The DaS Symposium include Autodesk, Building Smart Alliance, CIFE, Cyon Research, Gensler, Phoenix Integration, PTC, Siemens, SolidWorks, and Sustainable Minds.


The bulk of the DaS Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 15, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM PDT, followed by a Roundtable discussion on Saturday as part of the general COFES program.

Tentative Agenda:

8:30 AM Introduction and concepts
9:00 AM Special Presentations (to be announced)
10:00 AM Rapid-Fire vendor and user presentations. Current activities and projected goals. 20 min presentations & discussion each
1:00 PM Brainstorming on the domain Challenge-Space
2:30 PM Selection and refinement of topic for discussion at the COFES Roundtable on Saturday
3:00 PM Close and join the rest of COFES for the start of the COFES Special Presentations