Over 150 exhibitors showcased their latest upgrades, new products, new partnerships and business strategies. Exhibitors were pleased with the quality of attendees on the show floor. They also took advantage of the opportunity to build branding and visibility at the show.CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTSThe A/E/C SYSTEMS conference program addressed issues and solutions for today’s business realities. More than 100 sessions offered the opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas with their peers and network with key industry players. Mel Jimenez, attendee and Facilities Planner Specialist, Facilities Planning Electronic Systems and Missile Division, The Boeing Company comments, “I’m here to see the facilities management solutions, disaster recovery planning, telecommuting technologies and to gain more knowledge of how companies are implementing wireless.” He adds, “The A/E/C SYSTEMS conference has met my reasons for attending.The conference kicked off Monday, June 3 with the luncheon keynote address “Asset Lifecycle: The Washington State Stadium and Exhibition Center.” Thomas B. Gerlach, Jr., Senior Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company; Kelly Kerns, Senior Project Manager, Ellerbe Becket and David Klopp, Project Manager - Engineering, Turner Construction Company, spoke to the audience about how the project team is working together to collaborate on the creation of the Washington State Stadium and Exhibition Center.Prior to the general admission keynote, “Ripple Effect,” Wednesday, June 5. David E. Weisberg, President, Technology Automation Services accepted the 2002 Ed Forrest Award on behalf of the family of the late Charles L. Miller, former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor. Mr. Miller is credited with introducing computers and system approaches into teaching and practice of civil engineering at MIT. Following the award presentation, Phillip G. Bernstein, FAIA, Vice President, Building Industry Division, Autodesk, Inc. and A. Buddy Cleveland, Jr., Senior Vice President and General Manager, Bentley Systems, Incorporated captivated the audience of over 350 attendees with a discussion of the technology considerations, solutions and developments for effective collaboration and communication throughout the lifecycle of an asset.SPECIAL EVENTS· “Day in the Life of a Project” sessions taking place on the exhibit floor, demonstrated how owners, architects, project managers, and clients communicate and collaborate successfully on real-world projects.· The IT Roundtable for Large Design Firms on Monday, gathered high-level IT professionals from the largest design firms to freely exchange information on technology applications. “This is the only forum to talk freely and find what technology solutions other companies are utilizing,” notes Linda Rudawitz, attendee and Senior Associate, Director, Information Technology, David Evans and Associates Inc.· At the “Global Networking Address” Tuesday morning, John Voeller, CKO, CTO, Senior Vice President, Black & Veatch and panelists discussed the globalization of engineering and proactive approaches to prepare for a global future. Panelists included: Arto Kiviniemi, Chief Research Scientist, VTT Building & Transport, Dr. Richard Jackson, Director, FIATECH, and Al Lyons, Principal, ARUP.· The new Residential Technology Showcase on the exhibit floor, featured solutions for residential and remodeling operations.Highlights at the showcase included:· “Home Automation Summit” offering builders options for providing a “connected home” to buyers.· Student Design Competition, sponsored by Cadsoft Corporation, student designers competed on a real-world design project.· CADALYST also selected and announced nine Best of Show products for CAD/CAM/CAE users: Autodesk Architectural Studio 2, Autodesk Buzzsaw, BLIS, Cyra Cloudworx 1.0, Design Master HVAC and Design Master Electrical, Form*z 4.0, HP Remote Printing for AEC, Piranesi 3, and SketchUp2.· CADENCE editors awarded Show Stopper Awards to ten CAD-related products: Autodesk Architectural Studio, BLIS, Airpak, HP Remote Printing for AEC, Arenium, KIP 8000, KM-P4850 Wide Format Imaging System, CAD2PDF, QuadriSpace Presenter, and eReview.Pro.Overall, A/E/C SYSTEMS 2002 hosted slightly more than 5,000 highly qualified registrants eager to see the newest products and solutions from top vendors in the industry.