Accelerate your CxAlloy SkillsBest practices, case studies, and exciting announcements
At the 2018 CxAlloy User Conference you'll get to know fellow CxAlloy users, share best practices and ideas, and meet the developers behind CxAlloy.
Our presenters come from the industry's leading commissioning firms and will highlight complex commissioning projects that were managed through CxAlloy TQ. You'll also get insight into the CxAlloy roadmap directly from product managers, tips and tricks from our support group, and guidance on how you can generate additional service revenue through our facility maintenance software, CxAlloy FM.
CxAlloy is AIA certified for continuing education. Conference sessions are AIA certified and as scheduled will provide attendees 5 continuing education credit hours.
See the Sessions ↓
Jacob Terry • CxAlloy
Jacob will be announcing and demonstrating several new features during the keynote, including a first look at the CxAlloy API, new tools for managing large project portfolios, and a new platform for user feedback. He'll also share the roadmap for new features that will be coming in 2019.
Jacob Terry is the director of CxAlloy. He has been working on CxAlloy TQ (and its earlier, unnamed incarnations) for close to 12 years now, which is either impressive or sad depending on your perspective. A self-taught programmer, he has a BA in print journalism and an MBA from Georgia Tech.
Brent Hornilla • CxAlloy
Pulling from hundreds of user emails and conversations, Brent will be sharing ways to use CxAlloy TQ that we learned from our customers. We'll get our hands dirty as we look at less conventional approaches to solving thorny technical and project problems.
During this extended session we will also be reviewing the checklist upgrade process and new functionality available to upgraded projects.
Brent Hornilla runs support for CxAlloy. Brent is an incredibly versatile member of the CxAlloy team as he not only responds to requests but also writes code, maintains support articles, and even records and narrates support videos (He's even been known to write the occasional custom import script to help a customer). Brent has a BS in computer engineering from Georgia Tech.
Orlando International Airport Case Study
Robert Knoedler • Hanson
Hanson, working with CMTS and subconsultant Construction Moisture Consulting, commissioned the infrastructure for the upcoming South Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. This included all major building envelope, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and life safety systems. At over 335,000 square feeet and $650 million dollars, this large project presented unique challenges. In his presentation Robert will cover those challenges, how they were addressed (including the role CxAlloy played), and lessons learned.
Robert Knoedler is a vice president at Hanson and serves as the principal-in-charge for building commissioning and energy services both nationally and internationally. A prolific speaker, Robert has presented to clients, owners, and organizations across the industry. He holds degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering.
Retail Distribution Case Study
Dustin Lilya • DC Engineering
This presentation will look at the unique challenges and processes related to the commissioning of retail facilities. Stakeholder engagement is a critical factor in the success of these projects, and we will walk through examples that demonstrate both the challenges and the successes found in these projects. Additionally the course will provide insight into applying CxAlloy to scale a commissioning program across an entire portfolio, maintainining consistency across hundreds to thousands of sites.
Dustin Lilya leads the production side of DC Engineering’s Specialty Services Department which encompasses refrigeration, energy services, and commissioning. Dustin has a diverse background in project management, engineering design, and consulting. A strong believer in energy saving and green technologies, he volunteers with ASHRAE, the DOE, and others to help promote the use of energy efficiency in designs.
Data Center Case Study
Robert DiFazio • BGIS
Robert will share the unique challenges of commissioning mission critical facilities and how CxAlloy TQ assists him and his team in meeting those challenges.
Robert DiFazio is Senior Vice President of Critical Solutions Group, a division of BGIS. He has experience in the design, integration, testing and commissioning of mission critical environments. A service-disabled veteran, Robert started his career in the US Navy’s Nuclear Power Program and has spent 24 years working in mission critical environments.
University Case Study
David will share the special requirements and considerations of university projects and how his team leveraged CxAlloy TQ to execute a commissioning process that took those into account.
David McElroy was the Quality Assurnace Manager for Northwestern University overseeing all commissioning activites on the Chicago and Evanston Campuses. At the apex of construction, Northwestern was commissioning over $2 billion of new construction and existing building renovation. Prior to that role he was an Assistant Chief Engineer leading a team of up 50 tradesmen. David is on the Central Chapter Board of the BCA and recently joined the team at Daikin.
Managing Large Project Porfolios
Robert Langford • Hospital Corporation of America
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) currently owns 180 hospitals across the United States and United Kingdom, supported by an annual construction budget of $1.5 billion. This presentation will focus on how HCA utilizes CxAlloy to assist just two commissioning agents with this large workload, as well as how HCA is applying CxAlloy to improve the Cx process by identifying and eliminating common issues and monitor contractors' performance.
Robert Langford manages internal commissioning projects for HCA in the western United States with construction budgets ranging from $5 to $225 million. Prior to coming to HCA in 2015, he was at Smith Seckman Reid (SSRCx) where he focused on commissioning office buildings, higher education facilities, and hospitals. Robert has a PE license in Tennessee and Nevada and a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Unlocking the Value of CxAlloy TQ Beyond Cx
Phil Kang • WorkingBuildings
Based on a project that used nearly every function of CxAlloy TQ, Phil will cover how you can leverage CxAlloy TQ to provide better value to the project as a whole. See how the commissioning team expanded out of traditional MEP to provide additional value in the project, including using CxAlloy TQ to coordinate and verify room signage, manage the development of O&M manuals, and facilitate the transition to operations.
Phil Kang is a PE, LEED accredited professional, and commissioning authority at WorkingBuildings with 11 years experience. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. He's also a veteran user of CxAlloy with a knowledge of the software that rivals its creators.
CxAlloy FM Overview and TQ Integration
Vannary Fowler • CxAlloy
Our last session of the conference will provide a general overview of CxAlloy FM, our facility maintenance software. We will demonstrate how you can move asset data from a TQ project into CxAlloy FM with one click and present multiple approaches to leveraging this TQ to FM integration.
Vannary Fowler leads development of CxAlloy FM. She oversaw the full development lifecycle of the recently released CxAlloy FM 2.0 and is now neck-deep in developing new features on the 2.0 foundation. Before coming to CxAlloy, Vannary worked as an analyst at Accenture. She has a BBA in Computer Information Systems.
Relax at the New Solis HotelSleek and modern accommodations
The conference will be held at the new Solis Hotel in Atlanta. Located at Two Porsche Drive, the hotel overlooks the 1.6 mile driver development track at the Porsche Experience Center and the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Opened in November of 2017, you will not be disappointed with this beautiful hotel. We have reserved rooms at a group rate and recommend that all conference attendees stay on-site.
Solis offers a free shuttle from the neighboring Atlanta airport.
Have a Porsche Thrill RideRide shotgun with a pro driver
We'll take a break from the conference on Tuesday for some "hot laps" at the adjacent Porsche Experience Center. Each attendee will have the opportunity to ride along with a professional driver as they floor it on the track's handling circuit before doing donuts on the low-friction circle. A multi-sensory rush of burning rubber, squealing tires, and hard turns make this an experience you won't forget.