Dana Kennish "Deke" Smith, FAIA Emeritus
Deke seeks to help make your organization a leader in the facilities and infrastructure industries by leveraging information to maximize the benefits of modeling, simulation, the total cost of ownership, lean construction, resiliency, sustainability, and physical and cybersecurity.
Throughout almost forty years of leadership, he has led the development and advancement of national and international information technology standards and models essential for delivering tomorrow’s cost-effective, energy-efficient, and sustainable high-performance buildings.
Recognized as key new tools for the future of architecture and the capital facilities industry, the effective use of building information modeling (BIM) and interoperable data transfer technologies depend on standards and models developed through his pioneering and leadership. The most notable of these are:
- National BIM Standard - United States
- United States National CAD Standard
- AIA CAD Layering Guidelines
- Whole Building Design Guide
As NIBS’ FIC Chair, he initiated the development of the National CAD Standard (NCS), a joint publication of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and NIBS. In the early 1990s, he was an author of both the first and second editions of the AIA CAD Layering Guidelines, which brought consistency and rationale to the use of CAD. The NBIMS-US is the basis for coordinated transformation across the facility and infrastructure life cycles. This approach will profoundly reduce costs, reduce the time for delivery, and help manage our natural resources.
He was also Deputy CIO of the Army Research Laboratory, one of the largest high-performance physics-based computing centers in the world, and at the time the only lab authorized to process classified data. He understands cybersecurity at the highest level. While at ARL he supervised a transformation of the organization into the modern computer age, as well as creating and operating the Command Information Operations Center (CIOC).
Most recently he was co-chair of the APPA Total Cost of Ownership standard development committees developing parts one and two of the national standard.
His specialties: Building Information Modeling, BIM Education, Cost Engineering, Lifecycle Costing, Total Cost of Ownership, Specifications, Construction Criteria, Computer-Aided Design, Standards.