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Date(s) - 06/20/2019 - 06/21/2019
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Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort

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Please join MD/DC APPA at our annual Summer Education Program

Rocky Gap Lodge and Resort

16701 Lakeview Rd, Flintstone MD 21530

June 20 – 21, 2019


Your registration fee of just $425 not only covers the educational program, it covers your Thursday night hotel stay!  You must register by May 20th to assure you are guaranteed a hotel room.  No need to call the hotel, MD/DC APPA will be providing them with a list of registrants that require overnight accommodations.

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We have two great days of education planned – choose from one of two tracks:

TRACK 1: Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement

The session continues through both days

Diversity is Who We Are, Inclusion is How We Work Together and Engagement is How Connected We Feel! Diversity and inclusion drive employee engagement, which drives profitability. Successful organizations strategically motivate people and demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion because of the tangible business benefit of employee engagement. This session focuses on;

  •         Understanding the unique characteristics of diversity and
  •         Identifying how each of us contributes to a work environment of inclusion, respect, and engagement.

Sabrina-Yvette d’Almeida

American University

Director of Talent Development & Diversity Initiatives

Sabrina-Yvette d’Almeida is a passionate talent development professional whose focus is learning and development. Her areas of expertise include coaching, instructional design, classroom and web-based facilitation to employees in the areas of conflict resolution, diversity, inclusion, respect, performance improvement, customer service, communication, and team building. She has spent over ten years developing human capital at a global organization, non-profits, and at American University, where she has been part of Human Resources since 2014.

Sabrina-Yvette believes that the key to organizational success is through developing its people and talent to meet organizational needs. As the Director of Talent Development and Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Human Resources, she manages the learning function and diversity programs for staff. She is committed to Inclusive Excellence at AU and is excited to collaborate with partners across campus. She is focused on enhancing learning for staff in the areas of awareness, self-exploration, and allyship. She also looks forward to supporting the culture shift needed to ensure each member of the faculty, staff and student populations are represented and included in the AU community.



TRACK 2: Using Technology to Manage Facilities

Session 1: Thursday 1:30 pm
Piloting IoT Use Cases at the Smithsonian

In 2018 the Smithsonian Institution (SI), collaborating with IBM and sensor manufacturers, embarked on an Internet of Things (IoT) pilot program staged at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). This program was designed to determine: 1) if the sensors and IT infrastructure are capable of reliable and secure data collection in a typical museum environment, 2) if the data collected would be actionable and would improve operational efficiencies and safety, and 3) the scalability of the technology to other applications and museums.  To that end, we chose two pilot use cases. The first: people counter sensors at the entry/exit passageway to two museum restrooms – used to predict when cleaning was needed.  The second: the direct measurement of %Fill in eight trash bins in and around NMAAHC to predict when trash bins should be emptied.  In this presentation, we will outline our conclusions for the project goals and share other lessons learned during the procurement, analysis, setup/configuration, implementation and production phases of the pilot.

Mark Mercier, Ph.D.
IT Project Manager – Facilities
Smithsonian Institution

Mark has 30+ years of experience in project management and software development and is a proven leader in the management and execution of complex custom software projects aimed at a variety of industries.  This includes facilities management, scientific applications, recruiting systems, precision agriculture, business analysis, recordkeeping, and ecommerce.  Currently, Mark’s projects at the Smithsonian include IoT, capital spending, and lost and found.

Session 2: Thursday 3:30 pm

Document Management:  Revitalizing and Modernizing the Plan Room- Improving Productivity, Security, and Accuracy

Can you find the documents you need quickly in the event of an emergency?  Can you get relevant drawings to your architect/contractors for your next major building renovation?  Keeping track of critical building documents (drawings, O&M manuals, maintenance, and inspection reports, warrantees, and specifications) is a huge challenge for busy facility managers. Implementing a cloud-based document management system designed for building operations and management has become a need, not a luxury.  An organized digital library benefits the offices of engineering and construction, facility management and maintenance, security, space planning, and contractors.

With a fast ROI, protection against natural disasters such as floods, fires, and unforeseen events, and improved efficiency and accuracy, implementing a dynamic document management system is becoming inevitable.  Learn how to modernize your files and records with a cloud-based document management system.

Vivica Williams

Ms. Vivica Williams has been working in the document management industry for over 12 years.  She specializes in the organization, digitization, and management of facilities and building-related documents.  She transforms chaotic document archives into user-friendly digital libraries.  Her clients include federal agencies, universities, school systems, and hospitals.

Session 3: Friday 8:30 am
Virtual Reality for Design/Construction

Today’s complex facility projects require management of seemingly infinite amounts of information. While two-dimensional drawings and specifications still constitute contract documents, more and more information is being delivered in digital and three-dimensional forms. Projects and facilities benefit when project teams collaborate using all available information. At the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Facilities have developed a facility-wide standard utilizing both 2D and 3D deliverables, and the tracking and maintaining of Asset data. This standard has improved communication between all parties during all phases of a project and streamlines the process of turning the project over to Operation and Maintenance.

Billy McReynolds
Assistant Project Manager| Project Management & Construction|
Smithsonian Institution
Facilities Knowledge Management Division

Billy’s diligent approach to defining design objectives and challenges, viewing each project through multiple lenses to achieve results that benefit the client, users, and the community. Billy is currently SF BIM Manager and is driving the effort in the BIM, GIS, and Asset Management integration for Smithsonian Facilities. Billy’s work demonstrates that 3D modeling combined with Facility Asset and Maintenance Data can eliminate guesswork and enhance collaboration during design, construction, and operation of the Facility.


Session 4: Friday 10:30 am
Facilities Management: Release the Power of Data

The Smithsonian Institution has had a number of modestly successful implementations for facilities management functions, each aimed at solving an immediate real-life problem.  Each of these software tools promised to make it easier to manage a specific problem, and to manage them better!  Where we had bought into a vision of a fierce tiger we instead got a tame kitten.  Despite loads of transactional data we were still unable to access the strategic insights about our businesses.  Each tool offered its own advanced reporting options or the setup of reporting databases but fell short in one way or another.  When the institution implemented a shared analytics platform, facilities began exploring how this new tool could be used to complement our other tools.  We will share our journey of how we have begun to think differently about reporting, and how we have unleashed the power of data that we’ve had all along about our facilities.

Jim Barlow
IT Project Manager – Facilities
Smithsonian InstitutionJim has served for the last six years as a solution architect in the Office of the CIO at the Smithsonian Institution.  In this role, he has implemented facilities solutions ranging from strategic needs to tactical…from capital planning to reserving dormitory beds.  Bringing a rare mix of facilities practitioner and software developer to each new business requirement, Jim has expanded our main facilities management system to support over forty functions.  He oversees our in-house software development activities for facilities management and has been an advisor on our analytics program.  Prior to joining SI, Jim provided commercial and government consulting for facilities and real estate where he lead some of the industry’s largest digital facility transformation initiatives.





Golf tee times will be available at the end of the program on Friday.  If you are interested, please sign up to play when you check into registration on Thursday.  Bob Ivey will be coordinating players and tee times on-site.