April 28, 1993:
Kristine Fallon established Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc. in Chicago to provide information technology consulting for design, construction, and facility management.
First client was Sears Store Planning Department. KFA specified a custom CAD file management system to support distributed updating of store plans and file version management. Also converted a Unix-based CAD system to AutoCAD.
KFA was contracted by Hill International Inc. to assist in project management oversight services for the 30-year, multi-billion dollar FTA-funded Los Angeles Metro Rail project. The program was just beginning to use computer-aided design and electronic document exchange.
Kristine Fallon was asked to develop and teach “Computers in Architecture” curriculum at University of Illinois at Chicago. One of her first students was Peter Urban, now KFA Vice President. She introduced early BIM products to her students.
KFA developed and conducted a national training program in selling to vertical markets for Autodesk’s largest resellers; received numerous referrals from Autodesk to assist corporations converting to AutoCAD from Unix-based CAD systems.
Kristine Fallon elected to the AIA College of Fellows.
KFA provided strategic technology planning for multiple design firms; clients requested implementation services.
Kristine Fallon wrote The AEC Technology Survival Guide, which was published in 1997.
First full-time technical staff joined KFA.
Kristine Fallon was invited by the government of Singapore to be a keynote speaker at the Bau-IT Conference. Copies of The AEC Technology Survival Guide were distributed to all attendees.
Knight / Sverdrup joint venture tapped KFA to evaluate the feasibility of using integrated 3D computer modeling for the Spallation Neutron Source research facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
KFA was selected by the National Gallery of Art to determine a migration path from an existing AES system and Oracle database. KFA recommended AutoCAD and MS Access and migrated 2D drawings, 3D models and linked data with no data loss.
KFA was selected by manufacturer Cutler-Hammer to re-code for AutoCAD extensive design automation routines developed for a Unix-based CAD system.
KFA consulted to Charles River Software (later Revit Technology Corporation), a start-up software company seeking to overtake the national CAD market; KFA conducted the “CAD for Principals” study, to determine what features principals of design firms wanted in next generation CAD software. Revit Technology incorporated this input into their initial product release.
KFA was a member of the URS-led program management team selected by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Applied Web-based project management system in a comprehensive fashion to a major public infrastructure capital program for the first time in the U.S. Received widespread recognition, including “best practice” citations in publications by the Federal Highway Administration and Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.
KFA rolled out the ProjectNet web-based project collaboration and management system at CTA. The first project to use ProjectNet was the Douglas Blue Line Reconstruction construction team.
KFA led the CAD for Principals Software evaluation, convening volunteer CAD users and IT managers from design firms across the country to evaluate the products of six major CAD vendors based on the requirements for next-generation CAD software defined by principals of design firms (CAD for Principals Study, 1999). PSMJ published CAD for Principals Software Evaluation Report.
Kristine Fallon received the Ed Forrest Award for Excellence in Design/Construction Automation.
KFA began a major research project for the curatorial Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago to determine methods for the long-term archiving, preservation and exhibition of born-digital design data created by architects and interior designers.
Illinois Road and Transportation Builders awarded KFA their Technology Advancement Award for the ProjectNet implementation at CTA.
KFA began work for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the Information Handover Guide Series project. Working with an international group of experts, KFA developed guidance to the global capital facilities industry on establishing the requirements and mechanisms for the exchange of facilities information among owners, designers and builders, from project inception through operations and maintenance to facility disposal.
Kristine Fallon discussed the CTA ProjectNet implementation in a paper, “Keys to Success in Web-based Project Management,” presented at the American Public Transportation Association Rail Transit Conference.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) won recognition for KFA’s ProjectNet implementation. DePaul University’s Government Assistance Program and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation named CTA the 2003 Driehaus Public Innovator in E-Governance.
The Art Institute of Chicago published KFA’s 18-month precedent-setting research project on creating electronic archives of born-digital design data created by architects and industrial designers, “Collecting, Archiving, and Exhibiting Digital Design Data”. Kristine Fallon and Martha Thorne, Assistant Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute, presented the findings at museum and archive conferences in the U.S. and Europe.
KFA began work with Patrick Engineering on a GIS system implementation project for the Illinois Tollway.
KFA was a member of HNTB-led program management team selected by the Illinois Tollway to support the $5.8 Billion Congestion Relief Plan. KFA’s role was to provide, implement, train and maintain a Web-based project management system. KFA and the Tollway received numerous awards and accolades for exceptional results, a zero-defects configuration, and fastest implementation of the Proliance On Demand product at that time (2006).
KFA designed Walsh Construction Healthcare Division’s BIM approach. Conducted a BIM pilot. Developed BIM-based coordination standards and procedures. Served as Model Manager and performed interference checks for the 650,000 square foot Sherman Hospital and two other hospital projects. Outstanding BIM results on Sherman Hospital were reported in ENR in 2009 (Sawyer, Tom: Not for the Faint of Heart, Expecting a Win By Taking on BIM, 04/29/2009).
NIST published the Capital Facilities Information Handover Guide, Part 1 (NISTIR 7259).
Kristine Fallon was invited by the Master of Project Management Program at Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering to create and teach a class on Computer-Integrated Project Delivery.
KFA was awarded two projects in the General Services Administration (GSA) Office of the Chief Architect’s 3D-4D-BIM Pilot Program. Explored a variety of BIM capabilities and techniques for the 18-story, 1.2 million square foot Richard Bolling Federal Office Building located in Kansas City, MO and the 30,000 SF Land Port of Entry facility located in Madawaska, ME.
NIST published the General Buildings Information Handover Guide: Principles, Methodology and Case Studies (An Industry Sector Guide of the Information Handover Guide Series) NISTIR 7417.
KFA completed a follow-on project to Collecting, Archiving and Exhibiting Digital Design Data. In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago, programmed the Digital Archive for Architecture System (DAArch). The Art Institute placed this software in the public domain.
KFA phased out its technical services, which had been offered to local design firms since 1996.
KFA assisted the Program Management team serving the Public Building Commission (PBC) of Chicago in migrating Primavera’s discontinued PrimeContract product to full implementation of CTSpace CW’s web-based project management system application to support the PBC’s $1 billion capital infrastructure program.
Working with the URS-led condition assessment team, KFA developed the RTA capital asset condition assessment database for recording, maintaining and reporting asset inventory and condition information from CTA, Pace and Metra.
As part of a nationwide unrestricted Federal solicitation, KFA was awarded a five-year BIM Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the GSA Public Buildings Service. In multiple task orders, KFA provided BIM subject matter expertise for GSA PBS Great Lakes Region and GSA PBS Central Office, including development of the GSA BIM Guide Series 08 – Facility Management, investigation of model server technology and development of automated BIM checking tools.
KFA was awarded a GSA Schedule 70 contract.
Assisted Infrastructure Ontario in developing an RFP and interview scripts for the selection of a project collaboration and management system. KFA evaluated vendor proposals and presentations and assisted in reference checks.
Supported CTA in requirements documentation and RFP development for a follow-on Web-based project management system.
KFA provided training and support of Meridian Proliance as a member of the GSA electronic Project Management (ePM) Rapid Deployment team for the Great Lakes Region.
As subconsultant to MSI Universal, KFA assisted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with development of Division 1 BIM language and developed a BIM strategy and implementation plan for NIH ORF.
Assisted Infrastructure Ontario in requirements documentation, software testing and training materials development for their e-Builder implementation.
GSA Region 5 contracted KFA to provide Proliance support.
As subject matter experts in design, construction and facility management processes and technology, KFA supported a major financial services firm in a Global Real Estate Knowledge Management Initiative. Articulated a Common Vision for future operations and developed requirements, standards and technology recommendations for design, construction and facility operations and management. Created a roadmap for a life cycle real estate content management solution.
Provided BIM subject matter expertise for research projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC-CERL: Experimental Building Information Models (ERDC/CERL CR-11-2) and Sustainability Product Properties in Building Information Models (ERDC/CERL CR-12-6) Subsequently selected for three additional BIM research projects.
Managed e-Builder implementation at CTA. Developed CTA-specific documentation and training materials. Developed and delivered training program.
KFA undertook as prime a major project for the Veterans Health Administration to perform site and building surveys and produce CAD and BIM documentation for over 3 million square feet in Texas.
Selected by the State of Tennessee, Office of the State Architect to provide consulting services for the State’s Virtual Design and Construction/ Building Information Modeling (VDC/BIM) Program.
Designed and implemented field technology and database to support AECOM team conducting capital asset condition assessment for Metra.
Awarded a CTA task order to assess current operations, benchmark best practices and develop recommendations for next-generation engineering processes, software and data management.
Kristine Fallon was a featured speaker at “Digital Design at SOM” presentation in Chicago to celebrate the remarkable period when Fallon played a key role in the beginning of the use of computer graphics at Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM).
KFA worked with government and industry in Tennessee to reach consensus on statewide BIM Requirements, published in April.
Completed two BIM research projects under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between the National Institute of Building Sciences and the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center: COBie Calculator and Ontologies for Water and Electrical Systems (publications pending). The Model View Definitions (MVDs) developed for water and electrical systems were submitted for inclusion in the National BIM Standard-U.S. (NBIMS-US).
Awarded a CTA Task Order to implement a Central Archival Repository system for Engineering records.