Chris Watt

posted Oct 3, 2011, 12:08 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon
We would like to welcome our guest speaker for Octobers meeting, Mr. Dennis Knight. Please see below of a biography and his presentation topic:

Dennis Knight, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Mr. Dennis Knight has 35 years of experience providing engineering, design and construction related services within the building industry. Active at the local, state and national levels with various agencies and professional societies, he works to help develop sustainable, integrated building design guidelines.

Nationally, as a member of ASHRAE, Mr. Knight is the Vice Chairman for Research Promotion and also serves as the Chair of Technical Committee (TC) 7.1 “Integrated Building Design” and serves on the ASHRAE BIM Steering Committee. He has also served as the President of the Charleston Chapter twice since he joined the Society in 1979.

As Liollio Architecture’s Principal and Director of Practice Management, Mr. Knight utilizes his extensive experience in the design and construction industries to assist the architectural and design professionals, project managers, business development department and corporate management within the firm and our consultants and clients in the preparation of construction documents (procurement documents, drawings and specifications) and contracts, performs code analysis and product research, prepares LEED Documentation, and prepares design and construction cost estimates.  in addition he develops quality assurance checklists and guidelines to help facilitate interdisciplinary coordination during the design and construction phases of a project.

Prior to joining Liollio Architecture, Dennis was an owner and managing member of a local engineering and construction company for 23 years. He strives to facilitate the integration of each element and discipline required in a project, with consideration for the life-cycle costs and benefits related to those elements, so that all the pieces and parts of a design work together in concert with each other and their surroundings.

Mr. Knight holds an assortment of professional registrations and accreditations. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Wisconsin. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is affiliated with the US Green Building Council. Mr. Knight is also a CSI Certified Construction Document Technologist and Constructional Specialist, as well as a ACG Certified Commissioning Authority.

Awards and Honors

            •  US Green Building Council South Carolina Chapter Leadership Award, 2008
            •  AIA Charleston Special Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community and the Design Profession, 2008
            •  ASHRAE Research Promotion “Top Dog” Award, 2005, for directing the most successful Research Fund-raising Campaign in all of Society
            •  Engineer of the Year Award, 2003 Charleston Joint Engineers Society
            •  Past President Charleston Chapter ASHRAE 1986 and 2000
            •  Chairman, Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals, Town of Mt. Pleasant, SC, 1999

Building Information Modeling for the Mechanical Disciplines

This presentation focuses on the value and uses of BIM to Owners, Architects, Engineers, and the community.  It provides a consistent definition of BIM and provides the Mechanical Engineer with the information needed to begin the process of adopting and using BIM as an integrated design tool to optimize mechanical systems design, improve collaboration, minimize coordination errors and deliver better work products and results.  It also provides Mechanical Engineers with the information they need have included in a BIM before they receive it so that they may take advantage of its value without having to spend unproductive time cleaning up corrupt or incomplete files and filling in missing information.

Upcoming Events

October 11 – DL Dennis Knight. Topic Building Information Modeling for the Mechanical Disciplines.

November 8 – DL Paul L. Pieper, Venmar CES Inc. Topic: TBA

December 13 – Past President Pool Night  - bowling a possibility? 

January 9 (Monday Meeting) – ASHRAE President Ron Jaurnagin

February 13 – Open (Monday meeting so its not on valentines days)

March 13 - Peter Simmonds DL - High Performance Buildings and Occupant Comfort

April 10 – TBA - Open

May – ASHRAE Golf Tournament