President's Message - October 2017

Finding Friends

For some of us, simulation is a lonely business. No one really understands us. We explain what we do, why we deserve some love. We fight for attention and respect. 

When we want a break, what can we do? When it’s time for a re-charge, where can we turn?

How about the Modeler Map? There you can browse your corner of the earth to find friendly simulationists in your neighborhood. As this resource matures, I think it will be a great service to all of us IBPSA-USA members. Not only will we find our friends, but the rest of the building industry will find us too. https://www.ibpsa.us/map.

And there’s no better place to find friendly modelers than at your nearest IBPSA-USA chapter. Find the chapter list at www.ibpsa.us.

Students can find friends too! Pioneering UC Berkeley students set up the first student chapter in 2016. Stanford students set up a chapter this year, and Harvard is on the way. These groups found that the interest in building performance simulation spanned departments, and IBPSA-USA provides a forum to meet people with similar interests from different disciplines. I find this development extremely exciting!

It’s debatable, but I think that peak IBPSA-USA friendliness happens twice a year during happy hour at our member meetings. I personally love the chance to catch up with the tribe. Our next friend fest happens Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Chicago. I hope you can be there: https://www.ibpsa.us/ibpsa-usa-2018-winter-meeting-chicago.

 

Erik Kolderup
Board of Directors, President, IBPSA-USA
erik@kolderupconsulting.com