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Book 6

Book 6 of Makers of the EnvironmentSee What BIMstorms Are About

The following outlines the content and chapters of Makers of the Environment Book 6:

Geographic information systems, sensor networks, information models, model servers and many other technologies enable the Network for Sustainable Decisions to bring the information to people. Sandy officially kicks off BIMstorm Chesapeake Agriculture. A consensus was reached that data is essential and the creator of that data should be the ultimate owner. The Group’s processes encourage just-in-time-decision-making, eliminate duplication and make the appropriate information available. Strident, polarized groups spent so much time fighting and arguing that they had no time or energy left for fixing the problems. As design and planning teams create solutions and the area adapts to the changes required by the Bay recovery, BIMstorm Chesapeake works to manage the ebb and flow of support needs.

Network for Sustainable Decisions Ltd—Princess Anne, MD

Princess Anne is an ideal location for managing the Bay recovery process. Few people truly understood the problem, or the fact that groups on both sides of the argument were manipulating the public to achieve their own goals. The Network for Sustainable Decisions was created to change the social and environmental conditions to enable recovery.

Bay is alive

No one dares swim in La Trappe Creek because many boats allow the sewerage from their heads to pump overboard into the Creek. Clear water on the Bay is always a surprise, especially as the oysters and bay grasses have died off. Riding gently at anchor behind uninhabited Grog Island as darkness falls, takes Sandy back to the days of John Smith and Pocahontas.


It has been many years since the Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population could filter the water in the Bay in less than a year. Year after year, concerns are raised that the Susquehanna will reach the tipping point, and never recover. Many of the pollution sources that affect the Bay lie upstream on tributaries far from the bay itself.

Turn of the century

Use the data management and analysis tools integral to the process to make environmental and sustainability decisions with facts. Reducing waste in the construction industry to the same level as other industries achieve, could save the 2.25 trillion dollars per year. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design requirements resulted in codifying what can be described as a “touchie-feelie”, politically correct environmentalism.

Be More

The system became a clearinghouse and decision-making support structure to advocate fact-based and scientifically validated decision-making. The Network for Sustainable Decisions assists, supports and guides to achieve a healthy Chesapeake Bay. The Group has the power and resources required to integrate systems into the BIMSynergy system to promote real-time facts about the things that affect the Bay.

Inherent Sustainability

Geographic information systems, sensor networks, information models, model servers and many other technologies enable the Network for Sustainable Decisions to bring the information to people. This approach integrates building design with geographic scale design to create a built environment solution.

New ways

BIMstorms are social design and planning geared to show individuals and organizations the tools and processes that make information modeling work. Construction industry processes more closely align with the freeform, social patterns that exist in the Internet then with the linear processes that characterize other industries. Trying to force the construction industry into linear ways of working has resulted in declining productivity and disconnected processes.

February 2 to March 9, 2026 Chesapeake Bay region

Since BIMstorm Chesapeake Agriculture is first in a series of BIMstorms designed to assess and find ways forward for the Chesapeake Bay, much is expected. Th complexity makes it easy to misunderstand the purpose and goals of the process. Much of Sandy’s early work is focused on overcoming the fear that people feel about others planning what to do with their property.


Smart buildings, intelligent cities and informed environments supported by ad hoc networks make these systems ubiquitous. Real-time information enables changes to behavior and moves past the fragmentation and disconnected processes of the past. Transactions, goals, processes, energy, webpages, business decisions and almost anything else contributes to the background and understanding of the environment.

Masses of data

The intersection of wireless sensor networks, the Cloud, model servers and information models allows us to benefit from the data. The sensor data flows through BIMSynergy systems and is visualized and managed in tools such as the Onuma System. Significant amounts of personal information is produced by automation systems, sensor networks and smart buildings.

Mar 12, 2026 Chesapeake Bay region

Sustainable practices geared towards improving soils seem an obvious change. All groups work with the same information repository, accessing and working with the data that they need for their particular application. By sequestering carbon in soils and improving soil quality, farmers improve water retention and make their land more environmentally beneficial.

Possible solutions

Beth’s brother is not the only farmer in the Midwest inputting information about their experiences with geographic information systems and sustainable soils. Geographic information system layers make information on property lines and ownership, soils, slopes, access, drainage areas and much more accessible. No-till farming has been around for over fifty years, but the combination with cover crops and controlled wheel traffic takes this environmentally beneficial use to a whole new level.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable practices

Beth started sustainable farming when the family converted the fields to began precision planting and controlled wheel traffic about five years ago. Non-automated systems required the farmer to collect the sensor data. Automated sensors allow the farmer to sit at home, in the office or on her tractor to retrieve information.

March 26 to October 15, 2026 Chesapeake Bay region

BIMstorm Chesapeake Infrastructure was followed closely by BIMstorm Chesapeake Utilities and BIMstorm Chesapeake Transportation. Design and planning teams create solutions and the area adapts to the changes required by the Bay recovery. BIMstorm Chesapeake teams are able to assess the ebb and flow of support needs throughout the region.


The Cloud connected sensor system is made up of millions of devices. The sensor data is combined with historical data, best practice knowledge, environmental reality and human input to assist decision-making. Sensors, smart grid networks, RFID tags, 3G/4G wireless networks, smart phones and tablets are transforming ordinary objects in the physical world into “smart” devices.

Wireless sensors

The ability to locate a data point and to convey the units underpins our ability to create a fusion of wireless sensor networks. The data must become actionable intelligence that can be analyzed to find patterns in order to get things done.

Among nodes

People connect electricity meters, weather systems, air quality monitors, water quality monitors, building management systems, bio-sensors and much more. The Network for Sustainable Decisions uses sensors to focus attention on citizens that negatively impact upon the Bay recovery effort. Nodes act together and separately to capture data from remote sensors and to transmit data to remote actuators.

Data comes from anywhere

Real-world sensors can change virtual environments such as SecondLife and virtual world sensors can affect real-world environments. Combining sensor data with information models in the Cloud creates opportunities and possibilities. Devices can connect to each other and share real-time data to activate other devices or make better decisions.

Intelligent buildings

Much as with Expedia and Google Earth, open-standard sensors and information models let you see energy data in a real-world context and make real-time decisions. Advanced energy metering and timely information about how people use energy allow the network to be optimized to the benefit of all.

Path forward

Information modeling, geospatial resources, real-time sensors, business metrics and crowd source information fuse together to create a unified vision of our world. A connected world that supports better decisions with real-time data from natural and man-made sources, to live, work and play sustainably. Rather than becoming engulfed in virtual worlds, as some science fiction writers have described, we participate in the physical world enabled by virtual connections.

Change and adapt

As BIMstorm Chesapeake progresses sensors, the devices they control and the Onuma Systems data repository becomes the backbone of standards and tools to enable Sandy and the Network for Sustainable Decisions to manage the ongoing process. The evolution of the BIMstorm to support community involvement continues in BIMstorm Chesapeake. With Geodesign, the ideas detailed by visionaries such as Ian McHarg and Buckminster Fuller began to come to pass, as building information modeling in the Cloud and geographic information began to unite.

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