Steve Swant leaves the Administrative Board of RIB due to an alleged conflict of interest between his Employer Georgia Tech University and RIB SE following his resignation on July, 19, 2018, effective August 13, 2018.
Steve Swant has served on the RIB Administrative Board since 2015. With the permit of the university and its President he joined an average of 3 full-day board meetings and one telco per year. Steve’s business and leadership expertise has highly contributed to the successful development of RIB. Steve had to travel to Stuttgart to perform the 3 days board meetings per year. He used his travel time to and in Stuttgart to remote serve in parallel for Georgia Tech.
Steve is a real advocate of BIM 5D Technology and believes strongly that universities should reinvent themselves and act as a LAB and front runner of disruptive and digital transformation technologies. He joined the expert community platform iTWO World conference for 3 years. In the yearly iTWO World conferences included both RIB and other World Leading experts out of universities, government, multinational companies and consulting firms from over 30 countries are exchanging their experience and progress within CAPEX related digital transformation projects. Steve has positioned his university GT as a World Leader and exchanged know how with over 100 top global experts.
Professor Chuck Eastman from Georgia Tech is seen as the father of BIM and therefore Steve had the target to open the door for the usage of BIM 5D technology to generate cost savings and benefits on the CAPEX and OPEX yearly campus construction spending. He targets to develop a BIM 5D “best practice” for the education industry. RIB also sponsored a successful course in GT using iTWO Technology with over € 140,000 in cash and man-days.
After Steve joined the RIB board in the years 2015-2018 RIB delivered consulting services of € 290,000 within multiple campus projects and sponsored courses with € 140,000. Based on the Group audits RIB never made any profit margins out of GT orders and sponsored man-day (not paid by GT) in a sum of € 357,000 in this period.
Before Steve was elected by RIB AGM in June 2015 there was an initial Tech Tower order one year before with a value of around 1,0 m EUR between RIB und GT. This order was not initiated and negotiated by Steve Swant but by another leader of GT.
Steve had to manage a lot of conflicts internally based on the organizational and transformational change management tasks. Steve´s RIB’s Administrative Board position initially was approved by the university and its President. Steve resigned his non-executive board position due to conflict concerns
We thank Steve for his great contribution to RIB, the BIM 5D visionary community and especially to the building and education industry. We are 100% sure, that the BIM 5D technology, based on the ideas of Chuck Eastman and Steve Swant will redefine the management of CAPEX and OPEX spending in universities in the future.