Abstract FAQ's

The 2020 Design-Build for Water/WasteWater will be held in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole, April 20-22, 2020

The calls for presentations will open on Monday, June 1. The deadline for all submissions has been extended to Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

There is no fee for submitting a proposal.

There is no limit on the number of submissions. However, for DBIA to provide a balanced program, there will be a limit on how many are accepted per person, firm, corporation, association and organization.

Yes, both DBIA members and non-members are invited to submit conference proposals.

To begin submitting a presentation for the 2020 Design-Build for Water/WasteWater, please search for your record in our DBIA database.  You may search by Last Name or Email address.

Be sure to create a unique record for each author, submitter, or speaker (i.e. you may not use the same email address for each presenter).

DBIA membership is not a prerequisite for submitting a proposal. 

DBIA assumes that the primary presenter is the “author” who will organize the session if the proposal is accepted. The primary presenter is responsible for ensuring that all co-presenters register for the conference on time at the posted presenter rates. If the proposal is accepted and the primary presenter is not able to attend and present, a co-presenter may take over organizing the session with the permission of the primary presenter.

Government Employee and Private Sector Owner Speakers that are selected will be provided a complimentary registration for the full conference.

Practitioner Speakers will receive a complimentary DAY registration for the day of their presentation OR a discounted registration rate of $375.00 to attend the entire conference.

Owners are encouraged to submit presentations and attend the conference. Scholarships are available for conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals to owners to attend the conference, with or without involvement in presentations. These are available on a first-come, first served basis. 

The  presentation format can be one of the following:

  • Panel or single person presentation to attendees (most common).
  • Round table with presenter-to-attendee or attendee-to attendee discussions.
  • Other - please describe. 
Suggested presentation length (60, 75 or 90 minutes) - All presenters should assume that 15 minutes will be devoted to Q&A. if selected, DBIA reserves the right to allocate either time slot based on an assessment of the time needed to appropriately address the topic.

Presentation Levels - DBIA seeks sessions considered "Intermediate" or "Advanced" 

Although there is no restriction on topics to be submitted, the following have been identified as areas of particular interest for the 2020 conference:

  1. Making the Design-Build Decision
    • Owner Considerations in Choosing an Integrated Delivery Model
    • Strategies for achieving success and overcoming challenges when completing your first design-build project
    • Evaluating Procurement Methodologies
  2. Procuring Design-Build Services
    • Writing and Responding to the RFQ/RFP
    • Understanding Performance-Based Requirements
    • Innovative Financing Solutions
    • Risk Analysis in the procurement phase
  3. Contracting for Design-Build Services
    • Incentive Contracting
    • Risk and Opportunities in Contracting, Insurance and Procurement
    • Risk Assessment and contractual allocations
    • Disadvantaged, Minorities, Women-Owners and Emerging subcontracting participation goals
  4. Effective Teaming, Collaboration and Integration
    • Structuring an effective Design-Build Team
    • The How and Why of Early Engagement of the Team (designer, specialty trades, owner, etc.)
    • Integration Tools and Techniques that Enhance Collaboration
    • Leveraging the role of the Owner Representative to achieve success
    • Importance of Early Integration of Specialty Trades and vendors
  5. Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects
    • Contract Administration including risk management and project controls
    • Use of BIM, VDC and Technology
    • Owner Roles/Responsibilities in Executing a Design-Build Project
    • Sustainable building practices for water and wastewater
    • How to innovate in the execution phase
  6. Emerging Trends in Design-Build
    • Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build
    • Variations on Design-Build (e.g., Progressive, DBO, DBOM, etc.)
    • How CM/GC, CM@Risk, GC/CM are different from design-build

A committee of design-build industry experts reviews and grades all submissions received. Additional consideration will be given to presentations that include one or more of the following elements.

  • One or more presenters hold the DBIA™ or Associate DBIA™ credential (DBIA will verify this).
  • Owner participation if proposing a panel discussion.
  • Is of broad interest to conference participants and not commercial promotion of specific products or service offerings.
  • DBIA Best Practices are emphasized:
  • The use of design-build and lessons learned are used to provide practical insights into delivering successful design-build projects.
  • Creative use of storytelling and tools for audience engagement.


Draft Presentation

January 31 2020

Final Presentation

March 26, 2020

DBIA will notify selected presenters by the end of September 2019.

NO, you will NOT be able to edit your information after you click Submit.

To save your draft, click the "Save and Edit Later" button to submit a draft of your abstract. You will be able to edit your abstract through the Abstract Service Center until August 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Yes. To withdraw a proposal submission, please email Associate Meeting Planner, Kellyrose Brewster at kbrewster@dbia.org

DBIA will provide a computer, LCD projector, screen and podium with microphone. The presentation should be self-contained as wireless internet may not be available onsite.


You will be able to add additional speakers on the "Proposal Summary" page. Click the “Add Additional Presenter” image in the right column to add additional speakers to your abstract.

For any remaining questions, please email Associate Meeting Planner, Kellyrose Brewster (kbrewster@dbia.org or 202-454-7528)

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