E. William (Bill) East is an serial innovator whose career spans the areas of planning and scheduling, quality management, and building information modeling. East started with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the construction trailer and District. While there he created the first minicomputer construction management suite for Area Engineers.
East's aptitude for computers lead to his move to the Construction Engineering Research Lab. East's first innovation at the lab was the Corps’ Standard Data Exchange Format (SDEF). This format has been getting Corps’ contractors paid every month of every job for over 20 years. He also developed parametric planning and automated schedule analysis tools, and provided related consulting services on Corps’ and Army projects.
East’s Design Review and Checking System (DrChecks) streamlined design quality management for public project stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels. When last checked, DrChecks, now part of the ProjNet™ suite, was being used by over 120,000 users world-wide.
In 2007 East invented the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie). COBie is an international standard that squeezes profits from an otherwise wasteful construction handover process. East currently is Owner, Prairie Sky Consulting where he helps owners and contractors specify and meet COBie requirements.
East is a former American Society of Civil Engineer, Government Civil Engineer of the Year and has recieved numerous other awards from organizations such as the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), FIATECH, and the Construction Specification Institute. East has also been recognized for innovation and technology transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Department of Defense, the Corps of Engineers, and Government Executive Magazine.
East has degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech (B.S.) and the University of Illinois (M.S. and Ph.D.). East's research identified new resource scheduling concepts for facility managers. East is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia and is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).