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HOK’s Fifth Annual BIM Awards

HOK’s Fifth Annual BIM Awards | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Lachmi Khemlani

 

...HOK BIM Awards competition, an internal program that HOK runs annually to draw out and highlight projects from its offices all over the world that exhibit exemplary and innovative use of BIM and integrated design. I had the privilege of serving on the jury for these awards presented in December and got the opportunity to learn more about all the finalist projects and review their presentations. There were four categories of awards, with two to three projects selected as the finalists in each category. This article provides an overview of the winning projects in all the categories as well as some additional projects that I found very interesting...

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Driving Rebar Fabrication and Field Activities with BIM

Informed Infrastructure spoke with Jeff Cochrane, Director of Software Design, Applied Systems Associates (aSa), at Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas. The conversation covers the benefits of extracting BIM data to drive fabrication and field activities for the rebar supply chain, and how the rebar industry is connecting BIM to fabrication and the field to make the process more efficient.

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Where Revit meets Hand Drawing

Where Revit meets Hand Drawing | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

I love working in Revit, from schematic to CA. But sometimes you need a little more than a Revit model to explain where you’re going. Something detailed but informal, something where you can emphasize some things and just hint at others, something … hand drawn?

 

During my recent work on cleanrooms I’ve made a lot of sketches to explain the projects. The simpler drawings were freehanded from scratch. For others, I used the framework of the Revit model to get started, and then added more information...

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Revit Structure Tutorial – Structural Opening Families

Revit Structure Tutorial – Structural Opening Families | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Many of you will be using the Shaft Opening command within Revit to produce vertical openings within your models. Whilst being fairy efficient they have the following limitations:

Can Only be used to cut vertically

Can only cut floors

Analytical model cannot be adjusted

 

Perhaps the biggest issue here is the results on the analytical model and the fact that this analytical model cannot be adjusted. This can result in gaps from the floor slab to a structural wall as shown below. I would suggest that you set the analytical model of walls to the outside faces which will eliminate the gap.

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“BIM is struggling in USA” The Role of BIM Minions in spoiling the Global BIM initiative’s potential to succeed

BIM is struggling in USA” is the title of an article by Mr. Iftikhar A. Gaur. The statement itself s deducted from the end-of-year reporting of the buildingSMART alliance™ USA’s financial performance summary.  

 

Nowadays, I rarely react to such obvious BIM-baits as this, LinkedIn promoted article appeared to be – still, the blatant generalisation the title implied enticed me to read it.The last two sentences were ‘the cherry on the top’ of the writing, in them Mr. Iftikhar A. Gaur addressed the wider BIM community with a request:“I am interested in BIM. Can somebody tell me where can I find write resources to learn more about BIM as a manager?”

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AECbytes Magazine Q4 2014

AECbytes Magazine Q4 2014 | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

This issue includes the following articles:

The "Internet of Things" in AEC

People Profile – Davis Chauviere, HKS

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later

Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference

Autodesk University 2014

Implementing Performance-Based Design to Meet a Growing Industry Trend

The Ins and Outs of Digital Signing in AEC

Firm Profile – LHB

Project Highlights from 2014 Be Inspired Awards 

 

For a FREE digital version, click here.

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Revit MEP API Leveraged for Construction | AUGI

Revit MEP API Leveraged for Construction | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The Autodesk® Revit® MEP platform provides a robust API to allow programmers to take grasp of the functions inside of Revit. Autodesk uses this API internally with programmers to create specific tools and workflows to assist with the Revit MEP platform.  As Autodesk puts it, “eating their own dog food.” This also allows resellers and users to utilize the API to create some unique tools.

As you can see in Figure 1, Revit provides the factory.  This factory makes generic hammers and nails.  The API allows the developer to create the specific hammer and the nail the worker will keep and use in his toolbox. The add-in or custom application interface is how we provide which type of hammer and nail will be used...

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AUGIWorld January 2015 Issue Released!

Mark Kiker, veteran CAD manager, explores the sometimes subtle differences between a sponsor and a mentor and the impact of each on the protégé in his article "And Now a Word from our Sponsor."

In "Work on Your Personal Advancement," author Walt Sparling offers a roadmap for making professional gains in the coming year.

This issue of AUGIWorld, the first of 2015, also offers an array of product-oriented content for Revit MEP, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Inventor, and more.

Also in the January 2015 AUGIWorld...

Trial, Error, Success - Kyle Schicker shares his company's experience of using Autodesk Revit MEP to create 3D, as-built models.

Speed and Simplify with Sheet Set Manager - Melinda Heavrin shows the benefits of using the Sheet Set Manager in AutoCAD Architecture 2015.Hidden Survey Gems - Shawn Herring reveals some of the unknown or underutilized features in AutoCAD Civil 3D that are of particular interest to surveyors.

Design-Level BIM - Tom Fuller describes the use of SysQue for Autodesk Revit for mechanical and plumbing design modeling.

10 Reasons Why Inventor Is Still My Sweetheart - John Evans recognizes the promise of Autodesk Fusion 360 Ultimate, but offers 10 reason s why his allegiance remains, for now, with Autodesk Inventor.

Real Life Perspective: Transitioning from AutoCAD to Revit - Michael Hopple addresses the BIM holdouts - those dwindling few who are reluctant to move from AutoCAD to Revit. Here, some pros and cons.


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Show Uncircuited Electrical Devices in Revit

Show Uncircuited Electrical Devices in Revit | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

When you have many electrical devices, light fixtures or other items in a Revit project file, it is easy to miss one getting placed on a circuit.  While un-circuited devices will display in the System Browser, it is nice to be able to have a quick visual check on a plan view for any of them.  We can do this through creating a custom View Filter.  The following image shows the impact of using a filter to show un-circuited items...

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Wide uptake of BIM is starting to become a reality | RIBAJ

Wide uptake of BIM is starting to become a reality | RIBAJ | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

How can the design community – and beyond – get real value from BIM implementation? And how is BIM working, now, in practice? The first NBS RIBA BIM panel came to share insights. 

 

Giving expert views were Michael Goode, director and co-founder of Croft Goode Architects, David Shepherd, BIM manager at HOK; Sarah Davidson, director and head of R&D at international construction consultancy Gleeds; David Miller, owner of David Miller Architects; Adrian Dobson and Anne Dye, the RIBA’s director of practice and head of technical research respectively; and me, Adrian Malleson, head of research at RIBA Enterprises.

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Beware upgrading to Revit 2015 R2...

Beware upgrading to Revit 2015 R2... | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Upgrading to a new release is not something to take lightly. It is always best practice to take a non-production copy of the project and test to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises.

There is a very serious and inconvenient issue occurring increasingly often among our clients after upgrading to Revit 2015 R2. They begin seeing an error with certain families along the lines of:
"Family X is corrupt and cannot be edited. Please reload the family to repair the project" At times we have seen this problem spread throughout the project to other families causing a major headache for all involved.

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Geospatial + BIM and full lifecycle building management

Geospatial + BIM and full lifecycle building management | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Over 50% of the cost of maintaining a building is what is called operations and maintenance which is comprised of administration, maintenance and repairs, and restoration projects.  In most building construction projects, even if BIM is used for design and construction, the building information (specifications, submittal information including  equipment and performance data and warranties, finished information, O&M manuals, panel schedules, and the building control system) required for operations and maintenance has to be (re)collected after completion of construction even though the designers and contractors may have already collected this information...

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AUGIWorld December 2014 Issue Released!

The December 2014 issue of AUGIWorld provides insight into building a professional network, along with a nice lineup of product-oriented content for Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Navisworks, and more.


Jennifer Storey presents "How to Develop and Maintain Your Professional Network," an article filled with practical advice about how to build your own network and be a good resource for others.

AUGI board member Shaun Bryant asks, "Have Your Set up Your LUG Yet?" and invites AUGI members to get involved with a local user group (LUG), which provides terrific networking opportunities.

From cover to cover, this information-packed issue offers a nice variety of articles.

Also in the December 2014 AUGIWorld...

Developing Leadership Insight - Columnist Mark Kiker helps CAD Managers discover opportunities for gaining insight, which proves so valuable in strategic planning.


Make the Most of Autodesk University - This months' HP and CASE collaboration helps AU attendees navigate the event.

MWF - Metal Wood Framer - Joshua Geimcke presents a product review on StrucSoft Solutions' MWF product and its three primary components: MWF Pro Wall, MWF Pro Floor, and MWF Pro Truss.

The ABCs of MEP Construction Modeling, Part 2 - Matt Stachoni follows up the first article in this series with this discussion of shop drawings and submittals and focusing on how to best use Autodesk Revit MEP for trade construction modeling.

Perspectives on AutoCAD - AutoCAD veterans Walt Sparling and Brian Benton prognosticate on the future of AutoCAD software. This month's tips article, by Michael Beall, discusses the Paste to Original Coordinates feature.

DMLS: Engineering Metal Layer by Layer - John Evans explores advances in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, for serious aerospace metallic components.

Content: Build or Buy? - Kenneth Eastman ponders the pros and cons of building and buying content for MEP construction.

The Power of Design and Change: Best Practices for Conceptual Design - Chris Roberts serves up some great practical advice for users of AutoCAD Civil 3D software.

3ds Max Versatility - Brian Chapman acknowledges the typical uses of 3ds Max - presentation, collaboration, concept, design - and explores the software's use for projects outside these areas.

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Revit Add-In: Marsh API ViewSync 1.5

An awesome update to ViewSync by Marsh API! 3D views and Elevation views sync with your active plan view! Ceiling plans now participate in ViewSyncing as well as Elevation Views! Hope you enjoy it!
http://www.marshapi.com/products.html

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Seismic performance analysis and BIM

Enhanced collaboration needed between modeling and analysis
software to achieve true performance-based earthquake engineering.

 

The science and implementation of earthquake engineering is constantly evolving. As building fortification demands have increased due to recent seismic incidents in areas such as San Francisco, Mexico, and Chile, engineers are being warned to design more earthquake resistant buildings using today’s performance-based design methods. Alternative technologies such as building information modeling (BIM), analysis methods, and software are providing engineers with the necessary tools to construct buildings that have a lower risk of earthquake-induced loss...

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Revit Version Checker 2.0

Revit Version Checker 2.0 | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Revit Version Checker is a simple standalone Windows tool to check the version of your Autodesk Revit files (.rvt and .rfa).

 

Simply Drag&Drop a bunch of files or folders on the main Window and choose if to Append, Prepend or Clean the file name of the YEAR version.

 

No need to have Autodesk Revit installed!

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New standards for building documentation including 3D imaging and Level of Accuracy released

New standards for building documentation including 3D imaging and Level of Accuracy released | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

In 2012 the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation(USIBD) was founded to bring together the various stakeholder groups (owner/operators, architects, engineers, contractors, surveyors, brokers, and others) to promote and facilitate building documentation as a distinct industry; establishing standards, guidelines and best practices to foster excellence in the productivity, quality and safety of the documentation process. 


The USIBD has releasedthree quarterly Cornerstone Reports based on surveys of building documentation professionals to help profile the industry.  One of the questions asked of the building documentation professionals responding to the first survey is how frequently 3D imaging is used in the building documentation industry.  Three-quarters of respondents said their clients used 3D imaging in just 25 percent of their projects.  Nearly 75 percent of respondents said they expect client use of 3D imaging to increase by 50 percent in the next year...


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KUBUS releases BIMcollab®

KUBUS releases BIMcollab® | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

The world’s first OpenBIM issue management platform in the cloud


KUBUS announces the release of its new ground breaking BCF based issue management system in the cloud: BIMcollab®. It operates across applications; it helps bridging the differences between BIM tools and targets the multidisciplinary cooperation between companies working on construction projects. BIMcollab® is designed to manage issues during design and construction phases where BIM is used....

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Does your firm need an in-house BIM Manager? The answer may surprise you...

It is no secret that specialization is one key to remaining relevant and valuable. This applies in almost any industry. I would like to put forward the argument that the position description "BIM Manager" is becoming too generic, too non-descript to actually be useful in evaluating or determining what a BIM person actually does.

In fact, most BIM Managers are already jack-of-all-trades, in that they handle many different roles. In my opinion, this is less than ideal. On the other hand, specialization leads to people who can do one or a few things very well, not a bunch of things adequately...

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Introduction to Revit Macros | AUGI

Introduction to Revit Macros | AUGI | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

BIM managers have tasks they perform on a regular basis, whether on a single Autodesk® Revit® model or on multiple Revit models. Many of these tasks are repetitive and can become boring after doing the same task over and over. Luckily, Revit has a solution to this with its integrated Macro system. There are many tasks that can be automated such as model setup, model cleanup, view/sheet creation and duplication, quality control checks, parameter validation, and much more.

 

Before proceeding any further, I want you to know that I’m not a professional developer and I have only been writing macros in Revit for a little over a year as of this writing. I learned how to create macros by trial and error. If I can learn this way, I believe just about anyone else can also. My process has been to identify a task to automate or a problem to solve. I then break down the steps to solve using Revit as normal (if possible) and then I set out to solve it in a similar way through a macro.

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Autodesk University 2014

Autodesk University 2014 | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Autodesk held its flagship annual user event in Las Vegas, making it the 22nd year that this event has been held, attracting over 10,000 attendees. With the growing reach of Autodesk products, Autodesk University (AU) itself continues to expand— international AU events were held this year in Japan, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, and China, and AU Extension events in an additional six countries, attracting an additional 15,000 participants throughout the year. The annual event continues to be the highlight of the year for Autodesk as well as its users, with presentations from Autodesk executives showcasing the company vision, strategy, product highlights and new releases; guest presentations on the innovative use of technology from professionals in different disciplines, even if they are not directly Autodesk-related; a large number of classes focused on specific processes, techniques, and tips/tricks for the wide variety of Autodesk tools; the growing universe of third-party tools and plug-ins for Autodesk products showcased in the Exhibit Hall; and last but not least, the vast amount of networking opportunities enabled to attendees...

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Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans

Average Estimated Illumination and Gradient Color Fill Plans | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Using color to fill to indicate value in Revit MEP models can visually convey data in a meaningful way. For example, indicating average illumination with meaningful colors, red for high lux, yellows and oranges for mid lux, and green for low lux can help one make more sense of a model with a quick glance than having to reference and re-reference the legend when using neutral and/or non-ordered color fills. Follow this Revit MEP workflow to customize the color fill in your models...

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Overview of a 5D BIM Project, 1st edition

 

RICS is at the forefront of developing international standards, working in coalitions with organisations around the globe, acting in the public interest to raise standards and increase transparency within markets.International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS –ipmsc.org), International Construction MeasurementStandards (ICMS), International Ethics Standards (IES)and others will be published and will be mandatory for RICS members. This information paper links directly toand underpins these standards and RICS members are advised to make themselves aware of the international standards (see www.rics.org) and the overarching principles with which this information paper complies.Members of RICS are uniquely placed in the market by being trained, qualified and regulated by working to international standards and complying with this information paper...

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Implementing Performance-Based Design to Meet a Growing Industry Trend

Implementing Performance-Based Design to Meet a Growing Industry Trend | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

Performance-based design—using simulation or analysis data to inform design decisions—is on the rise. Improved capabilities and increasing demand are two significant factors contributing to this trend.  As recently as ten years ago, simulation was almost always the domain of engineers, and was usually done after the design was finished. Now, thanks to better software and increased computing power, designers can use data gained from performance simulations during the design process.

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I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start?

I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start? | BIM WORLD | Scoop.it

 

I get this question ALL the time. And because I am who I am, I often drop everything I’m doing and respond, whether I’m asked via the Internet, over the phone, or in person. If you’ve read all seven hundred(ish) blog posts and articles that I’ve written since 2010 (this is number one hundred and one on BIM Engine in case you were wondering), you’ve probably come across much of this advice. But I don’t remember everything I’ve written, and I don’t expect you to either. So in an effort to save everyone some time, here’s a list of things you should do if you want to learn ArchiCAD (after of course going to www.myarchicad.com and downloading a trial version for free, if you don’t already own ArchiCAD):

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