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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Autodesk - Webcast: Introduction to Autodesk BIM for Construction Solutions [Webcast] [BIM Thoughts]

I know you're going to read this one and think it's not for you, but let's categorize this under the "it's us or them" category. You see, the contractors are really grabbing the ball with this whole BIM thing, especially any CM at Risk. They're getting a 200 to 600% ROI% on projects that they're converting from CAD to Revit models. They're spending a lot of money on the process and it's allowing them to find conflicts and potential clashes between MEP and Structural.

Remember that project that you said was too complicated to do in Revit. It just wasn't right. Well the GC converted into Revit. Then he showed it to the owner of the project. He showed him a virtual walk through of the building. You know what that means don't you? Yup, the owner is going to come and ask you if you're using Revit. You certainly can't tell him now that the project couldn't be done in Revit. As more and more contactors embrace BIM, where is that going to leave you? We're talking about a business decision now. It's not about a piece of software.

I even have a contractor client who hired two architects and a renderer, created a new corporate name and opened their own Revit design firm. I asked them why they chose a new name and they said they didn't want the architects on projects they were currently working on to know they were now going to become a design build firm. Apparently, they made a deal with a repeat business owner who agreed to give them all their new work if they'd do it in Revit.

Still think you don't want to attend this webcast and see what you're missing out on? While the architectural industry receding right now, most of my Revit business is coming from GCs and subcontractors. This week we implemented another electrical contractor and next week, an HVAC firm is coming in for the week. Oh yeah, don't forget to get yourself a copy of Navisworks Manage to do all your clash detection on projects. You think Revit is expensive? Navisworks Manage is $9,995. I've had contractors say, "oh that's just pennies compared to one change order."

Anyway, enough of my lecture for now. If you own and are using Revit, contact every GC you know and make plans with them to implement Revit projects together. If you're using AutoCAD, uh, I don't even know what to tell you anymore.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 05, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Larrick, AIA, LEED AP, licensed contractor
To register for this webcast, simply fill out the form below.
Join us for the Building Information Modeling for Construction webcast series and learn more about how BIM technology can help you improve your project workflows, schedules, budgets, and ultimately help you win more business.
From large general contractors to construction management specialists to project owners, construction industry players are turning to new approaches to help them gain the efficiencies they seek—while minimizing the costs of the construction process. Increasingly, they are looking to model-based design and construction and building information modeling (BIM) to improve the way they work.
Join Autodesk host and licensed general contractor, Jeff Larrick, AIA, LEED AP, to learn how Autodesk Building Information Modeling solutions such as Autodesk® Revit®, Autodesk® Navisworks®, and Autodesk® Quantity Takeoff, can help construction professionals and firms develop a competitive edge to:
  • Create more compelling bids
  • Complete construction projects more efficiently
  • And ultimately win more business
About Jeff Larrick
Jeff Larrick, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and licensed general contractor. He has been involved in the AEC industry for more than 15 years and is currently the Autodesk AEC Territory Manager for the Mid-Atlantic US. Jeff has owned his own design build firm in Florida, specializing in residential and light commercial construction, and previously worked with a large multi-disciplinary firm to help them migrate to a 3D workflow. He has also worked with a large design-build company on the creation of an integrated modeling and cost estimating workflow. Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Master’s Degrees in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Computer Information Systems and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Date and Time: 2009-Aug-05
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 2009-Aug-04
Location: Online
Hosted By: Autodesk, Inc.


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