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Friday, December 31, 2010

2011 BIM Resolutions | BIM + Integrated Design & World Record Revit3D.com 962 posts in one year

Randy, I don't know how it worked out this way, but I've just hit my world record for blog posts in a single year. Welcome to #962 and it's all about your BIM brilliance. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the writings of Randy Deutsch, a world famous blogger and writer who will soon have his own BIM book published. 

Randy, I'm sorry for copying the whole post, but the world must see these words and thoughts.  Thank you for your friendship, conversations and passion for BIM and IPD.  It is an honor to know you and share your ideas.  You're really going to have to break your promise and come down to sunny South Florida real soon.  Today it was 70 and sandy.  

Enough about me....you've got to read this. You'll be quizzed for the rest of your career so pay attention.

Source: http://bimandintegrateddesign.com/2010/12/26/2011-bim-resolutions/
Don’t worry.
I’m not about to list two thousand and eleven separate BIM resolutions.
But I will share with you 11 really important questions that you ought to ask yourself as you enter the year ahead.
Start off by asking yourself:
What will you accomplish in the next year?
Will this be another year of the same ole, same ole?
Or will you attempt to accomplish something great?
Will you make it your goal to take BIM to the next level in 2011? If you are stuck in third gear of 3D BIM, do what is necessary to re-familiarize yourself with BIM scheduling. Move your game up a gear to 4D or 5D BIM.
Who will you teach BIM to this year? How well do you understand BIM? Really understand it? They say that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Do you understand BIM well-enough to teach it to someone else? To someone who is eager to learn? To an individual or a whole class?
What will you do in the next year to promote and help spread the word of BIM? Will you participate on online conversations or add your comments to LinkedIn discussions? Will you write an article for an online or print journal? Will you guest-post on a BIM blog? Or better yet, if you haven’t already done so, start one of your own? Will you be willing to give a presentation on the topic to your own firm? Already on board? Are you willing to take the show on the road and present on the topic at Autodesk University (AU) in 2011? AU call for proposals to be announced in March 2011. Look here for updates.

Here’s what I’ll commit to in 2011. On April 27-28 I will be giving a talk about what went into the making of my new book, BIM + Integrated Design: Strategies for Practice – at KA Connect 2011 – a knowledge and information management conference for the AEC industry where thought leaders from all over the world come together to share best practices, stories and ideas about how they organize information and manage knowledge in their firms. KA Connect 2011 will be held at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA. And this should be just the first of several talks I give in 2011 on the subject of BIM. 

Will you determine to work on improving your BIM weak spots or on substantially reinforcing your already considerable strengths? Most people resolve to improve their weaknesses, while experts advise that it is a far better use of your time, energy and resources to make your strong suits even stronger. Which will you commit to?
Will you make it your goal to always bring your BIM A-game to work? What does it mean to bring you’re A-game each and every day? To bring your A-game means that you need to bring your best attitude and best abilities to each an d every situation. Are you willing to give this a consistent go at it? 

Will you embrace change in 2011? Are you committed to exposing yourself to the latest technical and business information concerning BIM? And how it is used by both professionals and, through case studies, owners? A new, updated edition of The_BIM_Handbook comes out on April 19: will you make it your goal to get your hands on a copy? And once you do, to read it? Available for pre-order here

Will this be the year you give away what you know? Are you hording information that would do others a world of good to be aware of and to know – if only you were willing to share what you know? You may not even recognize or appreciate that you have an unusual grasp of a certain topic or skill set. Transparency is the name of the game. Don’t go down with your knowledge intact. Spread the word, share what you know, and see how by doing so it all comes back to you – many times over. 

Here’s how I’m giving away what I know in 2011. Later this year – sometime in summer – John Wiley & Sons will publish my book, BIM + Integrated Design: Strategies for Practice, exploring the collaborative work process enabled by the new technology and resulting social impacts on individuals, organizations, the profession and industry. I pull out all the stops on this one, not holding anything back. And that goes for the many people I interviewed for the book, too. We’re giving it away – for a nominal price – so that others may benefit.

Will you define BIM for yourself once and for all? The other day I overheard a colleague explain to a client that “BIM is essentially AutoCAD on steroids.” It took a lot of self-control on my part to restrain myself from jumping in and fleshing-out his definition for the benefit of all involved. What would you do in this situation? How would you respond if asked to define BIM off the cuff?

What will BIM mean to you? Whatever BIM means to you now, will you commit to a clear definition for yourself in 2011? One that you are willing and able to convincingly communicate to others, and defend if necessary? Is BIM just a tool – a vehicle for getting you to meet deadlines and achieve your goals? Is BIM a process, impacting workflows, performing best when used collaboratively with others? 

Some additional questions to consider as you kick-off another outstanding year working in BIM:
  • What makes you interested in working in BIM? How has that changed from year to year?
  • Why does it matter to you? What personal values of yours does working in BIM fulfill?
  • What’s your long-term vision for how things will change as you – and others – continue to work in BIM?
  • What is the first thing you are going to do to work toward your goals?
  • What small daily changes are you going to make (think kaizen)?
  • What strengths do you bring to working in BIM? Do you have a firm understanding of where you contribute the most? How have you communicated this to others you work with? How will you do so more effectively moving ahead? (image courtesy of larsonobrien)


Last Kodachrome Developer Stops Developing ~ #CAD vs #BIM

All good things must come to an end.  I still have my darkroom equipment from my photography days in high school.  I've been using a digital camera for years now, but I think it takes away a little from the art of photography.  Of course, digital photography does allow you so much more flexibility, speed and manipulation and what a time saver over the old manual methods of developing your own film and photos.

Hmmm...where was I going with this.  Oh yeah...CAD!!!!!!! Say goodbye to CADachrome.  Those days are over.  Time to switch to the digital BIM world.  Who will be the last architect to submit a set of plans to the building department done in CAD?  When do you think that day will be?

Source: http://mashable.com/2010/12/30/say-goodbye-to-kodachrome/

KodachromeIt’s the end of the line for Kodachrome, the first commercially successful color film, created by Kodak in 1935. The iconic film will no longer be processed, as Thursday marked the last time Dwayne’s Photo — a lab in Parsons, Kansas — was willing to accept Kodachrome rolls that needed developing.

Kodachrome’s demise was first announced in June 2009. Kodak cited a decline in sales as photographers had traded their old film for digital memory cards — or, in some cases, newer films. This meant that the company also stopped producing the chemicals needed to develop the film.
As The New York Times reported Wednesday, there was a time when there were about 25 labs in the world that could process Kodachrome film. But the number of labs began to decline a few years ago when the last Kodak-run facility in the U.S. closed, followed by another closure in Japan and another in Switzerland. Dwayne’s Photo was the last place still developing Kodachrome, but last week, the lab opened the last of the chemicals used to process the film.

Even though Kodachrome saw diminishing sales toward its end, this is the end of an era for a number of photographers and photography buffs. The film — currently trending at number seven on Google (Google) in the U.S. — was noted for capturing rich color and light in a way that many say cannot be replicated by digital cameras or apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram (instagram). As Paul Simon noted in his 1973 song — titled, “Kodachrome,” of course — ”You give us those nice bright colors/ You give us the greens of summers/ Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day.”

The film was used to take some world-famous photographs, including Steve McCurry’s National Geographic 1985 cover image of a young Afghan girl. Incidentally, Kodak gave McCurry the last roll of Kodachrome last year. The photographer, who hand-delivered the final roll to Parsons after he finished shooting, has posted some of the last 36 frames on his blog (blog).

Meanwhile, as the Times noted, the last roll to be processed at Dwayne’s Photo belongs to owner Dwayne Steinle. The final frame will feature all his employees standing in front of the business wearing shirts that commemorate the film’s official retirement. Read more...

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff: Workbook Rounding - dODDS and ENDS

Jason, I can't believe you're the only Autodesk employee actually working this week and the only one to make an official Autodesk blog post.  I hope you can find my email buried in your inbox and send me a reply before next year.

No one has been busier than Jason Dodds at Autodesk since he's the only guy working on BIM estimating for contractors.  For another few weeks, you can get a free copy of QTO if you buy Navisworks Manage. BIM sure does make it easier to get quantities and make sure your projects are within the budget.  How exactly do you do that now with the CAD process? 

I've been saying this for years... "Why do they call it an estimate?  Shouldn't they call it an accurate?"  Something to think about as you're counting down the minutes and seconds until 2011.

Source: http://doddsandends.typepad.com/blog/2010/12/autodesk-quantity-takeoff-workbook-rounding.html

Every now and again I get questions about how to "round" numbers in workbook in QTO. Well there is no overall setting but you can tell the formula box that you want the workbook to "round" specific fields.
To round your numbers, click in field you want you round so it will display in the formula box.

Now add the text "round" after the =. You will need brackets too in order to tell QTO what to "round"

To round for assemblies or thing that already contain brackets, simply just add the round after the = and it will "round" everything already in your formula.

Check out the above image and notice that all the fields are "rounded" to whole numbers. This could be another great thing that you build into your catalog.
Hope this helps to answer a few questions.


Autodesk Quantity Takeoff: Workbook Rounding


Non-Conformant Work Wastes Assets in Construction #BIM

Welcome to post #961.  Yes, I managed to write as many blog posts this year as last.  I didn't hit my magic 1,000, but I managed to equal last years efforts.  So, speaking of effort, this is a great snippet from a post from Vela Systems, one of my favorite partners.  They're a huge part of the future of construction.  If you're a contractor reading this, pay attention.  They'll really help you make more money.  Don't forget to tell them you found them via Revit3D.com so I can get commission for the sale.

I love what Adam wrote here.  "The cost of quality is the expense of doing things wrong."  What a mind blowing concept.  While so many people complain about the cost of Revit software, subscription and training, do those same people quantify the expense of doing things wrong, doing them over, addendums, RFIs and change orders?  How hypocritical of an entire industry to shun technology and then cost billions of dollars in lost productivity, rework, waste and inefficiency.

I'm only being harsh because I care.  If I didn't care, this blog would be about how wonderful AutoCAD Architecture is, how easy it is to implement and how it's the truest form of BIM there is.  Yes, I know, all false.  But you know that because you went through the pain of switching from ADT to Revit.  As if it's really a stepping stone for those not ready for Revit and BIM.  Luckily, all of those kids in school started with Revit and never touched CAD.  I wonder how that will affect their job prospects in the next few years.

Source: http://www.velasystems.com/construction-field-mobility-blog/2010/12/non-conformant-work-wastes-assets-in-construction/
Yes, quality is in fact free.

"We're only paid to do it once!"

Here are five questions to you:
  1. Does your project team understand that quality is free – the cost of quality is the expense of doing things wrong?
  2. Who bears the expense of doing things wrong on your projects?
  3. Is it important to measure the expense of doing things wrong on your projects?
  4. How do you measure the expense of doing things wrong on your projects?
  5. What would you estimate the expense of doing things wrong as a percentage of total project cost?
Read the entire original post: Non-Conformant Work Wastes Assets in Construction

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Leading by example- Ark Hotel Construction shows How Prefabrication can Change the Face of Construction Industry #BIM Success Story

If you haven't watched it yet, this was the most amazing video I've seen this year.  This is the true essence of the future of BIM.  Imagine how much planning, coordination, collaboration, clash detection and BIM went into getting a building erected and sealed in 6 days.  You see, it's now about what font you use, your hatch patterns or line weights.  It's about getting buildings built.  This is smarter BIM and it's going to be how it's going to be done in the future.

BIM Lean and Green found out some more information posted below about some of the metrics of the project.  I wish we could find out how long it took to design and plan the construction of the building.  I'm fascinated with how all of the materials were placed on each slab.  I wonder how much all of that planning saved the owner of the building.  This video should scare the crap out of you.  Why?  Because this is reality and you're going to have to figure out how to play your part in it.  But don't worry, I'm sure the contractors will take all of the responsibility and profits from it. 

Source:  http://bimleangreen.blogspot.com/2010/12/leading-by-example-ark-hotel.html

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps0DSihggio

Construction Details:

Level 9 Earthquake Resistance: diagonal bracing structure, light weight, steel construction, passed level 9 earthquake resistance testing

6x Less Material: even though the construction materials are much lighter(250kg/m2) than the traditional materials(over 1500kg/m2), the floors and walls are solid with surefootedness, airtight and sound-proofing

5x Energy Efficient: 150mm thermal insulation for walls and roofs, triple glazed plastic windows, external solar shading, heat insulation, fresh air heat recovery, LED lighting, yearly HAVC A/C energy consumption equivalent to 7 liters oil.

20x Purification: after 3 levels of purification, the purification efficiency for fresh air reaches 95%-99.9%; air exchanged 1-2.5 times per hour, and indoor air is 20x cleaner than out door air

1% Construction Waste: all components are factory made, construction waste, mainly package materials, result from on site set-up only and amount to 1% of the total weight of the building

(source: http://www.youtube.com/user/differentenergy)

new comment on your post "The first rule of doing work that matters":

Well, at least I got one response.  I guess everyone else is on vacation.  Gamal, thank you for your comments.  I'm not sure if it's good to know that halfway around the world, they've not heard of BIM either.  Perhaps Autodesk will send you a leftover "I love AutoCAD" pin from Autodesk University.  Apparently, no one is doing enough marketing to get the word out about BIM.  I guess I'll just have to keep pressing on until you let me know that BIM has been adopted in Malaysia. 

Until that day, we'll all be living in "Malaise"ia or maybe BIMalaiseia. 
Gamal has left a new comment on your post "The first rule of doing work that matters":

Hi there, reading from Malaysia here, that's halfway around the globe from your place. Been reading your blog for the past few months. Am really amazed on how much passion and work that you have poured into making BIM a standard in the industry. Am also beginning to like this concept of BIM. Don't worry. You'll get to 1000 blogposts someday.

Over here in Malaysia, most people that I know of from the industry don't seem to have the slightest idea what BIM is all about. And I could foresee too that the introduction of BIM to our AEC community will also be met with skepticism.

Contractors are just way too happy doing coordination in 2d and designers are still very pleased with the amount of RFIs they're getting everyday. To learn this new approach is like learning a whole new way to construct a building and that's something a lot of people trying to avoid.

But someday, I believe, in my country, when the rest of the world uses it, then they we will have to catch up. It is already evident when our local companies having a hard time securing jobs in the middle-east as compared to the westerners. This is despite our strong political relationship with the Muslim worlds over there. Read more...

The most popular graduate degrees...don't include architects - #BIM Fail

Now you've done it.  All those years of using AutoCAD, late nights, low pay, lost profits and this is what you have to look forward to.  No one wants to graduate from college and become an architect anymore.  You've laid off half your staff.  You're looking to retire in the next 5 years and all of your future clients are going to require BIM.

Just where exactly are you going to get the employees to work on your Revit projects?  Think you'll easily be able to put an ad on Monster.com and find someone?  Well, looks like the contractors have hired all of the BIM modelers and are paying them twice what you're offering.  Happy New Year of the BIM.

The most popular graduate degrees

The study found a combined 51 percent of the total number of master's degrees awarded in 2009 were in either business or education. By contrast, 7.2 percent of master's degrees were granted in engineering, 8.6 percent were in health sciences and 4.1 percent were in either mathematics or computer science.

Original Source: http://www.cgsnet.org/Default.aspx?tabid=168

Hey, check this out from CNN:

Federal Government to Spend $4.5B on Sustainability

Here's some good news for those of you into full BIM.

Source: http://buildinginformationmanagement.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/federal-government-to-spend-4-5b-on-sustainability/

$4.5 billion allocated for spending in 2011 for federal green building and renovation projects.  The  goal of the federal government is a 28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions  2020.

“We have an opportunity to be an example for American building, a proving ground for what works,”  - Bob Peck, Commissioner of public buildings, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Arduino, iPod touch turns an LCD into a browser-based sketch pad (video)

What if you could sketch on your iPad and have it draw right in Revit?  The technology exists.  Will "the lab" create it?  Let's hope so.

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVjzc1N4-4A&feature=player_embedded


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The first rule of doing work that matters

 Seth told me I could only copy a few full posts a year to put on my blog.  This one is too good to just share a snippet of.  I set out on the goal of 1,000 blog posts a year.  I tried to make them all relevant and provide you with the most valuable resources of information so you'd have more time to focus on what's important to you.  I hope I've succeeded in making your life better this year.

I hit 961 posts last year.  This is my 953rd post which means I need 9 more posts by midnight on the 31st to hit 962 for the year.  I can't tell you how disappointed I am in myself for not hitting 1,000.  Isn't that crazy?  I must have over 1,000 blog posts in draft mode that I could have published, I just didn't have enough time to get them all published.

I read on another Revit blogger's site one day that he wasn't interested in trying to have the most blog posts in a year.  I always thought that was directed at me.  I always tried to provide quality as well as quantity.  The more research I do on Revit, BIM, VDC, IPD, LEED and FM, the bigger the scope of the blog gets.  It's all intertwined and I can't believe how much I've learned in such a short time. 

I hope you've enjoyed my little BIM blog this year.  Thank you for sticking around.  I've got plenty more in store.  I am going to need a little blog vacation as it's exhausting doing this every single day.  I've been asked so many times how I do it.  I don't sleep.  I make it a part of my every day to move the BIM ball forward.

Hopefully someday soon, you'll recommend my company to train your firm or recommend me to someone who needs Revit and Navisworks training and implementation.  If you're an architect, recommend me to your engineers who haven't moved to Revit yet.  If you're a contractor, forward my information to your subcontractors.  I'll even pay you commission for it.  In the meantime, comments....get interactive in the blog.  Make your comments anonymous if you want.  Just let me know what your thoughts are.  Share your information, success stories and more. 

Happy new year everyone.  Now, read Seth's post.  It's important!

Source: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/12/the-first-rule-of-doing-work-that-matters.html

Go to work on a regular basis.
Art is hard. Selling is hard. Writing is hard. Making a difference is hard.
When you're doing hard work, getting rejected, failing, working it out--this is a dumb time to make a situational decision about whether it's time for a nap or a day off or a coffee break.

Zig taught me this twenty years ago. Make your schedule before you start. Don't allow setbacks or blocks or anxiety to push you to say, "hey, maybe I should check my email for a while, or you know, I could use a nap." If you do that, the lizard brain is quickly trained to use that escape hatch again and again.

Isaac Asimov wrote and published 400 (!) books using this technique.
The first five years of my solo business, when the struggle seemed never ending, I never missed a day, never took a nap. (I also committed to ending the day at a certain time and not working on the weekends. It cuts both ways.)
In short: show up.


BLAUGI Blog of Autodesk User Group International

I'm glad I stayed out of this one. Short story. AUGI moved to a new web hosting company. Only problem was that about a million forum posts didn't make it through the space time continuum shift. Basically, years of information was lost. Every forum post, answer, tip and every other bit of information were no longer available. This caused a huge uproar and some demanded the removal of all board members. Now, the data has been released from being held hostage and all will be updated on the new site.

So, what can we learn from all of this? Information has value. People hoard information. Proper planning, implementation and communication are key to not create panic, chaos, anger and criticism. I think for a group of people that are all involved in our high tech world, they could have done a slightly better job. Maybe they're all trapped in a 2D world where people don't share information. Who knows?

"A mutually agreed timeline for exchange of the data".

Don't you just love the sound of that. Sounds like someone who doesn't want to give their Revit model to the contractor. When will all of this childishness end. Oh yeah..when every project owner makes you sign an IPD contract. Can 2011 get here any faster?

Source: http://augi.typepad.com/augi_news/

AUGI and Illiac have reached agreement for the transference of AUGI data. The agreement was signed by all parties late Monday and includes a mutually agreed timeline for exchange of the data. Once the data exchange is completed, AUGI can work to incorporate the data in the new AUGI website.

The AUGI Forums will be the first data restored. We will be moving back to vBulletin as a Forum platform. Old data will be restored in its original state. Forum posts that were created on our new site will be incorporated from the Expression Engine forums as we are able. Once the Forum data is in place and fully tested the existing logins should allow access to all posts as before.

It is expected that all prior Forum posts, avatars, signatures, access levels will be the same as they were. This may take some verification as we are moving over one million posts and attachments.

We expect the restoration of the Forums to be completed by January 7th or sooner.

We thank all those that have worked toward a positive outcome within AUGI and Illiac.

Mark Kiker
AUGI President

Original link:
BLAUGI Blog of Autodesk User Group International


.MGX opens world's first store dedicated to 3D printed goods

 Didn't they used to think the world was flat (eh...2D)?  When will all of the architects realize the buildings are built in 3D?  Will it take a couple of hundred more years?  For you 3D folks, here's a cool store to peruse.
Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/29/mgx-opens-worlds-first-store-dedicated-to-3d-printed-goods/
8 hours ago by Paul Miller
Is your Matter Compiler broken? Well, step on down to the local .MGX for all your 3D printed needs! Materialise's .MGX brand has just opened its very own flagship store in Brussels, and it professes to be the first physical store solely dedicated to 3D printed wares. It's primarily high design baubles right now, but we're sure it won't be long before we're chucking our old and busted cutlery into the deke bin and churning out new sets with our at-home M.C. we bought at Target. Right, Neal?
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Manage Revit Shared Parameters with Ideate BIMLink


Did you miss today's Ideate BIMLink webinar?

No worries, we have a live overview of the application for Revit scheduled every Wednesday. Sign up for next week's conversation on January 5 with Glynnis Patterson, N.C.A.R.B., Director of Services.

Here's one of the questions from today's session...
Q: How can Ideate BIMLink be used to manage shared parameters?

A: Ideate BIMLink can help manage parameter values for both shared and non-shared parameters. While the application cannot create or merge parameters, you can use it to rename family or type names. This is particularly useful when maintaining firm-wide standards. A specific example can be seen on the Ideate YouTube channel where we are re-naming Detail Component type names.

Download your free trial at www.ideatebimlink.com.

Ideate Solutions: Manage Revit Shared Parameters with Ideate BIMLink


Ideate BIMLink - Things to Do Before You Start Using With Your Revit Model

Think about the ROI of using BIMLink. What if it gave you an extra 5 minutes per day? Do you know how much that works out to? Let's just use a sample billable rate of $75/hour.
Every 5 minutes extra of productivity you get in an entire day (just 5 extra minutes of 480/day) would give you $1625 extra a year. Every extra minute of productivity is worth $325 a year.

Now, think about all of the time you waste on creating schedules and all of the extra time you have to spend. Let's say you d0 5 projects a year and you spend 8 hours on each one for door schedules. That's 8 * $75 * 5 projects. That's $3000/year you're wasting. Stop thinking about how much the software costs and look at those few extra precious minutes a day you get.

Here's a little chart to see the math. On the left is how the calculations are made. On the right are the extra money you get per minute. Look at 2.23 minutes/day equalling $725. Anything you pay for annually that's worth $725. As for BIMLink, well, it would just take 2.614 extra productivity minutes/day to make it a value to you.

If after reading all this, contact me for how to buy a copy of BIMLink.

The Calculation Chart of 5 minutes/hour increases
$75 Billing rate/hour Extra Extra Percent
8 Hours/day Minutes Money/Yr Increase
480 Minutes/day 1 $325 0.21%
2.23 $725 0.46%
5 Increase in productivity minutes/day 2.614 $850 0.54%
1.04% % Increase in productivity 5 $1,625 1.04%
10 $3,250 2.08%
$1.25 Billig rate/minute (from Billing rate/hour/60) 15 $4,875 3.13%
$6.25 Extra billable time/day 20 $6,500 4.17%
25 $8,125 5.21%
$1,625 Extra billable time/year 30 $9,750 6.25%
$850 Cost of software 35 $11,375 7.29%
40 $13,000 8.33%
191% Return on Investment 45 $14,625 9.38%
50 $16,250 10.42%
55 $17,875 11.46%
60 $19,500 12.50%

- David Haynes, Ideate Director of AEC Services offers helpful insights on things to do before you start using Ideate BIMLink.

After the initial excitement of downloading the program and those wonderful thoughts of how much time Ideate BIMLink is going to save, most users rush to install and dig into the software.

Before doing that, there are several things to review/consider.

    1. Ideate BIMLink works on Revit Architecture 2011, Structure 2011, or MEP 2011; 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems.

    2. Ideate BIMLink requires that the Revit Extensions (REX) be installed on all computers using Ideate BIMLink. REX can be downloaded for free, when on Autodesk subscription. subscription.autodesk.com Install REX prior to installing Ideate BIMLink.

    3. You will know that Ideate BIMLink is installed correctly, when you see Ideate BIMLink in the following location – Add-Ins > Extension Manager > External Extensions > Ideate Software > Ideate BIMLink.

    1. Revit users, and Ideate BIMLink users, need to clearly understand the difference between Type Parameters and Instance Parameters. Instance Parameters and Type Parameters of an element combine to establish the element properties, or data.

      a.Type Parameters – Settings that control the appearance or behavior of all elements of a particular family type. Type parameters are also called type properties.
      b.Instance Parameters – Settings that control the appearance or behavior or an individual element in a project. Instance parameters are also called instance properties.

    2. Ideate BIMLink modifies data. In fact, some parameters have been excluded from modification, such as ID element, as this modification would cause model corruption. Careful consideration to whether you are modifying type or instance parameters needs to be understood to get the full benefit of Ideate BIMLink.

    3. Note that the Revit model is modified, not a schedule. Schedules are merely reports of the Revit model.

    4. Ideate BIMLink is phase specific. In the Link Properties > Phasing, the user can set what phase and phase filter they are interested in. If the user is in the incorrect phase, the data link will show undesired information or no information at all. A troubleshooting mechanism is to verify the phase and phase filter in both the Revit model and Ideate BIMLink.

Stay tuned for other helpful tip/tricks about Ideate BIMLink. Go to www.ideatebimlink.com for more information, videos, and use cases.

David Haynes is Director of AEC Services at Ideate. His experience as an Architect, Contractor and Owner provides a unique perspective to the use of technology in the AEC industry.

Ideate Solutions: Ideate BIMLink - Things to Do Before You Start Using With Your Revit Model


Top 10 Autodesk Labs Downloads of 2010 - It is Alive in the Lab

 by Scott Sheppard
'Tis the season to count things...
It's that time of the year when all of those lists of the year appear. In keeping with the phenomenon, here are are top ten most downloaded technology previews from the Autodesk Labs web site.
And the number one, most downloaded technology preview from Autodesk Labs for 2010 is:
Thanks to all of you who download our technology previews and put them through their paces. Your experience shapes the future of our technology.
Looking at the year in review is alive in the lab.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Autodesk - Recorded Webcast: Navisworks for Clash Detection and 4D Logistics

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  • Identify interferences before construction to prevent and reduce costly change orders;
  • Virtually simulate a project and link to your existing project software to accelerate your project schedule;
  • Keep files and models up to date across extended project teams.

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Smart Building Management Business Ballooning to $2.4 Billion by 2016 | Fast Company

This is one of my favorites. I love smart buildings and building automation. Clap on. Clap off. I've written about this before and I'm amused that the newest player into BIM is IBM. Coincidence? I don't think so. Now we get to retrofit 77 billion square feet of existing real estate. Considering that there's no new design and construction going on, one of my current initiatives has been in this area. Nothing's better than combining BIM, LEED, IPD, FM and GIS in one lovely big ass technologically driven database of information and efficiency.

Source: http://www.fastcompany.com/1711771/smart-building-management-business-ballooning-to-24-billion
BY Ariel SchwartzWed Dec 22, 2010

smart buildings illustration

Think all the talk about investing in so-called "smart buildings" is just greenwash? Think again. The smart building business is set to grow to $2.4 billion each year by 2016--compared to just $900 million in 2010. According to a recent report from Pike Research, the market will grow as new investors, including IT vendors, building management system vendors, and energy efficiency companies become involved.

Why is this happening now? One word: profits. It's all due to "the strong return on investment (ROI) that such deployments can bring to building owners and managers,” explained research analyst Jevan Fox in a statement. "Most of the industry focus is on larger buildings today, but over the next few years, vendors who can provide an attractive ROI to buildings smaller than 200,000 square feet will reap large benefits."

Smart buildings are a worthwhile investment for building owners because they will see returns much more quickly than a homeowner who installs, say, smart thermostats and lighting systems. Products that building managers might invest in include lighting optimization software, energy analytics systems (for smart meter-equipped buildings), and energy waste detection software.

The prototypical smart building project comes from IBM, which is turning its 280,000 square foot headquarters in Armonk, New York into a pilot for the company's Smart Building initiative. Features of the system include a building management system that keeps track of 7,600 points of data about system performance (i.e. hot water, HVAC, security), automatically generated energy and operational alerts, and security badge scans that keep track of how many people are in a building at any given time (to optimize lighting and heating).

Companies like IBM and Johnson Controls that focus on smart building projects can expect a windfall in the coming years as building managers realize that these high-tech, ultra-complex systems actually pay off.

Ariel Schwartz can be reached on Twitter or by email.

Smart Building Management Business Ballooning to $2.4 Billion by 2016 | Fast Company


US Army Adopts ASHRAE Standard 189.1 · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

This looks like a real pain in the ASHRAE. You know what this means don't you??? More BIM!!! Yeah.

Source: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/12/22/us-army-adopts-ashrae-standard-189-1/

U.S. Army officials issued their new sustainable design and development initiative that incorporates requirements of the green building Standard 189.1.

The policy applies to all construction and renovation of new buildings and structures in the U.S. territories, permanent overseas Active Army installations, Army Reserve Centers, Army National Guard facilities and Armed Forces Reserve Centers. The footprint of the existing Army buildings and structures worldwide covers more than 954 million square feet.

Standard 189.1, published early in 2010 by ASHRAE in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and USGBC, provides a green building plan for those who choose to design, build and operate green buildings. The policy addresses site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.

The Army’s policy sets a new approach to the design and construction of efficient military construction projects and major renovations by using Standard 189.1 as the baseline. The policy requires that facility construction projects follow specified requirements and guidance in the standard. ”After nearly four years of peer review and collaboration with various members of industry, we are extremely pleased that the Army has taken up the initiative to incorporate the standard into its day-to-day practices,” said Lynn G. Bellenger, ASHRAE president.

Original Link: US Army Adopts ASHRAE Standard 189.1 · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader


Collaborative Documents (300 Series) | ConsensusDOCS Construction Contracts

Here's the alternative to AIA's IPD documents. What do you think the contractors are recommending, the legal docs from the AIA or the AGC?

>Source: http://consensusdocs.org/catalog/300-series/

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ConsensusDOCS 300: Tri-Party Collaborative Agreement

This is the first standard IPD agreement published in the United States. The Owner, Designer and Constructor all sign the same agreement. This agreement incorporates Lean principles and is also known as a relational contract. A core team at both the project management and project development levels is created to make consensus-based project decisions to increase project efficiency and results. View 300 Guidebook Comments. | Read “IPD for Public and Private Owners.”

ConsensusDOCS 301: Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum

The first standard contract document that globally addresses legal issues and administration associated with utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM), it is intended to be used as an identical contract addendum for all project participants inputting information into a BIM Model. It also includes a BIM Execution Plan, which allows the parties to determine the level for which BIM model(s) may be relied upon legally. View 301 Guidebook Comments.

ConsensusDOCS 310: Green Building Addendum

Another industry first – appropriate for use on projects with green building elements, particularly those seeking a third-party green building rating certification such as LEED. It provides a contractual mechanism to identify clear objectives, and assign roles and responsibilities to achieve green goals. The parties designate a Green Building Facilitator (GBF) to coordinate or implement identified objectives, which can be a project participant or consultant. It contemplates that such services will be included in the underlying agreement with the project participant or in a separate agreement with a GBF. View 310 Guidebook Comments. | Read an article on ConsensusDOCS 310.

Original link: Collaborative Documents (300 Series) | ConsensusDOCS Construction Contracts


Constructech magazine | BIM in Specialty Markets

...and then there's this. All of the contractors and subs are getting into BIM. There's just no time left to train the 2D year olds when they finally realize they've missed the boat. Well, they are on a boat, it's just that it's called the Titanic and it's sinking fast. Welcome to a world where no one cares about line weights, hatch patterns or what font you used. Quite frankly, I've never met a contractor who's paid any attention to line weights. When exactly did that become so important.

I love AutoCAD. The more the architects and engineers keep using it, the more business I get from GCs and subs wanting to learn the BIM process so they can get the job done. Ho Ho Ho, Merry BIMness and Happy New Layer.

Source: http://www.constructech.com/news/articles/article.aspx?article_id=8686&SECTION=1

These days, CAD (computer-aided design) software is being more widely used across the construction lifecycle as a tool to improve productivity. Taking it a step further, the BIM (building information modeling) process is also being used by all parts of the construction project team—including specialty constractors.

According to Matt Firestone, chief estimator, Commonwealth Electric Co., www.commonwealthelectric.com, Lincoln, Neb., the biggest challenge specialty contractors face with regards to using BIM is a lack familiarity with the technology—primarily the fact so many people are focused on BIM just being a 3D rendering of a project.

“We are using Revit and MEP to do our BIM design,” says Firestone. “We are also actively educating the industry on the benefits of using it.”

With the models, the company is able to dissect the project into smaller working parts and pieces. Whereas before multiple sets of drawings were required on the jobsite, now the company just has one set of working drawings in the trailer.

More so than that, Firestone sees a big opportunity for seamless integration between Revit and its estimating system from McCormick Systems, www.mccormicksys.com, Chandler, Ariz.

According to Firestone, more specialty contractors should look to tie the data from the working model to other programs for estimating and scheduling, among others. This will help connect the entire construction lifecycle.

One upgraded product on the market comes from DraftLogic, www.draftlogic.com, Edmonton, Alta. Built on top of AutoCAD from Autodesk, DraftLogic Electrical is designed for electrical-systems contractors and engineers.

The technology reduces the time it takes to do repetitive calculations, which will allow the company to have more time to communicate with clients. Contractors can also create schedules, plans, and a bill of materials with conduit, wire, devices, and switch gear quickly.

Recently, DraftLogic showcased integration between DraftLogic Electrical and ConEst, www.conest.com, Manchester, N.H., IntelliBid. This means estimators can import device counts from DraftLogic Electrical into ConEst’s IntelliBid.

This type of integration between CAD and estimating software will ultimately help the construction industry reduce the amount of rework that needs to be done on a construction process, allowing contractors to focus more on the customer’s needs.

Original: Constructech magazine | BIM in Specialty Markets


Building information modeling can lead to lifecycle cost savings – Daily Commercial News

So now the truth comes out. Any architect over the next few years who continues to use 2D CAD is basically telling his client that he doesn't care about the long term use of the client's building and money. I'm sure those using BIM will be educating their clients and prospects at every presentation. You basically have two choices. One is to be proactive and take advantage of this new technology. The other is to be reactive and keep telling yourself that you don't need to spend any money on technology, hardware, software, training, implementation or support. Firms like mine will be too busy helping your competitors anyway, so keep doing what you're doing.

Welcome to the world of BIM - "Brings In Money"!

Source: http://dcnonl.com/article/id42141

December 20, 2010

Building information modeling can lead to lifecycle cost savings

Given that more than 80 per cent of the total lifecycle costs associated with a facility occur post-construction, building owners and operators stand to reap benefits from adoption of building information modeling (BIM).

“The use of models in day-to-day practices, including good data management practices, will leave an owner-operator well informed about the actual current state of their facility assets,” says John Dickinson, a research officer at the Centre for Computer-assisted Construction Technologies in London, Ont.

“They will be far less likely to be blindsided by surprises, more capable of making better use of their existing facilities and have analytical backing of decisions.”

John Dickinson

Dickinson, whose centre is affiliated with the Institute for Research in Construction, told a session at Construct Canada that there is “pretty damning evidence” why building owners and operators should care about BIM.

“Facility information in BIM specifications empowers owners and operators to take advantage of a growing breadth of available software tools with application to everything from energy efficiency, asset location, security and health and safety to predictive HVAC response without re-entering data.”

Nevertheless, there are several “notable” hurdles that have to be overcome before the benefits of BIM can be fully realized, Dickinson said in an interview.

For starters, he said, BIM interoperability specifications are still not well supported by many existing facility management tools “though that is changing, especially as the COBie (construction operations building information exchange) specification is adopted.

“Most systems used for maintenance, operations, marketing...remain disparate and information is duplicated in each by hand entry.”

Dickinson, a professional engineer by training, said one approach that is being adopted is to gather and manage the data as much as possible in open standards “so that as BIM-capable tools and upgrades become available and are adopted over the lifecycle of the facility, the data is immediately available for use.

As well, Dickinson said, staff need to be given processes that include explicit steps for capturing and using the BIM data for a facility. They also need to be given training and tools to make those steps yield added value.

“These steps need to ensure the data is routinely captured and made available for gaining insight into a facility’s performance and foresight to improve future returns on their investment.”

Dickinson said data is not available on how many building owners and operators in Canada currently are making use of building information models. But he noted that a 2009 report carried out in the United States found that more than one-third of owners there currently are using BIM.

The mandate of the Centre for Computer-assisted Construction Technologies is to explore how best to apply information and communication technologies to address issues facing Canada’s construction industry. The Institute for Research in Construction is affiliated with the National Research Council Canada.

Original: Building information modeling can lead to lifecycle cost savings – Daily Commercial News


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