Quick Links - Also see the menu above and more choices on the right side of the blog (too much, but all good stuff)

\/ ...and now BIMbuilder.com Blog Posts... \/

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Autodesk Completes Acquisition of Allpoint Systems Technology

I heard a rumor that this technology will be rolled into Revit 2014. It's supposed to make better use of large point cloud data. We'll see if its true in abut 2 months.

 

http://news.autodesk.com/news/autodesk/20130131005330/en/Autodesk-Completes-Acquisition-Allpoint-Systems-Technology



Autodesk Completes Acquisition of Allpoint Systems Technology

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, has completed the acquisition of technology and a development team from Allpoint Systems LLC, a Pittsburgh, PA-based developer of software and solutions for collecting and processing LiDAR (laser) point cloud data. The Allpoint Systems team and technology will help Autodesk expand the development of cloud-based reality capture software and solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We welcome the Allpoint team's help accelerating the development of new reality capture solutions that make the most of the nearly infinite computational power of the cloud."

The acquisition of Allpoint Systems reflects Autodesk's continued investment in developing sophisticated, easy-to-use reality capture technologies. Reality capture is the practice of creating digital models of physical objects and spaces using photography, laser scanning and other technologies.

Allpoint Systems, LLC offers software and data processing solutions for collecting and processing LiDAR data to the roadway and building markets. The Allpoint Systems technology and team will bring to Autodesk significant data registration, automation and robotics technology and expertise that will expand Autodesk's portfolio of reality capture software. The Allpoint Systems technology complements existing Autodesk capabilities, including previously acquired technology from Alice Labs and RealViz.

"Autodesk has a long history of making design technology more accessible, and this acquisition is a critical part of our effort to make it easier for our customers to start their design processes with models based on reality, instead of a blank page," said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of Information Modeling and Platform Products. "We welcome the Allpoint team's help accelerating the development of new reality capture solutions that make the most of the nearly infinite computational power of the cloud."


 

Read more...

Another reseller channel death - AEC Systems, Karelcad, and ADA CADPartners merge business operations - A2K Technologies

Congratulations to Autodesk. You've successfully found a way to kill the reseller channel and force consolidation through lost profits and a struggle to survive. Between the "Suites", forced subscriptions, and online sales, it's lose/lose for everyone. All that's left is to make all of your products cloud based and at least that will lower billions in IT costs and millions of man hours in service pack and hotfix updates.

Oh yeah, when an Autodesk executive says "I think this merger can only mean good things for Autodesk and our customers.", it really means that customers can't shop for the lowest price, the reseller doesn't have to discount as much and Autodesk doesn't have to worry about another reseller going out of business. He really just means its good for Autodesk, not for "our" customers. Who's customers are they really, Autodesk or the reseller? That's been an ongoing fight for 31 years.

http://www.a2ktechnologies.com.au/news/news_more.php?newsid=31#.UQpzlCe9KSN


AEC Systems, KarelCAD, and ADA CADPartners today announced they have merged their individual business operations. The new company, A2K Technologies, will commence trading on the 1st February, 2013.

As a result of the merger, the new company will rank as one of the largest Autodesk Value Added Resellers globally with over 150 staff, unprecedented technical expertise, and best in class sales and service teams.

Sales and services for Autodesk and all other existing vendors will be combined under the new business. CSI Global Services and PhoenxPLM will remain separate entities from A2K Technologies.

The company will operate under the leadership of joint Chief Executive Officers Fari Fanaeyan and Paul Laycock, part of the former ownership of AEC Systems and KarelCAD respectively. The management team will comprise of key leaders from both businesses.

Following many years of committed service to the development, growth and innovation of the industry, both businesses have united with a common goal. "At the centre of this decision is our shared desire to deliver a new level of vision, service and innovation. We're driven by our clients success, and our overriding goal is to deliver best in class products and services to make this happen," Fari and Paul explained. "A2K Technologies is committed to leading industry, delivering solutions to reduce technology complexity and cost, whilst improving efficiency, time to market and sustainability."

With limited physical change to existing offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland and Beijing, the combined company is now in a position to further extend its service, support and consulting offerings with even greater reach and unparalleled expertise.

"Clients and staff from both businesses will experience positive change as a result of the merger. In addition to the far deeper level of technical service offerings, we will benefit from our combined operations, resources and infrastructure that has characterised the unique businesses until now," shared both Chief Executive Officers. "Expect our service offerings and deliverables to expand exponentially through this merge of excellence."

Bill Griffin, Vice President Worldwide Manufacturing and Channel Sales for Autodesk, responded to the news with the following comment, "Congratulations on the partnership of two of our best partners globally. I think this merger can only mean good things for Autodesk and our customers."
About A2K Technologies
Professional technology and solutions experts AEC Systems, KarelCAD and ADA CADPartners have merged to form A2K Technologies. The new entity will be the business partner of choice in delivering complete technology solutions to the global infrastructure, building, mining and manufacturing industries. As one of the largest Autodesk channel partners globally, we offer unparalleled technical expertise, service and infrastructure. With offices throughout Australia, New Zealand and China, A2K Technologies provides leadership and drives technology innovation, constantly challenging traditional processes to reduce risk and increase profitability for its customers.

 

Read more...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

REVIT Rocks !: CADclips offers $9.99 and $19.99 Subscriptions

Great deal if you want a flexible way to learn Revit.

 


http://revitrocks.blogspot.com/2013/01/cadclips-offers-999-and-1999.html?m=1

 

 

$19.99 REVIT Training Subscription

For university, college and high school students CADclips now offers a 6 month full download membership for only $19.99.

This provides direct access to all 1400+ REVIT Video Tutorials.

Contact Daryl Gregoire



$9.99 REVIT Training Subscription

CADclips also offers a $9.99 membership to anyone who wishes to purchase the series:

'REVIT Architecture 2012 - My First Project'

This series contains 104 videos for 15+ Hours of Awesome REVIT training.

Purchase Here or Contact Daryl Gregoire

Read more...

Awesome AutoCAD Tool

My son, JR, turned 5 on Monday. My birthday was on Sunday, so every year he's my birthday present and I try to make sure that my birthday is about his birthday. One of the toys I got us, yes us, not him, was the car shown below.

 

It's totally awesome. It comes with a marker and you draw a line on paper and the car will follow the line as its path. I'm going to try to put the car on a plan sheet and see if the car will follow the path or get confused with all of the lines, just like contractors do. This will be the true test of CAD vs BIM through the eyes of a 5 year old.

http://www.amazon.com/Daydream-Toy-256-Doodle-Track-Car/dp/B002X10B1C


Roll over image to zoom in

Doodle-Track Car Set

by Daydream Toy

(8)


Price: $16.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shippingon orders over $25. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Want it delivered Thursday, January 31?
Order it in the next 10 hours and 20 minutes, and choose One-Day Shipping at checkout.

Details



 

Read more...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Paramics & Autodesk Workflows - Combining Simulation, Analytics, Design and Visualisation

Now we're talking. Forget doors and dirt, the power of computing allows us to mow do what if scenarios. I've said for years that CAD stands for Coordination, Analysis and Design and it looks like its finally coming to reality. Call it BIM, VDC, Virtualization, Visualization or whatever the jp heck you want, but we can now start thinking about design and engineering options and use vast computing power to do what no polyline or line weight could ever do and that's what will separate the masses in the AEC industry.

 

 

Source/Link: http://fromthegroundup.typepad.com/from_the_ground_up/2013/01/paramics-autodesk-workflows-combining-simulation-analytics-design-and-visualisation.html

 

Join us on Wednesday 30 January 2013 for this one hour webinar to find out how Autodesk and Quadstone Paramics combine the power of simulation, analytics, design and visualisation to provide comprehensive end to end solutions for infrastructure designers and transport engineers.

During this webinar you will learn how we are empowering industry practitioners to take advantage of our unique integrated workflows to shorten the modelling and construction phases for projects, help organisations to determine the optimum layout for new developments and to conduct future year analysis to ensure that investments are maximised across the entire asset lifecycle; workflows connecting Autodesk Infrastructure Modeller, Civil 3D and Paramics Modeller, Converter and Analyser will be demonstrated.

The webinar will consist of a 45 minute presentation followed by a live discussion with our experts Lenny Winsel from Pitney Bowes Software and Peter Ingels from Autodesk.

Webinar Details

Date

Wed, Jan 30th

Time:

15:00 GMT

Register here


Read more...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Revit Services & Support - Hotfix - Autodesk Revit 2013 - Server and Part Family

Just think...in about 2 months from today, Revit 2014 will be released. I can't wait to get my hands on those future hot fixes.

 

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=21147820&linkID=9273944&CMP=OTC-RSSSUP01

 

Hotfix - Autodesk Revit 2013 - Server and Part Family

This hotfix addresses issues in two main areas:

Part Family:

  • Prevents data loss during upgrade of families containing specific material parameters.
  • Improves stability and memory usage within graphics display.
  • Improves vector print output of transparent elements and masking regions.
  • Prevents accidental data loss during cancellation of the in-place family editor.

Revit Server:

  • Revit would occasionally report that an operation could not be completed when attempting a worksharing operation after a period of inactivity, if Riverbed devices were used in conjunction with Revit Server. A subsequent retry of the operation would then succeed. When this hotfix is applied to Revit, this behavior is eliminated. No changes to Revit Server are required.

Make sure that Update Release 2 has been applied prior to adding the hotfix. Verify that the build number of Revit 2013 is20121003_2115.

The Readme contains the latest information regarding the installation and use of this update. It is strongly recommended that you read the entire document before you apply the update to your product. For your reference, you should save the Readme to your hard drive or print a copy.

Revit_2013_Server_PartFamily_Hotfix_x86.zip (zip - 9361Kb)
Revit_2013_Server_PartFamily_Hotfix_x64.zip (zip - 11871Kb)
Readme (html - 51Kb)

Read more...

3D Is Stupid

Do I have your attention?  Well, let me explain.  The more I know about BIM, the less I feel I know about BIM.  So, since I got involved with BIM in 2005, which is 8 years ago, what does that mean for people starting with it today?  It means they don't know anything about what lies ahead for them.

One of the things lately that annoys me is the whole 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D nomenclature.  On Tuesday, during my daily BIM debate with Alix and Dave, I told Alix that everyone is wrong.  OK, I get that 2D is 2 dimensions and 3D is 3 dimensions.  But after that, it's meaningless.  

We fought over 4D, the time dimension.  Architects don't do anything around their CAD or BIM work that remotely involves time.  I think it's the opposite.  Without planning, really planning out a building, like making sure that no ceiling tiles have to be cut to fit, that just the planning of sizes of rooms and materials is critical to making buildings get built faster.  I'm sure that the 30 story high-rise in China erected in 15 days made sure to factor that in to the equation. The contractors use 4D for sequencing, but is that really considered a dimension.  We can continue to fight about that at another time.

Let's move on to 5D, cost.  That has nothing to do with dimensions, so the term 5D is complete BS, BIM stupidity.  Then there's 6D, whether you consider that Facility Management or something else.  I think FM is a byproduct of 2D, 3D and maybe 5X.

So, what should they be called? 'I' of course.  It should be 4I, 5I and 6I.  Why?  Because you're adding information to the model.  Adding the schedule, prices, facility asset data are all bits of information.  Perhaps even the 3D model is a level of information more that 2D.  

You've all been calling it the wrong thing for years now.  Who started the whole 3-6 D nomenclature anyhow?  

Here's  a compromise.  If you're going to insist on calling it 4, 5 and 6D, then refer to it as "Data" not "Dimensions".  Information is data.  You're adding data a/k/a information to the owner's deliverable.  Oops.  Maybe "D" is for 'Deliverable'.  Crap, now I've got myself confused.  Maybe 'Deliverable' is better because we're providing more services, information, knowledge, problem solving and quality product to the owner with the more information and data we add to the BIM product.  

To D or not to D, that is the question.  Well, we definitely know 2D is for losers....

 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

• Join the buildingSMART alliance - National BIM Standards Provider
• Are you getting your CM-BIM credential? Click here for classes and information
• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Read more...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

An interesting thought about 3-D printing a house

I had a thought after comments that I got about 3-D printing a house. Since we have the accuracy of 3-D laser scanners that are 2 mm accurate, and we can record colors of materials of what we scan.

Wouldn't it then be cool if you can go to your favorite building in the world and scan the entire interior and exterior of the building. You would dad have created a complete replica of every architectural facet of the building.

The next logical step? Well is to get a 3-D printer that can then print out an exact copy of the building that you scanned. wouldn't that be awesome? After all it was your favorite building in the world so you don't care if it's a copy. You would actually bragged all of your friends about what you were able to do.

Thrill your children and make your own Cinderella's Castle in the back of your house are we create the garage in Ferris Bueller's Day off and you can even re-create the car in the movie.

Oh the fun you can have. Like I said it was just a thought after thinking more about that post.

I want to give a special shout out to Siri for helping me write this blog post while I am driving and actually looking in my rearview mirror and seeing a police officer behind me. Siri why didn't you let me know there was a cop behind me. No officer I had no idea how fast I was going I was in the middle of sending a tweet. Why do you ask?

 

Read more...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Architect to build home using 3-D printer

Yesterday we attended a seminar on point cloud 3-D scanners. I've been following the scanners and the technology for the last three years so I was very interested to see one live. The demonstration was really cool and it was amazing to see the accuracy of a room re-created in a point cloud. During the meeting I made a statement that wouldn't it be cool that you could scan a building and then someday be able to re-create it using a 3-D printer. Of course I got the that is crazy look from some people in the room but of course I ignored that.

 

As usual, being a BIM visionary, and intuitively knowing where the industry is going, I was really happy last night to see the following article Architect to build home with 3D printer. So, I can't wait until a certain someone reads this in the next few minutes and I get to see the look on their face when they see that this technology does actually exist and there are really incredible thing you can do with point cloud scanners.

 

Read more...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Is it the I or M in BIM that's important?

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted in a few days. I have any number of reasons for not posting in the past 9 days.

I could say I'm burnt out on blogging or maybe I could just say that there's nothing left to blog about. What else is there to say about BIM anyway? Today I found out that our firm is ranked as the 8th largest architecture firm in South Florida. We were at thirteen a year ago. Should I blog about anything that could give a competitive advantage to anyone lower on the list? Do I keep everything I've uncovered at the ACAI & BIM Builder Technology Labs a secret, give away those secrets or sell them to the highest bidder?

David and Alix were talking today about the "I" in BIM versus the "M" in BIM. Our firm has quadrupled billings over the last four years. Is it because of the "I" or the "M"? Well, we've definitely gotten more business because of the "M" in BIM. I think the "I" has cost us income. We keep having to add more and more information into our models.

Then there's the whole COBie thing. Talk about the "I" in BIM. The "I" in COBie is going to make or break a lot of firms and create a lot more visibility and accountability in the AEC industry. I will tell you that my BIM life peaked on January 10th, 2013 at 1:50 PM. That was the starting time of my presentation at the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSmart alliance conference. I was asked to speak about an alternative method of inputing COBie data for subcontractors. I created the ultimate in live, collaborative, information sharing using a free online database that you may know as Google Apps. That has created an entirely new branch of our company to offer an easy, instantly implementable (if that's a word) way to use COBie for so many things and entities without the usual high cost and learning curve of off the shelf software.

I must say that being asked by Bill East, who devised COBie and authored the pilot standard in 2007, to share my ideas on Cobie data was the peak of my BIM career. This is 1,000 times better than speaking at AU and between preparing for the presentation and the afterglow played a part in my blogging hiatus.

So, now what? I don't know. I'll try to get back to a normal BIM blogging schedule, but I'm going to need to find something to inspire me anew in my BIM journey. I'm sure I'll find something inspiring, but for the moment, I'm going to try to figure out who wins the I vs M battle royale in our office conversations and debates.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

• Join the buildingSMART alliance - National BIM Standards Provider
• Are you getting your CM-BIM credential? Click here for classes and information
• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Read more...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

SEPS BIM Tool Revit plug-in

Looks like I got caught with my plans down. Bryan found this little tidbit and I'm very intrigued as to how SEPS will affect our workflow and process. BIM can be used in hundreds of different ways and there will eventually be thousands of plugins t help you do your specific tasks more efficiently and effectively. Glad my team members are always looking for better ways for us to do BIM.

 

It's all interesting and amusing to me to note that while most have been busy shunning Revit and doing the same crappy low quality blueprint creation, Autodesk has their own sales teams and territory managers meeting with all of your clients and telling them abut all the great benefits of BIM.

 

At ACAI, we invite Autodesk to meet with our owners since we've been doing full BIM for a while now, it just helps us leave our competitors in the dark (as in dark screens of AutoCAD). Too bad my boss isn't reading this right now and that's only because he's on a plane coming back from the NIBS/bSA/CoBie conference. It's awesome that our principals are not only s in touch with modern technology, but that they also are engaged in the industries latest trends and are actually helping drive the industry forward. My only problem is that Cindy won't let me call her my hero in public anymore so you didn't read this here.

 

Anyway, take a look below at all of the stuff you're going to have to learn and say goodbye to your profits for a while since you didn't implement this years ago when you should and could have....and good luck finding staff that has any clue how to do this stuff. That's your biggest problem.

 

- - -

SEPS BIM Tool
This Revit plug-in facilitates the creation, placement, and validation of medical equipment within a BIM model from the DOD’s Space and Equipment Planning System (SEPS).

- - -

Source/Link:http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?id=16086900&siteID=123112


Autodesk Solutions for Building Owners

BIM Improves Efficiencies and Reduces Costs Throughout the Building Lifecycle


As buildings evolve, it’s crucial that building owners and their architects, engineers, contractors, and facility managers share information throughout the lifecycle – from initial design, through construction, to operations and maintenance. Building Information Modeling, or BIM, facilitates this information sharing. It is an integrated process that provides coordinated, reliable information about a project from design through operation.

Owners/operators and AEC service providers alike are discovering the values of utilizing BIM for both private and public sector buildings projects:

  • Significantly improve efficiencies in the design development and review process
  • Identify errors earlier, reducing costly reworks during construction
  • Dramatically reduce time, effort, and cost of facilities management

This webpage contains information, free trials, add-ins, and templates that relate to using Autodesk software for both private and public sector building projects.


Tools and Resources:

See How BIM Can Reduce Time, Effort and Costs of Facilities Management
In this screencast entitled “BIM for the Building Lifecycle” you’ll learn how BIM helps to reduce time, effort, and costs in facilities management. You’ll see how extending BIM into the operations and maintenance phase of the building life cycle can help drive greater efficiency and significant savings.
Watch Now

SEPS BIM Tool
This Revit plug-in facilitates the creation, placement, and validation of medical equipment within a BIM model from the DOD’s Space and Equipment Planning System (SEPS).
Download Now

COBie Toolkit
This Toolkit includes a Revit template that allows users to create COBie spreadsheets in conjunction with Revit model development.
Download Now

USAF S-File Template
This Revit template helps users meet the USAF Flight Plan requirements for exporting S-File data.
Download Now

GSA Spatial Template
This template assists Revit users in classifying rooms and areas in accordance with the GSA Space Assignment Guide specifications.
Download Now

Free Trials:

Try Autodesk Revit Now
Built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Autodesk® Revit® software helps capture and analyze concepts and maintain the project vision through design, documentation, and construction. Information-rich models support sustainable design, construction planning, and fabrication. And connecting BIM data from the design and construction phases to the facility management and operations phase allows owners/operators to better manage a building’s occupancy to help reduce real estate costs, and more productively track and maintain critical mechanical, engineering, and plumbing system assets.

Autodesk® Revit now includes Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit® MEP, and Autodesk® Revit® Structure software.
Try Autodesk Revit Now


Read more...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Membership Link: bSa Individual Members | The National Institute of Building Sciences

Here's a little more detail from my last post.  For $75 you get access to a huge resource of people, information, ideas and the upcoming standards for BIM.  I want to say that if you don't join you're an idiot and won't be in business in 5 years, but I'll instead just say that this is really important and if you're serious about BIM and want to create more services, a higher quality product, be more interactive, educated and professional this is the way to go.

So, I'm begging you.  Make a difference. Be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.  Help make BIM better.  This only makes you more credible and incredible in your work and conversations about BIM...and you'll probably end up making more money from the benefits of the bSa.  At the very least, you'll have access to some of the top minds in the field.  Click here to join the Alliance.

Source/Link:
bSa Individual Members | The National Institute of Building Sciences


Individual Members of the buildingSMART alliance

Participation in the Alliance identifies you as one of the people working towards solutions to significant problems in our industry and allows you to participate in the consensus process leading to national standards. Members take leadership or participate in various Alliance projects including standards development work. To join, members must accept the Alliance articles of agreement and fill out a membership application.
MembershipsAnnual Contribution

Industry Sector Membership

$150
This membership is open to any individual in the following categories:
  • Building Construction
  • Housing
  • Standards
  • Research, Testing & Other Services
  • Labor Organizations
  • Building Materials and Products
  • Real Estate, Finance or Insurance

Public Interest Sector Membership

$75
This membership is open to any individual in the following categories: Consumer and General Interest, Academia
  • Architects
  • Federal Government
  • Engineers
  • State and Local Government

Student Membership

$25
  • This membership is open to any individual attending an institution of higher learning.
All buildingSMART alliance members are eligible for:
  • Participation in bSa projects at various levels
  • Discounts on attendee registration fees at National Institute of Building Sciences events
  • Access to the electronic copy (PDF) of JBIM as soon as it is published—weeks in advance of the printed copy
  • Scholarships are available on a per case basis reviewed by the Board of Direction; please contact the Executive Director should you want to apply.
  • Your membership helps support dissemination of no cost products and information to the building industry including:
    • Journal of Building Information Modeling
    • National CAD Standard and National BIM Standard Management and Dissemination
    • buildingSMART alliance, NCS and NBIM-US web site maintenance
    • Annual conference preparation
    • Support to buildingSMART International for the development of international standards
    • Support for Alliance projects and project promotion
    • Coordination with all organizations involved in BIM
    • Presentations, workshops and seminars to nearly 100 organizations a year
Click here to join the Alliance.
To receive more information contact:
Deke Smith FAIA, Executive Director, buildingSMART™ alliance
By Email: dsmith@nibs.org
By Phone: (202) 289-7800 / (703) 909-9670
By Address: NIBS – 1090 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-4950




 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

• Join the buildingSMART alliance - National BIM Standards Provider
• Are you getting your CM-BIM credential? Click here for classes and information
• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Read more...

The IFC/COBie Report 2012 | Building Information Modelling (BIM) articles and information from NBS

OK, so we all know that the "I" in BIM is for information.  There's this thing called COBie.  It stands for Construction Owners Building information exchange.  If that doesn't make sense to you, you just use a little plugin for Revit, export a bunch of schedules and it goes into a standardized spreadsheet with a bunch of tabs for floors, rooms, types of components and one big list of every component in the building.

Think of it as Columns Organized Building Items and Equipment.  At it's most basic level, it's not a big deal.  But, you have to start organizing the names of things and be consistent with stuff.  That's is what creates a more interoperable exchange of information, models, ideas and helps the AECOFM industry work together more efficiently and effectively.

Owners, particularly, education, healthcare, government and other more sophisticated owners are starting to require this.  Actually, I'd much rather give a thumb drive of PDFs of manuals and plans than boxes and boxes of paper.  That's really what COBie is about in the big picture.  Reduce manual paperwork and replace it with easy to find electronic organized information.

First thing you should do is read the stuff below and join the buildingSmart alliance.  Its $75 and they are the ones creating the standards for these things.  If you join, you get to vote on the standards.  Otherwise it's 'do as your told' and you certainly don't want that.

Here's the link to join: http://www.buildingsmartalliance.org/index.php/join/individualmembers/

Source/Link:
The IFC/COBie Report 2012 | Building Information Modelling (BIM) articles and information from NBS {http://www.thenbs.com/topics/BIM/cobie/index.asp?utm_source=eNews-Weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2013-01-10}

Download the report: http://www.thenbs.com/pdfs/IFC_COBie-Report-2012.pdf

The IFC/COBie Report 2012

The Government is committed to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the use of open-standard data so that the construction industry can deliver greater value and be more efficient. The open-standard data format required for level-2 BIM is defined in the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) data schema. COBie allows information about buildings to be organised, documented and shared in a standardised way. It is particularly helpful to those who come to manage a building.
We wanted to test whether the buildingSMART IFC file format was capable of supporting the creation of COBie datasets and we did this by running a trial with a number of Tier 1 contractors.
The IFC/COBie Report 2012



 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

• Join the buildingSMART alliance - National BIM Standards Provider
• Are you getting your CM-BIM credential? Click here for classes and information
• Click here to Subscribe to the blog via daily email updates for the BIM news you don't want to miss.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Read more...

  © Blogger template ProBlogger Template by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP  

[Valid Atom 1.0]