The AEC industry is seeing more clients requiring Building Information Modeling (BIM) on projects. Some clients have very detailed standards and expectations for the BIM process, and some clients say that they want BIM but have not idea what they really desire or how to get BIM. And then, there are clients that fall somewhere between those two types. Many clients (especially in the private sector) that have BIM standards in place have not publicized their standards, but will provide it to the design/construction team for specific projects. However, there are public entitites that have established BIM standards and have posted those standards on the internet and are accessible to anyone with internet access. Since it is nice to reference those BIM standards, I thought that I would list various public entities which have BIM standards that you can reference.
It is becoming more common for the Level of Development (LOD) to be specified on projects that require Building Information Modeling (BIM). Many times, the “LOD” term is thrown around and utilized without the specifier being familiar with what the term really means. As a result, confusion abounds and clients may say they want “a LOD 500 project”, although it does not really exist.
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The AIA® Document E202™ is a contract document that dictates how the Building Information Model is developed for a project. The document itself is design software package neutral, but is typically developed around specific software packages desired by the document author. Document authors will sometimes complete the document thinking that they are specifying the desired software package, but in reality are providing “wiggle room” for other packages to also be provided.
Thank you to all of the people who visited my blog this past year! I write articles on this blog to help software users in the AEC industry and I hope that I have been successful in that regard. May everyone have a great 2011!
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I feel very honored to have been accepted as a speaker at Autodesk University again this year. While AU 2010 will be my 15th consecutive year to attend Autodesk University, this will be my 4th consecutive year to be a speaker. I am a very big advocate for Autodesk users attending Autodesk University and believe that it is an excellent value for the price. I encourage you to attend if at all possible.
I will be teaching 5 classes at AU 2010, in addition to one AU Virtual class. If you are planning on attending AU, I would love to have you attend one of my classes. If you are not attending, you can still check out the Virtual class and “attend” from your office desk.
When working with Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, contract documents concerning the development and usage of the actual model are extremely important. I have previously written articles on the “Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit Document E202″ by the American Institute of Architects. An alternative to this document is the “ConsensusDOCS 301 Building Information Modeling (BIM) Addendum” by ConsensusDOCS, LLC. Continue reading
As Autodesk releases its latest version of the various Revit packages, users get excited about the improvements and enhancements in the software. With each release, there are enhancements or new features that are nice to have, but there are times when a release is such an improvement that it is really hard to not utilize immediately. The Revit 2011 line of products falls into this category, especially with the Autodesk Revit MEP 2011 version. It has some excellent improvements that make this release a very significant release, and one that is very enticing to immediately implement. Continue reading
The Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit Document E202 was developed by the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and is an extremely important document when working with Building Information Model (BIM) technology. I have previously blogged about the Level of Development portion and its impact, but there is another aspect of the document which is also very important. A portion of the document addresses the BIM standards that are to be utilized when creating and sharing the model. This portion is very important as it creates continuity for the project and provides the owner with the format that they desire, if applicable. It can also have a big impact on productivity. Continue reading
Autodesk has released a utility that will benefit users that need to create a file to be used with the Autodesk’s Navisworks 2010 program. This is excellent news as users no longer must have a licensed copy of Navisworks Manage installed on their computer to create this file. This has real benefits to companies needing to create the exchange file.
The AIA E202 Document (by the American Institute of Architects) is the Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit and assigns the specific responsibility for the various project team members in developing model elements to specific levels of development for project phases. This is fast becoming an extremely important contract document for a building project and must be carefully considered before being implemented for a project. Many documents are re-used from project to project with little or no change, but the E202 should be modified per project.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is very powerful, but it does come with a price. Higher levels of model development mean more time involved in creating that detail, and someone has to pay for that time.
The AIA Document E202 (by the American Institute of Architects) is the Building Information Modeling Protocol Exhibit and assigns the specific responsibility for the various project team members in developing model elements to specific levels of development for project phases. This contract document is extremely important in legally determining how the model is developed and who is responsible for different parts of the BIM file. This document is not to be taken lightly and has dramatic impact on both the profitability of the project and liability of the project team members.