It is now the end of another year, with all the experiences of life that comes with that year. As such, we tend to evaluate the past year and look forward to the challenges and experiences of the new year. That includes all different aspects of our lives, including the personal and professional sides. However, in additional to individuals doing this, organizations need to do the same thing.
Since this is an building industry oriented blog, I am going to touch on what I believe to be an important component of AEC firms in the technological age in which we now live. That is the evaluation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) within your firm. While there are still many AEC firms that have not moved into the world of BIM, it is becoming more common and more important in the industry.
It is extremely important to evaluate BIM within a firm. There are costs associated with moving toward BIM integration and it is important to understand whether your firm is getting a return on that investment and how it can be improved.
As a company moves into using Autodesk Revit for the design of buildings, they quickly learn that families are an important part of the process. Families represent entities within a project, such as walls, doors, windows, furniture, water heaters, drains, sinks, condensers, air terminals, receptacles, electrical panels, light fixtures, etc. Revit provides many families with the software installation, but there are never enough or they never look or function the way that the Revit user’s organization desires. As a result, custom Revit families are created for use within their organization.
Unfortunately, many organizations utilize inappropriate people to create these custom families.
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.
Get the file format that you really want or need on a BIM project!
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!
Following is some interesting information from WordPress.com concerning 2010 stats for the “Applying Technology to Architecture” blog. I thought someone might find it interesting. 🙂
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.