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.
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.
A very important aspect of the productive utilization of design software is quality and consistent content; both from manufacturers and individual users. I wrote an article for my blog in 2009 discussing whether manufacturers’ content is usable, but I believe that manufacturers are now making great strides in providing very usable content. A great source for that improved content and consistent standards is through Autodesk Seek at http://seek.autodesk.com, which is directed toward the AEC industry.
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
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.