Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Another Successful RTCNA

Had a great time at RTCNA again this year.

This was the biggest so far with over 580 people in attendance and such a high level of presenters!

It was great, they had the original founders of Revit up on stage talking about the beginnings of the program, amazing to see how they had such an impact on the industry.

Just got back in the office after spending a couple extra days in DC.
Got to go and sort out all the info from the conference now and reply to dozens of emails!

Thanks to all who attended my session, I'll be updating my handout asap with the feedback from my round table session. 

Thanks to Steve Stafford for introducing me!

 Some souvenirs from RTCNA 2015.

IrisVR announced the release of their new APP...check it out!

I asked people who attended my session to sign my cup.

Great to hang out with old friends (too many to mention), great speakers (again too many to mention here) and meeting new people. Thank you for introducing yourself, I such wonderful comments back from my presentation :-) I hope people enjoyed it and got something out of it.

I also found a David R Chatterton on the Vietnam Wall Memorial, would like to find out more about him...

CEI joins HDR

Exciting stuff, CEI has joined with HDR, a global Architectural firm. This is going to be great for CEI, we'll have opportunity to top into resources we never thought possible.... Personally I cant wait to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience... as well as see what cool technology I can get my hands on ;-)
I've already had the opportunity to meet some of their top BIM people and I really believe our objectives to improve how projects are delivered are aligned. Exciting future ahead!

CEI Architecture, has joined HDR, a global firm with one of the world’s top ranked architecture practices. Leadership of the two firms cite growth opportunities, both geographically and within each firm’s respective market sectors, as the reasons for merging its shared commitment to design innovation in Canada and globally. The transaction was effective July 26, 2015. Going forward, the firm will go to market as HDR | CEI.
I am confident in the success of this alliance because both of our firms share a philosophy of balancing quality design, technical expertise, business orientation, and customer satisfaction—specifically focusing on being market leaders in clearly defined sectors,” commented Doug Wignall, AIA, president of HDR’s Architecture practice. “This common platform is essential to building a solid foundation for future growth. Additionally, both our firm’s experience with public-private partnerships (P3) for health is perhaps more than any other architecture firm in Canada. This merger of practices provides clients with a much greater depth of experienced resources focused on an incredibly deep portfolio of P3 projects.”
Together, we are poised to be a preeminent force in many sectors in Canada, particularly in healthcare, research and recreation,” explained Bill Locking, a founding partner of CEI and now Senior Vice President of HDR | CEI. “We will deepen our bench of local healthcare and research expertise with HDR’s global resources in consulting services, which will uniquely position us to deliver healthcare and research projects of all sizes, scopes and complexities. In turn, the expertise CEI brings to the table can help HDR expand into new sectors such as recreation, K-12 education and commercial development not only throughout all provinces of Canada, but beyond the Canadian border as well.
Locking added that over the past few weeks, CEI has shared news of the merger with key clients. “We have been overwhelmed by how positive the response had been,” Locking said. “Our clients understand that we will remain the same highly professional team, with the same dedication to client service and design excellence they’ve grown accustomed to. What will change, though, is an even greater capacity to bring clients the very best in global research, benchmarking and professional expertise.”
HDR has more than 1,450 architecture employees working in offices in six countries who provide complete design, engineering, planning and consulting services across the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, and the People’s Republic of China.

Check out the video HERE

Monday, 20 July 2015

Being a Leader

Being a leader means adapting to change, and change is inevitable.

I recently read Bob Murray's article on "how we can lead in harmony with all five generations of people in today's workforce".

As a BIM manager you will be working with with people spanning all generations, people who think and work on problems differently.  Bob explains how each generation is different and gives us five-steps to working in harmony with up to four different generations.

Bob graciously has allowed me to post his article below. 

Back in the day, Baby Boomer leaders (1946 to 1964) had a group of employees that were married to their jobs, had a predictable set of expectations, and only wanted to work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Then things started to change.

Generation X (1965 to 1980) entered the workplace, and they were driven, individualistic and not committed to any specific career. We can thank Gen X for the 12-hour workday!
Then, not too long after, enter the Millennials (1981 to 1995). This group grew up with omnipresent parents and don’t know a world without computers. They lack delineation between work and personal lives (they see working in the office and still being on social media just as normal as doing work related projects and email during their “own time”). 

And, they want flexibility in virtually everything.

Now, we add in Generation Z (1995 to 2010). They are savvy, know exactly what they want and are demanding it right from the start — yes, including your corner office.
So, as a leader, how do you maintain sanity in the workplace, build a high performance culture, satisfy customers and grow profitably?

The answer is simple. Here is my quick five-step approach to working in harmony with up to four different generations:

1.  Let go of any prejudice you may have about the behaviour of a certain generation. Embrace the difference. Learn the value each generation brings.

2.  Make it a daily habit to ensure that everyone understands your vision and strategies. Make them understand your why – it will help them understand their purpose.

3.  Ensure that everyone clearly understands their individual role and responsibility.

4.  Turn goals and objectives into a game, with a scoreboard and outcome if they win.

5.  Communicate often through multiple media, because all five generations all consume their information in different ways.

Thanks Bob! Great advise.

About Robert Murray:
Robert is based out of the Vancouver Lower Mainland, is a critically acclaimed Author, Global Speaker and Business Strategist.

Check out Bob's web site and I recommend you subscribe to his blog.
Also check out his books "It's Already Inside" and "Unlocked" on Amazon, he'll even sign them for you if you meet him in person ;-)


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Collaboration for Revit Crash

We recently experienced our first "glitch" with Collaboration for Revit

One of my users recently experienced C4R crashing when opening up the project.

We couldn't find any obvious triggers for the crash, other users on the project went having any issues and the project and linked files were all audited and working fine as were the families being used, there was no obvious reason for the crashing for this specific user.

So if your getting unexpected crashing on your C4R project try deleting the recently opened files/families directly from your Revit.ini file.

Seems to be working fine now for us...


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Becoming BIM Certified

Have you thought about becoming BIM Certified?

Currently there are few options for becoming BIM Certified including Autodesk Certification, Associated General Contractors of America  and the RCIS in the UK.

In Canada, the Canada BIM Council has developed a comprehensive multi-level BIM Certification based upon multiple aspects including knowledge, education and experience.

The CanBIM Certification Program for Individuals is a tiered certification based upon nationally standardized and recognized levels of BIM Competency and Process Management.

Why get Certified? 
Certification is a formal way to recognise your competency in BIM. Gaining certification from a nationally recognised organisation indicates attainment of specific BIM competencies which indicate to employers and clients an assurance that those with certified designation have undergone a formally assessment process based on rigorous peer review of knowledge, application and experience.

CanBIM Certification includes four levels, the final being CanBIM Certified Professional, attainable after providing documented proof of having completed 3 building projects utilizing integrated, multi-discipline BIM or the previous three level.

The three levels building up to Certified Professional are based upon any academic training that you may have as well as the number of hours working on relevant BIM projects in your discipline.

As a CanBIM-certified individual you will:

Receive a certificate that entitles you to use one of the following exclusive, designations:
  • CanBIM BP1 – CanBIM BIM Professional Level 1
  • CanBIM BP2 – CanBIM BIM Professional Level 2
  • CanBIM BP3 – CanBIM BIM Professional Level 3
  • CanBIM CP – CanBIM Certified Professional

Join a respected and developing group of BIM professionals.
Gain a competitive advantage by being listed on the CanBIM website as a CanBIM-certified individual.

Here is an opportunity to be recognized in your field as BIM certified giving credit for your experience and knowledge in BIM in the AEC industry.

I'm Certified... are you?

Click HERE to access the site.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Some fun Canadian facts:

  • There are over 3 million lakes in Canada
  • Canada has more than  54,716 km of coastline
  • Canada is the second largest country in the world
  • Canada's lowest recorded temperature was -63C (-81.4F) in 1947....brrrrrr
  • Residents of Churchill, Manitoba, leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bears...!