Wednesday 27 August 2014

Revit Course at O/C

I've been working closely with Okanagan College on developing a series of Revit courses ideal for industry professionals looking to enhance current skills or those looking to learn Revit for current and future job opportunities.

Learn the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and broaden your skills with the Revit Essentials Series. This four-part series, taught by industry professionals, provides hands-on project-based training using the latest version of Autodesk Revit Architecture Software.

The series is broken down into 4 separate sessions which you can either take individually or register for the full series.

The series includes an introduction to Revit and the fundamentals of the program, Site and Structural tools, using the Collaboration tools and finally Conceptual Design and Visualization.

Check out their web site for further information and details on how to register. 

Learn more about the O/C Revit Course at the: 
BIM Networking Event:
Innovation in Design & Construction
Thursday, September 18, 2014
7:00 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.
Horizon Room at the Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC
Register HERE


Monday 25 August 2014

Learn more about Autodesk's Cloud Rendering capabilities

Learn more about Autodesk's Cloud Rendering capabilities, its not just for renderings...

Some of the features available are:

Photorealistic rendering
Produce stunning, high-quality renderings from designs and models with cloud rendering in Autodesk 360.

Batch rendering management
Cloud rendering in Autodesk 360 manages large batches of rendering jobs in a fraction of the time required on your desktop.

Panoramas, solar studies, and illuminance

Perform solar study renderings and navigate through interactive panoramas. Create illuminance simulations. Apply environments to rendered scenes.

Check out the web site HERE 

Utilizing "Infinate" computing power instead of tieying up your desktop computer while rendering.

We've had some pretty good results ourselves... Check out this previous blog posting to see our results. HERE


Wednesday 20 August 2014

Teck Acute Care Centre Fly Over

We here at CEI Architecture are currently working on the  BC Children's and BC Women's Redevelopment Project in collaboration with ZGF Architecture 

"Watch this fly over video from Affinity Partnerships, the team chosen to design, build, finance and maintain the new Teck Acute"

Here is a very cool animation of the project showing the layout of each level, animated renderings and images and overview of the entire project. 
Pretty cool stuff, check it out.


For additional postings and BIM information check out the BIM User Group Facebook page:

Sunday 17 August 2014

BIM Networking Event: Innovation in Design & Construction Registration now open

The BIM User Group of Kelowna Presents:

BIM Networking Event:
Innovation in Design & Construction
Thursday, September 18, 2014
7:00 p.m. –  9:30 p.m.
Horizon Room at the Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC

Please join us for an informative and lively evening with presentations by distinguished industry speakers. This event is designed to keep you informed of the recent developments in innovation of the design and construction industry. This is also a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Who should attend? Engineers, Architects, Developers, Contractors, Consultants and Construction Industry Professionals

Seating is Limited. Please register early.

This free event is brought to you by:

Thursday 14 August 2014

Virtual Reality and the Construction Industry

We had a great presentation and demo on August 12th at my "Improving Project Delivery" session. 
Thanks to Laura at Kasian for hosting the event and to Chris at Underhill Geomatics for sponsoring the event's food.

One of the presenters was Shane Scranton, the co-founder and CEO of IrisVR came in to talk about Virtual Reality and the Construction Industry. He also brought along his equipment so people could try Virtual Reality out for themselves... it was a hit! I think everybody in the room tried it out at least once.

"At IrisVR, we are working on an immersive design and presentation tool that sends SketchUp and Revit files directly into a virtual reality environment. Easily view your 3D models in the Oculus Rift and experience your designs true to scale."

I believe this type of technology is going to have great impact on the design and construction industry. I can see great potential for this technology especially when it comes to having to build “mock-up’s” for user groups.

A mock-up is where we have to build an physical example of an area for “user groups” to try out the area, to “experience the space”. This is typically first done by simply printing out to full size scale the floor plan, then we do a cardboard mock-up and then the contractor finally builds a replica of the final design. For example we typically do this for medical treatment area’s in a hospital. These mock-up can be very costly and time consuming. VR is far more cost effective, as least for the initial mock-ups.

Imagine sitting your client down in your office, giving him a headset (or a pair of glasses) and letting them explore the space in Virtual Reality! This is happening now, and the technology is improving very fast.

Check out this video as an example:

Great presentation and Demo, thanks again for coming out to Vancouver Shane.


Thursday 7 August 2014

Improving the Process of Delivering Projects - Session 2

I will be running another Improving Project Delivery session next Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30pm in Kasian’s office located at 1500 West Georgia Street, Suite 1685. 

I have two great presentations for you for this session including a presentation by Michael Horta explaining the Integrated Project Delivery process and a second presentation by Shane Scranton from Burlington Vermont (USA) demonstrating how Virtual Reality is having an impact on the construction Industry.

BIM and IPD: What is Integrated Project Delivery
Michael Horta
Architectural BIM Consultants

Michael will be presenting on Integrated Project Delivery. What is it, why did it come about and how it  is changing how we do work.
He will cover different examples of IPD contracts, different cash incentives and multiple ways we can profit from it as well as preparing your firm for IPD, the steps you should follow to be able to produce work at an IPD level.

At Architectural BIM Consultants, Michael focuses on assisting AEC firms evaluate all aspects of their technology strategy, helping them in their conversion to new BIM technology and increasing the firm’s overall return on their technology investment.

Virtual Reality and the Construction Industry
Shane Scranton

IrisVR is creating software that sends SketchUp and Revit files directly into a virtual reality (VR) environment, such as the Oculus Rift. This tool will offer a “one click” interface - a feature that allows architects, designers, and students to quickly view their 3D models in VR and iterate through the design and review process with clients. The VR experience also gives viewers a true sense of scale, clarifying the design for clients and offering an accurate view of lighting and space. We are the first company in the AEC industry to offer these features. Our presentation will include a brief overview of IrisVR's growth as a startup, a discussion on the state of 3D visualization within the AEC industry, and conclude with access to some of our architectural walkthroughs in the Oculus Rift.

Shane is a designer and 3D generalist with a love for the built environment. While working with architects, engineers, builders, and artists, Shane has explored different mediums for representing clients’ ideas. His passion lies in design visualization, and he founded IrisVR to create an immersive 3D platform for architecture & design.

The “Improving the Process of Delivering Projects” series is designed to stimulate discussion on improving the project delivery process. Sessions are designed for members of the AEC industry who would like to see a more integrated approach to project delivery. These sessions will provide you with tools and skills to enhance your project delivery and collaborate with consultants, your client and the contractor.

The goals of these sessions are to educate, communicate and cooperate.
These sessions are not:
…Another user group. These are a limited series of presentations directed towards improving how we deliver projects in the design and construction industry.
…Focussed on Revit. They are high level overviews of the processes for delivering projects.
…A sales pitch. We’re not selling anything, promoting any products or any specific company. We’re discussing how to improve project delivery.

These sessions are:
·         Designed for Decision Makers. They’re for project managers, partners, associates, architects, engineers and contractors. Decision makers who need information to be able to make educated decisions and keep up with industry trends.
·         Free… What more can I say?

Please send me a message via comments to confirm your seat.