Monday 26 January 2015

Cool Revit App.

Cruising through the Autodesk App store for Revit and I came across this:

Topo from Lines
From Boost your BIM
Create lines at various heights in the Revit model
Run the command
Select lines
A toposurface is created from points automatically computed on the selected lines

And best of all... it's free....

Check it out, its got a 4 star review!


Thursday 22 January 2015

Okanagan BIM User Group - Save the Date

I have organised another Okanagan BIM User Group meeting to specifically go over then new Autodesk Collaboration tools including Revit for Collaboration (formally Project Skyscraper) and A360.

Should be a very informative session on the new collaboration tools by Ceasar Ruest, Autodesk’s Construction Solutions Executives.

Social Project Delivery
Caesar Ruest is the Autodesk Construction Solutions Executive based in Toronto, Canada

The ability to create, post, and access information anytime and anywhere is expected within a public environment through social media applications delivered through web. 

The successful adoption of social media exists due to a low cost of entry like a cell phone, ease of use, and the ability to share information. Globally, social media has been proven to create change at astonishing rates. Considering the world of capital projects, can we leverage a similar prescription with positive results? Social project delivery could be the future where project teams socialize their updated project status through a personalized web page, and share or access critical project files through the Cloud. 

The Cloud offers a low cost entry point for data storage and software services compared to the investment in servers and high performance workstations. The real potential of the social project environment involves the external project members who need to view and comment on the project information by using their web browsers. This session will describe the innovation within Cloud collaboration throughout the project lifecycle, and highlight upcoming advancements in Revit centralized cloud models.

Please save the date: February 25th from 6pm to 9pm at the Okanagan College KLO Road Kelowna BC.

Seating will be limited so please contact me to confirm your seat.

Further information about the evening will be released closer to the date.


Tuesday 20 January 2015

Evolution of the Revit Jedi

When I first started this Blog on the 1st of June 2011 came up with the name "Revit Jedi", at the time I was an Authorised Autodesk Instructor and really enjoyed teaching the AEC product line, especially Revit and AutoCAD. I use my blog as part of my tool kit to share information and knowledge to my past and present student and use it as a depository for technical sheets I had written up (aver 100 at the time).

Since that time I have become the BIM/QC Manager for CEI Architecture, a firm located in Vancouver BC as well a a member of the board of Directors for CanBIM
I am involved in a number of interesting projects of all scale, and I continue speaking at numerous events such as RTC, AU, BuildEx etc.

My role of instructor has evolved to one of "subject matter expert" in BIM, all aspects of BIM, not just Revit. I believe Revit  is an awesome tool, just like I believe ADT was way back in the late 90's. 
Software comes and goes as technology evolves, you have to be adaptable and willing to put aside your knowledge of one particular software to learn another (remember its not your knowledge of the software that makes you a valuable employee, its your knowledge and under standing of building science).

My role as CEI as BIM Manager has also evolved as I have outlined in a previous blog posting.
Hence the reason for this blog posting!

Late last year I came to the realisation that there are a lot of people out there who know Revit much better than I do, people like Marcello Sgambelluri blow me away with what they can do with Revit!
I can no longer justify the title "Revit Jedi".

My focus is now BIM... all encompassing BIM. did I mention I have BIM fatigue?
BIM is soooo much more than Revit, it not only involves software (continually evolving software) but also the mindset of those involved for the benifit of the project and each of the participants.

So I'm changing the title of this Blog to the "BIM Jedi"... and will continue to post my thoughts on BIM and share information on BIM software, process and protocols.

I hope you enjoy the blog and continue to enjoy my postings.

Sc, the BIM Jedi.

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Worksets for the start of a project

Here are some basic Worksets to include at the start of any project.

Create the following Worksets .
  • Shared Grids and Levels
  • Project tracker
  • Exterior Shell
  • Interior
  • Central Core
  • Roof
  • Parkade
  • Structure (if applicable)
  • Stairs
These are a good starting point and more can be added as the project and project team develops.
Send detached Central file to consultants along with these recommended Worksets.
Consultants can then open detached and “Save As” to create their own Central File.
All Consultants
All consultants should include the following Worksets, this way all parties involved can control the linked files consistently.
  • Shared Levels and Grids

Each BIM link should have its own Workset, ie:
  • BIM – Architectural
  • BIM – Structural
  • BIM – Electrical
  • BIM – HVAC
  • BIM - Plumbing

  • Ductwork (Supply and Return)
  • Equipment
  • Piping
  • CAD Lines (If applicable)
  • Fire Protection

  • Power
  • Lighting
  • Cable Trays
  • Data
  • CAD Files (If applicable)
  • Equipment

  • Fixtures
  • Piping
  • Drainage
  • CAD Files (If applicable)
  • Equipment
Sc ;-)

Friday 9 January 2015

Being a BIM Manager

I read Luke Johnson's blog "What Revit Wants" this morning. His posting was in response to a linked in article titled "Yes Your Firm Needs a BIM Manager". I agree to the article (why your firm needs a BIM Manager) and also with Luke's comment, "BIM Managers being a Jack of all Trades".

However I feel that both only are speaking about certain aspects of being a BIM Manager. 

In my opinion the role is an evolving one as your firm develops their BIM content, processes and protocols.

Personally, what I have found is that when I joined my current firm a number of years ago as their first BIM Manager, my role was to develop standards and templates etc and to maintain those standards, similar to the traditional role of a CAD Manager. 

I have found that as these standards, protocols and processes are being developed my role has naturally transitioned to tasks beyond basic standards maintenance including the involvement of the initial project start-up and the implementation of the BIMx plan.

I now have in place processes and BIM strategies for each project and have in place people in various “BIM” positions in the project team to facilitate the BIM process throughout all stages of the project. My role now as BIM Manager has involved to include all aspects of BIM throughout the firm. 

This evolution never occurred as a CAD Manager, I believe that the "BIM Manager" role is evolving still and will be a staple component to all projects.