YEARLY ARCHIVES: 2014 //

06
MAY

Design Optimization Flashblog: Reflections from BIMForum: The Unique Snowflake Conundrum

By Laura Handler of Tocci Building Companies | Posted in Articles

One of my favorite sources of inspiration is Actionable Books, which condenses business books into a “one key message and two ways you can easily integrate that message into your life in 5 minutes or less”. Since I find it incredibly valuable, I thought I’d use the concept to share my reflections from the recent BIMForum conference on “Optimizing Design with BIM”.

Are we using Building Information Modeling to get our processes and results better?

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06
MAY

Design Optimization Flashblog: Spring 2014 BIMForum – Whats Design Optimization?

By Peter Marchese of Microdesk | Posted in Articles

Recently the Spring 2014 BIMForum was held in Boston, with the main topic being, “focusing on design optimization”. While optimizing design can mean a lot of things to many people, several of the presenters focused on the abilities and methods that can be utilized to streamline processes. They also spoke about and showed actual examples where they utilized both technology that’s available, as well as some that was custom to do some of the time consuming or complex tasks for their project teams. [+]

06
MAY

Design Optimization Flashblog: READY…SET…BIMFORUM FLASHBLOG!!

By Tocci Building Companies | Posted in Articles

Last week, 18 Tocci team members descended on the BIMForum Optimizing Design with BIMconference. Our own Laura Handler co-chaired the conference with James Vandezande, AIA, from HOK. They opened the conference with this explanation of the theme:

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06
MAY

Design Optimization Flashblog: BIMForum 2014: Learn Visual Programming

By Matthew Naugle of Thornton Tomasetti | Posted in Articles

“Learn visual programming” was the hard-fought closing remark to the computational panel, which Ben Howes and I had the privilege to be a part of (video here). Hard-fought in the sense that Ben stole these words right out from under our new and good friend Frank Fralick (developing Dynamo for Autodesk’s Inventor), who appropriately had these words in his last set of slides—Ben and I of course did not. While Frank presented his work on turning digital designs into fabricated realities, Ben and I presented Remote Solving: a platform for allowing near instantaneous engineering feedback to our clients using the cloud. Also taking part in our panel was the team of Harry Mattison and Robert Manna from Boost Your BIM and Stantec, respectively, who shared their work on using a shortest walk algorithm to better design the walking distances between rooms in hospital planning. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate example of how to use this algorithm myself!

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06
MAY

Design Optimization Flashblog: Lean Design + Technology: Optimizing Decisions Through Rapid Trade-off Analysis

By Jason Reece of Balfour Beatty | Posted in Articles

If you work in the AEC industry, you do a lot of planning… and over 50% of that time is waste.

As a society, when we talk about reducing waste, we usually are thinking about sustainability and the environment. However, you are surrounded by many types of waste other than your trash (see: 8 types of waste from Six Sigma).

A 2004 study of a construction projects by Glen Ballard and Greg Howell revealed that on average, 54% of the plans we make during construction fail. In addition, we perceive this rate of failure as acceptable.

I have observed a similar rate of failure in design planning, built into the core of our traditional design processes. Other industries like aerospace, developed processes and technology 10 to 15 years ago to eliminate this waste, and the AEC industry can adapt their processes to building construction today… [+]

06
MAY

Design Optimization Flashblog: A Few Words about Process Analytics

By Tyler Goss of CASE | Posted in Articles

This post is part of the BIMForum Flash Blog!

I recently gave a talk at BIMForum’s spring event in Boston, and I figured that is as good a reason as any to restart my efforts over here at buildingdatum. If you’re into seeing what I look like as I meander through a presentation, you can watch it here. And if you want to see me kicking it onstage with BIM legend Patrick MacLeamy, that’s right here.

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APR

Boston BIMForum Presentations

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

The following presentations from the Spring 2014 Boston BIMForum are available here: [+]

21
APR

Spring BIMForum 2014 Flashblog

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles

Join the Conversation!

Do you have a BIM blog? Are you passionate about Optimizing Design with BIM? Are you attending the Spring BIMForum in Boston? Then you should take part in our “flashblog!”

We hope the Spring BIMForum will get you thinking about your own experience optimizing design with BIM and will prompt you to write (and tweet!) about it. We want to hear from you!

Be sure to publish your blog post at 12:00 PM EDT on May 6, 2014. When tweeting about the blog, use the hashtags #flashblog and #BIMForumED. Afterwards, we will feature your flashblog post on the website.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Marisa Gerdano.

14
MAR

CM-BIM Exam Now Available at BIMForum

By BIMForum | Posted in Articles, BIMForum News

Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling Exam Now Available at BIMForum

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

For AEC professionals, the AGC Certificate of Management—Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation.

Eligibility Requirements: CM-BIM candidates must successfully complete the four AGC BIM Education Program and have an approved application in advance of exam administration.

The CM-BIM application is available here ( http://www.agc.org/cs/education/bimep/exam-application ) and must be submitted two weeks in advance of the exam date.