Thursday, May 31, 2012

Practical BIM 2012: Practically Here!!!

USC School of Architecture is at it again with it's 6th Annual BIM Symposium, July 13th, 2012 in LA and the #BIMmodelingFluffyKittenKillas_LA & the @LARUG Leadership Consortium are excited to be part of & opening the festivities!!! Well, if the current draft schedule holds at least :-)

As always, all the links and images are...well...links!!!

Marcello Sgambelluri (@leftyinvalid):  
CRITICAL ISSUES AND BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES: In order to have a successful BIM Project 

Jay B Zallan (@JayZallan):  

Troy R Gates (@TroyGates):
PRACTICAL BIM EXECUTION PLANS: A Guide to Building a Practical Plan for Your Projects

For more information use the links and images herein and also see LARUG's Blog for some other USC BIMposiums for 2012!!!

Huge amounts of gratitude goes out to Professors Douglas Noble & Karen Kensek from USC School of Architecture who are the folks responsible for putting These and other BIMposiums on!!! Los Angeles, AEC & the World is truly better for all that you do!!!

Many of our friends and colleagues are also speaking and we think they are all great & hope to see you there!!!  Other #BIMmodelingFluffyKittenKillas:
Brian Skripac: @BrianSkripac
Brian Andresen: @CADBIMManager
David Graue: @dgraue
Mario Guttman: @MarioGuttman
So many more, so little twitter... apologies if I didn't include you in the above twitter list... I just couldn't find you there...Let me know your twitter name & I will surely add you herein!!!

PRACTICAL BIM 2012 SPEAKER LIST (in no particular order that I can find :-)

BIM FORWARD: From Push to Pull – Best Practices for Implementing BIM
Michael LeFevre, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C; Vice President, Planning & Design Support | Building Information Modeling, Holder Construction Company

PRACTICAL BIM EXECUTION PLANS: A Guide to Building a Practical Plan for Your Projects
Troy R. Gates; Design Technologies Manager, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch

NEED TO KNOW BASIS: Managing Varying Levels of BIM Proficiency on a Project Team
Kirstyn Bonneau, LEED AP; BIM Manager, PBWS Architects

CRITICAL ISSUES AND BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES: In order to have a successful BIM Project
Marcello Sgambelluri, SE; BIM Director
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.

Nelly P. Garcia-Lopez; PhD Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Martin Fischer, Ph.D.; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University
Raymond E. Levitt, Ph.D.; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects, Stanford University

PRACTICAL BIM SUPPORT: Creative Training Solutions for CAD/BIM Managers
Brian D Andresen; Director, CAD/BIM Systems, WLC Architects Inc.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Introducing Construction And Structural Logic Through Detailed Modeling
Anton Harfmann; Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati
Troy Newell; Second year M.Arch 1 student, University of Cincinnati

BIM+THE DESIGN PROCESS: Adventures Incorporating BIM in the Design Studio
Daniel Janotta AIA; Principal, Johnson Fain
Jed Donaldson AIA, LEEDAP; Senior Associate, Johnson Fain
Mark Owen; Director of Technology, Johnson Fain

CUSTOMIZING BIM: Enhancing Efficiency and Capability with Application Programming
Mario Guttman, AIA, LEED AP; Design Applications Research Leader, Perkins+Will

Jay B Zallan, I.C.E.; VDC, BIM Director, Perkowitz+Ruth Architects

5D BIM CONSTRUCTION WORKLOW: Implementing BIM in Cost Estimating, Scheduling and Construction Management
Stan Zhao, LEED AP; BIM Specialist, Balfour Beatty Construction

THE EVOLUTION OF LEARNING: How Technology can Advance Corporate BIM Training Initiatives
Troy Barbu, Associate; BIM Innovation Manager, Davis Langdon, An AECOM Company

CONNECTED BIM: Cloud Computing and Large Scale Project Collaboration
Dennis R Shelden, AIA PhD; CTO Gehry Technologies / Associate Professor of Practice, MIT

SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB: Practical BIM on an Impractical Project
Phil Lazarus, Architect, MBA; BIMTroublemaker

THE BIM BANDWAGON: The Time to Jump Is Now
Heather Trezise, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C; HDR, Inc

OPEN BIM: Real Interoperability, Practical Collaboration
Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA; Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.
Jeffrey Server, Assoc. AIA, ASLA, LEED AP; Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

A MORE PRACTICAL BIM: Geospatially Re-structuring BIM to Sustain the Built Environment
Patrick Wallis, AICP, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, GISP; Consultant/Project Manager, Esri

COMMON SENSE BIM: The Non-Technology Side of BIM
Greg Smith, VDC; Director, Skanska USA Building

BIM STANDARD INDEXING: Stakeholder Provisioned Internet Accessible Information

bimSCORE—GPS FOR BIM NAVIGATION: From Aspirations to Quantitative Measures of Success
Calvin Kam, PhD, AIA, PE, LEED AP; Founder,

(UN)REAL BIM: Providing a Unique BIM Experience in Virtual Reality
Vaughn T. Horn, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP; Assistant Professor, Tuskegee University

SMALL GREEN BIM: Using Climate to Compute Form
François Lévy, AIA, AIAA; Principal, François Lévy, Architect and Partner, synthesis-intl.

BIM LEADERSHIP: Getting Beyond the Technology
Brian P. Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Director of BIM at DesignGroup

BUILDING CENSUS: Immediate BIM benefits for large portfolio owners
Ryan Ghere, President, MABEC Group

David J. Graue, AIA, Leed AP; Design Build Manager, HNTB
Gautam R Shenoy; PA, HNTB

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION BIM: Shop drawings & Logistics
Reginald Jackson, AIA; Vice President, Morley Builders
Edward So, LEED AP; Manager of Virtual Construction Manager, Morley Builders

SNOWFLAKE THEORY: Project Based Approach to BIM Management and Level of Development
Daniel Shirkey, EIT, LEED® AP BD+C; BIM Specialist, Balfour Beatty Construction
Monica Lubag; BIM Specialist, Balfour Beatty Construction

IMPLEMENTING BIM: A Consultative Approach
Leo Salcé, Intl Assoc AIA, LEED AP; Senior Consultant, Microdesk

OWNER TAKES THE LEAD: Re-purposing Data and Technology for Lifecycle BIM
Michael Cervantes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; BIM Manager Los Angeles Community College District

THE VIRTUAL BIG ROOM; Be Here Now with Immersive Reality
Cliff S. Moser, MSQA, AIA; Executive Vice President, Architecture AECCatalyst, LCC.

PRACTICAL BIM: The new operating system of the AEC industry
Viktor Bullain; TCCO

NORTH CAMPUS BRIDGE: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Fabian Kremkus, AIA, BDA; Associate Principal, CO Architects

Darren Roos, LEED AP, and Anamika Sharma; Suffolk Construction

PRACTICAL USE OF B.I.M. In Design and Construction For An Integrated Design / Build Approach:
Marc Howell; McCarthy Building Companies

AECOsim BUILDING DESIGNER: New BIM Software Integrates All Disciplines
Tom Lazear; Archway Systems, Inc.

A DECISION SUPPORT METHOD for Reducing Embodied Environmental Impacts During Early Stage Building Design
John Basbagill and Mike Lepech; Stanford University

BIM CONCEPTUAL PLANNING With An Integrated Design-Build Team
Elton Murakami, DBIA, LEED AP; Sr. Preconstruction Manager, PANKOW

Jonatan Schumacher; 
Director of Advanced Computational Modeling, 
Thornton Tomasetti

ALGORITHMS ARE THOUGHTS: Performance-Driven BIM through Computational Ideation
Nathan Miller; Associate,

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

AU2012 Autodesk University Call for Submissions Ends Today: Got Mine, You Yours?

Here's to all of the thousands of people who submitted for AU Classes...Cheers!!!

From the looks of it AU2012 will again be an amazing amalgam of creativity, productivity, learning and strippers...uhhh...ummm...woops... I mean professional networking!!!

If you want to potentially present there, you had better get on it; you have through today, April 22nd to submit...

I hope they at least choose my 'Adaptive Rigs & Breakthroughs' class & my Favorite: 'Coordinate & Dominate BIM Success'... though the other two would not be shabby either!!!

Submit Without Giving In :-)

See you at #AU2012!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

A Work at Home on 'Some' Work-Sharing Files Posting

In a reply to a RFO question I added the following that I think can be helpful to many folks...Until Revit Server & other remote solutions are "Lights-On" bullet-proof at least :-) (Yes the image above IS a link as always ;-)

(Paraphrased) Q: I want to work at home with a Work-sharing file.

The first reply was by Aaron Maller

Not practically.

You can each check out work-sets "at risk," and then edit them as local files while separated, but it has a high volatility and a low success rate amongst anything but the best users: And even then, it fails often.

Then came my reply...

What you may be able to try is this, if the office model is set enough and the work needed is more internal or completely new portions of the model are needed, or for interior component work, etc.

This doesn't work for all situations but it will for some...consider your options carefully :-)


1) Detach the Central Model

1a) Save to media or location such as Drop-Box, etc.
1b) Purge Unused (keeps the file as small as possible) *Unless you will need objects from this model that are yet unused*

2) Save that copy AS A NEW CENTRAL Model on the remote (home, etc.) computer

2a) Be sure to Synchronize To Central after Save
2b) Relinquish everything
2c) Compact the file
2d) Close it

3) Start a New Project

3a) Save this as a Central Model
3b) Create a Workset using your name (for example)
2b) Do all of your work in that Workset *Annotations and some objects won't respect that Workset, so be sure to catalog all of the work you do that falls outside of pure modeling, so those things can be copied in when this goes back to the office*

4) Link (Origin to Origin) the Central Model from steps 1 & 2

5) Recreate any Levels in this new project in the same places as the "office" model

5a) Change the Level Names in the new project (perhaps adding your initials as a prefix) *this will keep issues away later*

6) Work in the new model, placing objects as needed

6a) Synchronize To Central
6b) Relinquish everything
6c) Compact the file
6d) Close it
6e) Get this file back to the 'office'


7) Link (Origin to Origin) the Remote Model from steps 3 to 6

8) Bind the link (Bringing in Levels 'should' not be necessary, unless you made new ones, in that case let them come in and delete the unused ones) *This is why using different Level Names was important in the Remote file*

9) Ungroup the bound file *Binding creates a group

Every model object should be in the proper spot, a little clean up may be in order and any anno, sheets, etc. may need to be copy/pasted in too... I think that covers the process enough to get going, if this seems a valid workflow for your specific needs.