Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BIM Integration Webcast


On Feb. 25, 2010, at 2p.m. (EST), Reed Construction Data will present “Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work”; a free webcast exploring the benefits and challenges of a collaborative approach to design and construction....


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Feb 3rd Meeting Notes

Thanks to the 73 people who attended and volunteered at our meeting on Feb.3rd. We had a sizable contingent from Barrie, some from Kitchener Waterloo and across the GTA.

With a splash of trademark surrealism, John Peterson walked us though the syllabus which will span all four seasons of 2010. Expect meaty subjects, celebrity speakers and a torrent of refreshing Revit knowledge...

Caesar Ruest gave us a cross country BIM checkup. Some highlights:

-Construction Associations across the country are getting trained on BIM.

-'the Alberta government has made it compulsory all government projects, $10 million or more, starting in 2011, will have to be done using BIM technology.”

Web Resources:

For more information on COBie and the associated Revit templates please contact Caesar at: caesar.ruest@autodesk.com

Domenic Serravite from IBI Group shared his vast experience on conceptual design using Revit. Here are some highlights:

-Don't sweat the small details early on. Like painting with watercolours, work from less detail to more and more as you add 'washes'.
-Make templates for the various design phases like: urban planning, conceptual massing and design development.
-Make project parameters for site stats, parking standards, standard unit sized etc.
-Make standard schedules which compare the Mass floor areas with the project parameters to give you instant design feedback.
-Start with a Mass Object.
-Use the Split Face and Paint tools for quick 'Sketchup like' designing.
-Make custom wall types which include: stacked walls of masonry, mullion, glass, mullion, and masonry. Glass walls.
-Use glass walls with hatches to create a basic curtain wall look without the mullion heft.
-Make custom curtain wall panels which include balconies, doors etc.

Andre Carvalho of BIM Solutions gave us a detailed lesson on the 2010 conceptual modeling tools.

- Pick reference planes, levels, reference points or faces of elements before creating a new one will make the selected plane to host the new element;
- Using reference lines instead of regular lines when creating forms will allow the user to go back and edit the sketch, since reference lines aren't deleted when the form is;
- When selecting a face, edge or reference point of an element, pay attention to the coordinates system: Red, Green and Blue, means these axes are aligned to the project X, Y and Z and if pulled or pushed, will follow project coordinates. Any orange colour means it will be extruded perpendicular to the face. Hovering the coordinates and using the space bar will switch between project and face coordinates;
- You can add dimensions between any reference plane or level to any edge, reference point or face and add parameters to control your mass by just using numbers or formulas;
- Any edge, reference line or reference point will host other reference points, which can be used to allow new lines to be snapped to them and will be driven by the new shape of the element as it flexes;
- Use the tool to divide your surface with a pattern. This will allow Revit to find the intersection of each grid which will control how a curtain panel pattern will flex when hosted to them.

Thanks to Pierre Hoppener of Autodesk for supporting our meeting.
Thanks to Alice Fazooli's for great service and venue.