My and my Favorite Daughter on the way to the beach

Heading to the beach with my favorite daughter

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Talk about a BIM blog with more style and less yawn

http://cad-vs-bim.blogspot.com/2012/02/dear-aec-get-bim-or-new-career.html

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What my typical BIM Design Review looks like at work

It looks very similar to this… only instead of all the drama… it’s resolving clashes and saving money.  Otherwise just like this.

Taken down.. Just like integrators.  :-)

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Not just about “whiz-bang” BIM software

The type of BIM integration that leads to value needs to extend beyond the software.  You don’t need to hear that from me as many have documented lessons learned the hard way.    Josh Oakley’s article for AecBytes.com last month touched on several examples of failed implementation at the corporate level have little to do with software or technology.  I could also relate many of his examples to attempts to integrate a project BIM team.

http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2012/issue_65.html

He also touches on the danger of a less than 100% commitment by that all important Architectural and Engineering component.  AE management needs to govern a culture that is different than traditional.  A culture that stresses the expectation of BIM implementation of every project is delivered with the maximum value.  Corporate structure has a significant value on business strategies that allow BIM to automate the right processes.

BIM is not risk unless it’s sold at value and delivered without.

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Press Release for Important services supporting BIM-to-Field workflows

I got a chance to work with a progressive set of field guys on a recent Ghafari project for Ford of Lima Ohio.  I gave these guys a positive quote because I believe in what they are doing and it’s importance in the next inevitable steps deploying 3D virtual projects for Smarter, Better, Cheaper, Faster construction.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/04/11/construction-points-plus-awarded-work-major-contractors-ford-lima-engine-plant-renovation

Some good work guys!  And I’m not talking about your snappy backgroud music in your youtube post.  :-)

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I will cut you ...r cheese if you want

The Drupal site is now history and I’m now running WordPress.  If that means nothing to you then you can still enjoy so much of what I like to call awesome.  Please use my contact menu if you need to reach me or just use the chat window to discuss all your hope, dreams and pie.

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so.. Laser scanning is just another CAD reference?? Your doing is right.

360 laser scanning is not new to the construction industry.  However, neither are the challenges it presents to traditional AE delivery systems.  A bunch of points in space don’t make for very good paper drawings.  The processes often put in place to fill that gap along the supply chain between the heavy scan data and paper delivery, adds hours, cost and suffers from misinterpretation errors.   So much for the accuracy of “sharks with frickin lasers on their heads” at that point.  :-)

There is a way to capitalize on this accuracy, if the AEC supply chains can commit to digital delivery systems that do not reinterpret, but rather use the accuracy directly.    Yes, you guested it!  It’s much different.  A few people might have to change the way they review things and accept information.  The contract language will need to adjust and even then some awarded will not realize what they signed up for.  The end goal however is savings.  And not just savings on this project, but 3D BIM is a life-cycle where each phase is dependant on the quality of the previous.  The sustainability of a buildings virtual model should move along with the real one in order to continue to serve it’s life-cycle needs.  Can you say “highly accurate record model?” using “frickin  lasers!”

Refer to “when” post

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smart buildings will need to keep up with smart …everything else

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ-VjUKAsao&feature=player_embedded I ran across this video in a news feed and it made me realize that there might be many next steps available to those industries who are taking the first today to invest in smart building technology and integration.  If a person can use a device to recognize it’s environment… surely a building will use the same technology to recognize it’s exact occupancy.  The possibilities will be endless.

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BIM Execution Plan post on Penn States site

BIM execution plans are becoming more visible online as more experience with collaborative BIM highlights the need for a plan.  Link to the Penn State siteJumping into BIM without a plan can be a costly mistake as there are several difference expectations to consider.  I found a good set of template documents on Penn States web site that is the result of funding by the BuildSmartAllience.  Although these documents are very general in nature they are absolutely on point the critical aspects to address before placing the first object: Defining a goal and usage, how will information be exchanged and by who, and most important mapping out the process.

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Integrated BIM Needs a Workplan to be Lean

BIM only takes more time if coordination is a new aspect to consider.  Once the expectation of a 3D BIM model becomes a first cost construction savings, the design process must consider integrated systems that are coordinated at a high level of detail.

This is not the normal “standard of care” for Architects and Engineers.  Owners are often sold on the idea that if everyone is doing BIM, the schedule will absolutely be accelerated and field orders reduced.   The truth is that BIM tools are as segmented by discipline today as any CAD was yesterday.  What I mean by that is design teams are not forced to cross-reference each other with the new tools.  In fact, when project mangers raise the expectation to do so, it is disruptive to processes that are moving in a traditional semi-silo-ed manor based on a few mid-design spot checks of overlaying schematic systems. Waste from post integrating BIM segments will come in the form of rework.  The rework will likely be a result of modeling progression that is out of sequence.  If design processes are to meet the expectation of trouble free installation the need a plan to progress through design is a logical sequence to avoid rework.

One of the reasons why design-build IPD contracts work so much better in getting to highly coordinated BIM models is that they lend themselves to planning that would involved AEC, GC, subs and owner at the same planning table.

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