Monday, December 8, 2008

AIA Aims to Set Example with Headquarters Renovation

Looks like the AIA is going to practice what they preach! Below is a link to an article discussing the AIA headquarters project and their use of BIM and IPD to complete. Should be interesting to keep tabs on...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Intergrated Project Delivery (IPD) Overview

AIA California Council has put together a great site on Integrated Project Deliver. If you're looking to learn more about this emerging delivery method, check out this site!

They've even created a short 4 minute video to give you an overview of the delivery method.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


In case you don't subscribe to AEC Bytes, they recently published an article on HOK and their technology adoption. Check it out, it's an interesting read...

Click here to access the article.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Newforma and IPD

Newforma is offering a series of webcast on the topic of PIM in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). Refer the following link:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Google Sketchup & Sustainability

Google Sketchup is becoming more of a player in the game of Sustainability. Here is a link to (3) plug-ins that work with Sketchup.

I have mixed feelings about this. Do you...

1. Give the Sketchup user better tools to help them make better decisions?


2. Train them in Revit, so they can do ALL phases of the project in one app.

Sketchup is a very popular tool with our designers during the early phases of a project (and they're darn good at it), but the lines blur when to stop modeling in Sketchup and start designing in Revit. This results in re-work and a duplicated effort (the designer continues to model, but so does the Revit team). So he's my dilemma, do we enable the designers to work even more in Sketchup (one more reason they don't have to learn Revit)? Then the Revit team basically starts over in Revit when the design is refined (re-work). Yes, they would be able to make more informed decisions about their design now that these tools are integrated into Sketchup, but we're enabling them not to learn & use Revit earlier in the game.

Or, do we have them start using Revit earlier, leveraging the sustainability tools available (that have been available for a while now) and as a result, less duplicated efforts.

My vote is to leverage Revit earlier in the game for the design, but it's a change in thinking and the tool used - that can be a tough conversion! There's the mindset change, learning curve, etc. that you have to consider

We're evaluating all options right now, so I'll know more later, so stay tuned!

But for now - here are the plug-ins for Sketchup:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

AIA - 6 New BIM and IPD Contract Documents

The AIA announced that it plans to release 6 new contract documents related to BIM and IPD on October 17th. Collectively these documents are called the 3.5 Release.

  • A New Building Information Modeling (BIM) Exhibit
  • Two New Integrated Project Delivery Documents
  • Two New Design-Build Documents
  • A New On-Site Project Representation Document

A free sample of the E202-2008 BIM Exhibit will be available at after October 17, 2008.

Click here to access the full article.

Thanks to Scott Brisk for sharing!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

AIA PodNet - IPD and Professional Libality Concerns

The AIA has released a new Podcast on Integrated Project Deilvery and Professional Libility Concerns.

Check it out here!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Autodesk Green Building Studio

Autodesk has information on their newly acquired product "Green Building Studio" available on the web. You can access it by clicking here or follow the link below:

Looks like some of the account options have changed... see below

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


IES is offering a free software that is fully compatible with Autodesk Revit! The release date is June, but you can register here and be notified when it's ready.

VE-Ware provides instant feedback on a buildings’ energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions based on real geometry, and using international data on climatic conditions and the typical characteristics of different buildings, room and system types. It is ideal for use at early stages as it facilitates iterative design, allowing the comparison of different design, layout and system options.

It will also assess how the building is performing against the Architecture 2030 Challenge benchmark.

Autodesk and NavisWorks

New article discussing Autodesk and the aquisition of NavisWorks. Check it out here!

Monday, May 19, 2008

AIA - New Contract Documents encourage IPD

The AIA has released new documents to encourage Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

You can find more info by clicking here

Two types of documents are available:

  • The Transitional Agreements
  • The Single Purpose Entity Agreement:

AIA IPD agreements are available in paper form and electronically in AIA Contract Documents software. Contract Documents software can be purchased at For more info, visit the AIA site.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

CSI AudioCast

The CSI has started a new series of PodCasts called "BimWits". Here is a link to the first in the series...

BuildingSMART Alliance- Deke Smith:

Thursday, May 8, 2008

AIA Knowledgenet - Integrated Project Delivery

Here is a brief article on IPD...

Leveraging Collective Knowledge Through Integrated Practice. By Norman Strong, FAIA

Click here to access the entire article.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

AIA's: A Guide to Integrated Project Delivery

This is probably old news, but in case you haven't seen the AIA's guide to Integrated Project Delivery... Refer to the following link.

You can also get more via a podcast (also provided by the AIA). The podcast gives you a 1/2 hour overview of the guide.

If you're an iTunes fan, you can also find all the AIA podcast located there. Just search AIA under Podcasts, subscribe and you're on your way!

From this link, you can also find the AIA's contract documents with respect to IPD.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


BIMstorm just occured in LA in January. I won't go into much detail here but can tell you this, that the focus was open standards and collaboration using Building Information (BIM) tools...

Click here to go to ONUMA and read more on BIMstorm:

Clip & link from AIA:

On January 31, 133 design professionals from 11 countries participated in BIMStorm LAX, a 24-hour, online design charrette in which another 700 people participated as observers. Loosely organized into 25 teams, participants developed plans for large sections of the city, creating massing models and schematic designs for 420 buildings totaling over 55 million square feet. Buildings ranged in size from a 600-square-foot house to a proposed 2 million-square-foot bank tower.

Click here for AIA's article.

Upcoming BIMstorms:
New Orleans - April 1, 2008
Vancouver, BC, Canada - July 21, 2008
Rotterdam - Nov. 21, 2007
Boston - Nov. 15, 2007

Thursday, February 21, 2008

BIM and 2D 3D 4D 5D 6D

What's up with BIM and all the D's now-a-days???

With all the new technolgy today, many aspects of a project are brought to the forefront and considered earlier or maybe even how could the process be automated... So, there have been some additions to the 2D/3D concept.

2D - Something with 2 dimensions (flat)
3D - Something seen in 3 dimensions e.g. width, length and height.
4D - Adding the aspect of Time to a project (phasing/sequencing)
5D - Adding the aspect of Cost to a project (cost estimating)
6D - The aspect of Life Cycle Management (owner/FM)

Each of these "D's" if considered carefully can add value to a project. Software vendors have come up with creative applications to expoit these D's and as time goes on, they will become more efficient and more readily available.

Here are some examples of what's available today above and beyond Revit: (I'm not endorsing any of these, but mearly sharing a few...)

4D - Innovaya
5D - Excel, Innovaya, Timberline, US Cost, WinEst
6D - There are a few FM tools out there, but nothing with a good BIM workflow yet.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

BIM and State of Wisconsin

Here is a link to an article that hits close to home - Wisconsin and State projects.

The article discusses about how the State of Wisconsin is looking at requiring BIM for it's projects... In my opinion, the article could have been written well over a year ago because BIM is not new anymore. As far as the State of Wisconsin, it's great to hear that their getting educated and will start implementing BIM requirements.

As you know, we've been using Revit as our BIM authoring tool for a quite a few years now, so when I hear excuses on how firms can't move forward with technology, it boggles my mind... and expecting staff to be proficient and profitable with a software they've never used is ludicrous. Kudos to those that have embraced the technology and moved forward.