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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Geraldine Rayner to present at the Construction Leadership Forum

Geraldine Rayner, Summit BIM Director will share her thoughts on how the BIM process impacts deliverables from design to build and from build to operate.

With over 30 years of experience in the AECO industry, Geraldine is committed to demonstrating the huge benefits that working in a BIM environment offers designers, contractors, developers and owner-operators. This session will explore new BIM-based processes of doing work, alternative electronic means of communications, and the benefits of being able to read the data – not simply the paper.

The session titled “Powered by Data – Breaking the Paper Barrier” will take place on Friday, May 8 at 1:00 pm at the Construction Leadership Conference in Whistler, BC. To learn more about the event, or register for sessions, please visit the Construction Leadership Forum website here.

Revit schedules... the value more than adds up

Traditionally, scheduling has been used in the design and documentation process as a way to convey project information in an organized table that various stakeholders can review and use. Whether it’s a door schedule, equipment schedule or means of showing room finish information for estimators, schedules were created by manually entering values into columns and rows, either directly in drawings or in spreadsheet form to be added or included in drawing sets.

A model based delivery process, and more specifically Autodesk Revit, provides scheduling tools that automatically extract data contained in objects present in the model. The biggest advantage over traditional schedules is that data need only be entered once, it is kept up to date as model changes occur and it is coordinated across multiple schedules automatically.

In my latest webcast I took a look at Revit’s scheduling tools and explored how we can speed up data entry, ensure that it’s consistent and, once in the model, how we can use it to investigate and validate your model. When you have the time be sure to take a look on our You Tube channel. In the meantime I’ll use the example of a room finish schedule to highlight some of the tips I offered up.

Speeding up data entry
Just as I do when working in plan views I always recommend creating a working schedule where I do most of my data entry and manipulation without the worry of affecting my final plotted output. A room finish schedule will, at a minimum, typically contain LEVEL, ROOM NUMBER, ROOM NAME, and various fields for floor, wall and ceiling finishes.

The Sorting and Grouping tab provides options
to speed up data input and 'roll up' schedules
for summaries and increased efficiency
We can manually enter information for each room but that can be tedious, time consuming and prone to errors. If we have similar rooms that share common finishes (e.g. Classrooms, Corridors or Washrooms will each have the same floor, wall and base finishes) we can use tools on the Sorting and Grouping tab of the schedule properties in Revit to contract the schedule so that we only need to enter data once and it will be applied to every room sharing similar properties. (Refer to the image)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Michelle Ovelson to speak at RTC North America

Congratulations to Michelle Ovelson, Technical Specialist at Summit AEC who will share her thoughts on how to complete a clear and comprehensive model review at the upcoming RTC North America Conference in Washington, DC.

With a background in architectural design and construction, Michelle has a broad range of experience in providing the vision and support for BIM projects. Her presentation will explore how to use the model to narrow down training needs for project team members and how to compare real project workflows against office modeling standards.

Her presentation, titled “How to get the most out of a model review” will take place on Saturday, July 25. To learn more about RTC, or to register for sessions, please visit the RTC North America website.

If you are at RTC, please stop by and say hi!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vasari, You Left Us Too Early...

Solar radiation tool in Vasari
It was with some sadness that we learned this week that Autodesk Vasari Beta 3 will permanently expire by May 31st 2015. That being said, it comes as no surprise considering that over the past year it was never upgraded to be compatible with Revit 2015.

I personally still have mixed emotions, particularly because Vasari in its earliest version was great, but later in its life as its development was halted its wings were cut off more than once.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Getting Your Feet Wet

3 things a Spec Writer can do, at no cost, to prepare to dive into BIM 

1. Download and install two free viewers
Both of these software solutions allow you to dig into the inherent data generated by the design side when utilizing BIM enabled software solutions.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Revit families - Thinking outside the parametric box

Most of us can create a simple box that we can flex with dimensional parameters to control size. In my latest webinar - Revit Families - Thinking outside the parametric box - I looked at three aspects of family functionality that go beyond the basics covered by most introductory Revit training.

Nested families, the Family Type parameter and Line Based families. The session wasn't intended to be a comprehensive tutorial but more of an introduction to the potential benefits these easy to understand tools could have on your efficiency when creating families, productivity when documenting projects and consistency of models and documents alike.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Meet Lumion 3D - Architectural Visualization Software

Summit is excited to announce our partnership with Lumion - a real-time 3D visualization tool for designers.

There are many cool features we are looking forward to sharing with you but the most exciting one is that with Lumion visualizations are created by every user with very little training or setup and they are incredibly fast to create!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Creating a Structured Usable Model BIMPEP, Do's and Don'ts

During my past webinar, I covered some important points in the planning of workflows to secure downstream uses of BIM. I outlined in a graphic the concept that the value of information increases as the graphical representation decreases during the life-cycle of a project.

BIM Lifecycle
Shifting priorities through the building life cycle

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Geraldine Rayner to speak at CSC Lunch

Summit Consulting Director, Geraldine Rayner will be speaking at the Constructions Specifications Canada Luncheon on March 12, 2015 at 11:30 am.

Designed to be thought provoking, Geraldine will challenge currently accepted processes, encourage consideration of alternative electronic means of communication and ponder the benefit to be gained from being able to see through the paper to read the data.

To learn more about the luncheon and to register for Geraldine’s presentation “Looking Through Paper – Into a Digital Wonderland” please visit the Construction Specifications Canada – Vancouver chapter website.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Collaboration for Revit

Autodesk recently posted a few videos to get people started with Collaboration for Revit. They run through different steps, such as setting up your project and using the built in communication tools.