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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.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Upcoming webinars - Extracting the value of BIM

Keeping your product skills sharp is key to maintaining your competitive advantage. That is why we’re offering insights from our experts in a series of webinars that highlight how you could do your work stronger, better, faster.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Summit BIM working with Lark Group on the Aldergrove Canada Border crossing

Summit BIM is facilitating the extraction of data from the information-rich Revit models to enable the digital transfer of data for Facilities Maintenance and Operations. In addition, Summit is working with the Lark Group and sub-trades to collect and collate all the additional documentation and data, typically assembled as paper in binders, in a digital format associated with the objects to which it relates. This approach enables the handover of a complete building data set accessed via our FMi® interactive interface.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Top 3 Trends for BIM in 2015

As 2015 starts, people like to pull out and dust their crystal balls to identify what will be the biggest trends for BIM. On our end, we see the convergence of many exciting technologies. We can expect that many of these will improve productivity. The following are my best guesses (Edwin's) for the coming year (not necessarily shared by our entire office):

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beware upgrading to Revit 2015 R2...

Upgrading to a new release is not something to take lightly. It is always best practice to take a non-production copy of the project and test to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises.

There is a very serious and inconvenient issue occurring increasingly often among our clients after upgrading to Revit 2015 R2. They begin seeing an error with certain families along the lines of:
"Family X is corrupt and cannot be edited. Please reload the family to repair the project" At times we have seen this problem spread throughout the project to other families causing a major headache for all involved.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

C4R - Collaborate for Revit and the BIM collaboration landscape

On Dec 7 Autodesk is releasing a cloud based Revit collaboration solution called 'Collaborate for Revit' or C4R. This solution enables firms to collaborate across WAN without complex IT setup, but with the caveat that your project data will reside in the A360 cloud.

In addition to easy global collaboration you also get a tightly integrated instant messenger called "Communicator" that feeds all the communication, files and activity stream into the A360 project dashboard. A360 Team brings the all too familiar "Facebook Newsfeed" like social aspect to team communications.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BIM is a team sport

During a recent webinar I suggested that delivering a building project using a true BIM process could be likened to participating in a team sporting event.
If we look at any specific project as the game to be played certain things should be in place before you begin to play.

You need to know the objective of the game, the rules and where the goal lines are.

The objectives for your game are akin to goals and end uses for the BIM. It is only logical that you need to know what you are trying to accomplish before you can go about getting it done. By extension, well defined BIM goals, clearly communicated to the team, are critical to the success of any project. They can range from the ‘low hanging fruit’ (traditional 2D deliverables provided more quickly and with better coordination), to reliable quantities and construction sequencing all the way to full on post construction operations and maintenance functionality for the model.