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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.

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):