Friday, August 27, 2010

Older Document but Timeless Information on BIM

Although now in it's second edition, the Original Contractor's Guide To BIM in it's first edition published in 2006, was an incredibly forward thinking document by the Associated General Contractors of America. Here is another definition of BIM from the text:

Building Information Modeling is the development and use of a computer software 
model to simulate the construction and operation of a facility. The resulting model, a 
Building Information Model, is a data rich, object-oriented, intelligent and parametric 
digital representation of the facility, from which views and data appropriate to various 
users’ needs can be extracted and analyzed to generate information that can be used to 
make decisions and improve the process of delivering the facility.

The article goes on to explain all the basic functions and advantages of BIM and misconceptions...

Setting aside a couple of myths already spreading…
Myth #1: BIM is only for large projects with complex geometries
Fact: The benefi ts of using BIM on all projects, regardless of size and
shape, are being proven by contractors using BIM today.
Myth #2: BIM is only for large contractors who can afford the investment.
Fact: The benefi ts of using BIM are being seen by contractor

Here is a comparative chart of Traditional CAD based drawing as opposed to BIM.

This Guide is actually a very quick read yet very informative and serves as a great introduction to the world of BIM for those unfamiliar. Among the topics are:

The Competitive Marketing Advantage of BIM
Partial BIM Uses such as Visualization
Different Methods of arriving at a BIM Model
Risk Management and Legal Implications
Clarification of Responsibilities
What is 3d, 4d, 5d?

Just don't venture into the Hardware/Software Section unless you want to have a giggle or too, remember how fast Computers have progressed even in the last 4 years.

Here is the complete 1st Edition available for free. If you would like the 2nd updated Edition, you could purchase it here for around $50 for AGC members.  This Guide goes into finer detail on points such as how to incorporate BIM into your company and joint stakeholder collaboration.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let's start Basic. Keystrokes!

Sometimes, if migrating from AutoCAD or any other CAD program for that matter you'll find yourself unknowingly typing a keystroke that just doesn't exist in Revit. Well thankfully, in Revit 2011, there is no need to open and edit a Text Document to edit keystrokes like previous Revit versions. May I present to you... the new Keyboard Shortcuts menu!

You can access this menu from the "View" tab:

Go to the "User Interface" dropdown > Keyboard Shortcuts or just type KS.

Some of the common ones from CAD can be found in the "Modify" Tab in the Filter Dropdown.

Offset (OF),  Copy within project (CO), Copy to Clipboard (CC),  Mirror (MM), Rotate (RO) are all very basic commands extensively used in CAD so familiarize yourself with the default keystrokes or create your own just select the command, then type the keystroke in "Press New Keys" then Assign and you're done.

For users of previous versions of Revit you can just import your XML file using the Import tab from within the Keyboard Shortcuts menu.

So give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Welcome to our new Blog!

Hi Everybody. My name is Armando and I have started a new company, Miami BIM. Our website is which we encourage you to visit. We have a team of very enthused professionals excited about the Building Information Modeling revolution. I have started this blog to publish news relating to BIM, Integrated Project Delivery or IPD and possibly our new projects.