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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is blurring the lines between digital processing and physical systems, causing the design and build phases of projects to move closer together. Seamless integration of these processes saves time and money. Tools used to connect design and construction include streamlined fabrication technology, prefabrication of materials offsite, modular construction, and 3D printing.
As modeling has matured, an increasing number of contractors and fabricators have embraced BIM for its exceptional value in downstream activities, such as detailing, fabrication, installation, and handover; integrating the complete design and construction workflow as an efficient, collaborative digital effort. The integrated workflow is transforming the design and construction process.
We hosted a five-part webinar series on Connecting Design and Construction as we explore how designers and builders stay connected and working from the same project data for better collaboration.
Missed it? You can still watch the video recordings of these webinars:
You will hear from industry analyst, Steve Jones of Dodge Data & Analytics as he presents their report called, Using BIM to Connect Design and Construction which focuses on the architectural, structural, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) aspects of the integrated workflow for building projects.
If you are interested in the Dodge Data SmartMarket brief, click here to download.
Nick Marchek of Microsol Resources discussed how BIM 360 connects data and processes from design through construction and operations. It empowers field staff to anticipate and act, and back-office staff to manage all aspects of construction performance.
Tailored for the needs of the AEC industry, BIM 360 Docs delivers tools for publishing, managing, reviewing, and approving all project plans, models and documents from the earliest phase of a project through owner occupancy. A cloud-based service, accessible at the desktop or mobile devices, BIM 360 Docs delivers anywhere, anytime collaborative access to the entire project team.
In this webcast, we will see how BIM 360 Docs:
This allows teams to reduce risk and eliminate errors in projects that occur from missing or inaccurate information and provides an ability to increase collaboration with the entire project team via a single source of truth for all project information.
John Semel of Microsol Resources discusses why a successful project outcome depends on consistent communication with the team throughout every project phase. Connect teams and information in a central project location in the cloud to improve productivity, reduce rework, and accelerate project delivery.
BIM 360 Design connects design teams to improve project outcomes. Integrated access to Revit, Civil 3D, and AutoCAD Plant 3D files, and design collaboration on a single cloud-based platform will help teams boost productivity, improve efficiency, and accelerate project delivery.
In this webcast, we will see how BIM 360 Design:
Joseph Freund of Microsol Resources discussed how BIM 360 connects data and processes from design through construction and operations. It empowers field staff to anticipate and act, and back-office staff to manage all aspects of construction performance.
BIM 360 Coordinate gives users access to a connected cloud platform that improves VDC & BIM collaboration throughout preconstruction. It offers the ability for preconstruction teams a collaborate across a single platform on all constructability reviews and simplify trade coordination.
In this webcast, we will see how BIM 360 Coordinate:
How do you extract BIM data, add intelligence, and collaborate in real-time? Nathaniel Coombs of Autodesk shares how the integration between Assemble Systems and Autodesk BIM 360 is enabling more communication and collaboration between project teams. He will walk through the latest issue tracking workflow that helps our clients identify and resolve issues in a faster, more traceable way.
With this integration, project teams can make more informed decisions with access to specifications and documents from BIM 360 directly in the Assemble model. The integration provides a holistic view of the project to increase collaboration, transparency, and accountability at every step of the project from design to construction.
Assemble is the web-based 3D solution that lets you extract metadata, add coding, collaborate, and connect. This allows project personnel to make better decisions and deliver projects on time and in the budget.
Learn how to unlock the power of BIM to create intelligent building information for use across the entire project lifecycle. You will also learn how to:
Revit users out there have likely been exposed to Dynamo from blog posts, webinars, colleagues, or within Revit itself. As more designers have adopted Dynamo into their workflow to accomplish tasks that would otherwise be impossible or very difficult, the possibilities expanded. With some of the new features available in Revit 2021, such as Generative Design, there has never been a better time to learn how it works!
Dynamo is a Visual Programming Interface that comes packaged within recent versions of Revit (2020, 2021), but versions of Dynamo are also available for Civil 3D, FormIt, Advance Steel, and Alias Design.
With Dynamo, designers can build algorithms in a more intuitive way. Algorithms may seem like the tool of computer scientists and coders, but anyone familiar with Macros, Actions, or even the assembly instructions for a piece of IKEA furniture, will have a general understanding of what an algorithm is.
The interface for Dynamo is easy to navigate once its core components are understood:
NODES – process to perform a specific task to a set of define elements
WIRES – Connect nodes
Nodes have some number of INPUTS and OUTPUTS. The WIRES connect from one Node’s OUTPUT, to another node’s INPUT, allowing for data or elements to flow across the canvas, to ultimately produce a design.
There are a variety of analogies that can help to explain how this works in the design context – consider a manufacturing plant that produces nuts and bolts. The manufacturing plant has different facilities that play roles in producing the final products:
At a macro level, the manufacturing plant brings in a set of INPUTS = [raw material (metal)] and ultimately produces a set of OUTPUTS = [nuts, bolts]. At each facility, there are a series of processes that manipulate the INPUT and prepare them for OUTPUT and transfer to the subsequent facility.
Above is an aggregated representation of this concept, using Dynamo nodes, in a simplified form. Over time, the design engineers may find ways to refine the process so that the final manufactured product is cheaper to produce, or more effective.
Within Revit 2020/2021, you can open Dynamo by going to the Manage Tab and looking all the way to the right under Visual Programming.
When using Dynamo for Revit, the interface is fairly straightforward.
-The canvas looks like a familiar ‘model space’, where the Dynamo script will built.
-Pre-loaded nodes can be added from browsing on the left-hand pane, or right-clicking and searching directly from the canvas.
-Wires can be drawn by by selecting an OUTPUT from one node and the INPUT of another (or vice versa).
From here, the sky is the limit! DynamoBIM.org is the best One-Stop-Shop for learning Dynamo, and along the way it can be very helpful to learn about the nuts and bolts of Revit from the Revit API Docs. As with all other software tools, there is a fantastic community of designers and developers at the Dynamo Forums which can be invaluable when trying to overcome specific issues in a Dynamo Script.
With the new Generative Design features that are available in Revit 2021 when subscribed to the AEC Collection, designers can explore a variety of solutions that satisfy design criteria. This provides greater value to the designer and client by eliminating much of the back-and-forth that could previously become cost-prohibitive and time-consuming. Now, designers can utilize the power of computation to quickly produce some of the best possible configurations up-front. The pairing of this technology, with designers behind the wheel (or mouse and keyboard), we are all excited to see how Architects and Engineers push the limits and take design to the next level!
If you have any questions about Dynamo, contact our Technical Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-768-7568.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that relies on intelligent models to create and manage
building and infrastructure projects. Accurate, accessible, and actionable information in those models empowers project stakeholders to make better-informed decisions and respond quickly to project needs.
To help you validate the Revit data and resolve individual model issues, and proactively support all projects by incorporating the applications into model management processes, you need tools.
Ideate Software is all about helping you manage your BIM data, whether you’re a power Revit user or BIM Manager. It helps the project team audit, edit, manage, and connect your BIM and Revit model data with precision, for an enhanced workflow.
Here is a list and description of the full Ideate Software portfolio that you can use on its own or together to help you, your model, and your project team be more efficient across your project workflow:
Ideate StyleManager addresses the challenges that arise when Revit users load or import content into the model because the corresponding styles automatically come with the content. Proper management of these styles reduces publishing errors and end-user confusion, but the management process in Revit can be time-consuming and risky, and errors can dramatically impact the models and production documents.
Ideate BIMLink allows Autodesk Revit users to pull information from a file into Microsoft Excel and push volumes of precise, consequential BIM data back into their Revit model with speed, ease, and accuracy. Data management tasks and workflow take a small fraction of the time they once took. The cumulative advantage means more than hours freed. You gain unprecedented access to the Revit modeling data you need for an enhanced workflow.
Ideate Explorer allows Revit professionals to keep their models clean and accurate. When using this model browser, as opposed to a project browser, users decrease the time they spend on model management and increase the accuracy of their models. They reduce file space by finding and deleting incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items, including DWGs. They can easily comply with office standards, they can Audit the Revit model and even review and fix Revit warnings.
Ideate Sticky for Revit combines the ease and flexibility of Excel spreadsheet editing with the convenience of a sticky note. Use Ideate Sticky to elegantly connect non-BIM data from an Excel file into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows.
IdeateApps is a set of Revit applications designed to increase the productivity of the entire project team. Developed with specific tasks in mind, these tools address the challenges identified by people who use Revit software every day. IdeateApps will decrease the time spent on common tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model, helping to keep projects of all sizes and complexities on time and on budget.
It depends on your Revit goals whether you want to:
We can help you determine the right solution for your Revit goals. Let us know and email email@example.com and we’d be happy to assist you.
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