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Collaboration / Re: Working with Consultants
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:49:20 pm »
Other than making it a contractual requirement, the best option may be education. You may need to show them the benefits that BIM has, not only for your sake, but also theirs. Show them that their workflow can be improved and provide support when they need it. It may be a little more work for you to help guide them, but should payoff when you can properly coordinate in 3D.

Laser Scanning & Point Cloud Data / Re: Leica + Autodesk, BLK360
« on: May 01, 2017, 04:32:10 pm »
Scanner looks amazing, I like your reference to Apple ;) It's even more fitting, as it seems to be geared towards designers for gathering quick as-built data at the beginning of a project instead of survey level accuracy. Price point is nice, might help sway some people into buying one of these instead of sending out a junior with a tape measure. Another thing I like is that you don't need to place targets, as it has motion sensors to locate itself for registration.

Collaboration / Re: Model Sharing
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:39:14 pm »
We are using Revit Server for a major project and are currently hosting 45 models in the environment. There are 3 different geographic locations and we are all using live-models linked together. It does work quite well, the speed is acceptable and it helps not having to constantly create a shared model. My only advice would be to work closely with your re-seller and your IT group to make sure that your servers are set up properly. I'm not an IT expert so i can't comment specifically, but some server's storage arrangements do not play nicely with Revit Server. This can lead to network timeout errors and failed synchronizations. Overall, I am happy using it.

Emerging Technology / Re: Augmented Reality
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:17:03 am »
Thank you for introducing me to VTT, they have developed some pretty useful tools!

Model Set-up / Re: Worksets
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:29:06 am »
Having a script is a great way to insure consistency! Do you use the exact same worksets on every project? Depending on the size of the building, the client and other factors, we have needed to add or remove worksets to both help with how the drawings look and for QA/QC.

Checking Tools / Re: Dynamo for QA/QC
« on: March 21, 2017, 02:35:18 pm »
I like the idea of using it as a monitoring tool. You can take the concept even further by creating weekly updates throughout the life of the project and at the end compile a report which can inform resource scheduling on future projects. The key would be, as with all big data tasks, determining which metrics you want to measure.

Checking Tools / Dynamo for QA/QC
« on: March 16, 2017, 07:13:12 pm »
Has anyone explored using Dynamo to help with QA/QC? For example, we have created a script to help assign elements to the proper workset before sending to a consultant. Does anyone have other examples?

Project Execution Planning / Re: Standard Template & General Use
« on: March 16, 2017, 03:42:22 pm »
You make an excellent point Meg. It's important to keep a focus on what you want to achieve using BIM and what you expect your end-state to be. If you know what you're tying to accomplish, you can map out the tools and workflows you need. If you find a new one, add it to your framework for future reference.

Model Set-up / Worksets
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:51:56 pm »
How many worksets do you have implemented at the beginning of a project? Do you consider it better to have just one and let the people work? Or, do you take a more rigid approach right from the beginning?

Emerging Technology / Augmented Reality
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:47:12 pm »
Has anyone successfully implemented augmented reality (AR) on a project? It seems virtual reality (VR) has been used quite a bit and integrated quite well into a BIM workflow. Personally I see AR having a larger impact due to its social nature (multiple people in the same room looking at the same thing) and the fact that it is more portable (can still see where you're going). I've seen plenty of testing, but has anyone used it on a project? What was the experience like?

Laser Scanning & Point Cloud Data / Re: Who's Scanning?
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:10:29 am »
We don't scan ourselves currently, but we have used it on a couple projects for different reasons. One was to coordinate a complex geometric entrance to a building. The steel was scanned and then modeled in its exact position. We then used that model to build up the architectural portion to help the fabricators. We have also had mechanical rooms scanned to inform us of the as-built condition. Scanning is much more accurate than measuring by hand, and you don't miss anything. You can always open the data and tour the site virtually, which is very beneficial.

Project Execution Planning / Re: Standard Template & General Use
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:58:17 am »
I agree with mariepl, it's not practical to enforce the same template on all projects. What is important is having a framework that incorporates everything you COULD need, and then edit it to suit your project. Having a robust framework improves consistency between projects, because specific items are taken out, instead of being added in as needed (from who knows where). It also helps educate those involved in the BEP process about what BIM can do and how your firm leverages BIM.

In regards to what we're basing ours off of, we referenced PENN State, and the CanBIM Protocol v2.

PAS1192 / Re: Are you finding the UK PAS documents useful?
« on: February 02, 2017, 03:42:48 pm »
At NORR, we reference them quite a bit and used them to help develop our own standards, but that is probably because we have offices in the UK.

BIM Manager / Re: Is BIM Manager a dirty word?
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:17:27 pm »
Interesting point about "VDC" Dave. It is starting to appear more and more here. It seems a little more appropriate for management levels and helps shed the connotations that exist with BIM. VDC implies more heavily on the fact that there is integration with the design instead of just another tool that you design in.

BIM Manager / Re: Is BIM Manager a dirty word?
« on: February 02, 2017, 10:13:52 am »
This is a great topic! I agree that there should be an industry guideline to provide more clarity. In my opinion, a BIM Manager is involved with aiding the transition between a CAD workflow to a BIM workflow. This does NOT necessarily mean that a CAD Manager is the right person to handle this. This means that someone who is fluent in BIM and forward thinking is working with the executives developing strategies to improve the efficiency of the business and motivating the company to adopt BIM. They also have a general responsibility of overseeing the office's BIM projects, but the day-to-day execution on the project is handled by a BIM Coordinator. 

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