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STANDARDS & GUIDELINES / Re: Generic Object Libraries
« Last post by philipmreynolds on March 22, 2017, 03:04:42 pm »

As a government architect I believe this is a very important topic. Our requirement for fairness and the propensity of suppliers to complain to crown ministers, if they feel mistreated or left out,  has led to a variety of bidding requirements including restrictions on single/sole sourcing, generic specs and listing multiple "acceptable products". I have also worked with these requirements as a private practitioner going back almost 40 years, and I assure you this concern will not go away anytime soon. Over the years I have seen cycles of stringent standards and less stringent standards, and a variety of project delivery models that try to circumvent the need for open bidding. The various attempts to get it right have sometimes created headaches for owners, design professtionals and the construction industry alike. Getting the right balance to achieve the right quality product, in a fair procurement system, without placing an unreasonable burden on any of the participants can be quite a challenge. I am pretty certain that this will catch up to BIM, if it has not already, and objects with supplier data or other ties to a specific supplier will be challenged, whatever the delivery model.

So generic BIM objects will, I believe, be a necessity. As to whether the  generic object should be from a third party generic object library or a generic library from a BIM platform such as Revit is a valid, but different question. I suspect it will not matter too much, as long as it is truly generic. Other issues such as a need for models to be IFC, or a need to accommodate platforms other than Revit, will then enter into the discussion.

It would be interesting to know where this issue has gone in Europe or the US, where similar issues have likely come up. Good question though.
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY / Re: Augmented Reality
« Last post by kirk.stalkie on March 22, 2017, 11:17:03 am »
Thank you for introducing me to VTT, they have developed some pretty useful tools!
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY / Re: Augmented Reality
« Last post by bimfreak on March 22, 2017, 10:41:12 am »
I believe there is a huge opportunity in Health Care for AR. I am currently getting approval to be on a committee for the VRARA that looks at AR in Health Care. There are a lot of applications yet to be discovered, I would love to bring this into the world of Architecture.

Check them out
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY / Re: Augmented Reality
« Last post by JohnKDickinson on March 22, 2017, 10:01:57 am »
I haven't done it but one of the leaders in this area is in Northern Europe - Finland. The state research agency VTT has had a program on this stuff for well over a decade and they have done many different applications and demos and have some partnerships with industry there. Check out for more information.
« Last post by kirk.stalkie 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.
STANDARDS & GUIDELINES / What sections of the NBIMS-US v3 are you using?
« Last post by skeenliside on March 22, 2017, 09:17:01 am »
Version 3 of the United States National Building Information Modeling Standard was released by the buildingSMART Alliance on July 22, 2015:

Anyone using sections from this in their daily work or on a specific project?
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY / All Revit all the time?
« Last post by skeenliside on March 22, 2017, 09:09:33 am »
Who in Canada uses a BIM authoring tool other than Revit?
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY / Using IFC to move a model into an analysis tool
« Last post by skeenliside on March 22, 2017, 09:08:01 am »
Is anyone using IFC to move a model into an analysis tool?
« Last post by bimfreak on March 21, 2017, 07:27:02 pm »
we have a script that runs; In Revit 2017 they click on Collaborate and then select the Collaborate within your network in the background all the standard worksets are added. We have 13 standard worksets.
I never like a user to start a project with no worksets, way more work to move elements to the correct workset.

Make it simple and they will use it.
« Last post by kirk.stalkie 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.
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