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« 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.
« Last post by BIMJedi on March 21, 2017, 01:39:20 pm »
So Dynamo can be use to quantify and sort Data, through managing data and information you can monitor the project. For example, comparison of how many families or lines are created in the model week to week, if you see a spike one week you can ask why, what are the factors leading to this spike. Maybe it was intentional, maybe it was from inappropriate modeling practice. etc. Data is a powerful tool, Dynamo can help you organize and sorting that information to analyse the modeling performance. however, Dynamo is not perfect and it takes someone who is proficient to run and manage the script...not me.. :P
« Last post by BIMJedi on March 20, 2017, 02:06:47 pm »
A colleague of mine does use Dynamo for basic model review, I'll ask him about it and find out more info. I too am interested in Model Review/Check methods and applications.
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY / Evaluation of BIM Assure
« Last post by BIMJedi on March 20, 2017, 02:05:25 pm »
Is anyone currently using Invicara's BIM Assure ( as a Model checking platform.
I've done some basic evaluation but would like to discuss findings with someone who's using it. Iy looks great, just not sure if it'll do what I need/want it to do.
STANDARDS & GUIDELINES / Generic Object Libraries
« Last post by David Watson on March 17, 2017, 01:06:31 pm »
This is a call to anyone reading, to answer this question. 

Would a standardized generic BIM object library be welcomed? 


I'm referring to a library of BIM objects that are not biased toward a specific product (most online libraries carry models constructed by a manufacturer).  Instead, a generic object library would contain models designed to be used as a design tool BEFORE a make/model has been selected.  It might only contain properies relevant for an object at such early stages, or relevant for establishing required property values regardless of manufacturer.

This would be analogous to a generic master specification which is commercially available, versus product-specific specs that are created by manufacturers specifically for their product (and generally offered for free).  There is still a very strong market for consultants to purchase data that they trust will not be biased toward one product (and encourage competition).

Someone recently pointed out that the Revit families are generic "out of the box" objects already and wondered why anyone would create or download something new or different?  The counter-argument might be that the Revit objects meet only one standard - that of Autodesk.  I don't mean to suggest that their standard is inferior, but the industry may prefer objects constructed (or populated with more generic data) from a third party source.  Also, Revit families are only useful in Revit;  a generic object library could be produced in IFC or other generic format so they could be imported/consumed by any BIM software.
Very excited to be a part of this initiative!   :D
« Last post by kirk.stalkie 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?
STANDARDS & GUIDELINES / Re: Standard Template & General Use
« Last post by kirk.stalkie 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.
BIM FUNDAMENTALS / Defining BIM - Can we agree?
« Last post by Meg_B on March 16, 2017, 03:35:03 pm »
  • Model (the product of the modelling process – noun)
    An object-based digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility. The Building Information Model serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its lifecycle from inception, design, construction and onward.
  • Modelling (the process of modelling – verb)
    A collection of authorized model uses, workflows, and modeling methods used to achieve specific, repeatable, and reliable information results from the final product, or the building information model. Modeling methods affect the quality of the information generated from the model. When and why a model is used, and shared, impacts the effective and efficient use of BIM for desired project outcomes and decision support.
  • Management (the definition of data and process management – noun)
    Building Information Management supports the data standards and data requirements for BIM use. Data continuity allows for the reliable exchange of information in a context where both sender and receiver understand the information. In addition, this data further supports ongoing maintenance of, and changes to, the data inherent in the operations and management of the physical contexts that it represents.
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