Open BIM

Open BIM

Open BIM

One of the most important battlegrounds in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) revolution will be around file formats.

Open BIM

There will be companies who’ll want to sell you their proprietary file formats and lock you in to using their tools. You can see why too. The prize is that you’ll have to pay for their software for the lifetime of your asset.

The only sensible course of action is to ensure that your virtual assets are stored in an open file format that can be read today and at any time in the future.

A lesson from history

Back in 1996 we used to search the Internet with a search engine called AltaVista. That was until a fledgling company called Google emerged in 1998 and changed everything.

What happened to AltaVista? They were bought by Yahoo! and the search engine was finally shut down in 2013.

What does this have to do with BIM?

AltaVista lasted less than 17 years and serves as a warning to any organisation that is dependent on software to open and view proprietary file formats.

35 years is a very long time in software. 35 years ago, the leading 2D/3D CAD companies of today didn’t exist. Will they still be here in 35 years’ time?

Always have access to your virtual assets

The aim of BIM is to save money across the lifetime of the asset. The virtual representation of the physical asset is a critical component of BIM and if you can’t access the virtual asset it will cost your organisation money.

When evaluating the tools for BIM you should make sure to select ones that eliminate this risk entirely.

Choosing the best tools for the job

Do you want to be free to select the best tool for the job now? Do you still want to be able to select the best tool for the job in 35 years time?

If you’re locked into a single vendor’s tools then you won’t have the best tools for the job – you’ll have theonly tools that you can use for the job.

And, choosing the best tool now shouldn’t prevent you from choosing the best tool later.

Choose open, choose IFC

This is why at Business Collaborator we have fully committed to supporting the Open IFC file format.

The IFC file format captures both geometry and data whilst being an open standard that any organisation can develop for.

Do you want to choose a proprietary file format for BIM and have your IT policy for the next 35 years dictated to you by a single vendor who may not be around for the lifetime of the asset?

Or do you want to choose the open IFC file format and and be in control of your destiny? Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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The Construction Scheduling Process Has Changed over the Years

The Construction Scheduling Process Has Changed over the Years

The Construction Scheduling Process Has Changed over the Years

The Construction Scheduling Process Has Changed over the Years

The construction scheduling process is based upon the type of project and does vary from one to the next. Over the years, the way in which scheduling is completed has changed. Before the wide use of computers and special software, you had to manually draw out a Gannt chart on a piece of paper showing all of the tasks, their expected start and stop times, and trying to determine relationships between tasks to get an idea of the estimated time needed to complete the project.

The main issue with manually drawing out a chart is that it only looks at the work to be completed. However, with software applications it is possible to not only develop your construction schedule, but also use the program to complete a wide range of analyses and reporting processes, such as a breakdown of estimated costs to complete each task. It should be pointed out, even with the help of computers and software applications there can still exist discrepancies due to the amount of experience a person has entering the data into the application.

Further, another reason for discrepancies is related to the number of people involved on the project. Project owners and stakeholders may have no idea how to read a Gannt chart, let alone why it is important to develop one. Some people might see certain tasks as not being relevant enough to place on the schedule, while others want to include every single one. Fortunately, there are experts and professionals with numerous years of experience in the construction scheduling process to help, like us, here at HSE Contractors. We are able to prepare your complete schedule using the most relevant information to keep it simple, as well as easy to read and to implement. Copied from hse.

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An Introduction to Drawing and Data Management

An Introduction to Drawing and Data Management

An Introduction to Drawing and Data Management

An Introduction to Drawing and Data Management

Data management should make your job easier, not more frustrating.  For most organizations, Microsoft Windows Explorer and a host of mapped network drives are what is used to organize data and documents into (semi) manageable parts.  A common scenario for anyone that has to manage and find documents is to use one drive for design data, another drive for administrative data, and additional drives for other content such as submittals, client files, accounting and more. Although this type of setup is common, it is problematic. Documents are easily stored in the wrong subfolder or drive or even on the wrong server. It is too easy for documents to be accidentally misplaced – for example, dragging and dropping a folder into another folder without even realizing it. The worst case is a lost document that must be created again or realizing the data was irreplaceable.

Using this common document management method, employees may spend a great deal of time simply trying to find a specific file or document.  This act is compounded if the searcher does not know the file name or exactly what shared drive it is on.  Once a file or document is located the employee is left with the task of determining if this is the most up to date version or if someone else has made a change.  They also face the problem of deciding how to copy or rename the files to keep track of changes and versions. This often results in the propagation of multiple poorly described versions of the same document across the organization.

A properly implemented document management system such as Autodesk Vault solves these problems because it organizes, catalogs and secures all of an organization’s documents and provides version history, security and accountability.  With Vault you have a centralized and fully indexed data archive that facilitates easy searching and retrieval of any document.  Once the document is located, the document management system ensures that you are working with the most up to date and current version of that document and eliminates multiple copies of the same document with enigmatic/esoteric names.  Autodesk Vault also provides access control based on easy to administer yet sophisticated security protocols to keep the wrong people away from sensitive data.  Other very useful features include version control, viewing, printing and even redlining or markup of documents.  Advanced features of a document management system provide electronic document routing and document change management. Copied from Technically speaking.

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New Environment Agency Chief Exec to visit Devon

New Environment Agency Chief Exec to visit Devon

New Environment Agency Chief Exec to visit Devon

New Environment Agency Chief Exec to visit Devon

Sir James Bevan, the new Chief Executive of the Environment Agency will be in Devon this Friday to visit the completed first phase of the Exeter flood defence scheme at Haven Banks.

Sir James, the former UK High Commissioner to India, took up his new role last month and has recently visited Cumbria to view the flood devastation caused by Storm Desmond.

On his new role, Sir James commented: “One of the biggest challenges of our time is protecting the environment and promoting growth. We need to do both and I look forward to playing my part in that. The Environment Agency is a great organisation, which makes an important contribution to our country. It will be an honour and a privilege to lead it.”

He will visit Devon to see the building of the new Exeter flood defence scheme and understand the design challenges of the second phase at Exeter Quay and Bonhay Gardens.

Sir James plans to visit all 16 of the Environment Agency’s areas during his first 100 days of office.

Speaking on the Cumbrian floods, Sir James said: “Whenever an exceptional event happens it’s important to review what happened and how to prepare for the future. With a £60M fund to help with recovery in Cumbria, in addition to the £2.3Bn Government have committed to protect homes from floods across the country, we have the resources necessary to manage flood risk in England.

“The National Flood Resilience Review and the Cumbria Floods Partnership give Government, the Environment Agency and community groups the forums to review and ensure we are directing our resources to protect people most effectively.” Copied from UK construction online.

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Checked Components View

Checked Components View

Checked Components View

When working in a 3D model based environment, we often use Solibri Model Checker to check and validate model integrity, guided by a number of unique rulesets. But how can you PROVE that all of the desired components have been checked? “We are familiar with this question, and it is not unreasonable. In a 2D plan review, we get a signature, and maybe a stamp, that says the plans have been checked. When introducing model-based checks, it is only natural that users will ask “how can I be sure that you haven’t missed something?”. Our answer is the Checked Components View feature in SMC.”

Checked Components View

When running checks in Solibri Model Checker (SMC), you should feel confident that your rulesets are actually checking the correct components for their requirements. The Results View lists components in the model that fail a check, but at some point you will find yourself interested in what the components are that are checked in the first place.  The Checked Components View lists what components have been checked, passed, and failed and thereby isolates those components in the 3DView.  In addition, as you review your results of a check, you can use Check Components to isolate components in the model based on the results of issues being accepted, rejected, or undefined. Copied from bimopedia post.

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What We Area?

PhoenixEOS is the combined solutions provider working on parallel lines of engineering and architecture. Based in India, PhoenixEOS majorly works with offshore clients due to the benefits of their mandatory needs in building and architecture solutions. Phoenix is a one stop solution for CADD Services with specialized services involving all kinds of BIM (Building Information Modeling) services in 2D, 3D and 4D formats. BIM is mandatory in most of the countries of the world like the U.S, Europe, Australia, among others. In India, it is in nascent stage. This means we are a pioneering company working as a bridge between your project blueprints to actual building. Phoenix team has worked internationally with big projects and is bringing this niche concept to India. We provide different types of services that involve both digital and print output for your ease. We have the cutting edge technology required for modern day needs with all required infrastructure in a spacious place. Our highly compatible and experienced team can handle all the amalgamated design and details solutions processes extremely well. With every project done successfully, we have built an enormous trust in our clients. Our work culture is a perfect fusion of experience, expertise and capabilities.

BIM is not A WAY TO GET OTHERS TO DO YOUR WORK

BIM is not A WAY TO GET OTHERS TO DO YOUR WORK

BIM is not  A WAY TO GET OTHERS TO DO YOUR WORK

BIM is not  A WAY TO GET OTHERS TO DO YOUR WORK

BIM is often portrayed as a process where some-one will provide some-one else with a product that reduces that persons work. For example a facilities manager who receives a BIM model will gain a record of the constructed building that can be used to manage it.

BIM is not  A WAY TO GET OTHERS TO DO YOUR WORK

Whilst this is broadly true, this is interpreted to mean that the provider will do the work of the receiver. That if the facilities manager can’t directly use the BIM model, use BIM data to populate their FM database, the provider has not done their job properly.

This is propagated by the myth that a BIM model can be used for any purpose, even if created for a specific purpose. An architect creates a BIM model to communicate what is to be constructed, not to manage a built facility (in any case they wouldn’t know how to – architects are not facility managers).

And if a BIM model can be used for any purpose, there is no requirement to pay some-one to make it fit for particular purpose. So there is an expectation this work being done on the receiver’s behalf is free.

I can see no justification for this belief, yet is surprisingly common among owners. It is often a roadblock to BIM adoption. An owner wants BIM, but doesn’t expect to pay for it. When a cost is put on it by the AECO participants BIM gets dropped in its entirety. The project becomes a ‘non-BIM’ project and BIM is actively discouraged. Copied from blogger.com

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Our experienced team provides Architectural, Building Information Modeling and MEP CAD Services in MEP, Residential and Architectural Sectors.

Our highly compatible and experienced team can handle all the amalgamated design and details solutions processes extremely well. With every project done successfully, we have built an enormous trust in our clients. Our work culture is a perfect fusion of experience, expertise and capabilities.

Modelling Best practise tip

Modelling Best practise tip

Modelling Best practise tip

One of the most interesting aspects of using Revit for model authoring is often there is more than one way to skin a cat. Let me provide you with an example. Take a look at the image below.

Modelling Best practise tip

You will notice, in principle both wall junction configurations look the same. The end modelling result graphically provides what you need, yet one solution is made up of 3 walls, the other 4 walls. I see this type of thing all the time with new users, even though they are educated in the deep capabilities of walls.

Modelling Best practise tip

You might argue that it makes little difference, but from a purist modelling / downstream use of the model, I believe it does make a difference. This was no fault of the user who modelled it (btw this example was taken from a model I was auditing). He or she maybe under pressure & they did what they needed to do to get the information out of the door. But this highlights a big challenge that the industry has, what is best practise? I’m a firm believer that you should model how you would build it, whether or not you do or don’t use the model for wider “BIM” uses. BY engraining this culture within your teams, when a project comes along where you really have to deliver Level 2 BIM, (ie. a collaborate project where all disciplines are sharing their models) you will be a far better position to ensure that things are done correctly. Copied from David Light.

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To offer the best integration of Architecture and Engineering solutions thereby consistently being in focus of what the clients need. Our zeal to excel in the technology inputs and providing consistently credible output shall be the strong points of our services at all times.

GREENTERIOR: PLANT LOVING CREATIVES AND THEIR HOMES

GREEN TERIOR: PLANT LOVING CREATIVES AND THEIR HOMES

GREEN TERIOR: PLANT LOVING CREATIVES AND THEIR HOMES

GREENTERIOR: PLANT LOVING CREATIVES AND THEIR HOMES

Bart Kiggen and Magali Elali, known for their wonderful interior blog Coffeeklatch, show the power of plants as interior objects in their very first book. In Greenterior: Plant Loving Creatives and Their Homes, the creative duo document the homes of twenty creative spirits who all share a love of plants. Magali & Bart visited interiors in Belgium as well as other world cities like Barcelona and New York, showing us how an impressive or different collection of plants makes a home even more personal and interesting.

Bart and Magali are big plant lovers themselves and they particularly love the caring relationship a plant entails. During their interview sessions for Coffeeklatch, they often met people with a striking passion for greenery. Bart took the photographs of the houses and paid special attention to the role of plants in the interior design. Magali took the time to interview the inhabitants about their collection of plants.

The duo visited the houses of florist Marc Colle, interior photographer Martyn Thompson, fashion designer Christian Wijnants, painter Piet Raemdonck, and furniture designers Muller Van Severen and Ana Kraš, among others.

Greenterior is a downright plea for more greenery in your house, since it is the easiest way to feel connected to nature, which sometimes seems far away. The book also shows that taking care of plants does not have to be scary: it is not difficult and it does not require much. Light, warmth, the right information and some fresh inspiration will do. Greenterior lends a helping hand: the book includes a practical index with the specific characteristics of every plant shown in the photographs. Copied from yellowtrace.

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Without information, BIM is just BM: basically meaningless

Without information, BIM is just BM: basically meaningless

Without information, BIM is just BM: basically meaningless

Without information, BIM is just BM: basically meaningless

3D BIM and information

If we were to take a straw poll across the industry for a single word response to sum up BIM many of the responses would no doubt still come back the same – 3D.

While there are undoubtedly myriad benefits to be had in moving from 2D to 3D – just as there was in moving from paper to electronic-paper (2D) – ranging from better spatial coordination to rich customer walk-throughs, the benefits arising from 3D are only the tip of the iceberg.

It is no accident that the primary focus of next year’s UK Government BIM mandate is on the middle – Information. It is better information which yields better outcomes, and if the quality, validity and provenance of data embedded in information-rich 3D models is incomplete, poor or unreliable then any expected benefits arising from the migration to 3D BIM software should be questioned. Buying MS Word does not make you a novelist.

Information – the centre of BIM

Business Collaborator’s Sanjeev Shah (CEO) and Stephen Crompton (CTO) have always taken the line that information management should lie at the centre of BIM and that while pretty visuals make for great sales demos – and we speak from first hand experience – BIM is so much more than just a different way to view the design.

BIM is about consuming and surfacing data from and to the right people, at the right time, in the right format throughout the lifecycle of an asset. Better data and better data access drives better outcomes and without it BIM is nearly as useless as a spreadsheet residing on a lone computer, where every cell takes a different format and every row has a different number of cells.

This isn’t achieved by keeping data locked inside proprietary designs. Business Collaborator have for years extolled the view that this can only be done by freeing the data and making it available to both people and systems via a Common Data Environment (CDE). And not just any CDE, but a CDE built around the open, linked data standards of the Semantic Web.

Successfully advising the UK Government

Having advised the UK Government’s BIM Task Group since 2010, Business Collaborator has long recognised that 3D BIM modelling software is only as good as the data feeding it, irrespective of how pleasing the visuals may be. Being the only CDE and Project Extranet vendor in the leadership team responsible for the 2011 BIM Strategy Paper – which led to the UK Government’s BIM mandate – we believe our focus on information and data is the best strategy for realising BIM’s true potential.

The ‘Level 2 BIM’ mandate

And, whilst we’re only one year away from the UK Government’s 2016 BIM mandate, we believe that the one truly advantageous BIM solution – one which delivers efficiency, quality and cost savings – relies on the power of several equally important components and not just on the 3D BIM modelling software itself:

“…without the information, without the ‘I’ in BIM, BIM is just BM – Basically Meaningless. — Steve Crompton, CTO

  • a common data environment (CDE) comprising a Semantic BIM Data Server and Project Collaboration tool (BC 6.3)
  • Linked Data from multiple sources (suppliers, asset owners etc.) that can be distributed over many locations without changing the original location of the source information. This can be both internal (from organisational systems) and external (from published data sources on the web).
  • data processes, standards and quality assurance to guide the supply chain through the provision of data (BC Assure).
  • a BIM module that is fully integrated with the common data environment (CDE) including a BIM Viewer that can be used by all project stakeholders through a web browser – rather than via a piece of proprietary software individually loaded on to each user’s computer.

Data, information and collaboration

BIM is the coordinated capture and usage of data about a building throughout that building’s lifetime. By combining the traditional geometric definition of a building with the associated data – which Business Collaborator does – it’s clear that the focus of BIM software vendors should be on the data, information and collaboration first (the latter with clearly defined purpose, as highlighted by David Philp) and the 3D BIM modelling software second. Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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Effective CPM Planning Requires Several Different Components

Effective CPM Planning Requires Several Different Components

Effective CPM Planning Requires Several Different Components

Effective CPM Planning Requires Several Different Components

There are several essential steps needed for accurate CPM planning. To start with, you need to obtain data from a variety of sources, both internally and externally. For instance, you need to find out what days vendors are able to deliver supplies and equipment. You have to work with contractors and the hours they are available to work on your project. These are just two of the many components needed to put together your initial schedule and develop the critical path.

What to Do When the Initial CPM Planning Schedule Does Not Look Correct

After spending countless hours putting together your initial CPM planning schedule, you and others on your team could notice there are certain things that do not look correct. A team member might point out you listed a task as being independent, when it is actually a dependent task. You may notice there are multiple critical paths on the schedule and are not entirely sure which one is right. In these situations, it is highly recommended you have experienced project planning consultants, like us, here at HSE Contractors, review your initial schedule.

Our professionals start out by reviewing your current schedule by using supporting project documentation and data you supply. Next, we prepare a new schedule showing you the most efficient and effective ways to complete all of your project tasks. Once we are finished, we take the time to go over both schedules with you to show you where you went wrong and help you improve your scheduling abilities. Copied from hse.

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