Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BIM Breakfast-5th Tuesdays

Yesterday morning my alarm went off at 4:30 am. It took awhile for the haze of sleep to clear enough for me to not want to throw it out the window. Then I realized that I had to meet some colleagues at the Office to make the hour trek to Wauwatosa (just west of Milwaukee, WI) for the inaugural BIM Breakfast-5th Tuesdays.

Thanks to Ryan Lent from R. Lent Group for organizing the event and coordinating with Cafe Hollander Tosa to provide a meeting place and an awesome atmosphere for the meeting.

It's great when like minded people can get together and talk freely about common interests.

Oh, and 5th Tuesdays??? Well, the group only meets in months that have 5 Tuesdays. Seems about the right frequency, I'd have to say.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The BIG BAD BIM is Back!

The last few months have been fun filled and action packed… Well, filled and packed anyway.

At the office some scope creep in our implementation has kept our team SUPER busy, but some interesting things have come out of it.

Our original scope of work for this past calendar year was to be able to deliver “documents to support the project delivery process” (i.e. SD, DD, and CD quality documents) and “provide spatial coordination between trades” with a defined scope of modeling.

While this doesn’t sound that ambitious, our Office includes all disciplines imaginable in the built environment(Architecture, Structure, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Interiors, Civil and Site, Advanced Planning, Fabrication (steel and wall panels,) Procurement, Owner and Facility Management , etc etc.) And while not all aspects of our business have been “touched by the BIM” quite yet, our configuration has gone pretty well.

The “extras” that have come about have been pretty varied and interesting. I will talk about these in depth in the upcoming weeks, but they including leveraging our models in the field, sharing models with Subs, quantity take-offs, and delivering 3D intelligent models to code officials.

Bear with me while I get back into the groove of Blogging. I’ve got a lot to share.