Thursday, November 18, 2010


Last week Sanford Rose Associates presented the most recent in their series of “Healthcare Design and Construction” webinars: “The BIM Mandate: Why Hospitals will require BIM for all future projects.”

I encourage anyone interested in the state of implementation of BIM and VDC in our industry to watch the recording of this two hour panel discussion.  There is a cost ($139 per their website) but the information shared is worth far more.

The topic I found most interesting was the discussions by Ryan Hullinger from NBBJ about the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio (article here) and their use of offsite fabrication of MEP systems corridor racks as well as patient room devising walls that consisted of a toilet room mod, a casework unit and a pre-fabed headwall unit.

This is one of the few presentations where the participants gave some real quantitative metrics about how BIM effected the project.

Don’t get lost in the “Healthcare” part of the title.  This information will be useful to anyone looking to keep up-to-date on what industry thought leaders are doing with BIM and VDC.

You can sign up to purchase the recorded webinar here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Reality Capture for REVIT

IMAGINiT has released an application that appears will greatly streamline and simplify creating BIM from Laser Scans. Until now, the process for importing a laser scan point cloud into a modeling platform was fairly convoluted. Enter Scan to BIM.
Just being able to import a point cloud directly into Revit would be useful, but this application allows the user to snap walls and openings to construction line crated from the point cloud, create pipes and ducts directly from the points.  This tool should greatly reduce the time needed to go from scan to as-built BIM.

Imagine... This

directly to Revit MEP...

Be sure to check out the video below.
Sales Flyer
Introduction Video