Allied Member, Arch Vista presents: BIM with a “SketchUp Style” Workflow

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BIM with a “SketchUp Style” Workflow

The early design phase of a project integrates hand sketches, sketch style 3D modeling and illustrative rendering. During this phase SketchUp is the most popular software tool among designers to create sketch style 3D models.

Since Google acquired SketchUp in 2006 it has built a strong following of users as well as a powerful ecosystem that includes Google 3DWarehouse and Google Earth. But with the recent acquisition of SketchUp by Trimble, a technology company focused on mapping and GIS software, there has been concern about the future of SketchUp for architects, interior designers and other design professionals.

In this presentation we will review a NEW technology that offers an alternative to SketchUp, allowing designers to model within BIM through a “SketchUp Style” workflow. Models from this workflow can be used in BIM applications such as ArchiCAD, Revit or Vectorworks.

About the Presenter:

Thomas M. Simmons, BIM Technology Consultant

Tom has worked with implementing BIM solutions at architecture, engineering and construction firms in Houston, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle ranging from small residential firms to large multi-national companies.

He is recognized for his expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the implementation of this technology. He has taught a wide range of classes on BIM with applications for a variety of project types including residential, retail, commercial, schools and hospitals.

A nationally recognized speaker, he has spoken at major industry events including EcoBuild America, AEC Systems, AIA Desert Practice Conference, AIA Monterey Design Conference and the Dwell on Design Conference. He has authored several books and articles on Building Information Modeling and architectural technologies. Tom has a Masters of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

Date: Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Time: 3pm to 5pm Pacific time

Location: AIA Central Valley, 1400 S St # 100, Sacramento, CA 95811

AIA/CES: 2 LUs

Registration: http://www.archvista.com/ImagineBIM

 

Cosumnes River College offers BIM courses for 2012

Date Posted: 03/21/2012

Posted By: Terry Kirkham

Building Information Modeling (Revit)

Did you know Cosumnes River College through the Architectural Design Technology department offers two full A.S. degree and certificate programs in Interior Building Architecture and Building Information Modeling (Revit) for Fall 2012?

Our current offerings are Revit Architecture at the beginning and intermediate levels, Revit MEP (Fall 2012), SketchUp, AutoCad. Courses that have been written and approved are in Revit Structure and 3ds Studio Max Design.

New courses that are in the process of the writing approval stage are in Structural Modeling, Energy Efficient Building Modeling, BIM for Construction Management (NavisWorks).

All of these programs are in place to develop our future architect’s and support or architects and designers within our local AIA area.

For more information you can contact Professor Kirkham from the following information below. Or you can make direct contact with him at 916-812-2966.

Professor, Wm. Terry Kirkham
Green Building Professional Certificated
Autodesk Revit & AutoCad Certified
Architectural Design Technology Dept.
Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, Ca. 95823-5704
916-691-7121

AIACV Allied member, Arch Vista presents: Using BIM and Virtual Collaboration in Architecture

Date Posted: 03/07/2012

Posted By: Thomas Simmons

In the current business climate many architecture firms and new start-ups are re-tooling to be more competitive. In this seminar we will review how ArchiCAD’s BIM solution can help firms compete and enable architects to work as virtual teams. The potential benefits of BIM are numerous: increased productivity, less cost growth, earlier project delivery, enhanced collaboration, less rework and many additional benefits.This presentation will cover the following:- A review of ArchiCAD’s BIM solution and how it can help firms increase efficiency

- How firms integrate a BIM solution during the design phase

- Methods to manage and produce model-based construction documents

- A review of tools that provide Virtual Collaboration within the BIM model

Date of Seminar: March 29, 3:00 to 5:00
Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Sacramento, CA

Register: http://www.archvista.com/BIMCollaboration

Reminder: Allied member ARCHVISTA presents: Implementing BIM into the Practice of Architecture

Date:
September 14, 2011 | 3:00PM – 5:00 PM | Pacific Time

Presenter:
Thomas M. Simmons

Location:
AIA Central Valley

Description:
In this competitive economy architecture firms are implementing new processes and technologies to increase efficiency in design, documentation, and construction administration.

In this program we will review the benefits of using BIM within the practice of architecture including new tools in ArchiCAD 15 that empower designers to unleash their creative minds as well as expanded opportunities to more efficiently manage renovation and refurbishment projects within the BIM workflow.

Through a collaborative BIM process, architects, engineers, builders, and owners have the ability to explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally–before it’s built. Using coordinated, data-rich information models, allows all members of a project to contribute to its success through improved accuracy, less waste, and the ability to make informed decisions earlier in the process.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use BIM to visualize designs from concept through construction
  • See the process of deriving documentation automatically from the model
  • Understand the power of intelligent, parametric object technology
  • Explore how to collaborate with a team using an integrated BIM model serverA

Attendance is free, 1.5 AIA LU’s

To register, please visit:
http://www.archvista.com/IntegratingBIM

 

Allied Member, Ideate, presents: “Managing Revit Families”

Join Ideate for the Sacramento Revit User Group: “Managing Revit Families”

Somewhere in each architecture project, family issues will appear - missing families, an inflexible family, a family too complex to model quickly.  At best, these issues are frustrating.  At worse, these issues can delay the project. This presentation highlights the critical success factors for managing Revit families – where to find them, what makes quality, managing family libraries, and creating content.

About the presenter:
Bruce Madsen is currently BIM Manager at HOK’s San Francisco office.
He is a key contributor to the development of HOK’s firmwide family standards

Lunch provided!

When: Tuesday, July 26th

Time: 11:30 am – 1 pm

Where: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Ste. 100, Sacramento

Please register at http://ideateinc.com/trng_emails/sac_revit_ug_invite.html

AIACV Allied member, Ideate, Announces New Ideate BIMLink for Autodesk Revit 2012 applications.

Ideate Announces New Ideate BIMLink for Autodesk Revit 2012 applications.
 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, June 23, 2011 

 

- Ideate, Inc., a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer and Autodesk solutions provider offering quality software, training, support and custom consulting services to the AEC industry, today announced an update to Ideate BIMLink, the popular application for Autodesk Revit software.  More content and improvements give Ideate BIMLink unprecedented access and control to your BIM data.
With Ideate BIMLink – now for 2012 – the Revit project team and non-Revit using data contributors can access information appropriate to their needs within a platform that safeguards the BIM model against error.  Ideate BIMLink now supports Key Schedules – a top user request. For our architectural customers, access to the Key Schedule data means it’s never been easier to hand off Equipment, Fixture, Room or Hardware Schedule to a consultant or any non-Revit user to be filled out in Excel. 

 

Ideate BIMLink provides Revit 2012 users access to data that Revit hides including phase and design option data. The application enables users to update volumes of data following external and internal changes while maintaining linked relationships. It also facilitates the streamlining of Quality Control processes by controlling family and project-based parameters. And, instead of editing manually within Revit, project team members can use automated Excel capabilities to save time and prevent errors. 

To learn more please visit: www.ideatebimlink.com

 

 

 
 

 

ARCHVISTA Seminar ~ How to Increase Efficiency in an Architectural Practice Using BIM Technology

Join AIACV Allied Member, ARCHVISTA, for the seminar ”How to Increase Efficiency in an Architectural Practice Using BIM technology”.

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd
Time: 3:00 – 5:00
Location: AIACV Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100
Cost: FREE!
AIA Credits: 1.5 LU’s (automatically reported)

Through an innovative collaborative BIM process, architects, engineers, builders, and owners have the ability to explore a project’s key physical and functional characteristics digitally–before it’s built. This seminar examines how using coordinated, data-rich information models, allows all members of a project to contribute to its success through improved accuracy, less waste, and the ability to make informed decisions earlier in the process.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to use BIM to visualize designs from concept through construction
  • See the process of deriving documentation automatically from the model
  • Understand the power of intelligent, parametric object technology
  • Explore how to collaborate with a team using an integrated BIM model server

To register & for more information, please visit:
http://www.archvista.com/IncreaseEfficiencyBIM



Last Chance to Register! Integrated Wood Design with Structural Soft, LLC

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This month’s Allied Tuesday presentation is scheduled for March 8th from 12:00 noon to approximately 1:30 p.m.

The topic is Integrated Wood Design: Advanced Techniques in Wood Frame Structural Design presented by Scott Breneman, Ph.D., P.E., LEED GA.

New trends in wood building design – notably Building Information Modeling, Integrated Project Delivery and Sustainable Building Design – are motivating building designers to rethink their processes and technology. An Integrated Structural Design process that breaks away from the practice of component by component framing design to whole building modeling and design can empower structural designers work more effectively in a fast-paced, multi-objective design environment.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn new techniques in integrated structural design of wood framed buildings using state-of-the-art software tools in order to:

a) Achieve a more efficient and higher integrity structural design

b) Improve collaboration within the members of the project design team

c) Control project costs through earlier quantitative structural analysis and design, and

d) Reduce construction waste through efficient use of traditional and alternative building materials.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Time: 12 noon to ~1:30 p.m.

Place: AIA Central Valley Gallery, 1400 S Street, Suite 100 : 916-444-3658

RSVP: by Friday, March 4th, directly to Structural Soft, LLC: sakhter@structuralsoft.com or
call: 650.813.9500 Ext 103

Learning Units:  AIA Members will earn 1 AIA/CES learning unit for attending.