Friday, October 20, 2017

October SCRUG Wrap-Up


Colleagues,
Thanks to all who attended the October SCRUG.
It was a pleasure to welcome Chris France of Advance2000 to learn about the latest developments AEC Cloud Computing Technology and Virtual Desktop Integration. Thanks to KTGY for hosting the event.
We have held six very successful meetings this year, and we intend to wrap up with SCRUG Holiday Event in mid-December. Visit our blog and SCRUG on LinkedIn to stay informed.
~Allen Jay Holland - SCRUG Chairman
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Thanks to our sponsors:
Kelar Pacific - Microdesk - U.S. CAD





Friday, October 6, 2017

October SCRUG - Revit Collaboration Strategies

Colleagues,
Working in Revit can be a challenge between different offices of the same firm. It is a nightmare trying to collaborate between 10-30 consulting firms scattered across North America (or the world).
We will look at the “state of technology” and the pros/cons of various strategies for AEC design and construction collaboration. Technologies such as Panzura, Nasuni, Citix, Vmware, C4R, A360, non-Revit design tools, and hybrid/project clouds are just a few that we will discuss.
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Chris France, Regional President Advance2000, has specialized in Information Technology for over three decades. He started his career as a software and systems engineer and progressed to program manager of major DOD systems. He worked for IBM, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, and then was CIO at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, a Charlotte-based design firm.
 
Chris leads the charge for “private cloud computing” services At Advance2000, and is a published author and speaker on this important business strategy. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Ohio State College of Engineering and a master’s degree in business from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

To RSVP visit SCRUG.Anyvite.com

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Thanks to our sponsors - Kelar Pacific, Microdesk, & U.S. CAD



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September SCRUG Meeting


Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming Sam Keville as co-organizer of the South Coast Revit Users Group. Originally from Massachusetts, he has been a Californian for ten years, and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Sci-Arc in Los Angeles.

As an example to all, Sam is presenting his own thoughts on a topic, as a basis for further discussion and enlightenment.

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Making Money with Revit - Delivering the Promise of BIM

This is a conversation about the current state of BIM: What does it take to deliver a successful project file in 2017?

This talk breaks down medium to large Revit projects as an overview of the team, process, and product.  We dive into some of the most important workflows to deliver a file which is usable by the client, contractor, and firm for future projects.

There will also be a bonus gift share included, so please join us in the discussion.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome to SCRUG Collaborator Sam Keville

Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming Sam Keville as co-organizer of the South Coast Revit Users Group. Originally from Massachusetts, he has been a Californian for ten years, and holds a Bachelor's Degree from Sci-Arc in Los Angeles.

His early career focus in work has been as a designer, 3D modeler, team leader, and visualizer, experienced in competition-style deadlines and producing large amounts of iterative design assets in a limited time.

His goal is to connect architecture and technology while using the most cutting-edge modes of representation in meaningful and progressive design processes.

His practical skills include computational design, 3D modeling, content creation, rendering, and digital fabrication. Sam is currently working on campus style projects at AO, using Revit to improve communication and coordination between design and production teams.

Sam promises to utilize his BIM expertise as well as his irreverent attitude to assist the revitalization of the group.


Allen Jay Holland

Friday, July 28, 2017

August SCRUG Meeting - dRofus

Colleagues,

Everyone knows that BIM is all about information. We have also learned that populating a Building Information Model with that information does not happen automatically. The ideal that has been envisioned by BIM developers and academics is that the model can eventually evolve into a tool that can be used to manage its real-world counterpart, and even that they remain connected in some way.

It's difficult to learn (and then to advocate) that the process of populating the model is not additional work. This change from "the way we are doing it now" is very disruptive. People must learn new skills. Is it that or be replaced?

Room Data Sheets are summary views containing both graphics and data for specific rooms or room types and may be required by some clients. Among their uses is to facilitate program validation. Does the design satisfy the program?

Architectural Programming is an aspect of design in which few people now can participate. It is "the research and decision-making process that identifies the scope of work to be designed." An architectural program is a list (schedule) of the owner's requirements, developed independently or in collaboration with the design team. Unfortunately, most team members join the process after the design is already "frozen". And sometimes the decisions that contribute to a building's evolution may get lost or overlooked. 

This should not be so. This is, after all, one of the Big Ideas of BIM. All the information in one place. Throughout the building life-cycle.

These are some of the aspects of design addressed by dRofus.
"dRofus is a unique planning, data management and BIM collaboration tool. dRofus provides all stakeholders with comprehensive workflow support and access to building information throughout the building lifecycle."
Technical manager Brok Howard will present an overview of the platform and a deeper look into its interaction with Revit.


Join us Thursday, August 17th at six o'clock p.m. (Location TBA) for this interesting event.


Allen Jay Holland

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July SCRUG Happy Hours

Colleagues,
When commuting via Metrolink to Orange County, the Streamliner Lounge in Orange became a favorite stop-over (when trains were delayed). Located 3 blocks west of Orange Plaza at the Orange Metrolink Train Station, it shares the renovated historic Santa Fe Depot with Ruby's Diner.
In the early days of rail transport in the United States, railroads tended to be built out of coastal cities into the hinterland, and systems did not connect. Each builder was free to choose its own gauge. When American railroads' track extended to the point that they began to interconnect, it became clear that a single nationwide gauge would be a good idea.
The US has a National BIM Standard, developed under the auspices of the National Institute for Building Sciences, and sponsored by the Building SMART Alliance. Large owner/operators may have their own BIM standards (i.e. Kaiser Health, University of California). Other markets such as housing are less demanding when it comes to ‘process’. Speculative development values ‘product’ more.
AECO business development overseas does include a broad interest in the development of standards for BIM, driven largely by the 2016 UK BIM Mandate. I returned to the U.S. with a heightened awareness of BIM standards and procedures, and a great deal of related resource material.
The AEC (UK) BIM Standard was released in November 2009, and the supplementary UK Revit Protocol in 2012. I will be sharing copies of the document, which I have updated to align with recent software enhancements and adapted to U.S. terminology.
I'll be at the Streamliner this Thursday beginning at 5 o’clock. I invite all my SCRUG colleagues to stop by for fellowship and networking (BYO).
  • Happy Hour ends at 6 p.m.
  • Southbound trains depart at 7:47 and 10:23.
  • Northbound trains depart at 6:22 and 9:17.
I also have some interesting professional news to share that relates to the ideas above.
A. Jay Holland

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May SCRUG Meeting


Colleagues,

I've been involved in two trials of Assemble and can relate that it is a really cool platform. Assemble is a great tool for non-Revit users to interact with BIM. I like the ability to upload directly from the model, the automatic versioning of uploads, and the bi-directional data flow.

We are fortunate to have Conner Burke of McCarthy Construction to present a case study highlighting all of the platform's features:

Topic Name: 
Improving Workflows Between GC’s and Architects Utilizing Revit & Assemble During the Design Phase 

Synopsis: 
During the Design Phase, certain efficiencies can be gained by creating specific workflows aimed at increasing speed and accuracy. To do this effectively, a high level of collaboration is necessary, specifically by utilizing programs like Revit and Assemble. Understanding the intricacies of these programs allows the Design Team and GC to communicate more simply and effectively, opening doors for such things as model Based RFI’s, continuous cost modeling, and more precise pricing exercises. Using these new means and methods, we can track more accurately and ultimately give an owner a more involved experience than previously thought available.

To RSVP please visit: scrug.anyvite.com/

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Assemble Systems is a cloud-based model data management solution used for unlocking the power of model-data. Assemble Systems allows both non-Revit and Revit users the ability to access, analyze and share model data for model validation, estimating, visual variance (model comparisons), custom reporting, and more. In this presentation, we will show you how project teams are using Assemble to transform AEC processes and improve project predictability.

Connor Burke is the Senior VDC Estimator with McCarthy Building Companies in Newport Beach, California. He joined McCarthy in 2014 and has been involved in a number of projects, ranging from higher education projects to large commercial and healthcare projects. He is currently overseeing the implementation of company-wide training for Assemble Systems and other BIM tools for Preconstruction. He helped create McCarthy’s Continuous Cost Model, which is a collaborative approach to IPD projects that allows for real-time, live cost estimating, and is also heading up the estimating efforts for the Education sectors self-performed concrete work. Connor is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


About Assemble Systems:
Assemble Systems, with offices in Boston and Houston, provides construction data management solutions. Its core offering, Assemble Insight is a cloud based platform allowing AEC firms to leverage 3D data for increased project insight, advanced project collaboration and data driven decision making. Assemble is used today to manage over 7,000 projects.