Tuesday, January 29, 2013

January Meeting Report

Thanks to all those who attended the re-inaugural meeting of the SCRUG. Thank also to our Sponsors Kelar Pacific, Microdesk, ProGroup, and U.S. CAD, and our host KTGY Group, Inc.

An Owner's Perspective on BIM

Louis Navarrete, BIM Manager for Brookfield Homes, presented “An Owners Perspective on BIM”. Brookfield is the unequivocal leader among homebuilders who have embraced Building Information Modeling. Louis emphasized the importance of Brookfield's BIM Guidelines as the means to achieve the results that were desired.

Brookfield’s goals and objectives for BIM include 3D perspectives, virtual clash detection, coordination between disciplines, increased productivity, virtual walkthroughs, more efficient design, improved workflow, consistency of their products, and downstream marketing.

The tools used to achieve these goals include Ideate’s BIM Link, Autodesk Quantity Take-Off, Metal Wood Framer (StrucSoft Solutions) and Stadia, an immersive environment for viewing 3D models.

Ideate’s BIM Link allows users to export and import data between Revit and Excel, facilitating the standardization of data required for QTO.

Autodesk QTO allows cost estimators to create synchronized, comprehensive project views that combine important information from BIM tools together with geometry, images, and data from other sources, export to Microsoft® Excel®, and publish to DWF™ format.

StrucSoft MWF is used by Brookfield for cost analysis in the early stages of project development, and is mandated for use by their engineers in the construction document phase.

Stadia Interactive Rendering is a cloud-based application based on gaming-engine algorithms which provides the ability for real-time walk-throughs in the early stages of design.

Brookfield has also developed a custom export utility (with StrucSoft Solutions) that will eventually be made available to the public.

Revit Development at KTGY

Following the featured presentation, yours truly, Jay Holland, presented an overview of several Revit projects completed or underway at KTGY.

Several projects were presented, with emphasis on the methods for managing projects with multiple building models in a single set of documents.


John Stebbins will be instructing a BIM Structural/MEP class (Arch 157) at OCC beginning January 30th. For more info phone John at 714-865-4712 or register at OCC.edu

Nick Kramer’s BUG-IE group is planning a post-AU meeting featuring top presenters from AU 2012. The event will be held in Pomona, live and by video from user groups in Colorado and Arizona.

~Next Meeting~

The next SCRUG meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 21st. Location and topics to be announced.

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