The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format was developed by buildingSMART®. The format maintains standards to import and export BIM elements and their parameters between software platforms. In many ways, an IFC is like an intelligent version of a DXF. The IFC Wiki defines IFC as: The Industry Foundation Classes IFC specification is a neutral … Continue reading Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) Defined
An excellent webinar by Professor Arto Kiviniemi from the University of Liverpool. In this session, Professor Kiviniemi discusses the concepts of data sharing with BIM. He covers how building designs are currently exchanged, how the industry theorizes it will be exchanged, and his views on the reality of how building information model data will be … Continue reading Professor Arto Kiviniemi (University of Liverpool) and Barie Hasib (BIM REC) Present The True Meaning of Open BIM
Yes, Revit is a design tool for architects and engineers. Revit is also evolving into a fabrication tool for contractors. But did you know that a Building Information Model (BIM) can also be beneficial for building owners and facility managers? Autodesk, the leading software company for the building industry, acquired FM Desktop in 2006 only … Continue reading Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Facility Management (FM) Is The Future
I recently had the pleasure of joining an online conversation with a fellow AUGI member. I thought that the post held some relevant questions and answers for the BIM Extension Followers as well. Hello, I am a CAD Tech at a Facilities Management company in Ohio. I have a pretty basic CAD knowledge base. I went … Continue reading Reply: Looking for info on learning Revit and BIM solutions for FM company.
For those of you who are new to Revit, there are many hurdles to overcome when working with documentation. We’ve all run into the issue where we want a drafting view title or titleblock to say “SCALE: NONE” or “SCALE: N.T.S”. This is a simple task, however not very obvious in Revit. Click the scale … Continue reading How to show a custom scale as “None” or “N.T.S.” in Revit
BIM Levels is a new concept to most of the building industry. Not to be confused with Level of Design (LOD), BIM levels are compliance standards in which projects may (or may not) adhere to. Below is an excellent write-up by The NBS of The UK describing what to expect from each BIM Level. The … Continue reading BIM Levels: As explained by The NBS
If you’ve submitted drawings using Revit sheets in the past, you’ve undoubtedly run into the issue where some of your “Checked by” and “Designed by” parameters say “Author”. As far as I know, there is no easy way to change them all globally from within Revit. I’ve created a simply Dynamo Workflow that will change … Continue reading Dynamo Workflow: Change your sheet parameters with one click.
Have you heard of FM:Systems? Their Interact module will help facility managers work directly with their Revit model. You have complete control of building by revising assets, layout, and occupancy from within FM:Interact
Can we, as a community, agree that using worksets to control visibility of elements is a horrible idea? There have been a number of models in my recent years where elements’ visibility are controlled based on the workset they are modeled on. Yes, it is easier to turn off multiple worksets based on your personal preference, but … Continue reading Worksets used to control visiblity and graphics are a big no-no.