Category Archives: BIM (Information Modeling)

AIA National Strategic Partner Autodesk Offers Small Firms Big Discount on Revit LT Suite

AutoDesk ImageThe AIA and Autodesk are working together to ensure that small firms have the resources they need to be successful. As part of Autodesk becoming an AIA Strategic Partner, the software designer is providing AIA members with a special 25 percent discount on a key practice tool, AutoCAD Revit LT Suite.

The discount, available only to AIA members now through January 31, 2016, responds to an ongoing request from small and solo practitioners to help them stay competitive and current in a fast changing marketplace. The Autodesk discount makes the latest tools and resources more affordable, so small firms can use them to better serve their clients and communities.

The Suite includes two of the most important tools small firm practitioners might need: AutoCAD and Revit. Priced by seat licenses, a one-year, one-seat license is $505; with the 25 percent discount, members can receive it for $378.75. Members can purchase up to 3-year license terms, and more than one seat license can be purchased for that same 25 percent discount.

This offer is available to AIA members only, now through January 31, 2016. Click here to access the member only portion of the AIA National Website with access to links to make the purchase. Enter the coupon code AIARevit25 at checkout to receive this special discount for either the 1-year, 2-year or 3-year basic subscription.

Reminder: You must use one of the three links on the AIA National Website to make your purchase, and this deal ends January 31, 2016.

Building Information Modeling Seminar

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

If you were interested in this event, please contact Bruce Turner at [email protected] or by phone at (856) 405-0351 to discuss future event plans. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

AIA South Jersey is collaborating with Atlantic Cape Community College and Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst and Doukas to present the following continuing education program on Building Information Modeling (BIM). For more information please feel free to contact Bruce D. Turner, AIA by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (856) 405-0351.

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DESIGNrealized Call for Speakers

DESIGNrealized is accepting proposals for our 2015 online education program. This is a tremendous opportunity for presenters to share their expertise with architects and building professionals from across the U.S. Presenters will receive complimentary registration for all DESIGNrealized AIA CES programs in 2015, a great way for speakers to fulfill AIA CES 2015 requirements.
  • Theme : INSPIRE
For our 2015 DESIGNrealized program we’re looking for speaker proposals that provide inspiration in design and technology. We encourage you to share your experience and inspire AEC professionals to innovate and think outside the box. The program tracks for our 2015 program are listed below and the deadline to submit is November 21, 2014.
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Design Program Tracks
  • Series 1 : Master Architect Series
    • Examine works of architects whose designs, local or national, influence the practice.
  • Series 2 : Innovative Building Practices
    • Explore methods of design or construction that deliver better buildings for clients.
  • Series 3 : Green & the Living Building
    • Discuss methods of sustainable design that help foster living buildings.
  • Series 4 : Designing for Wellness
    • Share how design methods and building material selections can improve well-being.
Technology Program Tracks
  • Series 1 : New Uses of Technology
    • Learn how firms are using technologies to improve design and construction.
  • Series 2 : Project Collaboration 
    • Discuss technologies that help teams communicate and build a better workflow.
  • Series 3 : Websites & Social Media 
    • Share techniques on how to use the web and social media to grow new business.
  • Series 4 : Using BIM in the Small Firm
    • Review how small firm projects use BIM and opportunities for new services.

To submit a proposal go to: http://www.designrealized.com/2015speakers
For more information contact:

– Tracie Simmons
– Speaker Coordinator
– e: [email protected]

– p: 415-373-1841

 

New Jersey Revit Users Group

 

NJ-RUG Announcement:

The New Jersey Revit Users Group is pleased to announce the creation of NJ-RUG and would like to extend an open invitation to our monthly meetings.  Our mission and purpose is to create the right conditions for NJ AEC Professionals to learn about Revit / BIM and increase the adoption of BIM across our industry.

 

The NJ-RUG meetings will focus on the holistic lifecycle of the BIM process; from pre-construction all the way through facility management.  Discussions will focus on user training and development, new technology, and applications as they relate to Revit and interoperable programs.

 

Come to our next event and meet with local AEC professionals to collaborate and discuss the use and implementation of Revit / BIM.   All Revit user levels are welcome and we also want to encourage attendance and participation from senior architects and project managers.

 

Meeting Location:

The Auditorium at DLB Associates, 265 Industrial Way Eatontown, NJ 07724

 

Upcoming Events:

  • November 20, 2014 @ 6:00pm
  • December 18, 2014 @ 6:00pm
    • BIM 360 Field+Glue, presented by Autodesk

 

View our Calendar Online: http://www.meetup.com/NJ-RUG

 

Direct Contact: Lee Kopsaftis – [email protected]

AIA South Jersey Annual Members Meeting

AIA South Jersey Annual Meeting

AIA South Jersey Annual Meeting
Tuesday October 16, 2012
5 to 9pm

Location: Annata Wine Bar
216 Bellevue Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
609-704-9797

http://www.annatawinebar.com/

Program Title: “Getting Up and Running with REVIT” 1 LU
Presenter: Synergis, Engineering Design Solutions
John Daukshus – Director of Building Development – AEC Solutions
Bill Knittle – Building Solutions Engineer

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn about the different disciplines of Revit and how it supports BIM.

2. See how to utilize Autodesk Revit software so that Principals, Partners, Designers,
Drafters and Contractors can get the most out of their design.

3. Understand the cost, risk, and time it takes to fully implement Revit in order to partake
in the BIM process.

4. Learn how to plan your Revit Implementation for success.

Description:
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a revolutionary process that AEC professionals and building owners are adopting worldwide in order to produce higher quality buildings, on schedule, and on budget. The concept is simple! Design, analyze, and visualize consistent, reliable, and coordinated information via a 3D virtual simulation of the proposed building. Revit is a tool specifically designed to support the BIM methodology and provides a broad range of AEC focused features that aid designers, contractors, and owners in making informed decisions at every stage of the building lifecycle. Unfortunately, Revit is not your typical 2D CAD application and thus, should not be treated as such. Therefore, one must understand the cost, risk, and time it takes to fully implement Revit in order to partake in the BIM process. Join Bill Knittle and John Daukshus as they discuss with you the challenges that you, your staff, and your business as a whole will face when you are getting up and running with Revit.

Sponsors:
Parksite – Mitch Lauver
InPro Corporation – Michael SchellEric Rupnow
PPG Industries – Gregory Barbini
Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP – Andy Carlowicz

Cost: AIA-SJ Members* – FREE; Intern Architects & Associate Members* – FREE;
Non-Members & Guests – $35.00
RSVP to Bruce Turner at (856) 405- 0351 or [email protected] by Friday, October 12, 2012.
*Membership determined by the membership roster as of the date of this meeting.

BIM 101: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling

Building Contractors Association of New Jersey will be hosting BIM 101: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling on June 27, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Earn 8 GBCI CE Hours or 8 AIA Learning Units

Your Resource for Successful BIM Implementation

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing the way projects are constructed. Whether you are a prime contractor using BIM across an entire project or a subcontractor impacted by a specific BIM implementation, this emerging practice requires new mindsets and technological know-how in order to achieve significant improvements in efficiency and cost control.

AGC’s BIM Education Program—developed in conjunction with leading BIM practitioners, technology firms and educators—is designed to prepare construction professionals at all experience levels to successfully implement BIM on a construction project.

More information:
http://chapters.agc.org/curriculum/calendar/flyer/304.pdf

 

Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work

I wanted to make you aware of a free webinar this week you might find interesting.  Reed Construction Data is broadcasting a webinar titled “Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work” featuring the following speakers:
  • Robert Leicht, PhD – BIM Manager for DPR Construction
  • Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP – Senior Director of Kling-Stubbins
  • Markku Allison – Resource Architect for AIA National
When:  Thursday Feb 25 at 2:00 PM Eastern

Visit Reed Construction to register for the event.

Sincerely,

Robert Mencarini, AIA

Free Continuing Eduction Credits

At a recent AIA Newark Suburban board meeting we were discussing ways to increase the benefits to the membership.  One board member said that one of the most common email and phone call questions he gets is about where to find low cost continuing education (CE) credits. Especially at this time of odd numbered years when NJ architect licenses are set for renewal by August 1st.

As most members know, membership includes monthly general meetings.  At these meetings we usually have a CE event.  This is also the case at the other local components throughout AIA NJ.  These are a great source of knowledge and CE credit.

Another great source of CE material is online. Much of it at no cost. I frequently read the articles found at McGraw Hill Construction (http://continuingeducation.construction.com/), publishers of Architectural Record, ENR, Green Source, and Sweets. After reading the articles, either online or in print form, I usually take the online test.  The system notifies me that I have passed and forwards the passing grade to the AIA’s group that keeps track of the records.  I also print out (usually to PDF file) a copy of the certificate for my records.  All at no cost.  You can’t beat that.  For a $10 fee the test can be taken on paper (either from the tear-out in the printed publications or printed from the online version) and mailed in to be graded and recorded.

Most of the articles are usually of very high quality technical knowledge and take a little more than an hour including the ten question test.  Many articles are labeled for HSW and the new SD (sustainable design) credits. I generally find the ones not written by representatives of product manufacturers and service companies to be of the greatest value, but I’ll leave that judgment up to you.

Each licensing jurisdiction may have different requirements on the number of CE credits that can be accepted in this format. I believe NJ accepts up to 7 credits per cycle. Check each jurisdiction to make sure you are in compliance.

Here are the links to a few of many hundreds of excellent no cost online CE articles.  Enjoy.

Robert Mencarini, AIA

AIA Newark Suburban Architects, Trustee 2007-2009

BIM Promotes Sustainability http://continuingeducation.construction.com/article.php?L=5&C=516

Best Practices in Integrated Project Delivery http://continuingeducation.construction.com/article.php?L=115&C=408

Energy Modeling for Sustainability http://continuingeducation.construction.com/article.php?L=5&C=399

Some Other Useful BIM & IPD Information Sources…

I’ve been working with BIM, mostly Revit, for 10 years now.  In the beginning there wasn’t much published on the subject. It wasn’t even called BIM.  Back then the terms were more like Object Modeling and virtual building.  Now, not only do we have numerous printed books, we also have scores of software & service companies, websites, blogs and wiki’s devoted to all sorts of BIM tools and processes.
Ten years ago, blogs and wiki’s didn’t even exist.  Now they are one of the greatest just-in-time learning tools available.  And the best part is the information is completely free.

Every day I spend at least a few minutes glancing at what others have posted.  Almost every day there is something of value.  Here I’ll share with you a few of the ways to find these great sources of information.

The first tool in my BIM knowledge toolbelt is Google Alerts.  Google Alerts are a free web news clipping service.  You sign up for any topic you are interested in, not limited to BIM, and every day or week Google Alerts will email you the new or revised links regarding that topic.  It’s as if someone is reading every single online reference to a particular subject and clipping out the link, writing a synopsis, and emailing them to you.  Google Alerts automatically keeps track of what it has sent you in the past and only sends the updates.  I have a few Google Alerts set up to subjects such as Revit, Bentley Architecture, Archicad, various IPD topics and tools, Autodesk, etc.  I have them set to email once per day.  I could also set it to send as it finds them, which is too frequent for me, or once per week.  Once every day I get an email that tells me about any web-news article, any blog, or wiki regarding BIM or Revit or what ever the Alert is set to. This keeps me very informed about the subject.

The first step to setting up a Google Alert is to create a free Google Account (https://www.google.com/accounts/NewAccount).  This account give you access to all of the free Google tools.  Some people call this the Google OS.  It includes email, Contact Manager, Calendar, Google Docs (Writer, Spreadsheet, Slide Presentation, etc.) I’ll write more on these very useful tools in a future post.  Once your Google account is set up you go to: http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en to set up a Google Alert. Enter the Search Terms, the type of places to search, how often to send it to you, and to what email address or RSS feed to send it to.  That’s it.  All for free.  I highly recommend this free tool.

The are many blogs that I look at least every few days.  I’ll list them out in no particular order.  There are many more available.  Do a search and see what helps you the most:

paulfaubin.blogspot.com by Paul Aubin, author of Mastering Revit Architecture book

revitoped.blogspot.com by Steve Stafford

allthingsbim.blogspot.com by James Vandezande, SOM colleague

www.caduzer.com by Scott Rosenbloom, SOM colleague

www.designreform.net by David Fano

The list could go on.  I have over fifty in my Google (blog) Reader.  I suggest you do a search, see what you find and share the really good ones by posting a comment to this post.

Robert

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