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.
The Auditorium at DLB Associates, 265 Industrial Way Eatontown, NJ 07724
View our Calendar Online: http://www.meetup.com/NJ-RUG
Direct Contact: Lee Kopsaftis – LKopsaftis@DLBAssociates.com
Location: Annata Wine Bar
216 Bellevue Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
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
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.
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.
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@example.com by Friday, October 12, 2012.
*Membership determined by the membership roster as of the date of this meeting.
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.
Visit Reed Construction to register for the event.
Robert Mencarini, AIA
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
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
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.
The purpose of the AIA NJ Technology In Practice blog is to share knowledge about the use of technology in the professional lives of our members and their firms.
The goal is to expand the knowledge, flatten the learning curve, and decrease the time it takes to implement and benefit from the tools and technologies that allow Architects to be more efficient, more productive, & more profitable.
A decade ago, having been involved with the use of technology in residential and large and small scale commercial / institutional architecture since the mid 1980’s I jumped at the chance to join a small startup software company in Massachusetts called Charles River Software. The goal of this company and it’s founders was to deliver on the promise of what technology can offer the AEC industry. This company, later known as Revit Technology Corporation became part of Autodesk, Inc. in 2002 where my role was working with firms around the United States and beyond implementing these new tools. I left Autodesk in 2005 to form my own BIM consulting and architecture firm. Eventually, after many years of working with firms on the early implementation stages of BIM tools, I joined Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, LLP in NYC as a Senior Manager of Virtual Design + Construction, for the opportunity to apply this knowledge on very large buildings with teams that are beyond the early adopter phases of Building Information Modeling.
We’ll start the blog with two main areas, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).
In this context the term technology means more than the many electronic hardware and software tools available to architects. It also means processes and procedures that can help us achieve our goals. The tools and processes that we use interconnect to form a fabric that runs throughout our business. I have a long list of topics and links to related and helpful information to start this knowledge share and ensuing discussions.
I suspect, as I’ve seen in other related ventures, the interconnections from BIM to IPD to Sustainable Design is very much intertwined. The implementation of one informs the needs and uses of the others.
As the Editor and Contributor of the AIA NJ Technology in Practice blog I will share with you my knowledge in these areas and invite others, from within the AIA NJ community and beyond, to share their knowledge as well.
I look forward to this opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with the AIA NJ community.
Robert Mencarini, AIA
AIA Newark Suburban Architects, Trustee 2007-2009