Business of BIM

Finding BIM Unicorns – Traits to Look for in Outstanding 3D Modelers

We like to talk about unicorns. Not the four-legged, horned mythical beast, but that difficult-to-find individual with exceptional skills in digital workflows.

An Important Measure of BIM – How Many Holes Did You Drill?

"That which is measured, improves," said Peter Drucker. In light of new regulations coming from OSHA, we want to propose a new measure of the depth and quality of building information modeling (BIM).

Is Matterport the Right Choice for Your Project?

Have you heard of Matterport? Matterport is a scanning platform provider that uses bioptic cameras to produce 3D environments. This technology is different from Lidar, which uses laser range finding to create point clouds.

BIM Around the World

We've been traveling in Denmark and Norway this week and working with the Danish firm MT Højgaard, one of the largest general contractors in Scandinavia. It has been fascinating, insightful, and exciting to explore the similarities and differences in virtual…

BuildingSP & Matterport – Autorouting MEP in Point Clouds

We recently reconnected with the folks over at Matterport and started testing our work within Matterport export environments. We wanted to give you a quick update in advance of releasing a video showing what we've been able to achieve, which we find very…

The Engineering of BIM

One of the most important concepts that I learned in college was a very specific definition of the word "engineering." I don't remember exactly where I first heard this definition, but I seem to recall it was an offhand remark made about the profession by a…

BIM Pros: Making Numbers Tell a Story

This post is about numbers and how we as virtual design and construction (VDC) practitioners can use them more effectively. If you're a BIM professional, imagine walking into your next annual review and saying a statement similar to one or more of the…

The BIM-Burning Man Connection

Burning Man has become a cultural phenomenon, growing from a small beach gathering in San Francisco in 1986 into the sixth-largest city in Nevada (larger than the state capital) for one week per year. (Check out this blog to read about the building of Black…

Career Progression Challenges in VDC & BIM

When I entered the construction industry in 2001, there was a clear-cut career path for me. While the titles and steps may have varied across companies, the progression for someone in project management was nearly an industry standard. The introduction of…

The Gamification of Building Information Modeling

Last year, we visited Chris Collins at High Fidelity in San Francisco and learned how they are creating an open source and immersive virtual reality environment. While there, we were told an insightful tale about the power of gamification, which we find…

How VDC Is Like "The Lego Movie"

As the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry uses building information modeling (BIM) to move towards a digital workflow, it's important to recognize that other industries also use digital workflows. One example of this is especially…

The BIM Unicorn: Rare Traits of High-Performing 3D Modelers

Consulting companies are people-based organizations and the alignment of skills and projects is critical for successful execution. I ran a building information modeling (BIM) consulting company for several years, and I had a mental model I employed to inform…

The Study of Clicks

Previously, we spoke about how virtual reality (VR) will be limited to the passive viewing of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) information if we don’t create better tools. Notably, we pointed out that mouse clicks demonstrate how constrained…

The Debug Analogy in AEC

Let's talk about software debugging in relation to what we do in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC). Many of us have done a bit of coding as part of our education. When I was at UC Berkeley, engineering students used MATLAB to learn the basics…

The Perceived Flexibility of Electrical Systems in BIM

It costs money to use BIM on a project, and it's natural to weigh costs and benefits to get the best outcome. Electrical systems have the reputation for being the most flexible in the practice of BIM, which results in electrical systems receiving the least…

The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection

Job sites all over the world use clash detection to report on the errors that occur as architects, engineers, and contractors create 3D models for buildings. Every clash report includes tens of thousands of these errors, and the clash detection process can…

BIM & Safety

Let's talk safety. There have been some recent postings about how BIM can be used to create a safer job site through better planning, hazard communication, and visualization. We're not afraid of tough math, but we wanted to point out some fairly simple math…

Autorouting in Ships Using Computational BIM

The SPAR3D Conference next week brings together a diverse group of 3D technologists. In preparation for that event, we wanted to demonstrate an example of autorouting and automodeling that tests geometric complexity and congestion. Here's what we came up…

Diapers, Beer & BIM

The AEC industry is at a critical juncture in history. BIM, cloud computing, and the growing sophistication of building products have created the perfect environment for a new era in AEC history. Autodesk calls this "The Era of Connection," a disruptive time…

BIM Cost Estimating for Subcontractors

One topic that I think is important is how to estimate BIM costs. Here are some thoughts on the best way to estimate and track BIM costs if you are a part of the subcontractor community. BIM is a planning tool - you're planning and defining how work is to be…

How Do You Plan Your BIM Workforce Assets?

There's a paper you should read if you're interested in BIM issues. I'm posting it here with permission from Professor Wei Wu of California State University, Fresno.

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