AECCafe Weekly Review September 25th, 2017

Hey, BIM! Got a Better Acronym?
September 24, 2017  by Shane Kling

Three years ago, I sought to change the acronym P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagram [or Drawing]) to Piping and Instrumentation DATA (Not Drawings)Up Next: Building Information Management (BIM). For the full-version of this article, navigate to the EiCAD Blog

Why, you might ask, must we change the meaning of BIM? Answer: Because most Owner-Operators are unaware of what ‘BIM’ means when it comes up in conversation.

I still remember the first conversation I had with my longtime, friend and colleague, Ian Matthew – once Autodesk’s lead Plant expert – who they replaced him with, I have no idea…

Ian said to me while driving to the Valero Benicia Refinery in 2012: “BIM is the future. BIM will change how the world, including oil and gas, chemical, and other industries operate!”

Elevating Workflow with ARCHICAD
September 22, 2017  by Mary Moscarello

The relationship between ARCHICAD and March Studio began three years ago. The branded architecture firm, located in Santa Monica, California recalls their first project in which they used ARCHICAD to design the Cinema Media Arts Center at Providence High School in Burbank, CA. The project became a prototype for future work, ushering in a movement away from producing designs in 2D CAD and SketchUp. With the change in software came an expansion in the range of services the firm could offer their clients.

During the project, Summer Vaughn March Studio Project Architect, used the Providence 3D model to develop a new office template in ARCHICAD, setting the foundation for consistency and ease in future documentation. It even enhanced their ability to create compelling design presentations. Early in the design process, she could share white model renders with the client, allowing them to follow the development of the design, moving towards full material renders as the design was dialed in.

On September 14th, 2017, Dassault Systèmes held the Greater China AEC Industry Forum in Qingdao, China. Hosting industry leaders from around the country, the forum introduced Dassault Systèmes development strategy and global experience in the construction and energy industries. Participants learned about Dassault Systèmes “3DEXPERIENCE” BIM solution platform, as well as the company’s successes in municipal projects, roads and railways, water conservancy and hydropower projects, and other sectors.

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The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held in Beijing in May 2017, reaffirmed China’s commitment to promoting the integration of land, sea, air, and the Internet. While promoting metropolitan area development, the “Belt and Road” strategy also focuses heavily on infrastructure development. In this context, Dassault Systèmes is continually improving upon its “3DEXPERIENCE” solutions platform, and is striving to support data integration and coordination across the lifetime of infrastructure projects using 3D data simulation technology and BIM management platforms. This helps companies in design, construction, operation, and other project phases reap the benefits of digital technology.

Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, global head Workstations, HP Inc. and Josh Peterson, vice president product management, Workstations, HP Inc. recently presented a webinar on the new HP Desktop Z workstation family.

HP Z8 Workstation with dual HP Z27x Displays (2)

Hitting the Ground Running with ARCHICAD
September 20, 2017  by Mary Moscarello

By the time Matt Goff and Zoran Pevec graduated college, they had already completed their first joint project, a single-family home remodel/addition in Venice Beach, CA. The two wasted no time in establishing their firm, Archive Design Group (ADG) in Los Angeles and since then have been focusing on designing high-end single family homes, landscapes and interiors with a focus on project specific contexts and user experience.

ADG knew early on that they would assert a company philosophy that embraced casual and comfortable, yet substantial and unique designs. To achieve that goal and be profitable, the software solution choice they made would have to support an awareness of the relationship between maintaining an efficient workflow, while being able to exercise an open-minded design process, and taking great care to refine final product.

“We considered several other BIM solutions in our search,” explained Goff. “What sealed the deal for us choosing ARCHICAD was the inherent flexibility, while being able to efficiently move projects forward. The BIM workflow and ability to produce high quality presentation drawings, all in one Mac-based program, made it the obvious choice for us.”

Choosing ARCHICAD has allowed ADG to embrace a more streamlined workflow than what could be achieved using a collection of various software. The program has helped them maintain day-to-day efficiency and focus more energy on design. Goff estimates this cuts a sizeable, 15% off the work day from construction documentation prep, while making profitable business moves forward.

“ARCHICAD frees us from menial necessities and improves coordination, giving us freedom to step back and focus more on all aspects of our business. We can worry less about fine tuning settings, formatting and cross referencing. Because there are many moving parts in evolving a project, we rely on TeamWork functionality of the program and the use of BIM Server to comfortably collaborate and deliver on deadline in a detail-oriented manner. We know what to expect from our workflow so we can confidently take on new projects. Having ARCHICAD has really addressed a lot of the variables involved in delivering high quality work, on schedule.”

Goff cites multiple challenges for which he’s come to rely on ARCHICAD to help him and his team overcome in the 2 ½ years they’ve used the software. First on his list, one that any architect can relate to, dealing with project changes and conflict resolution.

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