Over at Virtual Built Technology, we have an aspirational view of our industry – that together, we can arrive at a set of best practice workflows for BIM and VDC projects.

We have been developing and refining our own set of internal workflows for a number of years, and today we would like to start sharing those with the world.

We will periodically post best practice workflows in the Resources menu on our site.

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From here you can browse to various resource types, including:

  • Workflows – for workflow documents and flow charts
  • Content – for BIM files like Revit templates and families
  • Automation – for scripts, like Dynamo graphs

The individual resource pages are also fully Disqus comment enabled, so you can start a conversation there. Let us know if you think we are on the right track… or not 🙂

Already, you will find our How to Use a Revit Control File guide, and a script that will automatically create section-boxed 3D views from a Revit Control File.

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Click on it anytime and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions, or would like assistance with your BIM and VDC projects.

We look forward to engaging with you soon!

“on a building project that is made more efficient by VDC it is the subcontractors that have most to gain particularly when you also recognise that subcontract margins are up to seven times that of a head contractor. It makes sense really because it is the subcontractor that is actually doing the construction work.” 

Read more at https://twitter.com/Navisworks/status/428542311572987905

See below a series of links on IPD, VDC and BIM generally.  Interestingly, this information comes from a contract / legal perspective:

Article Moving Design-Build closer to IPD
PDF IPD Framework
PDF Integrated Project Delivery: The Game Changer
PDF IPD Teams: Creation, Organization and Management
PDF Using a design-build contract for Lean Integrated Project Delivery
PDF Building Information Modeling: Look Both Ways Before You Leap
PDF Diagram of BIM Elements
PDF Diagram of BIM Elements (Interactive)
PDF How IPD Can Help Your Project Succeed
PDF Every marriage—and project—needs a honeymoon
PDF Comparison of Integrated Project Delivery Agreements (Summary)
PDF Motivation and Incentives in Relational Contracts
PDF Negotiating an Integrated Project Delivery Agreement
Video IPD Video Series – Part 1
Video IPD Video Series – Part 2
Video IPD Video Series – Part 3
Video IPD Video Series – Part 4
Video IPD Video Series – Part 5
Video IPD Video Series – Part 6
PDF Comparison of Integrated Project Delivery Agreements
PDF IPD Standard Agreement – Profit Deferred Until Final Completion
PDF Rethinking the “G” in GMP: Why Estimated Maximum Price Contracts Make Sense on Collaborative Projects
PDF Executive Summary of IFOA – Integrated Form of Agreement
PDF Alternative Project Delivery Methods for Public Works Projects in California
PDF Managing Integrated Project Delivery
PDF Building Information Modeling: A Framework for Collaboration

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There is a lot of practical wisdom presented in this recent article by Gensler’s Jared Krieger.

He recommends against “BIM execution plans as long as 50 pages, with page after page of information and procedures.”

A few more interesting quotes:
discussion early on about which team members will be modeling which pieces of the building

where should the model be during the schematic design, design development, and construction document phases

setting up a duplicate workset with the consultants’ grids so they can be turned on and off as needed

On clashes:
concentrate on the areas where you know there are going to be problems. You can’t let the computer do everything. Good architects know where they need to focus their coordination efforts.

During team meetings:
only team members who are proficient in Revit get to drive the model

This one is sure to raise some eyebrows:
“Anything in a design that is smaller than two inches in size—such as wire, conduit, and pipe—should not be modeled, because small components can usually be worked around larger components on site”

Read the whole article: