Along with all the usual statistics and reports, it features a two-page Case Study on the New Royal Adelaide Hospital – a project we are involved with coordinating here at VirtualBuilt.  If you want to read on about SPOTNIC, 4D, 5D and FM involvement in the process, read on…

The full title is

The Business Value of BIM in Australia and New Zealand:
How Building Information Modeling Is Transforming the Design and Construction Industry

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I worked with a Structural Engineer recently who used to model Void Forms in his Structural Columns so that he could “cut” them into walls and other geometry.

However, this created a bit of an issue when the Structural model was linked into the Architectural – namely, orange voids would occasionally show up, because they were not cutting anything.  Obviously, this type of scenario is not ideal, but it is actually quite common to come across modelling practices that associates or other companies use that don’t really fit directly into your own workflow. In those situations, you often need to find a workaround, or perhaps discuss this issue to try and come to a compromise.

In this case, the engineer recommended this course of action:
I just noticed some of the columns have the yellow voids displaying, this is a Revit gremlin that creeps in overtime and needs to be fixed every few days or before issuing but I forgot. I can fix it and re send alternatively if you have started working with the file, it is as simple as editing the family changing a parameter and reloading It, essentially doing a regen. The other option is to select all rectangular columns and change the parameter ‘void offset’ to say 2.

How do you deal with differing modelling practices?  Have you been able to solve these issues, or have they become permanent headaches?  At Virtual Built, it is our primary goal to make teams function more efficiently throughout the entire BIM process.  Do you have a problem that needs solving?  Or do you have a great workflow solution that you would like to share?  Feel free to contact us.  Let’s collaborate!

As you may have seen on LinkedIn:

I am pleased to say that I have accepted a position with cutting edge BIM consultancy Virtual Built. I sincerely enjoyed my time at Woodhead, and I truly benefited from the depth of architectural experience as well as the broad project range I experienced there (in my relatively short tenure). Yet, it still felt like the right time (for me) to move closer to BIM technology, and take a small step away from pure architecture.

There are a number of reasons that this current position at Virtual Built feels like a good fit for my particular mix of knowledge and experience, and some of these reasons will be progressively revealed in future posts here.

Initially, I’d like to mention the 4 primary services that Virtual Built offers:

  1. BIM Coordination – assisting Builders and General Contractors with project coordination of models in Navisworks – solving problems before they become an issue on site.
  2. BIM Advice and Consulting – offering our expertise to a range of disciplines and professionals who are looking to maximise the financial benefits of BIM at the business-level, including Architects, Engineers, Consultants and Contractors.
  3. BIM Training – with years of project experience using Revit and Navisworks, alongside proven ability to deliver quality training, Virtual Built owner Michael Clothier and I are in a unique position to offer practical and pragmatic training that is suited to your needs.
  4. BIM Content Creation – including Revit modelling and documentation, family creation, project startup work, 3D rendering and visualization (such as for marketing purposes), and the provision of tailored BIM Execution Plans that are effective and current.

BIM really is here to stay. It will, of course, change and adapt over time. The question is – will you?

We would love to help you get on board with BIM and keep pace with this technology. Not simply “because everyone else is doing it”, but because we believe it can actually improve the profitability and quality of your work.

Please Contact us if you would like to learn more