IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) – Understanding Entities in Autodesk Revit

October 9, 2018. By

INTRODUCTION

Welcome back!

In the last blog I had a bit of moan and we learnt about some basic IFC principles. In this blog we’re going to take what we have learnt and apply it to the world of Revit. Therefore, if you haven’t read it please do so.

I wanted to start by giving a friendly warning – this isn’t for the faint hearted. In fact, I’ve heard it described as black magic, performed by wizards with the patience of saints. Continue reading

IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) – An introduction for Autodesk Revit users

September 25, 2018. By

HELLO EVERYONE!

After a year at Bond Bryan Digital and to coincide with our new website, it’s time I rolled up my sleeves and finally started blogging. For those who don’t know me my name is Emma and I’m an Autodesk Revit user. I’m a technician by trade and the more I used Revit over the years the more I craved structure to my information to get the best out of the software and my models. This is why I started to look at standards and ways of implementing them within Revit. In particular openBIM standards like Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) because I want my information to be as useful as possible to everyone who needs it, now and in the future. Continue reading

Testing openBIM data exchange for client specific data sets

July 24, 2018. By

Introduction

As many of you who read this blog regularly know, Bond Bryan Digital promote open standards wherever possible to exchange information between different project stakeholders. The primary methods of exchange we utilise on our projects are PDF, XLSX, IFC, COBie and BCF (and DWG if we really have to!). Many are still sceptical about information exchange using certain formats. This is particularly true of IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) which is described by ISO16739:2013. The truth though is that the IFC schema is not really to blame. The issue is that the exchange is often poor because of either poor implementation of the schema by vendors or poor implementation by users. Continue reading

Bond Bryan at BIM Show Live 2018

December 28, 2017. By

Introduction

Last year I decided to take a break from presenting at BIM Show Live. I subsequently won the ‘wooden spoon’ for not being ‘bothered to enter a submission’. Ooopss!! So I thought I better submit something this year!! Instead of just one submission though, Bond Bryan have 3 presentations at BIM Show Live 2018!

There will be two from me and one from my Bond Bryan colleague Rosey Alexander (Associate), who will share her story of how she is engaging and helping develop staff’s skills at Bond Bryan Architects.

Below is more information about each of these classes. Continue reading

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LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 31: Handover Information

November 27, 2017. By

Introduction

So this series finally draws to a close (or at least for now!). We have been publishing blog pieces in this series since March 2016, however the journey for this project started way back in early 2015. Its been a fun project to work on but at the same time massively time consuming and challenging. In many ways it reflects real life projects! Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 30: FM Handover

October 17, 2017. By

Introduction

When I had the original idea for the LEGO series one of the main goals was to demonstrate how open standards could be used throughout the project. Many of these processes are well documented and shared amongst the BIM community. However, little is available on how information is exchanged into Facilities Management (FM) software. Part of my aspiration for the blog was that we could use the LEGO model to demonstrate a little of this digital handover process. So the question is: What does that design and construction information from a BIM process actually look like in an FM tool? Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 29: Construction Reality

September 20, 2017. By

Introduction

Throughout this blog series we have discussed some of the many benefits of a BIM approach. Of course there are more than this blog series will cover but the aim of the series has always been to show how BIM can be applied to anything, even a child’s toy, if you really want to embrace a BIM process. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 28: COBie

August 21, 2017. By

Introduction

We are now moving towards the end of the blog series on LEGO Architecture meets BIM. In this post we look at how the data from the LEGO model can be extracted into a COBie format.  The main purpose of COBie is to provide a transfer mechanism of data produced with a BIM process into a format that can be used by Facilties Managers. This data is provided for maintaining an asset (in this case the Villa Savoye, although in LEGO format!) after the completion of construction. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 26: Common Data Environments

July 10, 2017. By

Introduction

BIM is often misunderstood simply as technology, a deliverable or all about the model. However PROCESS is the most important aspect of any BIM project. A successful BIM project is one that follows a defined process effectively and efficiently, using technology to produce deliverables (these may or may not come from a model). In the UK much of this starts with ‘BIM Level 1’. I have written previously in detail on this subject but a core requirement for a project is the use of a Common Data Environment or CDE for short.  Continue reading