BIM object standard naming?

April 17, 2015. By

Introduction

I recently attended the buildingSMART International Summit in Watford. At the event there was a short presentation about standard naming for BIM objects. Object naming in the UK is covered by BS 8541-1:2012. Now I have to confess that I hadn’t looked at BS 8541-1 for awhile. So on the train home from the event I dug it out again and had another read. Continue reading

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Interoperability testing: IFC 2×3 site geometry exchange

March 16, 2015. By

Introduction

In the previous blog post we looked at a case study of our Cleveland Fire Brigade Training and Administration Building. An issue that emerged from this project was to do with how our site geometry was being exchanged into Solibri Model Checker. We quickly found a solution to resolve the issue into Solibri. However, sometimes finding a solution to one problem can result in unexpected results elsewhere. Continue reading

Case Study: Cleveland Fire Brigade Training and Administration Building

March 10, 2015. By

Introduction

In September 2014 we introduced a number of new technologies and processes to the practice. The technologies we introduced were Graphisoft ARCHICAD 18, Graphisoft BIMx Docs (now rebranded BIMx Pro), Graphisoft BIMcloud and Solibri Model Checker.

In order to introduce these technologies and workflows we had spent the previous 6 months developing processes and templates that would work for our needs. Much of this work aligns with the emerging UK BIM standards, processes and protocols as well as the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. Now in March 2015 we are starting to see a number of projects really taking advantage of these new processes and technology advancements. Continue reading

openBIM for Facilities Management

November 7, 2014. By

Introduction

The UK Government has defined 3 deliverables for publicly procured projects from April 1st 2016. These are PDF, native models and COBie (see diagram below). PAS 1192-2:2013 sets out the process for the production of these deliverables. Key to PAS 1192-2 is an Employers Information Requirement (EIR) which sets out a clients requirements for projects. Here begins the problem!
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ARCHICAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie flow – Part 3 – Model export

October 17, 2014. By

In this final piece in this series about some of the main improvements to IFC and COBie workflow (there are more of course around openBIM) we will look at the enhancements that have been made to geometry export settings. (This piece is primarily focussed on IFC but in time I can see how these changes will also benefit COBie workflows, particularly with regard to the Assembly Worksheet). The new features might be missed by some users but these changes really are going to have a significant impact on the quality of the models we export to others. Continue reading

ARCHICAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie flow – Part 2 – Data mapping

September 22, 2014. By

In the last post we looked at Project Info which briefly mentioned data mapping to IFC fields. In this post we will specifically look at the IFC data mapping in ARCHICAD 18. Whilst there are some great features in the latest version of ARCHICAD, the IFC mapping is definitely my personal favourite new feature. For me, this is real BIM! Rendering is always high on architects wish lists and grabbed a lot of the headlines. However the need to create, manage and check data efficiently is imperative for us as we move towards the UK Government target of achieving “Level 2 BIM’ by 2016. Continue reading

ARCHICAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie flow – Part 1 – Project Info

September 5, 2014. By

The latest version of Graphisoft ARCHICAD was released earlier in the summer and whilst all the headlines will go to the big features like rendering and revision management there are new features which for workflows utilising IFC and COBie are really great improvements. To many these changes in ARCHICAD 18 will not be abundantly clear to the average user. However these changes will allow data to become more utilised even to those who don’t understand IFC or COBie particularly well. This blog piece is going to focus on the changes to the ‘Project Info’ dialogue box, although subsequent pieces will look at further changes. Continue reading

Vision to reality: Bradford College case study

September 3, 2014. By

When Bond Bryan invested in our authoring platform back in 1994 we had a clear vision that 3D models would play an important part of the future of the construction industry. When we set off on our journey, the ability to create 3-dimensional visualisations was one of the primary goals of creating a model for the project. For years we were focussed on producing a visualisation that could ‘sell’ our ideas to clients. Looking back these visualisations were crude by today’s standards but they have always been and continue to be a key part of our overall service. Continue reading