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CanBIM Owners Symposium

CanBIM Owners Symposium

Geraldine will be attending the Owners Symposium at CanBIM Toronto, September 25th, 2019. CanBIMAgenda CanBIM event page


Revit COBie workflow approaches: Excel vs. Database | What are the differences?

Despite the fact that COBie is relatively well known, the question of how best to collect the COBie data remains a point of discussion. In past blogs, we have discussed COBie requirements in relation to Alberta Infrastructure projects, addressing which assets to track and how to assign project roles. In this post, we discuss the…

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The 5 BIMandments of COBie

For ten years, Summit BIM Consulting has been working with owners to achieve a fully digital handover, including data collection and transfer to CMMS. Moving into the world of COBie, and digital project delivery it’s easy for even the smartest of project teams to lose sight of the basic principles that guide the process of…

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Extracting Civil 3D Data Using Navisworks

Recently we recommended the Properties+ addin for Navisworks which was updated to support Navisworks 2019. In addition to consolidating properties that may exist across different tabs in the properties window, it also provides a straightforward and consistent way to extract information from a model viewed in Navisworks. Recently, we used this method to extract element…


Navisworks time-saver: Properties+

If you have searched through the Autodesk App Exchange, you may have come across many exciting new tools that make life in Navisworks easier. One such tool is Properties+ which is a recently updated add-in that I have now found to be completely indispensable when working in Navisworks. As you know, here at Summit we…


Delivering COBie data is a team sport

If there’s something that we have learned from working with owner-operators, it is that the team wins, not individuals. Each project team has their area of expertise – architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing – and they provide support with their specific skill set but they must play together for success. Never is this more apparent…


BIM Consulting Lessons from a Power Plant Project

Edwin Guerra, BIM Consultant recently presented – BIM Consulting Lessons from a Power Plant Project – at the CanBIM Saskatchewan Satellite session. This presentation focused on the role of the BIM Consultant as a QA/QC independent third party for this project which involved the design and construction of a new below grade campus Power Plant…

Practical applications of Dynamo

Practical Applications of Dynamo

Edwin Guerra, BIM Consultant and Dynamo expert, will introduce the new features available in Dynamo 2.0 as well as some of it’s practical applications such as: Automatically generating 3D views from rooms. Exporting schedules. Automating workset assignment. Dynamo is an open-source platform that enables users to employ computational design and coding with Revit.  


Who’s Who in an Alberta Infrastructure COBie Team

The use of COBie by Alberta Infrastructure (AI) introduces new terms that our industry may not be familiar, such as Asset Information Manager (AIM) and Asset Execution Plan (AEP). Practitioners in our industry will inevitably ask: what are these terms and why are they necessary? Perhaps more importantly, how much more work is involved? The…


Alberta Infrastructure: COBie Unlocked

With Alberta Infrastructure’s new BIM policy now in effect, now is the time for companies that intend to bid or are working on Alberta Infrastructure projects to ensure that they can meet the new requirements. (Not sure what the requirements are? View them here). One of the major areas of change—and the one that’s been…

Upgrade old Dynamo

Upgrading Old Dynamo Files

This article describes the steps and best practices when upgrading to a new release of Dynamo. Best Practices: Name your files with a prefix that indicates what release you used (2.0 at the time of writing). If you use external packages, create a group by right clicking the node, name it the name of the…


Exporting Multiple Revit Schedules to a Spreadsheet at Once Using Dynamo

This article describes how to use Dynamo to export multiple schedules at once. Exporting schedules can be tedious using the traditional Revit export dialog. If you have to export more than a couple of schedules at regular intervals during design, this can be a great opportunity to use Dynamo to automate. Like Google likes to…

Summit BIM’s Geraldine Rayner to speak at the buildingSMART International Summit

Summit BIM’s Geraldine Rayner to speak at the buildingSMART International Summit

Geraldine Rayner, Director of Summit BIM, has been invited to present ‘Handover and Beyond’ at buildingSMART’s International Summit in Paris March 26 – 29. She will share lessons learned from guiding Owner Operators through the BIM process and managing a smooth digital handover. Geraldine will speak to: How to generate a digital data set that…


Filtering Elements in Revit Using Dynamo and the List.FilterByBoolMask Node

Filtering is necessary when using Dynamo to select elements. For example, if we were looking for all exterior doors in a project, we would use Dynamo to grab all the doors in a project and then filter down the ones that have the type Function parameter set to Exterior. Similarly, you may want to filter…


Using Dynamo to Access Elements Through a Linked File

A common scenario is that you would like to manipulate elements in Revit via Dynamo, but the elements you want to access or manipulate are in a linked file. To access elements through a link you will need to use external packages archilab-grimshaw and steamnodes. To review installation of an external package in Dynamo review…

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