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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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Using Revit Categories in Dynamo

In my previous Dynamo webinars and in my recent presentation to the San Francisco Dynamo User Group (SFDUG), I emphasized that when it comes to selecting elements, I like using the API built-in category names. The benefit is that you don’t have to scroll through a long node after closing and re-opening a Dynamo definition. For…

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Autodesk Seek: Load Revit families quickly

Autodesk Seek has a new addin for Revit at the App Exchange. It represents a valuable upgrade from the traditional built-in search box in Revit that kicks you out into a website so you can download manufacturer-specific content for Revit (after you log in). The Autodesk Seek addin allows you to more easily search, download…

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Owner-driven BIM

Building owners have important post-construction needs that are often poorly addressed with legacy paper-based workflows. This presentation demonstrates how owner-defined BIM standards can help streamline data management throughout the life cycle of a building. Viewers will be able to: List current challenges in “template” Project Execution Plans and workflows Understand the components of an owner-driven…

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eTransmit for Revit

It is not uncommon to have to share Revit model files as part of a milestone submission. If you have linked DWGs/custom keynotes it can be a challenge to put together all the files and keep the links properly pathed. There is a useful add-in by Autodesk that helps simplify this situation called eTransmit for…

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PDF hyperlinks from Revit 2015 and later

A little publicized feature of Revit 2015 R2 is the ability to generate hyperlinked PDF document sets when using a hyperlink compliant PDF writer like Adobe Reader or Bluebeam Revu. See 2015 R2 PDF Export Enhancements Sample Document Set (.pdf) – Generated from a modified version of the Open Source Metal Building. Try it out and experience enhanced document…

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Dynamo sample scripts

At the recent Dynamo webinar I promised a few scripts to share: Simple  Door category count – You really wouldn’t need this, but it is a good starting point to get familiar with commonly used nodes for reading information from a project as demonstrated in the next two scripts. Export to Excel – Potential workflows…

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Dynamo: Unlocking further power in Revit

Dynamo is creating waves in the industry as a visual programming tool that greatly extends the power of Revit. At the end of this presentation you will understand what Dynamo does very well and how it can help you improve quality, simplify design iterations and reduce tedious tasks in Revit. This presentation is designed for…

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Analytical Boundary Errors

Recently we were auditing a Revit model and ended up stuck in a the unfortunate cycle of trying to click through hundreds of errors to complete an Ungroup task. These errors were referencing various floors and complaining along the lines of: “Boundary edge lines intersect each other. Boundary contour must not be distorted.” After attempting…

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Moving into the 21st Century – Science World reaps benefits of BIM

This article originally appeared on June 22, 2015 in the Piling Industry Canada Magazine. The original can be viewed here. Traditional paper-based drawings may be the status quo for many in the Canadian construction industry but some leading-edge innovators have made the transition into the digital world. Building Information Management (BIM) has already taken root…

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Geraldine Rayner to present at the Construction Leadership Forum

Geraldine Rayner, Summit BIM Director will share her thoughts on how the BIM process impacts deliverables from design to build and from build to operate. With over 30 years of experience in the AECO industry, Geraldine is committed to demonstrating the huge benefits that working in a BIM environment offers designers, contractors, developers and owner-operators.…

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Vasari, You Left Us Too Early…

It was with some sadness that we learned this week that Autodesk Vasari Beta 3 will permanently expire by May 31st 2015. That being said, it comes as no surprise considering that over the past year it was never upgraded to be compatible with Revit 2015. I personally still have mixed emotions, particularly because Vasari…

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Getting Your Feet Wet

3 things a Spec Writer can do, at no cost, to prepare to dive into BIM  1. Download and install two free viewers Autodesk Design Review Navisworks Freedom Both of these software solutions allow you to dig into the inherent data generated by the design side when utilizing BIM enabled software solutions. Design Review –…

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Creating a Structured Usable Model BIMPEP, Do’s and Don’ts

During my past webinar, I covered some important points in the planning of workflows to secure downstream uses of BIM. I outlined in a graphic the concept that the value of information increases as the graphical representation decreases during the life-cycle of a project. As promised, below are a couple of links for BIM Project…

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Geraldine Rayner to speak at CSC Lunch

Summit Consulting Director, Geraldine Rayner will be speaking at the Constructions Specifications Canada Luncheon on March 12, 2015 at 11:30 am. Designed to be thought provoking, Geraldine will challenge currently accepted processes, encourage consideration of alternative electronic means of communication and ponder the benefit to be gained from being able to see through the paper…

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