Mentor Announcement #7 & #8 Summit 2019

Dear all,

I am very excited to announce our mentors for the workshop Collaboration with IFC.

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Drum roll for…

Diane Ramage & Andy Waring

Diane Ramage

Background

I have 30 years construction experience gained within construction across a range of projects and sectors and as BIM Manager at Keppie Design I develop our standards and procedures to align with those of the UK, and now the international, standards, providing guidance to staff and management while ensuring over 70 Revit users have continuing software and procedure skills development.

I’ve been using BIM software and methods since 2004 and have applied them on Architectural projects ranging from small residential units to multi-million commercial and healthcare schemes, working collaboratively with all other project consultants and clients. I have been a passionate advocate of BIM collaboration throughout my career and relish the fact that every day still teaches me something new.

I’m also part of the Keppie team who develop partnerships with further education establishments since I have also previously lectured in Architectural Technology and keep in contact with the education sector, where I’ve collaborated with lecturers in course development. I’ve trained others in implementation of BIM methods, technology and software since 2004 and as a committee member of the Glasgow Revit User Group I’m a firm believer that spreading and sharing knowledge will help the wider construction industry and ultimately be beneficial to the whole industry.

Her Motivation

I take great delight in watching students engage with the subject matter and progress their understanding and skills and I believe my experience can help students put the context of their learning experience into practical use within the “real” world of the construction industry. I’m excited to be taking part in BILT Academy as a mentor because it’ll be an opportunity to share experiential knowledge and help students transition from education to the workplace with confidence in their skills.

Andy Waring

Background

I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and became an architect in early 2017 completing various projects across the Sports, Education and Justice sectors with a combined project value of £70M in that time. I became the BIM manager of Holmes Miller Architects in early 2018. Holmes Miller has 3 offices, in Glasgow, London and Guangzhou with just under 100 staff. I lead the development and implementation of in house standards and content aligned to international specification and provide extensive training around various standards and tools both in house and externally. I also handle most ICT related matters and specialize in research and development projects ranging from the development of fully automated model validation procedures and various tools to aid parametric design and production. I am also developing integrations between finance software and various analysis tools for the SMT. Outside of Holmes Miller, I am a committee member for the Glasgow Revit User Group (GRUG) and have previously been the chair on various industry summits.

His Motivation

With concepts such as virtual digital construction and BIM becoming mainstream, we need intelligent and motivated students with the right knowledge to be productive and push the industry into the 21st century. Industry collaboration with education is vital to ensure that students are aware and prepared to join us in dragging the construction sector into the 21st century. I am delighted to be offered to opportunity to be a BILT Academy mentor to help guide the innovators of the future.

Key Learning Objectives

01- Learn how to collaborate with IFC files within Revit and to export an IFC from Revit

  • Open an IFC using Revit and save as a Revit file
  • Link a native IFC into a Revit model
  • Export a Revit model to IFC  
  • Export formats
  • Location of Revit IFC Export mapping table
  • Simplified Export process
  • Overview of IFC advanced export settings

02- Learn about the BIM interoperability suite for classification of model elements, and to prepare your model for COBie data

  • Where to access the suite and an overview of the elements
  • Classification manager overview
  • COBie overview
  • Workflow for COBie population in Revit

03- Learn about Revit Model Checker and how to customise it to suit standards

  • Overview of Revit Model Checker
  • Why /when  use model checker
  • Example of validation process using model checker

Short Q&A

1)Where do you see the importance of collaborating with IFC? Why this kind of standards are important for the AEC industry?

Working within Architecture I’m not the greatest advocate of the IFC format, I do think it’s very important that there is a method of interoperability through an open format but I see it more as a necessary complication to my job, since not everyone works across the same software formats. Industry software providers have resisted developing their platforms on a completely open format but the need for IFC import/export adds further time and effort onto projects where fee margins (in the UK) are very tight.


Additionally IFC still is not 100% accurate, and that margin of inaccuracy leave us at risk of being subject to legal disputes, hence it’s important that we adopt a workflow and method to interact with the IFC format, and we always ensure that any output in IFC format is clearly identified as being subject to potential inaccuracy or misinterpretation by the software used to read it as is the case with all exchange formats without a native editing tool

2)Could you briefly explain the difference between Open BIM and Closed BIM approaches? What is the need and role of IFC for Open BIM approach?

Closed BIM relies on every project participant using the same software, being version specific and requires no interoperability between different software formats.  This rarely happens, since CAD, Excel, Navisworks, images would have different formats but are regularly incorporated to inform the project design.

Completely open BIM would encompass integration of all formats, in particular IFC and COBie, and this happens on most design projects, but it can be a difficult, time involved process and unless participants are familiar with good workflows and processes and have additional interoperability tools to handle the tasks involved these integrations can cause expensive delays to project progress.

An ideal open BIM world would see all software platforms linking together seamlessly using the native software platform formats, but this dream is unlikely to become reality, hence the need for tools to use IFC format and interoperability tools.

3)What is the most important message you want to give to the students after attending your workshop?

Always know the limitations of the deliverables you are signing up for, find out if they are fit for purpose and make your clients aware of this from the outset.


We’ve looked at some of the collaboration tools we use to provide our design services. They are not the essence of our design services, and regardless of how much automation and efficiency these tools provide, never underestimate the need for your design individuality, your thought and intellect, your expertise to inform any construction project. They say a bad worker blames his tools, instead be the expert worker who simply uses the tools to enhance inspired design.

Mentor Announcement #2 Summit 2019

I am very happy and excited to announce that our second mentor has been confirmed for the Computational Design Lab.

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Our second mentor will be:

Mostafa El Ayoubi

Biography 

A passionate architect and engineer, interested in everything new in the AEC industry. Mostafa is a true believer in data-driven construction and he works on developing/implementing tools and workflows to facilitate design, collaboration and project documentation. He is an active member of the Dynamo community and is the top-rated Dynamo Package developer.

He worked as an engineer in a study office in different fields (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structure…) for four years. He then started the Data Shapes blog and co-founded the Data Shapes Company which provides cutting edge BIM support, training and workflows to AEC firms.

Mostafa misses his days at the architecture school where he could experiment designs and is really excited and humbled to be back in that environment to be part of the BILT Academy Summit!

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Letter of Motivation

My main motivation for the membership program is to share. Sharing played a huge role in my learning experience. I learnt more from people who were generous enough to share time and knowledge than I did from school. I feel it is time for me to give back.

There were a few key moments in my life when I was struck by words or concepts. Those moments helped me find passion, and that is exactly what I wish to do for people. It often takes hearing the right words at the right time to inspire you for life.

I truly believe that the biggest contribution I can bring to my trade is to share with the community because no matter what you can achieve as an individual, it will never be as big as what you can achieve as a community.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the basics of parametric and data-driven design
  • Getting familiar with the workflow of producing a parametric structure
  • Gaining a practical understanding of Generative Design

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Short Q&A

Why is the Computational Design important?

The human brain is amazing for coming up with strong intelligent/sensitive concepts. But they are limited when it comes to exploring all the possible outcomes of those concepts given a certain amount of inputs. That’s where computational design intervenes: it allows the translation of design concepts into algorithms that can then harness the computing power of computers to explore more design options.

When did you start working on Computational Design and what was the trigger for it?

I started using computational design 7 years ago as I was working on a project with complex geometries. Implementing computational tools helped master the shapes and be more responsive when changes were brought to the project. After that, I realized that computational tools were also a fantastic means to manage data and automate tasks.

Is Comp Design just about architecture discipline? What is the scope of it?

The use of computational tools is not only for architects. Their scope ranges from design intents to model auditing. It is a means to make machines do what they are good at accomplishing a large amount of repetitive tasks with little to no mistakes. That lets humans focus on what really is their job and do what they do best: be creative and innovative.

Can you tell a little bit about your last or favorite project?

I’ve been lucky enough to work on many interesting projects but I have to say what I like the most is developing tools that can then be deployed for many users. The feeling of providing something useful that makes peoples work easier is what I find the most satisfaction.

Schedules and Dynamo

Hello everyone,

We have been working on a large-scale Project so far, and I would like to share with you and highlight a very important tool we can use in our workflows to make our work much more clear, fast and consistent:

“Using Schedules with Dynamo”

Especially in large scale projects like multi-purpose buildings, airports, etc, it’s inevitable that there will be lots of model mistakes and corrections, area tags missing, unplaced areas and lots of unestimated things. We shouldn’t forget the fact that, in Revit, everything is processed with data. So every component includes some information. Let’s do a quick example and see how schedules and Dynamo can make our work much faster than the normal way:

Doing Lighting Analysis:

(This is the sample model from Revit)

Let’s create a Schedule that shows our rooms and their information:

As we can see in the schedules, there are some rooms which are unplaced. Let’s imagine that we are designing and modelling a complex and there are hundreds of rooms in the Project. Would fixing this problem one by one be a reasonable way?

Let’s see the Dynamo script:

As we can see, we get all the rooms and filter them very easily. After that, we delete all the unplaced rooms automatically. Let’s go one step ahead.

In lighting analysis with Insight, let’s say that we want to exclude rooms like toilets, corridors, storages etc. Let’s go to Schedule which is automatically created by Revit when using Insight:

In large-scale projects, there will be lots of rooms like this. Let’s dive into Dynamo to automate this process again:

After running Dynamo, we can see the updates in our Schedule:

All in all, the main idea is, we can see schedules where every dirty laundry is exposed, after all, cleaned and folded by Dynamo 🙂

New Committee Member Announcement

Hi All!

My name is Ömer Varol. I am a passionate, enthusiastic and creative student at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Architecture. I am also a Certified Student Expert and Student Ambassador at Autodesk Design Academy. To improve my professional career and experience, I decided to take a university break to immerse myself in a new experience and go abroad. I am more than happy to announce that I have been accepted for an internship at UN Studio in Amsterdam. I am looking more than forward to experiencing a high professional architecture office in an exciting new environment.

Passionately and eagerly interested in technology, especially architectural technologies, I am a person who believes in the power of technology. I think, with the right tools and their applications, technology gives us the opportunity to produce and design anything (not just buildings) for people in the most efficient, functional and aesthetic way.

There are people who say that architecture is dead. In my opinion, architecture is not dead but the definition of architecture is evolving as it has been evolving throughout history. In certain parts of the history, there were times that architects were considered as just engineers. There were times that architects were considered just decorators. Nowadays, as technology pushes the limits, the conceptions of everything are still evolving. As enthusiastic and passionate young generations, I believe, we are the ones who will define them. We are the ones who will shape the future!

With this writing, I would like to announce that I am coming on board as a BILT Academy Committee member with intent to define and shape the future, to inspire all of my peers who are interested in achieving these goals, to work with all of those professionals who are eager to be a part of this movement.

Also, subjects in a nutshell that I have been recently focusing on beside our architectural studios:

“Integrating all kinds of technologies into our design workflows”

  • Building Information Modeling. Coordination, Worksharing.
  • Producing complex and intelligent families to be used in BIM system.
  • Producing and iterating design options and visualizing their data in a very quick and effective way. (Tools like Autodesk Fractal and PowerBI.)
  • Importing and exporting data from Excel, CSV and all kinds of modeling applications.
  • Parametric Design, Designing complex and organic topologies.
  • Fixing and speeding up workflows with Dynamo, pyRevit, and Python.
  • Making physical models with 3d Printers and 3d Pens. (I have my own tools.)
  • Visual Scripting with maxScript (based upon Python.)
  • Building Performance Analysis. (Daylight Analysis, Wind Analysis, Energy Analysis etc.)

Feel free to reach out to me!

Greetings…

Ömer Varol

Ömer Varol