• Do You Have a BIM Execution Plan?

    Every successful BIM project starts with a plan. The BIM Execution Plan (BEP) is the standard document that defines the plan for the project, beginning with a kickoff meeting to get it all started. The goal in any BEP is to establish guidelines for creating, exchanging and maintaining digital project data. The document itself is …   Read More

  • Digital Layout Saves Concrete Contractor $2,000 Per Week

    Concrete construction footing crews typically lay out footings with tape measures and strings. Once this this process is completed, the layout begins. “It’s generally around this time when we’d find a mistake in excavation or some other problem,” says Craig Poortinga of Walrite LLC Colorado Foundation Contractors. “The guys would spend a good part of …   Read More

  • Five Steps to Safely Open Revit Models

    Contractors see Autodesk Revit models (.RVT) all the time from design partners, precast detailers, electrical contractors, engineers, and many others. However, while the Revit format is easy to open, files provided by external sources can generate error messages, corrupt files and other unwelcome dialog boxes that can make working with these models a challenge. Fortunately, …   Read More

  • Why You Should Be Modeling in Decimal Units

    Modeling for the field and/or layout demands more precision than your standard visualization model. If you’re based in the US, this is especially important. In Revit, for example, the units may be set to show up to 1/16 or 1/8 inches of precision. This means any dimension less than 1/8 of an inch will simply …   Read More

  • Six BIM Point Cloud Formats You Should Know About

    Scanning a space and bringing it into a program like Leica Cyclone will let you further manipulate the scans and, most importantly, stitch them together into a single cloud, which can then be exported as a standalone file. But what type of file do you need, and what do you do with it after it’s …   Read More

  • Where Did That Model Originate?

    Much like layout, BIM has to have some sort of control – something to reference in order to orient yourself and your content. Every BIM file, whether CAD-based or otherwise, has an origin point. The trick on any project involving multiple design parties and subcontractors, is agreeing on where to line up models.   Read More

  • How to Bridge the Gaps in BIM

    For many construction contractors, building information modeling (BIM) is primarily an office tool that provides valuable insights before crews begin their work on the jobsite. From there, however, the model is often converted to a 2D drawing that is familiar but limited in the amount of data it can offer. Construction crews proceed the best …   Read More

  • The Top Five BIM File Formats & How To Use Them

    Everyone has seen an email hit their inbox with attachments in file formats they’ve never heard of. Here are the top five most common BIM file formats and what you can do with them.   Read More