Webinar Jan. 21: Three Real-World Applications of BIM

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As a general contractor, you’ve heard about the importance of BIM, but how do you practically integrate it and find savings in your existing workflows? Here’s your chance to learn from BIM leaders in an encore Autodesk University presentation, a popular session that was sold out two weeks before the conference. Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately-held firms, will share their successes with BIM on three real-life construction projects that utilized Point Layout software.

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Boston BIMForum Highlights Easy BIM As-Builting Solutions

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At the Spring BIMForum in Boston, facility managers, contractors, architects and other building information modeling (BIM) professionals will be able to see firsthand an easy way to capture interior as-built information. The first Rapid Fire Technology Demonstration on Wednesday, April 23, will feature Fahim Dangra, national BIM sales manager for Leica Geosystems, who will show how the inexpensive and easy-to-use Leica DISTO handheld laser measurement tools tie directly into Autodesk Revit to provide a “BIM on the Fly” solution for interior as-builting. Continue reading…

BIM 101: An Easy Handheld Solution for As-Builting into Revit

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For companies that are just getting started in building information modeling (BIM), the variety of hardware and software that is used to connect the real world with the digital world can seem intimidating. However, BIM doesn’t have to be complex. Leica Geosystems’ BIM Business Manager Cathi Hayes demonstrates how the Leica DISTO D330i, an inexpensive and easy-to-use handheld laser measurement tool, ties directly into Autodesk Revit to provide a “BIM on the Fly” solution for as-builting. Watch the video to learn more. Continue reading…

Five Steps to Safely Open Revit Models

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As a contractor, we see Autodesk Revit models all the time from design partners, precast detailers, electrical contractors, engineers, and many others. If we get a Revit model (.RVT), we try to use it as much as possible. However, while the Revit format is easy to open, files provided by external sources often generate error messages, corrupt files and other unwelcome dialog boxes that can make working with these models a challenge. Fortunately, many headaches can be avoided by paying attention to how you open a file. Continue reading…

Why You Should Be Modeling in Decimal Units

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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 round up – a nice plus if you’re creating sheets but a shock to anyone using a model for layout. Continue reading…

Six BIM Point Cloud Formats You Should Know About

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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 exported? There’s a growing list of point cloud formats being used in BIM. Here’s an overview of two primary groups of formats we’re seeing (and using) most often. Continue reading…

The Top Five BIM File Formats & How To Use Them

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Everyone has seen an email hit their inbox with attachments in file formats they’ve never heard of. While I can’t promise to explain the non-BIM formats, I would like to review a couple common formats we see pretty often in the BIM world. Here are the top five BIM file formats we see the most and what you can do with them. Continue reading…