Monday, January 24, 2011

Developing a Strategy for Your BIM Implementation

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process involving the representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building in digital form. By using the BIM approach, it becomes possible to streamline processes, improve coordination and simulate construction, which facilitates more reliable decision making for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings.

The implementation of a BIM approach for your organization and for specific projects requires careful planning and consideration. The transition to BIM is a revolutionary process change with challenges, risks and benefits. A well-structured plan can help identify the challenges in advance, minimize risk and increase benefits. Your transition to BIM must consider your goals and uses for BIM, your BIM project execution process, information exchanges and supporting infrastructure for your BIM implementation.

The “BIM Project Execution Planning Guide” provides a structured approach for developing your plan. A team at the Penn State University Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Program authored the guide with assistance from advisors representing the buildingSMART allianceTM and AEC firms throughout the United States. This collection of BIM experience will provide you and your organization with a firm foundation upon which you can develop your plan. The guide is available for download at

Monday, January 17, 2011

Maintaining Linked Revit Files in an Unloaded State

When working with a Revit file that has linked Revit files, you may decide to unload one or more of the linked files to help improve file performance. This will not be an issue until you enable Worksharing on your Revit file. After you enable Worksharing, Revit does not maintain the unloaded state of the linked Revit files in your local file when you ‘Synchronize with Central’ or ‘Reload Latest’.

You can maintain the linked Revit files in an unloaded state by doing the following:

  • Create a Workset for each of the linked Revit files and place the linked Revit files in the Workset created for that linked file.
  • Go to the Worksets dialog box and ‘Close’ the Workset that you want to unload and keep unloaded after you ‘Synchronize with Central’ or ‘Reload Latest’. Closing the Workset will unload the linked Revit file contained in the Workset.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BIM WITS Resuscitation

WOW! It has been almost two years since our last BIM WITS Blog post and much has happened during this time. I have a lot on my mind about IPD, BIM, Revit, etc. and I plan to share these thoughts on a regular basis using this Blog started by Mike Taylor. Stay tuned for regular postings of my thoughts about IPD, BIM, Revit and other related topics.