Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Hitch Hiker Guide to BIM June 2012 is here

The living document lives on (and parties occasionally)

The new improved sequel to The Hitch Hikers Guide to BIM (May 2012 Edition) called the June 2012 Edition as I resisted the urge to call it The Hitch Hikers Guide to BIM II or give it a sub-title although I was toying with was "The Bluffers Guide to BIM" is here.

Well actually the link is on the top of the left panel of this blog, although it’s not really there either coz it’s on my Google Drive which is on cloud somewhere on a planet called Earth which is due for demolition to make way for an Intergalactic Hyperspace Bypass.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

PAS 1192-2:2012 - Read - Review and Feedback

Following my post about PAS 1192-2:2012 - Building Information Management – Information requirements for the capital delivery of construction projects

IMHO there are too many levels of management and duty owners being proposed, renaming of people within the process i.e. the "Client" used in the RIBA BIM Overlay document and well known is now refereed to as the "Employer" in addition well known named documents are also being renamed, why? There are obvious bottlenecks being built in the proposed processes, etc. 

In its present state it kind of makes you wonder if the people on the committee have actually been involved in the real construction industry or only played SIM city!  (that’s the computer game and not another term for SIM)

Bottom line this document will be ultimately trust down our throats, so take the time to read review and feedback to the committee creating it, to help them get it right.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Revit content updates from Simpson Strong-Tie

Just recieved this in my in-box and thought I would share:-

Thank you for your interest in receiving Revit content updates from Simpson Strong-Tie. We have revised our web page for Revit content to align with our new direction in Revit Family development. The page has been divided into 3 categories: 3D BIM Models, 2D Detailed Components and 3D Legacy Models.

The 3D Legacy Models are our previously developed 3D Families and continue to be available for your use. These models were developed previously and do not reflect Autodesk Seek-compliant methods and provide limited practical usability as 3D BIM Families.

We now have dedicated resources to develop a comprehensive library of 3D BIM Models. It is our intent to replace the  legacy models with the new 3D BIM Models. The 3D BIM Models listed on our site are our most recently developed 3D Revit Families that contain relevant BIM information and have been developed with a better understanding of how 3D BIM models are used. We will continue to provide 2D Detailed Components as needed. Please visit our Revit site at the following link:

We will continue to notify you as new Revit Families are posted. The needs of our customers are very important to us. Please continue to provide your comments and suggestions.

Thank you,
Simpson Strong-Tie

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

PAS 1192-2:2012 Draft for Comment

I found out about this on Sunday but didn't want to blog about it as it may have been a mistake as the publication says on the front cover "This is a working draft and must not be circulated beyond the Steering Group" 

You have to register to be able to download it

It's 70 Pages long, I have printed a copy and was reading it on the way up to the BIMNet meeting last night at the Underdog Art Gallery near Tower Bridge where David Philp Head of BIM Implementation at the Cabinet Office was a speaker. 

David informed those gathered that it was for public consumption and comment so that's why I'm letting you guys know, Take the time to help the steering group get it right ;0)

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Hitch Hikers Guide to BIM Arrives

Well there it is for what it’s worth, on the left panel is a little reference document that you can hopefully dish out to those Partners, Directors and Managers or anyone else who want to play BIM BUZZ WORD BINGO or needs to a grip of the Terms and Acronyms used when talking about BIM (OK the list isn’t definitive yet).

Wikipedia says
Buzzword bingo (also known as bullshit bingo) is a bingo-style game where participants prepare bingo cards with buzzwords and tick them off when they are uttered during an event, such as a meeting or speech. The goal of the game is to tick off a predetermined number of words in a row and then yell "Bingo!" (or "Bullshit!").

What is BIM – Until recently it was probably easier to tell someone what it wasn’t, then CPIC came to our rescue with a common definition

`… digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility creating a shared knowledge resource for information about it forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, from earliest concept to demolition.’

Rolls off the tongue and is really memorable NOT.

This 3 minute video by graphisoft is the simplest and clearest explanation I’ve seen to date in layman’s terms and it’s done with 2D drawings on paper! (ironic really)

Back to the HHGTB (ok ok I could not resist) It’s a work in progress (and has been for months) worked on when time allows. There are more sections planned, I want to add a list of FREE BIM related software and links to BIM related sites.

I would be grateful to receive any feedback, suggestions or even content for future editions.

I'm already finding typos and errors plus adding new typos and errors for the next edition ;0)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

It's a robot

After seeing the post over at What Revit Wants with the title Is it a Bird? is it a Plane, I found this

So the answer appears to be it's a robot ;0)   But is it paranoid and a manic depressive?

Sunday, 3 June 2012

The Hitch Hikers Guide to BIM is on its way...

I wanted to get this little publication ready for Towel Day but missed, a bit like throwing yourself at the ground and learning to fly! - So a little heads up that it's on the way 

In the mean time here are some Douglas Adams Quotes to be getting on with "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

It's as if he was part of the construction Industry and was talking about BIM

Here is another Adams Quote I love "Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."  Could be IPD related ;0)

Another one that could relate to the Construction Industry "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." 

and finally this could so be BIM related "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

Friday, 1 June 2012

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