Diving into BIM-sphere: A Strategic Move

Dear Readers,
Transitioning to a new process is an important consideration in an ever dynamic, constantly changing and complex environment. Several factors, including the fast pace of technological innovation and increasing demand for customized and high quality services in various segments of industry, have forced business and industry to adopt new technology and methodology. The AEC industry is no exception. It is experiencing a paradigm shift - a move from CAD-sphere to BIM-sphere – to facilitate management of life cycle of building performance and to meet changing end-user requirements.

In this issue we have discussed that a successful BIM transition requires the adoption of multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted interventions that factor in people, process, and technology issues. We have suggested the A/E/C firms to select their BIM authoring tools in an unbiased way. Though I personally think that Revit will be better but my colleagues believe that ArchiCAD will. I look forward to finding the verdict! Participate in our forum and share your best practices and opinions to help others to determine the best BIM authoring tool!

Architectural Evangelist Team

Diving into BIM-sphere: Look Before You Leap
Transitioning to BIM is more than just a technology or process change; it's a culture change. A successful BIM transition requires strategic planning, buy-in from senior management and all facilities related constituencies on BIM strategy, making everyone in the transition and preparing them for the changes ahead. Read More...

ArchiCAD or Revit: Even Paul The Octopus Prefers Both!
The success of BIM transition depends on the selection of right BIM authoring tool. Most of the firms think Revit is the only BIM software and they default to Revit Architecture. Don’t simply defer to Revit; choose the software that’s right for YOU. You’re about to invest a LOT of time and money into this endeavor. Read More...

BIM: A Cost-saving Tool for Home Builders
BIM facilitates the home builders to complete the project at 10% lower than budgeted and ahead of schedule. In turn, the projects become more profitable. To say, if a building can be completed 10 days ahead of schedule, that building can potentially collect 10 days additional commercial rents. Read More...

USA | Five Years Later: Gulf Coast Building Codes Still Inadequate
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall and took an incalculable economic and social toll on many communities across six states. Five years later, there is one question that to be answered - "Are we better prepared?"

INDIA | Low-rise Apartments: A New Trend in National Capital Region (NCR)
An interesting trend is gradually manifesting itself in and around the capital city – the rising number of low-rise apartments. Many developers are worried it will destroy their profit margins. Developers should think of different formats to attract all types of consumers.

AUSTRALIA | Glass Pool Wall: A New Buzz in Australia
Glass and glazing trends vary from country to country. Australia has been seeing a growing popularity of glass pool walls recently. The swimming pool area fabricated with stainless and frameless glass wall serves as the focal point to the project.

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On 5th Anniversary of Katrina:
"Building codes along the Gulf Coast today are mostly disappointing, with only Louisiana getting high marks for taking proactive steps to adopt a statewide building code." - Wanda Edwards, Director of Code Development, IBHS.

On BIM Transition:
"The key to a successful transition lies in the attitudes of the staff that are making the transition. It is all about their perception; and if efforts are taken prior to the start of the transition to ensure that their perception is positive then the office will transition quicker and more effectively." - Sherry Whetten

Rocks in the Road
"Moving to BIM" is like entering into "unexplored territory". This approach potentially is the antithesis of our usual and customary modes of dealing with one another, legally and contractually, in delivering projects." - Geza Banfai, Construction Law Specialist and Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP.

On Traditional Building:
"You can build a cheap box right now, but its emission costs down the road 10 years, at $60-a-tonne carbon, can make that building seem really expensive." - Chief Economist, Province of Saskatchewan.

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