Shoegnome | Shoegnome http://www.shoegnome.com Being an Architect in the 21st Century Ain't Easy Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:39:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 The BIM Brothers — Added Value http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/19/bim-brothers-added-value/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/19/bim-brothers-added-value/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:39:25 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2488 BEST. BIM. VIDEO. OF ALL TIME. Need I say more?

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BIM BrothersThis is the best BIM-themed music video and/or best architectural software sales video of all time.

BEST. BIM. VIDEO.

OF ALL TIME!

Listen closely to the lyrics. The guys who made this video (more on them in a moment) clearly know ArchiCAD and just crammed this video full of ArchiCAD advice, Graphisoft history, and BIM tips. It’s just insane. But wait, it gets better. If you are an ArchiCAD user in North America and you’ve been to user groups or conferences or other events where Graphisoft shows up, you might recognize the BIM Brothers: Zoltan and Charlie. Seriously, the two guys in this video are the New York City based tech support and sales team for Graphisoft North America. How nuts is that? Bonus fun facts: that’s definitely them singing plus Zoltan is also a great guitarist, so I’m positive you’re actually hearing him play the guitar as well. What?! Yeah, this video just left me speechless the first time I saw it. Clearly this is Graphisoft’s end of the year gift to all of us.

Can you believe what you just watched? I’m still not sure I can.

Anyways…if you haven’t already, sign up for the Graphisoft BIM Conference happening in Las Vegas on March 11-13, 2015. Charlie and Zoltan will be there for sure. Maybe we’ll get them to do a live performance.

Oh and of course, I’ll be at the 2015 Graphisoft BIM Conference. In fact right now I’m putting the finishing touches on the descriptions of the two sessions I’ll be running: a user panel jammed full of power users talking about how they are pushing the limits of ArchiCAD for residential design and a lecture on Beauty and BIM. I’ll tell you more about both in January.

Finally: I think this is the last new post for me for 2014. Enjoy the ridiculous video above, share it around, and just bask in its awesomeness. I say this every year, but it’s always true: this year has been great for Shoegnome and it’s been such a pleasure to help uplift the ArchiCAD, BIM, and Architecture communities. Thank you all for your encouragement, support, and general wonderfulness. I’ll hopefully be resharing some of my favorite posts from the year between now and December 31st. And then come January, lots of news, lots of excitement, a bit of reflecting on 2014 (maybe), and oh so much more. If half of what I have planned for 2015 happens and a quarter of what I know others are planning for 2015 happens, then the coming year is going to be the best year ever for Shoegnome, ArchiCAD, and BIM. That is until 2016 crushes 2015…I’m forever an optimist.

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GRAPHISOFT Partners with buildingSMART Korea to Foster National BIM Standards http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/18/graphisoft-partners-with-buildingsmart-korea/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/18/graphisoft-partners-with-buildingsmart-korea/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:35:34 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2486 GRAPHISOFT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with buildingSMART Korea to develop BIM efforts in Korea.

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BUDAPEST, December 18, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with buildingSMART Korea, to assist in the development of the “Open BIM-based Building Design Standard and IT-Infrastructure Construction” efforts in Korea.

The agreement between the parties covers areas including technical collaboration, collaboration on developing and disseminating the Korean BIM standard, and technical support for ArchiCAD users in Korea. As part of the agreement, GRAPHISOFT and buildingSMART Korea will discuss and exchange technical information and advice relevant to the development of ArchiCAD library objects for Korea.

Korea’s interest in introducing BIM to both the public and private sectors dates back several years and the country is now in a good position to establish new, fundamental standards for BIM information integration.

“Working together with buildingSMART Korea will ensure that BIM knowledge continues to grow throughout the country,” said Bence Kovacs, Vice President, GRAPHISOFT Asia. “We look forward to a relationship based on a mutual understanding of and respect for what BIM can do for the AEC industry,” he continued.

Pilhoon Lee, buildingSMART Korea’s chairman, said “We are proud to be working with GRAPHISOFT, the company that invented BIM with its Virtual Building concept back in 1994. We are also committed to ensuring that the standards are firmly rooted in OPEN BIM.”

Currently, buildingSMART Korea is leading a government R&D project regarding the development of the Korea BIM Standard (KBIMS). During the first phase of this project, which should last three years, there will be approximately 3,000 common prototypical library elements developed. The library objects, integrated into a federated BIM model, will include content regarding material, unit cost, standardized details, etc. to facilitate the processing of the information contained therein for multiple purposes, with the overall aim of improving productivity and competitiveness in the Architectural, Engineering & Construction industry in Korea.

Building Smart Korea and GraphisoftAbout buildingSMART Korea

buildingSMART Korea is the regional alliance of buildingSMART International and was established in 1998. Its membership consists of 20 special member companies, 151 general companies, 20 universities and 3,676 individuals as January 2014. buildingSMART KOREA aims to research the technologies of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and hi-tech construction IT; develop and promote open BIM-based policies, regulations and practices, together with their application and dissemination in the Korean Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry, whilst contributing to the development and improvement of the public welfare of the international construction industry through participation in related international activities.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry-first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD’s 30-year history.

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Husband, Mom and Architect http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/11/husband-mom-architect/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/11/husband-mom-architect/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:02:09 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2480 What's it like being both a dad and an architect? I'm not really sure. But I do know what it's like to be a husband, mom and architect.

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When I eventually get back to writing a book based on all my blogging since 2010 (which as you read on you’ll know isn’t happening anytime soon), this post will absolutely get expanded ten-fold into its own chapter.

A rare picture of jaredAs with so many wonderful initiatives to improve the lives of architects, The Missing 32% came out of AIA San Francisco. If you aren’t familiar with their research, goals, etc., here’s their mission statement:

The Missing 32% Project is a call to action for both women and men to help realize the goal of equitable practice to advance architecture, sustain the profession and communicate the value of design to society. Our mission is to understand the pinch points and promote the strategic execution of best practices in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of our profession’s best talent at every level of architectural practice.

This week on their blog they launched a series featuring #Archimom stories: the adventures of architecting and parenting. Good friend and Shoegnome guest blogger, Alicia Liebel Berg has already shared her story of impending archimomhood, along with a growing list of others. From the moment I saw the first tweet about this, I knew I had to share my experiences. Because while I have never explicitly stated this, behind everything I do with Shoegnome is the bizarrely 21st Century truth that I am a husband to an incredible and successful woman, a mom to two wacky and precocious daughters, and also an architect.

My wife will always be my daughters’ mommy, and yes they call her mom and me dad, but when explaining to people what my life is like, when chatting with other parents waiting to pick up the kids at school, or when I can’t be in meetings from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on a regular basis or all that other stuff, I don’t tiptoe around the topic. I don’t say Mr. mom or anything like that. I just say I’m the mom. I do the majority of the mom stuff. When there are a group of parents chatting about life’s challenges or the balancing act, I always have much more in common with working mothers than with typical working fathers. Sometimes I say I’m the primary caregiver or the home parent or something like that. But you know what is more clear? Saying I’m the mom.

How the Great Recession made me an #archimom

Our oldest daughter was born in 2009 when I was in the middle of taking my Architecture Registration Exams. The plan was to finish them all before she was born. That didn’t happen (for more details on that adventure and my general ARE advice, here’s the post). In an effort to reach that goal however, around Thanksgiving 2008 I cut back my hours at work from 40 to 36 (which was the minimum required at my job) so that I would have more time to study. Work was already slowing down and I had a plan: one test a month, maybe more by the end. After Madeleine was born I finished up my tests and kept my hours slightly reduced so that I could spend time with my daughter and be available to help my wife who was home on maternity leave. Then the recession really hit and reduced hours became the norm across the whole firm I was working at. Between November 2008 and February 2012 when I left that job to do Shoegnome full time, I worked maybe a dozen forty hour weeks. Maybe. I think it was less. I definitely worked more twenty hour weeks. But that was okay. In 2010 I started my side business and in 2011, my wife and I had daughter number 2. With two daughters and Shoegnome, there were plenty of things to keep me occupied outside of wanting a typical 9 to 5 job.

While I spent four years experiencing the doldrums of being an architect during the worst time to be an architect in living memory, my wife was climbing the ranks of a more standard non-architecture company, gaining experience and responsibility. While my career was treading water, hers was rocketing. It naturally evolved that when a daughter was sick or daycare was closed for a day, I was the one available to drop everything and head home. This of course was not just because of the recession but because in general architecture is a field where one often spends longer as a grunt than elsewhere. So while my wife was the manager of a team, I was an architect being treated like an intern—no running meetings or projects for me. I was always in a position where I didn’t NEED to be in that meeting.

In 2011 my wife quit her day job to get her MBA and a few months later I did this. With my wife in school and then back in the corporate world, her time became even more rigid. Meanwhile running my own company, mine became more flexible. Once my wife got her MBA, it was a no brainer that supporting her career and her more dad-like path would be the best way to create the environment we wanted for our daughters. The deeper logic to all that deserves a post unto itself, if people are interested. Side note: I am extremely proud that my daughters will grow up in a household where they have some very non-traditional role models.

Of course the architect stays home

Architects are under-appreciated, ill-paid, and not very good at sharing: we fear the usurper more than anything. It’s not surprising at all that, given the choice between being treated like shit for little money while fighting for a pale vision of their architecture student dreams and spending more time with family, so many women choose to leave the profession—or at least go part time. I think more men would too, if they had the courage. But most don’t.

My personal journey is all about balance. Maybe in another decade, I’ll be the dad again and my wife will take over more mom stuff, maybe. In our almost twelve years of marriage we’ve each taken (multiple) turns at having the stable job and the risky job. So I would wager we’ll do more bizarre job switches in the future (again that is a great future post). Growing my business is a slow game. I do my best to remind myself that family comes first (sometimes I fail). So many great architects didn’t hit their stride until late in life. I’ve got time. My wife has a nice, stable job. We’re fortunate in that regard. I do the majority of the cooking and she pays the bills because that’s what works today. But we both can do either. And that’s what I want to see come out of the #archimom hashtag. If every architect who is a parent can’t choose which roll they want, mom or dad, then we aren’t there yet. If every architect parent doesn’t understand and appreciate this balance, then we aren’t there yet. If each couple with at least one architect spouse is still making the decision of who is the mom based on gender, then we aren’t there yet. Because until then we’ll still have bosses that unload all the parenting on their wives and who won’t get that sometimes business needs to stop at 3:10 or 3:40. That lacking compassion for every employee who wants to take as much time as they can with a newborn makes you a jerk. That saying “no, I’ve got family responsibilities, we’ll finish this tomorrow” doesn’t mean one isn’t dedicated, passionate and determined to change the world. After all, if we don’t make the world a better place for our kids, then we haven’t been trying hard enough. And if we are not making a difference, then why are we even wasting our time, working for less than we could, always being tired, and not having enough time with our families.

Clearly I could write so much more on this topic. The missing 32% is just as much about gender inequality as it is about the shifting nature of our profession. I’d like to link to some posts that prove that point (because I haven’t made that argument thus far in this article), but I might as well just link to this. The more we embrace new methods of working and collaboration, the more we embrace technology, the more we re-imagine the role of the architect, the easier it will become to be a mom and an architect—and the sooner we can say parent and architect and have everyone understand that to mean the same thing. I can run Shoegnome, make a decent living, and be around for my daughters because of technology. BIM allows me to be a mom. ArchiCAD allows me to be a mom. Social Media and online networking allow me to be a mom. Shoegnome isn’t just about the intersection of architecture and technology, it’s also the intersection of being a parent and an architect.
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A Day in the Life of Shoegnome

BONUS ROUND! Because I’m sure you want to know what my #archimom day looks like…

Every morning my day starts between 5:30 and 6:30 am when one (or both) of my daughters climbs into bed and wakes up my wife and I. By 7:00 am my wife is out the door, heading off to catch the bus to downtown Seattle for work. At 9:30 am, when I’m walking home from dropping my daughters off at school, I’ve maybe checked a few e-mails and sneaked a little work, but mostly I’ve already clocked in two to three hours of parenting. PRO TIP: conference calls and similar phone meetings can be managed while serving breakfast and making lunches, if the kids are in a decent or good mood. At 3:00 pm, I try to wrap up anything I’m doing because at 3:10 pm my phone alarm goes off and I have five minutes to speed walk the two blocks to get my youngest at pre-K. After I pick her up—if it’s not raining—she plays on the playground with the other kids waiting for their older siblings to finish school at 3:40 pm. I make phone calls, check e-mail, maybe read The Economist, or chat with the other moms. Sometimes I just watch the handful of nannies engage with all the kids. PRO TIP: how do you tell who’s a nanny and who’s a parent on the playground? The nannies are playing with the kids, the parents are trying to get a moment of solitude. Around 4:00 pm, my daughters and I are back home. If there’s a lot going on, I’ll squeeze in another hour of work before getting on the dinner/homework/bath/reading/other nightly activities before bedtime train. My wife will get home between 5:00 and 6:00 pm and depending on our tiredness levels, one of us might fall asleep, crash, or hide for a bit. Somewhere between 8:00 and 9:00 pm we’ll have two sleeping angels. Between then and sleep (which is anywhere between the second our oldest is in bed and midnight) I might work more, write, pretend to relax or actually interact with my spouse. But often it’s just laze about on the couch until I realize the night is almost over and I should get ready to be woken up between 5:30 and 6:30 am when one (or both) of my daughters climbs into bed…

Some days are good, some days are bad. Some days I think I did a good job parenting, other days I remind myself that this is a marathon and nobody’s perfect. And then some days I need this diagram to make me calm down and laugh.

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Modeling and Rendering a TIE Fighter in ArchiCAD http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/09/modeling-rendering-tie-fighter-archicad/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/09/modeling-rendering-tie-fighter-archicad/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:54:37 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2478 Graphisoft has a history of modeling and rendering all sorts of buildings in ArchiCAD. They are also big Star Wars fans...

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ArchiCAD 18 tie fighterBack in January of 2013, Graphisoft released a video showing how someone can model a Tie Fighter in ArchiCAD using the Morph Tool. You can watch the video here. Even after almost two years, this video still impresses the crap out of me. The link will send you to a blog post that also includes an extended version of the video. That one is worth watching too.

A few weeks after that video was released, I talked with the ArchiCAD wizard at GSHQ that modeled the TIE Fighter and he volunteered to share the files he used to create the model. So if you follow this link, you’ll get to a blog post I wrote talking about how you can model the TIE Fighter yourself. It’s a ton of fun and very educational. Plus you get to model a spaceship, which is just wonderful.

Modeling and Rendering a TIE Fighter in ArchiCAD

Well today (December 9th, 2014), Graphisoft has released another video in the series. This time they show how to render the TIE Fighter using the new ArchiCAD 18 CineRender rendering engine. There’s a nice article talking about the process here. But if you are impatient, you can just go ahead and watch the video below. The clip is only one minute and nineteen seconds long—clearly Graphisoft didn’t know when making a new Star Wars video that it is supposed to be eighty-eight seconds long. I’m hoping Graphisoft will soon release an extended version as well. There’s so much more I want to see, and I assume you’ll agree with me that you would sign up for a webinar series that goes through this step by step…

Maybe someday a subset of architects will design spaceships for a living; I guess some that work in Hollywood already do. I’m not one of them, but I’m sure I’ll write more about architecture and boyhood dreams of space: Shoegnome on FacebookTwitter, and the RSS feed.

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ARCHICON 2015 — ArchiCAD User Conference in Brisbane http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/05/archicon-2015-archicad-user-conference-brisbane/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/05/archicon-2015-archicad-user-conference-brisbane/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:33:37 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2476 Archicon 2015 is a user organized ArchiCAD conference in Brisbane, Australia. I'm flying in from Seattle to speak at it.

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Archicon 2015Nathan Hildebrandt interviewed me as part of the promotion for Archicon 2015. Hopefully you’ll watch the video, even if you have no chance of attending an ArchiCAD conference in Australia. Not only will the video give you a better sense of what I’m like in person, I also talk about how my ArchiCAD adventure got started because of my interest in local user groups, how I am fascinated with Building Materials, why my talk will probably center around beauty (and how that can be very BIM-centric), and also why I am so adamant about sharing everything I possibly can.

I am super honored that Nathan has invited me down to speak at his event. Being asked to fly halfway around the world to speak about something I’m very passionate about is a pretty good feeling (understatement of the year). Additionally, I am thrilled to see both Nathan Hildebrandt and Rob Jackson present again (and hang out with them both some more).

Nathan has done a superb job of gathering a wide variety of experts. I think the spectrum of speakers Nathan has assembled should be used as a reference point for future ArchiCAD conference organizers. For instance, if you are familiar with Nathan, Rob, and myself, then you know each of us is going to give an extremely different presentation. And the rest of the group seems to have similarly unique views on how to conquer ArchiCAD and BIM.

Beyond all that that, being asked to speak at this event is particularly special. If you watch the interview above, Nathan and I talk about how in many ways this event is the result of the guest blog posts he wrote for me in early 2014. After those posts Nathan became very active and known in the larger global ArchiCAD community. A few months after those posts he was in Budapest presenting to a room full of Graphisoft employees and ArchiCAD power users. And now he’s organizing one of the most exciting ArchiCAD events of 2015. This is why I love doing what I do, and why I’m driven to continue doing what I do. When I started blogging, it was about getting myself known enough in the community to give my other endeavors some legitimacy. Now I blog to help uplift other voices in the community. There are so many other wonderful people in our community that are passionate about ArchiCAD, BIM, and the future of architecture—and I want to do everything I can to help them share.

If you are anywhere near Brisbane on May 22, 2015 you’ll want to be at Archicon 2015. And as should be obvious, while I’m in Australia my plan is to talk about ArchiCAD and BIM, see some sites, and meet as many ArchiCAD users as possible. Furthermore supporting this event will be a great signal to Nathan and others that we need more events like this in Australia and all over the globe.

For more information about Archicon 2015 and how to sign up, click here. As of December 5th, 2014, ticket sales are not yet open, so make sure to sign up for the mailing list.


BONUS INTERVIEW!

So far Nathan has done two interviews with speakers. I think his plan is to interview all of us. Below is the interview with Rob Jackson. It is definitely worth watching as it gives more insight into how Rob got to where he is in the BIM world and where he and BondBryan are going next. Is it obvious I’m a huge fan of Rob? Because it should be.

I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot more about the intersection of BIM and Beauty between now and May 22nd, 2015. After all, writing is the way I prepare for lectures. Speaking of which, make sure to subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on my other lectures in 2015 and beyond: Shoegnome on FacebookTwitter, and the RSS feed.

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Takenaka Adopts GRAPHISOFT BIMx for Mobile Access to BIM Projects http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/03/takenaka-adopts-graphisoft-bimx-mobile-access-bim-projects/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/03/takenaka-adopts-graphisoft-bimx-mobile-access-bim-projects/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:49:38 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2473 Takenaka Corporation will adopt BIMx to make the award-winning BIM project presentation app available to thousands of field technicians, further ensuring on-site construction quality and management efficiency. THOUSANDS of field technicians. THOUSANDS!?!?!?!

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BIMx_DocsTOKYO/BUDAPEST, December 3, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, announced today that a large-scale purchase agreement has been finalized between GRAPHISOFT and Takenaka Corporation. The agreement will equip thousands of Takenaka field technicians with GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs.

Takenaka Corporation will adopt BIMx to make the award-winning BIM project presentation app available to thousands of field technicians, further ensuring on-site construction quality and management efficiency. Development of “Takenaka Smart Work” will improve productivity and communications by revolutionizing workflows through the use of iPads and mobile devices. As a result of this agreement, Takenaka will be authorized to install and use GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs on all Takenaka-owned tablet computers in Japan. With this agreement, Takenaka Corporation hopes to further develop the use of BIM in the field of design and construction.

“We adopted BIMx Docs as a tool to facilitate communication with models, as well as for reviewing models in conjunction with drawing smoothly in a mobile environment. We would like to promote the transformation of our work style by spreading the use of BIM models in various scenarios,” said Kozo Nose, Senior Manager of ICT, Design Planning, Design Department, Takenaka Corporation.

“Takenaka’s decision indicates that BIMx is on the way to becoming the mobile software of choice for the construction industry in Japan. We share a common vision: bringing BIM data to construction sites,” said Bence Kovacs, Vice President of Asia, GRAPHISOFT.

About Takenaka Corporation

With yearly sales of $9 billion, 20 overseas offices, the largest construction R&D laboratory in the world and over 1,000 architects in its design department, Takenaka Corporation offers comprehensive services worldwide across the entire spectrum of space creation from site location and planning to design and construction as well as post-completion services such as building maintenance.

About BIMx Docs

BIMx Docs is an award-winning, professional BIM project viewer featuring “BIMx Hyper-models,” a unique technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. BIMx Hyper-models offer extremely smooth handling and outstanding performance even for projects with complex 3D building models and extensive 2D documentation.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry-first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD’s 30-year history.

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Speaking ArchiCAD, Speaking BIM and Miscommunication http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/01/speaking-bim-and-miscommunication/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/12/01/speaking-bim-and-miscommunication/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:05:03 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2412 Have you ever asked a question about ArchiCAD and gotten blank stares or silence from the experts? Maybe it was because your question didn't make any sense.

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This month I had the opportunity to write a guest post for Cadimage’s blog. I’ve crossed posted it on Shoegnome for your convenience. If you are an ArchiCAD user, remember to regularly visit Cadimage’s blog. Their Tip of the Day posts are great—usually short nuts and bolts articles that are super educational. For instance, check out these two recent tips: Display All Fills and Quick Access to Toolbox Settings. Bet you didn’t know or remember either of those!

Speaking ArchiCAD, Speaking BIM and Miscommunication

I recently wrote a post for Graphisoft North America that focused on advice for people interested in learning ArchiCAD. One tip that I didn’t include, but should have is this:

When learning ArchiCAD, use the language of ArchiCAD. Don’t talk about ArchiCAD using Revit or AutoCAD terms (or any other program’s lingo).
Why is that? Why is it so important to learn and use the language of ArchiCAD? It’s more than just Families and Objects not being interchangeable terms. It goes so much deeper than that. And because you are all thinking it, no I’m not going to describe the differences between Families and Objects. If you want to climb down that rabbit hole, start with two awesome Shoegnome guest posts on the topic: Guest Blogger Kristian Bursell: ARCHICAD GDL vs REVIT FAMILIES and Guest Blogger Martijn de Riet: Let me tell you about Revit Families. I’ll warn you though: Martijn and Kristian are smart guys, know what they are talking about, and have strong opinions. Also there are an insane amount of interesting comments below each post. You’ve been warned.
Shared Parameters in Record Fields

 The benefits of using proper ArchiCAD Terminology

  1. Nothing makes learning ArchiCAD harder than using terms from other programs. Every time an ex-Revit user talks about Families in ArchiCAD, I want to scream. Every time someone talks about parametric abilities within ArchiCAD from a Revit standpoint, I want to…speak strongly to that person. When working in ArchiCAD, you need to think like an ArchiCAD user. Every time you use terms associated with another program, you are separating yourself from the program at hand. Every time you are putting a different program between you and ArchiCAD. Understanding how one BIM program works can provide great reference points for using another software, but like I mention in the introduction, most BIM programs rarely (if ever) have identical tools and capabilities. Just as often one BIM program has functionality that is missing in another (for instance, as far as I know if you want anything like ArchiCAD’s Publisher in Revit, you need to spend potentially huge sums of money for a 3rd-party add-on). Trying to talk about program A in terms of program B will thus often be a counterproductive exercise in frustration.
  2. Clarity of discussions and ease of communication. If you use the right terms when asking a question (either online, over the phone, or in person) the person giving you an answer will have such an easier time. There is a big difference between saying “I am having trouble with this roof that I modeled” and “I am having an issue with this Roof element.” The later statement is clearly about something made with the Roof Tool while the former could be anything from one Roof element to a hundred Morphs. Gurus will be more likely to answer you online if they don’t have to spend five minutes figuring out what you are even asking.
  3. Ease of searching for answers online. When typing an ArchiCAD question into your favorite search engine, proper terminology makes the algorithms return higher value information. “Fills not showing in ArchiCAD” will get you better results than “hatch not showing in ArchiCAD”. Knowing the proper terms relating to your problems will make everything easier.
  4. No one else knows your jokes. Remember that the pet names you give things in ArchiCAD are meaningless to everyone else. If you call something ‘the squiggly tool’ or ‘the partially eaten pizza button’ or something else goofy like that, no one will know what you’re talking about. So be careful with terms you’ve created or with colloquialisms that might be unique to your small local user base (sometimes the legacy of trainers can be weird terms that propagate throughout an area).
  5. Proper Terminology will help you understand ArchiCAD. A funny thing happened in the course of writing endlessly about ArchiCAD; I started learning the proper names for everything and suddenly the entire program started to make more sense. The developers of ArchiCAD have reasons for naming things the way they do, and for structuring the program a certain way. Have you ever thought about why there is no polygon tool in ArchiCAD? I have. Or how about why it’s the Slab Tool and not the Floor Tool?
  6. A Tools’ name is not its destiny. It is vital to remember that there is a big difference between a Tool and an element. Yes almost all the walls, windows, and doors you model in ArchiCAD will be done with the Wall, Window, and Door Tool, respectively. But Tool name does not have to dictate what the created element is, especially because not everything has an analogous tool. We all assume, when starting out, that the Slab Tool is for floors and ceilings and the Roof Tool is for roofs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. ArchiCAD has a default Element Classification based on Tool Type, but that can be changed. So a floor can be made with the Roof Tool or a roof with the Shell Tool. I personally wish Graphisoft would make all the Tool names more abstract (and consolidated).
  7. 3rd Party Offerings. Since I’m writing this article to be cross-posted on Shoegnome and Cadimage’s blog, I’ve been thinking about what does this have to do with them. Not that it needs to, but I was curious, does proper terminology have anything to do with the larger ArchiCAD ecosystem? It absolutely does. And here’s why: ArchiCAD users can download and invest in Add-Ons, Objects, Templates, Plug-ins, and stand alone programs that interface with ArchiCAD. Each of those things means something slightly different. Choosing a 3rd party Window Add-On is different than buying a 3rd party Window Object. Knowing the difference matters. (I would love someone who develops Add-Ons and Objects to explain the big differences).
  8. BIM Speak vs ArchiCAD speak. Just like it matters to not talk Revit when discussing ArchiCAD, it’s important to know what is ArchiCAD language and what is BIM language. We have Zones, but in the OpenBIM world of IFC there are Spaces (also the Revit term, by the way). When you leave the confines of ArchiCAD, it’s important to know the difference between our internal language and that of the broader world of BIM for all the same reasons as above. If you are working to fine tune collaboration, neutral, universal terms will make discussions easier. For a great list of acronyms and terms that pertain to BIM check out Bond Bryan Architects’ BIM blog document section.

Binging Answers

Bonus Round!

Did you notice that ArchiCAD 18 recently had an Update, whereas previously it’s always been a Hotfix? One of my readers pointed that out and I dug deeper. It turns out this is a recent terminology change. Márton Kiss from Graphisoft told me that “traditionally we released Hotfixes to fix issues, starting from v18 we may also release new features like the BIMcloud – BIMx workflow integration distributed with this update.” Well that’s cool. Not only is there a difference between a Hotfix and an Update, but it seems like with that distinction Graphisoft has some goodies for us in the future (not to be confused with Goodies, which is actually also a proper ArchiCAD term).

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ArchiCAD is BIM Product of the Year in the UK Fourth Year in a Row http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/28/archicad-bim-product-year-uk-fourth-year-row/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/28/archicad-bim-product-year-uk-fourth-year-row/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:10:21 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2469 Graphisoft once again does really well at the Construction Computing Awards in the UK, with ArchiCAD taking home BIM Product of the Year for the 4th year.

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BUDAPEST, November 27, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects, has announced that ArchiCAD 18 has won the prestigious BIM Product of the Year award at the ninth annual Construction Computing Magazine Awards in the United Kingdom. This is the fourth year in a row that ArchiCAD has been honored with the top BIM product award. In addition, GRAPHISOFT’s BIMx was the runner up for Mobile Technology of the Year, while ArchiCAD 18 was runner up for Product of the Year.

Affectionately known as ‘The Hammers,’ the Construction Computing Awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance, and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. Hundreds of industry guests gathered recently in London to see the outcome of the readers’ on-line voting and judging panel’s deliberations.

“It’s great to see votes from users and readers deliver GRAPHISOFT a strong showing not only for ArchiCAD and BIMx, but also for the outstanding work of our partners and customers,” said Akos Pfemeter, Vice President of Marketing, GRAPHISOFT.

Along with the highly prized product awards won by GRAPHISOFT, ArchiCAD architect LSI Architects was honored with Collaboration Project of the Year. UK Partner GRAPHISOFT Connect was runner up for Channel Partner of the Year.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry-first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD’s 30-year history.

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Shoegnome Open Template Updates: 18.12 and 18 ported to 17 http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/26/shoegnome-open-template-updates-18-12-18-ported-17/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/26/shoegnome-open-template-updates-18-12-18-ported-17/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:42:11 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2463 Did you enjoy my ArchiCAD 17 template, but have yet to upgrade to ArchiCAD 18? Well now you can check out my ArchiCAD 18 template in ArchiCAD 17 because we use a BIM program that can easily save down to a previous version.

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Since sharing my latest template I’ve found a few minor corrections. The latest is that “Filter and Cut Elements in 3D” had the cut surface display override checked. I’m not sure why that was the case. I stopped overriding the cut surface display once we got Building Materials in ArchiCAD 17. Anyways that’s fixed. As are a few other things so minor that I can’t even remember.

Perhaps more interesting for users not yet on ArchiCAD 18 is that I’ve done a Save As down to ArchiCAD 17. If you don’t have access to ArchiCAD 18 you can now view my template in ArchiCAD 17. Since I have already spent more time writing this post than I did downgrading the template, there are a few things missing (a couple of Surface images are gone and the Zone Stamps need to be relinked for sure). But if you are really interested in using the template in 17, it won’t be hard to fix them.

To get the latest version of the template:

To get the down saved template for 17, my original ArchiCAD 17 template, or my ArchiCAD 17 template down saved for 16, scroll to the bottom of the FAQ:

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GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD Now Fully-Integrated with LumenRT 2015 http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/24/graphisoft-archicad-now-fully-integrated-lumenrt-2015/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/24/graphisoft-archicad-now-fully-integrated-lumenrt-2015/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:46:03 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2459 Are you familiar with LumenRT? It looks really cool. If nothing else watch the teaser video. Wow.

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Jared’s Note: This is awesome. If you aren’t familiar with LumenRT, here’s a quick video to blow your mind:

I’m super fascinated with how we can model the environments around our designs. So much potential. I’ll definitely be looking into the connect between LumenRT and ArchiCAD more in the future. But first I’ll probably have to clone myself, learn how to not sleep, or somehow get an employee… But before that I’m sure I’ll at least write more about the possibilities of what we could do with this type of tool.

BUDAPEST, November 24, 2014 GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, has announced that it is now fully-integrated with LumenRT 2015 on the PC and Mac platforms. The interface includes full support for the export of ArchiCAD geometry and BIM information along with an integrated LumenRT proxy content library of plants, vehicles and characters. With the ArchiCAD LumenRT Exporter (standard on all versions of LumenRT), ArchiCAD users can instantly transform their models into rich, immersive scenery complete with wind-blown trees, moving vehicles, animated characters, wavy water, clouds and atmospheres.

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“LumenRT is possibly the best thing that has happened to BIM since BIM itself, by allowing the exploration of BIM scenes in real-time with a true-to-life environment,” said Ivo Venkov, Architect and Founder, PAA Studio.

“ArchiCAD integration has been a top request from our users and we are pleased to deliver this important capability with LumenRT 2015,” said Nicholas Phelps, CEO of e-on software. “The GRAPHISOFT team was extremely helpful during the integration process and we look forward to providing LumenRT to the ArchiCAD user community. We believe the combination of ArchiCAD and LumenRT delivers unparalleled environmental realism in a simple-to-use, real-time platform and is a must have for any ArchiCAD user seeking a more compelling and engaging way to convey their design vision.”

“We welcome e-on software and LumenRT into the ArchiCAD community,” said Laszlo Vertesi, GRAPHISOFT Vice President of Product Development. “LumenRT provides a rich environmental modeling capability that nicely compliments the ArchiCAD BIM solution.”

About LumenRT

LumenRT is the leading 3D immersive communication platform for architecture and GeoDesign. With LumenRT, architects, designers, engineers, and GIS professionals can convey their design ideas and vision in much more compelling and engaging fashion to tell a story by allowing the audience to “experience” the design rather than just seeing it. To learn more about LumenRT, please visit www.LumenRT.com.

About e-on

E-on software is the leading developer of solutions for the creation, animation, rendering and integration of natural 3D environments (Vue, Ozone and Carbon Scatter), as well as real-time Immersive Communication tools for Architecture and GeoDesign. Offering a wide array of Digital Nature products and applications, e-on software provides solutions adapted to every project and budget. E-on software products are used worldwide by the film, television, architecture, construction, game, science, educational and entertainment industries. E-on software is based in Beaverton, Oregon, with a European office in Paris, France. Visit their website at www.e-onsoftware.com.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry-first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007. Visit archicad.com to see the most important milestones in ArchiCAD’s 30-year history.

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Seattle ArchiCAD User Group – December 11th, 2014 http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/21/seattle-archicad-user-group-december-11th-2014/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/21/seattle-archicad-user-group-december-11th-2014/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:24:50 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2447 The next Seattle ArchiCAD User Group is coming up. Get more details and join us.

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ArchiCAD User Group - 18Our next official Seattle ArchiCAD User Group is coming up soon. Register Here.

Date:

Thursday December 11, 2014
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location:

MAKERS
92 Lenora St
Seattle, WA 98121

Host:

Jesse Gallanar, GSNA’s sales manager for Washington, Oregon, and Alaska

What’s Happening:

When you register, you’ll see the official topics of discussion. I listed a bunch of things there, as I’m going to be the “speaker”. But if you’ve ever been to a user group that I’ve run, you know lengthy lectures aren’t my style. I’ll start talking about the items on that list, and return to the list if things get quiet, but I don’t care if we cover even one of those items. What I want to see—and what I hope to facilitate as the speaker—is a two hour discussion about ArchiCAD that continues afterwards at a local bar**. Sound good? So bring whatever you need: questions, a project, a printout, a gripe, a coworker, a friend, a disgruntled Revit user. I don’t care. I just want to get a big bunch of passionate ArchiCAD and BIM users together to talk about what’s important. You in?

In preparation for the event, download my template. There’s TONS Of things in it to talk about. Oh and please share this post and e-mail it to all your coworkers. I know not everyone gets the official e-mails about user groups—especially new and/or quieter employees.

Update December 2nd, 2014:

Seattle Area ArchiCAD User Mailing List

I’m creating a mailing list for ArchiCAD users in the Seattle Area (or people interested in Seattle Area ArchiCAD events). If that describes you, sign up by clicking here.

Subscribe to my blog to read more about the tricky world of being an Architect in the 21st century, and more info on various ArchiCAD meet-ups across the globe: Shoegnome on FacebookTwitter, and the RSS feed. If you haven’t already, consider signing up and attending the BIG North American ArchiCAD user conference in March 2015.


 

**100% yes we will be having an after-party ArchiCAD nerdfest at a nearby bar. And I think, as with the previous meetings, Jesse will be feeding us.

 

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KUBUS introduces BIMcollab http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/20/kubus-introduces-bimcollab/ http://www.shoegnome.com/2014/11/20/kubus-introduces-bimcollab/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:03:37 +0000 http://www.shoegnome.com/?p=2449 Official press release about BIMcollab from KUBUS. It takes BCF collaboration to a whole new level. Also they are now giving away for free their BCF managers for Revit, ArchiCAD, and simplebim. That's awesome. I love when people put sharing and promoting BIM at the top of their priority list.

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Jared’s Note: I’ve tested out the BCF manager (for ArchiCAD) by KUBUS and it’s great. So I imagine this extension of BCF collaboration via BIMcollab will be just as stellar and well executed. As part of the release of this new product, the BCF Managers for ArchiCAD, Revit, and simplebim are now free. So you have no excuses to not try them. Also if your BIM software isn’t one of those three, KUBUS is providing for free everything you need to build add-ons for other BIM programs—well you being someone with software development skills. I know a lot of people say “oh working all on the same platform is just easier”; well with advances like this, that statement is more narrow-minded and shortsighted every day.

BIMcollab

BIMcollab®: The world’s first OpenBIM issue management platform in the cloud

Eindhoven, Netherlands 4 November – KUBUS announces the introduction of a new ground breaking product in one of the most interesting front lines of BIM: BIMcollab®. This BCF based issue management system in the cloud operates across applications. It helps bridge the differences between BIM tools and targets the multidisciplinary cooperation between companies working on construction projects. BIMcollab® is designed to manage issues during the design and construction phases where BIM is used.

“Most issue trackers lack key features to support a reliable and smooth BIM workflow for the multidisciplinary construction projects. That is why we created an easy-to-use, though powerful, issue tracking system for BIM projects.” says Erik Pijnenburg CEO of KUBUS

Issues found with, for instance, Solibri Model Checker or BIMsight can be published to BIMcollab®. The BIM modeller will be automatically notified and can immediately look up the problematic objects in his BIM authoring tool (Revit, ArchiCAD, etc). Once a solution is designed, it takes only one click to resolve the issue and report back to the BIM manager.

“In any construction project many unexpected problems and issues arise which are hard to manage and keep track of. BIMcollab® centralizes issue management in the cloud and simplifies this process by offering a structured way of storing, sharing and managing issues.” Ronald de Graan director of product management at KUBUS. “But more important, you have the information where it’s needed most: directly within your BIM model checker and BIM authoring tools.”

BIMcollab® offers easy access anywhere and anytime from any device like mobiles and tablets. It also allows creating issues by taking photos right at the construction site. The real-time connections ensure up-to-date information.

With the introduction of BIMcollab® we now offer the full version of our BCF Managers for free. These add-ons for Revit, simplebim and ArchiCAD have a direct link to BIMcollab® from the aforementioned BIM authoring tools.

BIMcollab® will be officially released in the first week of December.

For more information visit www.bimcollab.com

About KUBUS

KUBUS offers BIM for Design & Build and is exclusive distributor for Graphisoft and Gold partner of Solibri, Inc. in the Benelux. KUBUS promotes OpenBIM and IFC workflow solutions and is developer of the most widely used software for Building Specifications for Dutch standards, cost-calculations and eco-cost material analysis based on BIM. KUBUS developed BIMcollab®, world’s first cloud based issue management system for BIM. From offices in Eindhoven, Amsterdam, and Belgrade, KUBUS services currently over 3,000 customers within the construction industry of the Benelux.

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