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BIM and the Lighting Industry

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How has Building Information Modeling (BIM) impacted the design and construction process? How does this affect the lighting industry and the workflow between lighting designers, architects and engineers? In this presentation, we’ll discuss strategies for effective collaboration using Autodesk Revit and utilizing the data within a building information model for downstream uses.
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John Schippers, AIA

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BIM and the Lighting Industry

  1. 1. John Schippers, AIA Adaptive Studio
  2. 2. Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request. This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. ___________________________________________ Questions related to specific materials, methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this presentation.
  3. 3.  How has Building Information Modeling (BIM) impacted the design and construction process? How does this affect the lighting industry and the workflow between lighting designers, architects and engineers?  In this presentation, we’ll discuss strategies for effective collaboration using Autodesk Revit and utilizing the data within a building information model for downstream uses.
  4. 4.  Describe the pros and cons of different Revit workflows between architects, engineers and lighting designers  Understand how to avoid common problems exchanging Revit models  Effectively utilize the data in a Revit model in the design phase  Understand how the data in the Revit model can be used beyond the design phase  Understand the COBie standard and why it's important
  5. 5. MacLeamy Curve, Originated from Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA HOK
  6. 6. Information transfer between parties. Source: BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modelling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. Authors: Chuck Eastman, Paul Teicholz, Rafael Sacks & Kathleen Liston Planning Design OperationsConstruction Knowledge Time BIM Workflow Traditional Workflow
  7. 7.  Commonly Used BIM platform in the US  Available via subscription (current version + 3 previous)  Design Suite Premium (Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Navisworks)  $340/month, $2,730/yr – annual commitment per license  Revit Collaboration (Revit, AutoCAD, BIM 360)  $315/mo, $2,500/year  Perpetual Licenses (not available after July 31 2016):  $6,825, add $1000 for cloud services and previous versions  Revit LT is NOT a good option-doesn’t offer lighting tools  Revit is NOT backwards compatible  You must use the same version as the rest of the team  There is no ‘saving down’
  8. 8.  Spend money on processor:  Core i7 or Xeon  RAM is cheap, so MAX it out.  General rule: file size x 20 = amount of RAM  Solid State Drive is a necessity  Dedicated Graphics  Useful for working in 3d  Gaming cards work well and are significantly cheaper than “Pro” cards
  9. 9.  Everyone on a team works in one model  Central File = lives on office server  Local File = lives on user workstation  Revit keeps track of every element and who “borrows” it to make changes  All views, sheets and schedules live in this one model
  10. 10.  Separate models for each discipline  Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing – all separate files  Lighting Designers typically control their own model  Architects and Engineers may Copy/Monitor fixtures for their own use Arch Struct MEP Lighting
  11. 11.  Lighting Designer links in Architectural Model (Origin to Origin)  May use Copy/Monitor for initial fixture placement  Three Strategies to place new fixtures:  Face-Based Objects Hosted to Architectural Elements  PRO: Can attach to: ceilings/slabs/walls in Architectural model  CON: If host is deleted, object is orphaned  Face-Based Hosted to Reference Planes  PRO: Reference Planes live in lighting model only  CON: Still requires manual coordination  Free Floating Objects  PRO: No risk of becoming orphaned  CON: Must coordinate heights manually
  12. 12.  Revit Models live in the cloud – access from anywhere  Lighting Designer can now work directly in Architectural and/or Electrical model in real-time– should they?  $100/month/user or $800/yr (in addition to software cost)
  13. 13.  Autodesk Seek: seek.autodesk.com  BIMObject: bimobject.us  BIMStore: bimstore.com  Manufacturer Websites  Make your own custom library  Consistent graphic standards  Consistent parameter information for scheduling
  14. 14.  Not too “heavy” – not every screw is modeled  Proper IES information  Face-Based  Tip: Create as non-hosted and then nest in face-based template  Detail Levels properly defined  Materials defined  2d Graphics in 2d Views  Electrical Connectors
  15. 15. Clean 2d-graphicsNot over-modeled Proper IES information Electrical Connector
  16. 16.  When possible, schedules should be generated from model elements  Schedule structures can be re-used across projects, so include fixture schedule in a template  Editing data in a Revit schedule is tedious – look for add-ins to allow export to Excel and re-import  If schedule lives solely in Excel, Ideate Sticky can link into Revit with format intact
  17. 17.  Owners are looking at extracting BIM data for operations  Guidelines defined in a BIM Execution Plan  COBie = Construction Operations Building Information Exchange  standard for data exchange  Warranty Information, Expected Life, Replacement Cost, etc.  COBie deliverable is a spreadsheet generated from the model  IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) = openBIM file format
  18. 18. COBie Revit
  19. 19.  Communication & Change Management  Architect deletes ceiling and redraws  Don’t rely on copy/monitor in lieu of a phonecall  Consistency  A clean template and content library will help immensely in the long run – only do things once.  Education and Training  Revit Technology Conference  Autodesk University
  20. 20. Illuminance Study Light Distribution and Glare ElumTools in Revit Calculate Point by Point
  21. 21.  Advanced Visualization Virtual Reality Augmented Reality
  22. 22.  Real-time rendering  Uses gaming engines to walk through a Revit model  Instant Feedback
  23. 23. This concludes The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems Course
  24. 24.  Questions?

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