BIM for Developers (post 4 of 4)

General Note: Over the past decade, I’ve been hired by almost every type of actor in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) environment to help introduce advanced-technology workflows into their projects. This is the last in a series of four posts that summarizes those BIM, VDC, & parametric contributions at a high level.

One of the most powerful collaborations I enjoy is working directly with developers — usually to empower their use of VDC technologies downstream and after requiring a BIM workflow from designers.

Each developer brings different requirements to their design team, but uniformly expresses interest in doing business quicker, better, faster and smarter. My name has been referred to them as someone excited to help all AEC stakeholders use new technologies to manage risk in the portfolio of  buildings they plan to construct.

Below is the topics common to those consulting service topics (usually services further rendered to an Owner’s Rep). This list is compiled in one place for the first time. It is fascinating to see the themes of risk management in each topic, but has been even more fascinating to contrast these topics with against those that architects tend to require.

 

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BIM for Architects & Designers (post 3 of 4)

General Note: Over the past decade, I’ve been hired by almost every type of actor in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) environment to help introduce advanced-technology workflows into their projects. This is the third in a series of four posts that summarizes those BIM, VDC, & parametric contributions at a high level.

One of the most creatively rewarding collaborations I encounter is to consult at architectural offices — usually to assess and expand the firm’s use of BIM and VDC technologies.

Each office has a different approach to design. Thank goodness! Naturally, a variety of design approaches necessitates a whole spectrum of ways to help those firms grow their technology portfolio. Widening their that portfolio of tools thus expands the potential buildings they can deliver.

Below is the first place where all those consulting service topics have been compiled for the first time. Its a little overwhelming to see the variety of uses for my advisement about technology — and for the ways designers have pushed platforms to their ends:

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BIM for Contractors (post 2 of 4)

General Note: Over the past decade, I’ve been hired by almost every type of actor in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) environment to help introduce advanced-technology workflows into their projects. This is the second in a series of four posts that summarizes those BIM, VDC, & parametric contributions at a high level.

One of the most enriching collaborations I enjoy with my technology consulting is in general contractors’ offices — usually while helping the group advance Building Information Models (BIM) into Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) tools.

Each contracting office has a different approach to project organization, usually based on current project needs. This is one of the main reasons contractors are required to be some of the most nimble players in the AEC industry — on each project they inherit a huge amount of previously-made decisions, and they find themselve conforming to some of the most diverse and disorganized datasets accordingly.

Below is the first place where all my GC consulting service topics have been compiled for the first time. What is remarkable about this list is how each topic has sprung from a moment when the GC has had to lead decsion-making at the relative end of a project’s design cycle:

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Parametric Design Assistance at another NYC Firm

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Last month I got a call from a lovely NYC firm where (earlier this year) I had taught BIM workflows. “I’m interested in the Parametric Design course you teach at NYIT…”

Within an exchange or two, we had signed an agreement for me to teach-and-support Rhino & Grasshopper workflows at the firm — before drafting a schedule of classes, scope of work, or even securing the site licenses for the software.

This is unusual for any organizations’ big purchases. This is also unusual for most working (service-client) relationships. But, I think this says something exciting about the state of design these days.

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R-34

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During my MacDowell Colony Fellowship, I began to design a series of houses that used parametric design techniques to provide a contemporary interpretation of John Ruskin’s aesthetic theories. The five houses I designed there are the “Ruskin Houses” R-01, R-02, R-03… and so on.

This summer, I explored ideas for R-25 through R-34. R-26 used SIPs. R-30 featured a CNC-ed structure. Pictured are explorations for the structural system for R-34, which will have integral attachments for the morphing cladding system.

If all goes according to plan, one of these will get built next summer…

Big Ideas.

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In several public presentations, Philosopher Daniel Dennett has offered his own description of a path to happiness. He advises to “Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.”

Lewis Hyde sketches similar path to happiness in his book The Gift. He notes how artists are awakened by the work of a master, and how that awakening compels artists to labor at a discipline until they can contribute something that perpetuates the work into other hearts.

Happiness sounds like hard work.

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Starting at Selldorf Architects

Starting at Selldorf Architects

I start this week in collaboration with a collection of architects at Annabelle Selldorf’s firm. These folks take a lot of pride in their construction document sets. I am already certain that they are going to push hard for a higher standard of graphic performance from their technology. Looking forward to it.