Another “Coordinators Training” starts next week…


I love my job. I get to train a variety of folks at all kinds of design firms in new architectural technologies. Building Information Modeling, specifically, is a tool I can share that gives early-career and mid-career professionals a boost towards their goals.

It is too easy to say my favorite calls are for “Designer Level” training, where I work with fresh-out-of-school employees in architecture firms. This group is composed of quick studies. They already have a model-based way of thinking about design problems from Rhino, Sketchup, or Max. They immediately see how BIM will make them more productive, and thus, more potent.

In “Designer Level” training, the atmosphere in the room is joyful, and sometimes giddy. The participants are quick to laugh at my (pretty bad) jokes. They feel free. They feel empowered. Read more

LoD: “Detail” or “Development” for Integrated Models?

A great visual description of LoD provided by Lanmar Services.
A great visual description of LoD provided by Lanmar Services.

I try hard to mark how collaborators describe LoD in casual language during my introductory meetings as a BIM Consultant. Architects’ understanding of the acronym tends to be an accurate predictor of how they view the role of their building information model, and thus the fate of their integration meetings.

LoD has changed from “Level of Detail” to “Level of Development” over the last decade. This may seem minor, but it signals a significant change for the utility of BIM. Read more