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Edmonton BIM Community

2016.11.10 – eBIMc – Leveraging BIM: Saving time and reducing waste through process improvement – Scott Cameron & Ron Heigh of Supreme Group

Scott Cameron & Ron Heigh of Supreme Group.

BIM has become a common term in the design and construction industry but very few are talking about scalability, layers of integration and proper data transfer protocol.

In this presentation we will:

  • Demonstrate how Supreme Steel utilizes BIM technology to support process optimization within our organization; across various functional areas, estimating, scope coordination, fabrication planning, and field services.
  • Clarify some of the confusion that exists between Small BIM, Large BIM, and Integrated BIM using past project examples.
  • Demonstrate how Supreme Steel uses Tekla Structures to leverage BIM technology toward achieving mutual benefit for our own company and for our clients with the help of Canadian Towing.

The presentation will include past project images and captures, industry video snippets and a number of live working demonstrations.

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2016.09.15 – eBIMc – Revizto by Martin Neault of Dialog

Martin Neault  from Dialog follows up with REVIZTO™, Latin for “visual check”, is a suite of 3D applications that turns your BIM models into navigable 3D environments, in which you can easily collaborate in a cloud-based workspace ($) with your project team – architects, engineers, contractors and owners in real time on any device. Revizto processes Autodesk® Revit®, AutoCAD® and Navisworks® projects and also SketchUp, IFC and FBX files creating data-rich 3D scenes, complete with lighting, materials and family metadata.

Revizto offers sharing and collaboration tools, so anyone you invite ($) can view your project using the free Revizto Viewer. This application provides the effective communication tools, such as issue tracker and camera sharing. Supporting your ideas with screenshots and walk-through tours, you can reduce mistakes and misunderstanding within the project team.

With Revizto, export and share your BIM model with project stakeholders, explore and present on any device your model as a navigable 3D that anyone can walk through, and collaborate with your project team in real time by identifying, tracking, and solving problems throughout all phases of the project.  You can also tune your model by editing lighting and materials to enhance visual appearance.

If you are interested about 3D visual coordination and tracking design, modeling and clash issues in a cloud-based collaborative environment, and more, this live presentation will offer you a new alternative to improve the quality of your BIM project.

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2016.03.16 – Revit + FormIt = Bye Bye SketchUp! – Carl Storms

Revit + FormIt = Bye Bye SketchUp! 

by  Carl Storms “TheBIMsider”  from Imaginit 

For years there has been a conceptual massing part of Revit that would allow designers to do many of the things they can do in SketchUp inside of Revit directly, but this has never really caught on and designer keep returning to SketchUp for ease of use.

Now with the help of FormIt you can take your project from conceptual design all the way to construction documents with these two connected products without having to leave the .RVT file format. You can begin the conceptual design in FormIt and once the design is settled continue the working drawings process inside Revit.

There is also the added benefit of being able to work on FormIt on your iPad or on any computer in a web based version, this allows for anytime anywhere design to happen. FormIt also has a feature that allows real time team collaboration on a design. This means the multiple members of a team can be simultaneously working on the same file from different locations, and different FormIt platforms.



Learning Objectives

·         Overview of what FormIt has to offer as a conceptual design tool

·         How to use FormIt as a team collaboration and design tool in real time

·         The process to move from FormIt into Revit

·         Put the FUN back in conceptual design

 Link to FormIt!


2016.01.14 – Bring your own App “Pot Luck”

 Autodesk App Store

There are approximately 1787 add-in available in the app store to download.

The top one that saves users the most time (and it is FREE)


The COINS Auto-Section Box tool gives you tremendous speed and agility over managing three-dimensional views when analyzing model areas of particular interest. It allows you to quickly create temporary and permanent views to be used for immediate interrogation of the model or for construction document deliverables. This works by allowing you to focus on the model instead of managing views or a view’s properties.

2015.09.14 – The Aviation Hub of Choice – Connecting People & Prosperity

The Aviation Hub of Choice – Connecting People and Prosperity by GEC Architecture’s  Sylvia Gacek where one of the key objectives is to achieve “Capacity, Connectivity and Passenger Experience.” When the IFP opens for international and transborder travel the Air Terminal Building (ATB) will transform into a domestic only terminal and will become the second busiest airport in the country. Upon opening of the new IFP, the Airport plans to convert the existing baggage handling system (BHS) within the ATB to the CrisBag System to match the IFP, and to allow for seamless and efficient baggage movement throughout the entire airport. The renovation and conversion to the new system needs to be completed while maintaining full operation of the airport.

This presentation will review our strategy to successfully accomplish this complex phasing refurbishment, by building and providing a LOD 300 3D digital Revit and Navisworks models for coordination of the CrisBag System with the Air Terminal Building. This includes incorporating point cloud data from laser scans of the existing ATB and the BHS 3D CAD model into the Revit and Navis models. Clash detection and CrisBag System accuracy will be achieved in a 3D environment throughout the duration of the project.

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Cloud Made Seamless: by Paul Danis of Panzura The WAN can hinder an organization’s ability to collaborate with Revit, resulting in reduced productivity, higher IT infrastructure and increased change order costs. This session discusses the key requirements to enable cross-site Revit collaboration that makes it feels like global project teams are working in the same room.

BIM collaboration works extremely well when the entire project team is in one location, but is much more challenging across distributed teams — and teams are becoming more and more distributed. Why? Companies want to hire the best global talent for specific skillsets and be able to put the right people on the right project, whether organically or through acquisition.

But Revit collaboration over the WAN is tough. Files can take over an hour to open, so companies are often forced to manage multiple copies of complex project files or try expensive solutions like WAN optimization that do little to improve performance. The result is a mix of lower productivity, more project errors and higher IT infrastructure and change order costs.

We’ll discuss the key requirements for making cross-site Revit collaboration so effective it feels like global project teams are sitting in the same room. Customer examples from peer companies, including Ridley & Company that was able to get project teams in Sydney and Manila collaborating in real-time despite 300ms latency, and GRAEF-USA that reduced project team bench time by 35% and eliminated $250,000 in storage costs will be provided in addition to a demonstration of cross-site element borrowing, sync with central, and Worksharing Monitor.

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2015.03.12 – A Real World Collaborative Affair Between M & E



A case study presentation by Shannon Williams of Smith Andersen and Mirra Maheden; “A Real Wold Collaborative Affair” speaking on their experience and lessons learned of shifting from MEP designers to construction coordination in a model for Mechanical and Electrical systems, on a fast paced construction project highlighting the keys to collaboration.

Thanks for Smith Andersen for sponsoring our night and PCL for the venue.

Smith Andersen

eBIMc Member Comments on CanBIM ACE(CAN) BIM Protocol v2 and Revit Protocol v1

The members that participated in the discussions are representatives in the Edmonton; Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical , Client, Construction and Sub-Trade whom are hands on users and management here in Edmonton that use BIM day to day with Revit, Navisworks, Glue, Tekla, and in IFC formats. These members are dedicated to producing quality work and working together. The discussions were lively and there was an exchange of what is important to all sides of the industry here in Edmonton.

  • Great documents that demonstrate an investment of time and energy in its delivery for the development of set of standards for the industry in Canada.
  • The ACE(CAN) BIM Protocol has numerous references to Revit, should not this document be generic and have all the Revit specific content removed?
  • The ACE(CAN) BIM Protocol and ACE(CAN) Revit Protocol have whole sections that are cut and paste of each other, was this intended to have the duplication and the specific Revit specific steps outlined in the BIM Protocol.
  • These read as a standard and in both documents there is line weights table which is great for new firms starting out but too late for firms that have developed in house standards.
  • These are redundant to what we do, it is an ideal situation or scenario, but not all projects are going to be set up or run that way.
  • There is a need to see included workflows, process methods and team structure/communication along with guide of model exchanges in the various formats for the whole supply chain as fabrication is not always done with Revit but other formats.
  • These standards should not be dictating how existing firms set up file folder structure, that is a IT firm decision and varies from firm to firm.
  • The file naming convention is a good idea, but this should be based on the client and thus will change from project to project depending on client or project team and complexity. Thus this should be in the BIM Project Execution plan so that there is a set out naming convention not a National Standard for all projects.

These was a lot of positive discussion generated which those in attendance with an open mind were able to see that others have different needs and requirements from each other and we can work together. Thus thanks to the CanBIM Designers Team for their work in moving BIM forward in Canada.


2015.01.15 – Open Forum Discussion of CanBIM

Let’s get together once again and finish what we started on the November 13th meeting  and via an open forum discuss the CanBIM protocol at our meeting on January 15th, from 6 to 8 pm and as a joint team group, adopt portions for our local firms here in Edmonton, working together as one group and send our comments in to CanBIM.

Here are links to the documents:

AEC(CAN) BIM Protocol v2 

AEC(CAN) BIM Protocol for Revit

Plus IBC also released their contract documents so let’s also take a look at them.

IBC Contract Documents

Thanks to Clark Builders for sponsoring the event and PCL for providing the venue.

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2014.11.13 – Nathan Morgan of PCL and Open Forum Discussion of CanBIM

Nathan Morgan of PCL Construction Management will be speaking about how PCL is using 3D modeling to review and coordinate the steel fabrication shop drawings with the structural consultant design and the in house construction model on the Edmonton Arena Project.

After 2 years we have great news from CanBIM while yes herding cats requires time,  they have released the Canadian AEC (Can) BIM Protocol at the joint aceBIM and CanBIM, BIM Super Session #EDMBIM14 in October.

Let’s get together and via an Open Forum to discuss this standard at our meeting Thursday November 13th, from 6 to 8 pm at PCL and as a group and adopt portions for our local firms here in Edmonton, a joint team effort of our own to work together as one group.

Here are links to the documents:

AEC(CAN) BIM Protocol v2 

AEC(CAN) BIM Protocol for Revit

Thanks to Arrow Engineering for sponsoring the event and PCL for providing the venue.

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