Category Archives: Round Table

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.

Meeting Sponsor:




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!


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.

Meeting Sponsored by



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.

Arrow_Vertical Logo

2014.05.15 – May 15th – eBIMc AEC Open Forum – Dan Doherty

This open discussion is for those of us in the industry that wish to nail down some of our wish list / needs, working towards a common Edmonton standard. We have all been or support someone who has been working with Revit for a while now, and we are all seeing some of the same common themes / workflow work arounds, in our own company / project silo’s.   Which has prompted small group discussions amongst some of us and/or conversations at work about what we feel should happen to resolve these ongoing issues.   This is our chance to speak up and talk to one another and help each other build a better models with speed and efficiency. Resulting in smarter buildings.

Please come and add your voice and experience.

Thanks to Site Bim for sponsoring the event and NAIT for providing the venue.


2014.03.13 – March 13th – eBIMc AEC Open Forum – Justin James

Edmonton BIM AEC Open Forum

Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 6-8pm

NAIT Conference Room O120

Facilitator: Justin James, REACH-Consulting Ltd.

Open discussion for those of us in the industry to nail down some of our wish lists or needs from each other and work towards a common Edmonton standard workflow. We are all working towards busy deadlines and do not have time to talk about what we need from each other as time constraints plus the fact we are in different office locations and firms does not assist our communication.

This is our chance to speak up and talk to one another and help each other build a better building or model with speed and efficiency.

What architecture needs from?




What each of the disciplines need from Architecture?

– Each other?

– Who hosts what?

– Where do the contractors fit in and what they want in a model?

If you want to add to the above list please email and come and add your voice and experience.


Thanks to SMP for sponsoring and NAIT for providing the venue.