On Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, more than 100 BIM professionals (from as far as Minneapolis, MN) gathered in Anaheim, CA for the 2016 Orange County BIM Workshops. It was a day full of knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun!
What We Learned
In the hands-on lab sessions, attendees had the opportunity to work in Revit and Navisworks Manage with exercises guided by Technical Specialists and industry consultants. In the Revit Families lab, Gerald Garrett introduced families to Revit users with minimal experience using them. With his expertise, attendees walked away understanding the various types of families and when to use (or not use) each kind.
Long story short, don't create in-place families. Many problems solved. #BIMWorkshops
— Brian Binkley (@psubrian) September 27, 2016
Other sessions explored other technologies that are penetrating the BIM world, like 3D laser scanning, point clouds, and cloud-based collaboration. In Get Your Head in the Clouds: Practical Use of Laser Scans, Jarrod Baumann introduced methods for using laser scan and point cloud data in design and construction processes for Revit users. Attendees of this session walked away with a bit of Jarrod’s expertise in using technology to capture more information digitally and use it to improve decision-making and real-world processes in the field.
Improving collaboration throughout the duration of projects is becoming increasingly important as technology provides more avenues for information gathering and sharing. In BIM 360 and the Project Lifecycle, Aaron Wagner explored how project teams can use BIM 360 to remain connected from the earliest stages of design through operations and maintenance across many different locations. Aaron presented via a live video feed from Hawaii showing first-hand that distance doesn’t inhibit the ability to communicate and keep information up-to-date during a project.
Switching from AutoCAD to Revit taught by Steven Shell continues to be one of the most popular sessions offered at the BIM Workshops. In this session, Steven addressed the common perception that the best way to learn Revit is to “dive right in” and offered some options and direction for this approach. Attendees also discussed specific challenges they have experienced in making the switch to Revit and how their firms have addressed these challenges. The popularity of this course tells us that, even in Southern California, a region with a very high level of BIM adoption, the industry is still struggling to move from CAD to Revit.
Connect with the Speakers
The Orange County BIM Workshops featured a stellar group of speakers. Stay connected with them to learn more from their industry expertise. You can also catch them at future BIM Workshops and other conferences!
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