Phil Bernstein’s presentation covered the transition from traditional drawing board, to CAD, to Building Information Modelling as techniques to capture project design information. It covered the reasons for change and the impacts of those changes on industry and practice.
These are my notes; Phil detailed these headings with examples, research and industry examples. I've added a few links – in italics – to relevant articles/sites discovered while researching this post which were not directly quoted in the presentation.
Phil Bernstein Profile;
- VP Industry Relations & Strategy - Autodesk BSD Division
- Lecturer in Professional Practice - Yale University
- Chair of Contract Documentation Committee - American Institute of Architects
"Transforming Building Process: Ideas Realised"
BIM & Process Change;
The AEC industry is facing increased demand for productivity driven by economic demands, technological changes and new working methods. Traditional process struggles to deliver when faced with the demand for concurrent design, rich information and constant change as the project develops.
Another drive is to reduce waste, both during the design and construction and the impact of the finished building. In the US 1/3 of construction spend is wasted, finished buildings consume huge amounts of energy. Good design can reduce those impacts and to predict environmental impact & performance demands a model.
To meet these challenges the response has been distributed design teams working across companies, industries and around the world. The process is driven by concurrent demands and compressed timetables; design, energy analysis, costing and visual impact all being developed simultaneously, continuously as the project progresses.
To meet these demands the only answer is digital design and collaboration.
Digital design allows computable simulation models, sharable information database, rapid distribution for review and collaboration that is just not possible with traditional techniques.
BIM protects project knowledge;
Traditional transfer of information in the form of drawings and documents results in loss of knowledge between project stages. A shared Project BIM aggregates project knowledge as it develops creating a resource, a bill-able resource, for the owner to use for the entire building lifecycle.
Clients demand more;
Clients expect/need to see the project before it exists. The planning process, design communication, manufacturing, construction planning, promotion/sale/leasing and operational management all benefit from a complete consistent building model.
"We must move toward more predictable outcomes, Legacy systems will kill us" – Client Quote
- Digital Building Representation
- Internally consistent
AEC Industry has to change;
- The old segregated model is failing.
- Change being driven by: Regulation, Client demand, Project Complexity, Technology, Global Economy.
- Answers are... Digital Solutions, Collaboration, Sharing responsibility and reward.
- Enabled by: Open information exchange, BIM, Collaboration.
A new model for working: The Integrated Practice;
Definition From AIA: "What is Integrated Practice?
Integrated Practice leverages early contribution of knowledge through utilization of new technologies, allowing architects to better realize their highest potentials as designers and collaborators while expanding the value they provide throughout the project lifecycle."
Mention of the new city project near Seoul;
New Songdo City is a master-planned international business center near Seoul, a$25 billion development.
Direct product related Comments;
- AutoCAD - “There will always be a role for AutoCAD”
- Architectural Desktop - “Will be developed as long as the industry demands it”, “400,000 + users”, “The AutoCAD based productivity solution for building documentation”
- Revit - “Autodesk's BIM platform for the future”
- Autodesk - Building Solutions - Building Information Modeling – http://www.autodesk.com/bim
- Revit Building – http://www.autodesk.com/revitbuilding
- Revit Structure – http://www.autodesk.com/revitstructure
- Revit Systems – http://www.autodesk.com/revitsystems
My travel & accommodation was provided by Autodesk Building Solutions Division, Asia Pacific.
I own both Autodesk Architectural Desktop & Viz Licences – http://rcd.typepad.com/about.html
I use/manage ADT, ABS, Viz and Revit applications for The Warehouse Limited, a retail company in New Zealand.