In this LPA Roundtable, I talk with Charlie Williams and Alejandro Lopez about BIM review and how we discovered the best ways to keep a model healthy from start to end.

Please share your comments of how your handle your model reviews in the comment section below.

Show Notes:

About LPA

Founded in 1965, LPA Inc. has more than 300 employees at offices in Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, and San Antonio. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, and graphics. What sets us apart? Our people. Of our employees, 70% are LEED Accredited Professionals (BD+C and ID+C). Certainly, we design stunning architecture, but it’s the relationships that make it easy for clients to keep coming back for more.

With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, to corporate and civic establishments.

Noteworthy Clients
Wal-Mart, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Disney, The Irvine Company, Toyota Motor Sales, Ford Motor Company, Western Digital, Blizzard Entertainment, Emulex, American Airlines, Wells Fargo Bank, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Unisys Corporation, Herman Miller, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless, Kodak, Amtrak, and the Irvine Ranch Water District plus more than 60 governmental agencies, cities and counties throughout California, and approximately 100 K-12 school districts, colleges and universities.

More than 600 major design awards attest to LPA’s commitment to design excellence. Of these, more than 200 awards have been received from the American Institute of Architects National, State, and Component Chapters, not to mention more than 40 years of continuous recognition from the AIA Orange County.

About BIMThoughts

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4 Thoughts on “LPA Roundtable 2 BIM Review

  1. Hendrik Smit on 2016-06-13 at 7:29 am said:

    Hi guys,

    Wow interesting topic.
    We are an Architecture company in the UK and we are at the beginning of our BIM journey. We talk about a lot of these things and a lot of the time we ask “what do other firms do?”. And a lot of the time we don’t know or cant find information anywhere and we suspect not many people are doing these things. Good to hear other people has also come to the same conclusion. Or maybe other firms keep these things as a secret.

    Anyway, the things we check on model we receive from others are:
    1. location (insertion point, coordinates, orientation, etc)
    2. all references removed
    3. correct version

    Number 3 sounds stupid and should maybe be number 1 (version is normally agreed at kick-off meeting), but we have seen some strange things.
    After this initial check we would start checking against an agreed BIM Execution Plan for the project.

    Thanks for the talk and keep up the good work.

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  3. 1. Location, location, location.
    -If model elements begin with the wrong coordinates and orientation to true north, changing them half-way through can nearly destroy the model.
    2.Up-to-date families and standards
    -Old families/titleblocks/dim styles etc. are functional but in the end they peg-leg the project
    3.Browser organization and naming
    -Can vary per-project but must be legible and thorough

    Out of the 3 of these, I would say that #2 is in fact the HARDEST to manage over time, because of the limited ability Revit has in providing tools to manage changes across projects. Revit manages to make the updating of these things ACROSS projects NEW and OLD in an ad-hoc way one of the most tedious and painful processes I’ve ever experienced with software. The “transfer project standards” tool is by far one of the largest oversights. This hurts to say, but “kludging” is an unfortunate but vindicated solution in many cases due to the nature of Revit’s inability to reciprocate bottom-up system needs.

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