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IFC in Plan - OPEN BIM workflows

nathan hildebrandtOct 01 2015
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IFC in Plan

OPENBIM collaboration and the use of IFC2x3 (format currently supported by ARCHICAD 19) files requires a reasonable amount of skill to get right. There are a number of issues that users are likely to face when taking advantage of OPENBIM collaboration processes via IFC. Not all users have been trained in such processes and many are not sure what to expect from an IFC based workflow. In this post we cover issues users face when using Reference Models and their appearance in plan view.

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Mechanic vs Driver

nathan hildebrandtJul 23 2015
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Mechanic vs Driver

As the person responsible for the implementation of BIM Processes for a medium sized Architectural Practice, a daily challenge arises where a number of team members will inevitably struggle with the switch from traditional methods of delivery to BIM processes. 18 months ago I implemented a major change in the way that we work at FTA by making users add specific data to elements that they model in ARCHICAD. This change from the generic approach of the past 10 years did cause significant grief for some. As I begin to develop additional BIM capabilities into our ARCHICAD template and workflows I have spent considerable time thinking about improving the implementation process and reducing / removing the change that the team experiences. As much as BIM is about process and not technology, it is the technology or the tool that needs optimisation to assist in making the process easier.

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IFC Mapping – Why everyone should embrace it

nathan hildebrandtSep 22 2014
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In my previous post on the Top New Features of ArchiCAD 18 I listed IFC Mapping as my top feature. This feature enables users to manipulate the data that is native in ArchiCAD and use it in an almost an infinite number ways to use internally in ArchiCAD as part of data representation or to export customized data to OPENBIM IFC. 

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ArchiCAD 18 - Top 5 Features

nathan hildebrandtAug 08 2014
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The other week I was fortunate enough to be invited to present at Graphisoft Australia’s ArchiCAD 18 Launch Conference in Brisbane. I had the opportunity to share my presentation from Graphisoft’s KCC 2014 Conference in Budapest, with local users and share my thoughts on the New Features in ArchiCAD 18 that I believed would benefit Fulton Trotter Architects the most. Below is my Top 5 Feature list from ArchiCAD 18. I have included a description on how these features will benefit our current workflows and generate new workflows. You will note that I haven’t included the Rendering Tool in my Top 5. There is a reason for this as it is very capable and will enable use to create some really impressive renders straight from ArchiCAD but as a feature it will not add significantly to productivity as Renders can be outsourced.

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Delivering Quality BIM

nathan hildebrandtJul 28 2014
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BIM is one of the biggest catch phrases in the Construction Industry in Australia with many players claiming to have BIM Capabilities. Over the last couple of months I have been thinking quite intensively about this. There are organisations that have created systems to determine BIM Capability, but some of the areas in their rating system I don’t believe really are a good measure of your BIM capability. How is a capability to set up IT infrastructure a rated item? I am asking myself how do you confirm the quality of your BIM deliverables? And how can I set up systems that enable Fulton Trotter to meet current and future BIM deliverables.

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Graphisoft Australia - Brisbane User Group Meeting May 2014

nathan hildebrandtMay 28 2014
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On Monday night Graphisoft Australia hosted the Brisbane ArchiCAD User Group Meeting. The second event in its new and improved format held at the XXXX Brewery is growing in popularity and the venue packed out with just under 60 attendees.

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