New Class or at Your Office: BIM Best Practices

Avoid the pitfalls your competitors are struggling with by taking this course. You’ll learn a series of tried and proven best practices that will help your company succeed in its building information modeling (BIM) adoption. BIM requires an organized and concerted effort to achieve success.

• Overview of Current Technology Solutions
• Gridlines and Project Coordinates
• Folder Structure and Naming Conventions
• Information/Data needed in Models
• Modeling to Level of Development (LOD)
• Model/Data Storage and Access
• Model Verification
• Developing BIM Standards
• 6 Phases of BIM Integration
• External BIM Communication

September 19th is our first class, see the class calendar to sign up!

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Revit Nested Family Issue

In this click saver I want to talk about a nested family issue that recently came up. It had do with a window in an elevation that was being used for presentation purposes. The view was set to “shade” but the window would not display the correct color that was chosen in the material manager.

What was also really weird is it would display correctly in the 3D view so we knew the settings were correct. After checking a half dozen different settings in the view and the family it came down to an off the wall bug with nested families.


So how did we get the window to display correctly? Back in the nested family for some reason the “visibility settings” setting had to be changed. The “plan/rcp” had to be checked marked so Revit would be happy.


Once we did that and loaded the nested family back into the original family and then loaded it into the project. BOOM, the window was now showing the correct color in shade mode and everyone lived happily ever after.


Very weird bug on top of a very weird fix. Hopefully that saves someone else from not having heartburn and headaches trying to figure this one out. See you in class or at your office, Jarod

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Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is now at its highest level since 2007

The last three months have shown steadily increasing demand for design services and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is now at its highest level since 2007. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 55.8, up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 66.0, following a very strong mark of 66.4 the previous month.

The AIA has added a new indicator measuring the trends in new design contracts at architecture firms that can provide a strong signal of the direction of future architecture billings. The score for design contracts in July was 54.9.

“Business conditions for the design and construction marketplace, and those industries associated with it, appear to be well-positioned for continued growth in the coming months,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The key to a more widespread boost in design activity continues to be the institutional sector which is starting to exhibit signs of life after languishing for the better part of the last five-plus years.”

Key July ABI highlights:

Regional averages: Northeast (55.5), South (55.1), Midwest (54.1), West (53.5)

Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (61.0), multi-family residential (56.5), institutional (53.3), commercial / industrial (51.2)

Project inquiries index: 66.0

Design contracts index: 54.9

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