To celebrate Architecture Month in October, also known as Archtober, the AIA Orlando hosted BIM BAM BOOM!, a charrette style “shoot-out” aimed at showcasing the advantages of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Three teams participated in the event, including Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., which was represented by Architectural Industry Specialists Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, and Luis Ruiz, and Lead Trainer Don Ward. Teams from Revit and ArchiCAD also participated.
With only two hours on the clock, each team was tasked with designing a contemporary version of a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house using BIM. The teams developed solutions independently and then presented their rendered models, complete with a floor plan, building sections, elevations, and data for HVAC and other systems.
“After a brief review of the provided materials, which included photographs of the site, we decided to break the project into three parts: site, walls and slabs, and roof,” said Gardner. "With Vectorworks Architect software, it was easy to begin exploring the design requirements using its simple massing model tools and then proceed to developing both the site and building into a fully integrated Building Information Model.”
The Vectorworks Architect program is an ideal BIM solution. In fact, in June 2013, it achieved certification from buildingSMART International for the BIM data exchange standard IFC 2×3 Coordination View 2.0. With this certification, Vectorworks Architect has demonstrated support for IFC Export, based on the Coordination View 2.0 and supporting the Architecture Exchange Requirements. IFC Interfaces are delivered with Vectorworks Architect and automatically installed, as they are fully integrated into the software. Learn more about the Vectorworks platform's additional BIM capabilities here.
“I enjoyed being part of this event and getting the opportunity to collaborate with other knowledgeable architects and CAD software experts to see their versions of a similar model,” said Ward. “The time constraint definitely made our task challenging, but Vectorworks allowed us to do exactly what we needed - no problem.”
At the conclusion of the team presentations, attendees enjoyed an assortment of music, food, drinks, and prize giveaways from participating vendors. They were also given opportunities to converse one-on-one with other team members and BIM experts in attendance.