Insight: BIM Collaboration & Model Validation

Posted by Alex Altieri on 8/2/22 12:13 PM   |  9 min read time

On a bright summer day, you’re working on a public project that’s required to be delivered with a building information modeling (BIM) framework. You’re not surprised; you know that BIM is full of advantages in a multifaceted design process, and you’ve done the work to optimize your own BIM process to confirm this fact.

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Topics: BIM (Architecture), Tech Tips and Workflows

BIM Optimization with Vectorworks Architect

Posted by Alex Altieri on 5/23/22 3:50 PM   |  12 min read time

Last year, you saw a lot from us about implementing and successfully performing building information modeling (BIM) workflows in Vectorworks Architect.

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Topics: BIM (Architecture)

3 Architecture Firms that Harness the Power of BIM

Posted by Carter Hartong on 4/22/22 9:00 AM   |  5 min read time

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has often been referred to as a “single source of truth” for your project. And with Vectorworks Architect's BIM environment, you’re able to freely sketch, model, and document your design ideas with precision. BIM with Vectorworks also allows you to collaborate amongst stakeholders with a heightened level of detail.

For these reasons — and so many more — firms around the world have harnessed the power of BIM in their architectural designs. In this post, we’ll look at three projects to show you why you and your firm should also harness the power of BIM!

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Topics: Project Highlight, BIM (Architecture)

Marc Pancera on Vectorworks & Smarter BIM Management

Posted by Guest Author on 4/7/22 3:23 PM   |  6 min read time

This story was originally written and published by the editors at Architizer.

With​ ​a​ ​history​ ​that​ ​dates​ ​back​ ​90​ ​years,​ ​European​ ​firm​ ​IttenBrechbühl ​has​ ​often​ ​had​ ​to find​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​change​ ​with​ ​the​ ​times.​ ​Helping​ ​lead​ ​that​ ​charge​ ​today​ ​is​ ​Head​ ​of​ ​BIM,​ ​Marc Pancera, MSc ETH Arch.​ ​After​ ​joining​ ​the​ ​team​ ​in​ ​2010,​ ​Pancera​ ​moved​ ​from​ ​architect​ ​to​ ​project​ ​manager where​ ​he​ ​had​ ​a​ ​different​ ​perspective​ ​on​ ​the​ ​complexities​ ​going​ ​into​ ​the​ ​design​ ​of​ ​new projects.​ ​“I​ ​really​ ​wanted​ ​to​ ​push​ ​the​ ​topic​ ​of​ ​BIM,”​ ​Pancera​ ​reflected​ ​in​ ​a​  conversation​ ​with​ ​Architizer.

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Topics: BIM (Architecture)

Class & Layer Setup for Renovation Projects

Posted by Alex Altieri on 4/7/22 2:26 PM   |  4 min read time

Modeling and documenting renovation projects differs from new building projects in some key ways.

Since there’s often three distinct phases in a renovation project, you’ll want to visually represent each of them. With Vectorworks Architect, you can visually represent the status of existing, demolition, and new construction with attributes such as line color, line type, fill color, and/or hatches.

There are multiple approaches you could take to managing the visual representation of renovation plans. In this blog, we'll highlight a method based on Vectorworks design layers and classes.

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Topics: Resources, BIM (Architecture), Tech Tips and Workflows

BIM — Too Complex for Smaller Firms?

Posted by Alex Altieri on 3/25/22 9:56 AM   |  3 min read time

Some firms avoid BIM methodology because they think it’s a complete overhaul of their established workflows and can be expensive and time consuming to implement. Rob Hollis, AIA, explains in this video interview that BIM doesn’t have to be that complex.

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Topics: BIM (Architecture)

How Vectorworks Unique Workflows Lead to Successful BIM

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/18/22 11:00 AM   |  8 min read time

In this article, Vectorworks product marketing director and architect Rubina Siddiqui, assoc. AIA, writes about the unique workflows in Vectorworks Architect that enable successful BIM workflows.

This article initially appeared on AECCafe on May 12, 2020. 

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Topics: BIM (Architecture)

Strategies for Designing Towards Net Zero Carbon

Posted by Alex Altieri on 2/17/22 3:25 PM   |  6 min read time

Nate Kipnis, FAIA, is a leading activist in the realm of sustainability in architecture. Along with coining the term “High Design, Low Carbon,” Kipnis has taken the front seat in the journey towards carbon neutrality in architecture. Many of his projects with Kipnis Architecture + Planning demonstrate carbon reduction strategies as well as a decades-long commitment to environmental sustainability. This blog covers one of those projects.

In a webinar on Architectural Record, Kipnis discussed the overwhelming impact of the building industry’s rising embodied carbon levels. He made it clear that we’re nearing a crisis-level situation, and he outlined many steps we can take to address it.

Before we get into what architects can do to help, let’s first establish some definitions.

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Topics: Resources, BIM (Architecture)

Your Guide to BIM Acronym Meanings

Posted by Carter Hartong on 1/11/22 9:00 AM   |  6 min read time

Building information modeling (BIM) comes with a long list of acronyms. In fact, BIM itself is acronym for both Building Information Modeling and Building Information Model.

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Topics: Resources, BIM (Architecture)

This Firm Designed Vincent Van Gogh's Face — with Bricks!

Posted by Leslie Briggs on 12/23/21 11:00 AM   |  3 min read time

Vincent van Gogh, born March 30, 1853, would be 167 years old if he were alive today. The artist has inspired many to create art of their own, including Dutch firm [delacourt][vanbeek], who recently recreated Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat on a courtyard in Zundert, the Netherlands. The brick mosaic now lives outside of the Van Gogh House where Van Gogh was born.

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Topics: BIM (Architecture), Tech Tips and Workflows, BIM (Landscape)

4 Keys to Successful BIM Implementation

Posted by Alex Altieri on 12/10/21 9:26 AM   |  8 min read time

Implementing BIM isn’t an overnight process. It takes time, care, and a real sense of purpose to reach a repeatable BIM workflow.

But it's encouraging to see that many have done it before — implementing BIM isn’t as difficult as you might think!

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Topics: BIM (Architecture)

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