A Legacy of Best Practice in BIM


In this article, Iain Miskimmin, author of the recently published Plain Language BIM book, draws from his extensive experience leading the Crossrail Bentley Information Management Academy and the BIM Advancement Academy program to cull through the complexities of BIM and provide a concise methodology for delivering digital assets of infrastructure projects.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2018/issue_85.html

BIM and Blockchain

In 2008, a seemingly modest proposal was made to make secure electronic cash transactions directly between interested parties. Called Bitcoin, it is now a worldwide phenomenon with the potential to disrupt money as we know it. But what exactly is Bitcoin and why should we in the AEC technology industry care about it?

In this article, Jim Forester, a long-time AEC technology veteran and enthusiast, attempts to shed some light on the underlying concepts of Bitcoin technology, Blockchain, and how it is immediately applicable to many aspects of built environment projects as well as the BIM technologies used to realize them.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2018/issue_84.html

Customer Implementations from GRAPHISOFT KCC 2017


Earlier this year, I provided an overview of GRAPHISOFT’s 2017 Key Client Conference (KCC) event that was held in Kyoto, Japan, including the key updates from GRAPHISOFT, the global launch of ARCHICAD 21, and the third party solutions that work with GRAPHISOFT products. The majority of the KCC event, however, was devoted to presentations from GRAPHISOFT customers across the world, sharing their work and how they were using GRAPHISOFT solutions, not just for architecture but also for construction. This article captures some of the main implementation themes common to many of these customers as described in their presentations, including schematic design, algorithmic modeling, the use of OpenBIM, facilitation of downstream processes, and the use of advanced technologies such as virtual and augmented reality.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2017/KCC2017-Customers.html

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference


This article captures the highlights of Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference that was held a few weeks ago in Singapore. As always, Bentley uses this event as a “State of the Union” of sorts for the company and its products, showcasing its achievements, milestones, acquisitions, and product updates. It also provides some insights into its future technology roadmap, including product ideas it is working on and the broader vision underlying them. As such, it is an excellent way to get up to speed on what one of leading AEC technology vendors has to offer the industry, both in terms of what it currently has as well as what is coming up.

In addition to the updates from Bentley, the event also provides the opportunity for Bentley users all over the world to present the projects that they have implemented using Bentley solutions. In fact, more time at the conference is devoted to these project presentations for the Be Inspired Awards than to Bentley’s own updates, giving attendees in different infrastructure disciplines the opportunity to learn about how Bentley solutions are being used to execute projects in their specific discipline. Collectively, they showcase a wide range of infrastructure projects, ranging from individual buildings all the way to city-wide planning and transportation, and across all stages of the project lifecycles, from initial planning through to operation and maintenance.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2017/issue_90.html

Allplan 2018


Among the roster of BIM applications used globally, Allplan from the publicly traded Nemetschek Group is close to the top of the list. Headquartered in Germany, similar to its parent company, Allplan has had a strong European presence for decades—Nemetschek was founded all the way back in 1963 as an “engineering firm for the construction industry” and Allplan was its main product. Given its long history in the AEC industry, its tools and capabilities have been honed over decades of deployment and development, making it one of the most comprehensive applications for detailed design and construction.

While a comprehensive overview of Allplan was provided in the BIM Study Evaluation Report published in 2010, this review looks at the updates in the 2018 version of the application that has been just been released, including its brand new user interface, modeling and visualization enhancements, and integration with the open cloud-based collaboration platform, Bimplus, that allows it to be part of a large whole.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2017/Allplan2018.html

AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition


I last reviewed Bentley’s multi-disciplinary BIM application, AECOsim Building Designer, in 2012 when it was in the V8i generation. A lot has changed since then with regard to Bentley’s technology. It has a brand-new CONNECT generation, which features dramatic improvements over the earlier V8i generation including speed, connectivity, mobile support, cloud capability, and interoperability with other applications. Bentley first introduced the CONNECT edition at its 2014 YII (Year in Infrastructure) conference and has been gradually releasing the CONNECT editions of all its applications, starting with ProjectWise, MicroStation, and Navigator at YII 2015 and many more of its design, analytical, construction, and reality modeling applications at last year’s YII conference. The CONNECT edition of AECOsim Building Designer has just been released and this review takes an indepth look at it to explore the new features and enhancements in this major generational update of the application.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2017/AECOsimBuildingDesignerCONNECT.html



Those familiar with ARCHICAD know that each new release of the application revolves around a theme named after a breakthrough improvement. The theme of the new release of the application, ARCHICAD 21, which was launched earlier this summer, is “Step Up Your BIM.” It’s a smart way of capturing both the two main highlights of this release: one, dramatically improved means of modeling staircases and their accompanying railings; and two, the advent of truly smart design tools in ARCHICAD, which significantly ramps “up” its ability as a BIM tool.

This review explores the new rule-based Stair and Railing tools in detail, along with the many additional improvements in interoperability, Grasshopper integration, and productivity enhancements that have been made in ARCHICAD 21.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2017/ARCHICAD21.html