Technology Adoption and Implementation at HOK

This case study of HOK, one of the world’s leading architectural firms, explores the range of technologies that are being implemented by the firm, not just for BIM but also for other design tasks, collaboration, coordination, project management, and knowledge management. It also looks at how the firm plans out its technology adoption, and what the buildingSMART initiative means to HOK.


5 thoughts on “Technology Adoption and Implementation at HOK

  1. This article is truly dis-ingenious toward other BIM solutions that are available and better than Revit. I have been using Archicad for 5 years in a small practice and would suggest that a little room be given to exploring the entire field of BIM. I have heard so many horror stories with the implementation of Revit in middle size firms. For what its worth!

  2. Thanks for a very interesting article. Based on the emphasis on Knowledge Management at HOK and SOM, it sure sounds like commercial KM tools that can address all the different challenges in the AEC industry are a dire need, especially at the larger firms. It sounds like HOK has settled on DWF over PDF. The strategic role of IT, and the customer focus over technology focus was interesting to read.

  3. For the Saudi Arabian University project, could you please tell me if the whole project was done between the 6 HOK offices using Revit? Till what stage was Revit used? Did it include all the CD stage documents also?

    Thank you for the very nice article.

  4. In the article, it says that consultants that do not use Revit are given files in 3D DWG format. But is 3D DWG a BIM format? Can DWG files be worked on by consultants and be seamlessly updated in the Revit file? If not, isn’t this very problematic from a BIM perspective? How do you anticipate programs like Sketchup/Archicad being interoperable with Revit’s BIM format?

    Is the Revit file format an open BIM standard or can it be translated into one (like buildingsmart, etc)? I saw that Revit can export gbxml– does this mean that the file can be worked on by another program, and imported back into the Revit format without loss of the data model? Is there an article that anyone can point me to about BIM standards?


  5. This article provides me with little hope for BIM being a truly integrative tool for all stakeholders in the near future. The architecture and construction industry have made substantial advances in the sustainable design and construction process via BIM, however, a significant barrier to a more widespread adoption of sustainable development is the immaturity of the property market and the lack of market evidence that a building’s sustainability features increase property value. When all stakeholders are involved in the BIM process, including appraisers/valuers and lenders, the current failure to have a connection between sustainability and economic return can be corrected and then the key drivers within the property market (the investment community) will fully support sustainable features in buildings. At this point, it appears that the main stakeholders (and their appraisers/valuers) who invest in the property market will not be actively engaged in the BIM process, and therefore, there will be insufficient sustainability features within the BIM model for the property industry to understand the impacts of these features on market value. If anyone is listening, numerous building criteria and indicators need to be added to the BIM process to allow the integrated assessment of the building and market-derived value conclusions.
    Grant W. Austin
    Institute of Green Professionals

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