BIM Technology Adoption and Implementation at MAAP

This article describes the BIM implementation at a London-based firm, MAAP Architects, that specializes in healthcare design. Authored by the BIM/CAD Manager of MAAP, it provides an insight into BIM as seen and adopted by an average, middle-size firm in the UK and can thus be seen as a good reflection of the state of the art of BIM in that country.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2009/MAAP_study.html

4 thoughts on “BIM Technology Adoption and Implementation at MAAP

  1. I am a great believer in Revit as the clear future of design tools, but these featured one to three level flat exterior buildings would not have convinced me to adopt Revit. The building exteriors are uninteresting and the low rise nature means they were not a challenge to design or build.

    I am noticing a lot of uninteresting buildings being modeled in Revit! Is this just me? I love the design tool of Revit, but perhaps designers with imagination are not migrating quickly to it?

  2. Folks

    It was interesting to see the coordination of number of BIM platforms.

    There was no mention of “Public Health” design and the platform used – are you able to advise?

  3. James,

    Please see link below to find out more about ADB. http://www.adb.dh.gov.uk/content/introduction/what_is_adb.asp#sub_2

    It is primarily a Department of Health preferred briefing and design tool in UK. It works mainly on AutoCAD and Microstation. Recently, they have launched a Revit interface. ADB holds a Microsoft Access database of the building. The database holds all room related information like finishes, m&e components, furniture, etc. The database is then used to generate Room Data Sheets and drawings in AutoCAD. In the Revit world, this database is linked with your model via the ADB interface. ADB loads predefined families into a selected room with a predefined arrangement. Equipment schedules and Room Loaded Drawings are generated manually by placing elevation tags and schedules. Currently, the ADB-Revit interface is in its infant stage and faces some challenges like BIM component library for the tool and stability of the program. But it has a huge potential. The developers at ADB are making good progress on improving this tool and getting regular feedback from the people who are evaluating this tool. Do you have something similar in the US? How do you manage room loading process in Revit?

    Please do not hesitate to contact me on rahul@maap-architects.co.uk if you want to discuss further.

    Regards

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