Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hollywood with a shot of Reality

Let's start with the obvious.  If a picture says a thousand words, what does an interactive model of building systems tell us? 

If you're unfamiliar with the term Hollywood BIM, see here, and here.  John Tocci and Laura Handler explain the concept very well.  

My goal is blend good, database informed BIM with aesthetically pleasing, well detailed additives that inform the viewer, and align their thought processes with ours.  

What you see above is a basic deliverable to our estimating team.  The graphic is straight out of Revit, as is the information.  

With the image on the same page as the QTO, it gives a degree of believably to the data.  With a common server setup, links inside excel can direct our estimators directly to the Navis .NWD for their own reference.  With Navis search-sets able to provide real-time QTO, our estimators can justify their quantities to themselves, the project leadership, and the client.

John Tocci talks about the model being the ultimate conflict resolution tool.  So far, we've been able to preempt several issues with a new curtain-wall system, and drive the total material costs down to a justifiable number.  

We do the same thing with all the glass on the building.  In addition to accurate material and wage QTOs, we were able to give project leadership a total square footage of all glass in the building for the window washing budget.  


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