BILT ANZ 2017, Day 2 International

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We are now officially 2/3 of the way through this conference,
and as far as I’m concerned it’s still picking up speed.

The morning started off with a presentation on some creative
approaches to heritage modeling–when was the last time
you modeled mold in Revit?? (In the States, we
usually say “preservation” when discussing historic structures,
but I think “heritage” sounds nicer, don’t you?)

Next up was an overview of BIM and Quantity Surveying (or Cost
Estimating, as we’d typically call it back home). It seems to
be one of those fields where technology is solving a lot of
problems and creating a few more, and where there’s still
plenty of room for human expertise. Just like with other
aspects of design, not all challenges can be solved with tech!

After lunch, my sessions were all over the place–in a good
way. I went from a fascinating talk on the potential for going
“beyond BIM” to a demonstration of the new Flux.io platform,
which is more or less a cloud-based portal for connecting all
kinds of design information, whether from Excel, Rhino, Dynamo,
or other software. It seems to be still in a relatively early
stage, but the potential is enormous. Imagine if we could truly
arrive at “portable” data, instead of files that are tied to a
specific software package…

In my last class, Rebecca DiCicco (of Women in BIM) spoke on acquiring, managing, and
leveraging point cloud data for AEC. It’s one of my favorite
topics, and this session was a very comprehensive discussion of
a very broad subject. Something she mentioned in passing was
something I hadn’t realized before: there are regional
variations in the definition of LOD. In the US, it primarily
means Level of Development, but in other parts of the world it
can be Level of Definition, Level of Detail, or Level of
Information. (That last one is technically LOI, but I think
it’s part of the LOD framework.)

I may be 10,000 miles from home, but I had two encounters this
week that reminded me that it really is a small world.
First, I ran into someone that I’d worked with on a project
back in New York (although he lives in Sydney now), and then I
had a nice chat with a longtime AUGI member and AUGIworld
reader. It’s one thing to know that this fantastic community of
ours extends around the globe, but it’s another thing…

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