We made it! Three full days of BIM and BIM-adjacent discussions
have come to a close, and all of us are gathering our thoughts
and our notes and preparing to head back to our regular lives.
I stepped away from my usual structural focus to attend a few
construction sessions this morning.
The first was on layout & verification during construction.
It was a great overview of how to incorporate survey work into
VDC, and included some nice tips like a Dynamo graph for
setting the extents of a section box to match levels in the
Revit project. We were also reminded that US Survey Feet are
not the same as International feet…not by much, but it
matters! I think the Aussie crowd was happy that they don’t
have to deal with that nonsense–meters for everybody!
The second session discussed BIM as used by subcontractors
(primarily MEP), and was about evenly split between a case
study of coordination methodologies and a selection of
tips for Navisworks. My favorite point: It’s not enough to
detect clashes–you have to fix them too! (Do we need to rename
“clash detection” as a strategy?) Also, did you know that
pressing Shift when you click Options in Navisworks uncovers an
additional set of items? Now I want to try that on other
In the afternoon, I attended a double session on change
management. Confession time: From the title of the session, I
thought it would be about model management (Architect:
“Here’s our new model.” Me: “Okay, what changed, and how can I
update my model to match?”) Instead, it was about
organizational change management–things like
implementing processes or promoting cultural shifts. Still a
fascinating topic, and I have a few new concepts to take back
with me, to see if I can apply them to my own department.
The conference officially closed with a short plenary session,
with highlights from the week and acknowledgement of the
committee members and staff who make everything possible. This
evening, we’ll all celebrate at an 80’s themed dinner…I’m
prepared for a lot of neon!
If you think this sounds fun & interesting…you’re right!
BILT won’t be back in Australia until 2018 (just announced for
May 24-26 in Brisbane), but registration is now open for
BILT North America
2017 (August 3-5 in Toronto) and for BILT Europe 2017 (October…