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From August 3 to 5, 2017, the BiLT North America Conference will bring AEC industry leaders to Toronto, Canada to confer on industry technologies. An “educational and networking event, BiLT sessions focus on the use of best-in-class tools, processes and workflows, behaviors, and leadership.” Six Sasakians will be presenting at the conference. Read on to learn more about their sessions.
Session 1.4 “Architecture Disrupted: Transforming an Evolving Industry”
Thursday, August 3, 3:15 – 4:30 pm
We are departing from a model in which architecture is commodified and our focus is on a discrete structure or site. Instead, we are becoming social problem-solvers, actively understanding and shaping cultural, environmental, and economic spheres. The future of our profession relies on us transitioning from narrow technical experts to broad social thinkers and doers. In our presentations, we explore how our industry needs to expand beyond our conventional fee-for-labor business model and be more entrepreneurial by leveraging our problem-solving abilities, such as seeking other revenue streams like product design, software development, acting as an incubator, and taking equity stakes in projects.
“Most of our presentations on this topic are lecture based, but at the BiLT Conference we are hosting a forum discussion. With this new format we will be able to interact with our audience more, leading to a lively discussion.” says senior associate Gerry Gutierrez, AIA.
Session 1.4 “Revit > 3D Printing: A Voxel Approach”
Chris Winkler & Youngjin Lee, Senior Associate
Thursday, August 3, 3:15 – 4:30 pm
As 3D printing reaches ubiquity, we need new tools and methods that deal with detailing and scaling issues often associated with translating high-fidelity documentation models into object-sized 3D prints. Manually resizing elements is often time consuming and does not lend itself to project documentation during the DD or CD phases. This session proposes a voxel-based approach which automatically exports a Revit file for 3D printing by creating a series of PNG image slices in order to generate a Small Voxel (.SVX) file format, all controlled using Dynamo, Python, and Revit display.
Session 2.2 “Don’t Leave Landscape Architects Behind: BIM Workflow for Site Design – V2”
Phyllis Zhou, Associate
Friday, August 4, 11:30 – 12:45 pm
Although traditionally thought of as a design and documentation tool for architects and engineers, Building Information Modeling environments such as Revit are attractive to landscapes because of the potential they offer. However, managers are hesitant to proceed due to the lack of site-specific tools, the ostensibly steep learning curve, and the extra time commitment these obstacles necessarily invite. This session will examine common challenges, share tips and tricks through case studies from within Sasaki, and stir up discussion about future possibilities for landscape architects. Such possibilities include adapting a Revit workflow that works or landscape architects through all design phases, strategically choosing between 2D and 3D modeling, and simplifying and streamlining the design process with the aid of other platforms.
Session 2.3 “Revit Stethoscope”
Friday, August 4, 1:45 – 3:00 pm
It is crucial that models are properly managed over the lifetime of a project, especially with industry trends moving toward a more collaborative approach to design and documentation. The Revit Stethoscope presentation will introduce a workflow that Sasaki is developing in-house: an online database that will help teams evaluate, improve, and deliver high quality Revit models. To ensure that our models are living up to our expectations, the Revit Dashboard collects and visualizes information related to model management best practices and modeling guidelines. Metrics critical to the maintenance of the model are presented in a color-coded report, making it easy to address issues point by point. Additionally, it offers a real-time snapshot of the overall quality of Revit models throughout the office and, ideally, contributes to the education of Revit users on the relationship between implementing standards and a model’s quality and performance.
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