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BIMxP - Is Planning For Success

posted Jan 16, 2014, 8:14 AM by Michael Schroeder   [ updated Jan 16, 2014, 8:15 AM ]

BIM execution plans (BIMxP) may hold the potential to unlock the promises of BIM technlology. These promises included higher efficiency, cost savings, and higher quality. So where did things go wrong? "Failing to plan is planning to fail" The proverb is never more true in today's information saturated projects. With over a decade of BIM experience, I have seen excellent teams fail and failing teams become excellent. One key factor distinguishes them - Planning.  Everyone wants to excel at BIM, but, the pressures of traditional delivery requirements on top of BIM uses, extinguishes any hope of drastically improving project outcomes.

Projects measure success by their outcomes, not initial plans. So how does BIMxP create better outcomes? The BIMxP is developed at the outset of a project by all project stakeholders. This plan is detailed enough to drive consensus on what BIM will be used for, how to measure, and therefore achieve it. The expectations are set. Once in motion, the plan is continually, referenced and updated. This keeps the entire team aware of interdependence and pulls (does not push) true collaboration.

I've seen amazing results employing BIMxPs. Perhaps BIMxP can finally deliver what BIM has only promised.

BIM Gets Specific about model elements

posted Dec 5, 2013, 7:13 AM by Michael Schroeder   [ updated Dec 5, 2013, 7:13 AM ]

More acronyms are headed your way. LOD (Level Of Development), is a measure of the completeness of an element in a BIM. Not to be confused with "level of detail", level of development refers to more than just the geometric size of elements. Quite a few people in an industry working group called The BIM Forum, have developed the specification that defines what a measure of LOD means for building elements. They decided to organize the elements by CSI Uniformat, and then proceeded to describe five levels of development for each category (100, 200, 300, 350, and 400). 

This specification contains over a hundred pages of definitions. It should help to clarify the quality of BIM deliverables. However, standards only provide value if they are used. How this standard is adopted and applied through specifying, measuring, and managing elements, will be the true measure of it's success.

Tying LOD tightly into the BIM Execution Plan (BIMXP or BEP), has driven this effort to clarify the LOD definition. How far we can tip the balance away from the overhead of managing these elements and toward the value they provide, is the final and most important measure of effectiveness. Stay tuned.

International BIM

posted Nov 22, 2012, 8:09 AM by Michael Schroeder

Over the past several months BIMjet has been working with overseas clients to establish progressive approaches to BIM for owner facing industries and governmental institutions. We have conducted targeted training for managing directors and engineers involved in the development and production of large scale public projects. Our approach has been to engage the entire organization and help them plan and implement a strategy maximizing the usefulness of BIM based on their needs and the current functionality of BIM tools.

BIM 2012 Growth ahead

posted Jan 5, 2012, 7:14 AM by Michael Schroeder

Here at BIMjet we have been busy with many new and interesting customer driven projects and software developments over the past few months. BIM is now a part of the mainstream project delivery consciousness. There has been an awakening of owners to the benefits of BIM enabled teams and how they can solve building and facility management problems that have plagued owners and their balance sheets for years. We have developed an excellent body of expertise in this area. So over the next few months we will be expanding BIMjet to include dedicated owner facing BIM services and, of course, our targeted owner facing BIM tools. Let's keep the focus on making BIM even more clear, useful, and effective in 2012.

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

2nd stage of computational design

posted Nov 4, 2010, 11:24 AM by Michael Schroeder

"We have moved into a new era of computational design" - moderator Sanford Kwinter in a recent symposium at the Harvard Graduate School of Design - Directions in Computational Design. As technology marches forward so do those brave designers on the leading edge of the profession of design and architecture. Computation in architecture has moved beyond the simple studies of algorithmic form finding to engage with the rich information behind many BIM applications. It's a new world for Architects.

BIMjet announces CEO to instruct BIM at Harvard

posted Sep 8, 2009, 6:15 PM by Michael Schroeder

The CEO of BIM Jet, INC. Michael Schroeder will be the instructor for a Harvard program on BIM (Building Information Modeling) for executives in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owners.  The program offered by the Office of Executive Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Design will explore how BIM systems can be incorporated into practice, their influence on practice, and how they can be shared between stakeholders.

For additional information on the executive program and BIMjet see below.

Michael Schroeder, President
BIM Jet, INC.

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Executive Education

Office of Executive Education
1033 Massachusetts Avenue
Fourth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617-384-7214
Fax: 617-496-0297

BIM Jet exec announces Harvard Executive Education program for BIM and IPD

posted Jul 27, 2009, 10:14 AM by Michael Schroeder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

BIM Jet exec announces Harvard Executive Education program for BIM and IPD


Boston - July 27, 2009 - Today BIM Jet, INC. announced that it's CEO, Michael Schroeder has developed and is instructing a program on Building Information Modeling and Process Change for the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Office of Executive Education.

"Our industry is turning the corner from the old, error-prone, CAD based project delivery processes to embrace collaborative and transparent workflows that use contemporary technology and software," said Michael Schroeder, President and CEO of BIM Jet, INC. "Companies are faced with many challenges in todays market, and they are looking to capitalize on their investments in building information modeling software and training."

The course will explore the concepts of BIM as they relate to architecture, design, and construction. Examples will be presented that demonstrate how computable building information, e.g. costs and quantities, can be captured and shared to drive informed decision making. A variety of topics related to how BIM systems can be incorporated into practice, their influence on practice, and how they can be shared between stakeholders - i.e., owner, architect, engineer, fabricator, and constructor - will also be examined. 

About BIM Jet, INC.: BIM Jet, INC. is a young and vibrant privately held company formed in 2007 with the intent of bridging the gap between the BIM model and the need to retrieving its information in an easy, direct and efficient way. Today, BIM Jet, INC. continues to implement tools with the intent to facilitate the retrieval of BIM Information directly from the model, and has widened the development of its tools to include applications that ease the link between relevant parts of the construction process. They strive to make technology useful and productive by reducing complexity and focusing on decision support. Often, IPD (Integrated Project Delivery), BIM (Building Information Modeling) and VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) processes and software are complex, difficult to use and hard to implement. BIM Jet's  products connect technology with work flow processes, and allow decision makers access to project information so they can focus on the solution not the technology. More details about their software and business are available at www.bimjet.com

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For additional information: 

Michael Schroeder, President
BIM Jet, INC.

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Executive Education


Office of Executive Education
1033 Massachusetts Avenue
Fourth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617-384-7214
Fax: 617-496-0297

BIM Jet announces Schedule Connect DEMO version release

posted Jul 20, 2009, 6:32 PM by Michael Schroeder   [ updated Jul 20, 2009, 6:39 PM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

BIM Jet announces Schedule Connect DEMO version release

Boston - July 20, 2009 - Today BIM Jet, INC. announced the release of Schedule Connect DEMO, a new plug-in for Revit Architecture that connects Revit BIM models with Microsoft Project schedules.

This DEMO of Schedule Connect is full featured, the only limitation is in the number of tasks that can be exchanged between Revit and Microsoft Project. You will be able to test the tool for as long as you wish and, when ready, decide to purchase the full version.

"We have had a tremendously positive response to Schedule Connect over the past few weeks. Now I am happy to announce a full featured demo version that anyone can install and run." said Michael Schroeder, President and CEO of BIM Jet, INC. "In todays market, everyone is looking for an edge, and this release of Schedule Connect provides orders of magnitude in production efficiency. Our tool can do in five minutes what would normally take five hours to do the old way."

Under development the past year BIM Jet sees the Schedule Connector will accelerate 4D production when a BIM model is used on a project. By linking Autodesk Revit and Microsoft Project, the Schedule Connect software synchronizes the building information model and project schedule. First it generates a baseline schedule directly from the Revit model. Schedulers can then add detail and logic to the schedule. Later the schedule information is pushed back to the Revit model where 4D images can quickly be created. 

With this connector tool, Architects and CMs (or GCs) will be able to save valuable time, concentrate more on the model and schedule, and less on waiting for the information to bounce from one end (BIM Model) to the other (Scheduling software).

About BIM Jet, INC.: BIM Jet, INC. is a young and vibrant privately held company formed in 2007 with the intent of bridging the gap between the BIM model and the need to retrieving its information in an easy, direct and efficient way. Today, BIM Jet continues to implement tools with the intent to facilitate the retrieval of BIM information directly from the model, and has widened the development of its tools to include applications that ease the link between relevant parts of the construction process. They strive to make technology useful and productive by reducing complexity and focusing on decision support. Often, IPD (Integrated Project Delivery), BIM (Building Information Modeling) and VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) processes and software are complex, difficult to use and hard to implement. BIM Jet's products connect technology with work flow processes, and allow decision makers access to project information, so they can focus on the solution not the technology. More details about their software and business are available at  www.bimjet.com

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For additional information: 

Michael Schroeder, President
BIM Jet, INC.

BIMjet Webinar: Schedule Connect - July 1

posted Jun 24, 2009, 5:49 PM by BIMjet Communications   [ updated Jun 25, 2009, 7:26 PM ]

On Wednesday July 1, 2009 at 2 PM (Eastern Time) we will run another live demonstration of Schedule Connect.
Schedule Connect is a plug-in for Autodesk Revit to connect your Revit BIM model to a Microsoft Project schedule.
Please register at http://www.bimjet.com/webinar



BIMjet Webinar: Schedule Connect Demo

posted Jun 17, 2009, 6:52 AM by Michael Schroeder

On Thursday June 18, 2009 at 2 PM (Eastern Time) Michael Schroeder, President of BIM Jet will run a live demonstration of Schedule Connect. Schedule Connect is a plug-in for Autodesk Revit to connect your Revit BIM model to a Microsoft Project schedule. Please register at http://www.bimjet.com/webinar

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