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Disruption in Design Workflow

Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc.
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BIM is changing the way architecture firms must approach the design process, and it’s yielding fantastic results.

During this presentation, learn why it is no longer necessary for teams to spend the majority of the project schedule in documentation. Explore how BIM tools, such as Revit, will give you more time to:

  • identify client needs
  • review design options
  • use technical data to evaluate solutions
  • streamline the design for greater efficiency and lower client costs

About The Presenter:

Laura Kay Smith, Design Technology Manager, ZFG Architects, has been on the technology management side of architecture for over 20 years, both as a business consultant and an in-house expert. She develops and helps firms use technology to create better design. As a thought and technology leader, Laura brings new approaches that help architectural teams transform technology and design challenges into opportunities for innovation and practice excellence.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Laura moved to Vancouver, BC Canada in January 2011. Laura has contributed to the advancement of BIM in Vancouver by being a part of CanBIM, SmartBIM, conferences, and user groups. As the author of the blog, BIMFreak and the ebook, “How to Be a BIM Advocate,” Laura is a valuable resource for implementing and starting BIM. She has the expertise to guide all levels of BIM users toward successful and future-proof technology solutions.

BIM Strategies for Collaboration and Data Management in SFO Airport Project

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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As part of San Francisco International Airport $2.4 Billion Redevelopment project, multiple design and consultant teams including Woodsbagot, HKS, Gensler, Kuthranieri, and others worked together for the redevelopment of SFO Terminal 1. The main challenge of utilizing BIM in a project of this scale is collaboration and efficient management of data. This session presents how Autodesk C4R is used to enable the teams to collaborate live in Revit, BIM 360 Docs and Glue used to share and coordinate effectively, and how Ideate tools were used to link large amount of data from Excel files to Revit more efficiently.

About the Presenters:

Pardis Mirmalek is an architect and programmer who’s work focuses on the overlap of design, data and technology. She has worked on a diverse range of projects in New York, San Francsico and Dubai. She received her master of architecture from Princeton University and is currently working as the BIM manager for Woodsbagot-HKS Joint Venture Partners for the SFO International Airport Project.

Sam Tahmasebi, PMP, LEED GA is the BIM Manager from Gensler San Francisco who holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Construction Management from Columbia University. Prior to SFO project, Sam’s experience includes delivering and managing large scale BIM projects in New York including MTA East Side Access.

Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

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Friday, March 17, 2017
Lunch provided by Vectorworks, Inc.
Please RSVP by 10am March 16 to

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. He has used Vectorworks professionally since 1996. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand BIM and SIM workflows.
  • Learn how designers can benefit from using a BIM application.
  • Discover what tools are available to make sustainable design decisions.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications.

The Easy Button Myth: BIM and the Human Element

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

In the AEC industry, it is important not to popularize the idea that BIM is an “easy button.” This is especially true when helping subcontractors make the transition to BIM for the first time. Rather, we want to promote the usefulness of the tool by showing how it aids in communication and coordination through visualization. During this presentation, we will discuss workflows with Revit and Navisworks that streamline the coordination process, as well as communication strategies we have successfully used with subcontractors on recent Modulus projects.

About the Presenters:

Jenn Thomas received her B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley.
Sara Troy received her B.A. from California Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo.

Both women have more than 6 years of experience using BIM in the AEC industry. Both are BIM Project Managers for Modulus Consulting, a national BIM services firm headquartered in San Francisco, CA. They specialize in structural, architectural, and MEP modeling in Revit as well as BIM coordination management. They have worked on a wide range of projects, such as a new zoo in Qatar, a micro–processor manufacturing facility, modular affordable housing, high–rises, hospitals, and corporate offices and have successfully helped designers, GCs, and subcontractors make the transition to BIM.

Learning Objectives:


BIM Execution Plan: Revit User Group

a Revit User Group

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Free and open to all.
Lunch provided by Ideate, Inc. Register here.


As it is very well said, failing to plan is planning to fail! The same is true with implementing BIM on a project. The first step in ensuring that your project is set up for success with BIM is to compose a thorough, well thought out BIM Execution Plan (BIM XP) and this cannot be done in a silo.

About the Presenter:

Shruti Harve is a Senior Project Engineer with DPR Construction and has many years of experience with training, consulting and implementing BIM in the AEC industry. During this discussion, Shruti Harve will also share some examples and lessons learned from the project she is working on.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to…

1. List at least three components of a well-drafted and complete BIM XP.

2. Know who the key contributors should be in a BIM Execution Plan.

3. Learn two ways to ensure the agreements made in the documents are followed.

4. Demonstrate how you can use this document to buy out BIM efficiently on a job.

Patrick May Reviews Walker Warner’s BIM Blog

an ArchiCAD User Group

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Free and open to all.
Presented by ArchVista.

1.5 CES LUs

Patrick May of Walker Warner Architects will review his firm’s BIM Blog, WWA BIM, which is full of great information to help support ArchiCAD Users and grow knowledgable within the ArchiCAD community. The WWA BIM Blog is open to all ArchiCAD Users. As described by Patrick, here are some of the benefits of a company blog:

  • Great way to document and introduce co-workers to new workflows that will improve productivity.
  • Quick and easy way to relay information from those with BIM and ArchiCAD knowledge to oall employees of all experience levels.
  • Allows one to share (and get feedback on) firm specific solutions that are valuable to all project teams within the firm.
  • Opens a dialogue to develop modeling and documentation solutions without the need to call a meeting for every problem that comes up.
  • Can be graphic-heavy and an easier way to describe solutions than sending an email to one co-worker.
  • Sharing with the global community allows for the crowdsourcing of solutions to problems faced by the firm.
  • Often a blog post is just the starting point for a broader discussion via social media with other users inside and outside the firm.
  • Becomes a single source for all software related troubleshooting and solutions. The average co-worker doesn’t need to follow every BIM blog, online forum, discussion group, etc.
  • Becomes the place where users not obsessed with ArchiCAD can more easily learn from the co-worker(s) who are.

About the presenter:

Patrick May is the Digital Design Coordinator for Walker Warner Architects and was previously the Senior Designer at Christian Gladu Design. Patrick has managed residential projects from design through construction documentation. He also managed BIM for implementation and template development. He is very passionate about BIM and the possibilities it creates, opportunities it provides and ideas it represents. He loves the challenge of continually learning to make the most of the software solutions he’s been using for almost a decade.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will be able to:

1) Successfully implement a BIM Blog in a firm.
2) Document and introduce co-workers to new workflows that will improve productivity.
3) Open dialogues to develop modeling and documentation solutions.
4) Understand the power of crowdsourcing when sharing a BIM Blog with the global community.


Owning Your Shop Drawings: Revit User Group

A Revit User Group
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Free; all are welcome. Lunch is provided by Ideate, Inc. so please RSVP!

1.5 CES LUs

If you own Autodesk building design suite ultimate, you probably have an untouched shortcut to Inventor sitting on your desk, nestled somewhere between Revit and AutoCAD. Due to the old school gap between Revit and Inventor, the AEC industry has not utilized Inventor’s strengths. However, with the ever–increasing efficiency of CNC manufacturing, 3D printing, and software interoperability, Inventor stands out as a far more effective tool for modeling certain building components, and creating shop drawings. Whether you or your consultants use Inventor, this event will uncover the benefits of a new tool that will enhance your company’s design accuracy, LOD, and software communication.

In an attempt to bridge the gap between software, a “BIM Export” environment was quietly added to the ribbon of functions in 2014 release of Inventor. As a solution for our company, we researched its capabilities and unearthed the proper step by step procedure for exporting to Revit. This presentation will explore 3 examples of building components for export (HVAC, Casework, and Lighting) and expose the tool’s strengths and weaknesses in the process. We will also highlight best practices for family/model creation, both pre and post conversion.

About the Presenters

Steve DeWitt. Joining Project Frog in 2014 as our BIM manager, Steve DeWitt has over 15 years of experience in design software and is a certified Autodesk Revit professional. While his primary focus is current and future software utilization, data extraction/use, best practices/procedures, drawing standards, clash detection/resolution and training for all design staff, he also contributes to BIM user groups and has spoken at, universities, Autodesk University and conferences featuring topics like; BIM, laser scanning and AIA E202. He writes procedures that supply our internal and external team members with exact data that gets utilized during all stages of design, construction and fabrication which keeps his company on the cutting edge of technology.

Johnny Buccola . Since graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University in 2010, Johnny Buccola has worked as a design engineer in a variety of fields, ranging from VIP aerospace interiors to military compressors. In his experience he has traversed a number of 3D modeling packages, including AutoCAD, Solidworks, and Inventor. As CAD Engineer at Project Frog, Inc., he is responsible for drafting and modeling (and the processes therein) of Frog’s prefabricated building components using Solidworks.

Fast and Easy Steps to Using BIM

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Free and open to all.
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Learn why firms are choosing ArchiCAD over other BIM solutions, how easy it is to use our BIM tool and why users are passionate about ArchiCAD. Join us for a 3 hour workshop featuring ArchiCAD 18, the latest version of the industry-leading BIM software solution for architects and designers. ArchiCAD 18 delivers innovations making the BIM workflow smoother, including CineRender, a brand new render engine with high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities found only in the professional visualization application CINEMA 4D, now available right inside the BIM tool.

This workshop introduces basic Building Information Modeling (BIM) and BIM collaboration concepts. At the conclusion of the course attendees will understand the basics of modeling and the concepts needed for successful adoption of a streamlined workflow.

Attendees will learn:

– Basic 3D modeling techniques

– The basics of adopting a streamlined workflow

– Different modes of collaboration across the AEC disciplines and to create document deliverables

– How to utilize the BIM Server which allows instant group collaboration within a single project

About the Presenter

Thomas Simmons, Allied Member, ARCHVISTA, Inc. Thomas has implemented BIM solutions at architecture, engineering and construction firms throughout the west coast ranging from small residential firms to large multinational companies. He is recognized for his expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM), for the development of education programs that help professionals get started with BIM and is a published author on Virtual Building.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will explore basic 3D modeling techniques to interpret appropriate uses for their firm.
2. Participants will uncover how to adopt a streamlined workflow and the benefits it provides to managing projects.
3. Participants will examine the different modes of collaboration across the AEC disciplines and how to create document deliverables.
4. Participants will discover how to utilize the BIM Server which allows instant group collaboration within a single project.


Digital Tools for Architecture

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Free and open to all.
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The AEC industry is riding a wave of change and new technology that is reducing time to produce projects while increasing opportunities for new services. In this seminar we will review tools and apps that small to mid-size firms use to become more efficient and competitive. Some of these apps relate directly to architecture, such as BIM and visualization, while others are general business process apps used for project collaboration or document management.

But most important this seminar will focus on apps that are easy to use, support the design process and are effective for architecture.

Attendees will learn:
– What apps are easy to use and why small to mid-size firms prefer these apps
– Which apps are best for residential architecture versus commercial projects
– How apps can produce projects faster with less errors and omissions
– The rise of mobile and how apps are managing documents and BIM virtually

About the Presenter

Thomas Simmons, Allied Member, ARCHVISTA, Inc. Thomas has implemented BIM solutions at architecture, engineering and construction firms throughout the west coast ranging from small residential firms to large multinational companies. He is recognized for his expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM), for the development of education programs that help professionals get started with BIM and is a published author on Virtual Building.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will discover what tools are easy to use and why small to mid-size firms prefer these apps to improve their workflow.
2. Participants will uncover apps that are best for residential architecture versus commercial projects.
3. Participants will identify technologies that can produce projects faster with less errors and omissions.
4. Participants will explore the rise of mobile and how apps are managing documents and BIM virtually.


Revit User Group: Extending Revit Software to Design

Thursday November 13, 2014
Free and open to all
Click Here to RSVP; Lunch is included.
1.5 CES LUs

Ideate presents a workshop by Brian Cornwell on how to improve the quality of your Revit project deliverables.

About the Presenter

Brian Cornwell – Openings Studio Consultant
Brian Cornwell is currently an Openings Studio Consultant with leading building industry hardware manufacturer ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. Brian has worked at the intersection of the Door and Hardware industry for the past 10 years, working his way from estimating to scheduling and project management, and finally into Division 8 specification writing with ASSA ABLOY. Since joining ASSA ABLOY, he has received credentials as an AHC (Architectural Hardware Consultant) from the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), a LEED Green Associate, a CDT (Certified Document Technologist) from CSI, and a CM–BIM (Certificate of Management–Building Information Modeling) from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Learning Objectives

Following this presentation, you will:

1. Learn how to Create, Edit and Manage Revit Door Families through a simple Revit plug-in user interface

2. Efficiently manage your project door openings throughout SD, DD, CD, CA project phases, fully coordinated with life and safety requirements, hardware and specifications

3. Eliminate costly time and errors associated with tedious manual updating of your Revit Door Schedules

4. Improve the quality of your Revit project deliverables; track changes to your door openings, ensure your Division 08 project deliverables accurately reflect your design intent