Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Spectacles

You may learn advance computational design methods here through Blackspectacles. Lots of YouTube Videos as well.. Let's start the Dynamo journey.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Top 500 BIM Influencer

There is a list of update on the top 500 BIM Influencer by Jim McClelland: Sustainable Futurist – Writing & Speaking on Economics, Environment & Social Equity: is one of the recommended instant learning online platform.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Computational BIM

There are so many approach with BIM for construction, with the digital platform engaged for design and construction activities. 

One of the direction is Computational BIM, or Smart BIM with intelligent objects basing on visual programming with parametric attributes, automated process and data collection approach for predictive actions for operations & maintenance.

Some pointers for Computational BIM here:

How do you define computational BIM?
- An automated computational approach basing on scripting, Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies for Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes. 

Why Computational BIM?
- To save time, cost and improve quality through iterations, analysis and collaborated approach in BIM and VDC.

How to do it?
- With numerous design iterations automated by the scripting and BIM software that facilitates the holistic and optimum design decisions and outputs.

What are the current main platform for computational BIM?
- Dynamo / Revit and Grasshopper / Rhino are the main platforms used in Singapore now.

 As according to Stanford University, the formula for VDC = (BIM + ICE +PPM) / Metrics
VDC (Virtual Design Construction) : the process for virtual construction that involves collaboration from all parties.
BIM (Building Information Modelling) : the digital technologies used to generate information, models and etc. analysis and collaboration.
ICE (Integrated Concurrent Engineering) here is referring the integrated concurrent decision making approach.
PPM (Production and Process Management) : the process looking into the time, cost and resources deployment for maximum value with minimum effort.
Metrics : the continuous quality control & monitoring system for constant improvement

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Virtual Design and Construction

Virtual Design and Construction is to have a collaborated process and information modelled with a digital platform before actual built. to find out more...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Singapore BIM guide V2 release

The Singapore BIM Guide is a reference guide that outlines the roles and responsibilities of project members when using Building Information Modelling (BIM) at different stages of a project. It is used as a reference guide for the development of a BIM Execution Plan, which will be agreed between the Employer and project members, for the successful implementation of a BIM project. to find out more... Passage via

Friday, July 12, 2013

NBS (National Building Specification) Building

"At NBS, we are committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals. We have produced specification products for over 30 years, including the recognised national standard specification system for the UK. Our NBS specification products cover building construction, engineering services and landscape design. We also produce a range of information products, including The Construction Information Service, a joint venture with IHS. From 2005 we have been publisher of the Building Regulations Approved Documents for England and Wales. More than 5,000 offices subscribe to our products."to find out more...
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Friday, May 24, 2013

Rhino + Revit

"Ashley Gresla, Jim MacMillan, and Laura Wales, students of Miami University in Ohio, are working on a project for our class in Revit. We are trying to integrate Rhino and Revit, using the stronger aspects of each program to create a successful project and learn how to impliment these ideas to therefore better future projects." to find out more...
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Scripting with Python

Design reform has posted 3 tutorials for scripting with Python by Nathan Miller, Director of Computational Design at CASE
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Friday, February 15, 2013


'BIM@SG website was set up by the BCA Academy to provide a media for the Singapore construction industry in sharing BIM good practices. To avoid reinventing the wheel, the website will start on harnessing the many good practices published in many existing BIM users’ forums. We welcome your feedback and participation on the content for this website.' to find out more...
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

U.S. National BIM Standard NIBS

"The National BIM Standard and the National Institute of Building Sciences are pleased to announce the continuation of our relationship with Matrix Group Publishing in the production of the Journal of Building Information Modeling, an essential information source on business, standards and technical issues related to BIM." to find out more...
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Saturday, October 6, 2012

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Autodesk Inventor - 01

Revit to Max

What I did previously was using revit as basic model and export to dxf file with material. Simple touchup of the texture in sketchup before loading into 3dsmax for rendering.
Above youtube file is rtf to dwg then to revit.

Autodesk Industry Advisory Board (AIAB)

"AIAB (Autodesk Industry Advisory Board) is formed by a group of expertise who are willing to share their valuable experience in BIM (Building Information Modeling) to the public. We currently have members from Hong Kong and Macau region" to find out more...

Monday, April 9, 2012

TRARS 6 BIM Sharing

Below are 3hours' in-house training content dated 09April2012:
1.User interface.
Status Bar, Project Browser, Display/Drawing Pane, View Control Bar, Ribbon, Info Center, Property Pane, Contextual Tab, Quick Access Toolbar, Tool, Application Button, Option Bar. panels, View Cube
2.How to hide and unhide elements?
View Control Bar > Sunglass black-temporary hidden
Right click > unhide > click light bulb to reveal hidden object and select to unhide
3.How to draw?
Click>set option> draw

Conceptual Mass (Functions follow form)
4.1. How to create a conceptual mass?
Massing & Site>by planes, edit profile, modify points
(If make surface from close loop is uncheck, only rectangular profile created)
4.2. Posture of building manipulation
Vertices, vertebrae(bony structure
3. How to modify vertebrae?
Number of profile inserted will determine the vertebrae details.
4.4. How to create levels (LL)?
Select one grid, offset
Copy will only create indicative levels
4.5. How to create mass floors?
After level creation > Modify | Mass > Model > Mass Floors
The mass floor has no material information
Area schedules
4.6. How to create Schedule?
View > Scehdules> select information needed in Fileds > Schedules filed hightlighted in sequence
Bi-directional associate and parametric
4.7. What family types are available?
System(floor/roof/walls), Loadable/component(family customizable) and In-place families (project specific, unique)

Model Components4.8. How Create curtain wall system?
Home > Curtain System > select wall by face
4.9. How to update floors and walls to amended mass?
Select all floors > Model by Face > update to face
(All schedules and area will be updated accordingly)
Grid Detail
4.10. How to create grid?
Structure > Datum> Grid
4.11. How to equalize the dimensions?
Insert dimensions > EQ
12. How to shift Grid in tandem?
Click on the point of the grid and align accordingly
4.13. How to update grids to other levels?
Select all grids > Datum > propagate extents
Family Loading
4.14. How to insert columns?
Home > Structure Column > Clipboard > paste > align to selected levels
4.15. Staircase
Home > Circulation > Stairs > Properties > Constraints> Multistory to > selected levels
4.16. 3D detail
Development of details only applicable to selected details
4.17. How to navigate the view?
View Cube, steering wheel(mini view, full navigation view), sectional box, visual & display bar
4.18. How to select effectively?
Select all, filter
4.19. How to create topo surface?
Massing & Site > Model Site Panel > Toposurface > Create from Import
4.20. How to change the display colour?
Options Graphic > Colors > invert background color
4.21. How to subdivide the toposurface?

Adaptive Component5. How to create other form in Mass?
 Create multiple profile at different levels > Select all profile > form  to create the shape
6. How to create parametric adaptive component?
New > Family > Metric Curtain Panel Pattern Based.rtf > create profile > load into project > subdivide > load family
7. How to create subdivide profile?
Select Tile pattern grid > properties > select Hexagon/Octagon/Rectangle...> create reference point by snapping to base points > create reference line > select refence line to create planes
Notes: snapping to base points(initial points) are important for adaptive components to be reflected in project subdivisions.


"Once "systems-thinking" replaces what is currently the mind set or the assumptions held by construction industry practitioners, then top-down, function-based data modeling and analysis will be possible. The aim of this paper is three-fold:

 * To provide an overview of how Building Information Modeling (BIM), though energizing the construction industry, is currently limited to just the post-planning and project definition stages. Additionally, BIM's effectiveness is reduced in these latter stages by the fragmented structures and practices of the industry. 

 * To analyze the effect of adding function-based computational modeling to the current object or geometric-based modeling (BIM) technology, in three key areas: (1) having early, comprehensive, real time planning and budgeting for capital development and building operations, (2) the ability to compute and predict performance standards, and also provide validation and calibration based on actual historical project data, and (3) enable development of integrated, holistic planning, design, procurement, construction and operations management systems that many have envisioned. 

* To communicate the implications of the owner, building designer and production team being equipped earlier, more accurately and with multiple options in order to drive the best combination of function, scope, performance and value. This technology enables a performance-based apparatus to drive long term innovation and optimization based on the operations of the completed building. This is instrumental to bringing about the goal of innovative, cost-effective, high performance buildings." to find out more...
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BIM as a Framework for Sustainable Living

"The BIM was extremely useful for providing geometric and links to location-based information and weather data, but the nuances of occupancy, HVAC, zoning, and material definitions were lacking." to find out more...
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Project Vasari 2.5

"Autodesk® Project Vasari is an easy-to-use, expressive design tool for creating building concepts. Vasari goes further, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it’s time to move the design to production, simply bring your Project Vasari design data into the Autodesk® Revit® platform for BIM, ensuring clear execution of design intent. Project Vasari is focused on conceptual building design using both geometric and parametric modeling. It supports performance-based design via integrated energy modeling and analysis features. This new technology preview is now available as a free download and trial on Autodesk Labs". to find out more...
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Future Research

"Topic 1:The benefits of BIM versus CAD workflows for a multi-unit development
BIM would have a significant impact if any.  Aside from hard costs, it could be theorized that at least soft costs could be reduced by using BIM on a multi-unit development by reducing the time needed to complete construction documents and make corrections/changes.  Overall, this research would require testing BIM and non-BIM workflow strategies for single housing developments and multiple housing developments over entire project timelines.
Topic 2: Combining or Linking information between BIM and GIS
There has been increasing interest in how GIS and BIM databases might link and share data between platforms.  Considering the current challenges in trying to achieve a usable exchange format even among proprietary BIM companies (IFC or otherwise), it seems unlikely that an even broader exchange format might be developed between these same BIM platforms and various GIS platforms.  Nonetheless, the potential benefits of merging information databases could have enormous long-term benefits for city planners and developers.
Topic 3: Exploring the benefits of using BIM for digital fabrication
It would be interesting to determine how communication between stakeholders might be affected if scale models of various design options were 3D printed as opposed to hand-constructed.  Also, it would be interesting to research the cost savings by using BIM models for digital component construction to reduce waste and construction time.
Topic 4: Developing and testing sustainable parametric ‘plug-ins’ for BIM software tools
The intent is that design and analysis become a seamlessly integrated process, where design decisions have quantifiable results through continuous analysis, which in turn helps to inform further design optimizations. 
Topic 5: Comparing current BIM software tools in terms of appropriateness for affordable and sustainable housing 
An interesting continuation of this research might involve testing various BIM tools (i.e. Vectorworks, Revit, Microstation, and ArchiCAD) for a given affordable/sustainable housing development project and comparing how each performs in specific categories.
Topic 6: Examining the economical aspects of using a BIM process to facilitate communication between stakeholders 
It would be beneficial to test this framework in a given city and document the observed barriers and opportunities.
Topic 7: Analyzing social relationships between stakeholder groups and the communication interfaces linked to BIM models
ne step towards this ideal common language, (as I explained in Chapter 5) is currently being explored by Autodesk in the form of a web-based social interface for project teams that would allow for quick and easy collaboration and document sharing." to find out more...
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Autodesk Wiki Revit

There is a wiki platform created by autodesk for revit users.
It is really amazing for the sharing to be opened.
Information and technology are developing at such a pace we really need to be adaptable to such scenario for a successful daily find out more...

Whole Building Design Guide

"Non-value added effort or waste is a significant problem in the construction industry. Much of the waste comes from inaccurate or entrusted information causing the information to have to be re-gathered multiple times throughout the life of the project. This waste has been identified to be 57% in the construction industry by a chart prepared by the Construction Industry Institute and Lean Construction Institute. While waste in the manufacturing sector was identified to be 26%. This 31% variance when plotted against the 2008 design and construction spending projections by Engineering News-Record comes out to nearly $400B annually. This number does not include operations and sustainment, which would jack the number up through the ceiling, as if it were not high enough already. The primary beneficiary is the owner. However, many owners seem to be content to pay the freight of design and construction, whatever the cost and have been rather lethargic to push for change to date. The construction industry, however is seeing benefit to implementing BIM on their own and is pushing forward at a rather rapid rate for this traditionally conservative industry." to find out more...
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Utah Research

Some research by Utah for reference and browsing pleasure.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

BIM + Integrated Design

"BIM + Integrated Design exists exclusively to inform and entertain readers in the AECO industry and design professions, helping to confront the forces that create an immunity to change." to find out more...
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 Certification

I am certified! Appreciate the guidance and help from Rochelle and Maria and our teammates.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

BIM and Intergrated Design

"UK construction and design industry professionals must invest in skills training if they are to embrace the forthcoming implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM). That is the view of Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design at Salford University’s School of the Built Environment which today launches the world’s first MSc course on BIM and Integrated Design.
The government’s chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has indicated that BIM will become a key part of the government’s procurement of public buildings and that bidders and contractors on future public building projects would be expected to implement it on all future projects. A team is currently studying the use of BIM in government projects and will report its findings to the Construction Clients Board in March.
Integrated BIM means a fundamental change in the design, construction and facility management processes that involves data sharing between all shareholders based on digital models that can be used from a project’s early design stages through to completion and monitoring of subsequent performance." to find out more...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

BCA Work Shops - Course Notes

1.How to create slope/ramp/roof?
Via two materials in structural slab > modify|Floors > Shape Editing > Modify Sub Elements > select points for changes needed.
2.How to resolve connections between two precast beam/components?
Gaps are set as default in precast components in Revit, therefore, editing is needed in family level, edit > sweep > align to external reference plane will resolve the connection
3.How to create 3flight stairs?
Separate creation of two flights stairs that connects in the middle of the 2nd flight stairs.
You can hide the connection lines under modify > view > Line Style > Invisible lines
4.How to expand model evently?
Dimensions created from middle point
5.How to redefine origin?
Select Other > Defines Origin

Adaptive Practise by Jason Grant

"Jason is the BIM Specialist at Payette in Boston, MA. His experience includes over 13 years in architecture, five years of Autodesk® Revit® use on 62 projects and one and a half years managing Revit implementation, training, standards, API and content development. With his Revit experience, including healthcare, labs, commercial, mixed-use and residential, he understands the challenges that both small and large projects face while utilizing and implementing Revit. Jason is also a Co-Founder and Advisor to the Boston Revit Users Group with 300+ members, Co-Founder and Co-Leader of the Boston BLUR group (BIM Leaders Utilizing Revit) and an avid blogger on BIM and architecture." to find out more...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BCA Workshop - Learning Notes

Learning Notes at Academy
1.How to create contour with CAD files:
Insert > linkcad
Notes:need to syncronise therefore should exist as linkfile
To know the actual coordinates:
Manage> Coordinates > Report shared coordinates
To acquire coordinates
(can only be syncronise once, file need to be saved in2012 to reflect the coordinates):
Manage>Coordinates > Acquire coordinates
Reimport needed (Auto - by Shared coordinates)
Move project base point, just clost the prompting
Relocate the project datum:
Manage > Position > Relocate Project

2.How to manage objects by parameters?
Project Parameters vs Shared Parameters(shared among different projects,  saved as text file)
Notes: parameters are created for categorization and selection
Manage > Shared Parameters > Edit Shared parameters>
Text - can input info.
Integer - full number
Number with decimal point
Yes/No - checkbox (boolean)
Parameters Type
Instance - special items
Type - common
Adding Filter Rules for selection
Right Click > Apply View Template > Create new Names > Set Overrides Filters > OK > Select multiple views and Apply View Template

3.How to Modify and add Legend via parameters?
Create parameters through shared parameters > add parameters into project parameters > add new legend > select colour by "occupancy load"
Keying new parameters into the occupancy load will result new colours in legend.

4.Phase Revealing and element visual control through phasing
Set different override colours under phasing
Create new parameters to hide items:
Comments(new para)> assign items accordingly (key in "demo" for transparent items)
5. How to use parameters with schedules?
Filters one command/icon available under schedules.
We can use shared parameters to filter elements for calculations needed.
Schedules can omit info through Filter

6.How to manage line weight for plotting and export?
Additional Settings to set the  line weight
Dimension style can be changed under 'Additional Settings'

7.Key Notes
Key notes can be use as specification on elements/materials or by users.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Singapore BIM

"This is a BIM sharing portal specially created for the Singapore Architecture Community. It aims to serve as a platform for BIM user group to stay connected and be familiar with the Architecture BIM e-Submission and some good industry practices. " to find out more...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GSA Project

"Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides rich, machine-readable representations of proposed building designs. With BIM, it becomes practical to embed into computational tools the accumulated knowledge regarding good design practices. We envision the day when architects and clients can apply automated tools to evaluate a candidate design regarding support for a given building program and for best practices, at an engineering and quantitative level and also at a qualitative and organizational and social level." to find out more...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

McGraw-Hill Construction BIM Special Section

"The rapid emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing the way AEC project teams work together to communicate, solve problems and build better projects faster and at less cost. And no one can match McGraw-Hill Construction’s ability to help you understand and benefit from this transformation. Our special BIM section includes news and case studies; in-depth research; conference & product info; image galleries; and more." to find out more...

BIM Implementation and Useful Resources

BIM implementation steps:
1.Identify BIM Goals and Uses
project reviews
decision support
analysis, cooridination and clash detection
quality assurance
2.Design BIM Project Execution Process
3.Develop Information Exchanges
4.Define Supporting Infrastructure

CIC Project Edecution Plan:
Indiana University BIM standard:
LACCD BIM Standard - DBB:
LACCD BIM Standard - DB:
USACE BIM Project Executive Plan - PxP:
Australia National Guidelines and Case Studies:

Monday, November 28, 2011

The BIM Maturity Index

"After introducing the basic differences between BIM Capability and BIM Maturity in Episode 11, and briefly discussing the many available and relevant maturity models in Episode 12, this post introduces a new specialized tool to measure BIM performance: the BIM Maturity Index (BIMMI)." to find out more...
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

BIM Executive Planning

"Twenty-five BIM Uses, organized by project phase of project development, were identified through numerous interviews with industry experts, analysis of implementation case studies, and review of literature. A summary level description of each of these BIM Uses is available on the BIM Execution Project website. The descriptions were developed to provide a brief overview for project team members who may not be familiar with the BIM Use, and to provide additional information that the project team may find valuable during the selection process. Each description includes an overview of the BIM Use, potential benefits, required team competencies, and selected resources that can be referenced for additional information about the BIM Use." to find out more...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Project Vasari

"Autodesk® Project Vasari is an easy-to-use, expressive design tool for creating building concepts. Vasari goes further, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it’s time to move the design to production, simply bring your Project Vasari design data into the Autodesk® Revit® platform for BIM, ensuring clear execution of design intent."to find out more...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Good Industrial Practice Work Shop 2

1. How to acquire coordinates from autocad files?Link Cad>Manage>Acquire coordinates > Select the autocad coordinates
2.How to reduce file size?-Purge unused : Manage > Purge Unused
-Audit : Audit files occationally when opening revit files
-Compact files : File Save Options>Check the box and enable Compact Files
-Reduce nos of groups (per floor as group or floor as link)
-Reduce rendered images or images imported : Insert > Manage Image
- Furniture or unnecessary elements as link files

Project Base Points and Survey Points

"The project base point defines the origin (0,0,0) of the project coordinate system. It also can be used to position the building on the site and for locating the design elements of a building during construction. Spot coordinates and spot elevations that reference the project coordinate system are displayed relative to this point.
The survey point represents a known point in the physical world, such as a geodetic survey marker. The survey point is used to correctly orient the building geometry in another coordinate system, such as the coordinate system used in a civil engineering application. " to find out more...
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