Welcome to Bradley Revit – BIM Library Resource Portal

Greetings & Welcome to the Bradley Revit – BIM Resource Portal

daniel_hughes_bradley_corporation_bimThe Bradley Revit-BIM Family Library has more than 1,000 Revit Family Models; representing 10′s of thousands of Bradley Corporation’s Commercial Plumbing Fixtures and Washroom Accessories Products.

I encourage BIM and VDC Managers to visit the Bradley BIM FAQs Page.  It provides a technical overview of Bradley’s Revit modeling standards and quality assurance procedures.

Daniel Hughes | Bradley Corporate BIM Strategist

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Image Gallery | Revit Renderings of Bradley Revit Product Models

  • For technical assistance with our Revit Library, please visit our Contact Us Page.
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Willard Wigan’s Tiny World Models – Videos | TED Talks

willard_wigan_tiny_world_models_artist“The Adventures  of Willard Wigan” or “Willard Wigan’s Tiny World” sounds like the titles for a series of engaging children’s bedtime stories.

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Instead, it describes the microscopic models sculpted on the top of pinheads, in the eye of needles and on the tops of match heads  –by renown artist Willard Wigan.

His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling. He has been a featured speaker at TED Conference & TED Talks

Role of Small Scale Architectural Models Before BIM – Salt Lake City

Willard Wigan uses humor to share his story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability — to create art so tiny that it can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Credit to my wife — as Willard’s talents and accomplishments were highlighted during her 2-day Dyslexia Workshop; conducted for the instructional staff at her college.

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We Remember | 09-11-2001 | United We Stand

Patriot Day | We Remember | 09-11-2001 | United We Stand Patriot Day is held in memory of nearly 3,000 civilians who were murdered during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

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Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

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Certificate of Management – Building Information Modeling | CM-BIM

View AGC CM-BIM Website Page for Certificate description, applications and testing centers.Transitioning your design, engineering, and construction processes from CAD to BIM processes – requires a BIM Implementation Plan; that budgets for technology and process training.

For those that have implemented BIM; this is an obvious, logical process for success.

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However; for newcomers to the BIM process — its hard to ask the planning questions when you either don’t know the questions to ask OR why you are asking those questions.

A series of BIM Prep classes may be the answer. During my Baltimore visit with Gilbane’s BIM Manager, he described a series of classes; that has been helpful to educate owners on 4 topic areas of asking for  BIM on their projects.

Nationally, he’s seen design and engineering principals attend these same classes; as a prerequisite to ‘road mapping’ BIM Process Initiatives in their own firms.

I’ve highlighted these classes during my national BIM education classes and workshops. Attending owners, designers and contractors have provided their positive experiences from attending these classes –so here’s a course description that you can download of the AGC CM-BIM Certificate and its 4 classes.

View AGC CM-BIM Website Page for Certificate description, applications and testing centers.The AGC Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential; that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation.

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BIM Unit 1: Introduction to Building Information Modeling (8 Hours)

BIM Unit 1 provides an overview of BIM terminology and practices while introducing important concepts necessary to understand how BIM is changing the construction process.

It is developed for those who have had minimal exposure to BIM. This course relies on a highly participatory learning environment including case studies, classroom discussion, in-class exercises and instructor-led discussions.

Course Learning Objectives

Following successful completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

  • Recognize the importance of BIM
  • Define common BIM terminology
  • Discuss how BIM can be used as a communication and collaboration tool
  • Explain the benefits of BIM
  • Explain the federated model process
  • Compare examples of successful BIM usage
  •  Discuss issues associated with starting BIM
  • Create a company BIM assessment

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BIM Unit 2: BIM Technology (8 Hours)

BIM Unit 2 provides a neutral introduction to BIM tools. Throughout the course, tools are
introduced as they relate to the functions they perform, as well as particular phases in a project where they have the strongest capabilities.

By understanding these differences, it is possible for each attendee to determine what questions need to be asked prior to making an investment in technology.

Course Learning Objectives

Following successful completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain the phased structure of a BIM project;
  • Discuss the classes of BIM tools;
  • List the more common BIM applications;
  • Describe how the use of BIM tools needs to be planned and organized;
  • Explain the need to embed tools into processes; and
  • Develop a process for identifying and selecting BIM tools.

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BIM Unit 3: BIM Contract Negotiation and Contract Allocation

BIM Unit 3 allows the participant to examine BIM and contract terminology to determine
best practices for integrating BIM use into project contracts, as well as hot-button issues such as standard of care, intellectual property rights, and insurance and surety bonding coverage to help participants become BIM champions within their organizations.

It is assumed that all participants have had exposure to basic BIM concepts and terminology through attendance BIM 101.

Course Learning Objectives

Following successful completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

  • Explain contract liability and standards of care related to BIM
  • Negotiate BIM Addendum terms for BIM Execution Plan development
  • Use BIM contract negotiation to establish proactive collaborative BIM
  • Identify intellectual property rights and licensing issues related to Model use
  • Recognize BIM coverage limitations in existing insurance and bond products
  • Devise fair risk allocation and management responsibility provisions on BIM projects

Download McGraw-Hill – Business Value of BIM for Construction Report

BIM Unit 4: BIM Process, Adoption and Integration

BIM Unit 4 provides a foundation for participants to establish and execute the BIM process, facilitate its adoption, and achieve integration on a single project and at a company level to execute multiple BIM projects simultaneously.

Course Learning Objectives

Following successful completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

  • Define process, adoption and integration as related to BIM implementation
  • Describe why BIM is a disruptive practice today
  • Identify reactive and proactive BIM outcomes
  • Evaluate and select process options for a specific BIM project
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of participants in the BIM process
  • Identify consistent factors influencing BIM Return on Investment (ROI) at the project and the company levels
  • Communicate the BIM process to management, colleagues, and project stakeholders
  • Outline a process for BIM adoption and implementation at the project and the company levels

Download McGraw-Hill Lean Construction \ BIM Report

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3 Planning Tips | BPM Revit-BIM Content Marketing Guide

BIM Library Belongs On Building Product Manufacturer (BPM) Corporate Website#1 – Building Product Manufacturer (BPM) Website Hosts BIM Files

Typically, a Building Product Manufacturers’ (BPM) Marketing Department creates BIM files to promote the specification of their products; within their clients’ BIM design projects.

While BIM files promote the manufacturer’s brand; successful pre-built BIM files provide real cost-savings to the BPM’s design + contracting customers. BPM BIM files provide the manufacturers’ distribution network with digital planning tools to assist designers + contractors’ with their project product selection process.

Logically, a Marketing Department should choose the building product manufacturer’s website as the first and best location for file-hosting of their BIM files.

  1. Links to the BPM’s digital design files (BIM, CAD, specifications) should be prominently displayed on the front page of the corporate website
  2. Indicate the BIM file-types of your products for your clients to download. (Revit, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks or Bentley BIM files)
  3. Within the BIM Library, populate product images, contact links, product warranties, construction specifications and tech data sheets around your individual BIM files.

Fact: Designers expect to find and search for a BPM’s BIM files on the BPM website, first. They assume the most current files are located on the BPM website with supporting documentation.

Tip: Do not syndicate the BIM Files with BPM BIM File Library Websites or BIM File modeling service websites; until the BIM library is completely hosted on the BPM website.

For example, our corporate BIM Library website annually delivers more than 5 million Revit model downloads to our visitors. Collectively, four BIM Libraries that host \ syndicate our Revit models, achieve only 10% of our total annual website downloads.

The Bradley  BIM library was hosted on our corporate website for 18 months; prior to adding other BIM Library services.

Know Your Product Market | Start BIM Library Around the Most Used BIM Software#2 – Know Your Client Market & Design Tools

Where are you selling the majority of your products? USA? Europe? UK? Middle East? China? Australia?

What BIM software are your design and construction clients using in your major sales market(s)?

If the USA is your major market; Autodesk Revit is the dominant BIM software tool.

Fact: Planning strategically, more US Revit design firms, projects & software users; will financially benefit from pre-built BPM Revit models.

By serving the BPMs’ major market (first), the BPM obtains the best, initial financial Return-On-Investment (ROI); for creating BIM files for their clients’ software.

BPMs will benefit from their clients’ input in a larger market; as they share ideas and functionality they want from their BPM BIM files.

Once their major market has been served, the BPM reviews how to serve the 2nd most popular BIM software used by the BPM’s clients.

BIM Library Kick-Off:

  1. Define (major sales market, budget, product list, web location & pages, manager, etc) for a BIM Library ‘Pilot Project‘ in an Autodesk Revit file format. (if the US is the BPM’s major market)
  2. Manufacturers’ define a short list of their best products; that will be modeled & distributed by the ‘pilot project’ to their major market.
  3. The Sales Department will typically identify their top-selling 5-10 products as the best candidates for the initial BIM library.

BIM - Revit File Quality is King#3 – Quality BIM Content is King

Designers use manufacturers’ pre-built BPM BIM files as the “virtual equivalent” of the manufacturers’ real products.

Realize, if your BIM file quality does not meet BIM \ VDC Managers’ quality requirements; your BIM files will be rejected.

Model rejection, based on lack of functional quality, eliminates the risk; that poorly created BIM files will corrupt the firms’ BIM workflow processes & project standards.

What happens if your BIM files are disqualified from the firms’ standard BIM libraries?  Your real products may be excluded for consideration; from the firms’ standard specifications.

Myth: Providing a BIM file for your product guarantees the designer, engineer, contractor or owner will use your product.

Before hiring a BIM file modeler\consultant or contracting with a BIM Library Service

  1. Ask for detailed recommendations from the architects, engineers or contractors; that actually used the BIM content modelers-providers manufacturers’ BIM files.
  2. Organize a BIM file evaluation team with several of your design & construction clients.
  3. Depending on the complexity of your product; ask the prospective BIM content modelers-providers to create 1, 2 or 3 BIM product sample files.
  4. Next, submit these sample BIM files to your client BIM file review group. Ask for their ‘project review‘ of the BIM files’ quality and performance.

Fact: A great BIM product file of a bad product, will not get the bad product specified.  However, a bad BIM file of a great product –may exclude the product from objective design review.

The (1) Planning Phase creates a road-map for the next phases; (2) Modeling, (3) Marketing & (4) Managing a BPM BIM Initiative & BIM Library

The Planning Phase identifies a project manager, defines a pilot project, project costs, website placement, BPM ROI for BIM Library costs and potential clients for the BIM Library review group.

This is the first article in a short series of BPM BIM Content Marketing Articles. Three future articles Modeling, Marketing & Managing a BPM BIM Initiative & BIM Library –will feature 3 market-proven tips from our BIM Initiative founded in 2009.

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Revit Cloud – Infinite Computing Delivers 5x Faster Rendering Times

Bradley Verge LVD Lavatory System Rendering Using Revit Cloud Autodesk 360 from Revit 2013A core strategic advantage to Revit Cloud computing is simple; it’s called ‘Infinite Computing’.

From your local Revit software, you are accessing the raw power of computing equipment; that has  both processing and memory resources; that you can’t buy for your desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

I processed this rendered image in 9 minutes (Best\Final Quality, 31 Artificial light sources) using the ‘Infinite Computing‘ power of Autodesk 360.

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Revit Rendering Using Revit Cloud Autodesk 360 from Revit 2013In 45-minutes, I processed six rendered views (from a 120MB project) including one panoramic-JPG (360 view)  that displays an animated, rendered view of the entire locker room.

Previously, it took 45-minutes to process one rendering from this view; using a workstation quality laptop with 16GB of RAM, 64-bit OS & Revit.

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The Autodesk 360 rendering dashboard, features several image editing and ‘Re-render’ tools; to modify the initial rendered image\view.

Revit Rendering  Autodesk 360 Image Editing \ Re-render ToolsDesigners are always seeking better and faster visual tools; to confirm their clients’ approval of their proposed design options.

Revit Cloud-based rendering ‘levels the playing field’ for sole-proprietorships, smaller staffed studios & design firms. They can create more design options, more quickly  for their clients’ approval; while greatly minimizing their time + labor costs.

Carl Bass - Autodesk CEO Defines Infinite Computing in Design & Motion InterviewDesign & Motion: Carl Bass Infinite Computing

“Up until now we’ve all thought about computing all wrong, we’ve treated computing as this precious resource, where really, it’s an abundant resource, and if you look at all the trends around it, it’s increasing available, increasingly powerful, decreasing in cost, and increasingly elastic because of the cloud.

What you need to start doing is to think of computing as though it were infinite.”

Carl Bass, CEO Autodesk | TechCrunch Video Interview

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