Download BIMFORUM LOD Specifications | AGC-AIA | AU2015

Visit the BIMFORUM LOD Specifications Page to download the current and last few releases of the LOD Specifications. (links are located near the bottom of page)

Fabrication and Level-Of-Development: When to Draw the Line(and Where to Model It) was one of the 12 classes I attended at Autodesk University 2015.

Will Ikerd, PE highlighted several new BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD) topics from the team authoring the BIMFORUM LOD Specifications:

  • New 2015 LOD Spec Available for download. (see below)
  • New LOD  350 Specification
  • Definition of when to specify and recommended use of LOD 350
  • New Course Certification Program:  Certificate of Detailing in BIM (CD-BIM)

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Visit the BIMFORUM LOD Specifications Page to download the current and last few releases of the LOD Specifications. (links are located near the bottom of page)

Download BIMFORUM LOD Specifications Here:




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AU 2015 Class Description:

  1. Discover model element Level Of Development (LOD) for design
  2. Discover what the AGC BIM Forum LOD Specification 2014 is and how you can use it to address LOD in projects
  3. Discover how the LOD Specification can be used with Design and Construction Teams to lower risk
  4. Discover why LOD discussions are crucial early on in a project

This presentation will provide an in-depth discussion of fabrication and Level Of Development (LOD) from the 2015 Associated General Contractors (AGC) Building Information Modeling (BIM) Forum LOD Specification.

It will address model elements at the different stages in a building lifecycle: design, construction, and ownership. The framework of the discussion will consider the LOD Specification that defines models on a scale of 100 to 500 with a particular focus of LOD 350, which the speaker originally authored and introduced to the LOD Specification committee.

The content will discuss how architects, mechanical engineers, construction managers, subcontractors, and fabricators use structural element models. This will demonstrate how you can use the newly issued LOD Specification to define team expectations of what should be modeled. We will show practical examples of model detail issues, along with effective approaches to resolve the challenges using the LOD Specification as an early BIM planning tool.

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Thank You Autodesk University 2015 Clients – Attendees – Instructors

Bradley BIM Exhibit Kiosk | Autodesk University 2015

Bradley Corporation and I would like to thank the hundreds of Autodesk University 2015 attendees; that stopped at the Bradley AU 2015 Exhibit Kiosk to pick up your free Bradley BIM flash drives,  introduce yourselves and/or review the Bradley BIM Initiative.

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My personal thanks to the those mutual LinkedIn connections; that stopped –its always great to meet individuals face-to-face.

Bradley BIM Exhibit Kiosk | Autodesk University 2015

Like most of you; I attended AU classes between our exhibit booth hours.

My 12 AU2015 classes focused on

  1. BIM Futures and Building Design Trends,
  2. BIM for Prefabrication,
  3. BIM for Owners (Construction and FM)
  4. BIM for Contractors (Field Technology Integration)
  5. BIM for Design (BIM Project & Team Management)
  6. Revit Model Development & Standards
  7. Data Standards for Revit
  8. Revit & BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD)
  9. BIM Execution Plans
  10. BIM & Glue 360 for Coordination & Construction
  11. Successful Case Studies featuring Revit, Cloud & Data Management 3rd Party Add-Ins

Personal Thanks from Bradley and Me!

I \ Bradley appreciate the time you took to stop during your Autodesk University visits.

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ArchiCAD | Revit Family IFC Export Delivers Building Product Manufacturer Content

Bradley ELX Express Series Lavatory Revit Family IFC Export for Graphisoft ArchiCAD BIM Project

The use of BIM software, BIM Processes, BIM Execution Plans and Public & Private BIM Mandates has created a file format for the exchange of BIM Content.

Building Product Manufacturers (BPMs) provide their products in pre-built BIM file formats; to assist designers with creating their BIM project files. IFC, a software-independent file exchange format, emerges for sharing BIM content between different BIM software packages.

The Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data. It is a platform neutral, open file format specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors.

For BPMs an Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file is a neutral exchange BIM file; that allows their BIM content to be exchanged between these different BIM software packages.

  • Autodesk Revit,
  • Bentley AECOSim,
  • Graphisoft ArchiCAD
  • Nemetschek Vectorworks

Bradley BIM Revit users have downloaded over 20 million Bradley Revit files since 2012.

Bentley AECOSim and Nemetschek Vectorworks have taken steps to provide their users with Bradley product BIM files.

While we’ve received a few requests from Graphisoft ArchiCAD users; we’ve created this On-Demand Revit-to-IFC workflow to provide ArchiCAD users Bradley BIM product files.

Bradley HALO Emergency Eyewash - Facewash - Drench Shower Revit Family IFC Export for Graphisoft ArchiCAD BIM Project

Bradley Workflow to Create IFC Files for ArchiCAD Users

  1. Open Bradley Revit Family File (RFA)
  2. Create a New Revit Project (RVT)
  3. Insert Bradley Revit Family into Revit Project from Plan View
  4. Go To 3D Isometric View
  5. Select Revit Family in Project, Set Family Options and/or Family Type*
  6. Save the Revit Project File
  7. Go to the File Menu, Select Export > IFC > IFC 2×3 Format

*An IFC Export creates a static version of a Bradley Product BIM file. This means the efficiency of family file types and product parameters are no longer available in an IFC file.

Revit Project Tips to Minimize File Size PRIOR to exporting to IFC file:

  1. Purge unused families from the project (purge multiple times removes nested families)
  2. From an Elevation View, Delete all Revit Levels except Level 1
  3. In Plan View, pull in the North, East, South and West Elevation markers closer to the inserted Bradley family –to minimize the extents.
  4. From an Elevation View, select the remaining Level 1, right click & select Maximize 3D Extents from the menu.
  5. Save the file prior to Exporting to IFC or CAD file formats.
  6. This file is now be used as a Template File for other Product Conversions to IFC.

2016 Bradley BIM IFC-Road Map

The 2016 Bradley BIM IFC-Road Map will begin creating IFC BIM files for Bradley products; that have very few options. This will initially include commercial toilet & bath accessories, lavatory decks and washfountains.

An IFC BIM File Request link will be placed on product pages that have multiple options on their Tech Data Sheets. i.e. Emergency Fixtures,  lockers, and wash fountains.

Bradley Product IFC files will be posted on the product pages, in the right column with the links to the Bradley BIM and CAD files for those products.

The IFC Initiative will complement the current collaborative efforts we’ve shared; with several BIM authoring software products.


DXF: The First CAD File Exchange for Building Product Manufacturers

PC-based Computer-Aided-Drafting (CAD) provided Building Product Manufacturers (BPM); with the opportunity to assist designers  with their pre-built product CAD files.

BPMs created Plan View, Front & Right Side View AutoCAD Blocks (symbols) of their  products. BPMs also created CAD construction details for the installation and maintenance of their products.

BPM CAD files provided designers a faster, more accurate method to create CAD files withpre-built ‘block’ definitions of their window, door, casework, lighting, plumbing, electrical and equipment products.

Designers used BPM files in their floor & reflected ceiling plans, interior & exterior elevations, wall & building sections and construction details.

While AutoCAD became a leading CAD software choice in the AEC market, Autodesk created an file exchange format called, DXF.

AutoCAD DXF (Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format) file; is a CAD data file format developed by Autodesk for enabling data interoperability between AutoCAD and other CAD & non-CAD programs.

This allowed BPM content (created in AutoCAD) to be exchanged between various CAD programs; that supported the IMPORT of DXF files.

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