US Accessibility Board | New ADA \ ABA Compliance Standards Videos

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The United States Access Board Website continues to publish new video content to better describe the ADA \ ABA Codes & Compliance Standards.

If “a picture is worth a thousand words” — a video (animation) may save a thousands of words to describe an accessibility code and compliance standard.

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Bradley integrates accessibility standards into our products and Revit (BIM) Model Library –as Revit Family Types to assist with various accessibility  installation heights.

Download Bradley Verge VLD Revit Lavatory – Sink Library As a product, the Bradley Verge VLD-Series Natural Quartz Lavatory System is a potential solution for fulfilling the ‘Enhanced Reach Accessibility Requirement’.

The 2009 ICC/ANSI Standards require that soap dispenser controls and faucets that serve certain accessible lavatories – larger restrooms determined by scoping such as IBC as to require an enhanced reach range – need to be installed with a reach depth of 11 inches (280mm) maximum.

revit_keltech_tankless_water_heater_3d_iso_view Bradley incorporates “Clearance Boxes” into our Revit models; where they may assist with interference or clash detection for maintaining ADA installation heights and keeping maintenance accessibility areas clear for a product.

My thanks to Glenna Antrim, International Account Manager (Bradley) for sharing the details of Accessibility Boards’ new video content.

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Architect Murtagh Integrates ArcKit Model-Building + SketchUp 3D Warehouse

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Architect Damien Murtagh ArcKit creator has designed a physical (non-digital) architectural model-building kit that has a virtual (digital) version in the  SketchUp 3D Warehouse design center.

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Located next to the Bradley BIM Booth 2014 AIA Convention Software & Technology Pavilion; I watched hundreds of AIA Convention attendees walk past Damien’s ArcKit booth — only to be drawn back to his booth to research his model building kits.

While Damien enjoys the value of his manual design tools, like model building, onion skin and pencil sketches –He was seeking a method to connect today’s digital architects and architecture design students with ArcKit. Integrating SketchUp 3D Warehouse with an ArcKit Library achieved that goal.

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My UBER Rescue at Chicago AIA Convention

Thank You 2014 AIA Convention - Chicago Bradley Booth VisitorsImagine standing with more than 300 people at this McCormick Place entrance;  waiting for a cab at  4:30pm on a great summer Friday afternoon, following my day at the AIA Convention.

Cabs were ‘trickling’ into the convention center and it appeared my Friday night on Michigan Avenue was doomed for a very, late start.

Prior to my Chicago trip; I installed and configured my credit card for the UBER app on my iPhone.

UBER is a private-ride service; where you request a ride from UBER; using their simple, yet very sophisticated phone app, rather than wait for a cab.

So, while standing in this ‘sea of conventioneers'; I used my UBER App (for the very 1st time) to send an UBER ride-request. Once confirmed, I stepped out-of-line and walked over to the Hyatt Hotel; that is attached to the convention center. My UBER car arrived in 20 minutes; while dropping me off at my downtown hotel by 5:20pm.

UBER Ride Request Service - Cell Phone App for Apple, Google DroidMy ride-request was accepted by a UBER driver and my UBER app confirmed my service request.

This triggered a Google map; that showed me the driver’s current location; with an Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) in minutes to reach me.

A picture of the driver and a model/make description of his car was immediately displayed on the app screen.

My UBER profile has my picture; which helps the driver identify the UBER customer. With my phone,  I took a new photo (selfie) and uploaded it to my app profile.

UBER Ride Request Service - Cell Phone App for Apple, Google DroidThe UBER app gave me options for communicating with the driver via Text or Calling the driver. As my location changed; I called the driver and asked him to pick me up at the curb of the hotel’s driveway entrance; and not the convention hall entrance.

I gave a brief description of my shirt color and that I was carrying a black laptop bag. He indicated he saw my new photo and he was still on schedule. As the Google map displayed his car nearing my location; I walked from shaded hotel bench and out to the curb –for an easy pickup.

uber_car_pick_up_service_phone_app_location_mapThis was not a ‘premium priced’ service — my ride-cost was similar to the Chicago cab fares I had paid over the the last 2 days.

This is my actual receipt; that was emailed to me for my expense report. Your UBER profile includes your credit card information.

Which means, there is NO exchange of money or credit cards with the driver.

UBER service cars are rather stealth; as they do not have door or rooftop signage. This is why they provide a driver photo and car description — my car was a gray/Mazda 6. UBER is growing global, check for city locations: https://www.uber.com/cities

After 12 years of hailing Chicago cabs…hundreds of times — the UBER ride-request service was truly an AMAZING change-of-process for securing a ride from Point A to Point B; with you the informed customer in control. This was an absolutely AMAZING experience!

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8 Marketing Steps Define Your BIM-Revit Implementation End-Game

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Successful BIM implementation comes in ‘planned steps’ as you market, plan, budget and set achievable implementation expectations.  Joseph Joseph, identifies in detail his 8- steps to a successful BIM marketing program.

View Joseph Joseph LinkedIn Public ProfileJoseph Joseph is  a Practice Technologies Executive + Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering. He authored this article; when he was SAIC’s Managing Director overseeing all BIM/CAD Technologies strategies and initiatives, including strategizing, standards, and implementation of BIM in a design-build environment.

It’s not enough to have BIM capability–you have to know how to sell your BIM expertise to clients, prospects, consultants, your management teams and employees.

Joseph’s summary of each step, defines this as an Executive Level  article for principals, owners and upper management to consider prior to implementing the BIM process. If you’ve already started BIM — its a great checklist against what you have or have not achieved by implementing your BIM processes.

As a business and marketing planning article; it should be reviewed against your written Implementation Plans for Revit, ArchiCAD, Bentley or Vectorworks software.

If you’re a facility owner, this is a great article to help you define your BIM ‘End-Game”

  1. “Why are you asking for BIM on your projects?” — AND
  2. “How is your team going to use BIM files & processes for managing the building?”

Joseph’s article provides complete details for each of these 8 steps; that is published by  the Building Design + Construction Magazine \ Website:

Building Design + Construction Magazine8 Steps to a Successful BIM Marketing Program

Step# 1 ) Recognize the business and marketing aspects of implementing BIM in your organization.

STEP 2 ) Establish a BIM vision that is linked tightly to your firm’s philosophy and goals and is fully enmeshed within the fabric of your organization.

Step# 3 ) Identify a BIM champion within your organization to lead the effort.

Step# 4 ) Clearly delineate your BIM capabilities to clients.

Step# 5 ) Embed BIM into your firm’s marketing content. Start by creating a BIM portfolio.

Step# 6 )Educate your client-facing staff on BIM trends, language, and culture.

Step# 7 ) Customize responses to RFPs and tailor them to the BIM-related needs of the client.

Step# 8 ) To prepare a customized approach, start by studying the BIM scope.

Read: 8 Steps to a Successful BIM Marketing Program

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