Archive for the ‘I.P.D.’ Category


Parenting a building.

August 20, 2012

Parenting a building goes beyond creating Revit Families. This AUGI article came by the way of Luke Johnson and his Blog What Revit Wants (Link).
It is a great read to start your week off.
Autodesk Revit World View: Parenting Your Design – BIM & IPD


SARUG Software Alert – VEO

March 9, 2012

Getting closer to a Comprehensive Solution for Builders and Owners see the VEO Trailer.

Thanks to Jake for the lead on this application



James Vandezande’s – Videos

October 21, 2011

James Vandezande has put together a number of Vimeo clips on Revit specifics, BIM, IPD, Collaboration and Third Party Applications you might want to wander over and view.  I’ve posted a permanent link on our blog page under the SARUG Links heading as JV’s Revit (+) Videos.

Thanks for posting those videos.  We hope to see this resource continue to grow.

Time to make some popcorn!



Is IPD dead?

December 2, 2010

Here’s an interesting take on the IPD process from IDP still seems to be the Utopia of the profession. There’s a lot of ‘telling’ of IPD, but not as much ‘showing’.

Is IDP dead?




To model or not to model: That is the question.

November 17, 2010

There was much talk at last night’s meeting about how much modeling should be done in a BIM project.  Revit will let you model everything. That can become a pitfall for most new users. That type of creation consumes a vast amount of time and ultimately slows down your model.

The AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit, on page 27, Section 7.2.1, offers some good advice and a visual to help with this particular issue.

At the outset of the project, consideration shall be given to the maximum level of detail to be included in the BIM. Too little and the information will not be fit for purpose; too much and the model may become unmanageable and inefficient.

  • The BIM Co-ordinator shall dictate the point at which 3D geometry ceases and 2D detailing is utilised to prepare the published output.
  • Intelligent 2D linework shall be developed to accompany the geometry and enhance the required views without undue strain on the hardware. 2D linework is not exclusive to detailed/fabrication information.
  • Detailing and enhancement techniques shall be used whenever possible to reduce model complexity, but without compromising the integrity of the model.

3D modelling is carried out to an accuracy of approximately 1:50

…so imagine the level of detail needed for a physical 1/4 inch scale model.

As discussed last night, the different disciplines have different needs. Sometimes that level of modelling detail must be there in order to reap the benefits of using BIM.

Using BIM demands an open line of  communication. So  before going into the modeling portion of the project, have the team discuss what families are needed. If they are needed, to what level of detail do they need to communicate design intent. Do they need a lot of fancy parameters? There needs to be a ‘stay on task’ conversation to make sure the project is focused on the end result.

I’m sure as more usable family content becomes available, the hardware gets beefier and the sharing of models becomes more routine, this issue may go away. Until then…To model or not to model: That is the question.


November 2010 Meeting Follow-up

November 17, 2010

Thanks to Steve for setting up the November meeting and providing the munchies.

I just completed checking the web cast recordings and posted the two segments for your viewing pleasure.

The recordings should show up along the “Latest Videos” thumbnail bar as:

IPD The Process Part I Intro. (31 min)
IPD The Process Part II The Good Stuff. (2 hr)

These recordings can also be found in the Nov 2010 Video Library further down the page.

As Steve previously mentioned the recordings can be found at:

This was an exceptionally insightful meeting into the IPD collaborative process along with a reveal of some of the shortcomings in the software technology as well as some recommendations.  A must see.  I hope Autodesk is listening 😉  Nothing like ending our year on a high note.

I would also like to extend a personal thanks to JSR for hosting this meeting and sharing their experiences on this project along with their consultants PET, GLHN and Schneider Assoc.  It’s this level of involvement that makes the difference in the success of our group.   

Thanks to all of you that attended last night (great turnout) and to those of you that have continued to support the group through your attendance throughout the year.

This was our last meeting for 2010.  We will resume in January of 2011 and will be working on setting up our General Contractors presentations over the holidays to kick off the 2011 season.  These meetings will focus on the GC’s use of BIM technology and their experiences in IPD.  Also Andrew will be presenting on using active URL links in families to connect to web site repositories of data, as a methodology for putting the “I” in B.I.M.  Andrew will explore how these links (information) can flow down to the facilities management level.

Until next year myself and the management team at SARUG extend our best wishes for a happy holiday season to you and your family.



Teaching Integrated Project Delivery

August 10, 2010

This article about teaching Integrated Project Delivery comes from Pavel Getov, a Visiting Associate Professor at The University of Arizona’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He provides a teacher/practitioner’s point of view.

The rapid development of digital technologies, the increasing importance of considering a building’s environmental impact, and the intertwining of the design and construction processes – these are factors that demand a new kind of architectural education. This must be an education that prepares graduates for a rapidly changing profession by addressing how it is actually practiced outside of the lecture halls.

I took upon the residency of visiting professor of critical practice at College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona after their search to bring practicing architects to the faculty. The subject matter of the two courses that I taught during Spring 2010 – a design studio and a seminar – drew from my experience with advanced methods of project delivery gathered while acting as a project architect for the Caltrans Headquarters in Los Angeles and the New Academic Building for the Cooper Union, New York, during my tenure as a Director at Morphosis Architects, Santa Monica, California.

One of the challenges of teaching Integrated Project Delivery is fighting the existing educational tendency to breed future architects as single practitioners. These lone individuals aspire eventually, with a lightning stroke of genius, to envision spaces worthy enough for the front cover of some internationally distributed publication. Instead, my over 20 years of professional experience has led me to believe, time and again, that today’s original and progressive architecture is delivered through team collaboration that involves all of the parties participating in the design and construction process from early on. Therefore both the studio and the seminar that I was asked to teach were devised to stimulate student interaction and collaborative effort. Through lectures, assignments, discussions and research, students developed:

● An understanding of the leadership role of an architect in the building design and construction process regarding the issues of sustainability, aesthetics, constructability, cost control, and social awareness.
● An understanding of the basic principles of professional practice organization in the context of the trends that affect it, such as globalization, project delivery, outsourcing, diversity, new design technologies (such as BIM), and new construction methods.
● The ability to study, analyze and integrate relevant precedents into design or urban project and/or into the design process.
● The ability to develop research skills by accessing, gathering, recording and applying relevant information in an architectural project.
● The potential to recognize the varied talent in a particular team, and work in collaboration with other students as a member of the design team.

Click on the link to read the rest of the article:


KLMK – IPD Articles

July 27, 2010

Throughout 2010, Capital Project Solutions will run a series of articles dedicated to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). We will explore all issues related to IPD, from project identification to team selection to contract and incentive development. With three (3) IPD projects currently underway, we will share case studies and lessons learned throughout the series. Last month, we discussed Integrated Project Delivery contracting and how it differs from traditional delivery contracts. This month, we will explore issues related to insuring an IPD project. If you have missed any of the previous articles or to learn more about other strategies to ensure your project’s success, visit


AIA Hosts – BIM & The Bottom Line

July 25, 2010

AIA Southern Arizona Hosts:
BIM and the Bottom Line 
August 27th, 8 AM – 5 PM
Cocktail Reception 5:30 – 7 PM
Double Tree Reid Park – Tucson, AZ 

$$$  There is a fee for this event, but as of this posting it was undetermined.

BIM and the Bottom Line
How Integrated Solutions Can Add Value For You and Your Clients
A Collaborative Workshop

Featured National Speaker James Salmon, J.D. of Collaborative Construction Resources will lead this innovative, live workshop in which attendees will learn the solutions to challenges regarding interoperability among BIM tools and how team collaboration can be maximized through the use of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreements and Lean Business processes.  Interoperability will be demonstrated with the following BIM Solutions- AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, Archicad, Catia, Tekkla, and Solibri. 

Attendees will:

  • Earn 6 AIA HSW/SD units!
  • Realize the importance of and flexibility of integrated agreements. Even public entities can participate in IPD structured projects!
  • Learn efficient work flows to facilitate successful interoperability among differing software platforms.
  • Understand the Level of Detail necessary to extract cost, time, fabrication, commissioning and facility management data from the model AND how to plan for it from the beginning.
  • Have the opportunity to interact with industry leading professionals to get your questions answered.


8:00-9:00       Registration/Cont. Breakfast/Exhibit Booths open
9:00-10:45     Benefits of Interoperable BIM in an IPD Environment
10:45-11:00   Break
11:00-12:30   Collaborative Analysis of Challenges
12:30-1:30     Lunch/Exhibit Booths open
1:30-3:45       3D Resolution of Challenges
3:45-4:00       Break
4:00-5:00       Interoperable BIM & IPD:  Fact, Fiction & Future
5:30-7:00       Cocktails in Exhibit Area

For More Information or to Register Contact –  
Kathy VonCannon, AIA Southern Arizona This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone:  (520) 323-2191or visit – AIA Southern Arizona website at


SARUG Integrated Project Delivery

July 16, 2010

The following I.P.D. Youtube’s were presented by Hanson Bridgett LLP one of the forefront legal offices developing I.P.D. contracts.  A must view primer and overview for I.P.D.

Howard Ashcraft indicated that there were six parts but I was only able to find 3 on Youtube (Edit: Now all six are available). He also indicated that they would be posting this series to their web site at:

As of July 14 this presentation wasn’t on their site.