New 4TB storage depot.

I finally had to updgade my storage. I have an intern scheduled, secured my funding, and am almost ready to launch my online store. Data transfer will complete by tomorow. Stayed tuned!


AutoDesk Certified Instructor

Since Autodesk has made the ACI process into a nightmare, I must put up my bling so I can show that I am actually an Autodesk professional.


I also attended the Graphisoft Convention and qualified for the Graphisoft Certified BIM Manager program. You will not find anyone that has been certified in multiple BIM programs. I can work with anyone’s workflow. 



Why you need a BIM Manager

BIM is not new. It has been around for longer than a decade. Why is it that Principles, project managers, Architects, Drafters, and Engineers not understand what this is? 
A BIM personality comes in many roles. You can have no professional degree, and still be a BIM drafter. You can hold a worthless drafting degree, and you might be considered a BIM person. The most painful part of being a BIM personality is the hiring staff, including Principles, Project Managers, and HR. They think that a BIM Manager is just a drafter, and hence they get no respect from management. 
After the Economy destroyed our industry, BIM and CAD specialists have been like an unwanted house guest. Architects want their projects done fast, and they do not pay any attention to the BIM specialist telling them that they need to fully adopt BIM.  
I first want to share this link from Wikipedia on what BIM is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling
There are many types of BIM personalities:
The BIM Manager is the chess player, they strategize and implement company-wide standards. They run the BIM Committee and manage the BIM Coordinators. The BIM Manager requires high level of education and is just as experienced as the egotistical Architectural Designer who thinks we are just fancy drafters.  
The BIM Coordinator is a project staff member whom has high level technical skills in BIM and works as a liaison between the BIM Manager and the Project Manager. They are also members of the BIM committee and help keep standards consistent.
The BIM drafter is a 2 year associate that models and picks up design changes set forth by the BIM team.
The BIM Guru, is a person whom has no real training or education, but feels self-entitled to require a title for themselves. A Guru is a scam artist that takes money from confused people. 
The last and highest level of the BIM personality is the Certified Trainer and Consultant. People like myself were early adopters of BIM over a decade ago, and have been teaching AEC professionals, and implementing bIM standards. If you find a person that has 10 years’ experience, they are an expert. The true BIM professionals have high levels of education. I have a Masters of Architecture from a top ten University, and only work on large projects utilizing all disciplines. 
I have interviewed with hundreds of firms over my decade of industry experience, and even though BIM is not new, the industry still does not understand how BIM is intended to be used.  
I recently drove 2 hours for a job interview with a firm that outsources to India for their BIM work. Any firm that uses China or India as their workforce, has sub-par standards because they work for cheap and their work is quite obvious. I was being interviewed for BIM manager for a multi-family firm. The rude, unprofessional manager, told me that I was not experienced with multi-family, even though I have 10 years’ experience. I had to explain to him, that I am a BIM manager, and I work on every project so I don’t always know every unit size, and amount of units. Since he had no idea of what BIM is, or how it works in our industry, he insulted me by his ignorance. 
I quickly, got up, walked out, and thanked them for wasting my time. When you go into a job interview, supply a survey for the interviewer, so they understand what your job title is, so that you are not wasting your time talking with people who have not yet learned how our job industry works. 
If you have read this far, here is how the BIM industry works. BIM is an industry. It is not Revit, or Archicad, or Bentley. It is the new industry standard for documentation, and we, as a country are behind the rest of the modern world. In the UK, all drawings of record are now BIM models. This requires actually using BIM, following national BIM standards, and utilizing BIM workflows.  
BEP. BIM Implementation plan: This is a guideline or outline that is setup for each project to ensure that the BIM guidelines are being used throughout the life of the project. If you do not use one of these, you are going to ruin your budget. 
BIM Standards: Just like in CAD, there are national standards. https://www.nationalbimstandard.org/files/NBIMS-US_V3_4.2_COBie.pdf
BIM personnel. It is important to find the right people. An Architect with 10 years of bIM experience is someone you want to hire. We teach the drafters, we implement the standards, and we train the staff. A drafter will not grow into a designer, and a Principal will never understand the cost benefits of hiring a BIM Manager whom saves the firm 100k per year with proper BIM utilization.  
Lastly, we as a country need to learn to use BIM more effectively. In the very near future all jurisdictions will require BIM models. In my 10 years I have seen people fired including myself because a firm does not want to invest in their future. Firms hire “drafters” instead of Architects with BIM mastery. This saves a few dollars per project, but you will never win any awards, you will not keep dedicated employees, and you will fail.  
I am a BIM consultant, experienced BIM Manager in Revit and Archicad, and have been teaching AEC professionals for 17 years. If you are looking for someone who can save your firm thousands of dollars, I am the person that you want to interview. An Architectural designer is a dime a dozen, and there is no challenge to this. Every year, schools kick out 1000’s of Designers, none of which have any 3D experience or training, and when they get into an office, they are thrown a set of drawings and eventually will be fired because we no longer mentor or train in our industry



Vray for Revit

vray test 1

I downloaded the beta version of Vray for Revit by Chaos Group.  I was presently surprised at my first render attempt.  It definitely has some better render qualities.  This is a test render at appx. 3000 x 2000px.  It took my laptop about 1.5 hours(8core i7), and it definitely has a lot better qualities than the built in Mental Ray Engine. The RPC objects almost look like a real 3D object, the shadows definitely have a lot better quality and contrast.  There are a few odd things about this so far.

I have attached a screen shot of the UI below.  Unlike the 3ds Max version, the Vray system seems to mimic the simple revit render dialog box.  You have simple exposure controls, simple render quality settings, you have a choice of any 3D view, you have actual depth of field, and realistic camera settings, and your choice of any GI and or ray trace engine native to Vray. I had to wake up my Vray brain to remember which was which, so you can always look up brute force or illuminance map on their website.   An unfortunate thing arises on rendering with Revits’s default mapping coordinate system, as the tiling is more apparent due to the high quality of the render.  Another thing that I am playing with is the anti-aliasing which should improve when I experiment with different Ray trace engines.  I have rendered this scene 100 times in the past 2 years for teaching demos, and the wires in the railings always bug me to no end.  They are highly twitchy and need better anti-aliasing and less noise.  This is improved in Vray with my first run, so I am hopeful. Vray is also tweaking their Engines to reduce more noise.

This also should have a distributed render system, which would be great in an office setting.  The drawback of Revit has always been that you have to use 1 pc, or 1 cloud to render the image.  The beta version does not seem to have the DR, so I cant brag yet.  The simple fact that it took 2 hours to render a pretty big image is very impressive.  That is very very competitive. I am not sure what the cost will be, but $1000 for a year maybe is a great deal if you are buying cloud credits to render. With a render box, or a sever, this would defeat the need for the cloud.


vray revit

The Material Aspect is a little odd so far, but I am going to tweak some more today. If you look at the render, you will see my couch is Purple.  This is because I am using a material that Vray determines as “unmapped” It renders purple, or whatever is not mapped.  I first thought that the material “AutoGen” referred to the conversion of a standard material into a Vray material, but it is creating a UVW map essentially.  This is cumbersome, because you cant turn on a realistic shading mode, and see what you forgot to map.

RevitVray MB


Caution: I am stuck on a major bug at the moment. My buffer screen is somehow multiplying my resolution, basically not allowing me to render anything. This is why it is called, “Beta”..


After 12 hours on the interior scene, I was even more impressed.  If you have a 32 core server, you could easily produce 2 images every night, or use the back burner to export a Vray scene to another pc.  This is a great setup for Revit.  When the DR is working, any firm will make money from this setup.  I forgot to highlight the easy channel map production.  The first image is the standard RGB pass, and below is a quick post image.


I was impressed by the reflections, retractions, and the precision of the rendering. Mapping definitely has to be explored since the closest object to your face is the odd looking column, but with a little 10 min Photoshop, you can quickly build a completely adjustable image in Photoshop for any of your post production needs.  As you can tell, the bottom image is different. You can quickly look up layer stacking standards for proper order.   Overall, I think Vray is definitely worth buying. Revit has a decent rendering system. For the price of the license, you should be able to actual render something at photo real standards.


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