Building Smarter Models

James Vandezande wrote an excellent article on his blog “All Things BIM” regarding his RTCUSA session, so we opted to snip it off the web as further enticement.

James wrote:

As you can see from the new badge on my blog page, I’ll be speaking at the Revit Technology Conference in Atlanta, GA this June. This will be my first time attending and speaking at an RTC event which is managed by some of my good buddies WesPhilSteve, and Jim (among others). I was supposed to give a presentation on effective coordination when the conference debuted in the US in California, but a last-minute client scheduling conflict prevented me from attending. If you were there, hopefully you enjoyed Amy Patel’s delivery of my topic.

If you haven’t registered yet, do so soon because word has it, they are seeing record high numbers of registrants and space might run out. I recently completed my registration and the classes all look quite interesting.

The class title I submitted was intended to be somewhat nebulous because I wanted to step outside the ‘Revit tutorial’ box and talk about important topics related to overall success with BIM implementation. “Building Smarter Models” will cover a few of the areas of research and development in which I’ve been involved over the past few years since I last presented at an event like Autodesk University (remember “You Can’t Do That With Revit?”).

I hope to leave a decent amount of time open for Q&A, but the session specifics will touch on use ofIFC (understanding IDM and MVD), development of NBIMS, analysis of and addressing client BIM requirements, and a review of HOK’s “BIM Certified” program. Please comment on this post if you have any suggestions to enhance my topics before I complete the presentation (early June).


As the building industry starts shifting away from document-based deliverables towards models, it is important for the authors (architects, engineers, and builders) to understand the requirements for quality content development. In this session, you will learn about the latest developments in open standards, how to address client BIM requirements, and methods for avoiding “BIM wash.”

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of industry open BIM standards.
  • Learn how to develop high-quality models suitable for sharing with other project stakeholders.
  • Establish a measurable approach to implementing BIM workflows for your company or project.
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