Integrating Consultants with OPEN BIM

banner-open_bimOPEN BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. This process of data exchange is an initiative developed by leading software vendors, including Autodesk, using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

Futureproof Projects with IFC

There are an incredible amount of BIM programs on the market. Almost all of the software programs are able to share models via a file format called IFC. This open, international standard enables information inherent in models to be shared between consultants, contractors, builders and can also be used for facility management purposes. IFC allows consultants to use the best tools for each task and, subsequently, to choose how to utilize the content of the virtual prototypes of a building.

ARCHVISTA provides a number of applications that support the IFC format and contain tools that make it easy to share knowledge between members of the consultant team and the client. This process enables knowledge to become the heart of a project where more knowledge equals better design and construction.

Images courtesy Bond Bryan Architects, River Stone Engineering, HHMI and Stantec/Anshen+Allen

Building a Successful Workflow

mnalogoMogavero Notestine Associates (M.N.A.) based in Sacramento, CA has been using ARCHICAD to support a sustainable approach to designing and building for nearly a decade. The firm specializes in urban infill development and through management of BIM in ARCHICAD has the capacity to win and take the lead on large scale projects –whether they be new construction or renovation.

M.N.A. is currently using BIM to coordinate with a group of architects and other consultants on a 40,000 square foot facility for the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op (SNFC). The SNFC project has a goal of the building being Net Zero energy, incorporating natural ventilation and natural daylight. The full grocery, health and beauty counseling center will also provide educational programs and on-site dining.

The firm has worked with 2D information as well as 3D IFC formatted data on the tenant improvement project. An interior designer exchanged Revit models via IFC with M.N.A. staff “round trip” in order to fully incorporate their design into the project.  The interior designer made use of the M.N.A. exported ARCHICAD model to correctly register and dimension features and elements.