I must admit that I’m not always the best at taking the time to share my knowledge and ideas via the latest social media tools. It’s not how I grew up in architecture … and it’s taken me awhile to adopt these new practices.
With the launch of our new ARCHVISTA website I’m taking a vow to get on board in a more consistent, thoughtful manner.
Part of my inspiration is Patrick May with Walker Warner Architects. He has a truly helpful blog for ARCHICAD users. In WWABIM Patrick solves daily trouble shooting challenges and provides ARCHICAD quick tips. He does an amazing job and comes to the aide of many followers.
I invited him to speak at our latest ARCHICAD User Group and he shared with us why he blogs (Sharing Knowledge Makes Better BIM!) and how to make yourself part of the sharing BIM conversation.
We had a great dialogue about what and how to contribute to the conversation about BIM and ARCHICAD. The consensus was that participating in forums and discussion groups is instrumental in connecting with the community. Patrick discussed various Blogging authoring tools including WordPress, Tumblr, Weebly and others stressing that these tools make it easy to get started.
Here are some relevant forums and discussion groups shared by Patrick:
- 3D Show Share & Learn – A Facebook Group moderated by Alf Prisco
- ArchiCAD on Linked IN – An Open Group
- ArchiCAD for Residential Designers – A Closed Linked In Group
- ArchiCAD Talk – A Graphisoft Forum
Patrick also highlighted a number of blogs that are relevant for ARCHICAD Users (some of which I follow and some were new to me).
- shoegnome.com – Jared Banks, Shoegnome LLC
- bimblog.bondbryan.com – Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan
- onland.info – James Murray, Rill Architects
- skewed.com.au – Nathan Hildebrandt, Fulton Trotter
- blog.graphisoftus.com – BIM Engine [multiple], GRAPHISOFT
- bim6x.com – Link Ellis & Chris Clark, BIM6x
All in all there are a lot of great resources out there! Which brings me back to my vow of sharing my own knowledge and insights.
My passion is architecture and stories about architecture. So that’s part of what I will be sharing in this blog. In addition, I’ll be contributing resources and ideas for how to maximize the efficiency promised by BIM while maintaining your focus on design.