Wednesday, December 8, 2010

AEC Bytes: Are you in the know?

Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D., created AEC Bytes to assist in the analysis, research and review of AEC technology for the AEC community.  Through countless articles, she provides valuable, unbiased information for those looking to better understand the technology currently in the industry, as well as view points, tips and tricks, reviews and featured events.  The service she provides is invaluable, and I highly recommend subscribing. 


"This research report captures the results of the BIM evaluation study that was conducted by Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D., founder and editor of AECbytes. It was commissioned by the AIA Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) CEO Committee to provide the LFRT firms with an in-depth comparative evaluation of the main architectural BIM applications that are available. The study was conducted over a one-year period starting from June 2009 and ending in June 2010."


"Given the high interest in energy efficient buildings, it may be tempting for the architect or engineer to grab the nearest tool available and get to work. But as we have seen, there is a tool and process appropriate to the task at hand and the training of the individual, so they should choose carefully. It is also important to start working together early in the design process so that aesthetic and efficiency objectives can be balanced and have a reasonable chance of being met. Beyond that, interoperability remains a challenge, with some vendors choosing to bring some of the analytical capability into the design tool to get around the problem. And finally, customization of tools and interfaces will likely remain strong in the engineering community, in order to provide them maximum flexibility to achieve optimum designs."