Willard Wigan's Tiny World Models - Videos | TED Talks

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 22, 2016 8:30:00 AM

"The Adventures of Willard Wigan" or "Willard Wigan's Tiny World" sounds like the titles for a series of engaging children's bedtime stories.

Instead, it describes the microscopic models sculpted on the top of pinheads, in the eye of needles and on the tops of match heads --by renown artist Willard Wigan.


His slideshow of figures, as seen through a microscope, can only be described as mind-boggling. He has been a featured speaker at TED Conference & TED Talks

--- Role of Small Scale Architectural Models Before BIM – Salt Lake City ---

Willard Wigan uses humor to share his story of how a difficult and lonely childhood drove him to discover his unique ability to create art so tiny that it can't be seen with the naked eye.


Credit to my wife, as Willard's talents and accomplishments were highlighted during her 2-day Dyslexia Workshop; conducted for the instructional staff at her college.

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Compact Accessible Green Toilet Room Design | Advocate Revit Library

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 17, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Bradley AV-Series Advocate Lavatory (Hand Washing System)

The Bradley Advocate AV-Series delivers space efficiency, accessibility and sustainability to efficient toilet room design:

  1. Optimized Soap, Water & Hand Dryer located in one compact unit

  2. The prefabricated design reduces installation time for both Standard\ADA heights

  3. A hygienic hands-free infrared, .38gpm faucet delivers water savings

  4. Eliminate paper towel costs and minimize toilet room waste removal with an infrared, high speed, dual-sided hand dryer at each hand washing station

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Chemistry 101 Meets Revit Architecture

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 16, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Intro to Chemistry Meets Revit

The Intro to Chemistry Assignment

A couple years ago, our college intern, Rachel Hughes received a high school 'Introduction to Chemistry' assignment to: Calculate the volume (in cubic centimeters) of her irregularly-shaped Chemistry classroom, with a a sloped ceiling.

While she was taking  AutoCAD architecture classes; she was willing to learn how to solve this problem using Revit Architecture. Her Chemistry teacher approved the use of Revit to solve the assignment and asked for a brief description of the steps she used.

 We used a Revit "test drive" training process; that I developed for shortening my students' Revit classes. She took the Revit "steering wheel" and two hours later discovered the answer to her Chemistry assignment. While enjoying the intuitive "test drive" of her first Revit project; it also underscored the value of "I" in BIM.

"Revit creates the entire room faster than my AutoCAD."

Here's a summary and brief description of sequential Revit steps taken; that she submitted to the Chemistry Teacher.

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New Revit-BIM LOD Standards Mean Business

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

I authored two articles for an Australian design + construction news site; that demonstrate Revit-BIM Level-Of-Detail (LOD) standards are not very new and how they’re driving business.

Revit-BIM Level-Of-Development (LOD) standards integrated our initial BIM Level-Of-Detail standards; which now has LOD functioning as a lightweight project management tool.

--- Design – Construction Processes Trending BIM-Dependent ---

 LOD is measuring\monitoring the projects'design + construction progress and completion deadlines. LOD is becoming a functional ingredient to Owners' BIM Execution Plans; while improving the model-building communications between project team members.

LOD is demonstrating its potential to measure Return-On-Investment (ROI) for individual Revit and/or BIM processes.

Here are the links to both articles:

Article #1:

Early Level-of-Detail Transitions to BIM Level-of-Development

Article #2:

BIM Level-of-Development (LOD) Driving BIM ROI

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Download Pre-built Revit Accessible Toilet Room Sample Model

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 10, 2016 12:37:34 PM

As firms build their Revit \ BIM project library with pre-built Building Product Manufacturer (BPM) models, the next step in efficiency is to pre-build common room types with those models.

This provides a learning process for less experienced design staff to learn accessible, ADA and ANSI accessible design rules and guidelines.

Pre-built Revit rooms with installed common furniture, fixture and equipment Revit models; expedite the construction modeling and documentation process.

Here is an example of a single occupancy accessible toilet room; that utilizes the Bradley Advocate 3-in-1 touchless handwashing lavatory; which is ADA compliant.

4 Bradley Revit Lavatories for ADA Compliant Toilet Room Renovations

4 Revit Fixture-Room Layout Tips | ADA-Universal Design Review

Bradley Accessible Products Used in Toilet Room Layout

Advocate AV-30 | All-in-One, Soap, Water & Hand Dryer Lavatory

Grab Bar - Horizontal - 42" Long - Model 812 Series

Grab Bar - Horizontal - 36" Long - Model 812 Series

Grab Bar - Vertical - 18" Long - Model 812 Series

Toilet Tissue Paper Dispenser - Dual Roll - Model 522

Mirror - 24"W x 36"H - Model 781 Series

Download the single occupancy accessible toilet room Revit model.



Compact Accessible Green Toilet Room Design

(Advocate Revit Family Toucheless 3-in-One Hand Washing System)

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Revit Model LOD | Level of Detail - Level of Development

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 5, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Defining and managing BIM models' Level of Detail (LOD) --or Level of Development is reviewed in great detail (no pun intended) by Antony McPhee, Registered Architect Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Author of Practical BIM Blog.

Antony extensively researched his BIM LOD article; What Is This Thing Called LOD?. He provides BIM LOD Definitions from multiple countries and professional associations with descriptions and images.

Antony's LOD article serves as a great discussion tool; as BIM-based organizations define both their internal and project BIM & Revit modeling standards.

Excerpt from What Is This Thing Called LOD?,

What Exactly is Level of Development?

Therefore; a BIM Level of Development (LOD) for a chair might go:

LOD 100 = there is a chair
LOD 200 = there is a chair that has nominal space requirement of 500x500
LOD 300 = there is a chair with arm rests and wheels
LOD 400 = manufacturer and model number.
LOD 500 = manufacturer and model number, supplier, date purchased

or in General Terms:

LOD 100 = there is a thing
LOD 200 = there is a thing about this size
LOD 300 = there is a thing with these functions and options
LOD 400 = it is this particular thing.
LOD 500 = this particular thing provided by this person on this date.

Continue Reading the Entire Article: What Is This Thing Called LOD?

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Bradley Revit Family Secrets - Compact File Reduces File Size

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 4, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Revit (BIM) Managers typically use the Revit SAVEAS Command and its "Compact File" Option to reduce a Revit project file size.

Bradley uses this process, as one of the last procedures; that we apply to reduce the file size of our final Revit Family models.

It's pretty common, to build a Bradley Revit family product model; that may be 800K in file size. However, once we use this 'compact file' process; the file size may be reduced by over 50%.

Consider testing this procedure on your Revit family library models or Revit family content; that you download from other Revit libraries.

Remember to delete or purge unused content within your families (materials, nested families, subcategories, CAD files, line patterns); prior to using this "Compact File" procedure in the Revit SAVEAS command.

Related Revit File Size Articles

  1. Revit Family File Size | How Big is TOO BIG?

  2. Revit Project Performance | Revit Family File Size vs Family Visibility Settings

  3. Bradley Revit-BIM Family Quality Standards | Top 10 FAQs

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Bradley Revit Family Secrets | LOD - Level of Development

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Aug 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Bradley's Revit Family models were created with a high Level Of Development (LOD). Bradley Revit models are designed to accommodate the needs of all four Revit project members; architect, engineer, contractor and facility owners.

There are several reasons the Bradley BIM Team chose to build a single Revit model; that was all-inclusive to serve all disciplines.

Bradley Revit-BIM Family Quality Standards | Top 10 FAQs

1) Logistically, its easier to manage embedded data parameters of more than 1,000 Revit models; as one inclusive model for all disciplines.

2) Ideally, a manufacturer's Revit model that is shared amongst the team; guarantees data consistency and minimizes the modeling costs for everyone. Consider this:

How often will your consultant(s) build a Revit model for both them and for your discipline?

How often do you build Revit models for your consultants?

3) Realistically, my onsite client visits confirm that BIM \ VDC Managers maintain a LOD definition; specific to their organization, projects and team members.

"We will decide what content we keep and delete within our Revit families."

[Common BIM-VDC Managers Response]

Bradley anticipated Revit Managers would remove content from Bradley Revit models; to meet their standards, preferences and criteria. It is far easier, faster and cheaper for them to delete content, from an all-inclusive Revit model.

Once they remove family content; perhaps after adding their own shared \ family parameters --they will save a Bradley Revit family file down to a smaller file size.

Bradley Revit Family Secrets – Compact File Reduces File Size

For example;

Architectural designers may remove the MEP connections, solids or voids --keeping only basic solids, masking regions and symbolic line-work.

Engineers may remove the materials, solids and voids --keeping the MEP connections and portions of the masking regions & symbolic line-work.

Contractors creating the Owner's as-built project Revit models; have typically requested and\or used the Bradley Revit models in their original high LOD format.

Technology's Exponential Growth Will Change Revit Family Rules

The Bradley BIM Initiative strategy forecasted; that Revit, LOD, BIM and supporting technology processes would remain "moving targets".

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Mayo Clinic BIM Manager - Project Model Development Specification

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 25, 2016 10:30:00 AM

I attended the AU 2013 class; which detailed the Mayo Clinic Modeling Development Specification (MDS) --developed by Mayo Clinic BIM Program Manager, Andy Jizba (Arizona) and David Paul Wilkinson, Autodesk Consulting Services.

Autodesk University Class

The purpose of the Model Development Specification (MDS) is to define how Building Information Modeling (BIM) will be implemented and managed on both current and future projects.

Critical to the development of the BIM is a complete understanding of how the model will be used during the course of the design, construction, and life-cycle management of the building.

Andy Jizba | Mayo Clinic BIM Program Manager (Arizona)


While Level of Development (LOD) gains traction for Revit component and project modeling; Mayo Clinic has created a contractual deliverable process that defines

  • a mutually defined LOD for each discipline, by each discipline -- based on an initial, project kick-off meeting with the owner.

  • how the owner plans to use BIM for the Building's Lifecycle Management and Operations & Maintenance (O&M).

  • LOD roles and responsibilities at each phase of the project: Lead, Support & Use

  • how to use Revit family LOD shared parameters; to monitor & manage a project's LOD progress for each discipline and phase --to minimize rework of the model.

  • a method that allows each stakeholder to integrate their interdependent Revit-BIM modeling standards into the project standards.

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Harvesting Revit Content, Standards & Processes from Completed Project

Posted by Daniel Hughes on Jul 24, 2016 5:07:03 PM


How much Revit Project Content, Methods, Procedures, Standards and Communication Processes are you harvesting at the completion of every Revit project?

Harvesting Revit content and documenting the 'Lessons Learned' from Pilot Projects is common; when firms first implement Revit. However, as firms grow confident producing projects in Revit; they tend to reduce or discontinue the post-project 'harvesting  process'. 

At the end of a project, the team may lack time to find and use content to finalize the project.

This results in standards and/or procedures; that may not be followed. A final team debriefing and Project Process Review is a recommended method to harvest reusable content, successful team processes and communications. 

The project review identifies content and processes; that may need to be added, revised or removed from the firm's project delivery method.


Show Me the Money.

Project Teams disband quickly as the project is completed. This protects the project profitability by removing all unbillable staff as-soon-as-possible. So where's the money? ... when we suggest a labor-dependent process to review and harvest content & standards from a finaized project?

The money is derived on future, more efficiently run projects; that are more profitable. These successful projects and teams are referenced to market and obtain additional new projects. 

The BIM project harvesting process mimics portions of the Manufacturers' Playbook.

There are three (3) processes; that manufacturing and facility construction projects utilize to document 'lessons learned' to become more efficient, marketable and profitable:

1) Manufacturing teams have a Product Delivery Process; that mimic many design-construciton teams' Project Delivery Processs.

2) Manufacturers' Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) share numerous processes; that are similar to a construction Project Lifecycle Managerment. For example, consider the similarities between Lean & Green Manufacturing and Lean & Green Construction.

3) Manufacturers' continuous improvement programs are ongoing review processes; improving both product & process for the life of the product. The harvesting of construction project Content, Standards and Processes is very similar goals & outcomes.

Manufacturers assign small project teams  for various aspects of designing and producing the product. This includes engineering improvements, product testing, material selections, manufacturing techniques & processes; that also include customer quality surveys and product case studies.

Likewise, design-construction projects are not 'one and done' events. Reviewing BIM projects for content, procedures, methods & standards will yield better future project outcomes. 

Here are a few processes I've taught and commonly implemented with corporate BIM Managers to maximize their BIM investment. 

 BIM Project Content Harvesting

Projects' pre-built content ("the money") can be extracted, reviewed, edited, stored and reused in the standard Revit library for future use. This will minimizes future design teams looking for content that have already been discovered, tested and used.

This includes;

  1. Revit Component Families (RFA files)

  2. Revit System Families (walls, ceilings, stairs)

  3. Construction Details (Revit Drafting Views) 

  4. Revit Schedules - those used for Construction Docs and those used for tracking project status

  5. Transfer Project Standards to Project Template

  6. Building Product Manufacturers' Revit Content

  7. Material types, family types, graphic standards: line patterns, line types, dimension & text styles, View Templates, etc

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