BIM for Design Firms: Data Rich Architecture at Small and Medium Scales 1st Edition,

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Paves the path for the adoption and effective implementation of BIM by design firms, emphasizing the design opportunities that this workflow affords

This book expands on BIM (Building Information Modeling), showing its applicability to a range of design-oriented projects. It emphasizes the full impact that a data modeling tool has on design processes, systems, and the high level of collaboration required across the design team. It also explains the quantitative analysis opportunities that BIM affords for sustainable design and for balancing competing design agendas, while highlighting the benefits BIM offers to designing in 3D for construction. The book concludes with a deep look at the possible future of BIM and digitally-enhanced design.

Through clear explanation of the processes involved and compelling case studies of design-oriented projects presented with full-color illustrations, BIM for Design Firms: Data Rich Architecture at Small and Medium Scales proves that the power of BIM is far more than an improved documentation and sharing environment. It offers chapters that discuss a broad range of digital design, including problems with BIM, how readers can leverage BIM workflows for complex projects, the way BIM is taught, and more. 

  • Helps architects in small and medium design studios realize the cost and efficiency benefits of using BIM
  • Demonstrates how the use of BIM is as relevant and beneficial for a range of projects, from small buildings to large and complex commercial developments
  • Highlights the quantitative analysis opportunities of data-rich BIM models across design disciplines for climate responsiveness, design exploration, visualization, documentation, and error detection
  • Includes full-color case studies of small to medium projects, so that examples are applicable to a range of practice types
  • Features projects by Arca Architects, ARX Protugal Arquitectos, Bearth & Deplazes, Durbach Block Jaggers, Flansburgh Architects, and LEVER Architecture

BIM for Design Firms is an excellent book for architects in small and medium-sized studios (including design departments within large firms) as well as for architecture students. 

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Digital Design 1

Introduction 1

What’s Wrong with BIM? 7

Leveraging BIM Workflows in the Design and Delivery of Complex Projects 9

BIM in Academia: How BIM Is Taught 15

Conclusion 27

2 BIM Past and Present 29

A Brief History of BIM 29

The Right Project for BIM 33

BIM-Authoring Platforms and Technologies 34

Driving Model-Based Deliverables with the BIM Forum Level of Development (LOD) Specification 42

Industry Foundation Classes 46

Other BIM Interoperability 61

3 What Tools Mean 65

Introduction 65

BIM: What It Is and What It Isn’t 68

The Myth of the Neutral Tool 82

Guiding Principles 85

4 Appropriate Technology 91

Introduction 91

Transitioning to BIM 95

5 Case Studies in Form Making 121

Introduction 121

The Case Studies 122

Conclusion 148

6 Case Studies in Digital Fabrication 149

Introduction 149

Case Studies 150

7 BIM Tomorrow: Trends in Technology 175

A Technology-Rich Future for the Profession 175

Digital Realities: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Modes 176

Computational Design and Visual Programming Languages 185

LiDAR, Photogrammetry, and Point Clouds 193

Artificial Intelligence (AI) 196

Conclusion 201

Afterword 203

Index 207

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