Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
Last week, I got to play a superhero. No, I wasn’t out fighting crime. That’s a little too intense for me. Instead, I stayed in the safety of my office and hosted a workshop titled “5 Essential Superpowers Every BIM Manager Needs”. It was a fun workshop to present, complete with superhero images galore. In case you missed it, you can catch the video replay here.
At the end of the workshop, I announced that enrollment is open for this year’s BIM Manager Boot Camp. The Boot Camp is an 8-week program that gives practicing BIM Managers the technical and soft skills they need to thrive in this challenging position. This is the third year that I’ve run the Boot Camp and it keeps getting better each year. I’m co-teaching with Jordan Billingsley. Jordan is a graduate of the first BIM Manager Boot Camp and a BIM Manager extraordinaire at Hord Caplan Macht in Baltimore, MD. The first session starts next Tuesday, October 8th. Click here to learn more about BIM Manager Boot Camp.
Without further ado, here are five things to check out this week.
#1: Getting Started with Project Refinery
Curious about generative design but not sure how to get started? Then check out this tutorial on using Autodesk’s Project Refinery. In the example, you’ll use Dynamo and Refinery to generate hundreds of options for a building design. Next you’ll analyze the solutions to determine the configuration with the most amount of volume with the least amount of surface area. Lots of good stuff here!
#2: Architecture or Revolution 4.0?
In this call to arms for architects everywhere, author Akheel Naicker hits on a number of challenges facing architects in the 21st century. From a lack of perceived value to the co-opting of the term ‘architect’, the AEC industry is facing a crisis of confidence. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, there are plenty of opportunities out there if you just know where to look. As the article states, what’s needed is an open mind toward what it means to be an architect. Good food for thought.
#3: A Virtual Groundbreaking
Dan Stine takes a brief step away from blogging about BIM to write of his recent endeavor providing a VR experience at a groundbreaking ceremony that took place on the hospital site where he was born! Dan showcases great photos from the event as well as explanations of the VR tools he used for the presentation which gave attendees at the ceremony a unique view of the hospital project. Great use of technology Dan!
#4: Human-Free Construction?
Drones, 3D printers and bionics don’t sound like your standard construction tools, at least not yet. But they are fast on their way to becoming as indispensable as the hammer and saw. ArchDaily takes us on a journey to see how these three sci-fi technologies are changing the way buildings are being constructed now and in the near future.
#5: The 100 Best Free Online Courses of All Time
Looking for something to learn? If so then check out this list of the best 100 free online courses courtesy of Free Code Camp. From programming to business to personal development, there’s something here for everyone. Definitely a great list to check out!
Question of the Week:
I just started reading Charlie Gilkey’s new book, Start Finishing. I have a bunch of half-done projects on my plate that I’m having trouble finishing. Hopefully this book will get me on the right track. How about you? What projects (work or personal) are you struggling to finish? What are you doing to make sure you get them done? Click the link below to join the conversation at the ARK network.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.