Showing posts from February, 2017


Since 2013 I have been working with a specification authoring system known as SpecsIntact. This system uses HTML mark up.

When editing the required submittals, they fall into the following categories:

SpecsIntact Submittal categories
01 Preconstruction Submittals
02 Shop Drawings
03 Product Data
04 Samples
05 Design Data
06 Test Reports
07 Certificates
08 Manufacturer Instructions
09 Manufacturer Field Reports
10 Operations & Maintenance
11 Close Out

SCRUG 2/2/2017 BIMSmith

The review of the first part of the meeting seemed so long that I thought my notes on the second part would get lost...

First off, thanks to the sponsors for the pizza, drinks and cookies. Microdesk, US CAD, Keller Pacific.

Jim Balding introduced
The website is a new way for materials supplier to get their information to design professionals. Their site went live early 2016.
Everyone in the room has used Revit to build families. System families are a bit of a pain because they do not use the same family editor for creation. BIMSmith is a web based interface to simplify the process. They use drag and drop for placement of wall layers or ceiling layers. They have drop down menus for when choices are limited. Where products are offered by a manufacturer, they are listed by model options. For example if siding is offered in 4", 6" and 12" sizes, those are the only sizes in the drop down menu. Once you are done designing the wall or pick one of the prefab walls i…

SCRUG 2/2/2017 LODPlanner

Through the miracles of changing schedules, I was able to attend this month's SCRUG meeting - the first in a long while. I estimate that about 60 people showed up.

It was announced on LinkedIn.
It was announced on Meetup.
It was detailed on the SCRUG blog.

After introductions & pizza, it went like this...
The main speaker Clive Jordan gave a bit of personal and BIMhistory.

In essence models progress over time. Like a painting that starts with one stroke & then becomes recognizable as more are added, a BIM begins with little geometry, accuracy, & information & becomes recognizable as a building information model.

Clive described how the terminology of BIM formed. Some familiar terms like... Level of *. Where the * could be any number of terms. Development, Definition, Information, Accuracy. While this LOD was meant to help in understanding, the splintering of terms has scattered meaning.

The goal of BIM and LEAN construction is to get information where it is…