June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL


Tuesday, May 21, 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Track Name: AEC Next
Session Date: May 21 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Session Credits: 1 AIA LU

11:30am - 11:50am Information Fusion...Harnessing the "I" for Lifecycle Data Manipulation

IBI Group would like to present a solution that connects a BIM to an Asset Management System. This case study is focused on our office expansion where the assets within design model were cataloged and connected to a custom-built asset management system. The workflow harnesses OpenBIM technology allowing the end user to experience a virtual representation of the asset via mobile devices as well as a medium to socially interact with them. This data contains fused design information with records for maintenance along with social information identifying repair / replacements which can feed subsequent projects. Outline: 1) The value proposition of "data" 2) Fusing BIM with Asset Management 3) Connecting "social data" to the assets 4) Demonstration of an active instance of the system The focus here shifts from designing projects to manipulating information. Data is sourced by the users of the built (designed) objects, and this information is tapped to manipulate how and what we design. This is a bold shift in mentality...we are "designing DATA" and from that information we generate various outputs including drawings. Conventional design practices are being redefined by the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, 5G, and artificial intelligence (AI). On the forefront of innovation since the 1970’s, IBI Group has maintained its commitment to designing great places to live, work, learn, move and play through innovation, technology and creativity; and we know that leveraging emerging technologies to future-proof our design intent is paramount to our success. The way cities are built is shifting. The future? Smart Cities. How does the citizen’s experience fit into the picture? Let us show you.


11:50am - 12:10pm A Complete Toolkit for Sustainable Design

Sustainable Building Design at the highest level requires a very in depth and fine-tuned design process. This process is scattered with tools, some within Revit or ArchiCAD, some independent. The search for the perfect tool is never over and the stakes are high. Today’s standards require more than BIM. This presentation documents our search for a comprehensive toolkit and provides solutions for complimentary tools to ArchiCAD to produce a well-rounded sustainable design workflow. Certification programs like LEED v4 and The Living Building Challenge have raised the bar for design teams to new levels. We are asked to understand more areas of building science such as product chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, embodied carbon and life cycle analysis. This requires out of the box thinking and a new toolkit that reaches into other disciplines and new technologies.


12:10pm - 12:30pm Using BIM for Fabrication: Two Case Studies

Architectural design is not a one-size-fits-all process, and project delivery can encounter many hurdles such as historic preservation board reviews. Also, BIM workflows tend to be very linear and not conducive to the iterative process recommended for architectural project delivery. Vectorworks Architect, one of the industry’s top BIM software programs, is specifically built around an architect’s entire design process with the design-oriented BIM capabilities you need to pull everything together and increase efficiency. With Vectorworks, easily integrate your workflow to conceptualize your ideas, edit, and analyze your project, while simultaneously generating drawings, schedules, and refining construction details — all without altering the creative process or exceeding your scope of work. We will look at two projects that used BIM — not only for design but also for fabrication and construction coordination. The first project was a renovation of an existing building that involved a lengthy approval process from the town council; the approval came only after producing accurate digital and physical prototypes, as well as guaranteeing time and money saved via CNC fabrication. The second project centers on a site that had limited access, no connection to water or power infrastructure, and extreme weather conditions. The design team used Vectorworks software for both the design of the building and to calculate costs fit for Swiss standards to fabricate the components.


Sarah Barrett

Vectorworks, Inc.

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