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2017.05.26

BILT ANZ 2017, Day 2

We are now officially 2/3 of the way through this conference, and as far as I'm concerned it's still picking up speed.

The morning started off with a presentation on some creative approaches to heritage modeling--when was the last time you modeled mold in Revit?? (In the States, we usually say "preservation" when discussing historic structures, but I think "heritage" sounds nicer, don't you?)

Next up was an overview of BIM and Quantity Surveying (or Cost Estimating, as we'd typically call it back home). It seems to be one of those fields where technology is solving a lot of problems and creating a few more, and where there's still plenty of room for human expertise. Just like with other aspects of design, not all challenges can be solved with tech!

After lunch, my sessions were all over the place--in a good way. I went from a fascinating talk on the potential for going "beyond BIM" to a demonstration of the new Flux.io platform, which is more or less a cloud-based portal for connecting all kinds of design information, whether from Excel, Rhino, Dynamo, or other software. It seems to be still in a relatively early stage, but the potential is enormous. Imagine if we could truly arrive at "portable" data, instead of files that are tied to a specific software package...

In my last class, Rebecca DiCicco (of Women in BIM) spoke on acquiring, managing, and leveraging point cloud data for AEC. It's one of my favorite topics, and this session was a very comprehensive discussion of a very broad subject. Something she mentioned in passing was something I hadn't realized before: there are regional variations in the definition of LOD. In the US, it primarily means Level of Development, but in other parts of the world it can be Level of Definition, Level of Detail, or Level of Information. (That last one is technically LOI, but I think it's part of the LOD framework.)

I may be 10,000 miles from home, but I had two encounters this week that reminded me that it really is a small world. First, I ran into someone that I'd worked with on a project back in New York (although he lives in Sydney now), and then I had a nice chat with a longtime AUGI member and AUGIworld reader. It's one thing to know that this fantastic community of ours extends around the globe, but it's another thing to experience it in person.

I'll have one more recap for you tomorrow before I head home. Until next time!

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