Sunday, October 21, 2007

BIM & Breakfast with Autodesk Revit

Oct 22, 2007 - As part of the lead-in to the February 2008 Technology in Architecture Symposium, we continue our series of free BIM training events with several software systems.

image credit:"This free hands-on workshop will give architects & designers an overview of the essential concepts and methodologies in this paradigm shift that is sweeping the architectural industry. Revit Architecture is Autodesk's purpose-built design application for BIM (Building Information Modeling). You will be introduced to Revit Architecture's powerful 3D model organization for visualization, presentation, and creation of construction documents. Learn how to save time and reduce errors as design changes are automatically coordinated throughout the entire model and drawing set."

"Bring your own laptop and we will load the software for you. First come first serve. There will be limited seating for this event."

Presented by CVIS.

Flewelling & Moody
141 South Lake Ave (enter off Hudson Avenue)
Pasadena, CA 91101

More information

Monday, September 24, 2007

Breakfast & BIM with ArchiCAD

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 - 7:30 - 9:30 am

As part of the lead-in to the 2008 Technology in Architecture Symposium to be held next February, we present the first in a series of free BIM training events with several software systems and training providers.

"This free mini hands-on class is an overview of the core concepts and workflow methodologies of Building Information Modeling (BIM), from design layout to construction document production, and an introduction to the many benefits of the BIM Process. It is a plunge into the principles of a modern integrated practice.

"Bring your own laptop and we will load the software for you, or use one of ours, first come, first served (two people per computer).

Presented by Digital Vision Automation, Inc.

Flewelling & Moody
141 South Lake Ave (enter off Hudson Avenue)
Pasadena, CA 91101

More information

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Thanks for a successful event!

A big thank you to all the attendees, presenters and exhibitors who took part in the 2007 Technology Symposium, Feb 15th at the Pasadena Confention Center.

Some comments recieved so far:

"It was a balanced presentation intended to promote change." - A. Jay Holland, AIA, Friedmutter Group, South Coast Revit Users Group

"The BIM Symposium on the 15th was absolutely fascinating and very informative. I’ll be championing the process (‘not just the software!’) here at RM&P in the coming months. Thanks again." - Mark Sparrowhawk, Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

We are preparing a short survey for our attendees to help with our planning for next year's event, but if you have any comments, please do add them to this post. We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any suggestions for next year or are interested in participating in the planning committee, we would welcome your help.

In addition, we are in the process of reviewing the recordings we made of several presentations, which will be released as podcasts in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned, or contact us with any questions.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Updated Schedule and Speaker Bios

Information regarding the backgrounds and expertise of our presenters has been made available, along with an updated schedule has been released: download PDF, or click the image.

AIA CES Learning Units Available

For those who may be interested, we will be able to provide a maximum of 5 AIA CES Learning Units for attendance at the event: 3 for the afternoon and 2 for the evening session. Please provide your AIA number at the registration table.

Additional space for evening keynote

A big thank you to those who have already registered for the event this Thursday.

We have reached the capacity for the main auditorium, and are making plans to provide additional overflow seating for the evening keynote presentation, as well making accomodations for additional food and beverages.

If you have not yet registered, please do so at your earliest convenience. Please note that attendance at the the event will be $30, to help defray the costs of the additional requirements for our growing list of registered attendees.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and Pasadena Director of Planning and Development Richard Bruckner will be among the dignitaries at the event.

Additionally, we have posted some infos on additional programs and presentations which we have been able to add to the Symposium lineup.

We hope you will join in attending this exciting event.

Hands-On Training & Product Demos

We are happy to announce that there will hands-on training sessions available for both Autodesk's Revit and Graphisoft's Archicad, as well as various product demonstrations throughout the afternoon involving the Onuma Planning System, Google Sketchup, Navisworks and many more from our list of exhibitors.

Attendees from near and far

It is encouraging to see such strong support among our registered attendees from Southern California, covering an area substantially wider than our Chapter's boundaries. It is additionally exciting to have attendees from San Diego, Oakland, Las Vegas, Fresno, Chicago, Boston, and points beyond.

The graphic below shows the distribution of some of our registered attendees:

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List of Exhibitors Finalized

The following are the confirmed list of exhibitors and sponsors who will be on display through the afternoon and evening:

Accuride - Angelus Block Co. - Barnard Products - Best Stanley - Da Lite Screen - Earth Systems - Grace Construction Products - Hafele America - Henry Company - Huttig Building Products - Lutron - Nicolai & Associates - Nora Rubber Flooring - Omega Products - Pacific Polymers - Partition Specialties - Service Oriented Sales - Spinitar - Thompson Building Materials - WH Steele - Woodwork Institute - Z Group

Monday, February 5, 2007

Please update your feed subscriptions

For those of you that have subscribed to the blog, we have recently updated our feed. You may wish to resubscribe to stay current with the latest developments as we approach the event date.

Thanks. __MJH

Tentative Schedule Annnounced

The schedule of events has been made available for the BIM Revolution event February 15th.

There will be several different tracks, with exhibition, product demos, training, workshops and presentations occurring simultaneously. Presenters include:

As a reminder, the event is free to all who RSVP by February 8th.

After that date, an admission fee of $30.00 will be required to attend.

Please be sure to get your registration in this week, and contact us if you have any questions.

Thanks. __MJH

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Integrated Architecture - What it Really Means

Below is a bit more description of one of our main afternoon sessions and its presenter. __MJH

"Integrated Architecture - What it Really Means"


  • GSA BIM Guide, an Architect's Perspective
  • How Interoperability and Integration Can Transform You
  • Architects are in the Information Business
  • Information is Valuable in the 21st Century
  • Generating Value for your Clients and You
  • Spend more Time on Design, less time on Technology
  • Evolve or Dissolve
  • BIM Made Easy
  • BIM on Steroids
  • BIM Case Studies

Presented by:

Kimon G. Onuma, AIA, of Onuma, Inc. is a recognized leader in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) world. He has used BIM on architectural and planning projects since 1993. Onuma has lectured at numerous conferences on BIM and Integrated Practice. He has recently presented at the National Academies of Science, Federal Facilities Council and at the Department of Homeland Security, CAO Conference in Washington, D.C. In 2006 Onuma wrote chapter six of the AIA Report on Integrated Practice, entitled "The Twenty-first Century Practicioner"(pdf). Onuma believes there is huge untapped potential in architectural knowledge which can be transformed into value through integration driven by open standards. Onuma’s mission is to revolutionize architecture and have a positive impact on the industry and environment. Onuma, Inc. collaborates with owners, operators, architectural practices both large and small; providing architectural services, BIM implementation and creating BIM software. The Onuma Planning System™, is one of the five BIM software solutions listed in the first version of the GSA BIM Guide.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Event Registration now open!

Please make use of the following link to register for the Feb 15th event. Through the contributions of our generous sponsors, this event is free to all attendees that R.S.V.P. by February 8, 2007.

Seating and provisions for dinner are limited, so please contact us to indicate your interest. A more detailed schedule will be forthcoming this week.

Register online.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Upcoming Sponsor Presentations

We are please to announce that Digital Vision Automation and Bobrow Consulting Group are among the Platinum sponsors of our chapter's upcoming Technology Symposium, Feb 15th.

As a lead-in to the event, we would like to encourage our readership to take advantage of Bobrow's free BIM seminars (1.5 AIA/CES units) detailed below. __MJH.
Successful Implementation of BIM
(3-D Building Information Modeling Systems)

FREE Seminars -- Earn 1.5 AIA / Continuing Education Units
Presented by Eric Bobrow, Affiliate AIA, Principal, Bobrow Consulting Group

  • PASADENA: Tuesday January 30th from 6 to 8 pm|
    Assistance League, 820 E. California Blvd., Pasadena
    With special guest Patrick Mays, former CIO of NBBJ*
    -- A great intro to BIM before the big AIA/Pasadena "BIM Revolution" Symposium February 15th!
  • WEB SEMINAR: Wednesday February 7 from Noon to 2 pm
    Attend from your own office via a web browser and conference call**
  • SANTA BARBARA: Thursday March 1 from 7 to 9 pm
    AIA-SB / Architectural Foundation, 229 E. Victoria St., Santa Barbara
* Patrick Mays will be a special guest speaker at the Pasadena session January 30th. Mays was for many years CIO of NBBJ (third largest design practice in the U.S.) and guided their transition to BIM. He is a registered architect, author of a John Wiley book on Construction Administration, and a contributor to the AIA book The Architect's Handbook to Professional Practice. Mays was recently appointed Vice President and General Manager of Graphisoft North America.

** Instructions for accessing the web presentation and the conference call will be given to participants via e-mail after registration. Unfortunately, we cannot grant AIA/CES credit for this web seminar.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Comments are live

Thanks to one of our readers, who noted that commenting was not functioning properly. That has now been rectified, so please, have at it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The “Bim Revolution” is now!

Below is our latest announcement, including info about our evening Keynote Address.__MJH

No longer is it a question of if or when, but of how.

Finally, an event focused on demonstrating practical approaches each of us can take to effectively participate in and benefit from this emerging technology.

The American Institute of Architects, Pasadena Foothill Chapter


The 2007 AIA Technology in Architecture Symposium

Pasadena Convention Center
February 15, 2007
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This event has been designed around a five-track format of engaging training workshops, lively panel discussions, informative how-to presentations, revealing product demonstrations & exhibits from internationally recognized manufacturers, and practical legal, business, and other practice issues.

Evening Keynote Address: The Federal General Services Administration (GSA) and representatives from Autodesk, Bentley, Graphisoft, and Onuma Systems will be discussing their pioneering successes in areas including the interoperability of software in the delivery of BIM services in current GSA projects.

Through the contributions of our generous sponsors, this event is free to all attendees that R.S.V.P. by February 8, 2007:

email members [at] aiapf [dot] org or call the chapter offices at 626.796.7601