Kenneth Wong of CADAlyst
wrote: "What if one summer � or in this case, winter
� a bunch of idealistic architects, designers, building
owners, contractors, and consultants decided to do away with the
professional hierarchies, business protocols, and legal constraints
that have long prevented them from working together? " .... read on in:
Here is an excerpt from that article:
Integration Today Using
BIMstorm: Rotterdam to Los Angeles and Beyond
often get asked: �What BIM platform should we use?�
We all like simple decisions. Vanilla or chocolate? PC or Mac? Revit,
ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, or other BIM? We like sticking to a brand. For
BIM, �Open Standards� is the �New
Brand� we need to stick to. Information stored in proprietary
formats will become irrelevant in this information centric age.
Organizations that understand this will flourish like the internet and
those that do not will fade like a Betamax.
was proof that a stunning amount of collaboration and change is
possible today with many tools. Yet, tools do not matter. BIM does not
matter. Data and knowledge is valuable and BIM is just a container for
data. What does matter is how data is exchanged and the process. The
�New Brand� gives us broader choices on how data is
used which will liberate the industry to get down to business.
Technology is not the barrier to change, the cultural shift in how we
collaborate is the challenge.
BIMStorm was not perfect.
Standards are still evolving. There were surprises, problems and chaos.
What was clear is that even today a stunning amount of collaboration is
possible in a BIG way, one only needs to accept the new process. Just
like the Internet that is never complete, if you wait for standards to
be �finished� you will watch the train leave the
station. All are welcome aboard, the train is moving fast.
all learned that as a group we can start to tip the culture of the
industry in 2008. BIMStorm demonstrated the potential of collaboration
with open standards. The future of the �New Brand�
is up to us as an industry to define. The horizon is wide open for all
that are willing to embrace this change.
is almost unbelievable what your whole team has orchestrated. Your
BIMstorm exceeds anything one person can even imagine....With
heart-felt appreciation for the historic efforts you have made
Bordenaro - NF Publishing
and his team have opened my eyes to the possibilities of true
collaboration, outside of the desktop BIM tools that we have grown so
comfortable with and into the world of information sharing. They have
illuminated a path to interoperability with a much broader group of
participants and disciplines than I ever could have imagined - by
starting with simple, yet powerful pieces of shared structured data. I
can now understand clearly the power of archiving projects and client
standards in this way for future use in our architecture practice.
Thanks Onuma Inc. for keeping the juices flowing!
AIA - Orcutt Winslow Architecture
BIM world intersected with Kimon's and many others who were working on
NBIMS back in December 2006. My mind was opened to a new realization,
and Kimon was leading the way as a practioner with Onuma. He was
getting it done. What I learned then was BIM isn't a tool, it's a
process. It was great fun to have been given the opportunity to
participate in the process and become "Experienced". Team K (DeStefano
and Partners Chicago/LA) thanks Kimon and Yong and everyone at Onuma
Inc. It was an honor to take part in this historic event.
AIA - DeStefano and Partners, Ltd.
thanks again for this awesome experience. You are to be highly
L. Weber - Earth Our Only
behalf of familia Coraz�n, I want to thank you for including
us in this historic project. Your team has accomplished more than you
could ever imagine.
Mackprang - TEMAK
BIMstorm was an amazing experience of the wealth of opportunity that is
Adams - Earth and Sky
charrette has been a historic moment! Master Planning will never be the
Araujo - IRWIN-PANCAKE
"Most spectacular, I think, was
the introduction of Onuma; some people said it should have been used
right at the start on Monday! Of course they are right, but the reality
is, no one was interested before the communication problems showed up.
As usual, it takes a crisis to start a revolution."
Wijnen - CADVisual, NL
The origins of the BIMstorm� go back to the mid 90s when
Onuma, Inc. was using BIM in ways that focused on the "i" or
information of BIM. This process allowed Onuma, Inc. to collaborate
worldwide with teams on projects. Throughout the 90s the process and
tools continued to evolve within Onuma, Inc. For the most part, the
deliverables to clients at the time were traditional CAD and other
documents generated by Onuma, but not the data itself. Forward looking
clients started to recognize the value of Onuma and Onuma, Inc.
gradually started to integrate it closer with projects and engage the
project teams in more advanced use of the "i" of BIM.
Although many clients saw the
benefits of the output capability of Onuma, there was one client that
stood out among the rest that immediately understood the full
potential. The United States Coast Guard in 2003, saw and developed a
larger vision called "The Framework for Integrated Decision-Making" at
the core of the Shore Facilities Capital Asset Management Road (SFCAM)
Map lead by David Hammond in Washington DC. Others in the USCG such as
CDR Jack Dempsey, Paul Herold, LCDR Jeff Brockus, William Scherer, CAPT
Jay Manik (Ret.), and many more actively participated in the vision of
the SFCAM Road Map and supported Onuma and BIM being used on projects.
The big and early vision of the Coast Guard has been instrumental in
helping to change the entire industry. We would like to thank David
Hammond and the USCG for this.
BIMstorm� has been a
vision of Onuma, Inc. since the mid 90s but until the industry embraces
the change required, and follow the forward looking organizations such
as the USCG, GSA, DHS, Smithsonian and others, nothing will be
possible. This is a challenge to the rest of the industry. Help us
raise the bar.
Other leading firms are now
using Onuma on projects in ways that exponentially increase the value
provided to the industry.
are we doing this?
We feel we are on to something that has a direct impact on the
environment today, but we need all the help of everyone in the
industry. The built environment consumes a majority of the fossil fuels
and has a direct impact on global warming.
Placing your hand on a hot
surface and you recoil immediately to avoid severe burns. Make this
mistake a few times and our brain gets wired to avoid hot surfaces. The
communication network in our body transmits the signal in an instant to
our brain. We register it in our brain, learn and evolve. If it took
even a minute for this message to travel from our fingers to our brain,
we would be covered with a lot more burns.
The building industry on the
other hand moves in slow motion. We typically take much longer than
minutes, hours or days to get a message back to the brain and change
course. The limitation has been a combination of technology and
embedded processes. As messages are delayed we cannot truly predict the
future impact of decisions we make today. As an industry we are not
only burning our own hand, we are burning the planet.
links buidlings to locations on the earth to be able to more accurately
simulate and make decisions that will drive down the impact of
buildings on the environment
Before any construction starts,
it is proven that up to 30% of time and effort is wasted. This is a
waste of resources and has a trickle effect, when a building that
should have never been built breaks ground. What are the larger
implications of these compounded mistakes of communication?
A BIMstorm� proves that communication and decision making can
happen much closer to real time. We want to make a lot of mistakes very
early on in the process to reduce the chance of severe burns. Being
able to simulate and predict the future allows greater confidence in
making the proper decisions. Granted this is a complex process that
involves much more than a decision to �build.�
These complexities require proper communication and a network of
integrated systems that can talk to--and listen to each other. In many
cases the answer would be �not to build.� Not being
able to visualize the implications of building, is the biggest mistake
we can make. The technology now exists to start making more intelligent
decisions about our environment and heading toward an early
implementation of carbon neutrality.
Testimonials �BIMstorm enables us
to work with real-time scenarios and "the scenario accountant" makes
sure we do not get carried away and forget about utilization and
Lars C. Christensen
Senior Vice President Technology Outlook and Competence, Selvaag
Gruppen | Oslo, Norway
demonstrated that software based on open standards can provide an
amazing amount of collaborative assistance for complex design problems
Mike Bordenaro, NF Publishing Company
were not aware these type of solutions even existed. Best of all, we
are now able to keep the relationship between our financial estimates
and the design, since both drive us in our decision making. Onuma
involves us, as a client, within the BIM process, where we didn't have
this relationship before.�
Wim Scheele, Director of Project Development, City of Rotterdam,
is a BIMstorm�?
A BIMstorm can be used for many scenarios for example:
Real time cost and area /
program calculation linked to 2D and 3D models.
Web enabled tools to allow
for multiple users to collaborate in real time.
A series of rapid-fire live
charrettes or a BIMStorm� to design projects at warp speed.
When decisions happen in
real-time, and are linked together through open standards based
exchanges, potential errors are spotted faster, and a proper trajectory
Sustainable decision making
Open standards based
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presentation or participate
Useful Tools: Archicad,
City GML, DDS, Elite CAD, Google Docs, Google Earth, Go To Meeting,
IFC, Knowledge, MS Excel, MS Word, Navis Works, Onuma, Onuma BIMXML
Converter, paper, PDA, pencil, Revit, Skype, Webex, OGC WFS, 3G cell
phone (listed here, but not all are necessary to have a full working
In a traditional design and
construction process, a developer must find an appropriate property and
program for a project. Let's say for a hotel and office building in Los
Angeles. They must then run through multiple scenarios of what to build
to support the changing market and their bottom line. At the same time
they may need to negotiate with city agencies and a broker for the
various properties they are reviewing. They may bring on an architect
at an early stage of development to study several scenarios and create
an early plan. All of the above activities and many more are dependent
of each other. In a traditional process much of the early planning and
design and is very linear and disconnected. The architect prepares
early plans and documents and submits to the developer in a few weeks.
By that time the requirements may have changed. There is a constant
back and forth between experts, engineers, cost estimators, city
agencies to review and approve the next step or in many cases to
backtrack and redo work. This is just for the early design process.
BIMstorm� allows all
the experts to collaborate in decision making in real time. This real
time collaboration allows you to spot problems and identify patterns
and trends as the project progresses and make corrections on the spot.
You can bring in other experts to view the project data while the
design evolves. There is no need to be an expert at any software in
order to participate. For example cost estimates and area calculations
can be viewed in real time on the web or exported out to Excel. The
numbers in the reports and Excel file are directly linked to the
graphics and 3D. There is no need to manually confirm that everything
in sync because it is in sync by design.
Imagine if the airline industry
published a paper catalogue of airfares every month and mailed this out
to us. Or if the published a CD with the same data. Then we would have
to call the airline or have an agent manage the reservation. Today with
Expedia or Obitz, you can do this in real time. The construction
industry is in many ways functioning like the first scenario of passing
static project information around. There are better and more efficient
ways to do this. Welcome to BIMStorm�.
knowledge to process and tools using BIM and data hasresulted in a process referred
to Onuma, Inc. as a BIMStorm�.
Teams and Consolidate Work
An organization that works with
consultants and multiple disciplines on global, domestic or local
scales, knows that managing project information and content is not an
easy task. Efficiently and effectively organizing, documenting and
communicating is the backbone of business. Developed and used by our
own team to collaborate within and with other disciplines on real
architectural projects, Onuma, Inc. wanted a way to collaborate
globally. The answer: a web-enabled management solution. Being
web-enabled allows users to maximize existing hardware for
collaborating and eliminate the concern for team members and
consultants to all be using the latest agreed software and version.
With an Internet connection, teams can quickly and securely work
together on development processes and exchange information at one
Project Sites Promote
Uniformity regardless of
Central project information
and content location
File attachment management
and Powerful Employment of Open Source Tools
A BIMStorm� is not
bound to using only Onuma, Inc. developed tools. The strength of the
BIMStorm� lies with a team that can be mobilized to utilize a
wide range of tools that directly address the specific needs of the
project. For example, if a particular project deals with larger master
planning issues, then the focus of the tools used might gravitate
towards leveraging project data in GIS or CityGML.
Process at Warp Speed
Using traditional methods,
current design processes are inefficient.
BIMStorm� creates a framework for putting the process into
warp speed and maximizing the value of a design charrette. Onuma, Inc.
trains and provides on-site support or we can support your team
virtually from our BIMStorm� command center. Bring your
projects into the 21st century.
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