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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-09-24 21:13:00
In the world of having 2 monitors, sometimes Windows likes to think we have more than 2 monitors connected. When that occurs dialog boxes can open and not be visible on the either of the current monitors.For Example, you open Revit, click to open a file and the open dialog box "Pops Up". Only, Revit seems to hang and you never …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-05-20 21:13:00
I posted about this topic in the past (see Phantom Keynotes) and it seems that we keep finding issues with Keynote Legends reporting keynotes that don?t seem to exist in the view. I have also written a follow-up post (see More on Keynotes) to discuss other visibility issues and other problems related to this functionality and the current User Interaction shortfalls. …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-04-14 16:55:00
Prior to Revit 2014, these parameters were very unreliable and prone to error. With Revit 2014, we saw the introduction of a new family parameter called Room Calculation Point, which can help with reporting consistency. However be mindful of the fact that this setting has to be manually activated, otherwise the information will remain as unreliable as before. You can read …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-04-11 14:12:00
Here?s a list of best practices David Ivey shared for synchronizing with central (SWC) in Revit: Never leave for extended periods of time (i.e. Lunch, Meeting, Home) after hitting the Sync button.  Revit will often ask for something before the process is complete, and if this happens while you?re out, your team can be stuck with a central file that is …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-03-24 15:49:00
This sounds like an odd paring for a blog post subject, but they are unpleasantly related. When a view contains the following items and you export to a CAD format, you will likely experience loss of data: Families with nested Generic Annotation such as Security Devices, Fire Alarm Devices, Electrical Fixtures, etc. A large filled region covering a big portion of …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-03-17 23:04:00
I will reluctantly kick off this post first with a little rant: is it too much to ask from a Lighting Manufacturer, that their BIM content render appropriately? I think not! I am sure (hopeful, really) that there is good lighting content out there, but I?d like to take you through a specific journey that in my opinion, was unnecessarily painful …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-03-12 12:47:00
The folks in the UK at Bond Bryan Architects have created a list of numerous resources available on COBie ? Construction-Operations Building Information Exchange. What is COBie? Check here first, and then pay a visit to the Bond Bryan BIM site for more: bimblog.bondbryan.com/cobie/


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-03-11 10:28:00
On Friday 7th March, we were honoured to host a delegation from the Malaysian Institute of Architects and the RIBA. Our presentation on HOK's buildingSMART design approach was co-delivered by David King, Technical Principal, London and David Shepherd, buildingSMART Manager, London. Stefan Jacobek, Senior Architect and Quinton Pop, Project Architect for International School of Kuala Lumpur explained how BIM has facilitated …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-02-05 14:59:00
Here are some useful windows-based key commands for symbols you may want to use in notes, emails, etc:


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-01-31 18:41:00
Following on from my previous post on the importance of improving on value-creating process linkages, it?s worth looking at the lean design process in more detail.I want to give you three major practical principles for BIM to help in optimising the design process.To explain them, I?d like to highlight a different kind of model. It was developed in a package called …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-01-28 13:54:00
Towards the end of last year, I began to think more intensely about how we derive strategic value from BIM, not only as a means of improved perceptions, but also as a competitive advantage. In other words, how does information (the ?I? in BIM) enable a practice to outperform competitors? For the most part, I can often discern in strategic discussions …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-01-24 17:58:00
Silly as it may sound, 3D Grid extents are crucial to ensuring that Structural columns have the correct Column Location Mark (which effects the Graphic Column Schedule greatly) If there's column that appears to be offset from an adjacent column, be sure to Rt. Click and check the Grid's 3D extents:Then adjust the grid as needed:And the resulting resolution of all framing …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2014-01-08 14:54:00
I've been looking for a tool to capture the complex task relationships and dependencies on our projects. This interest arose from a recognition of that, while resource management software like Deltek can produce great utilisation and billing reports, a more visual tool is needed to communicate the on-going status of project tasks. As a high-level template for identifying the key project stages, I referred to the RIBA Plan …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-12-27 23:01:00
Here is a classic example of what happens when you try to do something in Revit that you shouldn?t and end of up causing the rest of your team to not trust you working in the same model. I will start with the first warning message, the steps we took to resolve the issue and end with the first action …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-12-20 13:43:00
As we begin to implement the latest version of Revit, we have created an online compilation of videos that highlight the key new and enhanced features in Revit 2014. HOK team members can also find a brief PDF handout on the BIM RESOURCES page. Click the image below to access the Prezi.


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-12-19 20:28:00
HOK is hiring again! Among many other great openings, we are seeking a buildingSMART (BIM) Specialist for MEP Engineering. The opening is available for either our San Francisco or Houston office in the United States. Click here to view the details of the opening and to apply online.


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-12-13 17:51:00
When placing recessed lights into a Revit ceiling (which may be in either the linked or in your host model) special attention should be paid to the relationship of the lighting family to the bottom face of the ceiling:By simply shifting the geometry in the family down (even a slight amount), the ceiling grid is masked correctly (you'll need a masking region somewhere in …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-11-21 20:55:00
In the previous post, I made a partially correct statement and want to elaborate more on it. I said that re-hosting doesn?t work, but turns out it just failed in my particular test files due to some special circumstances. In general it should work. When re-hosting fails In the test files, ceiling-based fixtures were used. When this model was linked and …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-11-20 17:07:00
The Copy/Monitor tools tend to be a Love/Hate relationship in that very order. In fact we have recently been using the batch copy functionality because we sincerely love it due to its flexibility. But that love is fading quickly due to some unexpected repercussions. A common scenario to employ this tool on, has been when a Lighting consultant/designer is working in …


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HOK BIM Solutions 2013-09-27 19:39:00
Are you a BIM expert with great leadership skills? The HOK buildingSMART Team has two openings available for a regional buildingSMART (BIM) Manager. One opening is for our Asia Pacific offices, with lead office in Hong Kong. The other opening is for our beautiful St. Louis, Missouri office.Click either link below for the details and to apply online:buildingSMART Manager - Hong …


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