Training is not a product. Architects need more than textbook examples. Gridley offers project-tailored training so that staff build the project model while they build skills and experience.
Once an implementation plan exists, our consultants identify a curriculum of basic BIM skills that staff will need to start a project. These "classes" first review that BIM is a database-driven working method, and that models generate drawings from these databases, but designers must still supply editorial intent. This is Staff-wide Training. The classes are also a time to communally demonstrate new skills required for the project — any team member who misses a concept can rely on teammates for support.
In addition to Staff-wide Training, Gridley offers additional Task-Specific Training to organize the team to list weekly delivery issues. After the classes, this is an opportunity to provide desk-side analysis of delivery problems, expand general skills, and provide custom training to help team members through specific issues.
Gridley provides Training Progress Reports to help Project Management assess staff progress. These reports, usually offered quarterly, are comprehensive assessments of BIM adoption within the project team. The documents identify outstanding production issues, departures from the project schedule, and upcoming delivery concerns that project management should address.
Clients and consultants are growing savvy enough to expect BIM project delivery workflows. Gridley offers the experience with contract documents and execution plans to keep teams running smoothly.
Gridley helps firms with Project Assessment, evaluating a firm's ability to switch to BIM workflows requires an opportune project — a project that staff can practice new skills on, with all the resources they need at hand. A BIM Consultant's first job is to assess upcoming projects, the firm's technical ability to deliver the required documents, the firm's ability to host the required communications, and staff ability to perform the appropriate calculations with tools available. A written assessment is delivered after interviewing managers, project staff, and after reviewing existing project documentation. The assessment identifies immediate needs, a roadmap for BIM implementation, and production bottlenecks.
Gridley helps firms write their own BIM Implementation Plan (a.k.a. BIM Execution Plan): This document lays out a clear step-by-step path that the team will need to complete with a BIM workflow. The plan presents a schedule for when software, training, and model components must be delivered to meet delivery deadlines. It also provides protocols for communication of BIM files with consultants (method, format, timing, etc.). This document is the last opporunity managers have to secure firm-wide support before moving forward.Type your paragraph here.
Gridley also can help firm's leadership Manage BIM Team Kick-off Meetings. In order to keep a fluid workflow and proper documentation trail, it is imperative that all architects and consultants (the "full" BIM team) meet together before any modeling takes place. This meeting addresses, at a minimum, all performance expectations around the schedule, data modeling conventions, building registration, file naming conventions, standard modeling locations, file transfer methods, and software versions.
Architecture firms invest considerable resources in the creation of their first Building Information Models. As such projects mature, additional uses for the Model may present a delivery team with opportunities to leverage their investment in novel ways. Gridley Consultants can further support firms with the following services, should the need arise:
BIM PROJECT TEMPLATE CREATION
It is assumed that any firm has created several firm-specific documents, intended to be reused on future projects. These may include custom legends (partition, graphics, etc.), formatted schedules (door window, etc.), annotation styles, title blocks, etc. If these are to be re-used in a BIM workflow, they are most effective when incorporated into a template file for use on “day one” of a project. As any firm prepares for project kick-off, Gridley can translate existing standards into a firm-wide BIM template — formatting the above for general use on all future projects.
BIM EXECUTION PLAN
A BIM Execution Plan (BXP) is the central document used to set project BIM-usage expectations and to manage those expectations throughout the performance of the work. A firm's any BXP should outline (in clear terms) the firm's expectations for shareholder roles including: roles, responsibilities and authorities, project milestones in line with the project schedule, the BIM deliverable strategy, a survey and registration strategy (if needed). It will also document technical specifics for acceptable collaborative software, platform upgrade procedures, worksets, worksharing, and other processes for collaboration and modeling. The BXP must also describe expectations for individual model deliverables. It will set forth an agreed matrix of responsibilities (using the BIMForum 2015 BIM Specification as a template).
VIRTUAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES
It is common for projects with BIM delivery workflows (Architectural, Structural, and Mechanical, minimally) to lead integration with  walk-through inspections of the common model,  clash-detection inspections between models, and  coordination reports based on clash detection findings and coordination meeting decisions. Gridley Consulting offers the experience and skill to aid a firm’s coordination meetings by providing the model walk-through services, inspections, and clash reports used to run fluid consultant (coordination) meetings.
VIRTUAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TRAINING
A firm may choose to dedicate staff time and training resources to providing in-house Virtual Design and Construction services. Gridley Consulting can train staff members in the common software and practices necessary to deliver these services.
ADDITIONAL BIM TRAINING TOPICS
The training outlined in standard agreements tend to be topics necessary to start delivery of the current firm projects. Should roles, designs, or intentions change, Gridley Consulting can support customized efforts with additional training in BIM-focused topics — for example, mass families, template creation, BIM standards, adaptive components, family libraries, quantity take-offs (cost estimating), etc.
PARAMETRIC DESIGN TRAINING TOPICS
Increasingly, contemporary design projects feature architectural elements whose form and panelization have been explored in manual iterations. Gridley Consulting training with current NURBS surface modeling tools to use parametric definitions to partially automate these explorations. Use of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper would be recommend, though Processing, Dynamo, or other tools can be demonstrated.
BIM 360 DESIGN
BIM 360 Design is one platform hosting multiple applications. Within this new platform, you will get design, pre-construction, field execution, and handovers and operations. Autodesk offers this description, “With BIM 360 Design you can co-author multi-discipline Revit models, access data management, add collaboration functionality like 2D & 3D viewers, and a markup tool accessible via web, phone, and tablet.”
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