Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Live Online Seminar: Introducing ArchiCAD 17

GRAPHISOFT’s next live, online seminar will take place on Tuesday, June 18, and will focus on ArchiCAD 17, the latest version of GRAPHISOFT’s award-winning building information modeling (BIM) software. The new release delivers capabilities that greatly simplify the modeling and documentation of buildings even when the model contains a high level of detail.
Supporting the increased level of detail in BIM, ArchiCAD 17 features industry-first “Background Processing Support” for faster generation of complex model details; optimized scaling of multiple-core CPUs boosts performance on large, complex models. In essence, ArchiCAD 17’s end-to-end BIM workflow allows the model to stay live until the very end of the project.
In addition, you will also learn how ArchiCAD’s improved Energy Evaluation engine supports multiple thermal blocks, allowing users to evaluate their designs with standard compliant technology, making ArchiCAD the “greenest” BIM solution available on the market today.
We will be joined by Sergey Skuratov of Skuratov Architects in Moscow, who will introduce ArchiCAD 17’s signature building. Learn how ArchiCAD was instrumental in the design and construction of one of Moscow’s most prestigious building complexes!
Join us on June 18 to learn what new features ArchiCAD 17 has in store for you!
Space is Limited - Register Today!
Please register for any of the dates below to join the free, online seminar!

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  • PC-based attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

14 Lessons in ArchiCAD Training Course - Arabic

Good news! The complete ArchiCAD Training Course in Arabic  is finally out!

A lot of people have been waiting for ArchiCAD training course in Arabic so now you can indulge yourself in BIMES’ localized online training course, with 14 lessons to learn from.

Thanks to Fady from our Cairo office who is a proven and excellent BIM user and also now a Voice Talent! :)

Or how about starting your first Lesson now?

Please leave a comment and let us know how you are doing! If you liked these lessons, give us a hand and share it to your friends and colleagues.

BTW, stay connected with BIMES!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wanted! Experienced Architects with ArchiCAD Knowledge

Hi All,

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We are looking for a talented, ambitious, motivated, Architect to join an up and coming Dubai based Design Practice. A unique opportunity to work on small/medium sized exciting projects in an enthusiastic  yet "Zen" working environment.

Job description and requirements are available below. Please email us on archicadme@bimes.com if you are interested.

Expertise and Skills: 

Education: B. Arch, M.Arch or B.Sc in Architecture (minimum 5 to 6 years of university study)

Experience: Minimum 3-5 years post graduate experience
Experience with International Companies required
Design Experience required
Creative and Passionate about design. 

Skills: Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
Reasonable knowledge of the following software: Archicad (Graphisoft) , Photoshop, InDesign and MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and any 3D software.

Affiliations: Member of UAE Society of Engineers (or Eligible for Membership) is a must 

Position Available: Immediately

Have a wonderful week ahead!


Monday, February 18, 2013

How to define LOD?

We recently had a meeting in which everybody agreed that LOD 300 is the Design Model with Precise Geometry.

But that was the only agreement:)

I am not even talking about Level of Detail. Engineers from the same organization could not agree on if certain element is counted as architectural or structural.

Sounds funny but everybody has their point of view and they all makes sense to them.

In these situations, a generic LOD definition is the invitation for trouble. Every single person in the room will have a different expectation from the model.

What is the solution?

Make an inclusion list!

You can use AIA E202 document.

AIA E202

  • List the elements that will be modeled.
  • Define to what detail it will be modeled.

Sometimes, we even simplify it.

Element name and remark describing the data assigned to it.

It will save you from a lot of problems in the future.

Life is this simple!

Enjoy your day!

Diyane Koseoglu

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Why do you need a BIM Execution Plan?

Are you an experienced BIM user?

Are you very new to BIM?

Is this your first in-house BIM Project?

Are you outsourcing BIM?

Are you a BIM Service Provider?

Whoever you are, you need a BIM Execution plan to successfully use BIM in a complex project.


At the moment, there is a huge gap between people's BIM knowledge within the same project. For example, when you say IFC (Industry Foundation Classs) file, another construction professional can understand "Issued For Construction". You might continue talking about it for minutes without noticing those are totally different things. Don't tell me "Noooo!". I saw it a couple of times already:)

This can happen even between BIM User with expertise on different software. The word "parametric" may not ave the same definition.

- Create a BIM Execution plan which defines the terms and everyone agrees with it.

It is very difficult to foresee challenges before you face it. For example, when I first started cooking, I used to get recipes from my mom. She used to give me the ingredients and almost no detailed instructions because for her it was extremely obvious that I need to first put oil, than onions then x, than x etc. Unfortunately it wasn't that clear for me so I used to end up with uncooked zucchinis and overcooked eggplants:)
It is very similar to our situation with BIM. For you it might be crystal clear that you don't need to wait for the model to be completed to start with 4D but what about the gentleman sitting next to you?

Clearly explain the workflow in the BIM Execution plan and also define the responsibilities.

A recent example from my own work. For a small presentation, we were supposed to create a small model and show the workflow. We decided on the software to be used for each discipline but since we were in rush, we did not create a BIM Execution plan which asks you the software version to be used.
Well, after a couple of hours work, we noticed that a colleague has recently upgraded to the latest version which is not compatible with  the 4D software. As a result we ended up spending our valuable time on converting the structural model to the older version so that we could integrate with the rest of the system.
We are in dayd-to day BIM business and even we make mistakes if we do not plan in advance and communicate it very well amongst the team. Can you imagine if this was not a small presentation but an actual project and you have contractor, consultant, owner and subcontractors involved. The mess would be significant!

Go into details and indicate software names, version, input and output file types etc.


Allright! I know everyone understands what input is required for what output! But the key is timing!
I have noticed that many new BIMers do not  understand that the majority of the input is required at the early stage of building a BIM Model. Therefore we clearly state the date we need each data.

Clearly define what do you need to deliver what is required and do not forgot to mention when do you need it.

Well, this list can continue but I am running out of time I allocated for this post:) Don't worry! I will give you a link where you can learn more about how to prepare your BIM Execution Plan.



Diyane Koseoglu

Sunday, January 27, 2013

ArchiCAD Training in Arabic - Layer Settings & Control Box

Hi All!

We had a 3 days weekend and today we are back at the office! Well, a long weekend was very much needed since we have been quite busy lately.

Of course there is a down side of a long weekend. I have around 3 million emails waiting for me to reply. Therefore I don't have much to write today.

I am very lucky though:) My hardworking colleague Fady, recorded some more training videos in Arabic. Today we will be sharing a 26 minutes video about "Layer Settings and Control Box".

Fady Londy
Diyane Koseoglu

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ArchiCAD Trainings in Arabic!

Good Afternoon All!

I have very great news for you!

Our Cairo office has been busy with creating ArchiCAD training materials in ARABIC! I know almost everyone speaks English in the Middle East but learning ArchiCAD in your native language is a lot better:)

Before sharing it with you, I would like to thank Fady Londy for the great work!

Today we are posting 2 videos and new ones will come everyday...

Diyane Koseoglu
Fady Londy

Monday, January 21, 2013

What Makes a Good Estimating Model?

What makes a good estimating model?

It depends on the phase! A good estimating model in design phase or pre-construction phase?

Since BIMES is mostly involved in pre-construction phase, I would like to focus on this in this post:

1 - Model according to means and methods of construction:
The most important thing is doing the model according to the actual means and methods of the construction.   What do I mean?
Well, column height is the best example for this. You can model your columns as a single piece from bottom to top of the project. However in real life, the columns are constructed floor by floor. The right approach is modeling the columns floor by floor the way they are built. The start and end point of a column is also important. Is it from structural slab top to structural slab top or from structural slab top to structural slab bottom? You need to answer these kind of questions beofer starting the project.

2 - Model according to the output required:
You need to understand what output is required from the model before starting. Make sure that you understand it in detail. For instance, the concrete quantities! How to segregate it? Just a floor by floor element quantity might be enough! Or you might have to segregate it as per the concrete grade. Once you understand this, plan which information will be entered to which area? You can sort it by using layers or the custom IFC parameters introduced in ArchiCAD 16.
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3 - What should be modeled? What should NOT be modeled? 
An important decision that depends on 2 main factors:
  • Time allocated for modeling
  • Future use of the model
For instance, you are modeling for tender which means you have very limited time! So you have to model smartly. For instance you can model the exterior walls conceptually and use the exterior surface area only and make assumptions for the insulation etc. It would work very well if you bid for the project but don't get it:)

However if you get the project, you will have to provides details of the wall skins/sub-components for accurate estimates as well as shop drawings. You might think, I will just replace the wall or increase it's detail level but most of the case, remodeling would be preferred by the modeler.

In another case, if the model will be used only for coordination and quantities then you can work with abstract elements and attach unit costs.

So we usually have a kick off meeting before starting the project to discuss these details and draw a road map. This is very important for a successful and efficient BIM Modeling process.

Diyane Koseoglu

Monday, January 7, 2013

BIM Dictionary

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BIM is still at the crawling phase in terms of establishing standards and processes.

BIM Tools are developing everyday and introducing significant changes. Sometimes these changes are so significant that the process should be almost rewritten.

There are also local factors effecting the processes. Many things that are standardized in Europe or North America are not accepted/implemented in the Middle East for instance.

So the BIM world is a little bit chaotic due to the speed difference between development and implementation.

I am in day-to-day BIM business and I still come up with new terminology every day. Keeping up with the latest developments is challenging even for me.

Sometimes I feel like whoever wakes up early invents a new term:)

New terms are not that bad actually. The worse is if people do not agree on the meaning of the same term.

Like 6D.

To me, 6D is Facilities Management.

But some claims it's procurement.

The difference between federated, integrated and consolidated models is totally another story.
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When this chaos is combined with "lack of knowledge", then all I can do is to wish you good luck:)

I wish Building Smart was more active on this and create a BIM Dictionary!

A dictionary that would be accepted by all the vendors!

A dictionary that can be refernce point for all BIM profesionalls!

Have a great day!

Diyane Koseoglu.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Are contractors scared of BIM?

My answer is a big YES!

This is understandable because BIM means process change and process changes are always painful.
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When they see the BIM Specification in the tender documents, the stress starts!

They understand it requires expertise and most of the time they decide to outsource it to a "BIM Consultant".

They start preparing an RFP for the BIM Consultant. The main target of this RFP is to make sure that all the responsibility is transferred to BIM Consultant and General Contractor is stress free.

This is also understandable but some of them exaggerates the situation.

I have recently received some RFPs that are absolutely unrealistic.

I am not sure how to explain this without going into specifics. They are almost like "BIM consultant is to be blamed if someone breaks his leg while skiing:) Whatever happens on earth, blame the BIM Consultant."

If you are not reasonable in what you want, you will receive non-reasonable proposals of course. I am not talking about extremely high costs.

I am talking about people who are not familiar with construction will send you proposals without understanding the responsibility they are taking.

Unfortunately some BIM Consultants are "software guys" not "construction" and they can not even imagine the risk they are taking.

I saw many projects the above scenario happened.
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Unfortunately failure and many problems for all the parties involved!

My advise...
- Be reasonable in the RFP.
- Get suspicious if some BIM Consultants hesitate to provide you a proposal:)

I am sorry for such a negative post on the last day of the week but I just received another strange RFP:)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Diyane Koseoglu