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BIMstorm™ | Build Boston 15 Nov 2007
Onuma conducted a live BIMstorm™ charrette to
building of Boston at the Build Boston Conference. We invite all to
You can follow along by downloading the Revit Files (IFC)
Google Earth Files (KML) or selecting the following schemes:
Build Boston 1~9 and selecting network link at the bottom of this page:
Participants also were able to build their own BIM and submit
it to the charrette by downloading the Excel template here:
One can either follow the BIMstorm™ in real time or
collaborate, as we build out 10 city blocks in Boston in less than an
Build Boston - Building a New World
by Mike Bordenaro
Build Boston, the second largest architectural gathering in
States, focused on the changing design processes enabled by advanced
technology. From November 13th - 15th the waterside World
convention facilities were a hive possibilities.
There was plenty of information about doors, windows, sealants
and green roofs for the approximately 15,000 attendees, but the
highlights were seminars focused on new ways of practicing
A full-day Integrated Practice Symposium was kicked off with
Autodesk's Phil Bernstein, FAIA outlining "10
Imperatives to Change the
A two-day Building Information Model Symposium started with
Graphisoft's Patrick Mays, AIA, noting the power of
presentation. Also noted was the distance covered since Mays'
regional BIM Seminar in Seattle five years ago.
There was great perspective about rapidly developing changes
the future of architectural practice issues such as legal, insurance
and education issues. However, one breakthrough presentation showed
what is possible now.
It was barely noticed by the majority of those assembled
because it seemed so futuristic. But an improvised, live, online
demonstration of international architects working on a massive design
charrette arbitrarily located across the street from the waterfront
conference center took place in one small section of a panel
In the course of 10 minutes more than 100 people watched a
large screen as data from the audience, visuals from Google Earth, data
from numerous design and analysis programs and a five-architect,
international ensemble improvised a jazzy presentation of how people
are making architecture today. The performance slowly built from an
Excel spread sheet, to 3D block diagrams in one software program that
converted into a 3D building in another program. The ensemble of
on-line designers quickly moved data to analysis programs and landed
the results on a 3D Google Earth map of the lot across the street from
our location on the Boston harbor.
What many say is not possible actually occurred in real time
front of those who attended, "The Future of
at Build Boston.
Kimon Onuma, AIA, led a team of international architects in
online, interactive, complex design exercise in real time. A week
earlier a large software company implied this type of exercise was not
It is not possible with only the software of one company. But
Onuma demonstrated that software based on open standards can provide an
amazing amount of collaborative assistance for complex design problems
At the end of "The Future of Architecture"
indicated that it was not possible to currently link all the systems
presented during the 90-minute presentation. An audience member from
software developer Nemetschek then publicly pondered when industry
leaders are going to accept that Onuma's approach to open
For example, a similar but more extensive demonstration
occurred with the City of Rotterdam from November 20th -
Onuma Planning System™ planning software enabled 60 different
to share their data in a 3D building model representing more than 3
million square feet of a riverside building complex planned for
Rotterdam that was viewed on Google Earth by all remote participants in
Rotterdam had just approved legislation that said all building
must share data on public projects but was not happy with how the data
was presented. Within 24 hours of learning about the ONUMA Planning
System, 60 designers were sharing data on the web in real time and
public officials saw a presentation that satisfied their intention for
data-rich visuals that enable consensus decision making.
These demonstrations show that it is already possible to have
effective data sharing in deeply meaningful ways with software from
Autodesk, Bentley, Graphisoft, Nemetschek, Microsoft Excel and almost
all open standards design software.
But Build Boston was the first time Onuma planned an
international charrette as part of a conference presentation. At his
FIATECH presentation earlier this year, Onuma was inspired to take data
from the Smithsonian Institute's presentation immediately
and adjust his presentation to immediately represent their building
needs in block diagram form landed on a 3D Google Earth map of
At Build Boston, Onuma intended to show a large, international
design charrette in real time. After days of slides of complex,
multi-screen design "war rooms", animated movies
rising from the ground, and PowerPoint
presentations of successful case studies from the recent past, it was
powerful to know what can be done today.
But it wasn't all peace and love among architectural
technology fans at
Build Boston. A presentation on Building Commissioning unveiled the
term "Building Information Missing". This is an
appropriate comment on
the fact that no single technology provides all the solutions for our
complex set of global problems.
However, the term also points to a solution. When very little
information is missing and we can visually verify
its presence - we
will be able to make the best decisions possible at the time.
Linking a series of informed decision making is one of our
best options to solve the world of problems we face.
It was encouraging to see a demonstration of one approach to
this process live at Build Boston.