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The Integrated Data Model: Design, Refine, Build

  • Aug 13, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Jason Chen & Sebastian Claussnitzer, SOM

It’s no secret that the greatest potential for performance improvements at the lowest cost can be achieved in a project’s early stages. In those stages, building information is created by many collaborators with different areas of focus, piecing together diverse bits of information into a cohesive whole. 

How can BIM be useful in this broad, iterative, environment of partially defined objectives, and constantly changing criteria?  Our presentation will showcase SOM’s Integrated Data-Modeling process for early design collaboration between Structural Engineering, the Sustainable Engineering Studio, and Architectural teams. 

As one example, a project’s Enclosure and Core design teams can each work in their tool of choice and cooperatively develop a single information model. The Sustainable Engineering Studio’s software can  instantly read the model, and the team can analyze the design idea for near-immediate feedback. By accessing the same model, the Structural Engineers can impart their knowledge to the model, simultaneously informing and enriching the design.  Together, the entire team collaborates to arrive at the best solution at the earliest stages possible. 

Jason Chen is a Senior Digital Design Specialist in the New York office of SOM. His responsibilities include developing and implementing BIM practices, mentoring staff in BIM and other digital design tools, and researching future technology.  Jason has been imbedded into project teams, creating and refining work flows from the ground up. He also manages multiple project teams, advising best practices, project planning and troubleshooting. Jason continues to practice architecture with a focus on exploring the utilization of BIM in all aspects of a project.

Sebastian Claussnitzer works in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, where he specializes in project information workflow, strategic design and design computation. His research focuses on the use of numerical optimization and real-time web-systems for decision making regarding energy efficiency of buildings. He has worked on residential and transportation projects in the US and Germany.  Sebastian studied at the Architecture Department at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany, and as an interdisciplinary student in the College of Architecture, the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.


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Food and beverages will be provided by group sponsor Consulting For Architects (CFA).

AIA Continuing Education credits are pending. Credits are sponsored by Array Architects.

GotoWebinar service is provided by SOM.

The meeting space is provided by Pratt Institute Center for Continuing & Professional Studies.

High Performance Cloud Computing Workstation provided by Adam Glass of Advance2000.

Liability insurance funding provided by Case. service and administrative support provided by Array Architects.

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  • iLKAY S.

    Dear friends and colleagues, we are looking for new team members to join KPF BIM TEAM. New graduates and junior levels are welcomed but we are interested in every level of Bim Gurus . Multiple positions are available, this is a great opportunity for those who are interested in BIM and wants to be part of very exciting projects from all over the world. Send me your resume and portfolio indicating your experience with Bim and the projects you have worked in BIM. Emailto: [masked] Subject: BIM TEAM

    September 29, 2014

  • iLKAY S.

    All, here is the link to the presentation, Enjoy !

    August 22, 2014

  • David C. M.

    We were proud to sponsor this event.

    August 21, 2014

  • Nicholas C.

    Please let us know when the video for this event is posted. Thank you

    August 14, 2014

  • Aaron C.

    Hi, i missed the meeting, is there a recording available?

    August 14, 2014

  • christian f.

    Is there a way to participate online? I live upstate and would not be able to make it on time.

    August 12, 2014

  • sakiru o.

    I took a class in BIM in grad sch and have fallen in love with it since. I want to keep abreast with the dev in the BIM world.

    July 14, 2014

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