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    Building Content Summit 2015, at RTC North America

    Forum Etiquette Disclosure: I am on the committee for this event, at the RTC North America conference. This post is to let you know about the event, and to encourage you to register and attend. If you have questions / thoughts / opinions about the event itself, by all means: Post them here, and ill try to answer them as best i can!

    This year RTC North America will host their first Building Content Summit. This day long event (Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, at the RTCNA destination (Hilton Crystal City, Arlington VA) is meant to bring Architects, Engineers, Contractors, BIM Managers, and Building Product Manufacturers together, for a meaningful dialogue about the disparity of each of their goals, and how we can work better together to produce value adding Building Product Content, for use on BIM Projects.

    What are we NOT going to talk about?

    Individual Software Platforms finite definitions of "Standards." This is NOT a day long debate about Shared Parameters, Reference Planes, IFC, COBie, Level of Detail, or what color socks Aaron wears when building Revit Content. It is NOT about Revit. It is NOT about ArchiCAD. It's about communicating with our counterparts across the table, to bridge the gaps in our understandings of what one another is trying to achieve:

    As Design Teams many of us find BPM's BIM content to be woefully inadequate, and refuse to use it (probably no one more so than me)

    As Building Product Manufacturers many are wanting to represent their actual building product as best they can, while also making the end users happy with the BIM product they have delivered.

    And there are other players in the process as well:

    As Owners and Operators there is sometimes a desire to mandate content from specific manufacturers or standards, born out of a desire to receive an "up to date and accurate model," without having the knowledge of how that affects the AEC team.

    And lastly, as Software Vendors the Manufacturers of the BIM platforms themselves sometimes have their own requirements of the BPM's, necessary to be welcomed in to the BIM ecosystem.

    What are we going to do?

    Have brief presentations from all sides ("As an architect i need...." and "As a Building Product Manufacturer, i want to...") followed by time for feedback and rebuttals from the other parties. A couple of breakout sessions for discussions on various topics, and then there will be "jam sessions aka a Content Hackathon" of building various pieces of content for debate and discussion, that evening as well.

    Whether you are or are not attending RTC North America, you should consider attending if it is a topic you are passionate about (or if it affects your day to day work life). Here is the official page with all of the information:

    Building Content Summit 2015 - Summary | Online Registration by Cvent

    If you have any questions about the event, you can email me (or you can post them here). The attendee list already includes some great minds from the industry. It should be a great conversation.

    Posters Note: Why did i get involved in BCS? Great question, and it has a simple and obvious answer: The state of BIM Content in our industry is terrible, and (quite frankly) there isnt a great reason why that has to be the case. As end users, we know what we want. As providers, they know what they are after. Its a silly and solvable problem, if all sides of the table really want it solved. Ive been a pretty vocal complainer about the state of BIM content by manufacturers, and if youre going to complain about politicians- I mean, Content Providers, then you have to vote- i mean... Participate!

    Hope to see you there!

    -Aaron

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    But can we know what color socks you wear here on RevitForum . Nice post!

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    There are official "Maller-RTC Socks." Im sure youll see them.

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    woo! I'm signed up. Don't know if I'm a great mind or not but I'm going either way
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    I do wish this was at the Australian event as well Aaron - great initiative. Bit to far for me to get there from Perth though

    A couple of points of advice if you want from an Aussie perspective based on what I have seen of the efforts we have made here:

    1. Keep the software providers and resellers away. They know the software but (in most cases) only the software. As you have pointed out above you need the actual real world creators, providers and users of the BIM to be taking control of the discussions, not a bunch of people with commercial interests but little to no real world architectural and/ or engineering knowledge.

    2. Luke Johnston you may have met at RTC AUS in Melbourne, as a content provider for industry his idea is to produce what they call "80% content", so the majority of the family (especially geometrically) is done, but other parts are left up to the user - for example they wont put connectors in as architects don't need them and different engineers will use them differently depending on their workflows, so they have a position for a connector to be inserted if required. I think all of there content is unhosted as well, as it is easier to nest it into a hosted family if needed. This is a great compromise as it is usually that last 10-20% that frustrates the hell out of me when I try and use someone else' content.

    3. You need to ensure your content can all "talk" to each other. IMO agreeing on standards for how you describe the content is more important than creating the content itself - as long as you don't stifle innovation by standardising too much. IFC is a good start here, but much more needs to be done.We need to be able to easily swap out families without destroying schedules, systems and other information caches.

    4. Look to the UK and what they have done. The government BIM mandate has meant they have really looked to standardize their content in the most efficient way. The UK BIM library is huge and I know they were offering it for free to Australia (Apparently this offer was turned down - mostly due to not adhering to no. 1 above). Their content is metric, but they could give you a good leg up for how to get going at least, it may not be that hard to "dumb down'" to imperial anyway.

    5. Since you missed RTC-Aus on the Gold Coast this year, get to Singapore for RTC-Asia so I can see if they are still the same socks as previous!
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    I'll be there! Looking forward to hearing about content from the many different facets.

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    How are things going for this event in regards to registrations, estimated attendance for the event? Can anybody share some information? Is anybody else from this forum going to attend this event?

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    Last I heard they were aiming for 100 people and had 30 or 40. Not too bad for the first year.

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    We are planning on having about 100 people at the BCS event. We are about to pass the halfway mark, registration wise. Registration for the event only opened a month ago, so that's a good amount of interest and registrations thus far. We have a good mix registered so far, or folks practicing in design, content providers, and some Building Product Manufacturers as well. Should be great!

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    Wish I could make it but it was a stretch to get the chain to my desk unlocked for the conference itself. I look forward to hearing what comes out of it though.

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