AEC Tech News #170

19 Jul, 2006 By: Michael Dakan



GSA’s BIM Pilot Shows Success

Nine completed pilot projects prove the cost benefits and effectiveness of BIM

The Office of Chief Architect of the U.S. GSA (General Services Administration) launched an initiative to foster the use of BIM (building information modeling) technologies for GSA projects in summer 2003. GSA began with a series of pilot projects to test and evaluate the potential advantages of BIM.

Based on the nine projects completed to date, the pilot program is considered a rousing success in its objective to test BIM effectiveness toward improving the building projects typically undertaken each year by GSA. These results are bolstering GSA's impending mandate that will require the submission of BIM data for preliminary design documentation of all future GSA building projects. (See AEC Tech News #151.)Read more>>

Q&A: Pushing the Visual Limits of 3D

By Brett Duesing


In 1905, Catholic Bishop Edward J. O’Dea laid the cornerstone on what would become St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington. More than 100 years later, as the structure still stands its ground, the husband-wife design duo of Matt and Danika Wright have pushed the limits of modern design technology and recreated the intricate beauty of the historical landmark in stunningly lifelike 3D renderings. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

Revit Test Drives
August 4 and 8, 2006
Various locations
Avatech Solutions is hosting events for architects and designers who use CAD software in their work to try Autodesk Revit Building v9 design and documentation system software. Read more 

Southern California CAD Summit
August 24, 2006
Long Beach, California
This event includes more than 25 CAD-related educational sessions geared toward professionals in the civil, mechanical and architectural design, building, engineering and geospatial industries. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here >>

what's new at

Get the Code!Cadalyst's July code from Hot Tip Harry is now available for download. Brock Narum earned $100 for this month's top tip, No Plotting Layers List, which presents a quick display of the layers that will not plot in the current drawing. Leonid Nemirovsky was June's top tip provider, with some winning code for editing text.

Tech Forum: AECis the latest addition to Cadalyst's Discussion Forums. The new forum is moderated by Cadalyst Contributing Editor Ed Goldberg and brings together professionals to discuss issues related to CAD and BIM (building information modeling). Check it out today!

Cadalyst's New Job Search Now Live! Our new search tool offers a state-by-state list of CAD-related job openings, or you can customize a search to find your own list of U.S. job openings based on the keywords and locations you specify. Use the Job Search button on Cadalyst's AEC Web site or click here for a direct link. 

About the Author
Michael L. Dakan, AIA, is an architect, author and independent AEC technology consultant. E-mail him at