CAD Tech News (#80)15 Feb, 2018 By: Cadalyst Staff
Bentley's connected data environment helps the Los Angeles Community College District save $12 million on complex sustainable building project.
By Aidan Mercer
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is the largest community college district in the United States, comprising nine colleges spanning 882 square miles. These colleges have educated more than 3 million students over the past 77 years, and they currently enroll more than 225,000 students annually, 80% of whom come from underserved populations.
LACCD received funding through taxpayer-approved bonds and the State of California to launch its BuildLACCD sustainable building project. With a goal to expand the capacity and efficiency of the school while targeting zero energy usage, the $6 billion project is modernizing and improving campus facilities to enhance opportunities for students from lower-income communities.
Beginning in the early 2000s, the bond programs called for designing and constructing more than 65 new buildings, as well as remodeling many others. The first two phases were traditional design–build projects, while the final phase of this ambitious campus transformation mandated a building information modeling (BIM) approach, requiring that each building be modeled in 3D and managed using BIM processes.
Meeting the Mandate
The BuildLACCD project involved more than 500 participants covering nearly 1,000 different trades, conforming to different standards, and generating an exorbitant amount of project data. The LACCD team recognized that to meet the BIM mandate, they required a standardized digital design process. "We created BIM and spatial tools as a policy," commented Marcela Oliva, project manager for BuildLACCD.
For every design–build contract for new buildings or retrofits, building teams were required to follow BuildLACCD's rigorous BIM program, which demanded strict compliance with rules regarding workflow, information sharing, and early design collaboration. For spatial coordination, design and trade-specific models had to be integrated into a consolidated 3D model using specific BIM advancement technology.
LACCD's comprehensive BIM standards designated approved software for every function performed on the design–build projects, and required i-models for each building to incorporate all data and disciplines, improving coordination among multiple entities. (Bentley Systems i-models are specialized "containers" for exchanging infrastructure information.) Read more »
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Aidan Mercer is the industry marketing director for AEC at Bentley Systems.
Live with Robert Green: Demystifying GPUs for CAD Workstations
In this web presentation by Cadalyst, CAD management expert Robert Green will shed light on the often confusing and misunderstood role of professional graphics processing units (sometimes called GPUs or graphics cards) in CAD workstations. If you've ever been mystified by GPU terminology or wondered what to specify for your users, this webinar is for you. A live, 30-minute Q&A will follow the presentation; bring your questions about CAD workstations or any other CAD management concern! Register now for this live, 30-minute web presentation, which will be held March 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM EDT.
CAD Manager Column: Succeed by Teaming Up with Project Managers
Start thinking about common CAD management problems from the project manager's point of view, and you'll be on your way to building a win–win relationship and more authority to execute your own priorities. Read more »
AutoCAD Video Tips: Convert Single-Line Text to Paragraph Text in AutoCAD
So you've converted your SHX text to single-line MTEXT in AutoCAD (after inserting it from a PDF). But you really wish it were in paragraph format so you could modify the width, and maybe even change the numeric order or bullets! Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how easy it is to convert your single-line text over to paragraph text for easy editing. Watch the video »
With Nomad, AEC-Focused Augmented Reality Makes the Journey to Consumer-Level Devices
The addition of AR capabilities to the Vectorworks Cloud Services app highlights the ways that in-context architectural visualization is rapidly becoming more accessible — no exotic hardware required. Read more »
Herrera on Hardware: The Hidden Danger of Memory Errors in CAD Computing
They may arise infrequently, but the consequences of small memory errors can be huge. How can you reduce the chance of errors — and should you bother? Read more »