Category Archives: BIM/Revit

Meet WHRUG – the Wood Harbinger Revit Users Group

by Steve Grayson, P.E., LEED AP BD+C What do you think of when you think of engineering?  Blue prints? Pocket protectors? Slide rules? White shirts and blue ties?  These items may have symbolized the way engineers did business in the past, but in recent years they have gone the way of the dodo. High powered […]

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BIM: We Practice How We Play

by Andy Brown Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson once famously said, “We talkin’ ‘bout practice, man!” He was defending his right to skip practice as a legitimate superstar, which is the exact opposite of what I’m writing about, but man, do I love taking quotes out of context! I am, however, “talking ‘bout practice, man,” […]

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You Got Canned: An Experiment on my Coworkers

by Andy Brown Wood Harbinger held a staff chili competition. We had nine different chilies up for judgment, each with its own special recipe. Except for mine. I put canned chili in a crock pot and added some hot sauce to make it “special.” And I won.

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Revit: A New Hope

By Andrew Brown In my advanced, ever-increasing age, I have learned a few things about people. Most importantly, I’m coming to terms with the fact that most of the entry level people hired at our company from here forward will have never experienced The Muppet Babies, Lite-Brite, or the original Star Wars movies before that […]

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Smart Devices for Smart Design, Part III: Top Apps for Designers/Engineers

By Andy Brown and Ben Prehoda This week in Andy and Ben’s Smart Devices for Smart Design blog series, we will be looking at a few of our favorite engineering apps for mobile devices and discussing what each of us think about the practicality of these apps for use in the field.

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BIM, Commissioning, and Sustainability, Oh My! Tools and Skills for Quality Client Outcomes

By Paul Greenwalt, EIT These days, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and environmental awareness are key drivers and concerns of many of our clients and building owners, conscious of their budgets and the impacts of the built environment. We recognize the need to be nimble and creative to achieve quality project results within these parameters, and I […]

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Virtual Reality in the AEC Industry: Bringing Design to Life

By Ben Prehoda Virtual reality, and the technology that creates it, has been all abuzz lately. Have you heard of Oculus Rift and Google Glass? Oculus VR bills the Oculus Rift device as a “virtual reality headset for 3D gaming.” But there are more uses for it than meets the eye (Ha! See what I […]

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Smart Devices for Smart Design, Part II: The Smartest Smart Devices for Engineers in the Field

By Andrew Brown If you are a carpenter, would you use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail? Probably not (though as a non-carpenter, I’ve done it). If you are an archeologist, are you going to take a flamethrower to the dig-site to unearth some super old dinosaur bones? No (but I’d like to see […]

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The Shift to BIM: the Evolving Tools of the Trade from a Designer’s Perspective

By David Drewes-Moore When I entered the mechanical engineering world as a drafter in 1988, project workflows and tools were a bit different than what today’s entry level drafters and designers face. Creating design documents on a drafting table utilizing paper and graphite as a medium took time and talent. Before you placed a pencil […]

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