HOK has been ranked as the #1 BIM Architecture firm by Building Design + Construction, but what does it take to achieve such wide adoption of new processes and technology? Change management is a paramount concern when a large, multinational firm undergoes such a radical transformation. Back in 2009, our firm decided to officially retire the term “CAD” and proclaimed November 5 as HOK’s BIM Day. For historical reference, Guy Fawkes Day was key to selecting this date.
On the fourth anniversary of our BIM Day, we are embarking on another leg of our journey to buildingSMART. As BIM has become synonymous with a specific software tool (like Revit), we recognize the need to expand our approach to more collaborative methodologies. Over the past three years, HOK has been developing new ways of designing and delivering our projects – thus transforming our business platform. We now celebrate this phase by evolving our BIM Day into HOK buildingSMART Day.
The date – November 5 – has remained. Due to the disruption of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern United States, however, we have rescheduled our celebrations.
For the first time, HOK’s buildingSMART leaders will conduct a live Twitter chat on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 12-1 pm EST using the hashtag #hokbimday. The live chat will be hosted by HOK’s buildingSMART Director, James Vandezande (@jvandezande), and the St. Louis office buildingSMART Manager, Brok Howard (@brokhoward). You can submit questions in advance to HOK’s Twitter account @HOKNetwork, but topics we’ll discuss will include:
- The difference between BIM and buildingSMART
- What the future holds for AEC technology
- Skills for working in today’s modern firms
- Tips for enhanced collaboration