Posts Tagged ‘James Vandezande’

The Human Side of BIM

I recently presented at and co-hosted a BIMForum event in Miami. The BIMForum is an interest group of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America with which the AIA also collaborates. Twice a year, the BIMForum conducts events that are based on a specific theme. The Spring 2013 theme was “The Human Side of BIM” in which all presentations focused on topics such as training, change management, and firm culture.

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An interesting aspect of this conference was that ALL presentations were delivered in pecha kucha (or 20×20) style! This means that we had to share our content with 20 slides, 20 seconds each, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Sounds crazy, right? The …

Diversity Quilt (Part 3) – The Squares

A continuation of the HOK Diversity Quilt posts … today we are featuring “all about me” squares.  We’ve found that each square represents the maker in a unique way, and the next two were uniquely made:

Donovan Oliff (Assistant General Council)“Donovan”

1. Did you have any inspiration in making your square (and what process did you use to make it)?

I wish I could point to something interesting as a source of inspiration.  To tell you the truth, I was a little intimated by all the stunningly creative people working in our office.  My knowledge of artistic media is limited to what I was taught to use in grade

BIM! From Texas to London

HOK BIM leaders have been active on the conference circuit lately – spreading the word and sharing our take on innovative design and delivery processes. I attended my 7th BIMForum event in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. This conference – organized by the Associated General Contractors of America – keeps getting better and better. Read my review on All Things BIM.

David Light, William Lopez Campo, Cara Di Pierro, and Joyce Chan from our London office participated in a popular event in the UK called BIMShow Live. Here’s a synopsis from David…

“Building information modeling is finally starting to get some good traction in the UK; however, BIM delivery has remained marginal & typically confined to large projects such …

buildingSMART in Norway

I think this post’s title has quite a few meanings. It says that two members of the HOK buildingSMART team visited Oslo, Norway recently. It also says that there was a buildingSMART convention happening there that same week. And it also indicates the general state of the construction industry in the region – they are definitely building SMART in Norway!

Greg Schleusner and I were invited to visit Oslo by our new strategic software partners – dRofus. Back in December 2011, it was announced that HOK and dRofus entered a 3-year enterprise license agreement to use their client-server database solution for integrated program management on a majority of HOK’s building projects. While members of the dRofus team have …

Chilean BIM Connection

I just returned from a trip to the beautiful Santiago, Chile where I gave a series of presentations about building information modeling (BIM). Representatives from the Chilean Chamber of Construction (Camara Chilena de la Construccion) had visited the United States in October 2010 to learn about what was happening with design and construction technology in North America. They visited several firms, one of which was HOK in New York. I shared with them our passion for the tools and process innovation we refer to as buildingSMART. They were so thrilled with our presentation that they asked me to visit their country to share this information and expand upon my …