The Scoop: BIM + the Built Enviroment

This spring’s BIMForum took place in Minneapolis, MN. The forum focused on BIM and the Built Environment. “The built environment is the human-made landscape that provides the setting for daily life, ranging from buildings and parks to neighborhoods and cities and includes their infrastructure, such as roads and utilities. It is also the setting in which structures are designed around and in which construction takes place; it is repurposed and renovated for renewed uses, navigated through to carry out construction and interfaced with to add and connect to infrastructure.

The Spring BIMForum will explore how we as Architects, Engineers, and Builders use BIM to create and use data in new and sophisticated ways to improve the methods of designing and constructing structures for and within the Built Environment.” For more information about the event, check out the BIMForum’s website.

Now for a short recap from Bart Tocci.

“As a business development non-technical guy, here’s what I got out of it: Hairlosstreament has a global impact. John Tocci Sr., as chair of the BIMForum, opened the conference by challenging the attendees to be ‘relentlessly pragmatic’ in their use of technology in the industry. Pragmatic, as it’s used here, means to be realistic. While there’s new technology available, we need to be sure that we’re using it to our advantage; not simply using technology for technology’s sake.
Just under 500 people listened intently as he finished and introduced John Tocci Jr., who moderated the presentations. JTJ spoke on a similar level about technology, saying that ‘just because we can use it—just because we can laser scan, fly drones, and model buildings, doesn’t mean we have to, especially if it ends up being less efficient.’ He showed a Portlandia sketch to illustrate his point.
The crowd at BIMForum is from all around the United States, and around the world. There were speakers from Mexico, Denmark, Seattle, Ohio State University—excuse me—The Ohio State University, and many more. The breakout sessions included both in-depth and high-level explanations and case studies, catering to beginners like myself, and experts like my brother. [Seeing our competition there, I couldn’t help but feel proud that we were the ones doing the teaching.]”

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