BIM Camps to help architects, designers

Updated Feb 19, 2013

A series of BIM Camps will be targeting architects and designers this November.

Hosted by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., the series will help individuals understand the Building Information Modeling workflows, and will go toward earning four education units. The classes will also help those understand how the IFC-based standards can benefit design teams and creating sustainable and high-performing designs.

“There is no question that open standards-based BIM is the way the world is moving.”

Currently the sessions are scheduled for New York City and San Francisco with more to follow, according to the company.

“There is no question that open standards-based BIM is the way the world is moving,” Deke Smith, FAIA, Executive Director of the Building Seismic Safety Council and buildingSMART allianceTM said. “Getting a good understanding of how to use IFC-based BIM [Industry Foundation Class – ISO 16739] will give designers a leg up on the competition.”

Concepts that will be taught in each class include:

  • Equip Yourself – What is BIM?
  • Where am I on the BIM Path?
  • Big BIM: Description and Case Study
  • Small Green BIM
  • Legal Issues in BIM
  • Site Planning Workflows with BIM
  • Plugging Structural Analysis and Design into the BIM Workflow

The first class will be Nov. 1 in New York City from 4-8 p.m. with the second session being offered on Nov. 9 in San Francisco from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The cost to attend a BIM Camp is $25 per person for AIA members, Vectorworks Service Select members and students. The fee for non-members/non-students is $40 per person.

Those that attend will receive a BIM Survival Kit full of presentation materials and other resources.

Visit or to learn more or to register for the BIM Camp in New York or San Francisco, respectively. Registration fees will fund the Vectorworks Young Architects Student Scholarship Program ( to be awarded later this year.

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