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Brewing with BIM

Brewing with BIM

By Joseph Whitney
We are just two guys in the industry who enjoy talking about construction technology, processes, and beer. Every week we will discuss beers we are drinking or brewing, interesting things going on in industry, and recounting fun and possibly embarrassing stories. From time to time we’ll include special guests from various roles in production as well as various technology vendors and fellow evangelists.
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BWB Episode 19 - Interview with Flora Liu

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BWB Episode 19 - Interview with Flora Liu

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BWB Episode 54 - What's Brewing in BIM
Hey BWB Fans, I’ll be the first to admit that while we love our guests and our format, every now and then you just have to go freeform. Dave and I had no agenda and just wanted to catch up on BIM, technology in general, and discuss somethings we’ve been seeing in the industry.
April 28, 2021
BWB Episode 53 - Identifying Broken Workflows
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode we start near the beginning identifying broken handover process between firms and disciplines on a project. Some of these age old problems still occur despite new contract types, BIM execution plans, and even long standing relationships. We know there is more here than meets the eye but we talk about this issue and others we are seeing and dive into how cloud collaboration (ignited by the pandemic) is resolving pieces - or at the very least getting the traditional players to take a deeper look at old practices. If you like this episode and want to be part of the upcoming series for mapping the whole construction process and identifying common issues contact us. To take part of the whiskey bullet raffle ending soon be sure to register here.
April 12, 2021
BWB Episode 52 - Soaring in the New Construction Cloud
Hey BWB Fans,  In this episode of BWB, we dive into the new Autodesk Construction Cloud and related modules. There is much to explore! Whether you are new to ACC or transitioning from BIM 360 this is a must listen to podcast. Of course we dive into alcohol and a multitude of tangents. 
March 8, 2021
BWB Episode 50 - Finding the Valor in BIM
Hey BWB Fans,  In this episode we dive into real BIM problems with Chris Bowker of Valor VDC. Many of you know Chris as the BIM/VDC manager out of the mid-Atlantic who makes content useable for fabrication teams. Chris has tasked himself with making Revit content useable for the fab shops (i.e. constructible). So whether you need to account for buffers, need complex families, or just want to better understand how BIM works for the trades - this episode is for you. We also find time to discuss David and Chris's time in the service, Dynamo, whiskey, and everything in between.  Find out more about Chris Bowker and Valor VDC
February 2, 2021
BWB Episode 50 - A Leg Up with Lenovo
Hey BWB Fans, It’s hard to believe but this was our 50th episode and what an episode it was. For the big 5-0 we got to talk tech with a man who has been behind the scenes of some of the major technology transitions in the AEC industry. Of course I am talking about none other than Chris Ruffo. Like most of us in AEC tech, Chris’s path into the industry was somewhat untraditional. Chris’s path began with Alias. That name should sound familiar to all in the AEC tech space as they were acquired by Autodesk. Alias had a number of applications but they were becoming known by Architects for their visualization tool, Maya. After the acquisition Chris worked for Autodesk focusing on the Forge platform. For those unfamiliar with Forge- Forge is a series of APIs that allow for the pushing, pulling. analyzing, dissecting, manipulating, and aggregating of data. These APIs are ever growing and make up the core of Autodesk’s Construction Cloud. Forge allows users to create their own automations and tie into existing systems. For example, JE Dunn tied theirs to a customized inhouse estimation database to help accelerate the preconstruction phase.  As for Chris, his future only got brighter. After Forge, he spent some time at Epic Games before landing at Lenovo. Lenovo has literally been powering the AEC industry. Their partnerships with chip makers as well as their focus on customer driven development is spurring new innovations that will enable the future of the AEC industry.
January 25, 2021
BWB Episode 49 - The Hidden Blessings of 2020
Hey BWB Fans,  Let's face it, 2020 kind of sucked - hard. In this episode we recap what was good about 2020. After all, every second of the year couldn't have been bad. How has 2020 blessed you? What are you looking forward to most in 2021?
January 11, 2021
BWB Episode 48 - Spitting BIM Bars with Johann Tuckler
Hey BWB Fans, It’s not often we get to say that we physically needed to recover after doing a podcast but this was a doozy. Not only did we get deep into the essence of BIM in our second episode Johann but we somehow managed to drink a bottle of whiskey between us. This episode is proof that BIM can be fun. We talk about everything from FM, contractual obligations, GIS, open source software, BIM 360, dynamo, data loss, owners needs, alcohol, and we wrap up with a rap battle challenge. Johann, the ball is in your court to get this BIM rap battle on the books.
December 15, 2020
BWB Episode 47 - The Expert Elite
Hey BWB Fans, This is a cannot miss episode. We chat with new friend and long time Autodesk legend, Rob Sinclair. For those that don’t Rob, stop living under a rock. Rob is the Corporate CAD Manager of the well respected and well established civil firm Civil & Environmental Consultants. In this episode we dive into great beer as Rob is even more of a connoisseur than us mere fanatics at BWB. Rob covers 80+ applications and pieces of technology. We dive into a few in this episode discussing everything from drones, CAD, scanning, Dynamo, and the cult robotic sensation - Spot. This conversation goes down as one of my faves as we talk about scanning historic sites in Italy, AU, and so much more. This may be the longest and most jam packed episode to date.  Oh, did we mention Rob is a member of the esteemed Autodesk Expert Elite!
December 3, 2020
BWB Episode 46 - AU2020 Review
Hey BWB Fans, This was a fun episode to wrap up AU 2020. Although this year we didn't have a push up competition we did learn a lot, have fun, and as usual at AU we drank alcohol. This AU contained exciting acquisitions, game changing announcements in cloud offerings, and further cemented the future of BIM. This was apparent in the DfMA, prefab, and BIM to GIS sessions. You can find out more on our findings here.
November 24, 2020
BWB Episode 45 - BIM Process with Carlos Caminos
Hey BWB Fans, We finally get to put Pittsburgh on the Brewing With BIM map with local BIM & CAD expert Carlos Caminos. Carlos' BIM philosophy is spot on. His approach to mapping needs regardless of current software capabilities, leveraging incremental changes to fuel the company BIM revolution, and streamlining workflows for an improved process and deliverable are what make him such a great leader in the BIM community. His transition to BIM started with parametric modeling tools in the semi conductor space and led to improving BIM in the local oil and gas industry. Carlos' knowledge and implementation strategy are sure to help any firm transition to BIM and improve outdated, inefficient processes. 
November 15, 2020
BWB Episode 44 - BIM Tech with Britton Langdon
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode of Brewing With BIM we chat with long time BIM evangelist and BIM entrepreneur, Britton Langdon. For those that don't know Britton, he is the genius behind MSuite. MSuite's spooling tools in BIMPro have saved thousands of hours of labor while his fabrication status tracking tools in FABPro have allowed users to streamline the fabrication process while reducing waste & increasing productivity. These tools are so revolutionary that they've grown primarily by word of mouth within the industry. Big things are on the horizon for this rapidly expanding BIM technology company. Find out more about MSuite
November 15, 2020
BWB Episode 43 - Bad to the Bone
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode we interview the original bad boy of BIM, Josh Bone. Okay, so maybe the bad boy image might be a stretch given that he is an industry advocate and such a legend in the construction podcast scene but it was worth it to name the episode after him. In this episode we talk BIM, alcohol, data, the trades, and so much more. Tune in to learn more about what Josh has done and is doing for the industry.
November 5, 2020
BWB Episode 42 - The Evolution of Technical Support with Paul Stuva
Hey BWB Fans,  This was a great episode in which we catch up with long time friend and colleague Paul Stuva. We dive into tangents regarding weather and seasonal/regional construction, CIM, BIM, the mass adoption of BIM 360, and how the technical support landscape has evolved. Technical support used to be about helping customers get up and running when they were down or solving what seems like a never ending cycle of the 10 most common problems every day. Today it is more about project support and being a partner and advocate for the customer rather than helping solve the same issue every few months. Paul provides great insights on the most common issues, how client habits are changing, and what he sees for the future of support. This episode is brought to you by Unifi Labs. Be sure to check them out
October 27, 2020
BWB Episode 41 - Full Service CAD with DJM
Hey BWB Fans, This was another great episode packed with useful information, tangents, and as always fueled by our dear friend alcohol. In this episode we had the pleasure of connecting with Tim Libman and John Brown with DJM CAD & Coordination out of the Philly area. We dive into the pitfalls and perks of scanning. We made sure to address the rise of scanning in the US as well as how it falls into the larger process. It is worth pointing out that in addition to DJM's great work they are providing face shields for construction teams, healthcare workers, and kids.  Be sure to check out this episode! Find out more about DJM CAD and Coordination:
October 19, 2020
BWB Episode 40 - Construction Tech Talk with Brian Poage
Hey BWB Fans, This is an episode you wont want to miss. We get to talk with Brian Poage about his experiences with some of the largest GC's in the country and how he helped implement technology. We talk construction technology, specifically the ease of use of tools like Raken. Lastly, we get to dive into how Brian is making a real impact in the world. This young entrepreneur found away to do some good in the world. Find out more in this episode: Aloha for People:  The Aloha Bungalow:
October 10, 2020
BWB Episode 39 - Hail to the Scan King, Greg Hale
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode of Brewing With BIM we have a yet another BIM icon. If you do not know the name Greg Hale, be sure to take note. Greg is widely recognized as a BIM expert in the Northeast United States where he was an early adopter of Revit and Navisworks. He has since taken on scanning. In this knowledge packed episode we discuss scanning in all it glory. This includes scan to BIM, scan for verification, and knowing which tool to use for the job. We also dive into coordination specifications, sharing 3D content, and wanting to change the mentality around deliverables.
October 4, 2020
BWB Episode 38 - UNIFI-ying BIM Standards with Dwayne Miller
Hey BWB Fans,  This episode was a real treat. We got to interview one of the greatest minds in BIM, Dwayne Miller. Dwayne has an impressive background working on some of the largest, most complex projects in the early days of BIM. If they were ever to make a movie about BIM I imagine they'd have to base the lead off his character and his corresponding rise to BIM success. Today, Dwayne is the CEO and Co-Founder of arguably one of the greatest BIM tools available, UNIFI Labs. Dwayne talks about his beginnings with the military, history working on casino projects, and ultimately developing a solution to one of the biggest gaps in our industry. This is an episode you won't want to miss! Be sure to check out UNIFI Labs for free: 
September 27, 2020
BWB Episode 37 - CAD Manager Confessions with Eric DeLeon
Hey BWB Fans,   We are back with our long time friend and podcast mentor, Eric DeLeon. Eric is the soothing voice behind The CAD Manager Confessions. When he isn't preaching about CAD management he is practicing it in his daily profession. Eric is a technology enthusiast and an early adapter of LiDAR for civil and construction purposes. In this episode we drink, we talk like old friends, discuss impacts of COVID, the future of CIM, and so much more.
September 21, 2020
BWB Episode 36 - BIM Standards and The Importance of Training
Hey BWB Fans,  In this episode we dive further into the the need for BIM standards and discuss why this topic will likely never be resolved or and is still relevant. In addition we dive into the need for both internal and external training, mentoring, and staff development. Don't worry, we talk about wild fires, motorcycles, and so much more while throwing back some whiskey.
September 10, 2020
BWB Episode 35 - Bluebeam 20
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode of Brewing With BIM we highlight new features of the recently released but highly anticipated Bluebeam 20. Don't worry we tackle hard hitting topics like fitness and weight loss, home remodeling, choppers and bobbers, home brewing, and finally we wrap it up in true nerd fashion by discussing video games systems. Don't worry we find plenty of time for libations and take a look at the various Bluebeam mobile apps.
August 26, 2020
BWB Episode 34 - Better You Better BIM Revisited
Hey BWB Fans,  When we did our first Better You Better BIM episode we were expecting life to get back to normal after a few months. Now that we are nearly 6 months into COVID with no end in sight we thought now might be a good time to revisit some resources for leveling up your BIM game, staying sane, or to just learn something new.
August 21, 2020
BWB Episode 33 - Rob "OG Civil 3D" Gadbaw
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode we get to chat with OG Civil 3D guru Rob Gadbaw. Rob is literally known all around the world for for his work in Civil 3D, CAD software development, and with iConstruct. Rob's development of KobiLabs plugins for AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil 3D has not gone unnoticed. KobiLabs was featured in the July 2020 edition of AUGIWorld. Rob's team has a unique development methodology where they don't look at what other people are developing for ideas but instead listen to customers feedback to build the next tool or improve on old workflows. It's no wonder Rob garnered a name for his development. His work as Client Success Manager for the US at iConstruct is nothing short of amazing. Their export packages are world renowned as well as their clash tools. Check out this podcast to find out more about Rob and his amazing work.
August 10, 2020
BWB Episode 32 - BSing with BIM Pt Deux (Hot Shots reference for you 90's Charlie Sheen Fans)
Hey BWB Fans,  In this episode of Brewing with BIM we are all over the map. We discuss the open letter to Autodesk, Revit 2021.1, updates to BIM 360, FormIt, Infraworks, home projects, broken bones, and so much more. Don't worry, we find plenty of time for tangents and great alcohol. 
August 5, 2020
BWB Episode 31 - Revit Plugins
Hey BWB Fans,  In this episode we discuss something all Revit designers and drafters can not live without, Revit plugins. Whether you are wanting to export to AR/VR platforms, simply looking for a faster way to work, or are wanting to push Revit past its limits - you are sure to find a plugin that fits your needs. Check out this episode of Brewing With BIM as we highlight a few of our favorite and our customers most utilized plugins. Don't worry, we dive down random tangents such as mattress shopping and road trips all while enjoying some sweet nectar (beer).
July 22, 2020
BWB Episode 30 - Site Logistics in Bluebeam
Hey BWB Fans, In this episode we discuss a presentation David put together for the Bluebeam XCON that never was. We touch on the topic of AWP that we hope to cover in more depth next week. All while drinking great beers. David is double fisting whiskey and a Leinenkugel while Joey enjoys the New Belgium mix pack.
July 10, 2020
BWB Episode 20 - Collaborating in Quarantine
In this episode of Brewing With BIM, we discuss telecommuting and file sharing applications to ensure your company is efficient and effective while social distancing. We discuss a wide range of applications, work from home practices to keep you sane, and proper work from home etiquette (hint: wear pants on video calls), and we find time to drink beer!
July 3, 2020
BWB Episode 29 - CIM, Bluebeam, and Layout
Hey BWB Fans,  In this episode we discuss the BIM movement for the infrastructure industry commonly referred to as CIM. We discuss workflows, Bluebeam, and construction layout. Per usual we drink great beverages and go on wild tangents.
July 2, 2020
BWB Episode 28 - Much Ado About Nothing
Hey Everyone, In this episode we talk about.. wait for it......NOTHING. Well at least nothing of particular importance. We focus primarily on discussions around brewing and beer. We have a new brew setup that we are piecing together and hope to have ready for the 4th of July. We discuss various brew methods and home brew components. We save time to also discuss AU 2020 as the brains of our operation has submitted some topics for sessions. As always we drink great beer and go on long tangents. David drank the most expensive mix 6 pack known to man...spoiler alert, he did not enjoy all of it. 
June 25, 2020
BWB Episode 27 - Importance of Communication
In this episode of Brewing with BIM we discuss the importance of communication. We focus primarily on the field to office and vice versa. Being an expert at modeling doesn't mean you are an expert at construct-ability and installation. The same is true for inverse. Good communication is a great way to learn. Using platforms like BIM 360, PlanGrid, Bluebeam, etc allow the office to share updated drawings while providing tools for communication and review for the field teams to correct and educate. As always we review alcohol we are drinking and get lost on many tangents. 
June 13, 2020
BWB Episode 26 - Less About BIM and More About Life
In this episode of Brewing With BIM, we discuss benefits in the scan to BIM workflows as well as pain point. It is important to understand how the data will be used and the deliverable down stream. We also find time to get side tracked and fall into tangents about kids, cars, home projects, and believe it or not wrestling. Just one of the many side effects when doing a podcast while drinking.
June 2, 2020
BWB Episode 25 - Back From Break
In this episode of Brewing with BIM we catch up on the past month as well as discuss latest projects. In addition, we check in on our 75 Hard progress (or lack there of). 
May 28, 2020
BWB Episode 24 - Revit 2021 and 75Hard Challenge
In this episode we discuss the top 5 features in Revit 2021. In addition, we kick off the first day of 75Hard. Stay tuned to find out on our progress as well as to get helpful tips and tricks. 
April 22, 2020
BWB Episode 23 - Interview David Kortekaas from BIM Synergistics
In this episode we chat with David Kortekaas of BIM Synergistics. David is a master at coordination working on behalf of owners and contractors. He approaches coordination with an approach that is both lean and collaborative. By using an integrative coordination process he ensures all stakeholders have up to date models and supporting information. In addition his approach limits the need for RFIs (Make sure you check out his miniseries on the death of RFIs).
April 13, 2020
BWB Episode 22 - Interview with John Niles
In this week’s episode of Brewing with BIM we had the privilege of talking with John Niles from HITT Contracting. John has a great passion for construction technology as does HITT. HITT has amazing initiatives to explore new technology, materials, and processes. At HITT’s CO|LAB they are always exploring new technology and pushing the boundaries to refine processes and materials for sustainable and efficient construction. 
April 7, 2020
BWB Episode 21 - Better You, Better BIM
In this episode of Brewing With BIM, we discuss utilizing this time at home to not only better your BIM but to better yourself. I expect when all of this passes we will be BIM ninjas and hopefully real ninjas with all the online fitness stuff we have access to. We provide information about free training content as well as discuss the different things we can improve on - whether that be home improvement, family improvement, self improvement, or good ol' process improvement. You can find links to free content here:
March 30, 2020
BWB Episode 19 - Interview with Flora Liu
In this episode we celebrate pi day with Flora Liu of VIATechnik. This week we discuss beer (of course), point clouds, and key projects that require out of the box thinking. We find time to cover essential concepts of BIM and discuss new and emerging technology. 
March 16, 2020
BWB Episode 18 - Interview with Johann Tuckler
In this episode of Brewing With BIM we interview Johann Tuckler. We have the opportunity to discuss BIM from not only an owner’s perspective but from a firm trying to align with project needs. Johann has had a nontraditional path into construction technology but his path has affirmed that it’s not about how you get into your role but it is how you fulfill your role to the fullest.
March 8, 2020
BWB Episode 17 - AR, VR, and MR: Which is the best reality
In this episode of Brewing With BIM, David and I discuss leading edge and bleeding edge technology which is now becoming more prevalent in construction. Of course we are talking about AR, VR, & MR. In this episode we discuss the history of this construction technology, differences of each, and use cases. In this episode David is drinking hippie beer and I am drinking a local IPA.
March 2, 2020
BWB Episode 16 - Interview with Jim Martin
On Episode 16 of Brewing With BIM we discuss construction technology with Jim Martin of Topcon. Jim has been a technical resource for new technology in the AEC industry for two decades. As usual, in this episode we review our adult beverages. Jim provides valuable insights on the changes that have been brought about with BIM Technology and adoption. We also discuss advances in verification and other construction technology. This was an exciting podcast as BWB's first interview. 
February 23, 2020
BWB Episode 15 - BIM 360, BIM in the Cloud
In this episode of BrewingWithBIM, we review the best new cloud collaboration and management tool out there by the one and only Autodesk. Of course, we are referring to BIM 360. Autodesk has really outdone themselves with this BIM and 2D platform. Join us as we review the history, cost of adoption, functionality, advanced workflows, integrations, and the beer that fuels this episode. 
February 17, 2020
BWB Episode 14 - Navisworks, the Great Aggregator
In this episode we dive into Autodesk's primary application for post design in construction. We dive in to the history of the program, cost of adoption, core functionality, plugins, and even touch on some advanced workflows. As always we talk about what alcohol we have in hand and run off on random tangents. 
February 10, 2020
BWB Episode 13 - Revit, the Undisputed BIM Champion
In this episode we give an overview of the legendary BIM software, Revit. Revit is often synonymous when someone talks about BIM software. When we talk about BIM processes with people their natural response is we are/aren't using Revit. You'll hear us give reasons for why that is as well talk about concepts such as the MacLeamy Curve for BIM adoption, collaboration, and yes even clash detection. Fear not fellow beer snobs, we make plenty of time to drink!
February 4, 2020
BWB Episode 12 - AutoCAD, the OG BIM Tool
In this episode we pay tribute to a vital BIM tool that often gets a bad rap as not being "BIM enough" - whatever that means... We spend time recounting the cost of adoption, versatility & many uses, as well as history & fun trivia. Don't fret, we still manage to find plenty of time to drink alcohol and get lost in tangents.
January 30, 2020
BWB Episode 11 - Bluebeam, An Affordable Foray Into BIM
In this episode we discuss, you guessed it, beer...and other stuff. We highlight an important tool called Bluebeam for those wanting leverage design data downstream that have no place in a design application. This simple yet robust tool allows users to leverage the plan sets they are used to in a digital environment. For those of you new to Bluebeam this is an important episode as we highlight history, functionality, cost of adoption, workflows, and for you pro users out their we highlight some advanced tips and uses. If you aren't familiar with this tool I suggest you do some investigative research to see if it can help your firm streamline workflows and processes.
January 20, 2020
BWB Episode 10 - Countdown to BIM - 2019 Technology Review
In this episode we discuss great technology of 2019 for construction as well a, you guessed it, alcohol. We close out 2019 by highlighting 10 of the most interesting technologies, trending topics, or new concepts that pertain to our beloved profession. 
January 13, 2020
BWB Episode 9 - Christmas in Construction
In this episode we discuss - you guessed it - ALCOHOL. But we also talk about cool technology, whine about working in the cold, combating the cold with technology, and most importantly - what we want from the big guy. No, not the big guy in sky but the big red guy. I think the consensus is we want really cool technology to have at home to play with. The problem is, neither one of us is on the nice list. Well, there is always next year!
December 25, 2019
BWB Episode 8 - Giving in to BIM
As always, in this episode we drink great alcohol. Okay, so it's not always great alcohol but it is this time, promise! In this episode we discuss amazing robust digital construction processes as well as simple tools for digitizing construction processes for people and firms wanting to dip their toes into technology but see high value ROIs. 
December 20, 2019
BWB Episode 7 - Autodesk University 2019 Recap
In this episode we revisit some of our takeaways from AU 2019.
December 2, 2019
BWB Episode 6 - BIM for the Little Guys
In this episode we dispel common myths about BIM and objections commonly touted by smaller firms. The fact is BIM is more important for smaller firms to help compete on lager jobs, keep costs low, increase communication, and set them selves apart from the competition. 
November 11, 2019
BWB Episode 5 - Lean BIM vs Swole BIM: Part 2 Cutting Weight with Lean
In this episode we discuss Lean principles of BIM. What is bloat, how can we reduce errors, and is Lean a rigid and boring process? Find out as we tackle this in part 2 of our 2 part series.
November 4, 2019
BWB Episode 4 - Lean BIM vs Swole BIM: Part 1 Getting Swole
In this episode we discuss getting swole with BIM. Why do we want data in models and how much data is too much? Find out as we tackle this in part 1 of our 2 part series.
November 4, 2019
BWB Episode 3 - Ode to Technology - The Safety Edition
In this episode we revisit technology of yesterday, highlight technology of today, and hint at the technology of tomorrow all in the name of safety. We hope you enjoy and remember we want your feedback on beer on and topics.
October 21, 2019
BWB Episode 2 - BSing with BIM
This episode was off to an interesting start and became derailed when first technology failed then user error happened. Anyways, we found ourselves back on track in this beer fueled podcast where we discuss some new tech, GIS and BIM, and gloss over construction verification. In this episode David is drinking Festbier by KC Bier Company and Joey is drinking Baby Sparkles by Sly Fox.
October 14, 2019
BWB Episode 1 - Brewing with BIM Pilot
We are just two guys in the industry who enjoy talking about construction technology, processes. and beer. Every week we will discuss beers we are drinking or brewing, interesting things going on in the industry, and recounting fun and possibly embarrassing stories. From time to time we'll include special guests from various roles in production as well as various technology vendors and fellow evangelists. 
October 6, 2019