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Chicago BIMForum - When Does Design End and Construction Begin?

July 19–21, 2011

Chicago, IL

Design Clash Detection - Communicating the project intangibles

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM–11:45 PM CDT

Through the lifecycle of design and construction, project information goes through a complete transformation.  At the design stages of a project, architects focus significant efforts on developing the project intangibles.  This information set includes valuable standards beyond a working program and construction information, it contains intentions regarding user experience and building expression based on the client's needs and aspirations, functional, physical, and otherwise. It is then the task of the architect to translate this expression into a document which captures this experiential and performative intent in the form of construction drawings or models.

Traditionally this is communicated by describing materials and methods of construction, but the result is a final deliverable which does not include any reference to the overall design vision and does little to preserve the early design information and intent.  As technology provides a more seamless flow of information from architect to contractor - How can it expand to capture the original intent? Is there a way to generate a more complete model which includes pertinent early decisions? This type of reference could be used to identify any design conflicts that come from last minute changes. Decisions to edit a wall type or move a partition would be tied back to original design standards specified by the client such as privacy and adjacency. These and similar functional requirements could become parameterized for 'design clash detection'.  

We’ve all seen the graphs depicting the loss of information across phases of design and construction, and we know that BIM can remediate that condition in the realm of the ‘tangibles’. How can that condition be remediated in the ‘intangibles’ realm as well, to truly capture design intent?  What value would that bring to the process, product, and ultimately the owner?


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Mr Robert Yori, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Robert Yori is a Senior Digital Design Manager at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He co-manages the office’s Digital Design efforts, designs and maintains learning curricula and content, trains project teams, advises and mentors in BIM and other digital design topics,  and co-leads SOM's Firmwide BIM/ Digital Design initiatives.

In addition, Robert develops BIM curricula for and teaches at New York University and the New York School of Interior Design, has presented at Autodesk University and ACADIA, and has been published in the Journal of Building Information Modeling.

Robert received both his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.



Ms Elizabeth C Boone, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP

Elizabeth Boone is a Junior Architectural Professional at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. She is a member of the firm’s Digital Design Group, with a focus on digital fabrication processes. Currently she is involved with SOM Interiors’ Design Analytics group, working on multinational office design standards and programmatic needs analysis.  She completed her Master of Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and has led a design to fabrication program at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design.