Monday, February 22, 2010

Welcome to the BIM Beacon by Visa Lighting

BIM (Building Information Modeling): As the first lighting content provider, Visa Lighting’s dedication to the design community to be responsive and innovative compels us to assume a leadership role in extending capabilities of this powerful tool. One way we’ve achieved this has been to provide our products in a comprehensive BIM product library in formats including Revit and Bentley as well as Google Sketch-Up.

What’s Next? The BIM Beacon Blog, focused on lighting and BIM.

We would like this to be a place for dynamic conversation to facilitate an exchange focused on lighting and BIM. We will post topics, tips and tutorials that will hopefully “spark” feedback and dialog so that we may collaborate with each other as we all work to expand our knowledge and overcome some of the challenges with lighting and BIM. We also welcome questions, ideas and suggestions for future posts.

The BIM Beacon, shining light on the topic of BIM.

Some Future Topics that we’d like to start with, include:

Uses of 3-D Modeling in Lighting – An Overview
Importing Fixtures into your Project – Tutorial
IES Files – Calculating Lighting Performance
File derived type RVT vs DWG
Lighting Standards for Models
Pendant – Instances, Heights
Illuminating Objects
Metadata – details include/exclude
What would you like to talk about?

Some Cool Ideas … What do you think?

BIM apps for your phone …
Lighting apps for your phone … there are many out there, favorites?
Google Sketch Ups Open Source … more lighting meta data …

Visa Lighting Product Models are Available in the Following Places:  
Visa Lighting Website
Google Sketch Up
Autodesk Seek

Contributing BIM Projects/Renderings/Drawings:
We have seen some great spaces designed and rendered with the use of BIM and Google Sketch Up models. If you have a project file, rendering, or model with Visa Lighting products, we would like to include them in a library of projects here and on the Visa Lighting website. We would also love to promote you and your capabilities with BIM and lighting so that others in the design community can benefit from your talents. Please contact us for more information.

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