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AutoCAD .Net, Revit API, BIM, and Machu Picchu?

What do these things have in common? Well, maybe nothing, maybe something. At least everything could be related somehow to the art of building. In the next two weeks, I will have the opportunity to study these things, one at a time…

It is amazing to see how complex our world is nowadays and how many things we have to learn to put a design and a building together, compared to the times when we were building just putting stones together, one at a time…

The Certificate on BIM Management – Building Information Modeling, by GCA

Speaking of learning and BIM, I want to share here that I have completed the classes of the BIM Management Certificate course (CM-BIM) that is offered by the General Contractors of America (GCA), South Florida Chapter; more exactly at the GCA office in West Palm Beach. I will be taking the exam on April 14th. I thought it was a very informative and interesting course, which provides lots of useful information on technical, practical, and legal aspects of BIM, both from the books and, specially, from the valuable personal experiences of the instructors.


The course is distributed in four units, one per day, like this:

  • Unit 1 : An Introduction to Building Information Modeling
  • Unit 2: BIM Technology
  • Unit 3: BIM Contract Negotiations and Risk Allocation
  • Unit 4: BIM Process, Adoptions, and Integration
  • I had some very highly qualified instructors: architect Cindy Baldwin (ACAI Associates, Inc.) for the first two units, civil engineer Kris Lengieza, (Stiles Construction) for the other two units, and attorney Adam Linkhorst (Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A.) for the legal part of the third unit.

    If you want to learn more about the CM-BIM program, please visit the website of GCA of America.

    Learning AutoCAD.Net and Revit API in Peru

    Augusto Goncalvez, from Autodesk, will be teaching these topics, in a three-day course in Lima, Peru,  (in Spanish), on April 7,8, and 9. Since I had been wanting to add these two topics to my skills, I have decided to take this excellent opportunity to study these  topics together, with an Autodesk instructor.

    AutoCAD .Net and Revit API in Peru

    Initially I was thinking to make a quick trip to Peru, attend the course and come back, but… my initial itinerary has changed (guess who changed it), …and now the trip will be extended for a few days, to travel from Miami to Cuzco, first, then to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu, and then, only then, to Lima, to take the course, and come back to Miami and take the CM-BIM exam on April 14th. Nice!

    See? There was some relation between AutoCAD.Net, Revit API, BIM and Machu Picchu after all. 🙂

    If you want to learn more about this course, please visit the website of ADN DevBlog (Spanish) or the blog of Kean Walmsley, Through the Interface

    See you in our next blog…

    2014 Planta1.com, inc. , Alfredo Medina | permission to reproduce this article is granted if the name of the author and the URL of this article receive proper credit.


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