BIMStorm Timeline

Wim Scheele, Director of Project Development, City of Rotterdam, Netherlands commented: We were not aware these types of solutions even existed. Best of all, we are now able to keep the relationship between our financial estimates and the design, since both drive us in our decision-making. The BIMStorm involves us, as a client, within the BIM process, where we didn’t have this relationship before.

2007—BIMStorm Rotterdam, was the first BIMStorm.

This BIMStorm was part of BIM Caseweek Rotterdam LIVE initiated by the Rijksgebouwendienst Department of Ministry and VROM, (ie. the Netherlands’ version of the US General Services Administration). Virtual participants from California and Hawaii worked in collaboration with the CADVisual team in the Netherlands.

2008—BIMStorm LAX demonstrated the power of cloud-based BIM.

The event took place over a 24-Hour period, and included participants in eleven Countries. 133 Players created 420 virtual buildings totaling 54,755,153 SF. Participants travelled zero miles. The process encouraged architects to embrace new ways of project delivery that expand their impact upon the environment and help improve their business and management skills.

The work produced during BIMStorm LAX was the equivalent of 2,800,000 pages of print documents.

2008—BIMStorm West Virginia, was a lead up to the West Virginia Expo in Charleston, WV. This BIMStorm was first to focus on extending the concept to the public. 

Organized as a series of public meetings, on site and remote teams captured community issues and used the tools to engage the public. In a typical session, a downtown resident expressed the need for housing at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. The remote group would then, in near- real-time, create and display housing solutions in the location under consideration.

Enabling the public to see their ideas immediately reflected in Google Earth, with building massing, areas, costs, and other materials are incredibly powerful. People left the process knowing that their ideas are understood and reflected in the ultimate solution.

2008—BIMStorm The Big Easy Way, took place soon after Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans.

This BIMStorm looked at emergency services, connecting geographical information system data to support urban planning and new downtown structures. BIMStorms’ ability to engage people locally with experts anywhere in the world offered significant benefits in the disaster recovery process.

2008—BIMStorm Pasadena, California included the signing of the Declaration of Information Independence.

2008—BIMStorm BIM for the People in Boston, Massachusetts enabled an audience of 400 to create 130 building information models in 90 Minutes.

2008—BIMStorm Build London Live was an international juried competition centered on the Greenwich Peninsula in London.

2008—BIMStorm Associated General Contractors of America, was the focus of the AGC BIMForum in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Teams started with a high-rise design and ran through a series of construction reviews including detailed analysis of structural, MEP and curtain wall systems. In a few days, a process that normally took weeks or months, revealed options that might never have become known in a traditional linear approach.

2008—BIMStorm Connecting Buildings to the Earth, took place in Vancouver, Canada.

2008—BIMStorm Alexandria BRAC, focused on US Federal Governments Base Realignment and Closing program’s impacts.

2008—BIMStorm Tshwane/Capital Alliance, took place under the auspices of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the central planning agency for America’s capital, as they hosted the Capitals Alliance 2008: Greening the World’s Capital Cities, in Washington, DC September 15-18, 2008.

The conference assembled planners, designers, architects, and policy-makers from national capitals around the world to explore the role of capital cities in creating a greener planet. This year, the Capitals Alliance focused on a planning charrette of Tshwane, the capital of South Africa. BIMStorm Capitals Alliance allows participants from around the world to observe and design.

2008—BIMStorm Washington DC1 was the focus of the 2008 EcoBuild Conference in Washington, DC.

2009—BIMStorm buildingSMART alliance/COBIE 2, focused on the value and power of COBie as part of Ecobuild in Washington, DC.

2009—BIMStorm Metro Los Angeles, was a Web2.0 collaboration to study innovative transit solutions for Los Angeles, CA.

2009—BIMStorm Build Hospital Live, studied high-performance hospital planning with buildingSMART in Oslo, Norway.

2009—BIMStorm Plan Haiti, was a real-time BIM collaboration in support of Haiti earthquake recovery. The earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Japan are both the subject of BIMStorms focused on the recovery process.

2009—BIMStorm Connectivity Week in Santa Clara, California focused on connectivity and the use of BIG-BIM within the realm of the Internet of Things.

2010—Low Carbon Collaboration BIMStorm, was launched to promote the concept of using less carbon to collaborate on projects.

Participating schools included: the University of Southern California, School of Architecture/as part of a five week Low Carbon Collaboration BIMStorm course during Spring 2009; the University of Southern California – The Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Virginia Tech WAAC; Pennsylvania State University, Computer Integrated Construction Research Program; Catholic University, School of Architecture; and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

The program highlighted the ways that BIMStorms enable collaboration processes that happen at a stunning pace. They minimize the need for traditional carbon heavy communications like face-to-face meetings and travel. The building industry is poised to promote a “green practice” with sustainable project management processes.

2010—BIMStorm 13514, Washington, DC, was the focus of the 2010 Ecobuild Conference with emphasis on implementation of Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, signed by President Obama on 5 October 2009.

2011—BIMStorm® Connects the World, was a live BIMStorm event at Qualcomm in San Diego, California.

2011—BIMStorm Getting Real with BIM, planned for projects in Chicago, Illinois with a total value of $14 Billion in 90 Minutes to kick off Getting Real with BIM, GIS, and Facility Management program.

2011—BIMStorm Hong Kong, was a 60 Minute planning process for 79 buildings that were completed using crowdsourced Information Models submitted live from an audience of 200 during Kimon Onuma’s keynote presentation at the GeoDesign Summit at ESRI. Redlands, California.

The BIMStorm was based on input from the audience using iPhones, Androids, and PCs to submit BIMs in real-time for a mash-up during the beginning of the presentation. Within 30 minutes 68 new buildings were submitted from audience totaling $13.67 Billion US of construction and landed on a site in Hong Kong. At the same time, Balfour Beatty of Fairfax, Virginia submitted 11 buildings totaling $2.54US Billion of construction to the same site.

The aggregated total area of all the buildings submitted was over 36 million square feet. During the live BIMStorm three ONUMA team members in Pasadena, CA coordinated and arranged all 79 buildings on a site in Hong Kong.

A typical design and construction process would not occur at this pace or with this many people. The intent of this BIMStorm was to demonstrate that the technology exists to make this happen and that even those that with minimal knowledge about the underlying technology can use simple tools to interact in real-time.

2011—BIMStorm BIG-BIM BANG, focused on Washington DC’s first EcoDistrict to capture existing site and facility documentation, site analyzes, energy and environmental data, and much more to inform future development.

As an offshoot of this project, examples of ways to use real-time sensor data and live device control emerged. With the framework put in place, the district is becoming a national showplace for fact-based decision-making in the environmental and sustainability realm.

2011—BIMStorm Japan, was planned in response to the devastation from the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The event was coordinated by Ryota Ieiri, journalist and blogger in Tokyo, Japan.

2012—BIMStorm OKC, was a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma was the sponsor and the Oklahoma City Planning Office to look for ways to better manage the future of the city.

The program brought together students from disciplines such as architecture, construction science, planning, and engineering to join in a partnership with the City of Oklahoma City and industry participants for the virtual BIM event. Students developed design alternatives that could be tested and analyzed in BIM to verify feasibility and construction.

Industry partners provided insight to students about real-world solutions. The dynamics of students, city officials, and industry partners all working toward one goal has implications for each group with information sharing, problem-solving, and solution testing. The virtual team context offered OU students a differentiator and experience uncommon to most students of the built environment.

BIMStorm OKC used existing GiS to illustrate BIMs that enable high-level management of urban systems by public agencies.

2012—BIMStorm COAA, was completed in conjunction with the Construction Owners Association of America, in Miami, Florida. The focus was on one of the 112 campuses of the California Community Colleges.

Owners saw how their project requirements can evolve from program requirements through design and into construction using BIM and open-standards such as COBie, IFC, and web standards. Participants gained knowledge on what is possible today and could view results live on smartphones, tablets, and computers.

2012—BIMStorm Show & Tell, was 3-day track of 90-minute sessions covering applications for: Healthcare; Facilities Management; Education; Geospatial Planning; Open-standards, Web services and, Model Servers; COBie; and more. 

On the expo floor in the BIMStorm Theater, an additional 16 short courses free to all attendees showcased the latest technology advancements, new products and services that make it all happen. The Theater highlighted software developers, technology evangelists and AEC firms to show their solutions to help attendees better understand the process and actively engage in owner driven scenarios for managing new projects and existing portfolios of facilities and infrastructure.

2013—BIMStorm Mars City, Washington, took place in conjunction with NASA and other US Federal government agencies, Washington, DC.

Highlighted the importance of BIM and Facilities Management in the life or death environment that will impact any settlement on Mars. The goal was to use BIG-BIM to learn, explore and find the problems, before making the big step of traveling to Mars.

2013+—BIMStorm LIFE, in Washington, DC. focused on the essence of the issues now coming to the forefront of the industry. Decisions start from stakeholders, the community, the owner, a city, and more. It is not about the project

The things happening today touch on all parts of the life cycle and ecosystem. Why do we build what we build? How do we reduce risk? How do we predict the future? Or, at least respond resiliently to future events? How do non-BIM users interact with decision-making? How can we fit into this ecosystem?

2015—BIMStorm Healthcare Hack in Pasadena, CA. Combined program with the BIM AEC Hackathon. The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with innovative technologies and its developers and designers.

This hackathon was a forum for improving the industries that affect all that live or work in the built world and is quickly becoming a global community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment. 

2016/2017—BIMStorm Data Independence, focused on letting people experience the next-generation of Building Information Models to use web services to manage and process building data in advanced workflows that are incredibly simple for the end user!

Participants observed or directly participated and experienced how these new tools are used.  No experience was required, first timers and novice BIM users, as well as Owners and members of the AEC industry saw the power and possibilities.

This BIMStorm sought to take the Building and Design industry a step closer to the modern Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter age. Behind the scenes, driving much of the advanced functionalities we see in these modern technologies is something called web services. It is NOT important for people to have a technical understanding of Web services to participate in this (any other) BIMStorm, although if you are a developer, the program can provide more technical information.