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Temple Alum Prepares to Speak at This Year's Midwest University Conference

Author: Andrea Smith
Midwest University 2017

CAD Technology Center’s conference, Midwest University, is being held in Prior Lake, Minnesota this March. During the conference, there are over 90 sessions and demonstrations introducing new technologies, new Autodesk features, and techniques that will benefit building and infrastructure firms. This year’s conference focuses on where the industry is heading, with an emphasis on architecture, engineering, and civil infrastructure.

Alec Higinbotham, M. Arch ’12, is one of the participating speakers at this year’s Midwest University Conference, discussing his experience with developing firm-wide Revit content, resources, documentation, and training materials with Array Architects.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Catholic University in 2010, Higinbotham went on to receive his Master of Architecture degree from Temple University, part of the first class to graduate following Temple’s transition to the 4+2 program. After graduation, he moved back to Washington D.C. and worked with a firm specializing in multi-family residential housing. He then moved on to work for Array Architects, learning and growing more interested in the technology and design tools the firm used. Higinbotham then decided to follow his interest in technology, and began working at a technology company as a BIM (Building Information Modeling) consultant for architecture firms in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Currently, he is back with Array Architects working as their BIM Manager. His duties include providing training support for their 8 offices and for maintaining and developing the firm’s documentation standards from a technology standpoint.

Using Revit since his days in architecture school, Higinbotham became more and more intrigued with understanding the program and the process of model development. After using it in both academic and professional settings, Higinbotham learned that the approach to developing a digital model could affect the file’s speed, stability and performance, thus affecting the project’s timetable and budget. Higinbotham says that the purpose of his session, BIM Nirvana: Achieving Fidelity in your Revit Models, is to take on “the ever-critical topic of model maintenance and content management.” His session will give Revit users of all skill levels “a better understanding of industry best practices for achieving streamlined, high-performance Revit models.”

To achieve a higher ‘model fidelity’, Higinbotham’s session will cover strategies for general model maintenance and content management, including Warning management, File size management, Imported Content management, and Maintenance scheduling. These topics break down  the components of a Revit model and explain the importance of editing any conflicting information Revit detects, managing the file size and imported content of a developing model for the highest performance, and maintaining that performance level by regularly checking for any issues.

We wish Alec the best of luck at the Midwest University conference and are excited to know that we have Temple Alumni making such a powerful difference in the technology and architecture fields!