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Join us for a Webinar on Monday, November 5th

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Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/812221865 Join us for BIMStorm OKC to participate in planning the future of Oklahoma CityBIMStorm® Oklahoma City (OKC) will bring 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.

AGENDA BIMstorm OKC Training Session 4

Ongoing planning sessions with participants. Please view previous session recordings at: http://BIMStorm.com/OKC Reminder: Please review the videos at https://vimeo.com/onuma/videos to better understand the theory and processes related to BIMstorms and BIG BIM. Onuma Tutorials are located at https://vimeo.com/album/1590721

Date: Monday, November 5, 2012

Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Join us for a Webinar on October 29th

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https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/463193752

Join us for BIMStorm OKC to participate in planning the future of Oklahoma CityBIMStorm® Oklahoma City (OKC) will bring 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.

AGENDA BIMstorm OKC Training Session 3

Ongoing planning sessions with participants.
Please view previous session recordings at:
http://BIMStorm.com/OKC

Reminder: Please review the videos at https://vimeo.com/onuma/videos to better understand the theory and processes related to BIMstorms and BIG BIM. Onuma Tutorials are located at https://vimeo.com/album/1590721

Date: Monday, October 29, 2012

Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Join us for a Webinar on October 22

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https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/241406697

Join us for BIMStorm OKC to participate in planning the future of Oklahoma CityBIMStorm® Oklahoma City (OKC) will bring 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.

AGENDA BIMstorm OKC Training Session 2

Ongoing planning sessions with participants.
Please view previous session recordings at:
http://BIMStorm.com/OKC

Reminder: Please review the videos at https://vimeo.com/onuma/videos to better understand the theory and processes related to BIMstorms and BIG BIM. Onuma Tutorials are located at https://vimeo.com/album/1590721

Date: Monday, October 22, 2012

Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM CDT

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Do Not Miss This Opportunity to Experience the Future of Design and Planning.

Are you interested in the future of our cities, and those that live in them? Have you heard or experienced BIM and thought, “is that all there is?”, “where are all the cool data tools?” Are you ready to make faster, more fact based decisions with greater assurance of outcomes? Are you ready to step into the future of design and planning?

If  you been following the work that Kimon Onuma and I have done for universities, the US Federal government (both military and civilian) and other clients, large and small, you may have wondered how it happens. In fact, you might even have thought that it was all hype. Now is your chance to check out how it works.

Little that Kimon and I write and talk about is conjecture, and it’s not just future thinking. It’s all built around a cloud computing system… the Onuma System. We are doing the things we describe, now (and have been for several years). Both Kimon and I have won significant awards for the work products that have come from the effort, and yesterday, Kimon spoke at TEDx America’s Finest City (in San Diego) and the day before at BIMforum in Tacoma.

If any of the developments have piqued your interest, now is the time to consider hopping into the next BIMstorm (it’s for Oklahoma City, btw). Many very cool and very important things have happened in Oklahoma City, as you may have read about in Architectural Record magazine.

Training sessions begin tomorrow. If you are the least bit interested, you should sign up. BIMstorm’s are an excellent way to experience the power of BIG BIM systems that are in use today, at little monetary cost. You need only invest your time and interest.

Tomorrow (October 15, 2012) the first training webinar leading up to BIMstorm OKC will be held from 430-530pm CDT. If you have not reserved your seat, NOW is the time.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/750835297

AGENDA BIMstorm OKC Training Session 1

  • Power of BIMstorms. Learn about tomorrow’s planning and design processes and how they are being used to help society and people today.
  • Schedule of activities that must occur between now and November 7th.
  • Overview of the system capabilities/possibilities. Sample Concept.
  • System organizational structure. Logging In and getting to work. Starting your first scheme/building/spaces. Moving GiS to BIM. Adjusting building Heights. Single story vs Multifloor.
  • The basics of working with data. Settings, reports, galleries and the power of connected information.
  • Reminder: Everyone should check out the videos at https://vimeo.com/onuma/videos to better understand the theory and processes related to BIMstorms and BIG BIM. You might also want to review the Onuma Tutorials to learn more about the system.

I hope that you sign up for the webinar tomorrow. Come BIMstorm with us!

All the best, Finith

Makers of the Environment : Building Resilience Into Our World, One Model at a Time, by Finith Jernigan is the winner of the Environment/Green Non-Fiction category of the  Global Ebook Awards.

A few minutes ago the honor was announced at the second annual awards celebration at the elegant U-Club in gorgeous downtown Santa Barbara. The star-studded cast for the event includes keynoter actor/author Marilu Henner and a special appearance by Jim Cox of The Midwest Book Review. The Master of Ceremonies is radio-personality Bill Frank. The entire event is being simulcast worldwide.

Makers of the Environment merges storytelling with everyday reality to offer a moment where we can rethink our expectations to understand how building information models, geographic information and real-time information can be used to improve our world. The book makes the extraordinary ordinary, offering a vision on how society can take advantage of new and emerging technology to create a better, more sustainable world for our children.

Today we learned that, Makers of the Environment : Building Resilience Into Our World, One Model at a Time, is a Finalist for the 2012 Global Ebook Awards Environmental/Green Non-Fiction category.

Winners will be announced at the Global Ebook Awards ceremony and dinner in Santa Barbara, CA on August 18, 2012 and posted on August 20, 2012 at http://globalebookawards.com!

In May 2012, Makers of the Environment also Won, in the Environment: Green/Alternative Energy/Conservation category of the International Book Awards and was a Finalist, in the Science/Nature/Environment category in the Next Generation Indy Book Awards.

Those wondering what all the hype is about when people talk about BIG DATA, building information modeling, integrated practices and BIMstorms, need to grab a copy of Makers and curl up with it over the weekend!

MAKERS OF THE ENVIRONMENT SCORES IN THE 3RD ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

JPX MEDIA GROUP ANNOUNCES
 WINNER OF THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

LOS ANGELES  –  JPX Media Group announced the winners and finalists of THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 23, 2012. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 100 categories covering print, e-books and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The International Book Awards honor knowledge, creativity, wisdom & global cooperation through the written word.

Makers of the Environment: Building Resilience Into Our World One Model at a Time, wins the Environment: Green/Alternative Energy/Conservation category in the 3rd Annual International Book Awards.

Written by Finith Jernigan, of Salisbury, Maryland and published by 4Site Press, Makers of the Environment focuses on the possibilities and design futures for where technology can lead society and how each of us can prepare ourselves for tomorrow. Makers features one of the first prototypes for integrating a print book with the web to model the inner workings of building information modeling for readers. The concept makes complex technology and systems understandable for the less technically oriented reader.

Nigel Davies, of the Evolve Consultancy in London says of Makers: “Instead of a work of dry technical theories, Finith manages to exemplify concepts clearly and with real application. Finith has a wealth of knowledge to share and shares it very well. The “almost reality” style is so well written and so close to what we could, and should, be doing with our information models, that I was wondering if I’d missed out on some major changes in the industry. At least with this book, you’ll be in a strong position to play catch-up. For once a technical business book is worth adding to your night time reading list.”

Finith Jernigan also wrote the Axiom award winning, BIG BIM little bim – The Practical Approach to Building Information Modeling, the first book to demystify the way that new processes in the built environment can increase the power of small organizations. The book helps people to understand the predictive power of integrated processes.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of JPX Media Group, said this year’s contest yielded a large number of entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results. Keen says of the awards, “The 2012 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of IBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the summer season.”

Keen adds, “IBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

JPX Media Group is located in Los Angeles and is involved in numerous aspects of the entertainment and publishing industries. Visit http://www.JPXMediaGroup.com for additional information. A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2012 International Book Awards are available online at http://www.InternationalBookAwards.com

4Site Press is located in Salisbury, Maryland and publishes content that stresses built environment working practices, methodologies and behaviors to help people leverage resources, compete in a global market, and grow more proficient and productive in the planning, design, construction and operation of assets. Visit http://4sitesystems.com/iofthestorm for additional information.

Get your copy of Makers of the Environment: Building resilience into our world one model at a time: print edition, ebook, Kindle, iBook or iBook Multimedia on your iPad at (Apple ID 518128462).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


May 23, 2012
Media Contact: 4Site Press publisher@4sitesystems.com

This morning an email arrived announcing the next in a series of Onuma Inc webinars on the recent BIMstorm BIG BIM Bang. The kickoff event in Washington, DC focused on the BIG DATA collaboration that Onuma has created with the California Community Colleges (CCC) system and the emerging possibilities and opportunities at Kaiser Permanente (KP).

The DC event focused on projects from Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Community College District and Mira Costa College. The organizations came to the program to highlight their efforts in embracing the new paradigms that are emerging in the AECOO industry.

Even if you have not been following the BIMstorm, you really should sit in on this free webinar. Sign up here to attend the webinar.

The presentation will highlight significant developments in the industry’s process of morphing into something new and exciting in this time of uncertainty and constraints. Where some are shouting from the rooftops about the demise of parts of the industry, this program offers a more optimistic view of the future. By embracing BIG DATA and distributed systems it is clearly possible for the AECOO industry to come out of the current crisis in a much stronger and more valuable position in the global economy.

The California Community Colleges came with their highly successful FUSION + CCC GIS + Onuma system (check out John Roach’s latest video posting here).

Kaiser Permanente is exploring and testing. They are building on discussions among the Department of Defense Military Health System (DoD MHS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Kaiser Permanente (KP), and Sutter under the auspices of the Health Healthcare BIM Consortium.

If it were not for mistakes, how would we learn and improve? On December 30th, my friend Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP posted about Makers of the Environment in his BIM + Integrated Design blog. Within the post, Randy writes about a significant error that he found as he read Makers. I thank him for bringing it to my attention. Unfortunately I did not read Randy’s post until Sunday.

Some of you bought the book with this error.

I felt that those of you that bought the book and spent the time to read it deserved a correction. The print version of Makers of the Environment included two and a half pages of repetitive text beginning in the middle of page 23 and ending on page 25. The redundant text evidently was added in the last round of paste-up and everyone missed it. Fortunately the error only occurred in the print version and none of the many ebooks. If you bought the book for Nook, Kindle, iBook, et al. the error does not affect you.

There is a “btw.” at the end of this post that you might want to read, tho’.

The graphic designers have the correction in hand. In about a week the book will come off the shelf for a couple of days and go back up with the issue fixed. One of the many advantages of starting your own publishing house is that things like this can be corrected with little or no fuss.

For those that bought the print version with this error, I am offering a replacement book as soon as the error is fixed.

I would appreciate your letting me know if you have one of the books with this error. I will make sure that you get a replacement copy as soon as the updated book becomes available. Please send me a note at my personal email referencing your purchase information and address. The printer cannot ship to PO boxes, so make sure to send your physical address.

btw. Randy also expressed concern about the grey boxes in the print version. The text in grey boxes is my attempt to differentiate fact and opinion from the design fiction parts of the book. The grey boxed text should be considered in the same context as all of the other AECOO books in the Process re-engineering/BIM/IP genre. All other text in the body of the book is design fiction.

It is my hope that you find Makers of the Environment a good read and that it will start you thinking about the issues and opportunities that we face. Too often these days, we default to the negative messages that permeate the media and discussions about the construction industry. There really are other ways to move forward than those too often represented. We can do more (and better) even in a world of constraints.

Best regards. Thank you for your support and interest — Finith Jernigan FAIA

As you may have heard by now, there is a lot of controversy spinning around the licensing agreement for the recent release of Apple’s iBook Author tool. Here are a couple of links that describe the issues: 9to5Mac and the HuffPost Books

For my work, I look at this issue a bit differently.  From my perspective, Apple is the ‘printer’ and/or ‘distributor’ of books that I choose to place with them, not the publisher. In the case of my books, I am the ‘author’. The publishing company that I started four years ago, 4Site Press, is the ‘publisher’.

From what I can tell, Apple’s rights do not extend to the ownership of my intellectual property. I only want them to control things within the realm of fulfilling the sell (and perhaps some marketing). Sure, I would love total freedom to do what I choose with iBook Author and Apple is likely overstepping the bounds of reason, but that is not, at heart, why I am starting to use the tool. I love the product that I can produce with this tool.

In traditional publishing, the author turned over most rights to the publisher. After signing the publisher’s agreement, most authors had little say in what happened from that point. The author did most of the real work, the publisher took some highly controlled financial risk and the author received a miniscule share of the financial returns. The often glossed over part of traditional publishing is that the traditional publishers rarely (like 2% of the time) did any significant marketing, so the author still had to sell his or her book, even tho’ he/she had signed away the rights and the publisher was theoretically responsible for marketing.

I can have Apple distribute iBooks and iTextbooks (I intend to use their system to distribute multiple editions, with different isbn numbers). The iBooks version will be managed by an aggregator (SmashWords) and the iTextbooks, I will do myself, directly with Apple. At the same time I have made CreateSpace responsible for physical books throughout the Amazon system and handle bulk orders myself. I also have Kindle/Nook/et al distributed through my own Amazon account and through SmashWords. As I find other distribution outlets, I work with them too.

The trick is to retain ALL IP. Whenever I give up even a small piece of the IP, I lose control and limit what can happen. For example, right now Amazon has what seems like a great program for distributing Kindle material. However, if you sign up for it you are contractually obligated to have no other electronic versions of your book available in ANY format. You really have to keep up with the details of each distributor’s agreement.

I think that iBook Author offers several opportunities in the short run, at least for my work:

1. It allows me to push much of the information that I have created over the years into a more packaged, system basis, without losing the web connection, ie. I can quickly publish Helps & How-tos in a much cleaner way. Conceptually that is what my new book, Makers of the Environment is designed to do, so iBook Author creates another, better approach to what I have been working on for the last couple of years.

2. It offers the possibility of taking the iPad version of some of my favorite systems and distributing them within iBooks or all kinds. I think that we should add cool design tools to every building information modeling and real-time data book on the market. How better to show people what they are really about, in order to get away from the hype and sales pitches? For instance, I would like to include live demos of the cloud based tools that Onuma Inc. and others have created to Makers. To do this, I only have to create a page of sales/how-to/eula material plus set the system up to work within the iBook.With this tool we can really bring non-linear processes into people’s consciousness.

Think in terms of moving away from showing people how we did something in the past, toward live, proof-of-concept tools surrounded by the facts and issues that have created the need. For several years, I have been working to help people understand the difference between ‘best practices‘ which are how someone we cast as an expert did it yesterday; to ‘next practices‘ which is how we all need to do similar tasks tomorrow. This is one step in that evolution.

The tool developers may need to include a way for people to move to full system functionality in order to generate income, but that is something that they should be able to handle. If I can expose people to the possibilities and opportunities, it will work to everyone’s advantage, the users, the developers and mine. If everyone begins to understand the need and power of BIG BIM and BIG Data, everyone will benefit.

3. It allows me to present information in a pretty powerful way that should be highly acceptable to my clients. Especially the ones that have embraced the iPad. It really is starting to be a direct link to the live data that much of my work is now revolving around. Think in terms of presenting your next Validation Study or planning project, directly as an iBook, tied to user input and the outcomes of design and construction so that your facility’s live sensors inform and verify your design thoughts. Without a direct and easily usable connection between design and planning decisions and actual ‘in-use’ outcomes, how do you know that you did the right thing? And, more importantly, how do you adjust to do a better job, next time?

My biggest issues with the system right now are that:

  • So far, I have not been able to iframe sites into my iBooks. You cannot just paste the iframe code into a widget. You can paste in movies and other media, easily, though. It is possible to view a site within an iBook, but that requires more development than I have figured out, yet. It involves Xcode/Dashcode/et al. That’s why some of my material will remain as images with links that are not interactive, for at least until I figure out Dashcode.
  •  It seems to take Apple a very long time to approve even established businesses to use their system. Weeks to months (which is what Apple says in their FAQs), seems pretty draconian at this stage in the distributed data game. Hopefully, Apple will ramp up the approvals process.

btw. I have found that importing Pages and other formats into iBook Author is pretty unsatisfying. After a bit of experimentation, I ended up cutting and pasting into the system using FormatMatch to strip out formatting. It’s a little slower than importing, but one thing that I have learned about ebooks is that it is best to nuke all formatting from any print form, before starting ebook formatting. Just like when we converted from typing and had to learn to not use double spaces after periods; things are different in ebooks.