I was thrilled to meet Kimberly Fuhrman,LEED AP BD+C and host her at our FormIteering Workshop at RTC NA earlier this month. Kimberly is the BIM Manager for LSC Design, Inc. in York, Pennsylvania. Kimberly has been a self-describerd Autodesk fanatic in both architecture and civil design for over 20 years. This includes attending Inside the Factory event (formerly Revit Gunslinger), speaking at Autodesk University (including this year!) and serving on the Market Leadership Advisory Board for USGBC-Central Pennsylvania, and on several college advisory boards.
I particularly liked Kimberly and LSC's pragmatic approach to using FormIt's solar and energy analysis tools during the design phase. This is the kind of stuff everyone should be doing!
LSC Design began using Energy Analysis for early design decisions. As architects, we realized that we did not want to or need to get into extreme Energy Modeling – that fun we leave for our MEP consultants. FormIt 360 Pro’s Energy Analysis tools provide information that is relevant to the early design process, and helps us give our clients reliable information when making decisions relating to the building envelope, glazing, shading and building orientation. The information configured within FormIt 360 Pro is location-specific to our area and climate. The interface is easy to use and easy to share for collaborative purposes. Overall, with FormIt 360 Pro, we are able to create basic schematic designs more efficiently, and support our BIM processes by more up-front decisions and design implementation.
Kimberly is also the Revit Structure Content Manager for AUGIWorld, and in her spare time, writes for the CAD Panacea blog, cadpanacea.com and can be followed @FuhrmanKimberly . We look forward to seeing Kimberly's FormIt 360 class at Autodesk University this year!
Using Shading and Solar analysis to make design decisions about an entry condition
Using Insight 360 to make early design decisions using energy factors