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Building Information Modeling: A Workshop for Interior Design

Alvin Oei

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) presents it's first workshop on BIM (Building Information Modeling) prepared for FIDM alumni & Interior Designers. Developed by local designer, Alvin Oei of Randall-Baylon Architects, Inc., this 3-hour workshop covers the role that BIM plays in the proccess of schematic design through design development.

BIM application Archicad 17 by GRAPHISOFT will be featured as the primary software in the workshop. All attendees will be provided with a step-by-step tutorial and template to guide them through basic concepts to develop a small interiors project. Also in attendance will be Drew J. Fibus of GRAPHISOFT to provide an overview of Archicad 17's latest features.

The cost to attend this workshop is $25.00. Attendees must bring their own 64-bit laptop pre-loaded with GRAPHISOFT Archicad 17. A free 30-day trial version can be installed here prior to coming to the workshop. See FAQ below for more information.






Design is design whether you are an architect, interior designer, landscape designer, or an engineer. Our roles, however, seem to always get in the way and cause conflict as to who does what. "Thats your job, not mine.", "Im the designer, you're just the Architect!", "ADA is not my problem, so you figure it out!". The problem with those beliefs is that design is a highly collaborative proccess that involves more than just picking vintage furniture on Melrose. At the end of the day, a good project results from a team who can work together to achieve the same goals and the BIM approach allows for the collaborative means to streamline that proccess. 

The BIM approach allows designers to create a working model for the project team rather than just a Sketchup model of blocks. This allows them to have more control of a project when working with Architects rather than be dictated by them about what can and cannot be done. It will also take familiarity with general code knowledge and the concept of ADA so that the space planning is functional but it's part of taking the lead. Nobody ever said that the building code was an encrypted language made only for architects. Public resource Building Code information can be found in the following link. Read it, learn it, & study it:





The following topics will be covered in the 3-hour BIM workshop.


  • Beginning a new project & setting story heights
  • Organization & Layer Combinations of Archicad
  • Composites for Walls, Floors and Ceilings
  • Modeling an existing interior space using an as-built CAD file
  • Creating a 3D document of this existing condition
  • Creating a Demolition Plan
  • Creating a Proposed Floor Plan
  • Creating a Furniture Plan
  • Creating a 3D Document of the proposed plan
  • Creating intelligent Zones for each interior space
  • Create Reflected Ceiling Plan
  • Create Interior Elevations
  • Export project as a BIMX interactive 3d model

Unlike other 3D CAD programs which use shapes to create forms, BIM software like Archicad uses architectural elements that represent real world materials and applications. The parameters that are embedded within a BIM model allow for it to be shared among all members of a project team from architects to engineers using a special teamwork mode. By using "smart" objects & elements, a 3d model at early schematic design phase can already generate automatic schedules for everything from doors to finishes. For obvious reasons, not only does this save time, but allows Interior Designers to play a more direct role throughout design development.

A special plug-in included with the latest version of Archicad 17 is BIMx, a program that is used to export an interactive 3d model that can be viewed by anybody on an Ipad or smart phone with the free BIMx app (link in FAQ below).



Projects created in BIM software can be exported as an IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file which has full interporability between different platforms. A wall or a door created within Archicad has embedded IFC information which can be read as such once exported and opened within another BIM software if a consultant is using something else.



What should I bring to the event?

1/ To attend this workshop you must bring your own laptop (and a charger) preloaded with Archicad 17. A free 30-day trial version can be installed here:


Note:  The software only works on 64-bit processors. 

2/ Since the workshop project will be exported as a special BIMx model, users should create a free account prior to coming to the workshop in order to upload and view their models:


The free BIMx viewer app or desktop version can be downloaded here:



Can I bring a guest?

Even though the event was develoepd for FIDM alumni, the event is open to anybody interested in attending as long as they rsvp and pay the $25.00.

Where will the event be located?

The BIM workshop will be located on the 2nd floor of the Standard Oil Building on the corner of Hope and Olympic in Downtown Los Angeles, which is occupied by FIDM.

Update: The BIM workshop will be located at the FIDM campus in Library Conference room #301C. See address above.

Do I need any prior knowledge of Archicad?

No, however, it would be helpful if you were familiar with the basic functions of Autocad.


That seems like a bit much to cover in 3 hours?

This is an introductory workshop to the concept of BIM and covers enough of the basic principles using Archicad 17 that an individual can continue learning on their own. A project template and PDF guide designed for the workshop will be provided to all attendees of the workshop.


Have questions about Building Information Modeling: A Workshop for Interior Design? Contact Alvin Oei

When & Where

FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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Alvin Oei

Inspired by growing up in his family-owned structural design firm, Alvin Oei produces work both as a conceptual designer for Randall-Baylon Architects in Downtown Los Angeles and as a freelance environmental and graphic designer for a wide range of private clientele.

Over the years, his fierce passion for integrating hand-drawn design with forward-leaning technology has led him to develop striking, tailored concepts for a diverse array of corporate, government and private clients.


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