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AIA Los Angeles

Technology in Architectural Practice Committee


Innovation Subcommittee Proposal
Glenn Hickman AIA
March 4, 2010

MISSION STATEMENT: the "Innovation Subcommittee” serves the AIA LA, Technology in
Architectural Practice Committee (TAP), the AIA and its membership, to advance technology in
Architectural Practice – research, products and applications - to enhance the quality,
coordination, and completeness of building information and knowledge; to generate renewable
income for the AIA and advance the mission of the AIA.

Potential Ideas:
Google Sketch Up Partnering with the AIA:
Purpose: Google Corporation/Google Foundation & the AIA partner and co-brand use of Sketch
Up in support of Google’s mission to image the Earth. Google provides a renewable tax
deductible donation to the AIA. Google Earth Outreach supports non-profit organizations that
share Google’s mission of community service in areas such as education & culture, environment
& science, current affairs, global development, public health and social services.
Example: Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Good Will partner and co-brand for the community.
Potential Nonprofit Partners: Google Foundation
Potential For-Profit Partners: Google Corporation

Google & AIA Global Positioning Digital Camera:


Purpose: Google Corporation/Google Foundation & the AIA partner and co-brand development
of a global positioning digital camera for use with Google Earth applications, which captures
digital information within buildings for mapping into BIM or 2D CADD applications, as well as
other purposes and market sectors, using super sensitive Ublox or Trimble GPS and or Google
Android Mobile technologies. Google Earth Outreach supports non-profit organizations that
share Google’s mission of community service in areas such as education & culture, environment
& science, current affairs, global development, public health and social services. Google provides
a renewable tax deductible donation to the AIA.
Potential Nonprofit Partners: Google Foundation
Potential For-Profit Partners: Google Corporation

“Line Intelligence” BIM or 2D CADD Artificial Intelligence Application:


Purpose: Prompts young architects to recognize quality, code, completeness, coordination, and
constructability while drawing.
Potential For Profit Partners: Autodesk, Vico, etc.
Example: If sealant was in the progress of being drawn in an exterior enclosure detail, artificial
intelligence would be able to distinguish if the sealant were in fact detailed correctly, prompt the
need to determine if proper movement criteria had been addressed, warn that sealant was not
appropriate for the exterior wall rating, and coordinate with the specifications.

BIM Exterior Enclosure Application: X-D:


Purpose: A software application which simulates the impacts of water, air, energy, light, seismic
and acoustical impacts on an exterior enclosure – a digital exterior enclosure mock up. Clash
detection in the design phase improves the quality, coordination, and completeness of building
information, minimizing liability and cost.
Potential Nonprofit Partners: NIBS/BETEC, AIA BEC-LA Committee
Potential For-Profit Partners: Autodesk, Vico, etc.

SIM: Site Information Modeling Application Enhancement:


Purpose: Advance BIM applications into site development with a robust multi-discipline
application suitable for Architects to use in coordination with other disciplines. Underground site
design and engineering modeling appears to be lagging in comparison to building BIM.
Potential For-Profit Partners: Autodesk, Vico, etc.
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