Deal Information Modeling

Problem: Deal Workflows Suck

Real Estate deal processes are unprofitable, strung out, and necessary for the survival of development, architectural, general contracting, banking, engineering, investment, marketing, and brokerage firms.

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Multifamily's Problem Child

Inside Corner Units

Need I say more? These units are the hardest to design. These units are the hardest to lease. These units are the hardest to live in. For the most part, if inside corners can be avoided, avoid them.

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Let's Face It. Connecting Nodes Sucks

I remember back in College I foolishly decided to dive into a generative design studio. I set out to use grasshopper for the first time. It was magical. I created a point with three inputs, a second point with three more inputs, and then I connected the two points with a line node. The total effort? 9 nodes, 1 line, 30 minutes, three online tutorials, and one tall coffee.

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Macro bim

As a skilled CAD draftsman, hand-drafting is painfully slow, and as a BIM modeler, CAD is painfully slow, but what makes BIM painfully slow? It is an interesting thought experiment.

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Re-Thinking Site Selection

What is the typical process for site selection? Typically it is a very bottom-up approach. Talking to brokers, driving around looking, or hearing about one at a happy hour. With the power of public records and massive amounts of data, we can look to software for a different route.

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The Value of Iteration

Designers do thousands of iterations. Why? Well, the next iteration of a design will be better than the last. Right? This is normally the case, but sometimes an iteration is a failure (most of them are). How does one decide if it is a good iteration or not?

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Building Efficiency 101

I was green, fresh out of college, and had just planned my first building. My boss simply asked, "What is the efficiency of this building"? I had no idea. "Let me check...Ill get that to you as soon as possible"

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