Fall BIMForum/BuildCon

Putting the BIMForum Level of Development (LOD) Specification to Work

Date/Time: November 6, 2017 from 8am – 5pm
Location: Sheraton Dallas Hotel [classroom location coming soon]
Workshop Fee: $400

*Please note that coffee and lunch will be provided during the workshop. Breakfast is not included.

The Level of Development (LOD) Specification

  • What is it?
  • How do you use it?
  • Why would you want to?

The BIMForum LOD Spec has been recognized as an extremely useful document for defining BIMs. But where does the rubber meet the road? How can this document benefit your projects?
Whether you’re an owner, architect, engineer, GC, or trade contractor, if you’re dealing with BIMs you’re using them for specific purposes with specific information needs.

  • How do you clearly communicate these needs?
  • How do you make sure you’re sending and receiving models that will serve the specified purposes?
  • How do you determine if a model fits your needs?
  • How do you avoid over- and under-modeling and redundant effort, all of which waste time and money?
  • How do you control the risks of others relying on your BIMs?
  • How do you create and follow a lean BIM execution plan?

Previous attendees have overwhelmingly acclaimed this highly interactive full-day workshop as very helpful in translating the LOD Spec into more efficient workflows, clearer communications, less waste, and a more effective modeling effort.

Learning Objectives


After the workshop you’ll be able to:
  • Explain the basics of the Level of Development Specification
  • Specify models for specific and multiple BIM uses
  • Ensure that you’re delivering the models the owner wants
  • Apply a pull-planning process to your modeling effort
  • Avoid over-modeling, under-modeling, and duplication of modeling effort
  • Enable your project teams to rely on each other’s models
  • Allow others to rely on your models while controlling the resks
  • What is Level of Development?
  • The Model Development Spec (MDS)
  • Exercise – Develop a Baseline MDS
  • The MDS in BIM Execution Plans
  • Pull Planning
  • Exercise – Collaborative Work Plan
  • Exercise – Defining Deliverables
  • Fitness of Models
  • Exercise – Reliance on Models
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Agreements
  • MDS Tools

Workshop Schedule

8:00am – 12:00pm – Workshop begins
12:00pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – 5:00pm – Workshop resumes, ending at 5pm