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Revit for Lighting; from 2D to BIM: A Lighting Designer’s Perspective

24 February 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

IES Fayetteville Section

Lighting design workflows have traditionally involved 2D drafting software, 3D calculation software, and word processing software for schedules. But where do these tools fit in the 3D BIM world? Lighting designers can leverage complex architectural Revit models to stop duplicating modeling time and start realizing efficiencies in background management, fixture counts, budgeting, and more. In this discussion, we discuss how our lighting design firm has gone from Revit viewers to Revit modelers. We’ll dive deep into case studies of real world applications showcasing some of the key concepts that made our most useful lighting families, the power and limitations of the ElumTools plugin from Lighting Analyst, as well as some tips and tricks we wish we knew before starting the process.

Learning objectives:

  • For professionals who aren’t familiar with Revit, we will learn what the software is capable of
  • For those professionals already using Revit, we will show some advanced family building
  • Case studies of real world applications and lighting family construction basics including parametric families
  • Understand nested fixture families and how useful they can be in creating multifunctional lighting families that calculate and schedule properly

Jacob GerberJacob Gerber, IALD, CLD
Unusually tall buildings, complex interior geometries, demanding schedules, these are the types of projects where Jacob Gerber’s creative problem-solving, technical proficiency, and organizational expertise produce award winning projects. He received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Oklahoma in Interior Design. In his 15+ year career, his experience in hospitality, educational, corporate, houses of worship and exterior environments have won him over 10 awards. His design work has been published in LD+A, Hospitality Design, Architectural Digest, Texas Architect, Modern Luxury Interiors Texas and Elle Decor magazines. In 2020, Jacob was selected as one of the world’s top 40 Under 40 lighting designers by Lighting Illumination in Architecture Magazine.

Gabi Korac, IES, Assoc. AIA
Gabi KoracGabi is an architectural lighting designer currently living and working in Northwest Arkansas. She joined the Essential Light team in 2015 and ever since enjoys navigating the dynamic lighting industry. Gabi holds two master degrees from the Parsons School of Design in New York City: Master of Architecture and an MFA in Lighting Design. Gabi is the recipient of multiple design awards, including IES Award of Merit (2017), IES Illumination award for Interior Lighting Design (2020) and Core 77 project award (2018). Gabi is also an advisory member for the IES Color Committee. She is an active board member at the Fayetteville section of Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).

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