by Jim Foster

While I sometimes introduce this blog as the perfect cure to insomnia I try to keep it narrowly focused on the BIM and Built Environment industry, although I will try and insert other issues that are pertinent to entrepreneurs and business owners, and some stuff that I find too good to resist.

I am the founder of an architectural services company, InterioReview, focused on the built environment, that is, our day to day is capturing the built environment in both 2DAutoCAD or 3D Revit / BIM environments.  I also founded PointKnown, www.pointknown.com , and we are in the process of launching PKNail (a laser to Revit / laser to BIM tool).  With the majority of projects and construction happening in the built environment we wanted to introduce a productivity tool set that would get anyone working and productive right out of the box.  Regardless if your final output is a BIM or 2D CAD, PKNail will help capture existing conditions, quickly and accurately the first time.

Thanks for stopping by.  I am always interested about BIM, existing  conditions and how people are working.  Please post or e-mail it would be great to hear from you.  Thanks.

Jim Foster




  1. #1 by Will on June 1, 2009 - 7:14 am

    I enjoy this site.

  2. #2 by tropicalismo360 on August 23, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Great posts – which I am now subscribed to. I wrote a recent post of my own on the adoption of BIM. I thought you might be interested.
    New directions for young architects: TECHNOLOGY http://su.pr/1XF0bE


  3. #3 by Jimi Clarke on July 27, 2010 - 1:45 am


    Good blog you got going here..

    By any chance, do you know how well the Autodesk Project butterfly works on the iPAD?

    I tried to contact Autodesk (from my work email address) about a few different things but I never get any reply. So I thought you might know?

    While Im here I might aswell ask you some more questions.

    Regarding your surveying tool.
    Do you preset all the characteristics for the walls, windows, doors etc. Like thikness, material, buildup and so on? before you start to measure? How much editing is required after the surveying is done to make what revit has drawn in to a fully working BIM Model? I use Microstation V8i select series 2 at work and I have never managed to get to try Revit yet, so I dont know how it works.

    As a reference to one of your other posts. Untill we have a “unified communication” between software packages I think the users should be open minded to learn all sorts of applications and tools to get the job done. Iv seen it too many times that people are so attached to their application so they close their mind to other posibilities. Like Mac and PC users.

    Whats your take on Microsofts new push on the cloud and their new Xbox and widows phone 7? is it something that will have a significatn gain on mobile work flow?

    Anyway as I said great blog and very uptodate information you got here, its going to be interesting to follow your comments in this exiting time.

    Take care,

    Architectural Technician, London

  4. #4 by Stephen Brittenham on July 26, 2011 - 11:10 am

    Just discovered your blog and websites today. Exactly the kind of information I’ve been scouting out. Part of what MBA does (and most of what I’ve been doing the last 5 years) is existing documentation. It’s all been 2D so far, but I see BIM on our horizon. I’ll be watching. – Steve

  5. #5 by PEDRO NEVAREZ on September 26, 2011 - 10:26 am

    Amazing Technology Gadget, it surely is going to make our work more precise and easier !!!!!

    but…Is this New little gadget going to work with all bim software platforms out there or is it just going to work with REVIT ?

  6. #6 by Jim Foster on September 26, 2011 - 11:43 am

    Hey Pedro,
    First Revit…than the world.

  7. #7 by Peter Cholakis on September 29, 2011 - 8:15 am

    BIM, per NIBS, is life-cycle facility/building managment supported by digital technology.
    For more details, visit: http://buildinginformationmanagement.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/the-top-ten-truths-about-bim/

  8. #8 by Jim Foster on September 29, 2011 - 8:21 am

    Was expecting you to be first to comment.

  9. #9 by Robert Westbrook on September 14, 2015 - 7:41 am


    I’m doing some research into this industry, and found you blog to be a great resource, so thanks for the info.

    I wanted to ask you specifcally about what your the benefits of some of the different products are. Would be great to hear you perspectives if you have a spare moment.


  10. #10 by Jim Foster on January 20, 2016 - 9:22 am

    Robert, sorry the massively delayed response but had been working on other things rather than the blog, also everything by default gets thrown into the Spam filter. Happy to help, feel free to link-in or email me directly. best, Jim

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