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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

BIM Thought of the day - and it's a damn funny one.

I was talking to the students in our Revit Architecture class going on this week.
Ironically, all of the people in the class are design/build architects. Hmmm...maybe we're on to something here.

Anyway, we were talking about the resistance of architects to embrace Revit. One of the students was saying out his firm "knows what they have with AutoCAD" and Revit is the unknown. Well, we talked about every other bit of technology in their lives, cellphones, PDAs, iPods, TVs, airplanes, cars, etc and how we all embrace all of these technologies. I asked him if he remembered the first email he ever sent. I asked if he sent a fax to the recipient to let them know that he had sent them an email. We've come such a long way with the internet.

Did any of you not get a computer because of the unknown? Did you not get a modem, a dial up account, ftp site or anything else because you didn't know where the technology was going. Of course not. We've all slowly grown with the technology of computers and the internet and all of the good and bad that come along with it (Blackberry thumb).

So, what's the deal with AutoCAD? Why this one program? Why can't people invest in something new even though "it's untested" even though I think that's complete bullshit since it's been around for 10 years now and it may not be perfect, but AutoCAD still crashes.

Lastly, I asked them if they knew the name of the first drafting product and did they know that it didn't have a delete function. It was called ChiselCAD. It was mainly used by designosaurs and they're all mostly extinct except for the one called Designosaurus Wrecks. They've made it through the Revitlutionary process but are very much in danger of becoming extinct because of their one known predator, the Contractosaurus Erectus.

Smile if you're using a BIM product and forward this one on to as many people as you can.



Viktor August 11, 2009 at 3:44 PM  

A very funny entry with which I agree 110%!

jestin August 12, 2009 at 10:36 AM  

I see the "waiting to adopt" attitude all too often as a software developer in the AEC industry. I think "waiting to adopt" can be paraphrased "waiting to fail".

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