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Saturday, October 24, 2009

A little BIM Comment-ary

I've officially hit the 800 mark for email subscribers to my blog. I'd like to thank each one of you. My longer term goals are 1,000 and then 400,000 (nothing like thinking of having my blog in front of every copy of Revit). That brings the question of just how many people are actually using Revit as opposed to just owning in as part of the Suite.

I was having a conversation with one of my clients yesterday. He called to renew his subscription. He's an architect and ows Revit Architecture and AutoCAD MEP. He's about to crossgrade the AutoCAD MEP to the Revit MEP Suite so he can do the ductwork for smaller projects. He's been using Revit since release 4 and the engineers he uses have release 14 and 2004. He's tired of saving his files backwards and losing the intelligence.

We had a long chat about the costs he incurs from using AutoCAD engineers, losing file intelligence, coordination time spent between AutoCAD MEP files and his Revit model. I gave him the name of 3 firms who were using Revit MEP. We discussed how that even if those firms charged more to do the engineering in Revit, what the savings would be in conversion, coordination and collaboration. With his hourly rate and what he goes through in project administration, if the Revit MEP engineers charged more, he'd still be ahead.

I'd recommend that each Revit Architecture user contact their reseller and find out which of their customers are using Revit MEP and start partnering them together the way we've been providing that service for our clients. Ultimately, we've gone from being box pushers to being BIM consultants and partners with our clients. It's become a much nicer relationship in which we actually provide a value to the firms we work with. It's such a long way from the old days.

The future brings us even more partnering with our clients because of BIM and IPD. This brings me to the original reason for this blog post. Blog comments! Most subscribers to blogs via RSS or email rarely venture to the actual blogs they subscribe to and see the comments left on the blog. Sometimes I'll take a comment and make a blog post about it, especially if I think it has special significance. Sometimes people will leave anonymous comments about a question, tech request or other issue.

If you care to subscribe to my blog comments, here's the feed:

One of my favorite fascinations with Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is the fact that the AIA created it, not lawyers, not Autodesk and not anyone else, the frikkin' AIA. IPD is the contract that requires cooperation of the entire project team working, as Laura says "For the Project". IPD rests on the foundation of BIM and the BIM technology rests mostly on the shoulders or Revit. Sure, there are other software vendors and products that are BIM capable, but they don't have all of the pieces the way Revit does. So, just to summarize. The AIA created the IPD A195 contract. IPD requires BIM. BIM requires technology like Revit, so the AIA wants every architect to use Revit.

It's funny. I was just typing so fast I typed "sue" instead of "use". That brings up the whole point of if you don't use Revit you will be sued for errors, omissions and delays. USE or SUE. It's your choice. BIM or BAM. If that small architect in Stuart Florida I spoke to yesterday can use Revit, then eveyone else can as well. If you think you can beat the system by not investing in software and training for BIM, good luck over the next few years. I think next up is the AIA requiring software training as part of their CEU process. Can you imagine the AIA requiring you to take classes for BIM software in order to maintain your credentials? Can you imagine a special architectural credential for BIM and IPD that requires certain levels of proficiency and training? I'm just saying.....

So the reason for all of the talk about blog comments is one that Phil Bernstein made on Laura's BIMx blog at http://bimx.blogspot.com/2009/10/ipd-without-bim.html. As usual, he brilliantly explains the concepts even though it always takes me reading his writing 2 or 3 times to really have it sink in.

PhillipG said...

I might suggest that the separation could be called "BIM, the technology-enabled design-to-build process," and "IPD, a innovative project delivery paradigm" that's a logical successor to the progression of DBB, CM, and Design/Build. Just to expand the thought.



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