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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Process or Technology – What’s the Right Focus?

A great post from a new BIM blog by Gene V. Roe, Ph.D., P.E., PLS
3d4aec -Sustainable Innovation for the Built Environment

 Source: http://vector1media.com/3d4aec/featured/process-or-technology-whats-the-right-focus/

  1. Should the focus be on technology or process?
  2. I think process as technology can come and go.
  3. The challenge is to integrate 3D technologies into the AEC process continuum such that we become more productive and our projects more energy efficient.
In an earlier blog I came up with the following list of important 3D technology buckets:
  1. Laser scanning
  2. Modeling
  3. BIM
  4. 3D/4D/5D
  5. Virtual Construction
  6. Machine Control
  7. Virtualization (for Operations and Maintenance)
I commented that I thought these would be important drivers of change in the next decade.
What I am struggling with is how to organize the effort of reporting on this change, and how to make this blog a catalyst for faster and more beneficial change. Should the focus be on technology or on the process/workflow? I think I am leaning toward focusing on the process.
Technology is constantly changing. I just had a 1 hour presentation on something called FLASH LIDAR. Instead of scanning point by point, with FLASH you flood the field of view with thousands of points in a tenth of a second. The result, in real time is a 3D image of the scene. No scanning, no post processing, you have a real time 3D image, just like you would from a 2D still camera. It is mind boggling.
So instead of starting with technology, I propose to organize my thinking around:
  1. Planning
  2. Survey
  3. Modeling
  4. Design
  5. Simulation
  6. Visualization
  7. Construction
  8. Operations and Maintenance
I actually think of these as a continuum, with the cycle repeating itself once the facility requires an update. These are the time tested phases of a project that are not going to change with the next hot technology. The challenge is to integrate and leverage 3D technologies into these process workflows such that we increase productivity, while building projects that are more energy efficient and user friendly.
It’s a worthy goal.

Original:  http://vector1media.com/3d4aec/featured/process-or-technology-whats-the-right-focus/

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