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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rebirth of the Master Architect [BIM][IPD][BIM Process]

Thanks to Randy for finding this one.  Well, I couldn't have said it better myself.  How many more articles do we need at this point extolling the virtues of the BIM process over the CAD process.

Let's talk about the use of shortcuts in the software you use.  No, not keyboard shortcuts, but the shortcuts of trying to get away with "Design Intent".  Do you know what that means?  It's telling your client "I intended to design something, but decided to draw two lines offset x distance from each other in the hopes that the contractor would figure it out.".  The clock is ticking on the CAD process users.  The stupid thing is that it's CAD Calligraphy.  How can you say that you can design a building faster by drawing a bunch of lines on a computer screen.

Read below for more insight.  The worst part is, that by the time you realize you made a mistake, should have gotten into BIM sooner, there will be no way to catch up and learn the BIM process.  All of the resellers will be busy training contractors and sure, maybe you can teach yourself how to do the basics in Revit, but you certainly can't teach yourself the new workflow and how to collaborate with others.  Did you really think you could use the same software for 28 years and no one would notice that technology has left you in the dust (mechanical pencil dust).


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