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Monday, August 30, 2010

A BIM Opportunity?

I was visiting a GC at a jobsite last week and had the chance to talk to the onsite architect about BIM.  We were discussing RFIs, change orders and the vast amount of paperwork in his office.  He said something very profound yet disturbing about the construction documents that are used for construction.

...and I quote....
"It's an opportunity to enhance the design during construction"
WTF!?! Is that really what RFIs and field changes are, an opportunity?  Shouldn't the design have been enhanced before construction? An opportunity for what? Chaos?  I told him I was going to make a blog post about his quote because it was just too absurd of a statement.  So, here we are with CAD vs BIM and all of the horrors of paper management resulting from doing it the same way for the last 28 years vs the joys of BIM.

Where do we go from here.....


Bram Weinreder,  August 31, 2010 at 1:13 AM  

The same school of thought made all balconies on one side of an appartment building in Maastricht (NL) collapse. They were all linked to a steel column, which in turn was attached to a concrete block. This was the result of some design changes and could theoretically take the load, but because the column was too close to the edge it crumbled.
No fatalities fortunately.

And this is where the power of BIM (and digital prototyping) can save time and money and even lifes. This architect will see himself walk the path of the dodo soon enough and I wish nothing better for him.

bullsnbears1 August 31, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

It's frightening isn't it!

Unfortunately I've noticed that is almost SOP that many firms view RFI's - especially during the bid process - as a time to refine the plans & check for errors. It's absurd.

Anonymous,  September 2, 2010 at 12:28 PM  

It is SOP for many of the "old" school.Unless a firm can get more efficient and accurate drawings delivered RIGHT NOW the management never gives BIM the time it needs to develop within a firm. As a BIM Manager in a firm of 6 I can say that this is the case. It is hard to change the "proven" method of delivering a project for a firm that can't afford to take a hit on any project. I fight it on every project, the mindset changes one small step at a time and to often when in a crunch I have half of the firm strongly wanting to resort to methods of a previous time only because they know what to do. I also preach that you might as well work it out here and now so we can move forward but some can't see past the deadline if you know what I mean.

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