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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Are you ready for the metamorphosis to #BIM?

Are you ready to come out of your shell and get ready to transition to BIM?

I saw something today I've never seen before in my life and it was amazing.  We have a wonderful butterfly garden in the back of our house.  Every morning, JR and I go searching for caterpillars, cocoons, eggs and butterflies.  This morning, a particular caterpillar we've been watching wasn't on the milkweed plant.  After a lot of searching, we found him hanging on the fence (kind of like on the fence about switching to Revit).  Anyway, this afternoon, by luck of perfect timing, I saw the caterpillar starting to move around and go through some aerobics.  I ran and got the camera and after about 15 minutes, I took the photo below.

I never realized it, but the caterpillar fills up with fluid and starts to expand.  It's like he becomes too big for his britches.  The skin of the caterpillar actually splits apart and through its gyrations, works its way up to the top of the cocoon and becomes part of the package.

Well, the recession is almost over, business seems to be picking up more and more, so I have a question for you.  When you land that next big project, are you going to go back to CAD, or are you going to make the investment in BIM?  If you don't do it now, you're going end up getting in the middle of a lot of concurrent projects and you'll never find the time to make the switch.

Do you think a caterpillar has any idea what makes him crawl up the fence, attach himself and make that metamorphosis?  Do you think the caterpillar knows that it's going to become a butterfly?  How about the first time he spreads his wings and starts flying?

My point?  Moving to BIM should be your metamorphosis.  It should be natural to do, even if you don't know where you're going or what it leads to.  You should be genetically coded to want to work in 3D and work with Revit.  Don't be afraid.  If you don't leave your current state of being, a big toad is going to come and eat you, and then you'll become frog poop.  So, those are your choices, frog poop or a butterfly and that choice is solely yours.

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