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Monday, December 20, 2010

#BIM Fail - Dale Weise Spills Gatorade All Over Himself During Rangers-Flyers Game (VIDEO)

A few weeks ago, I had an interior designer come into our office to upgrade her software. She had an older version of AutoCAD and since her hard drive died, she needed to get a newer version that would run on Windows 7. She had been using AutoCAD for a number of years, so of course, I had to show her Revit and all that it could do. It didn't matter that all she could afford was AutoCAD LT, I saw it as an opportunity to show her how much time she would save by switching to Revit at some point in the future. She did download the trial and will be practicing with it until she can budget for the purchase.

We had the discussion that she could later upgrade the LT to Revit Architecture Suite and if she financed it with 3 years of subscription (at an Autodesk 10% discount for long term contracts) she could get a 36 month financing package where it would end up costing her $1.07/hour to have the software. If you've been reading my blog for a long time, you've seen me make this simple math before. When you're billing $50, $75, $100 or even $150/hour, how can you say that $1.07/hour is too expensive to get software that will improve your productivity.

Let's do some simple math using door schedules. Let's imagine you do 10 projects a year. It takes 8 hours to count the doors and make the schedule in CAD. Let's imagine you bill at $100/hour.
4 hours x $100/hour x 10 projects is $4000 for the year. Now, let's take that over 3 years and you've got $12,000. That works out to $1.92/hour. Remember the cost of Revit upgrading from LT is $1.07. Do the math yourself. When you save time on tedious tasks in drafting, you are saving money. If you were to include finish, wall, window, room, area and the numerous other schedules from Revit, there's just no way that a CAD project can compare.

Now, for the reason I started writing this in the first place. I asked the interior designer why she loved AutoCAD so much. The only way I remember what she said is the letters "TP" as in toilet paper. What she actually said was that it was technically precise. As I poked her in the eye with that statement, I asked her why schedules never showed the exact quantities of items and why there were so many conflicts between the MEP drawings and the structural drawings. Sure, it may be allow you to draw lines to one millionth of an inch, but it's certainly not the process to create technically precise construction documents for construction.

So, what happens when you're sitting at a jobsite meeting and you get a stack of RFIs about stuff like doors that show on the door schedule but not on the plans or elevations. Is that embarrassing? Does that lower your credibility? Does the contractor than check everything on the plans and look for more discrepancies? Can you believe this entire post came to mind from just watching the video below? There's a definite coordination issue. You'd imagine that such a simple task could be handled with more grace. Simplify your life and move to the BIM process already. People are watching and you don't want to make a mess.

Dale Weise Spills Gatorate All Over Himself During Rangers-Flyers Game (Video)

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4AGXl5NsAc


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