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Thursday, January 20, 2011

BIM, IPD and Prefabrication History and Disneyworld #BIM #IPD #Construction #AIA


If you're wondering why I haven't been doing my usual 3 to 100 posts per day, I have a very simple answer. I'm exhausted. My wife was a speaker at the Florida Association of Public Adjusters (FAPIA). She's what's called a First Party Insurance Attorney.
That means she helps people sue their own insurance companies for not paying property damage claims. After all, insurance companies are not in business to pay claims and they find every excuse to not pay for your fire, flood, hurricane or any other damage to your property.

She decided that we'd go up to Disney World a few days early so we could take JR to have some fun at Disney World. I remember my first trip to Disney in 1971 right after it opened. My very first memory was seeing the monorail go inside the Contemporay Hotel. It's just something you can never forget. My favorite part of Disney World is still, to this day, the monorail. I guess you can say I have a "one track mind". There are only two things that have made the recession easier for me. One is BIM and the other is the joy of watching my child grow up. JR will be 3 on January 28th, one day after my birthday and I can't believe how fast the time has gone by.


Speaking of time flying, from that first trip to Disney World in 1971, somehow, I still have this book, 'The Story of Walt Disney World'. 
 
 
It's all about the creation and construction of Disney World. Well, it's 2011 and 40 years later and I found something really interesting in the book. Apparently, Disney and Imagineering have been doing BIM and prefabrication for over 40 years. It's just astounding how far ahead of the curve their company has been.

Below are some pictures I took from the book. They happen to be of the Contemporary Hotel and show the warehouse where the hotel rooms were prefabricated, 
 
the units being slid into place 
and a closeup of a section of the building. 
Remember after one of the Super Bowls, they asked a player what he was going to do and he said "I'm going to Disney World". Well, I'm going to BIMney World.

So, ask yourself this question. In your quest for 2D, 3D, CAD or BIM, where are you currently located? Is it Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Main Street USA or Tomorrowland? Yes, I'm using the actual names of the areas of Disney World. Kind of spooky isn't it?

From the same page as the photos,
The exciting innovations Walt Disney envisioned when he said Walt Disney World would be "a showcase to the world for the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise," are nowhere better illustrated than in construction of the first two hotels. Here, steel-framed unitized or modular construction has been given its first major showcase. All 1500 rooms of the Contemporary Resort-Hotel and Polynesian village were fabvricated by United States Steel at an assembly plant three miles from the hotels, trucked to the building site, and lifted into place by giant cranes. Before leaving the on-the-job assembly plant, these light-weight steel rooms had been completely outfitted-walls covered, bath fixtures installed, mirrors in place and lights ready to be "plugged in."
 
Part of my birthday present was a night at the Contemporary Hotel.  As a side note, if you ever plan on staying there, make sure that your room is booked INSIDE the hotel and not at one of the little side buildings adjacent to the hotel.  We made that mistake and there was only one room left, Room 4112.  Why? Because it overlooks Mickey's Cafe and it's really noisy in the morning.  It's cheaper too.  If you're a heavy sleeper, it's a great room.  Here are some pictures of the room, which was really beautiful.  The bathroom particularly was renovated very nicely.  There's no way to tell this building is 40 years old.   
 
Disney World is truly a magical place.  All of the employees are trained to never say no, offer you a smile and help you however they can.  Wouldn't it be great if the AEC industry was like that too? Well, until IPD becomes more popular, we can always dream.



















1 comments:

Gustavo Mello January 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

Man, the strongest memory of my visit to Disney World also is the monorail getting inside the contemporary! This and those little motorboats in the lake nearby. Glad someone else likes this too!
Gustavo Mello

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