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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BIM - The Process of Elimination

I've been totally lacking in the blog posting department lately.  I've had my hands full with a number of fun initiatives that have been taking up every waking moment.  Plus, I'm trying to spend more quality time with JR and I need just a little more time in my day.

In the meantime, I was thinking this morning about the "BIM Process".  We have food processors, word processors and that got me thinking about CAD operators.  Aren't they just line processors?

So, what's a BIM processor?  Is that opposite of a CAD processor?

I got an email today from a client referring to an article in Cadalyst Magazine.  I countered his email with a link to another Cadaylst article:

Hi. My name is Curt Moreno, and I am a drafter. Yeah, I said it: I'm a drafter. I am not a CAD support specialist, a CAD technician, a BIM alchemist, or a computer-aided scribble coordinator. I am a drafter, plain and simple, and I consider the decision to call myself a drafter a serious one. In the 20 or so years that I've been in the CAD racket, I've seen people call themselves all manner of titles. Regardless, two things connect all these people with me — and probably with you, too.
Read the article and form your own opinion.  I think Curt is a very nice guy, but if you read the article, you'll probably disagree with everything he says in it.  BIM is so much more than being a drafter and drawing lines.  It's about workflow, process, construction, analysis, coordination, interoperability, efficiency, costing, energy and many other things.

BIM is about the people, production and the products used to create that oh so magnificent "I".  Curt, it's not about the title, what you call yourself or anything of that nature.  It's about lines.  Particularly, the bottom line.  Drafting lines is an outdated method of creating information for construction documents and giving the contractor the set of instructions he needs to build ever more complicated buildings.

If you want to cling to the past and all of the commands you can remember from AutoCAD, how about MD, CD *.*, Dir *.BAT, /Worksheet Range Erase and all of the other useless information we all carry around with us from the DOS days.

I can only equate it to a typewriter repairman telling us the glories of the IBM Selectric typewriter.  I do have a soft spot for the model that came out with the correction tape built in and the memory storage model that came out in the late 80s or early 90s.  I can't believe that you can still even buy the correction tape.

Look at the company...Hard to Find Office Supplies.  What a relic.  Must be for someone still writing specs on a typewriter.

My point is, when's the last time you used a typewriter, put a tape into a VCR, used a rotary phone or navigated by the north star?  The world has changed.  Technology has changed and we can all talk about this a a future old technology reunion.

BIM is about the process of elimination.  Elimination of CAD, CAD operators, RFIs, Change Orders, headaches, problems, clashes, lost profits and so much more.  Yes, a BIM processor is the process of elimination.  Curt, don't you want to make sure you're not one of those who gets eliminated? 

Last little piece and I'm amused by this.  When I just Googled word processor, I got this:


 (processors plural )
1  n-count A processor is the part of a computer that interprets commands and performs the processes the user has requested.  (COMPUTING)  (=CPU) 
  word processor 
2  n-count A processor is someone or something which carries out a process. 
...food growers and processors.  

food processor   (food processors plural )A food processor is a piece of electrical equipment that is used to mix, chop, or beat food, or to make it into a liquid.  n-count 
word processor   (word processors plural )A word processor is a computer program or a computer which is used to produce printed documents.  (COMPUTING)  n-count 

A processor is the part of a computer that interprets commands and performs the processes the user has requested.  If it weren't for computers and those wonderful Intel processors, well, then we would still be using typewriters and drafting with pencil and paper.  

Interprets commands?  That'll have to be a whole other blogpost someday.

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ulebule June 1, 2011 at 5:40 AM  

I agree with everything you say in your post and I think you should really blog more often. It is so nice to read your blogs that are so much more about telling us about new software, gadget or the extinction of the drafting profession as we know it. So please don’t deprive us from your opinion because we do want to hear it in this period of Information bombardment that nothing else makes you smile than a blog from Revit 3D.
Sign: The BIM Bee or BIMbo… as you can see still searching for my title whatever that might be

J June 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

Spot F'ing on my man!!! take care of florida for me

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