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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BIM is like having kids

I was meeting with a client today who is working on their first BIM project. They're the construction document architect working with an out of state design architect, who's doing their first BIM project as well. The contractor happens to be a national contractor who's very BIM capable.

I can't believe we ended up talking for four hours about every bit of BIM from E202 to what software is available to manage families to who's going to pay for all of this.

In my third meeting, as I was being passed around from person to person in the firm, we were discussing the contractor and bringing them in to take advantage of a BIM savvy GC and that would make life easier for them.

If you're going to do your first BIM project and have received the model from another architect and have that BIM GC, it's kind of like adopting a 5 year old. They're already potty trained and you don't have all of those sleepless nights.

I asked the project manager if he had children. I asked him what he did to plan, strategize, collaborate and prepare for his first child.
So, basically, your first BIM project is like your first child. You have no idea what you're doing, everyone offers their advice of what you're doing wrong, and at the end of the day, you can't easily undo all of the things you do wrong.

With the first one, you have no idea what you're doing.
With your second one, you sort of have things figured out.
By your third one, you know exactly what to expect and your first two help with the third one.
Am i talking about BIM or your kids?

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