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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Design Intent vs reality


Our company gave our third of four AU lectures today.  I'm so proud of the job Alix did so I can't harass him anymore and say he only does Desk BIM.  He's definitely a well versed architect and it's amazing what a small firm like ours is doing with BIM and Navisworks.

The truth is, it's all my fault for showing him Navisworks in 2010 and there's nothing more fun than to show an architect a $10,000 to $12,000 piece of software and ask them why they're not fully doing BIM.  Well, today's presentation was awesome, but it did pop up a thought into my BIM Brain.

I wish all of you BIM people would stop referring to your models as "Design Intent".  After all, I always say that design intent means that you intended to design something, but here are two lines and you figure it out.

After seeing the level of detail in Alix's presentation, I don't know why we all don't call what were doing "Construction Intent".  After all, everything is in the model.  It looks just like the real building will.  There is so much more there than just design intent.

It should be called a CIM, Construction Intent Model.  The best part is that CIM sounds like Sim as in Simulation.  You are simulating the real building digitally.  I hope that gives you something to think about.

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1 comments:

Anonymous,  November 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM  

Finally someone who gets the reality and common sense of what BIM really is. This is a very true statement and i would have to agree that we should all stop saying design intent and start saying construction intent.

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