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Friday, August 21, 2009

Biting the BIM Bullet

A great post I found...

by Paul Durand
"If you haven’t done it by now, you better get to it! Or fall so far behind you may never be able to catch up. Bite the BIM bullet. It’s the future of the building industry and the future is now or just around the corner. Our firm swallowed the BIM pill way back in 2003, a year after Revit was first introduced to the market by AutoDesk. What we saw then was what other industries have been doing for years: virtually prototyping and testing designs prior to fabrication. Economics and compute power had that practice relegated to big business and complex industries, but now the industrial evolution has finally availed these tools to the AEC Industry that allow us to rise up and shed our Neanderthal trappings. Those who will not adapt and wait, or dismiss it as a passing fad, will surrender to Natural Selection ending up in their own version of the La Brea Tar Pits.

What BIM allows us to do is create buildings in the same way that we think about them; as visualized complete projects. We don’t think in plans, elevations, sections and details. These deconstruct the idea into two dimensional components simply to communicate the complexities of the idea to someone else or to allow us to coordinate others’ work into our idea...

...Ultimately, our investment has resulted in time and cost savings to our clients. We have numerous jobs completing ahead of schedule with few or no changes in the field. That gets noticed! A few case studies under your belt and selling architectural services against your competition gets a lot easier. Our firm has grown during the worst economic times in our history. We went from working local to working worldwide. We introduced our own Integrated Project Delivery method years before AutoDesk crafted their version. So we bit the bullet. The pain was short and the reward has been great. We’re tracking to have our best year ever while our industry is in economic shambles. Our success isn’t a tool we use, it’s who we are and the way we do things, but Revit is a big component of helping us make our client’s business better and that has been an important key to our success...Continue Reading..."