Embracing BIM - Change is in
Embracing BIM will require profound changes
in the way Architects and Engineers work at almost every level within
design. BIM not only requires learning new software, but also requires
learning how to reinvent work flow, staffing and design responsibilities.
This shift in the design process allows us to rethink many of the common
methods and perspectives we have today about how we get design out the
Architects mind and into the built environment.
The National Building Information Model
Standard Project Committee defines BIM as:
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of
physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared
knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable
basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from
earliest conception to demolition.
Extent of BIM
tools in use in the industry
Don't get me wrong. I think BIM is coming on strong.
But I have some concerns about the reality of the pace of it's
I think that we
should all move in the direction of BIM now. But I have some question
as to how many have moved and how far they have moved. I have no doubt
that some are blazing trails and using BIM extensively if not exclusively,
but that may not be the norm.
announced that in 2006 they shipped 70,000 seats of Revit. On
June 8, 2006 they stated that the achieved the milestone of
100,000 seats of Revit were installed worldwide. Current
numbers are approaching 140,000 (or so I've heard).
While this number is
celebrated by Autodesk, it seems small in comparison the nearly
7,000,000 (a number I have heard used) seats of AutoCAD that are
More on the web...
BIM Project Teams
Project teams are
usually smaller than those needed for traditional CAD. They also span the
overall talent needed from start to finish. Revit projects push more DD and
CD phase work to the front of the process. Teams must be mixture of talent
in design, code analysis, ADA requirements and other mid and late design
expertise from the beginning of the project.
Team creation and
memberships should be discussed prior to project kickoff. Getting the right
people on the right job is critical. No longer can we just apply someone to
a project because they have the free time.
More on the web...
National BIM Standard Version 1, Part 1 is out for Industry
Here is a portion of the press release. Take a look...
Washington, DC—The first version of the National Building Information
Modeling (BIM) Standard (NBIMS) was released for a two month industry review
period today. The document titled "NBIMS Version 1, Part 1, Overview,
Principles and Methodology" provides the capital facilities industry with
its first comprehensive look at the full scope of requirements for BIM. The
review period will span from March 12, 2007 until May 21, 2007.
interested in reviewing the document can obtain it from the NIBS at the
National BIM Standard™ web site.
This document is the first to be issued under the new NIBS
buildingSMART™ Alliance initiative announced February 27, 2007.
February 2007 - Survey Says
The Job Hunt
When it comes to looking for a job it is interesting that
most people said the found their current job by connecting with a friend but
will find their next one by connecting to the internet.
Has the internet really changed the way we look for work
or is it just an easy first point to start the hunt.
See the full results from
March Survey - PDF Creation
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