Thursday, February 17, 2011
Flatcad is a machine, BIM is an organism!
Flatcad is a machine with the purpose to assist in the performance of a set of clearly definable human tasks.
Logically, BIM would be one too, maybe a bit more complex, visually enhanced and spatially aware.
BIM is not really a machine at all, though at its heart there necessarily sits a device not unlike a machine.
What makes BIM more than a machine? It is an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently by properly and methodically collecting, processing and outputting information.
It has many parts, but the purchase of each and/or all is no guarantee for a good BIM.
BIM as an organism has the qualities that can’t be fully explained by examining each of the parts. Rather, these result of the relationship and interaction of the parts.
Sounds too abstract? Here is an example how the ‘machine’ and the ‘organism’ differ:
Your standard CAD-i could mess up only ‘so-much’ in Flatcad. Get a line on a wrong layer, use a font that does not fit the company’s manual.
On the other hand, if you have an uncontrolled BIM environment, a small mistake, intentional or not can bomb your entire project.
The difference is like riding a bike along a suburban street or getting a plane off a runaway.
You need to aim for a fully controlled BIM environment or stick to Flatcad!