Friday, March 25, 2011

There still is no such thing as a ‘BIM-software’

My analogy based on the knitting-needles fell on a flat- reception.
Would it have been different had I used a hammer, a chair, the Rubik-cube instead?
We (humans generally) seem to have an overpowering need to do things using the “right” tools.
Horses for courses, no mixing up of roles and responsibilities, tools and weapons, aids and obstacles.

Sometimes I get asked to assist a friend decide what ‘BIM software’ to buy.
Most of them are moving on from a Flatcad-application, occasionally even the ‘real’ drawing board.
Most approach the issue with the seriousness it deserves.
Create lists of features they compare various packages on.
Talk at length with suppliers.
Search the net and collect feedback from users.

Then they make an informed decision.
Or so they think.

I tend to stay out of advising one way or other, despite of being blessed by natural eagerness to help.
Mostly, because few are prepared to consider that there may not be a simple answer to this question and no painless solution on offer.

I believe that there still is no such thing as a ‘BIM-software’.

There are software packages that will be good as part of a BIM solution.
Addressing a task (or a role) they can be useful.
However, there is no off-the-shelf solution or one-stop-shop available.
If someone is selling you one, be cautious.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting... I was able to buy "bim software" off of and so far it does everything that you would expect it to. just my two cents...