Thursday, November 10, 2011

I’ve got the feeling that BIM is about to go on the backburner again...

...As ‘things’ are getting tougher still in the AEC-world.
While not particularly looking forward to more uncertainties lurking around my job-status, project-prospects and generally the industry, taking the spotlight-off BIM for a while would suit me just fine.

Let the market do its ‘thing’ for a while and see where we would get.
I AM very-much in favour of letting BIM off the leash, and out on its own.
If it works, great – if not, then we know we’ve been barking up the wrong tree.
There surely are many others shearing the idea that there are only so many excuses we can swallow on the subject of BIM’s failure before it gets boring.

Yes, clients should be asking for it. No, they are not. Why?
Because they don’t know that they should be wanting it or just do not care (i.e. unconvinced of the benefits);
Consultants aren’t playing ball and don’t use open BIM. So, they can get away with it?
Contractors are slow on the uptake and only just working out what the BIM acronym is? Subcontractors are not even aware of the acronym’s existence just heard somewhere that AutoCAD was no longer the standard for shop drawings? Or is it?

This is your risk, or advantage, or whatever.
Deal with it! Or let be dealt by it, so we can all move on.


  1. With the advent of Java, Virtual Machines were going to be the future of mobile computing. Micro$oft poured billions into .NET to catch up with Java. Both have now been eclipsed by Apple who use a proprietary OS with half a million apps created in C++, which just makes a mockery of the Virtual Machine concept. The trick was to offer the customers a hip tool which could be operated intuitively. Developers just had to start coding in C++ again or become obsolete.

    My guess it's going to be the same with BIM. Some CAD developer is going to turn out a really cool proprietary integrated environment and either you go with it or lose out in the market, regardless of BIM.

  2. This is not about the technology ...

    ... BIM needs a Steve Jobs, someone who would explain to the industry that it needs BIM. It can be argued that we don't ACTUALLY - as much as we don't ACTUALLY need iWhatever, but Steve ... who could say no.

    It's about marketing and human weakness.