Friday, November 11, 2011

Yesterday’s post was really flippant...

Tells me my conscience... and makes a solemn commitment (again) to keep championing the cause of BIM.
Or at least do my daily blog with the attention it deserves until the clock strikes midnight at the end of this year...
People ask, ‘what then, what are you going to do once you’ve completed your quest?’ – will you stop or carry on, take it down, repackage and repurpose, a homemade-publication, a  multi-lingual edition, a verbal-only retelling, an international tour???...
Few inquire about the likely-results of the pursuit, few expect anything meaningful, let-alone revolutionary from this amateurishly set-up mission...
Yet, they keep on following it, just in case...

Today, I give a break to those needing to read between my lines...
I dedicate this post to the syndrome of the “section-marker”.

It was amongst architectural business owners (themselves architects) that I first encountered a rigid devotion to the ‘things-that-should-not-matter’, first time more than 15 years ago.
I was running a super-powerful modelling engine and parametrically replicated the relationships between the orange-peel skins of the Sydney Opera House.
Not only could I show numerous options of building-systems interacting with each other (ribs, cladding, the acoustic ceilings) – all views were automatically generated as well.

I showed the outputs to a friend, an architect.
While I was explaining the concept, he interrupted me:
“I hate the shape of the section-marker-head!”


  1. I'm sure once you found the correct shape you were then able to proceed to more important matters. Such as the line-weight of the shape!

  2. ...and then came the fonts in all shapes, sizes and colours....

  3. Ah, yes. The things that shouldn't matter, but are understandable by the lay and therefore worthy of in-depth discussion... My bane.

  4. Self-proclaimed members of The Church of the Graphically Gifted can wreck a design evaluation session really fast.

  5. I feel like I've been pursued by the followers of that Church my entire career.