Monday, December 5, 2011

There is some advantage to working in a stale industry...

The risk of me waking up one morning to the news that all the problems that have been bugging me for some time, have been solved by someone else over-night, is extremely low.
No sleepless nights are endured because some revolutionary system may be potentially bubbling in a lab with the intent to upset my steady, apple cart of ‘changing the world, one-person-at-the-time’.

Still, I do regret the unlikeliness of a morning dawning to the discovery of a super-duper-clever model-verification toolset having popped onto the market and spreading over the AEC like a storm.

On a more modest scale, I could get pleasantly surprised by the main ‘claiming to be BIM’ vendors coming up with some smart ways of codifying information within their models according to their status. A bit like the various methods now distinguish “renovation” and “new build”, the source of the information and consequently its status could also be tracked and automatically filtered.
I know we could/should and probably will achieve the same results through custom coding, adding tags or parameters to tools/objects and scheduling them.

It is just a bit strange to have these vendors/service providers descend onto the construction industry like they were ‘the heroes everyone’s been waiting for’, without applying an effort to understand how information matures through the construction process, and what their model could do to help?!


  1. We have an LOD parameter for all objects, when we have models which are being used at different stages. Should be a standard feature in all BIM applications, makes filtering of the objects to establish the current progress a breeze.