I am a manager of construction information, tools and people .
I believe that hands-on manipulating of project information by all project participants is the key to achieving any meaningful improvement of the AEC industry operating within the post-gambling-era.
I consider myself to be a model-based construction information practitioner (shortened to a ‘BIM- meddler’) rather than an ‘expert’ or even ‘specialist’.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sorry Hady, will not make it this time.
This is my public apology to Bentley Systems Europe B.V. (Dubai
I week or so ago, I had the pleasure to be invited to Bentley’s
"21st Century Construction Processes" event, planned for the 11th of
December, to be held in Doha.
Their programme looked interesting and as Hady (who so kindly sent me the invitation)
“The event will be also a very good networking opportunity with industry
peers from top construction and rail firms in the Middle East such as Parsons
International, Arabtec Construction, L.L.C, and Consolidated Contractors
I will spare you of my comment on how brave this action of Hady’s I
consider to be.
Not just because that would mean repeating myself, a habit I try
to shake off, but also I do accept that mature companies like Bentley Systems
have the wisdom to create their lists of event-invitees without being unduly influenced
by a potential blog comment of a hysterical BIM-mer, afterwards.
So, I politely thanked Hady and sought permission to go.
Still, the bosses, said: NO.
By no means should this decision be taken as a reflection on the
quality of Bentley's programme - nor the high cost of getting me to Doha.
After all, for at least the last half a year we’ve had guys
travelling back and forth around the globe on the account of juicy RAIL
projects to be had in the region, we must have by now secured super specials
with the airlines.
Though, in tough times we are currently living, every cent counts,
the ex ‘small-business owner minded’ person I am, I sure understand.
Still, the overarching cluelessness of this workplace of mine does
bother me a bit - as a colleague said, even if someone showed us how to dig
those rail tunnels within seconds using batman’s laser drills and offered to sell
the tools to us - we'd still be too cool to listen to anyone.
In fact, they wouldn’t notice if a life-saving strategy has hit
them in between their eyes.