Sunday, January 9, 2011

18 pairs of rafters in the cottage

There were no trusses. 18 pairs of rafters. In the cottage. If you had trouble working this out, ask your child to do it for you; Not mocking you, just giving an incentive to understand how today’s kids communicate; You’d need to tell them what a truss is, maybe even what the difference between a truss and a rafter. But the rest, they’d figure out.
Building owners. A diverse bunch of physical and legal entities, ranging from a family reroofing a garage to a country-government building a new city; One can argue that they have enormously varied needs, budgets, tastes, responsibilities. There is something truly common to all: When they are involved with the construction industry they all embark on a process that they hope will result with a new/improved building. So, in theory they should not care much about types of communication. Whether plans are scratched into stone-slabs, charcoaled onto paper or modelled in a multi dimensional virtual environment, as long as the end-results meet their expectations. That being a building built to a preset budget, quality and time. But more often than not, they don’t. Meet expectations. Even when expectations are pitched quite low, to match ‘reasonable’ within the industry. Still, apart from low level ‘grumbling’ there seems to be an acceptance that these things are ‘unavoidable’. Well, are there really?

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