Tuesday, July 5, 2011

BIM is a failed revolution...

An anonymous commenter wrote on my blog;
He is right! (or was it a she? An entire consortium could hide behind the anonymous sender, that would make them ‘they’, I guess. I digress).

“Ultimately Architects and Engineers need to make a profit.
BIM increases costs and offers nothing in the way of greater efficiency or a competitive edge.
BIM assumes A/E offices have lots of time to train people, and that their employees are long hires. This is not true either.
Most firms hire and fire by the job.
BIM is a tool for making high tech airplanes but has no place in small scale construction.”*

Interesting how often airplanes come up in conversations related to BIM.
I often use them to explain hard-to-explain theories.
Or just to make my stories more interesting and appear real high-tech.
Did you know that my favourite coordination software package is used by both Boeing and Bell Helicopters?

Still, I think I am more fascinated by the airspace industry then the aircrafts themselves.
There exists an environment that previously did not, with its intricate rules, processes and systems.
It continues to operate across all geographical areas despite of numerous and daily impediments.
Even if you take into account the time frame it evolved to its current state, it is still a revolution.

Something BIM has been unable to achieve.

* Don’t necessary agree with the entire comment as such though, it has some very good points;