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BIM growth across the pond

by mel starrs on November 23, 2007

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Some good news on BIM from Building Design + Construction (A US publication).

 The rate at which newcomers join the ranks of BIM users has been increasing, FMI reported. BIM usage grew by three percent in 2003, six percent in 2005 and 11 percent in 2006, the study found.

 A white paper from CMAA is also available:

CMAA’s Emerging Technologies Committee has prepared a white paper on Building Information Modeling and is soliciting member comments on the draft as part of its ongoing effort to support CMs and firms in adopting BIM.

 We had some good discussion on BIM earlier in the month.  I love the point Martin makes about all stakeholders being able to understand the model.  This is a very valid point, but in my experience (mainly using IES), lay-people (patronising term, sorry) are more able to understand a 3D model (especially with fly throughs) than a 2D paper representation.  For this reason, I think it’s actually easier to present to clients than traditional drawings.

 I’m itching to have a play on Second Life but haven’t the access at the minute.  As for Ecotect (which Iain highlighted to me), again, I haven’t had the chance to play with yet.  At first glance I’m alarmed that architects are veering off into what I would class as an engineer’s task!

The point needs to be made, that the entire design team on a project needs to be using at the very least, compatible models and software.  And need I stress the need for architect and engineer to work together from project inception?  In an (my?) ideal world, we would move towards truly independent design teams, a kind of Hollywood model, where the architect, engineers and rest of the DT get together for the duration of a single (or several concurrent) projects.  Then the architect and engineer could sit side by side (physically or electronically remotely) and design the building together rather than the inefficient tag-team approach commonly used today.