Building Information Modelling, or BIM, as a concept has existed in architectural design software since the 70’s and 80’s though the term itself wasn’t defined until 2002. Originally described as Virtual Building the concept focused on creating a digital representation of a building prior to construction.
A few months back I had the privilege to receive a new book – Understanding BIM – written by Dr Jonathan Ingram.
Understanding BIM documents why we need BIM, the history of BIM, early case studies in wide ranging disciplines, modern BIM, and the future of BIM. It also documents how BIM works. Dr Ingram is still involved in Information Modelling, AI, AR, VR, language understanding and other contemporary technologies.
As I previously wrote, Murray the founder of Cadimage, worked with Jonathan in the 80’s testing the Sonata System being developed by Jonathan. Murray explained a lot of the history and events during the early days when I was first working with him at Cadimage and it was great to read the history and remember how all the threads were pieced together.
The book is extremely comprehensive and has been very well put together. It is great to look at all the ‘cutting edge’ (in their day) images and see how far we have come over the last few decades. Anyone who wants to understand what BIM is, those who want to hear thoughts on where it is going or are interested in the history of BIM should really purchase a copy – its a great read.
I’m just back from a few days in Newcastle for the ninth bim show live event.
Its the first time I’ve attended but I have to say that Rob and the team put on an outstanding event packed full with a huge line up of speakers and exhibitors.
It was great as always to catch up with Rob Jackson and meet Emma Hooper. The work these two are doing primarily for Bond Bryan but also the wider community is incredible – I’m not sure where they find the hours for it all. They had two presentations regarding Better Information Management which were brilliant.
It was great to catch up with and also hear David Philp presenting as the Chair on the first day. It is a few years since David was down in New Zealand but it was good to reconnect.
Paul Tunstall’s demo of Rhino/Grasshopper/ArchiCAD/Twinmotion while showing me things I’ve seen many times before really started me thinking about something.
There was a good balance of presentations and social time and I hope I can make the trip across to attend again next year.
I also enjoyed getting out for a run and taking in some of the local architecture.
There is no doubt that Building Information Modelling (BIM) is and there are a number of initiatives happening in both New Zealand and internationally that reinforce this. However, exactly what BIM is still causing wide-spread confusion.
A recent survey by Masterspec here in New Zealand while on one hand showed a high percentage of respondents saying they use or are aware of BIM, when asked what BIM was results varied greatly! The survey is definitely worth a look for those in the NZ Building Industry.
Lastly anyone who thinks BIM is just about software needs to read this article – Getting a BIM Rap: Why Implementations Fail, and What You Can Do About It – again from AEC Bytes. It outlines that significant organisation change is required for BIM adoption and those that don’t make fundamental changes are likely to fail with their BIM adoption. I particularly liked the story of the CEO who attended all the training sessions to help set an example. CEOs in my mind should almost be called CCM’s – constant change managers but that is a topic for another post I have been meaning to write for sometime.
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