Moral of the story, Sam likes it. Trolling through the variety of posts and discussion boards I came across this one about Is BIM the Future. And if we take a step back we should ask is 3D drafting the answer, which I think everyone would answer with a qualified yes. Working in 3D just makes everything faster, for presentations, for communicating with the clients, renderings, etc. Hell I even heard the comment that architects who would not touch CAD, are using SketchUP, and since they are SketchUP is gaining traction in the marketplace. BIM it is not, but communicating in 3D, it’s a snap and who wants to be against google. So if we are going to work in 3D, why not implement all these great tools and data which is essentially what BIM is. However, everyone is trying to jump, well not everyone, but most are trying to jump from a 2D world to try and fully implement BIM, and without getting your bearings in 3D first it’s a bit harder. Trying to implement a fully realized BIM, 4D-5D, Google-D, much tougher.
But still I think you got to get started somewhere, because the expectation is you will have to deliver BIM, even if a lot might not be able to define it, but at least 3D. Recently someone asked us for a proposal on 120,000SF building to an existing conditions / as built survey to which I gave him a quote, he then asked what file type to which I replied that it was for 2D CAD / Floorplans. He then said I’d like in Revit. To which I replied, that would be more. His response, “Why?”
It will be the the coming expectations of everyone out there, and what’s tough, even with the all the ROI Case Studies of spending more money on the front end, very few want to do it. We are very early in the process of selling BIM / Revit to the masses so education is still going to be a big part of it. To get back on topic, is the future BIM? Yup, but were going to have to do a lot more selling and educating for it to pay for the firms creating them.