Lachmi Khemlani’s latest AEC Bytes newsletter covers the recent AIA Technology in Architectural Practice conference. I was interested to read about Mario Guttman (HOK) and Eric Ko (Arup) session “Models for Digital Collaboration with Engineers” and their comments on the need for cultural change;
“In the 2D world, people used to spend a lot of time doing things to making the drawing "look right." With BIM, this is totally redundant, and professionals using BIM need to think about what they are doing, since every task performed in the software is related to the design of the building in some way.”
Perhaps Mario’s comment was the most significant;
“With regard to the issue of whether an increased fee could be charged for the use of BIM, the two panelists had somewhat different perspectives. Ko found that clients were open to an increased fee, whereas Guttman felt that architects needed to do it anyway, otherwise they would be out of business.”
If you’re thinking about adopting BIM software and techniques stop thinking, it’s time to start doing, before it’s too late.