Sunday, May 19, 2013

BIM is Full of Holes

I took Seth Godin's recent blog post title and plugged BIM in instead. His post said "Life is Full of Holes". His perspective and observations are always welcome and happily sometimes (often) they plug right into my own life and work.

In particular these lines resonated with me and what a friend once essentially asked his company during their deliberations regarding "To do Revit or not to do Revit"...

Seth wrote: "I don't think the right question is, "is the path perfect?" It's probably, "Is this somewhere I'd like to go?"

In the context of Revit the question is, "Do we want to continue to work this way or that way". Do we want to keep doing what we already do or see where and how we can benefit from using Revit instead?

The Revit path isn't perfect, no "path" is... but do we need to keep waiting for it to be perfect, or even have that expectation? Keep in mind it never WILL be perfect...nothing is.

Stop prevaricating about the bush, make a decision!


KMiller said...

Makes sense. We are getting ready to make the BIM/ Revit leap. When we attempted the switch to Autodesk Architecture, it flopped because of being focused on what was missing or not working as quickly as what we had been used to in autocad. I have been learning Revit to prep ourselves for the jump and so far it seems pretty decent. I think the question should asked after one has spent a year or more into this, "was the transition worth it?". After all of the aggravation and discovering the "holes", are you and the new workflows better off after the transition?

DaveP said...

In answer to "Unknown"s question - Was it worth it? - what we've found in our office is that people making the transition from AutoCAD to Revit mostly hate Revit on their first project. On the second one, they start to focus more on what Revit CAN do as opposed to what AutoCAD USED to do.
By the third Revit project, it's nearly universal that now people hate it if they have to go back and use AutoCAD again.