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January 3, 2013, by admin

New Year’s Resolutions: BIM Style

Happy New Year’s to everyone.  I hope that the holiday season was relaxing and fun for you.  Wow, first blog post of the year.  2012 more than most years seemed to pass by in a blur.  I don’t know if that is a product of me getting older, or being busier, but it I blinked and it was done.

Many exciting things happened in 2012.  I attended my first Design Futures Council conference.  It was the “Design Innovation and Technology Leadership Summit”.  We finished our second BIM Standards project with US CENTCOM.  I completed The Ohio States University’s BIM Feasibility Study which is helping OSU move forward in adopting building information modeling as their standard delivery method.  I had the pleasure of interacting with the University of Cincinnati’s students for design and construction management projects.  I also got to present at the University of Cincinnati’s Surface Conversation Symposium.  Finally, I got a chance to work with some of the brightest, most creative architects and engineers here at SHP on various projects and initiatives. These were just some of the highlights of a very fun and challenging year.

Moving forward into 2013 makes me pause for a moment of reflection.  The new year is shaping up to be the most challenging, exciting, and fun year that I have experienced in quite some time.  Building Information Modeling is rapidly maturing and will reach a point this year that will see the adoption curve by Geoffery Moore move from early majority to late majority.  We will also see more owners adopting BIM and making it systemic.  We will finally see building code reviewers and building departments move into the model based world thanks to Solibri’s $21 Million Technology Grant. (See Link Here.)

In keeping with the traditions of moving into a new year, here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2013.

Spread the Message

I would like to leave no stone unturned as we continue to talk about BIM and it’s benefits to owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and anyone who produces work that ultimately effects the built environment.

Transfer of Wisdom

I see a great need to continue to invest heavily in my own education and to find better ways to transfer what I learn those that I work with.  I guess this means two things really, to become a better listener and a better teacher.

Continue to Push

The BIM revolution can’t slowing down, we can’t afford for it.  For too long we have been okay with dysfunctional relationships between all members of the project teams.  BIM can help those relationships and build trust between builders and designers.  It won’t fix all of the problems, but it will go a long way towards mending our communications.  To affect this change, we need to push harder than we ever have before for more wide spread adoption, higher project expectations, and more trust and sharing.