On Thursday, my local Revit User Group is hosting a talk by Harry McKinney of Clancy & Theys. Harry has graciously offered to come up and discuss how he and his company are using Revit, Navisworksand other BIM-goodness to do what they need to do.
The Rainbows & Unicorns of BIM that Autodesk sells has always been lacking connectivity between the major groups – designers, builders, owners. I am really looking forward to this discussion to see how we can start to bridge the first gap. In my opinion, until Autodesk comes out with a better piece of software than FMDesktop, it will be a long time until we bridge the final gap. I cringe at some owner’s trying to open Revit. It’s just not the right tool. It’s like trying to mow my lawn with a circular saw.
My understanding now is that we, as designers, are putting data and information into the BIM model that we need to get our jobs done. Makes sense, right? Well, that information isn’t necessarily what the contractor needs to get his job done. If they even get the model, sometimes they just scrap it and make their own.
Like I said, I am really looking forward to this meeting and will absolutely post my impressions after.