Wednesday, September 12, 2012

10 ways to guarantee BIM failure!

First 9 of them are real case stories that led to failure. 10th has not yet but still very dangerous;)

1- Don't hire an experienced BIM Manager.
2- Don't train your team properly.

3- Find someone from your organization whose maximum interaction with latest technology is iPhone and make him BIM Manager.

4- Make sure that the above BIM Manager thinks that he knows all about BIM because he attended some seminars and read some case studies.

5- Don't get training and never ever run a small pilot project to fully understand the capabilities of the BIM Tool before making mass number of license. Instead, just rely on vendor's word.
6- See the BIM requirement chapter in the tender documents and say "oh well, we will think about it if we get the project".

7- Believe that there is only one "way" to succeed with BIM on each project.

8- Believe that having a model only for coordination is BIM and you can produce shop drawing with the traditional method which has nothing to do with BIM. Further more claim this is much cheaper.

9- Prefer ideal workflows to realistic ones.

10- Final and the most important one: Be arrogant to Diyane and irritate her although she is nice, kind and respectful towards you:)

Congratulations! You are ready to fail now:)))

Have a wonderful day without any failures!
Diyane Koseoglu

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Maybe IFC works better in cold regions, especially under -20 degrees:)

A couple of days ago, I was speaking with one the Graphisoft Product Managers and I mentioned him that IFC is not the most trusted file format in the Middle East.

After this statement of mine, I was expecting a response like this:

"Ohhh I know! It has to be developed further but we are fully dedicated to OPEN BIM and we believe IFC is the future."

But no, that wasn't the answer.

He was pretty much surprised with my statement and he said he was recently visiting large Scandinavian contractors using ArchiCAD and they were extremely happy with IFC.

WOW! Very unexpected answer!

Since then I have been trying to find a good answer why IFC has totally different reputation in the Middle East and Scandinavian countries. Following are the possibilities I could think of:

  • Maybe it's easier to manage IFC files on smaller projects.
  • Maybe Scandinavians are more experienced with BIM.
  • Maybe Scandinavians has lower expectations from IFC and they are happy with whatever they get:)
  • Maybe IFC works better in cold regions, especially under -20 degrees:)

 Puff! I really don't know!

Have a great Sunday!
Diyane Koseoglu

How to view 2D Lines in 3D?

A long lasting issue!

Viewing 2D lines in 3D! Some says it is crucial some says no need for such feature...

If you are asking my opinion, my answer is "YES". I didn't know how to do it until Jothi came up with this video.

I hope you enjoyed it:)

Diyane Koseoglu

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Top 10 BIM questions

This time it's not my top 10:)

I came across with a nice article by Dr Stephen Hamil, Director of Design and Innovation and Head of Building Information Modelling at NBS.

He listed the top 10 BIM questions and gave answers to these. The questions are as following and please go to this link for the answers:
  1. What is BIM? (the good old question)
  2. Who owns the BIM? (I totally agree with him)
  3. Who will make the most money from BIM? (as you see it's not only BIM providers:))
  4. What are the legal implications of BIM? (The link he refers don't work. This is a questions which bugs me a lot and still very unclear in the Middle East.)
  5. Is the UK falling behing the rest of the world on BIM? (Hahaha! Seems like every country is thinking they are falling behind. Good to know it's not only Middle East:)
  6. How will industry help BIM adoption happen smoothly in the UK? (owners mandating BIM doesn't sound harsh to me. I think it is the only way to go forward fast)
  7. Is there a single BIM or many BIMs? (unexpected answer for me!)
  8. Is affordability an issue and how can smaller practices be persuaded that BIM is a worthwhile investment? (I agree)
  9. How do master specification systems fit into BIM? (puff... the most boring question)
  10. How do cash and carbon fit into BIM? (I agree)

I enjoyed the article and I hope you will as well.

Diyane Koseoglu