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In 1970 - heck, in 1980 - it probably was.  The threshold will drop as the tools improve. Where would you put your threshold? There are still cases where it's "cheaper" to use a table to size joists than it is to use a computer program. If I need a wood joist to span 12' with a 50psf office load and a 20psf dead load, I just tried it and it took me exactly 23 seconds to find that a 2x10 S. Pine on 16 inch centers works, and that included walking over the bookshelf and finding the book. It took 32 seconds to use Woodworks Sizer - which is purpose built to answer data like that.

I think BIM is the wave of the future, and Don has embraced it - and it works for him. It's no different than cabinet shops with and without CNC tools. To swtich, you are effectively throwing out the old and buying the new, then retraining your entire staff how to use the new tools. They'll probably be more efficient when the conversion is done (provided they "get" the new ways of working), but it's a serious business decision to make th switch. If I were "starting from scratch," I'd probably start with BIM now, too. 
Jordan


Syed A Masroor wrote:
From: "Jordan Truesdell, PE" <seaint1(--nospam--at)truesdellengineering.com>
  
BIM  for projects less than $5M is probably money flushed down a toilet.
    
I have a Merrit handbook from 1970 which explained that if the design fee is
less than a million dollars, the use of a computer will not be viable!

Masroor


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