I’m using it for even small
residential structures with good result. Although one quickly discovers some
frustrating limitations of BIM on small projects, the overall superiority of
the systems, (in my case, Revit), is undeniable. The frustration is that
some things, while technically possible to produce in 3d is either difficult to
do or, surprisingly, just flat out makes lousy CD illustration.
What is interesting is that even BIM “how
to” books are inclined to tell you that at some point 3d needs to be
jettisoned in favor of 2d. The key is discovering when and where to
go back to 2D for pure illustrative and productivity’s sake. But
make no mistake; a robust 2d environment is still quite important.
From: Thor Tandy
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:12
Subject: RE: BIM
Probably not but appears to be one of our future universes
Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE
From: Dave Adams
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:07
Subject: RE: BIM
Does it make much
sense for simple, one- or two-story buildings?
Dave K. Adams, S.E.,
Lane Engineers, Inc.
From: Jim Getaz
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 5:22
Subject: Re: BIM
We’ve done about eight projects with Tekla.
Gerard is correct in that it may take a while to develop templates for drawings
that show everything you want as the engineer and everything the GC (architect,
subcontractors, other designers) wants to see, too.
experience is that it is a much more difficult move than from the drafting
board to AutoCAD, so I’d like to know what Ashwin and Jacobs are doing
right that we’re not. It may be partly that we are trying to produce
erection drawings and fabrication drawings from the model and each presents its
own challenges. Further, when the model has all the concrete reinforcing and
connection information, it is huge. The good thing is that it is a concurrent
multi-user system. Many people can be working on the same model at the same
time, and when it saves, it flags conflicts in their changes. It is a very
powerful program – you probably all know how that works: it makes it so
the team can do anything, but it is hard to learn how to do everything because
there’s so much to learn.
Precast Concrete Engineer