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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 [mailto:vicpeng(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:12 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: BIM


Probably not but appears to be one of our future universes ...


Thor A. Tandy P.Eng, C.Eng, Struct.Eng, MIStructE
Victoria, BC

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Adams [mailto:davea(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 7:07 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: BIM

Does it make much sense for simple, one- or two-story buildings?



Dave K. Adams, S.E., P.Eng.

Lane Engineers, Inc.

Tulare, CA





From: Jim Getaz [mailto:jgetaz(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2008 5:22 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
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.

                        Our 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.


            Jim Getaz

            Precast Concrete Engineer