comments from CURT

Last week was the 2006 National CURT Conference in Tucson, AZ; I wasn't able to attend, but have heard reviews of it from John Tocci (who was one of the keynote speakers) and Rich Nitzsche (via his AECbytes article).

In summary, Rich's article highlighted three (of many) of the lessons of the conference. We (which can mean either internal Tocci staff or the construction industry) have been talking about these things for quite some time, so it is nice to hear it coming from the architectural side.
  • Despite common belief, most of the built world has little to do with architects.
  • There is a severe shortage of craft workers and skilled tradespeople in the construction workforce.
  • The delivery chain is broken to the point that the industry is faltering as it tries to implement and develop standards for BIM.

John's comments were more specific to his presentation and the response of the attendees, which was overall positive. People were excited about some of the things we are doing at Tocci (and some of the things that we are talking about doing - like presenting the architect/owner with NCR'sTM (notification of clash resolution) isntead of RFI's.

One of the important questions (perhaps the most important) was from an owner:
Where do I tell my architect to go to get started with this stuff?

We don't have an answer for them; no one has produced anything like this for architects...yet.


Miguel Krippahl said...

This question from an owner I heard many times, in many guises:
"Where do I tell my architect to go to get started with this stuff?"

Ah, well.

If a specific product does not meet your standards (say, the car whose buy you are contemplating), do you wonder where you should go to get them started with that stuff?


You change brand.

Why do owners and constructors insist on retaining their architects after they realize those guys just won't take THAT step?

This is a mystery to me.

Laura Handler said...

In the case of most projects, constructors have no choice regarding the architect; that is completely the owner's decision.

Architects are selected (I think) based on past experiences, price and design. BIM is a learned tool; not something that is inherent to a company. Why would an owner, specifically a corporate owner, go through the hassle of changing architects when their architect could merely learn how to use the tool.

Moreover, I can't see an architect refusing to utilize BIM at the request of an owner. I think that pressure from the own would cause most architects to turn to BIM; that leaves the question of how. There is no practical BIM implementation guide for architects.