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.