word of the day

BIM spill‧age [bim spil-ij] noun
the loss of information due to inaccuracies, incompleteness or unwillingness of BIM products to pass information appropriately.
Brad Finck (of Cadsoft) introduced me to the term "BIM spillage". According to Brad, it will be the greatest barrier to adoption. Although I like the term, I couldn't disagree more.

BIM spillage is essentially the loss of information due to interoperability. And because interoperability is a measurable software-related problem, it can be resolved within time. I think there are other problems that will be much greater barriers:
  • development of standards
  • legal concerns
  • current project structure
  • resistance to change

All of these problems will be resolved over time. And none of these problems will prevent forward thinking AEC firms and professionals from switch to BIM. However, a firm or professional who is resistant to change won't be able to look for or agree with solutions to any of these other problems. So at first, they will be the greatest barrier to industry-wide implementation, but they won't hold the rest of us back for long. Because as Thom Mayne (of morphosis) said (at the 2005 AIA national convention in Las Vegas):

If you want to survive, you're going to change; if you don't, you're going to perish. It's as simple as that.

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