Liberty Hotel

Yesterday afternoon, I, along with several of my coworkers, attended a tour of the Charles Street Jail renovation project. The tour was really great; it is always good to get out to a site, especially a large & unique project like this one.

While we were walking through the mechanical room, one of my coworkers asked the super (who was leading the tour) if they had a lot of problems with collisions between pipes or ducts and structure. His reply: All the time. Her reply: You guys should have used BIM. His reply: Who is BIM?

She explained to him what (not who) BIM is and how it could assist with MEP coordination; he pretty much shrugged, let her know that they had an MEP coordinator (who apparently didn't do their job) and the conversation ended there.

Although I'm getting used to it, I am always amazed when supers and other construction professionals and workers are resistant to the idea of MEP coordination via BIM. Do they like the hassle of finding collisions in the field? Do they enjoy having to pay extra to resolve them? Do they look forward to getting lectured by their superiors when the project falls behind schedule? I'm assuming the answers to those questions would be a resounding no. Then why wouldn't they be open to the idea of any means avoid such problems?

I'm really not this naive. I understand that they might be intimidated by the technology or the change, have no say in the implementation of BIM and have probably been in the industry too long to believe in the "magic" of BIM. But I believe, and I will make believers out of all of them. No matter how long it takes or how hard I have to try.

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