Recently, I've been working in a BIM bliss: I've been talking to and working with architects, contractors and owners who are BIM friendly (some even BIM savvy).
So on Thursday, when I was asked to contact an engineer about obtaining a structural model (in this case, a Risa file), I didn't think twice about it. I was excited - less modeling for me to do!
After playing a few days of phone tag with the structural engineer, I finally talked to him this afternoon. I started by explaining what Tocci is doing with BIM, making sure to stress the point that we were finally catching up with them (because structural analysis has been done with 3-models for quite some time now). I told him that I noticed references to a 3-D analytical model of an existing building that we are renovating in a report that he had written. Then, I asked for the model.
His response: why?
I explained to him (again) what we might do with it: clash detection, scheduling, etc.
His response: a long and uncomfortable silence.
I wait for him to break the silence. He didn't. So I said, "Do you have a nondisclosure and file exchange policy form that I could sign? I understand that some firms might be uncomfortable sharing files. Do you have any questions that I could answer? Maybe that would clarify some things."
His response: Yes, I'm very uncomfortable with all this. We'll have to work something out.
That was that. And I almost forgot about my past experiences with designers.