I know that I've heard many times that most people still use AutoCAD, but I was still surprised by this.

Really? Additionally, so many people use it (and plan to use it) that they come to AU for AutoCAD classes? I cannot even fathom this.


Gregory Arkin said...

They just don't get it. Evntually they'll give up their uncoordinated layered ways but not without a fight. Even more shocking to me was that my proposal on BIM for contractors and how to involve subcontractors getting picked was even more surprising.

No one can touch what you've done with BIM and IPD. I love my chats with Phil Bernstein and we made an architect spontaneously combust , when during one of Phil's IPD lectures about your Autodesk project I raised my hand and asked Phil if there were any RFIs on the project. Phil, happy to play along, said there were none. The architect sitting next to me blurted out "Impossible. You can't have a project without any RFIs. His head exploded and we moved on to the topic of how the ductwork and piping had no clashes.

bmyers said...

Actually, I'm surprised that you would be surprised!

Point being: How many people are in fields that are not construction or manufacturing? The reality is that

1.) A huge number of people don't fit into a neat "Revit" or "Inventor" category.

2.) I've read numbers that 80% of the firms are using a BIM product, but in reality far fewer are actually doing EVERY job as a BIM deliverable... at last word, that was still under 50%.

3.) The way the products are named is important. AutoCAD Civil 3D. AutoCAD Architecture. These products will score the "AutoCAD" total as well.

Also, what is the #1 selling product? Can you guess? Historically, its been AutoCAD LT. Low profit margin, high volume in terms of sales. I'd have been surprised had it been anything else!

Laura Handler said...

You are right - I know, I know. All good points. It is just a shame that many great BIM classes weren't selected this year.

Samuel J said...

Its not Surprising that the Majority of People still use Autocad, the surprising thing to me is the unwillingness of People to try something new that could improve their workflow and Projects. Here at my Office Some of the Staff were recalcitrant to the idea of switching over to BIM, they dont want to see their years of accumulated autocad knowledge thrown into the trash. Its hard to make the jump to BIM for some people and I think that this will become more pronounced over the next couple of years. Its an inevitable switch but and I would never do a project in CAD again, but I guess some in the architecture/construction industry dont think the switch will take place for quite some time. either way, I hope that more and More BIM classes are taught and that we can move away from CAD in the next few years.