Simultaneous Analysis

Last week, one of Tocci's VDC Modelers sent this article to our team, on AIA New York's Shifting Paradigms: Design in Transition event.

The discussion point in the article that stood out to me was not the "insecurity of the audience"; it was Paul Seletsky's criticism of BIM software, which does infact "lack the ability to simultaneously look at design geometry and energy management". I would extend that to any type of analysis. For instance, even though we are able to extract quantity information directly from a model to feed an estimate in a much shorter time period, it is certainly not instantaneous pricing feedback.

Where our success has been is in finding workarounds that create "almost-instantaneous" feedback. Obviously these workarounds require setup and BIM Execution Planning, but short of improved interoperability and connectivity between software platforms, its what we have. And although it isn't perfect, it is certainly better than traditional process.

1 comment:

Miguel Krippahl said...

Hi Laura
When you say that "...even though we are able to extract quantity information directly from a model to feed an estimate in a much shorter time period, it is certainly not instantaneous pricing feedback." do you mean you cannot produce a quantity takeoff with associated costs directly from the model, in real time, at any stage of the design?
If so, I would venture that you may be using the wrong BIM software or not using it the right way, because in my experience this is quite easy to set up.