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Wonderful responses so far from everyone. I'll just add my two cents also. My background is in Architecture, and was very involved with BIM/VDC at the last office that I worked. However, they started to revert back to 2D since some key people had left. A few of us there tried to continue the push with BIM, but it didn't take. The overall attitude was that they could draw faster in CAD. That may be true, but that obviously has no bearing on being productive or efficient. Long story short, some people I knew on the construction side were showing how the tech was being utilized and I made the move to construction for professional and personal reasons. Needless to say five years later, I now have an additional set of tools and management skills that I wish I could share back on the design side. I do as much as I can with my peers that I continue to have relationships with on the design side.
That being said, I really believe the solution to these complex projects with shorter timelines will require collaboration from ALL stakeholders on the project including subcontractors. All parties need to be brought in and I truly believe a lot of questions answered upfront regarding cost and quantities can be flushed out early on. It'll require a certain level of trust and transparency. That's a lot to ask of course. But, those willing to make that leap will enjoy a truly collaborative project. It's all headed that way already with CM at Risk contracts which we do a lot of where I work. We still don't bring in the sub's early on, but a few we have with "design assist" contracts for sub's.I still haven't seen any IPD contracts yet, but that would be what we're all aiming for I think.
Great insight Andrew. Thank you for explaining your experience and processes.
Here are some of my thoughts about technology. I'm 46 now. I grew up on technology also in the early 80's. What an amazing time period to be in. Atari, Apple, Commodore, Amiga, Microsoft, TRS 80, PC's, video arcade games, walkmans, CD digital audio, VHS, Betamax. All revolutionary. I still to this day look with excitement at the new 21st century technology as I did when I was in my teens and 20's with 80's tech. Learning Autocad was an amazing experience. I always knew growing up that 3D technology was the future. When I first saw that opening sequence for "The Black Hole" (1979) I was blown away. That was all computer generated. When I saw the Genesis sequence from Star Trek 2, TRON, The Last Starfighter, The Abyss, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Toy Story, Titanic, The Matrix, and so on and so on. All this technology could be utilized in design and construction. When I found out about 3D Studio around 1996, I spent countless nights with my co-worker at our computer and we just test and learned how to use the software and we were very successful with and were able to produce some really neat animations. I still have those old 640x480 animations. So, I focused on 3D modeling in the 1990's and early 2000's. I learned how to use 3DS Max on my own and did a lot of 3D rendering and animations from around 1999-2009. Then Revit came along and I realized this was finally the bridge I was looking for. To draw and model in 3D was the way to go.
I never wanted to be that guy that needs to ask for help on how to use technology. I will not fall behind with tech. So again, I forced myself to learn how to use Revit, how to make families and parametric models from 2009-2014. It wasn't easy. It required a new way of looking at projects and it was certainly a disruptive technology. But, I forced myself to do it and it paid off. I think our generation has just as much capability to learn knew things as anyone. You just gotta force yourself to do it. I made the move to construction now because they are really pushing construction technology. I got my part 107 FAA drone certification also and I can now fly on my projects and scan and create photogrammetry models. We use Matterport and laser scanning on our projects. Lot's of amazing things we're doing in the 21st century. I try to make sure my kids ask me how to do something on their phone, not the other way around. I "try" at least. LOL.
Anyway, I don't want to sound arrogant or anything. It's just a passion I have for this stuff and I really think if people apply themselves and take some time, they can be very successful with it. I just want to be one step ahead of everyone else. Don't ever want to be left behind and feel like I'm trying to catch up. Technology is evolving faster and faster and it's getting harder and harder to keep up and discern which tech is the right one to concentrate on.