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This sounds like a fascinating panel, Bradford. I'll briefly share some of my opinions in response to your jump-start questions:
In a word, "amen" to Nicholas's statement.In researching the potential (and sooner than later to happen) impact of A.I. on our industry, it's clear the technology will overtake architecture if we don't start building our own shared database of projects and technical information to draw on to automate the automate-able and supplement/grow the insight, inspiration, leadership and management talents of the profession.
Hi Bradford! I'll be there at the symposium, I've been involved with my local TAP for several years. Agree with Mr. Rawlings but have a few additional thoughts as well:1. In addition to our tools being somewhat non-optimal, there's been a bit of a phase shift in the attention of software providers to servicing contractors and owners. While this isn't wholly a negative thing, I feel like architects haven't fully reckoned with how our process and deliverables are changing, especially how models are currently being used in construction.2. I think the architectural toolset could at this time benefit more from simplicity than from further complexity. The things I'd be most happy about would be a complete set of APIs, better interoperability, and a real archival format.3. I use a pretty robust suite of tools developed by me and by my colleagues. They're useful, but would be more so if we had more stability in our process (see #2).4. At this point in the industry Revit has now been a dominant tool for the architectural profession for as long as Autocad had it's heyday in the US. I am waiting for the next step ;)5. The most significant thing we can do to improve the state of software solutions would be to have a real, independent BIM database format that was agreed upon by all parties and was used in practice. IFC has made great strides but still is not applicable in many cases.6. As i mentioned in no. 1, real discussion of the way that models are currently being used in the field, and how this ties to the latest AIA contract documents, is something that needs to be discussed. Architects need to take the reins on the future of models in AEC. Most of the VD+C partners at contractors' offices that I know are architects - why? Because we require creative solutions to the problems we're facing in technology right now.
"I feel like architects haven't fully reckoned with how our process and deliverables are changing"
I'm in complete agreement with this statement, Benjamin. I find it baffling that we spend so much time laying out drawings and schedules on sheets that may never actually be printed. There are so many better ways to convey information on-screen than in a PDF.
Take elevation keynotes, for example. They work well in print as a way to cram a lot of information into a compact space. On a screen, however, it quickly becomes tiresome to zoom into a drawing, read a keynote number (or letter, depending on your firm's convention), and then pan over to the legend to figure out what that number means. It would be much less obtrusive to allow users to tap on a wall, window, or gutter in an elevation to get more information about it, or perhaps to display that information in a tooltip when the user's cursor passes over the element in question.
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------------------------------Benjamin Regnier AIAGenslerEncinitas CAOriginal Message:Sent: 05-01-2023 03:17 PMFrom: Bradford J. Prestbo FAIASubject: TAP Symposium at A'23: Questions for Panel 3, Relationship with Technology
------------------------------Bradford Prestbo FAIAStudioNYL------------------------------
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