Report: Don’t let BIM software dictate your design

A new report from the Director of an architectural firm has encouraged fellow architects not to let Building Information Modelling software dictate their building designs.

Scribing his thoughts on BDOnline, RCKa Architects’ Russell Curtis discusses his company’s foray into BIM and stated that the transition has been a smooth one thus far. Although the future is looking bright for Curtis’ firm, he is hoping the future is also as promising. Discussing potential future issues for architects and their relationship with BIM, Curtis said: “We’ve been obsessive in our quest not to allow the software to dictate the direction of the design process, although I can see how attractive that might be: it’s a depressing thought that we might ever be in a position where our ambitions are confined by what we can do with the software – regardless of whether this is down to our lack of knowledge or the limitations of the platform.”


Curtis believes that although software will only get more sophisticated overtime, that doesn’t mean that design limitation issues will be resolved. Curtis elaborated:


“Presumably this risk will fall away as the software becomes increasingly sophisticated (and easier to use? Now, there’s an idea…), but even on a relatively straighforward project there have been areas in which we have struggled to get Revit to do what we want. Nevertheless, this is an aspect that small practices grappling with the introduction of BIM, low fees, tight deadlines and a lack of dedicated CAD support will need to guard vigilantly against: don’t let the software dictate the design.”


Curtis also gives his two cents on the large amount of AEC corporations that have not yet even considering incorporating BIM into their business. He believes SMEs have a real advantage should they take the financial plunge. He said: “Small practices undoubtedly have an advantage when it comes to speed of adoption, and we are presented with an opportunity to steal a march on our more cumbersome competitors.


“While the cost of implementing BIM within a small practice has undoubtedly been significant, such an investment applied on a larger scale sees the costs involved become truly staggering once software, hardware, training and integration are taken into account. As a result, many larger practices seem instead to be taking tentative steps with only a handful of seats being introduced at a time.”


Read Curtis’s guest post in full by following this link.


Do you agree with Curtis in that more companies should have adopted BIM by now?


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