Under 30, 30-45 and over 45

What do they care about, drawings or models? I would propose from discussions that I have had and from personal experience the following.
45+, it is all about the drawing.
30-, it’s all about the model
Between those two is where the crossroads and transition in the world of BIM is taking place.
How many times have I heard the following?
Can you just print that out for review?
Is it ok to draw on this?
Just orbit around and zoom in so we can really see what’s going on.
Can you remove some of this as the screen is a little busy.

Can we ever show enough in a model to eliminate drawings.

Bear in mind the anecdote below.
In a site hut sit a team with access to a model. Site worker comes in. Asks for info. Site team generate a drawing, print it out and site worker is happy and goes out to do the work.
What are the chances that the design team have no idea what that worker needed to get the job done. Likewise how many drawings from the design team are actually used? It is all about the right information at the right time.

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About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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2 Responses to Under 30, 30-45 and over 45

  1. Catherine Hennessy says:

    As a 45+ I think straight into a 3d drawing. On site I think and talk with a felt-tip pen and a note book in my hand. People, process, technology. It works for me. But I am a ‘model’ /BIM fan, because it’s (partly) about thinking and demonstrating in 3d rather than flat drawings. The key is three dimensional thinking.

    • Could not agree more. It seems that way of thinking in “generic” terms at the moment seems to correlate to an age group or more accurately an educational year group but it’s far from exact but it provokes interesting debate.

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