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Winter Street Architects, Salem, MA – Biting the BIM Bullet

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Winter Street Architects, Salem, MA – Biting the BIM Bullet

| architects, BIM, CAD, recession | August 20, 2009

I have said numerous times lately that the lessons of this prolonged recession and necessity to achieve efficiency’s to survive will be a game changer for BIM acceptance in AEC firms.  Everyday I see evidence supporting that.  Here is a post from a firm in Salem, MA that agrees that BIM is key in moving forward and competing:

Photorealistic BIM Rendering of the Salem State College, Weir-Stanley Building Music Rehearsal Space

Photo-realistic BIM Rendering of the Salem State College, Weir-Stanley Building Music Rehearsal Space

If you haven’t done it by now, you better get to it!  Or fall so far behind you may never be able to catch up.  Bite the BIM bullet.  It’s the future of the building industry and the future is now or just around the corner.  Our firm swallowed the BIM pill way back in 2003; a year after Revit was first introduced to the market by Autodesk.  What we saw then was what other industries have been doing for years: virtually prototyping and testing designs prior to fabrication.  Economics and compute power had the practice relegated to big business and complex industries, but now the industrial evolution has finally availed these tools to the AEC Industry that allow us to rise up and shed our Neanderthal trappings.  Those who will not adapt and wait, or dismiss it as a passing fad, will surrender to Natural Selection ending up in their own version of the La Brea Tar Pits. What BIM allows us to do is create buildings in the same way that we think about them; as visualized complete projects.  We don’t think in plans, elevations, sections and details.  These methods deconstruct the total visualized idea into two dimensional components simply to communicate complexities of the idea to someone else or to allow us to coordinate others’ work into our complex idea.

Full article via Winter Street ArchitectsBlog

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After working at various design practices on a full-time and freelance basis, and starting his own design firm, David McFadden saw that there was a gap to be filled in the industry. In 1984, he created an expansive hub for architects and hiring firms to sync up, complete projects, and mutually benefit. That hub was Consulting For Architects Inc., which enabled architects to find meaningful design work, while freeing hiring firms from tedious hiring-firing cycles. This departure from the traditional, more rigid style of employer-employee relations was just what the industry needed - flexibility and adaption to modern work circumstances. David has successfully advised his clients through the trials and tribulations of four recessions – the early 80’s, the early 90’s, the early 2000’s, and the Great Recession of 2007.

3 Responses to "Winter Street Architects, Salem, MA – Biting the BIM Bullet"
  • Robert Elfer August 22, 2009

    I could not agree more. We have been a BIM based firm (Revit) since 2004. We are a smaller firm of 5 people, but the platform allows us the design freedom and production efficiency to tackle larger and more interesting projects, with fewer but more hands on designers. Our goal in establishing the firm was to create a true studio environment, and this software paradigm shift has enabled us to do exactly that, where designers and partners imagine and inhabit the design from the very earliest phases of a project through CA.

  • Shabbir August 29, 2009

    This sounds really good, please tell me where can one get BIM training near Washington DC area that is affordable, thanks.

  • Maxim J. January 12, 2010

    Nice. I’ll use that at my web-page

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