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BIM and 3D How, Who, Are ya, or will ya?

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BIM and 3D How, Who, Are ya, or will ya?

Ok so that is a strange bit to start off with but, I was just sitting here watching a little FA Cup British Soccer with my kids and I just starting to wonder about BIM, IFC, 3D…Being a Mechanical Engineer, my work history has been 100% 3D, I see no benefit to 2D design and drafting.  But I drank the 3D kool-aid in College in the early 80’s using Bosch and Lomb 2D and 3D wireframe design as I did my summer internships at a large HVAC manufacture.  I’ve used or deisgned almost every 3D Design package on the planet.  Let me see; Bosch and Lomb, CADDS, Pro-E, Medusa, Think3, 3Di, IronCAD, AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Architectural Desktop, Inventor (I was product manager for Inventor for some years), SolidWorks (I was the field marketing manger for a few years there as well), Catia, UGS, SolidEdge, Alibre, I even wrote my own 3D Parametric modeler on the ACIS kernel for fun.  So I feel that 3D is the best way to design and help eliminate errors. Our industry is just getting rolling into 3D, and along for the ride comes a few standards like BIM.  I want to throw this out to you.

1-Are you using a 3D system and if so what and why>

2-Are you using a standard like BIM and why?

3-How do you see BIM and other standards moving forward?

I’m asking this because we are starting to look at Acrobat 9 and I would like to see where your heads are in respect to these areas.

Whelp, that’s it for today, I guess I’ll get the boys and go to the park and kick the ball around a bit.

Tim Huff