Sunday, 28 October 2012

BIM in Australia

My colleague Casey forwarded this article and I felt it was relevant enough to share as it touches on the ideas and thoughts I had regarding BIM implementation in Australia. I think what was odd for me moving to London almost 7 years ago was why technology was slow over here (or felt that way) and why in Australia we were advanced in regard to the software we used and how we used it. I graduated from a Bachelor in Architecture at the end of  2001 and I remember vividly that back then the few of us who grasped digital ideas in Architecture were the few who would excel and be sought after in the work place. This was clear to me even at such a young age and point in my career. I felt it relevant to understand how to theorise in design, but also utilise the tools out there to explore ways to do this.

I believe Revit's first adoption in many firms in Australia (mainly the eastern states) was probably around this time or a few years into its first release via Autodesk. I remember thinking and hearing about it from friends but I had strong 3d AutoCAD skills, Studio Max and Viz and was training in ADT (Architectural Desktop). I did not quite see the beginnings here as I was desperately trying to make my mark in the firm I worked for.

Quite funny to have moved over to the UK and not have used the software. Most Aussie's now come over as power users, very advanced in how they think and develop their ideas in 3d and ways to make the use and implementation of Revit stronger in practice. The issue was not the use of software but rather the knowledge of BIM and the data associated and how to manage the models that was lacking. In some ways I felt that I was still at the forefront in this way - having understood what BIM means to Architecture and design but still strong using the software we had at our disposal.

I think Australia has time to play catch up because once BIM is fully integrated into the construction industry, with our strong software and implementation skills it will not be difficult to reach similar levels as the States and even the UK.

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