Over the past several months I worked very closely with a reprographics giant to create an on-site FM solutions for our AEC firm to manage reproduction internally. This solution worked so greatly so far for our organization and it is helping cut cost tremendously.
I was recently asked by the IRGA Convention to speak on BIM as part of a panel of two very accomplished speakers. My point of view will address the convention which most of which are reprographers and their suppliers on how BIM is changing the AEC industry. Partly, this speaking engagement will cover topics to educate them how BIM is evolving our business. The other part, is project how it will evolve their business to catch-up with ours.
So as I continue to put together my thoughts for the presentation, I took the time to think deeply of how their business will be affected by BIM. For one thing, I noticed a lot of reprographers now have a “BIM” business unit that goes after BIM work. I think to myself, REALLY?! Now they want to come after our thin market?! I think it is a joke how the term BIM is used so recklessly that it is losing the meaning of BIM.
In my mind, it is not farfetched to anticipate a “BIM Handler” business that will provide collaboration tools, virtualization and cloud computer power for a true BIM integrated project. It is not just 3D printing. Between BIM and sustainability – I wonder what the future of reprographics will be? Of course, that is after a really LONG time given that the AEC industry is slowly adopting BIM.
This doesn’t leave out others that will continue to be committed to printing such as Oil and Gas industry and many of the process piping and industrial design and construction firms that are less interested in BIM.
Let me know what you guys think of this, your feedback is valued.
I write this 33,000 feet in route from Dallas to NYC,
While this is a BIM – REVIT leadership Blog, as a technologist I fully believe that Information Technology is key in implementing any processes such as BIM within our A/E industry. If utilized properly, technology is one of the pillars responsible for our success, integration and transparency.
With that, I bring to you a great discovery that I made earlier in the week when I was booking my trip from D/FW to NYC on AirTran Airways website when I learned that this carrier offer broadband internet through wireless access on all of its flights compatible with your laptops and/or hand-held devices. Yes, if I may add, $12.95 for a day-pass working great for connecting flights, $9.95 for one flight and $39.95 for a month pass if you were a heavy traveler.
What a marriage made in heaven, aviation is a great form of travel based on technology transporting industries and people from point A to point B creating and closing opportunities. Along that side, wireless internet access during these flights allowing individuals to connect with their clients, teams and superiors to keep progress moving on projects without loosing valuable hours in the sky.
For some, travel is a time to retreat, plan and document. For others, it may be catching up with a specialty book. Having the option of such transparent connectivity at a very affordable cost during such demanding times is extremely important for those that would utilize it. As for me, you can bet that my travel search will always begin with AirTran for this very purpose.
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