Daily Archives: August 16, 2009

Spoils to the Agile

The biggest AEC firms have the most seats and are the earliest and biggest adopters of BIM. Soon though the playing field will level off when the majority of qualifying firms play and victory will go not to the biggest but to the most agile. While it normally implies the ability to change the body’s position efficiently (dogs display agility skills,) in business, agility is the ability of quickly and cost-effectively adapting to changes –such as technology, business and firm culture changes that the introduction of BIM produces.

Headlines such as “BIM adoption rate exceeds 80% among nation’s largest AEC firms” aren’t helpful when they refuse to define the terms (1 unopened box of software = 1 seat = adoption?) In the years ahead it will be the Jack firms (nimble and quick) that rule the Giants. Quick and nimble will beat out big. Big 0, Agile 1. Agility Wins!

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BIM Organizations

Most agree that BIM’s best and highest use is as a collaborative tool and process, one  that can have a profound impact on any firm that adopts the new  technology.

The past 15 years has given us the Internet Revolution, e-commerce, and e-business. When firms were first adopting to the new technology they would sometimes be referred to as e-organizations – or e-org – for short.

And so with the advent of BIM into the workforce I wonder if it would be useful to distinguish firms that have taken-on the new technology as BIM organization, B-org or borg for short?

So think of this as a borg blog.

Just as online companies like Amazon.com didn’t exist 20 years ago, one can almost imagine the adoption and successful implementation of BIM – in all its glorious dimensions – to cause a firm to become a borg (BIM organization.) CAD never had this kind of impact on design firms. BIM – when used collaboratively – may have the sort of transformative power required to create an entirely new organization out of an existing practice. Practices that are distinct in a number of profound ways from traditional organizations. What do you think?

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