BIM and Integrated Design’s Greatest Hits Vol. I

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BIM and Integrated Design Blog Celebrates One Year

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON/LONDON/NAIROBI/DELHI – 11th July 2010 – Thousands of visitors, new and old, join the BIM and Integrated Design blog as it celebrates one fabulous year.

“If you have visited this site before – thank you for doing so,” says blogger Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP. “I hope you have found your time here to be of value – and hope you’ll come back.”

“As always, I welcome unconstructive feedback.”

Dropping the pretense of the self-congratulatory press release, opting instead for the more user-friendly italics while maintaining the guise of third-person narrative, Deutsch adds:

If you are new to the site – you are in for a treat.

Here are some highlights from the past year. Think of it as BIM and Integrated Design’s Greatest Hits Vol. I

The way that these top 5 posts were selected is similar to’s AnswerFarm™ technology – their proprietary method of crawling and extracting the most popular results from hundreds of thousands of sources including user generated content, FAQ pages, news/blog articles, and structured/semi-structured data. From these results, this would be the clear winner.

Because the technology is proprietary – I overrode the process, scrapped the results and selected my own top 5 favorites. Let me know if you have a favorite post of your own.

Whatever the process, I hope you enjoy BIM and Integrated Design’s Greatest Hits Vol. I

5th Place: Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tips and Tricks? here

4th Place: T-Shaped BIM here

3rd Place: The Surprising Civility of Primal IPD here

2nd Place: Switch or Stitch? A formula for saving the architecture profession, construction industry and maybe even the world here


1st Place: My So-Called Parametric Life here

If you think you may have arrived here inadvertently or by mistake – do not move. Call a friend and have them pick you up. While you wait for their arrival, you may want to look here or here or for a real oldie, here for fun.

Here’s to another great year together! Thanks again for visiting and for your invaluable contributions to this site’s success.

PS Readers often ask me if I ever repurpose material from this blog. No, I tell them, I do not. For proof, look here, here, here, here, here, here or here and here.

Oh, and here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.



Filed under collaboration, Integrated Design, IPD, people

6 responses to “BIM and Integrated Design’s Greatest Hits Vol. I

  1. Very cool to see you today in Architect Magazine. Congratulations. I first noticed your blog when you discussed my former co-worker, James Vandezande’s NYC Revit User Group. Keep up the important discussions.

  2. Jason Costello

    Happy Anniversary! I am looking forward to another year of this blog as it cuts to the quick of serious issues that exist in every architectural office with an sense of humor and the occasional rant (because some people will only hear you if there is yelling and a flailing of arms).


  3. Hi Randy,

    Interesting writings there. Did I pick you up incorrectly when you seemed to dismiss SketchUp as irrelevant to BIM? Devoid of content?

    Please comment. Thanks

  4. Hi Paul,

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m honored to see you here.

    SketchUp irrelevant to BIM? Not at all.

    Because I have followed your comments in LinkedIn discussions in the past I won’t repeat the entire argument here.

    But let me use one exchange to make my point.

    One comment in the BIM Experts discussion entitled “SketchUp is a 3D sketching tool not a BIM authoring tool…” went something like this:

    You say: I often hear Revit users say that SketchUp is not a BIM tool. I am a practicing architect and I have been using SketchUp Pro as a BIM tool for a number of years now. To clarify- SketchUp Pro contains the following characteristics/ capabilities: Construction drawings, Quantity Analysis, Embedded Specifications, Energy Analysis, Parametric Components, Photographic rendering, etc.

    Then I say: SketchUp is a 3D sketching tool not a BIM authoring tool as is ArchiCAD or Revit. A SketchUp model contains only visual information, is not parametric, and therefore has limited use as a BIM tool. BIM information (via Revit, ArchiCAD, etc.) can be placed in SketchUp once created although most/all intelligent info is lost. BIM information can be used for the entire building lifecycle, etc.

    The discussion continues on like this for a while.

    I love SketchUp and use it for massing, to design, to present – and yes – with BIM.

    But that doesn’t make SketchUp a BIM tool.


  5. Thanks for the reply Randy.

    I will continue to scratch my head…

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