When CAD changed to BIM, many thought it was just a new name for 3D. When LAN changed to cloud, many thought it meant that we would use DropBox to create backups. Neither of these two, as with many other misconceptions were or are true. What is however true, which the misconceptions do clearly illustrate, is that the local industry has not yet embraced BIM, even partially. Some of the main factors that are contributing to this locally are, first the lack of the building industry project design and execution discipline’s adoption of the new workflows needed to achieve a true BIM process and second, the lack of BIM industry data.
it is particularly encouraging to see that GRAPHISOFT have started to address the realization of project wide BIM design workflow and implementation realization with the release of BIMcloud. This technology, essentially makes a full BIM model accessible by all parties involved in the design and construction of the building. In BIM context, this finally allows the high levels of BIM data, to be maintained at all times, avoiding the current typical design and construction workflow, which requires repeated downgrades of BIM data to various document formats.
it will be very interesting to see how the industry adopts and explores this powerful technology.