Who is going to educate the BIM experts in the future? Since BIM involves all aspects of the real property industry it takes someone who can view the full picture to build and maange the complete model. Where does one start, architecture, building construction or facility management. All currently are potentially valid starting points, but none are currently teaching BIM. We have a bit of a crisis looming. There is certainly a significant shortage of trained people out there right now and it is certainly only going to get much worse. If the problem is not dealt with soon then another new disipline will be born to ride herd on everyone in the real property industry.
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By Doug Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org on
Re: Education for BIM
This is an interesting observation. However, I feel that to a certain extent, many consultants that specialize in offering services for BIM, IWM and CAFM are already providing service to integrate different types of information from multiple disciplines. So, perhaps it is correct to say a new consulting opportunity may be emerging where information workers perform document management, Business Intelligence and content integration (database administrators). What is of greater concern to me are the legal and security issues inherent with assembling BIM or BI solutions from multiple parties. Who owns the information? What happens when an architect or engineer stipulates that they are sole owner of their CAD files and other documentation? After 911, digital information on buildings needs to be held in strict security. When you converge all of the information about a building into one digital package, how do you control who can or cannot see the information? If you restrict access then the application become less effective since productivity is diminshed without access to the information. Finally, as our architecture and real estate becomes 'smarter', with more automated systems that are cabable of 'talking' to each other how does this get folded into the BIM model? Glad to see soemone is thinking about BIM beyond the architecture and engineering aspects. Wish the software developers were thinking more in this direction.
By dksmith on
Re: Education for BIM
I certainly agree with your assessment and concerns. There are multiple fronts that we need to be watching and working. Vendors are only going to respond to a requirement that we force upon them as they are not out to spend money on an issue for which there is no demand. It is kind of a Catch-22. COFES is a place where we can discuss some of these issues. See you there.