Monday, May 6, 2013


It's seriously hot now, back in the UAE.  Total indoor life from now to September, with the month of Ramadan right in the middle.  England was sunny, but quite cool at times.  Made a nice change for me.

I am going to upload a PDF of the plan for my session at BIM Show Live.  Several people told me they enjoyed my more personal approach after lots of sessions on Data/Workflow/Change Management.  All these things are important of course, but my focus is on keeping BIM human, injecting that creative spark, looking for deeper meanings, did I mention having fun ?

I was so worried that I wouldn't finish that when I got to there, I had totally forgotten my concluding remarks.  It was supposed to go something like this:

Life is a journey. Mine has taken me to all kinds of interesting places: geographically, socially, intellectually. Visual thinking has played a central role in my life and the ancient tradition of drawing has been a constant source of inspiration.  I like to draw ... and in recent years BIM has become my favourite "pencil." 

BIM is not a radically break with the past. It’s an amazing tool, but no more radical than perspective or orthographic projection were in their day. When we read Shakespeare we don’t think, “if only he had a word processor, he could have done so much more”. It’s not what you’ve got, it’s the way that you use it.

I dream of the day when BIM is taken for granted. An everyday tool that is as natural to architects as a pencil, to engineers as a slide rule, to quantity surveyors as a spreadsheet.

The plan itself was "drawn" using Revit in "DTP mode".  In other words it's a drafting view that I used to organise words & images ... working out the structure of what I wanted to say.  There are 8 sections, each covering the same 3 topics.  The tradition of visual thinking, my lifelong love of drawing, how to "sketch" with BIM.

You can download it    HERE


  1. Wish I could have seen your presentation Andy. We'll have to try to get you to the States one of these days. AU perhaps?

  2. Yes, I've been thinking of trying for AU this year. Thanks for the encouragement Paul


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