sat in on a BIM seminar this morning.  talked about how BIM is used more as a tool to minimize errors and omissions on the CA side of things and as a tool to increase coordination and collaboration on jobs.  i must admit i know very little about BIM.  i’ve mostly taken the “it’s just like microstation” tact when it comes to converting from autocad (i.e. ain’t gonna happen), but after listening to the speaker speak so well about the benefits, and even some pitfalls, of BIM i’m possibly a convert.  i may have to give real thought to adopting BIM as the software of choice for my business.
BIM seems to be a combination between sketchup and autocad (i.e. microstation on crack).  what i’m still very curious about is how easy to manipulate it is on the design side, but that will come from using the program rather than doing any kind of research.  but we’ll get there.  if you haven’t checked out BIM, and you’re either an architect or building designer or consultant, you need to go seriously check it out and try and see it for what it is – a new tool, like autocad, that will help cut down on waste, errors and omissions and increase coordination and collaboration of jobs.
owners/clients will thank you.

mouse path as art

while checking through the various rss feeds that I follow I stumble across this post at on how to capture your mouse movements as art.  so I check it out and the images are pretty friggin sweet.  turns out, IOGraphica has an app that you can download to create your own art.  I highly recommend checking it out.  it’s an easy way to create some sweet images while you’re working or going about your daily computer routine.  here’s my first image – 1 hour worth of autocad.  enjoy.  more to come.

the minimalist

i stumbled across this web blog a couple of months ago.  the author comes up with some great stuff.  the post i’ve copied below is something i’ve talked about for years with friends and peers.  how do we engage and educate our clients to allow them to be active participants in the design process?  most clients are happy, if not grateful, to simply offer comment or criticism once the design and/or construction documents are complete thus allowing the architect to make the project his/her own vision.  if instead we involved the client at all levels of design and production, how much more satisfied would that client be about the finished product?  the project can only benefit from this.

mnmlist: empower people to create

We live in a world where we are passive consumers: we see an ad for an iPhone, new car, new clothes; we go to the store or website and buy the item; we use it, and then dispose of it when we’re done.

What if we could break free from that?

What if we could become creators, participants, sharers, empowerers?

An awesome article about three guys who not only build bamboo bicycles, but show people how to make them themselves, really highlights how this can be done.

These guys are transforming people from passive consumers to creators, builders, knowledgeable users. That’s amazing.

How can you empower people? How can you turn people from consumers into makers? How can you help people from being passive users to knowledgeable ones?

Change the world — it’s waiting for you.