Off to EcoBuild and buildingSMART

by Matt Ball on December 12, 2007

I’m in Washington, D.C. this week for the EcoBuild Fall Conference. Primarily I’m here to take in the all-day buildingSMART Alliance National Conference. This group is at the forefront of CAD/GIS/BIM integration, and there are a number of sessions planned that deal with sustainable site issues.

I’m particularly looking forward to tomorrow’s keynote by PatrickMacLeamy, CEO of HOK. I’ve heard Mr. MacLeamy speak before at an Autodesk event and was impressed by his passion and delivery. Tomorrow’s top is buildingSMART: The Transformation of the Building Industry.

This session will explore the contrast between the building and manufacturing industries. The building industry is highly fragmented, with many small participants. Manufacturing is highly coordinated with few large participants. Manufacturing continually improves the design, usefulness, and quality of products while the building industry continually declines in design, usefulness, and quality. Why is this true? What constrains the building industry? What can the building industry learn from manufacturing? Mr. MacLeamy will describe how buildingSMART, a strategy developed by the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), seeks to emulate the best manufacturing practices in the building industry. MacLeamy believes this strategy must be pursued aggressively to meet the needs of a modern world—or the manufacturing industry will do the job for us.

I’ll file more posts from the event soon.

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