Not all tools are created equal (Opinion)

“Before we use any power tools, let’s take a moment to talk about shop safety. Be sure to read, understand, and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. And remember this: there is no more important safety rule than to wear these — safety glasses. And also hearing protection when necessary.” – Norm Abram, The New Yankee Workshop

Don’t get me wrong, when working on a woodworking project, I love a good quality hand tool – but nothing beats a wood shop full of precision power tools. CAD is like hand drafting, minus the soul of that craft. BIM takes things to a whole new level. Having been through both of these transitions, I can honestly say that the process is not smooth, or painless. Sometimes, you lose a thumb.

In the case of the wood shop – the same product can be manufactured with each. Hand tools are amazing if you have clients who can afford your work, you are Amish, or you don’t mind only making a few things in your lifetime. With power tools, like those used by Norm, that hobby becomes possible to make a living.

Steve Stafford, hitting the nail squarely on the head, again with his post titled “Due Diligence“. Why would those who rally against BIM want to make this an ‘us’, versus technology battle? Revit is a tool, and a BIM process that supports the end goal of helping to make making buildings better. Why anyone thinks they can continue to live in the 2D drafting past and continue to get work as fees and schedules shrink is beyond imaginable, it’s irresponsible. Read more on Steve’s blog. I really like the analogy he presents.

Most of the naysayers I’ve encountered feel so strongly because they either don’t comprehend the shift in process and team organization BIM enables, or they went through an attempted implementation without a solid plan. Don’t believe the anti-hype. It’s human nature to be afraid of change. Change happened in 2008, and if members of the AEC profession that managed to survive that catastrophe still think business as usual is good enough, they won’t be around to make noise for long. By sure to sweep up the sawdust before you close up shop.

Read Steve’s take here: Revit OpEd: Due Diligence.

2 thoughts on “Not all tools are created equal (Opinion)

  1. Sean Post author

    Thanks. If that didn’t work, I was going to break out the clamps. You can never have too many clamps.

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