Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category


Return of the Craftsman-o-bot

April 13, 2012

I use to think that we were gradually losing our craftsman in the building industry but what I failed to realize is that our old world craftsmen are being replaced with new world craftbots.

The CNC machine is one example.

I thought you might enjoy this clip I ran across on Architects and Digital Design: that touches on this very aspect

I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing robotics take a more prominent role in field construction.  As the cost of robotic units come down I suspect there will be more pressure to replace what most of us consider to be the most expensive part of construction LABOR.  Allocated at 60% of the cost of construction this is a sector ripe for innovation.  The introduction of robotics in fabrication was the first natural step.  The field demolition bot is already here but not to the level of the one in “I robot” and the assembly robot should be next.  Hmm, I can’t wait till they come up with a construction superintendent-o-bot.

Smug grin with a mischievous scowl.

Update: 04-15-12

Essential to any worksite – A cleanup Robot :

A Little short but fairly complex motorskills – Looks like it could handle a nail gun, but can you trust it?

And they can climb non-OSHA approved ladders.


Revit 2012 vs. ArchiCAD15

December 5, 2011

The battle continues and Lachmi Khemlani at AECbytes continues to provide an in depth analysis of each application.  Whichever BIM application turns your crank these reviews will give you a detailed look at the latest improvements as well as point out the weaknesses and failings of each.  You’ll delight over your application of choice new improvements, brush off its failings and cheer for the features that dominate the competing application.  You may even get a little jealous over the capabilities of your BIM rival.

Both these reviews are very interesting reads and the summaries at the end compelling.

Revit Architecture 2012 :

ArchiCAD-15 :

Better than the UFC!



Leading from the Model

May 9, 2011

If you read about IPD, BIM, and Revit on-line then you have surely heard of Randy Deutsch.  If not you should look him and his webpages up.  He has recently a soon to be published book titled BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice.

That said, I have not read the book but I do strongly recommend that you read his essay titled BIM Beyond Boundaries which was recently published in Design Intelligence.  Near the end of this essay Randy touches on a subject he calls “Leading from the Model”. The three paragraphs under this heading are short and sweet but the resonance behind what he wrote should be closely examined, studied and reflected upon. These two specifically struck a chord with me and my experiences:

Working in BIM provides a completely different work flow — one we have yet to leverage fully. Because those on the front lines are not only the first to discover clashes and inconsistencies but also to visualize what something looks like and how it might function, BIM allows our emerging talent to lead the process — to learn on the job while recognizing their power from their privileged position of the first look in the model.

The new leadership mandate in this process is for architects to lead from their involvement in the BIM environment. Leading from the model can be likened to leading from the middle in that BIM requires and even enables followership, and servant- and situational-leadership, as opposed to top-down or command-and-control. While leadership historically has been top-down, working in BIM and on integrated teams changes that. Leading in BIM and integrated design is more similar to followership, in which middle managers lead from within the organization. Thus with BIM, the top-down and bottom-up approaches converge, where leading from the middle becomes leading from the model.

Without getting too far towards opinion, theory and personal experiences I will leave you with two words: Paradigm shift.

Read the article in its entirety here:



25 trends with the most substantial impact on architecture

January 19, 2011

Here is a link to an interesting read on the top 25 trends which effect, or will have an effect, on our profession.



B.I.M. Trends – A Google Perspective

November 22, 2010

Not sure if you’ve had the opportunity to try out Google Trends but this feature allows you to compare historical trends in word searches.  I saw this on a blog comparing ArchiCAD and Revit.  The graph shows an interesting upward trend for Revit in both the Volume Index (top graph) and the News Reference (bottom graph).


Revit OpEd: Data Embedded in Revit

October 25, 2010

Steve Stafford, who runs the blog, Revit OpEd, responds to one of Carl Kilgore’s AUGI posts. Read all about it:

 Data Embedded in Revit

By the way, if you’re unaware of AUGI (Autodesk User Group International), go to the site and get yourself signed up. AUGI is the best online Think Tank for all things produced by Autodesk, including Revit.