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Makers of the Environment: Building resilience into our world one model at a time. BIM of the Book about Information! Paperback – December 15, 2011
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Hold onto the notions presented in this book as long as you can. They just may create a paradigm shift in the way you see the decisions going on around you.--Kevin Connolly, AIA
Makers "almost reality" style is so well written and so close to what we could, and should, be doing that I was wondering if I'd missed out on some major changes in the industry. At least with this book, you'll be in a strong position to play catch-up. --Nigel Davies, Director Evolve Consultancy
Finith has done our industry a great service in pointing out these concepts. I heartily recommend this book be part of your mandatory reading.--Dana K. "Deke" Smith, FAIA, is known as the father of the U.S. National CAD Standard and executive director of the buildingSMART Alliance
Makers combines ways for personally working out the richly latent opportunities of Cloud based technologies. It reminds me of the best parts of Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe", and Peter Schwartz's "Art of the Long View".--Bob Smith, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the California State University
Finith bridges the gap between beginner and expert through his unique explanations and examples. He is a BIM expert whose creative writing style makes the technical information easy for readers at all levels.--Tammy McCuen, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
From the Author
My goal is to advance new tools and processes into the mainstream, making complex ideas about the future of the built environment clear to the reader. I have long advocated for simplicity and clarity. The goal is to give readers a perspective that allows them to assess where we are today and where we can be tomorrow, in terms that everyone can understand.
The award winning BIG BIM little bim focused on implementing new technology and practices in architects' design offices. This book focuses on possibilities and design futures for where technology can lead culture and how each of us can prepare ourselves for tomorrow. We need to know where the power of an interconnected world will take society.
When I started this book, I intended to release a third addition of BIG BIM little bim, describing the new and exciting things that have happened since the release of the second edition in 2008. The goal was to help readers understand where these rapidly evolving technologies and processes are heading. As I began the research and planning, it soon became apparent that adding case studies and tweaking the original book to include the latest happenings could not accurately represent the change.
The ability to interact with everything in the built environment is the most compelling aspect of the information that surrounds us. Easily using the distributed, multidimensional tools and processes that connect data from multiple sources is not a dream... People are doing it today. Collaborative processes, rich data repositories and advanced graphics are the seeds of this information revolution. Properly applied, the tools that make this transformation possible are straightforward and accessible. Anyone can apply them to their benefit.
The information that connects the world is not linear nor is it simple. This complex information affects us all, every day in everything we do. It comes from anywhere and everywhere. It defies linear description, and the complexity can overwhelm. Few are actively working to address the complexity for those most affected.
Many talented people have been working to address this complexity for the professionals that design and build today. Building information modeling is the tool that they use to represent and connect to this complexity. This book is designed to help the rest of us understand and use the information.
Accurately representing this multidimensional tangle of information in a real book seems to be difficult or impossible. How does one write a book that accurately represents this complexity? This was the challenge.
The solution was to make this book an information model itself...a book that connects to external information that connects to the built environment. I designed the book around a series of interconnected near-future usage scenarios. I built the scenarios around technology and processes that exist today or that can credibly be projected from today's tools and environment. They are fictional projections, not case studies. Think of these design futures as individual an information model much like the Revit or ArchiCAD models that architects and contractors build.
The central design future that flows through this book describes technology that allows people to manage these issues in the built environment. This scenario shows how an organization in a small, depressed rural county can pull together to take advantage of short development cycles to become a world leader in the management of information to support the built environment. With systems and processes such as this design future describes, we for the first time in history can have a secure, verifiable, and accessible archive for the digital assets that help us to define and manage real-world assets. The central design future forms the backbone for the three scenarios that use the information to improve the world.
The design futures include rich information, show how to take advantage of existing tools, and allow just-in-time decision making, but they are not yet fully realized. The individuals in these scenarios are archetypes of the people that manage similar issues today.
I mention few real people in the book. Where real people are included, I believe them to be the originator of the idea or critical to the reader's understanding of the issue under discussion. The locations that serve as the stages for these scenarios are, for the most part, physical places that can be found on any map. I have modified them to communicate within the time lines and needs of this book. Woven within the scenarios are commentary, opinion, and facts from the world today. These historical and present day passages are shaded for clarity. Chapters that begin with dates and places are design fiction.
-- Finith E. Jernigan
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