Thursday, November 05, 2009

5th November 2009 is HOK BIM day!


Well we have only gone and done it!!!! In recognition that the HOK business is committed to BIM, the 5th November 2009 is our official HOK BIM day, where we wave good bye to the term CAD.

Over the years, the term CAD, has meant many things to many people…for instance CAD can mean………

  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Assisted Design
  • Computer Assisted Drafting

The list, I am sure, can be added too. The word CAD, for many, references the idea of 2D rather than 3D. As many of you may be aware, HOK is fully committed to BIM and BuildingSMART as part of its strategy, so it made good business sense to align things, which has meant dropping the term CAD in favour of BIM. This has been a huge task on the part of our  Firmwide IT and BIM managers.

So with this name change, job titles will change; CAD managers will become BIM managers, technicians will become BIMbos???? probably not. So why you ask, the 5th November? Well the 5th is Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night an annual celebration on the evening of 5 November. It marks the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, in London, United Kingdom.

Therefore, it made natural sense to blow up the term CAD and replace it with BIM!!! :-)


Erik said...

Huzzah, for Guy Fawkes Day! (surprising to have someone in the States know what it is, I'm sure.)

Will you be burning CAD in effigy?

Unknown said...

I like it. What are some traditional things to do on BIM day? The burning of the layer standards.. the ritual flexing of the parametric family.

David.Hoole said...

I think this is a good move. The term CAD has suffered a good deal of abuse and generally conjures up an image of a drawing board with a plug attached.
Unfortunately the term BIM is already beginning to paint itself into a corner as it alienates those disciplines which don't deal directly with buildings.
I've been suggesting for some time that the term Construction Information Modeling, or even just Information Modeling would be more appropriate and inclusive.
It would be nice if human nature would allow us not to get hung up on names/titles, but...