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When we started BIG BIM little bim in 2005, people looked at the built environment differently. There were well-televised battles about whether we faced a global energy and environmental crisis. Financial markets were escalating as if it would never end. Toyota was number one. There was little talk of systemic change. Business was thriving. Few understood the power and opportunities that technology could make possible. Few had a vision for how to move forward. People were starting to understand that change was coming; whether they liked it or not.

As we start this book, things are much different. A vision for the future remains elusive. We know that we must improve our energy and environmental sustainability. Green design, geographic and building information are beginning to intersect. We are slowly recovering from the financial crash, although too many are still out of work. Toyota’s image is tarnished. Many are embracing new tools and the Cloud is becoming ubiquitous. Some are reaping financial benefits from the low hanging fruit and modeling is rapidly becoming a commodity. Complexity has changed the nature of the game.

Awareness of new technology in the environment, such as building information modeling (BIM) and integrated practices has come a long way in a short time. These tools, coupled with owner demands for better, faster, less-costly projects and processes that are more effective, are driving change. There are significant barriers to improving processes in the built environment. Some of the barriers are due to ignorance… people do not know what they do not know. Some are due to inertia… people have  a hard time changing to new ways of doing things. Some are due to self-interest… people are looking out for number one. Some of the barriers are slowing the change and others are undermining the benefits to society.

In this cycle of rapid acceptance, information modeling has become the next new thing and an important part of many people’s plan for the future. Awareness of the technology’s impact on society and the advantages to the public are lagging behind.

Decisions made without clear facts are fraught with risk in today’s fast-paced environment. The pace of change, environmental challenges, energy uncertainty and financial complexity work to increase the opportunities for catastrophic errors of judgment. Problem projects that are over budget, late and not fit for their intended use are all symptoms of the problem. Adapting to this environment offers opportunities for efficiencies, new products and new ways of working that will make our world a better place for us all.

The built environment consumes most of our fossil fuels. With the world heating up and fuel becoming ever scarcer, we must do something now. We have the tools to analyze consequences and change trajectories. It is our responsibility to promote sustainability not only in design-but throughout our world. We must take action. There is no time to wait.

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Makers of the Environment
Building resilience into our world one model at a time.
BIM of the Book about Information!
Written by Finith E Jernigan and Published by 4Site Press
ISBN-13: 978-0979569968
ISBN-10: 097956 

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