Manufacturers have a lot of experience, particularly in their own field, but, and it's that word again, but, they are there to sell to you, and some will bend the truth to achieve that aim. So we have to check and double check all information.
That said, I have been researching on the use and construction of the inverted roof, and came across an article that looked promising, offering some interesting BIM information, a subject close to all our hearts, but what struck me was the way the article had been written as though they were the authority on BIM, not us an interesting game play.
Still that was not why I sat back and gave the manufacturer and the subject of BIM some deep thought, more it was the effect that it will have on manufacturing as a whole. How many times have you laboured over a material, sweated hours refining a spec and added it to your drawings and drawing package only to find the contractor has installed a competitor product claiming it was the same.
We so often rely upon manufacturers for not just the material, but the backup and technical help, which they provide free in the hope, that they get the spec and sale, can we lock that technical down to that material, if some one try's to get it changed, we say that its not possible to just alter a name, and leave the original manufacturers information in place, will the BIM add that security to our work, perhaps, it will if we can say that any change will alter the building performance and besides that you, the contractor, will have to provide the replacement BIM symbol, with the new manufacturers information, and who pays for the change. So perhaps, it is back to the manufacturers for them to get more involved in BIM and help us create stronger specs, in our BIM models. I get so many students looking for work, most concentrate on practices, perhaps a career can be forged in a manufacturer, offering just this technical advice, technologist to technologist. I did just this, before BIM and it worked for me.
I have not finished on this subject, I will have a chat with Jon Pickup and talk this through, we are Vectorworks orientated, but we both know Autocad, it's earley days and it needs some discussion.
The photo is just a reminder of my wasp nest, it was dry and warm Monday morning then the rain came and my wasps were not there, so what happens if they are caught out, away from the hive, do they shelter, because as soon as the rain stopped, they all arrived back, were do they go !.