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Hey, BIM! Got a Better Acronym?

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Three years ago, I sought to change the acronym P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagram [or Drawing]) to Piping and Instrumentation DATA (Not Drawings)Up Next: Building Information Management (BIM). For the full-version of this article, navigate to the EiCAD Blog

Why, you might ask, must we change the meaning of BIM? Answer: Because most Owner-Operators are unaware of what ‘BIM’ means when it comes up in conversation.

I still remember the first conversation I had with my longtime, friend and colleague, Ian Matthew – once Autodesk’s lead Plant expert – who they replaced him with, I have no idea…

Ian said to me while driving to the Valero Benicia Refinery in 2012: “BIM is the future. BIM will change how the world, including oil and gas, chemical, and other industries operate!”
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How AEC Professionals Can Create a Flexible, Mobile Workflow

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

AEC professionals have increasingly collaborative and mobile work requirements. As a result, their need to share, view, and print large format documents from a variety of locations using mobile devices has also increased. In fact, according to a recent AEC Technology Study from ARC Document Solutions, Inc., 85% of AEC professionals surveyed use a mobile device during a project – 35% of which use it to view, comment and share documents. And this trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down, as nearly 40% of respondents said online access for all documents on any device platform is one of the most important factors in increasing their company’s productivity or in reducing costs.

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Is PSA Software the Key to Solving AEC Firms’ Bottom-line Profitability?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

AEC firms face constant challenges balancing budgets and getting projects completed on-time and on-budget. Precious time is often lost when project managers manually work on support functions and administrative tasks (i.e. assigning specific projects to different people, over/under budgeting, not logging in time efficiently, etc.), putting a wrench in workflow and profitability goals. Operating these tasks manually is costly, time-consuming and can be prone to errors. A recent survey on FoxBusiness.com [1] revealed small business owners collectively waste four billion hours of company time annually by spending too much time on back-end support functions and administrative tasks. A manual approach keeps AEC owners and management from focusing on what’s important – their core business processes.

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