The technological evolution in the computer area is complex, Moore's law has demonstrated with fidelity that it will not be possible in two years to use Windows 7 without being seen prehistoric. AutoCAD 2013 already sounds on the forums and we still have not chewed What's New in AutoCAD 2012, Almost everything today is disposable, light, is in the My documents, In the USB, in the mail or even in the cloud.
Unfortunately the speed with which the processes walk, is not always at that rate; This presents a barrier of sustainability because it is very easy to implement a new technology; But it is not as simple to change a regulation or to build a procedure that uses that technology in a uniform way in different offices without that we stick of nose with people closed to the change or policies of resistance by good or bad intention.
Bentley has been showing the theme of I-model for two years, when I remember having seen the matter as a superhuman. Last year I could see something working, and this third year I am pleased to see a positive stubbornness on the same subject that more than a cliche has a very well thought philosophical principle, under the name "Let's get back to talent".
Although Bentley Systems is characterized by -excesivo- Creative ingenuity, to the degree of losing usability for users -Not smoked-, it is rescatable is not associated with bad practices to bring its users wave in wave, constantly changing the conventional way of working. This we see for years, in the constancy in the dgn format that has barely changed by the 16 to 32 bits, the user interface dominates and now the concept of I-model seems to confirm that philosophy.
What happens is that the term "Let's get back to talent"It seems not to be consistent with our times. Almost everything is invented -We believe-, but many of the current inventions little solve our need to do things more efficiently. We have very advanced technologies, and we can communicate with our children on the other side of the world with a simple click on Skype, We can follow up on a project with TeamViewer, chat with the girlfriend from the mobile, etc. But we have great difficulties to keep our computer free of viruses, the connection to a wireless with Windows 7 is almost an act of faith and we are completely sure that next year everything could be more critical.
This happens because the association of consumerism with technological innovation is a pretty fatal marriage. Very little of what we do now with advanced tools we can ensure is sustainable to the 5 future years; although it is the same procedure as 30 years ago. We are also very critical of traditional procedures, forgetting that if they do not exist on paper, they will never work in an automated way, and in general we forget the context and we question the two UTM areas that smoke the same pipe with another type of tobacco.
The above chart shows the three principles of Bentley's proposal for returning to talent. I had trouble getting Greg to step aside for the photo, but finally I made one that is barely dirty from the monitor panel; in schematic form it shows:
- The data, taken to digital modeling of real life.
- The integration of projects, through the confluence of multiple disciplines
- The management of real objects in connection with modeling.
It will seem fanciful, but it reflects the three products that Bentley hopes to insist on for the next 10 years:
- Microstation, work table on which different tools of Engineering, Architecture, and Construction operate. Taking the simple dgn to another level (I-model) although it is still a dgn but with the enriched enrichment of users of tools such as Bentley Map, Power Civil, Open Plant, or any other that what it does is add alphanumeric attributes to the model.
- ProjectWise, as a connection tool. Whether it's on the USB, on the hard drive, on the mobile or in the cloud, it's the way any discipline will interact.
- AssetWise, as a management tool. This is more recent but it is clearly conceptualized, with this the rules that bring the model back to the field are integrated, reminding us constantly that the shape is just a lying trace of reality and the complex chain an imitation of a floating platform to 15 miles offshore.
A pity that this Bentley bet will remain on its users; unless one of the brothers aspires to be a politician or immerses himself in religious philanthropy. But for those of us who have been observing this way of thinking, we find a very valuable learning for multiple disciplines of life; right now I am going to summarize some of that essence with the contextual breeze of Amsterdam:
I find it very interesting, the refreshment of what it means to return to talent; That beyond presenting us canned solutions at the table challenges us to dream about New ways To take advantage of it Magic Lamp. And is that the talent is in what we do with conventional tools, see what they did "Damn"The Hoover Dam Bypass can make us forget that the design was made with simple tools such as Microstation, not to mention Expressway Bridge Design in Lu Zhuojun's AutoCAD / Microstation hybrid.
Back to talent means thinking beyond. After 3 years I finally understand with some clarity what they were referring to the I-model, not because it was an astral smoke but because it was ahead of Charlotte in the 2008 year. It's curious -And unusual- the joint work they have done with AutoDesk, in search of the millions of users of the dwg / dxf format, although the gain in the opposite direction is not proportional since the I-model can only be done with Bentley software; neither will AutoCAD users run for Microstation because they hear the word hypermodel.
Going back to talent means thinking about the end user. Who would have said at the time that a dgn / dwg file could be viewed from the Windows browser or the Outlook. But now it is a reality, not only is it possible to see the vector that even Google can, but also zoom, pan, touch the object, see its attributes, the layouts, rotate it in 3D or visualize it by individual (isolate). That's because, as he had anticipated at the time, Bentley hoped that his file would no longer be an unknown format for the world, and for that he thought about the end user who passes over the pedestrian bridge even if he does not have the slightest idea how to calculate it. the cutting in the L / 4.
Returning to talent means insisting on the same goal. Although the strategies may change, the user must see that we are going to the same place; As was the unsuccessful attempt of Microstation Athens, almost nobody noticed it and now the improved interface that we have since XM is accepted by its users. In the same way, the insistence by the I-model must be maintained despite the fact that the BIM concept is not yet marketable; but the mobility of the data is now opening doors to popularize the concept although it will be with another name -I wish and not iBIM, I do not believe because Jobs already died-.
In good time by Bentley Systems, recent acquisitions (Pointools, Raceway, AECOSym) only confirm that they are determined to keep their users in search of sustainable innovation, for talent. The current alliances with Microsoft, Adobe and possibly Google in the future will help to have a greater impact.
Just reiterating what he said two years ago: Bentley through I-model wanted to We accepted the dgn as a popularized pdf. Perhaps your software does not reach the supermarket, just to get it out of the box, but what seems certain is that the results generated with your product can be seen by anyone who understands the real world.