Smoke and Mirrors or Magic?
I ran into an interesting topic and perspective on BIM on the LinkedIn Group - BIM Experts. The discussion is titled - BIM BIM sala-BIM. It's not Magic. I agree with the author on many points. I believe I have made the argument in the past that I was doing BIM even in AutoCAD 10. I remember in AutoCAD 12 my mentor, Frank McCue and I, worked out how to make detail callouts parametric and self-checking. Joshua's perspective on clash detection is different based upon his background/industry. I point out in my comment to his post that clash detection, for architects, can be so much more.
While BIM may not be a new concept or magic, IPD and Lean Construction are game changers to the way we've traditionally done projects. Our industry, A/E/C, is trying to possibly move towards principles and techniques that have been tried and true in the manufacturing sector.