Measuring BIM's Disruption: Understanding Value Networks of BIM/VDCAECbytes Archived Article (April 4, 2013)

In this article, John Tobin, Director of Architecture at EYP, an architecture/engineering firm headquartered in Albany NY, shares his insights on how the two contrasting types of innovation, “sustaining” and “disruptive” — as popularized by Clayton Christensen in his seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma — can be applied to the AEC technology industry. He posits that BIM is a disruptive technology, in contrast to CAD, and brings a different “value network” to the AEC industry: the initial goal of “smarter CAD” morphed into a BIM movement, which in turn morphed into a BIM/VDC movement, where BIM sows information in a model environment, while VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) largely harvests that information for downstream uses including commissioning, facility management, and construction logistics.

About the Author

John Tobin is a licensed architect and is Director of Architecture at EYP, an architecture/engineering firm headquartered in Albany NY. He has more than 25 years of design, practice, and technical expertise in architecture. At EYP he oversees both architecture and engineering efforts, and advances the technical direction of EYP’s work, spearheading the integration of architectural and engineering design particularly related to BIM and new tools. Prior to joining EYP, John taught architecture for almost a decade at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has published on BIM and software issues.

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