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.
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