Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Designing a museum in minutes? AIA President RK Stewart sees Web-based tool as cutting edge!

In a December 3, 2007 Los Angeles Business Journal article, "Designing a museum in minutes instead of months: Onuma, Inc. innovates with Web-based tools" author Booyeon Lee describes Onuma, Inc. as "at the forefront of an industry-wide movement to digitize information-sharing among architects, builders and developers to create design processes that are far more efficient" and technology that "will allow architects to shorten turnaround time from weeks to days, or even hours in some cases." The article goes on to say "On the Onuma Planning System, an architect can add furniture or shave off floors of a planned building and the Web-based software calculated in real-time how much those changes will affect the cost. The software also handles environmental impacts, such as traffic flow, and infrastructure concerns, including water, sewer and electricity systems."

This article goes on to say that technology like Onuma's faces legal concerns because the system requires a new level of information sharing during the early stages of design, but quotes Steven Ryder, an L.A.-based senior associate at NBBJ as saying: "despite these concerns, there is no question that real-time design and high-tech information sharing are the future of the industry . . . but the issue of liability will need to get worked out on the national level and the American Institute of Architects is kind of a dinosaur and has yet to significantly address this issue." The article then quotes RK Stewart, president of the AIA, as saying "Onuma's Webbased tool is at the cutting edge of where the industry is already headed . . . The organization is advocating what's called 'integrated practice' where every party involved in the building process, from architects to contractors, share information earlier in the design process."

The article concludes by describhing how Onuma recently completed work for the U.S. Coast Guard designing 35 command centers in six months that David Hammond, senior program manager for the Coast Guard's office of civil engineering, said for which "the Coast Guard had budgeted 10 months to design one command center."

Stay tuned for news on a BIMSTORM in the Tri-State! There are major changes sweeping the construction industry. Don't get caught unprepared!



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