Monday, February 27, 2012


I just finished reading Finith Jernigan’s new book Makers of the Environment: Building Resilience Into Our World One Model At A Time.  I borrowed a copy from the public library, but it’s so thought-provoking that I intend to buy a copy for myself.   You can read more about it here.

Don’t be put off by the unwieldy title.  This book gives us a big-picture glimpse into the rich and fascinating potential of information modeling in general, not just building information modeling.  It’s not a software manual.  It’s a prediction of what information modeling will be able to do for everyone who deals with the built environment, not just those of us in the AEC business, in the very near future.

The author explains BIM’s future capabilities by the literary device of a  “fictional case study” set a few years in the future, of a community’s response to twin disasters: a terrorist attack and a very destructive hurricane.  

Makers of the Environment is not an easy read, but I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in the future of the AEC industry.

Next, I'm going to read Mr. Jernigan's previous book BIG BIM little bim.

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