Directiveness in AEC: BIM means little without it.


I want to transform passive non-directive environments (like BIMs) into Directive Environments that infuse directiveness, directive focus, directly into modeled and captured environments, rather than leaving directiveness abstracted, left only in its conventional form.

  • Drawings exhibit the quality of directivenessa quality that is essential in AEC
  • Directiveness therefore should be clearly exhibited within modeled environments like BIMs

Directiveness in AEC has certain definitive aspects.

Directives (formerly only drawings) are:

location-specific, each directive/drawing represents a location (defined in some clear way) in a proposed environment of a real project. Location-specificity has an important practical consequence: directives/drawings are

finite in number, directives/drawings are finite in number because we don’t direct/draw all locations in a proposed project, but only the representative few that we intentionally choose to direct/draw. Because directives/drawings are finite in number, their development and review is an achievable task. So because directives/drawings are finite in number, they are

reviewable, directives/drawings are reviewable by someone authorized to review, and because they are reviewed they can be

issued, directives/drawings are issued with the confidence that comes from review. What follows from confidence is that directive/drawings are

affirmative; each directive/drawing affirms: “at this location, everything that should be present here (at this location), is present here, I affirm it.” Because of this affirmed validation, each directive/drawing is effectively and reliably

directive; each directive/drawing effectively directs people to, “look -here-, understand -this-, and do -this-.”

Communication is transformed and improved when directiveness is infused directly into modeled and captured visual environments, transforming them into directive environments that are specifically useful for work.

Without directiveness, what is the practical meaning of a BIM? What effect does a model have without directiveness? Likewise, what meaning is there in the typical efforts at grading the maturity level of BIMs, all of which have been passive and non-directive BIMs?

On the other hand, what becomes possible when models become directive, like this?:

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. The world is inundated with rhetoric that says “because of distinction(X), BIM application(my favorite) makes other applications archaic in comparison.”

    I reply by saying that distinction(X) is a distinction that has very little effect because distinction(X) exists within the context of BIM as it is known today, which is flawed in an essential way. The flaw diminishes BIM’s potential for real and substantive effect.

    The flaw is the absence of directiveness within modeled environments (like BIMs)

    Directiveness is essential in AEC, and yet absent from BIMs.

    Bentley software is the first to bring directiveness into modeled and captured visual environments (like BIMs and other environments). What you see here happens automatically, with zero effort, zero time. If you make the drawing documents using the BIM tools, then every drawing from the document set automatically marks and aligns itself on-demand into the modeled environment in-situ.

    This makes a difference. The transformation of passive non-directive visual environments (like BIMs) into Directive Environments that infuse directive communication directly into modeled and captured visual environments rather than leaving it strictly abstracted into conventional disconnected forms (drawings) only…will make real impact where impact matters: on the ability to see and think more clearly about the development of complex things, and to communicate more effectively about them.

    So it opens an innovation frontier.

    In the future we will see many new kinds of environments, and many new ways of expressing directiveness within them. 2012 was a beginning of much more to come. As directiveness takes on new forms in the future, contextualized in environments and not limited to the specific forms of this first implementation, the definitive aspects of directiveness (listed in the post above) will very likely continue to be relevant.

  2. lechummers says:

    May I ask, Rob, how hard it is to accurately position the directive drawing in proper real world coordinates within the model environment? Thanks.

  3. Thank you very much for that question.

    There are two answers, depending on how your drawings were produced.

    1. If you use the standard BIM process, of making drawings from models, and if you use Bentley software to do that, then the return of those drawings in-situ, into the model (including all the non-model graphics you added manually to those drawings), is automatic, completely so, actually. It requires zero effort. It just happens. I show a kind of demonstration and discussion of this here

    2. If you used any other means to produce your drawings (any other CAD or BIM application, or drawings made by hand), then there is a retrofit process that is not automatic, but is pretty straight forward. Actually I show that retrofit process in the same demo video above, in the case of hand drawn drawings. The retrofit process is essentially the same for other kinds of drawings. It is, it seems to me, conceivable that the retrofit process could be automated. I’ve been hoping for a software development project to do this, for a few years now. At the very least it could offer some semi-automated assistance for retrofitting any legacy drawing document set into any kind of modeling environment (into hybrid environments composed of many media/data types)

    We’ve been doing 1 (automatic) since 2012. A nice update is soon on its way, Bentley’s Connect Edition:

    Thanks very much for your interest. Please email me if I can help:

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