Standards vs Instructions

Discussing with colleges about the current state of CAD & BIM standards in the industry we notice most of them describe superfluous and “faddy” details not oriented to production and design environments.

They are full of redundant data and exhaustive descriptions that must be consider inside an instructive. Having this notes in mind I’d like to share our small thoughts.

An instructive describes a methodological procedure to achieve a result on a efficient manner. It’s steps are descriptive, particular and normally occur inside a specific tool.

An instructive describes a methodological procedure to achieve a result on a efficient manner.

On the other side, standards are more general and should describe proceses providing a immediate value,easy application and easily verifiable.

Standards […] should describe proceses that providing a immediate value,easy application and easily verifiable.

Immediate value – Utility from scratch: Each part of the standard should provide a general improvement processes palpably.

Easy application – the best way to do things: They should be simple and follow a logical path to achieve the greatest effect with the least effort. A complex standard tends not to be used.

Easily verifiable – Ensure quality: Each step of the standard should enable a testable quality control to be described.

I share with you a document describing the differences in the main – and best – BIM standards in the market.

A review of building information modeling protocols, guides and standards for large construction clients

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