Michael Baird August 29th, 2008
“Instead, it is that American spirit – that American promise – that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.”
Michael Baird June 18th, 2008
I want to hear stories that embarrass because they are undeniable, stories that only old friends can tell because only they know them. There is little continuity between my present and my past, self inflicted for sure, but still troubling when I dwell on it.
Ask anyone who knows me, who spends time with me, what I was like in my youth.
They couldn’t know. To them I didn’t exist more than ten years ago.
Ask any of my friends from my past, who I grew up with, what I am like today.
They won’t know.
I have disconnected.
Michael Baird April 17th, 2008
Lack of posts have probably made this site somewhat of a ghost town. If anyone is reading though, in October of 2007 I moved on from my previous employer, a small architecture firm in Park Ridge, Illinois to a general contractor in Chicago. I have transitioned from being an architectural project manager to being a virtual construction manager.
“A what?” you say.
A virtual construction manager I say.
My job is to oversee and coordinate the implementation of BIM (building information modeling) in our National Building Group.
BIM is a 3D digital model of a building, containing all aspects of a buildings design in real world dimensions. A good model will have all major architectural, structural & MEP systems, which we can use to assess hard and soft system clashes as well as constructability. With these systems modeled, as an example, we can tell if the architectural drawings and structural drawings are coordinated, and make sure the ductwork fits within a ceiling space.
In addition to checking spacial relationships the 3D model can be linked to construction schedules to create 3d animated visual schedules, which can assist in lean construction methods, site workflow, material orders and logistics.
Told you this blog wasn’t dead.