It’s quite a long title that has evolved over the years. I guess you could say I have been thinking about this general idea since the early 1980’s when CAD and GIS were just starting to go mainstream, thanks in large part to the development of the PC. So what is a manifesto?
“A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. A manifesto usually accepts a previously published opinion or public consensus or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made. It often is political or artistic in nature, but may present an individual’s life stance.”
The Communist Manifesto is of course the most famous of the manifesto’s. This is not political. This manifesto is in the category of “a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made.”
Since the introduction of the PC virtually all industries have seen significant gains in productivity with one exception – AEC, or what we are now calling the Built Environment.
There are many reasons for this, but near the top of the list is the lack of standards. Whether it is the automotive, computer, music – you name it these industries have realized that they can increase productivity by adhering to industry standards.
So in a highly condensed version this manifesto is a demand for the key players in the industry to join forces to develop the standards that will lead to increased productivity.
What would these standards include? At the very least a unified data model with data interoperability standards is needed. Some of this work is being done in BIM and CAD, but the overall commitment is not there.
Let me know what you think and stay tuned for Part 2.