BIM is changing the way we conduct business, and is certainly influencing the tools we will use today and into the future. BIM advocates believe that all scope and quantities will be extracted from the model. Grab a model, toss it in a grinder, and an estimate squirts out. Sounds great.
Does that mean 2D electronic digitizing is dead? Contract Documents are still delivered in 2D. Many designers, engineers, consultants, and subcontractors still develop in 2D. Plus, models contain some of the scope and quantities, but not all. That’s assuming, of course, that you verify and validate the model quantities.
Leading vendors such as On Center, Planswift, and eTakeoff are offering up new versions of their 2D electronic digitizing solutions to meet market demands. CostX offers both 3D and 2D measurement capabilities. And Autodesk Navisworks offers both 3D and 2D measurements plus much more.
So will BIM make 2D obsolete? I think not.