The construction sector, particularly the Building Information Modelling (BIM) niche, has long grappled with the challenge of establishing consistent data standards. At a glance, standards sound like the ultimate solution — a unified approach promising interoperability, streamlined processes, and an integrated industry framework. However, as depicted in a humorous yet insightful comic, the pursuit of the ‘perfect’ standard may be holding us back more than we realize.
The comic paints a familiar scenario: industry professionals recognizing an overwhelming number of competing standards and rallying to develop one all-encompassing standard. Ironically, instead of simplifying matters, this just adds another standard to the mix. This comedic spin on the industry’s real-life challenge holds an important lesson: the perpetual chase for the ‘ultimate’ standard can actually proliferate the very problem it seeks to solve.