A colleague here at the Factory just returned from the ACADIA conference in Chicago where she witnessed a demo of a Revit model on an iPhone. The demo of GoBim was from Ian Keough, Senior Technical Designer at Buro Happold in New York. There is a nascent blog documenting the project (an early version was posted on Design Reform back in February). This idea is not new - there have been many visions of the mobile architect - replete with images of architects in suits holding a tablet PC and gazing and pointing at the construction site. Recently, the convergence of the maturation of BIM and the meteoric rise of the iPhone is getting us thinking about mobility. Now, Fingerpainting is fun, but after the initial cool factor wears off, the same question always arises: isn't the screen too small for to browse a BIM model? Having personally tried the ICEVision Revit iPhone viewer, I have to say I was underwhelmed by the experience of navigating even a moderately sized model. Many of the examples of mobile BIM in use today seem to lean more towards utilizing the non-graphic information in the model such as construction scheduling, quantity takeoffs, and tracking the status of furniture installations (this latter one runs on the larger form factor of a tablet PC.)
The question for everyone is: useful or not? Are you currently using mobile devices in your BIM workflows? What are some scenarios where using mobile devices will enhance various BIM workflows in the near and distant future?