I'm reminded of a Jerry Laserin article titled "Much Vexation about Representation" which, in its simplest sense, remarked on the necessity of maintaining 2D or paper graphic quality while we venture into 3D, 4D, 5D and beyond. The reason for my reminisence is the amount of time I spent recently updating an Excel macro to format our extracted door schedule in a visual manner that exactly matched our legacy standard. Three difficult days were expended (found a neat tip on custom sorting though...in a future post) on this effort because formatting code is far more verbose than data manipulation. The code for the data extraction and sorting is about 100 lines of code, whereas the module for formatting consists of about 1,000 lines! At what cost do we sacrifice our building information modeling?
Believe me, we've had our share of go/no-go discussions on Revit projects when we had difficulty producing a certain graphic quality of plans or sections. No one wanted to hear about schedules, quantities or 3D cutaway views. How many of you have heard..."Let's make sure it does what Autocad can do before we implement Revit"? It's painful, but a necessity to address until we are contracted to deliver the actual BIM data.