Congratulations to Mr. Brian Tuffin!!
He has posted an Avatech White Paper on BIM!
(the meer fact that he posted is almost as exciting as what he is posting, j/k Brian :)
Go check out his blog to read all about it: http://www.bim-wit.blogspot.com/
For those of you unfamiliar with BIM and PIM:
BIM = building information model
PIM = product information model
This is the way that designing and drafting is headed. You will no longer just be drafting lines on a drawing that symbolize items, you will actually be creating and utilizing intelligent objects. If you create a building information model through the usage of product information models the need for redesign and field issues are drastically diminished. All of the information is at your fingertips. Manufacturers need to get in on this! The sooner they create PIM's of their products the more designers will want to use their products.