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[Open forum] The job of BIM Manager, it may be older than you imagine

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Since prehistoric times, man has always imagined the things he made for his daily use, from the hunting tool to his habitat. But, the first graphic illustration, representing a plan of a house, comes to us from Mesopotamian civilization, and more particularly from a sovereign who was called Gudea. He was governor of the city-state of Lagash, one of the most powerful cities of the ancient city of Sumer, from 2141 to 2122 BC. J.-C, known for its statues. In one of them (currently on display in the Department of Oriental Antiquities: Mesopotamia, Louvre Museum), we can see Gudea sitting with a tablet in the lap. On this tablet, we clearly see "the plan of a temple" whose instructions would have been transmitted to him during a vision, by a god, who held a tablet of precious stones containing this plan.

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Figure 1 - Statue known as "the Architect on the map" of the Prince Gudea, is shown seated, hands joined in the gesture of prayer.


Gudea
baffled by these architectural instructions, sought advice from a goddess * capable of interpreting divine messages, so that she could decipher a seemingly simple floor plan and provide the information needed to build a temple of seven floors with seven different scales. She explained the meaning of the instructions, the dimensions of the plan, as well as the size and shape of the bricks to be used, which was later deciphered, in 1900, by Adolf Billerbeck in his publication " Der Alte Orient » (the Old East). Then, Gudea hired a team to locate the site on the outskirts of the city where the god wanted his temple to be built, and recruited staff for the construction phase.

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Figure 2 - Gudea, prince of Lagash, with on his knees the engraved plan of the enclosure of the temple of the god Ningirsu.

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Figure 3 - First known illustration of a strictly technical drawing.


Specialists, like Zecharia Sitchin, especially in his book " the 12th planet [1]», Affirm that war has always been a lever for man to advance scientifically and technologically. But in ancient Mesopotamia, it was the construction of complex structures that allowed the development of all sectors, whether in technology, transport, or even organization, ...

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Figure 4 - The temple of the god Ningirsu


[1] Paperback edition published in 1976, a work based on the Sumerian writings, more than 5 years old, considered a mere mythology, which announces the existence of a "000th planet" now confirmed by science under the 'planet X' waiting appellation.

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