Apr 14 2015

4Projects to develop ‘satellite’ CDEs

The next generation of SaaS BIM ‘common data environments’ could include constellations of CDEs around a core CDE.

4Projects by Viewpoint - blueViewpoint’s UK subsidiary, SaaS construction collaboration technology specialist 4Projects, is to develop a new platform to support building information modelling (BIM) collaboration down the supply chain, reports BIM+. The project is one of ten beneficiaries of a recent Innovate UK competition, ‘Digitising the Construction Industry’ (read Elaine Knutt’s report), with Vinci construction, NG Bailey, the Specialist Engineering Contractors group and Northumbria University also involved in the 18-month “Tier2Tier” project.

John Adams, BIM project manager at 4Projects, says the aim is to address the “considerable difficulties in getting information down the supply chain. Usually the main contractor has the model, and everyone else passes information around via email and FTP sites.” The cloud-based service, due to be commercially available in autumn 2016, would allow key subcontractors to operate a satellite ‘common data environment’ (CDE), which would only host data from the main model relevant to their package. The Tier 2 subcontractors would then be able to invite Tier 3/4 suppliers and manufacturers to access the slimmed-down design files, and submit their own estimates, designs and COBie data.

Distantly echoing early 2000s efforts by the leading UK collaboration vendors to create a common information exchange standard between their various SaaS platforms, John continues:

“The whole supply chain is unlikely to buy 4Projects, so the point of our bid is to create an inter-CDE language, so we should be able to pass data from CDE to CDE. So we want to create an open-source language, so that the CDE could align with Asite, for instance.”

Asked if this dilutes the value of a CDE as a collaborative/interoperable tool to be used by all parties involved with a project, he responded:

John AdamsThe model of a single CDE for the whole project where everyone has access is still in play, as per the B555 Roadmap. But the master CDE is ultimately controlled by a Tier 1 project participant. This has meant the tools within modern CDEs like task management, workflow processes and libraries of objects and literature are beyond the use of the supply chain who revert to using their C: drive and email. The concept of a hierarchical structure of cloud based environments will enable every business to align their business procedures with BIM execution plans whilst creating reusable lean processes.

These are interlinked CDEs which are intended to add speed, clarity and accountability to the project supply chain for processes such as return of tender and submission of model objects. In my mind this looks like a project ‘nervous system’ with the master CDE as the ‘brain’.

Update (16 April 2015) – Asite’s CEO Tony Ryan has blogged about satellite CDEs. Meanwhile, Conject’s Duncan Kneller has also been writing about CDEs, mentioning 4Projects in passing.

StickyWorld also funded

StickyworldAlso funded in the same Innovate UK competition is a project led by Michael Kohn’s London-based StickyWorld [Disclosure: like 4Projects, a former pwcom.co.uk client], with the National Self Build Association, who have won £330,000 for a project called Digitising Custom Build. I understand the project will also involve HTA Design, FACIT Homes, Rob Annable’s Axis Design, Slider Studio, Commusoft and Igloo Regeneration.

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Apr 13 2015

Law expands on Bentley’s EADOC deal

EADOC founder Eric Law is optimistic about the future market for Bentley’s newly acquired application, combining document and cost control, and growing its progress reporting capabilities.

Exactly a month ago (13 March 2015 postBentley Systemseadoc-logoBentley - logo announced it had acquired the California, USA-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology vendor EADOC. I spoke on Friday [10 April] to Eric Law, EADOC founder and former CEO, now Bentley’s Senior Director, Product Management, Portfolio Development.

PW: It would be useful to have some EADOC metrics – number of users, number of companies, number of projects?

Eric LawEL: EADOC has about 100 customers, ranging from owner/operator organisations to programme management and construction management businesses; our licensing model is two-fold: many programme management and construction management firms opt to use EADOC on a per-project basis, while we offer an annual subscription model for owner/operators wanting to use the platform across all their projects. In total, we have about 13,000 registered and currently/recently active users, and they are working on about 1000 projects. These range in size from small $50,000 projects up to $1.5bn in construction value.

PW: How big is EADOC? Are all the staff joining Bentley?

EL: EADOC had 11 staff, all based in California, and all have been retained with Bentley following the acquisition.

PW: In 2010, you broadly described EADOC as 50% document management and 50% financial management. Are these still the core areas?

EL: They remain our core strengths, but we’ve started to add more time and progress reporting. Our view of project management is that it needs to address document management, cost control and time management, and we will continue to invest in developing our progress functionality and our reporting tools – in two years time, I would say 25% of the EADOC toolset will relate to accurate capture of progress data for comprehensive performance reporting.

PW: Did EADOC add the promised (2010) CAD file viewing capability? And later (as discussed in 2012) BIM data management and model viewing?

EL: We looked at a lot of CAD file viewing tools, and also a range of PDF viewers (many of our projects were sharing PDFs rather than native CAD files), but they all involved the use of plugins, and we were keen to provide a pure browser-based experience without ActiveX or Java, and we’ve been making great steps forward using HTML5.

There were relatively few BIM viewer tools and a couple of those we looked at were acquired by other vendors and so got closed off to us. However, the Bentley deal will see us working with its iModel technology, which enables model viewing in the browser and is plugin-free.

PW: EADOC clearly sits comfortably next to Bentley’s collaboration platforms like ProjectWise and its SME-oriented SaaS offering, ProjectWise Essentials (post). How will it fit into the Bentley product portfolio?

EL: We have been working with Bentley since we joined its technology development programme in 2012, so we have a good understanding of its products. Bentley offers a lot of design tools, Microstation and the like, and it is also extending its reach into the construction process with products like ProjectWise, and to support building information modelling. I think the EADOC team brings a lot of cost management expertise to the Bentley business and I expect we will be helping add cost data into BIM tools, both for design and then on into construction execution and project management. We will also be part of Bentley’s CONNECT strategy, delivering more data over the web via Software-as-a-Service while also connecting with existing client side applications.

In the nine years since I founded EADOC, it is surprising that it is still unique in being the only US product to combine document collaboration and project cost control functionality [post].

PW: How will the product be branded? And what are the product development plans?

Bentley eadoc - logoEL: EADOC was both the name of the company and the name of the product. Now the company is part of Bentley, but the product name will continue, as Bentley EADOC. We’re excited about the opportunities this brings for us – we have sales colleagues ready to start marketing EADOC outside the US, in the Middle East, south-east Asia, and Europe.

Last year we started a complete refresh of the EADOC toolset. Six months on, we were acquired by Bentley and now have more development resources to devote to that refresh. We will be releasing a more responsive design, sharing a common look and feel across all the main devices – desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones – with a completely new user interface and updated middleware. [This echoes the cross-device “app-lication” message I heard at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure conference last November: post. Eric will be attending this year’s Bentley Systems conference in London in November.]

PW: How is the competitive landscape for SaaS-based collaboration and project management changing?

EL: It’s a challenging space. There are a lot of players, all working in an industry where its difficult sometimes to get fragmented teams to collaborate. There have been some interesting moves – Viewpoint acquiring 4Projects, other acquisitions, a provider [Aconex] going to an IPO – and we now have a slightly smaller group of mainstream providers. But we also have a new wave of simpler, Dropbox-type solutions, with VC-backed start-ups like Plangrid offering ‘freemium’ model platforms. But they are competing at a different level of the market to us.

We also need to be thinking about data standards to help share data, from the design stage, through construction and on to management of the finished assets. Greater BIM integration will help on this, but its still a confusing international landscape when it comes to interoperability, and even within the US we have different BIM groups and different BIM approaches being promoted by major US clients, and some software companies aren’t as active as they could be in improving interoperability standards. [With Eric’s Bentley colleague Nicole Stephano, we also briefly discussed how the iModels technology might contribute to greater interoperability of data, including cost and estimating information.]

There is also widely varying knowledge and experience of BIM. Some designers have been using BIM to produce visuals to market their designs to the client, but there’s no data behind the design; delivery will still involve traditional 2D drawings. And some US firms are simply forwarding these 2D designs to agencies in India and southeast Asia and getting them to turn the information into building information models.

My take

Bentley Systems has acquired a mature SaaS technology with proven expertise in supporting both document management and cost control on commercial and industrial projects or programmes. There is a good ‘fit’ with the existing Bentley SaaS collaboration products insofar as they lack the cost management functionality that has long been a differentiator for EADOC in the US (as I have previously discussed, this is also one of the differentiating options of Conject’s platform in the UK/Europe), and integration of file viewing and BIM-related capabilities will enhance the value of EADOC. And both organisations were on a similar trajectory regarding their cross-device development strategies. With Bentley’s marketing machine now also supporting EADOC, it looks set to expand beyond its US heartland.

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Apr 07 2015

4Projects migrates to Rackspace

4Projects by Viewpoint - blueUsers of the 4Projects SaaS construction collaboration platform have been informed that the company is migrating its UK datacentre from the BT hosting in Glasgow it has used since 2004 to Rackspace in London:

This project represents months of planning and a major investment by Viewpoint to secure our infrastructure for the future.  We are pleased to announce a partnership with Rackspace for datacentre services, a market leader who serve over 40% of FTSE 100 companies with current clients including Oyster, Ministry of Defence and Vodafone.  Backed by fanatical support from Rackspace, the changes we are making will allow us to provide the best possible service to 4Projects customers.

The migration will happen in two phases: 4Projects 3G services will be migrated on Saturday 2 May 2015, with 2G users following in the summer.

 

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Apr 07 2015

Oumy – record your BIM model comment?

One-time Kalexo founder Hannes Marais has created a new visual communication tool for creative people, Oumy, which, if integrated into other collaboration platforms, could accelerate idea-sharing.

Six years ago in February 2009, I wrote about building information modelling (BIM), integrated project delivery (IPD) and collaboration. My post was stimulated by two Cadalyst articles by Pete Zyskowski, stressing the importance of communication in BIM. It also marked the launch of a new software-as-a-service platform called Kalexo which promised to seamlessly combine advanced task management with communication tools such as file sharing, online meetings and video chat.

Kalexo helped teams manage tasks, recording information-rich integrated voice, movie communications and online meetings, and in 2011 it was acquired by Autodesk, with founder Hannes Marais becoming an Autodesk staffer for about a year. In 2013, Hannes was developing a new video tool – Flashback (June 2013) – and it seems he has since been working on a more advanced version of Kalexo’s video playback functionality.

California, US-based Oumy logoOumy – “Visual communication for creative people” – has just launched the official (and currently free) public beta release of its first product (says an email I received yesterday from Hannes and co-founder and UX specialist Hans Guntren). Users simply share an image, a PDF or Microsoft file, click a button to start and then record their thoughts while pointing at the parts of the image they are discussing. Average Oumy videos are apparently less than three minutes long, helping quickly convey the user’s ideas.

Pre-Beta consultation with users led to a series of enhancements, and Oumy now has:

  • Instant video discussions about design files, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PDF, Microsoft Powerpoint, Word, and most image formats
  • A Chrome browser extension for discussing web pages
  • The ability to invite clients via URL to Oumy topics, without requiring them to go through a sign up process
  • Audio troubleshooter to set up a microphone
  • A more intuitive user interface (and a web site with a gallery of inspiring Oumy clips)

I am pleased to see Hannes innovating again, and still focused on highly interactive and intuitive cloud-based tools to support collaboration and team working. My first thought: BIM ‘common data environments’ are now sharing comments associated with snapshots of models, sometimes using BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) – but these views are static. Think how a tool like Oumy could potentially deliver a much richer user experience.

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Apr 01 2015

Viewpoint acquires JobPac

Viewpoint’s acquisition of Australian ERP competitor Jobpac creates a strong ANZ market leader and new tensions in its construction collaboration sector.

(London, 8.15pm BST)Jobpac logoViewpoint Construction Software, the Portland, Oregon, US-based construction financial software vendor, and parent company of the Newcastle, UK-based SaaS construction collaboration technology business 4Projects (acquired in February 2013), has announced the acquisition (for – as seems to be usual with privately-held US companies – an undisclosed sum) of the Sydney, Australia-based construction ERP vendor Jobpac.

ANZ ERP dominance

Jim PaulsonIt may not be an overly familiar name to many European or US construction sofftware watchers, but Jobpac, according to Viewpoint President Jim Paulson (right) – who I spoke to ahead of the official announcement – is the market leader in the Australasian (ANZ) construction ERP market.

Viewpoint established an Australian beachhead in Melbourne, headed by Scott Halliday, for its Vista ERP product a few years ago, and the closure of this deal will create a dominant player in the Australian market, commanding 45 of the top 100 Australasian contractors, said Paulson, 250 customers and a combined total of over 5000 contracting business customer users. Local competitors include JDM Group‘s CSSP Cheops (post), Sage CRE and more generic SME accounting solutions such as MYOB.

Scott Haladay (son of Viewpoint CEO Jay Haladay), having already extended a two-year assignment in Australia, will return to the US and work on the continued assimilation of JobPac into Viewpoint, I was told. Jobpac CEO Ian Desbrow will become MD of Viewpoint ANZ, looking to double the customer base of the now 50-strong business in the next three to five years. According to Viewpoint’s news release, Viewpoint will maintain its Melbourne facility but relocate its ANZ headquarters to the Jobpac offices in Sydney. Jay Haladay says:

Jay Haladay“Through strategic growth and development, Viewpoint has been very successful in serving the needs of construction organisations across the globe. Our technology solutions provide greater productivity, visibility, collaboration and ultimately, increased profits to thousands of users. The combination of Viewpoint’s strong technical platforms, coupled with Jobpac’s deep construction expertise and market presence, allows Viewpoint to expand and deepen its commitment to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”

Viewpoint collaboration push grows

The deal potentially creates some interesting new tensions in the Australasian construction software market. While JobPac did offer some document control functionality, it was certainly not a major player in the document collaboration sector, and I understand some of its customers are existing users of Aconex. Viewpoint’s 4Projects deal and its more recent (December 2014) acquisition of the UK’s Mobile Computing Solutions’ Priority1 (now known as Field View) means that JobPac customers using Aconex may now be offered a competitive alternative that will also potentially be well integrated with their construction finance management needs.

Through, first, a reseller arrangement and then direct through Viewpoint, the 4Projects service, branded Viewpoint for Collaboration in Australia, has been competing with Aconex since 2012 (I noted that JobPac’s existing partners include Textura CPM; coincidentally, the ANZ 4Projects reseller was established by Milton Walters, who joined Textura Australia in December 2014).

In addition to indigenous competitors, Aconex has also faced domestic ANZ competition from SaaS rivals Asite, Conject, McLaren, Newforma and Trimble Buildingpoint, among others (post).

 

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Mar 31 2015

Conject CDE to launch at BIMShowLive

BIMShowLive will see several SaaS collaboration vendors showcasing their BIM capabilities, with Conject unveiling its CDE for the first time.

ConjectFollowing up on its promise to raise its UK BIM profile, Anglo-German SaaS construction collaboration technology provider Conject will be exhibiting its common data environment (CDE) at the two-day BIMShowLive event in Manchester next week (8-9 April 2015).

According to a Conject news release received today (online here), its CDE “helps asset owners, contractors and consultants to implement and continuously improve robust, repeatable, working practices and information processes to enable them and their supply chains to work competitively with BIM” (see also CDE data sheet and blog post). Conject MD Steve Cooper says:

“CDEs are an evolutional need to facilitate BIM. We have innovated and developed our existing proven application to meet the requirements of BIM customers and their supply chain, offering collaboration with control, throughout the plan-design-build-operate lifecycle.”

Other SaaS collaboration vendors exhibiting at BIMShowLive include 4Projects, Asite, Business Collaborator, Causeway and Newforma.

 

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Mar 27 2015

Finishline mobile reporting

FinishLinePerhaps a product suite mainly relevant to readers in the Americas is FinishLine construction list management software, from Active3DB, originally a Hawaii-based software development business, now headquartered in Oregon. Its cloud-hosted tools are most commonly used for punch lists, QA/QC, safety, warranty tracking, completion lists and field observation.

According to the company, the first FinishLine software application was created for a specific project in 2006 and, by word of mouth, was adopted on six further projects over the following two years. Active3DB was incorporated in December 2008 to develop and support both FinishLine and a real estate CRM application called OneSource. Support for Android, Apple and Windows tablet devices came in 2010 with the launch of FinishLine Pro v3 (allowing both on- and off-line use) and this month (March 2015) FinishLine Pro v4.1 delivers the product on smartphones too.

Like other quality reporting applications, FinishLine allows users to “punch on the plan” technology, letting them add items, review issues, complete site evaluations, and send reports/task lists to subcontractors.

The company has active projects throughout the US and in Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Canada and Mexico, and the application also has a Spanish version, delivered for a project in Santiago, Chile. The company claims over 2500 users in nine countries using its products daily.

The application is normally licensed on a per-project basis (a multi-project option is available to cover ‘bundles’ of smaller projects), allowing multiple users to access the system and to share information as required.

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Mar 19 2015

Conject finally enters the BIM race

Conject is not simply extending its document collaboration approach to embrace BIM. It is deploying key components from across its product portfolio to support the requirements of a BIM Common Data Environment.

Conject“Expect to hear much more about what Conject is doing with respect to BIM,” says UK CEO Steve Cooper. The Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction collaboration technology provider retains a strong UK customer base, but it didn’t immediately jump aboard the BIM bandwagon when the UK Government started to talk about SaaS-based common data environments in 2011.

Briefed by Conject’s BIM team in Woking, Surrey last week, I learned a lot about its BIM philosophy, and it’s not simply extending its document collaboration approach to embrace BIM collaboration. Instead, Conject has looked across its product portfolio and identified components that it can redeploy – if necessary in an improved form – to support the requirements of a BIM Common Data Environment (CDE).

Collaboration and control

‘Collaboration’ and ‘control’ are Conject’s watchwords, Steve told me. and to furnish its BIM toolkit it has  methodically picked out and, if necessary, re-engineered core functionality that meets the need of asset owners and operators (staying true to its infrastructure lifecycle management, ILM, ethos), rather than designers. Its core elements include an object library focused on systems and spaces, FM processes, mobile data capture (Conject acquired mobile developer Wapp6 just over a year ago), and, of course, model viewing capability, but the project information model (PIM) is only part of the offering.

Model file management, collaboration, compliance and control are key to the asset’s owner’s requirements, Steve said, so Conject’s approach is geared more towards PAS1192:3 and the Asset Information Model (AIM), incorporating data from external sources, validating completeness, giving early visibility of end-user information (adopting Government Soft Landings approaches) and looking to be FM-ready.

While Conject’s project control application conjectPC is well-known in the UK, the group’s PM application is less well-known but is widely deployed in Conject’s mainland Europe markets, so I got a quick tour of conjectPM to understand the bigger picture

conjectPM

At first glance this looked like a step back in time to folders-based collaboration, but other aspects of the platform held out more promise. For example, the conjectPM user interface is highly configurable, with extensive use of widgets, strong cross-project search tools (including search into document content), file management regimes that rigorously reflect BS1192:2007 and support BIM execution plans and the CDE workflows of PAS1192:2 (work in progress, shared, approved, archive). Communication remains largely email-based, but ‘smartflows’ support over 25 common workflow processes, and the company is developing its support for common documents and forms like those used in NEC contracts.

conjectCDE

Conject BIM workflowsThere is also some convergence between PM modules and elements of conjectPC (the option to synchronise folders from the user’s desktop to Conject’s hosted environment was highlighted as a forthcoming function). Conject has also picked out other functionality which it thinks offer strong BIM relevance; for example, design standards management, time and cost management (Conject’s ‘Financial Control’ module was an option that differentiated its solution from other vendors), commissioning (its mobile capability plays here), and facilities management.

According to Conject’s team (sales director Duncan Kneller and BIM development lead Richard Moyle also presented), they are already getting positive reactions from customers when they explain their BIM philosophy.

Combined with the forthcoming UK BIM toolkit (Conject has been consulting with the NBS-led team) and third party tools that are strong on BIM authoring, validation and clash detection (Solibri, Navisworks), Conject believes its CDE can support the whole project process from early briefing, deliverables management, single model and later federated model management, validation and reporting, output to COBie and delivery of data drops to meet staged project gateway approvals.

My view

Conject has lagged behind UK vendors (eg: 4Projects, Asite, Business Collaborator) and international competitors (Aconex, think project!) in marketing its BIM CDE capabilities. Some industry watchers were suggesting that this might be due to BIM not having the same impetus in Germany that it has in the UK, but it appears Conject was simply adopting a methodical approach to reusing, enhancing and combining much of the functionality it already had within its product portfolio (conjectPC, conjectCDE and Conject’s NEC contract management tool are now listed on the UK G-Cloud 6 Digital Marketplace – news release).

Of all the UK-based vendors Conject is also the one perhaps most strongly focused on owner-operators of built assets, and it’s sometimes forgotten that, as BIW Technologies, the company was also talking about intelligent components – ‘iComponents’ – 15 years ago (2001 Building article). The construction market wasn’t ready for this forerunner of BIM objects then, but it is now, and Conject is just starting to talk up its BIM capabilities again, but it is also underlining the depth of international capability and experience the group has to cover asset owners’ whole-life data management needs, and its BIM conversations have often focused on end-users’ data requirements (“Soft Landings” is repeatedly mentioned in Conject blog posts, for example).

It might be a little late in starting to promote its BIM capabilities, but Conject is focusing on its whole-life or ILM strengths and trusting that these prove attractive to asset owners at the top of construction supply chains.

[Disclosure: I worked for BIW Technologies, now Conject UK, from 2000 to 2009, and have since undertaken various consultancy projects for the company.]

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Mar 13 2015

Bentley acquires EADOC

Bentley Systemseadoc-logoBentley - logo has acquired California, USA-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology vendor EADOC for an undisclosed sum (see announcement), adding the platform to its MANAGEservices offering.

I have covered both Bentley’s and EADOC’s collaboration offerings over recent years. In the collaboration space, Bentley has mainly been associated with its Projectwise platform, extended last year to an SME SaaS offering, Projectwise Essentials (post). EADOC, founded in 2006, while providing document collaboration, has differentiated itself by also providing project cost control functionality (post) and integration with planning and scheduling tools MS Project and Oracle Primavera P6 (post) while remaining focused on the commercial and industrial development markets.

It appears that EADOC has been acquired to extend ProjectWise’s project delivery capabilities (while also taking a collaboration competitor out of the US market). EADOC believes its users can benefit from Bentley’s mobile expertise. According to the Bentley news release:

EADOC enables construction management professionals to track construction project documentation including design clarifications, inspectors’ daily reports, special inspections, memos, action items, deficiency items, and schedules. EADOC also uniquely integrates project cost controls, including budget, funding sources, contracts, schedule of values, pay estimates, change requests, and change orders, with this project information.

And EADOC founder Eric Law says:

Eric LawAs a former member of the Bentley Developer Network, our team is extremely pleased to now be part of Bentley. Together we can take information mobility across design and construction workflows, as well as into operations, to new levels for small and large organizations alike.

 

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Mar 11 2015

think project! grows 13% in 2014

Thinkproject-logothink project!, the Munich, Germany-based provider of the SaaS project collaboration platform by the same name, grew group turnover in the year to 31 December 2014 by 13% to €20m (see news release), up from €17.2m in 2013 (post).

Vying once again with locally-based competitor Conject, plus other UK and US rivals, think project! regards itself as “the market leader in cross-enterprise collaboration within Germany and Europe, and number two worldwide” behind Australia-based Aconex. Such a claim may again be disputed by Conject (as its then CEO did in May 2013), but think project! asserts that some of Conject’s revenues arise from non-SaaS products.

Some 35% of total turnover at think project! was achieved through its international businesses (in Benelux, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Poland).

The company highlights its development of a cross-enterprise solution for ‘BIM Collaboration’ (see post) enabling building information models to be linked with associated documents and integrated within different processes, and used directly within a browser. This is set to roll-out during the first half of 2015. think project! also highlights its new mobile interface (post), and a new RESTful API allowing customers access to the think project! backend to integrate their own applications and frontends. CEO Thomas Bachmaier says:

Thomas Bachmaier“We are very pleased with the business development of the think project! Group in 2014. With think project! BIM Collaboration, we have taken important directions towards our further development and market presence. Together with our other innovations, this considerable expansion of the think project! Collaboration Cloud will strengthen our market position and stimulate our growth in 2015. A focal point in 2015 will be further development of our international markets and our entry into new markets.”

think project! is available in 21 languages and is used by over 100,000 users across 8,000 projects in 40 countries.

Update (11 March 2014) – think project! has announced a relationship with Germany’s Fraunhofer IGD, where it will deploy the latter’s X3DOM software to quickly visualise large and complex digital 3D architecture models.

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