Newforma (again), plus AGCxml

I wrote at some length about US AEC focused EDMS vendor Newforma earlier this month. Today, courtesy of AECNewsroom, I see that Newforma Project Center has been adopted by US architectural practice HOK. It will, the article says, help HOK staff “to organize and find project information more efficiently, to share and communicate project documents more quickly and easily, and to reuse and enhance project data in ways that streamline critical work processes.” It will also be integrated with HOK’s existing Deltek Vision financial management system.

The Newforma solution will form part of HOK buildingSMART, “a corporate-wide execution of the International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI) buildingSMART initiative”.

Coincidentally, I read this week (in AEC Cadalyst) that the American Association of General Contractors and the NIBS (National Institute of Building Sciences) is to develop AGCxml: “a set of standard industry schemas for exchanging electronic data among AEC business process software applications in order to increase efficiency and collaboration among facility owners and design and construction professionals”. AGCxml will apparently expand on the work already undertaken by the IAI – as Randall Newton at helpfully explains:

“The new schema, dubbed AGCxml, is being targeted specifically for construction-related business-to-business data such as owner/contractor agreements, change orders, and requests for information. The intended emphasis of AGCxml is not on design data; there are already XML schemas and building information modeling (BIM) initiatives available for design data.”

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