bim+ allows building models to be directly imported into the bim+ cloud where they can be accessed and edited using innovative apps and services on any computing device (PC, Tablet, Smartphone). … The multi-model collaborative features of bim+ integrate building models created by different software solutions. Satisfying a growing need for collaboration, bim+ is the first-ever solution of its kind to enable the combined use of models of different formats and disciplines, using the best technologies for the Internet, cloud, apps and mobile devices to help all participants in a building process build faster and better.
Nemetschek is well-known to many architects as the developer of design tools including Allplan, Scia, Graphisoft and Vectorworks, but its bim+ collaboration platform is clearly not restricted to its own software stable; Trimble’s Sketchup and Autodesk’s Revit are also highlighted on the website homepage. It aims to enable sharing, visualisation and collaboration between all project team participants, making it a potentially powerful common data environment (CDE).
Moreover, the platform is vendor-independent, open to all popular CAD formats, has an open API, is based on open standards (eg OPEN BIM, IFC), and will be complemented by a range of visual apps (most “coming soon”) and services. This will make bim+ interesting to many UK businesses which are considering how best to respond to the challenges of creating a CDE to meet the UK government’s 2016 public sector BIM mandate and delivering “open shareable asset information”. Much will depend on how it can be configured to suit the requirements laid down in PAS1192-2 and other BIM process documents.
Free bim+ beta ccounts are available, and subscriptions after beta start at €4.90 per user per calendar month. A typical small team (11-20) would pay €450pcm (roughly £380 or $600pcm).