London, UK-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Asite is partnering with Nemetschek Vectorworks to promote the automation of workflows throughout a building’s lifecycle. The relationship, announced last week, enables users of Vectorworks Architect software to connect commercial information in their building information models (BIMs), enhance coordination processes and maintain a clear audit trail on updates to their design through Asite’s Adoddle collaboration platform. They can also share designs and individual BIM worksheets with collaborators using their chosen authoring tools through an IFC or COBie output and a cloud-based model for the project.
Jeremy Powell, director of product marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks, said:
“Nemetschek Vectorworks is committed to promoting open BIM workflows, so we’re excited to bring Asite’s capabilities to our users, giving them the best way to coordinate the processes associated with design review, construction management and facilities management. Such coordination through Asite’s industry-leading cloud platform takes geography out of the equation for designers who work with disparate facilities managers and building operators. It also reinforces our commitment to improving communication and project coordination among design and BIM collaboration platforms, as well as our support for IFC interoperability.”
Adoddle cBIM, Asite’s collaborative BIM application, is also now accessible to Vectorworks software users, connecting model data with commercial management systems in a centralised Common Data Environment (Nemetschek launched its own centralised BIM platform, BIM+, in November 2013, having released a starter version the previous February). Asite chief operating officer Nathan Doughty underlines Asite’s and Nemetschek’s commitment to Open BIM, saying:
“If we want to achieve BIM workflows, we need collaborative yet structured input through collaborative BIM. We are therefore excited to be partnering with Nemetschek Vectorworks to connect their BIM authoring tool to our collaborative BIM platform through Open BIM.”