Tag: IFC

Apr 09 2013

BricsCAD, BIM and Chapoo

The story of BricsCAD and online AEC collaboration is long and complex (BricsCAD… Bricsnet … Bricsys … Vondle – 2007 post … Chapoo – 2012 post), and appears is about to enter a new chapter subtitled “BIM”. Ralph Grabowski‘s CAD business upFront.e-zine reviews the history of BricsCAD’s architectural design software and reports: Last week…, the …

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Nov 09 2012

Trimble Buildings pushes SaaS, BIM and whole lifecycle approach

In late 2006, Trimble acquired Meridian Systems, a US-based provider of project management and document collaboration solutions (post), as part of a strategy of connecting construction sites through tighter integration of construction process information. For Trimble, that deal meant its growing portfolio of construction solutions had been expanded to include Meridian’s infrastructure lifecycle management platform …

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May 27 2011

The Docia interview

Denmark-based collaboration vendor Docia is growing and has appointed a UK-based partner, MPS, to market its AEC solutions in the UK. From time to time, I talk to established construction collaboration technology businesses about which I know relatively little and it has been useful to conduct online interviews to learn more (see my conject and …

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May 04 2010

COBie – the bridge between BIM and collaboration technologies?

My previous post, It’s been about collaboration all along, highlighted some emerging similarities between UK and US practices with regard to collaborative working – partly driven (at least in the USA) by the need to rethink industry approaches to management of people and processes as building information modelling (BIM) looms larger on the industry horizon. …

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Sep 02 2008

Urban BIM

Two months ago, I wrote about Show Us a Better Way, the UK Cabinet Office’s Web 2.0 competition for ideas to unlock the potential of publicly-held information. The flow of ideas shows no signs of stopping, and while some ideas are repeated, there are occasional gems. Today, I noted a suggestion from a Michael Blom …

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Jun 25 2008

BuildingSMART Conference, RIBA, London

0940am BST: This is the first of (hopefully) several updates from the BuildingSMART one-day conference at the RIBA in London (the main auditorium has wi-fi (hurray!), but few power connections (boo!), but by topping up the battery from time to time, I hope to get by). Only about 40 delegates in the room as the …

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May 10 2007

Latest viewers

I’ve noticed a couple of press announcements about new file viewers recently. Nemetschek has released a universal viewing tool for IFCs (industry foundation classes), extending the firm’s support for IFCs (see Nemetschek news release). Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) has announced the latest release of its MYRIAD 3D/2D CAD viewer. Tweet

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May 04 2007

A look at BuildingSMART

After my day at the BuildingSMART conference in London last month, it was interesting to read AECcafe.com‘s fairly detailed look at what the BuildingSMART Alliance is doing. It’s also quite topical as there have been a few news stories about software vendors (eg: Nemetschek, Bentley) achieving IFC compliance. Tweet

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Mar 14 2007

DWF v PDF v other formats

In my book, I devote a short section to discussion of the file formats commonly used in construction collaboration. A more comprehensive overview of the subject is given in David Harrison’s Stress-free blog, in an article entitled Why Autodesk should ‘Open’ DWF. David extends the analysis beyond my basic comparison of DWF and PDF formats; …

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Feb 26 2007

CAD collaboration

Earlier this month, I mentioned New Zealand-based David Harrisons’ Stress-Free blog. In a more recent, long post entitled CAD Collaboration, he discusses the challenge of collaborating around CAD models. He gives a good outline of how teams have used technology to share CAD information to date, including the use of what he calls “external document management”. …

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