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What are the characteristics of the “traditional” approach?

Traditional approach to interdisciplinary collaboration basically means any form of 2D collaboration including paper, DWG or PDF or any other 2D forms. This approach can be characterized as follows:

  • Limited coordination workflow → the whole workflow relies too much upon manual work and willingness of cooperation between the parties
  • Heavy conversion of data → the whole workflow is based upon “dumb” intermediary formats so data conversion results serious information loss
  • No utilization of others’ data → due to differences in documentation conventions the received 2D data cannot practically be further utilized
  • No comprehensive coordination → due to the 2D nature of the workflow the project cannot be coordinated in one integrated environment

Where can I find more information about Open BIM?

OPEN BIM is supported by various organizations that host related information in their own domains. To find some relevant information you may also choose to visit any of the following pages:

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What are various approaches to address collaboration issues?

Sticking to the technical level coordination between the different trades has been through a long evolution. Traditionally different trades submitted full printed documentation sets at the different stages of the design process and used light-tables to try and coordinate the different building structures and building systems. This approach is still popular today with paper’s digital equivalents the still 2D DWG and PDF based collaboration workflows.

With the advent of model based design (BIM) design collaboration entered a new era with the much richer building information model data. With BIM models there has been an increasing demand for true model based collaboration. Two fundamentally different approaches emerged one known as the “platform” approach where collaboration happens using the different branches of the same software solution, the other known as the “open” approach where different software solutions form the basis of model-based collaboration.

Where can I find more information about Open BIM?

OPEN BIM is supported by various organizations that host related information in their own domains. To find some relevant information you may also choose to visit any of the following pages:

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What are AEC projects’ key collaboration issues?

Even at the smallest scale – AEC projects are endeavors charged with serious collaboration challenges. Successfully completed building projects are the result of the collaboration of different teams of building professionals such as architects, different types of engineers and a network of the general contractor and subcontractors. These teams more often than not have divergent “trade” priorities and belong to independent organizations with counter-pointing interests.

Due to the above these are collaboration issues present in most AEC projects:

  • Lack of real coordination workflow → parties in effect don’t coordinate their work only share documentation in progress to show design intent
  • Lost information during data conversion → native data needs to be converted to open in the other parties’ environment for coordination
  • Interpretation issues of data from other party → data only becomes real information when there is an established workflow for interpretation
  • Limited utilization of building data created by others → design information created by one trade cannot be integrated into other trades’ environment
  • Missing follow-up of design changes between the trades → coordination is not a one-time data exchange but a continuous bidirectional process
  • Lack of overall coordination environment for multiple trades → coordination ideally includes all related activities such as collision detection, quantity takeoffs and constructability issues
  • Lack of detailed model for construction → late coordination and spent time to produce 2D drawings forces construction to be done on sketches/not-up to date plans

Where can I find more information about Open BIM?

OPEN BIM is supported by various organizations that host related information in their own domains. To find some relevant information you may also choose to visit any of the following pages:

@bimserver: New release #BIMserver 1.1.0 RC1 | Great day for #openBIM! #IFC #BuildingSMART #BIM #opensource

 Yesterday the BIMserver.org team is proud to announce that the first Release Candidate of BIMserver 1.1 is public. It has been over a year since the previous release of BIMserver and we have to admit we underestimated the effort. For the enthusiastic users who have high hopes of this release we just want to say: slow down. You won’t see a lot of change… The UserInterface is still… well… ready for improvements. And the new features are not the kind you would passionately talk about during your family diner.

More info to be found here http://bimserver.org/2012/03/30/first-release-candidate-for-version-1-1/

OPEN BIM Live Online Seminar

Learn How Open BIM Streamlines Workflow to Save Time & Money!

Rift Architects applied the OPEN BIM™ collaboration workflow to design and build a high-end residential complex in the heart of the Oslo fjord, 40 minutes outside of Oslo, Norway. Nordre Jarlsberg Brygge offers residents an enviable way of life, with islands, reefs, sandy beaches, and fishing all within arm’s reach.

Attend this webinar to:

See how Open BIM’s safe and streamlined workflow ensures seamless collaboration between architects and engineers using products like GRAPHISOFT® ArchiCAD®, Tekla® Structures, and DDS-CAD® MEP,
Learn how Open BIM projects are more easily shared among architects, engineers, builders and clients,
See how Rift Architect’s use of Open BIM saved the client time and money on the Nordre Jarlsberg Brygge project.

For registration please click here: http://www.graphisoft.com/products/archicad/webinars.htm

Official definition of Open BIM


Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. Open BIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

Open BIM FAQ: http://buildingsmart.com/openbim/faq

Open BIM Program for Improved AEC Collaboration

March 13, 2012 — buildingSMART® International, members of the Nemetschek Group, Tekla® and other leading software vendors joined forces to launch a global program to help promote Open BIM collaboration workflows throughout the AEC industry.

Open BIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. Open BIM is an initiative of buildingSMART and several leading software vendors using the open buildingSMART Data Model.

The Open BIM approach offers key benefits to the stakeholders of building projects…

Contact points
BuildingSMART International: Chris Groome (cg@buildingsmart.org.uk)

Full press release can be found on www.openbim.com | http://buildingsmart.com/openbim/Open_BIM_Joint%20Announcement.pdf

BIM -The sky is the limit | Video now with Polish subtitle available!

Nice video explaining BIM – simple way (now available with Polish and German subtitle)
BIM – The sky is the limit

Dutch initiative from:
Uneto-Vni
Executive body of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment |
Building Information Council

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year | 2012 the BIM year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok
Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr
Froue Weihnåcht’n, und a guad’s nei’s Joah
Gleðileg jól og farsælt komandi ár
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo
Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta
God jul og godt nytt år
Glæd Geol and Gesælig Niw Gear
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
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