Tuesday, April 1, 2008

New Design Synthesis Software!

In an August 17, 2007 article in Architect This Week, Contributing Editor Michael Tardif, authored a lead article entitled "Architect Creates Synthesis Software--Onuma Planning System (OPS) allows integration of vast amounts of information". In this article, Tardif describes OPS as a software tool "that enables project teams to amass and synthesize programmatic information far more quickly than is possible with any current method" and quotes Onuma as summing up OPS: "It allows you to test a lot of decisions early on and bump into problems early so that you can go in another direction."

In this article, Tardif continues by saying: "His (Onuma's) commitment to build OPS on open standards such as the IAI's Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs), extensible markeup language (XML), and other Internet and e-commerce standards means that information generated in the planning phase using OPS can be exchanged easily yet securely with all parties involved in a project and can be integrated easily into the design process by exporting in IFC format to building design applications such as ArchiCAD, Bentley Architecture, or Revit Architecture." "Relying on open-source software solutions such as my SQL Enterprise Server, PHP Hypertext Preprocessor, and Apache HTTP Server means that data entered into OPS will never get locked up in a proprietary data format."

This article continues by saying that OPS "is a building information modeling (BIM) tool that allows design teams to begin creating a building information model using data in whatever format is most readily available or convenient: as structured data, such as an Excel Spreadsheet; as simple , scaled, geometry; or both. Data exported from OPS is then available as an advanced starting point for the more complex building geometry of a building information model, which would otherwise have to be started from stratch. As the design develops, the more highly detailed BIM can later be brought back to OPS to test the design against the original program requirements." The article continues by saying that OPS "allows many parties with a high degree of professional knowledge--architects, owners, engineers, security analysists, contractors and others--to interact in real time and incorporate their specialized knowledge into the project data."

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