Friday, February 27, 2009

Open Source BIMServer Analyzed

David Harrison has posted another insightful post on his blog that is excerpted and linked below.

David, the founder of StressFree out of New Zealand, conducted an email interview of fellow Collaborative BIM Advocate member Léon van Berlo out of the Netherlands about the open source BIMServer project Léon is leading. David and Léon are demonstrating the type of collaboration the internet enables across continents and around the world. The rest of us would be well served to take note of the high level at which these two young men are discussing and advancing cutting edge concepts from opposite sides of the globe. You will also find David's analysis of the BIMserver project, and the challenges it faces, informative.


We are now at a stage where a computer's speed and network connection are no longer significant process bottlenecks in digital architectural design. As a consequence the need for efficient digital collaboration tools within the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is a growing requirement. The BIMserver project from TNO and the University of Eindhoven is exploring how collaborative design can be improved through the combination of Building Information Model (BIM) and open source server technologies. Unlike conventional, workstation-based CAD software, BIMserver stores BIM data within a dedicated server where it can be accessed by all members of the design team simultaneously. Whilst conceptually not a new idea, the project is the first to move beyond the research lab and be promoted as software (almost) ready for production deployment within AEC organisations.

What is a BIM server?

Read the whole thing.


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Excerpts from the CCR / CBA Newsletter

Below are excerpts from the combined Collaborative Construction / Collaborative BIM Advocates newsletter for February 2009. If anyone has any questions about the Lean Supply Chain Workshop this Friday you should contact Bill Standish with Stangate Management directly. If you have questions about the Collaborative BIM Breakfast meeting this Thursday, feel free to call me.

Lean Construction Supply Chain Workshop

Collaborative Construction has been invited by Collaborative BIM Advocate member Stangate Management, Inc. to make a presentation on Friday, February 27, 2009 to construction industry stakeholders interested in leaning the supply chain on the construction projects. The Lean Construction Supply Chain Workshop will be lead by Stangate President Bill Standish, and will take place at the Radisson River Front Hotel in Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Collaborative BIM Advocates from the region are invited to join us for this innovative and informative workshop which will run from 7:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Meals will be served so you must register in advance. Follow this LINK to get directions to the Radisson.

Stangate is a cutting edge lean supply chain management firm whose principals have years of experience in the construction industry. Stangate can help every stakeholder on a construction project improve their bottom line, and if the entire collaborative team works with Stangate the project as a whole will experience all the benefits that flow from a leaner and more efficient supply chain. Even if you cannot make it to the Lean Construction Supply Chain workshop you should still call Bill Standish to find out how Stangate Management, Inc. can help your organization manage the supply chain on your next job in a leaner more efficient manner. Click HERE for contact information and to register.

Collaborative BIM Breakfast Group Meeting


The highly successful Collaborative BIM Breakfast Group will meet next Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 7:00 a.m. at the Cincinnatian Hotel on the northwest corner of 6th and Vine Streets downtown. A separate reminder will be sent directly to the Cincinnati area members of Collaborative BIM Advocates. Join us for a lively discussion of the benefits of IPD, BIM, Lean Construction and Collaborative Agreements.

Nashville Area Members Find Network Power

The President of Collaborative Construction was in Nashville with his family earlier this month and had the chance to meet with several Collaborative BIM Advocate members who are hearing from health-care owners that want to see their projects delivered in an integrated environment that utilizes BIM, Lean Construction methods and techniques and some form of collaborative agreements. Members Jeff Bauer, Heather McCormick and Ronnie Daughtry of Gresham Smith Partners, SSOE, Inc. Architects - Engineers, and The ACCESS Group, LLC respectively all made time to meet with James and it appears Nashville is primed for an Owner's Symposium like the one hosted last month in Cincinnati by Messer Construction in conjunction with Construction Owner Resources, LLC, Collaborative Construction, Clarian Health and GBBN. Stay tuned for more news on this front!

Army Corps of Engineers Taps Collaborative BIM Advocate

Mike Bordenaro - a Collaborative BIM Advocates member and the co-founder of the BIM Education Co-op - was a key participant in the The Army Corps of Engineers Net Zero Energy Workshop/Think Tank that took place in Colorado Springs earlier this month. Not only was Mike the official recorder of proceedings, but he also served as the facilitator of the event as well. While there, Mike was able to share ideas about IPD, BIM, Lean Construction and Collaborative Agreements with many high level military personnel and civilian leaders. This effort will likely bear fruit in the future as the Army Corps of Engineer is very interested in BIM and may now be seeing the broader picture.


Welcome to the Collaborative Revolution!


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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Brilliant insights into Autodesk's Internet Strategy

David Harrison, the Director of Stress Free Solutions, recently joined Collaborative BIM Advocates, the online extension of the Collaborative BIM Breakfast Club and I am linking to a very insightful article he wrote in August of 2008 analyzing Autodesk's internet strategy. It read as if David and Autodesk's internet strategy team were channeling the Onuma Planning System. I encourage everyone to read what David had to say.

Read the whole thing!

Update

My good friend Finith Jernigan sent the following comment and link that appears germane to this post.

The following youtube video just came to my attention. Some of you may be wondering what the issue is all about, even with the great description of Autodesk's dilemma.

Check out this engaging and understandable description of what cloud computing is all about.

Cloud Computing in Plain English


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Monday, February 2, 2009

Nuclear Waste Solution?


Researchers at the University of Texas claim to have identified viable Hybrid Fission/Fusion Reactor that can destroy much of the nuclear waste generated in a conventional nuclear power plant. If these efforts bear fruit then nuclear energy may be a viable - and green - option in the very near future. The construction of several multi-billion dollar nuclear power plants capable of re-processing and significantly reducing the nuclear waste they generate would take us a long way down the path towards energy independence and would provide a shot in the arm to the economy as a whole.

Read the whole thing!


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