Thanks to Juliana for sending this to me a few minutes ago. One of my fears at my last job was that Google would create a program that would be really economical and do what many current BIM programs do. Google touts that Google Sketchup could be used by contractors and even Turner Construction released a press release last year that they were using Sketchup as part of their BIM process. I always suspected Turner did that to piss off Autodesk for getting asked to pay more money for software after getting a super deal in the early days of BIM for construction.
Trimble, who has acquired Quickpen (for mechanical contractors) and Tekla Steel Fabrication already has some great solutions for contractors and BIM efficiency. I've made some other blog posts today that showcase these other tools.
So, where does BIM go from here? It's more and more about construction and not just about design. The more that companies get on board in speeding up the fabrication and installation process, the more those companies will win the BIM business.
This is also going to be all about interoperability and sharing of the information. Will IFC be the winner? Software vendors are going to have to share their data easily with others in order to stay in the game. Archicad has figure this out with their IFC import and export tools and Autodesk is still behind in their efforts. This is what the buildingSMART alliance is working on and you will all have to learn to share.
Source/Link: Trimble - Trimble to Enhance its Office-to-Field Platform
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