BIM Platforms Share Data

April 20, 2012

The AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry is constantly looking for new ways to improve collaboration and interoperability of BIM (building information modeling) platforms through new technology and open-standards programs. As of late, construction technology providers have been coming to market with new solutions and partnerships aimed at improving interoperability for BIM.

This week, Assemble Systems, www.assemblesystems.com, Houston, Texas, announced the public release of its technology to improve interoperability among BIM platforms. The Assemble platform allows teams to share information between Autodesk Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Navisworks, and other design and construction technology.

Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, www.satpon.com, Houston, Texas, used the technology on the $1.2-billion terminal renovation at John F. Kennedy airport.

George Ponitkes, president and CEO, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, says prior to using the technology the company would spend weeks getting information from one software to the next. Assemble allows the team to pass information back and forth immediately.

The technology—created by a collaborative team of AEC and technology professionals—was developed to bring design and construction software together, addressing a big need for interoperability in the AEC industry.

For construction teams and design professionals, this means being able to more readily share information among the various design and construction platforms that are available on the market today.

This new release follows the recent news about the development of the Open BIM Program for improved collaboration in the AEC industry. This initiative, developed by the buildingSMART alliance, www.buildingsmart.com, and software vendors is an approach to collaborative construction through open standards and workflows. The intent is the initiative will improve workflow integrations among the various disciplines that exchange files in the BIM process.

Technology partners include GRAPHISOFT, www.graphisoft.com, Budapest, Hungary, Tekla, www.tekla.com, Espoo, Finland, and the Nemetschek Group, www.nemetschek.com, Munich, Germany, just to name a few.

Sharing data between the various BIM platforms on the market has been a challenge for years. But, as the AEC team looks to become more connected, technology providers are coming to market with new partnerships and products to push BIM forward.