September 21, 2012
Through the years, BIM (building information modeling) has gained much traction in the construction industry, with architects, engineers, contractors, and owners hammering for a better way to gather and store information. However, one of the challenges with BIM is taking the information from a product such as Autodesk Revit and compiling and organizing it in such a way that makes sense for that particular user.
Earlier this year, Assemble Systems, www.assemblesystems.com, Houston, Texas, released its Assemble Platform that allows teams to share information between the various design systems and construction technology. This week, the company updated its platform—adding Smart Filters and allowing for user control of the information.
With the Smart Filters, users can sort, group, and apply filters. This allows users to improve reporting and better organize BIM data. According to the company, it asked customers for an ideal sequence of queries and then built this logic into the platform. Custom selections are retained in Microsoft Excel exports for easy sharing, and the filters can be saved and used again.
In addition, the new Assemble Platform can now pull from Autodesk Revit. In the technology from Assemble, each instance of an object type is shown, along with its quantity and parametric properties. The company says this allows users to quickly add definition and level of detail to 3D building models.
Trent Miskelly, vice president of development, Assemble Systems, says in a statement, “Our improved quantity roll-ups give you the construction-caliber quantities you need and the new instance-level reporting and Smart Filters let you explore and control your model information better.”
As BIM has gotten bigger, many construction companies are looking for a better way to manage and control the data. As big companies such as Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale Calif., and Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., gobble up some of the smaller tech players in the market, new products such as this are entering the market and giving contractors a new means by which to manage and organize BIM data.
As another example, Gehry Technologies, www.gehrytechnologies.com, Los Angeles, Calif., also released a Web-based, 3D, file management, and project collaboration system earlier this year for architects, contractors, engineers, and others to better manage all the data related to BIM.
It will certainly be interesting to keep an eye on this trend and the new technologies entering the market that enable better data sharing throughout the BIM process.