What was fantastic about last night was the ability to try and judge progress in just over a year.
The feedback last year was that after the initial launch set, users wanted sanitaryware, signage, curtain walling, floor coverings, MEP, structural and manufacturer specific content. The progress throughout the year was that in Q3 last year the sanitaryware and other generic objects went live and now we have many objects from six manufacturers with objects from a further nine manufacturers coming through. Most of the generic content is in multiple formats (not just Revit) and all of the manufacturer content is in five formats. We have started the process off in terms of delivering MEP content.
The feedback last year was as shown in the picture below...
|You said - we did|
- Drag and drop the latest nationalBIMlibrary.com objects from the web and into the model
- View design guidance from NBS (NBS subscription required) from the context of your design software
- Automatically generate an outline specification from your model and then develop this specification through the timeline (performance spec, full spec, as-built spec) using NBS Create
- Verify objects in Revit match with objects in the spec - huge improvements in documentation coordination in terms of speed and accuracy
- Jump directly from the object in Revit to the associated specification clause
|NBS toolbar and resource panel within Autodesk Revit|
We're in the process of developing functionality that takes the content in Revit, exports it to IFC and then the key content from the specification is stamped into this rich IFC file. This can then be viewed in any free IFC viewer and the data format is open source and will stand the test of time.
|COBie the easy way - IFC-tastic|
An example we discussed in the pub following the event (where the best discussions take place) was with the automotive industry. Too much standardisation stifles innovation and competition - see the cars produced by East Germany and the Soviet Union in the 70s and 80s. However if you don't have any standardisation you get monopolies and collaboration is hard. With standardisation for example, all cars have the same dimension petrol entry holes, air valves for the tyres, rules on safety etc... You could say the same thing about lights - with standard plugs, voltage, fuses, CE marks etc... - so standardisation, but enough scope to let innovation and competition to produce great products.
The other presentation was from Soluis. Scott Grant gave an introduction to their business model - how through BIM designs could be communicated to all stakeholders in a project. The slide below shows a chart of stakeholder influence against stakeholder interest. Do you really want to show clients and occupiers design intent with just words on a sheet of paper? Do yo you really want to demonstrate construction sequencing with just a gannt chart?
NBS Sarah shows off her XBOX skills
|Best way to prepare for a big presentation - playing on the XBox with Jay Beckham|
|David Light loses a life much to Scott Grant's horror|
|No rest for the wicked - pages and pages of feedback in terms of what we do next|