New release: v0.8

BIMserver.org: new release, new site, new features!

The open source BIMserver just released a new stable version of their software. The new release is the 0.8 version. A lot has changed since the 0.1 version in March this year. Just some of the new features:

  • 25% speed increase
  • concept of sub-projects
  • improved automatic merging
  • RSS change notification
  • geolocate projects
  • improved multi user support
  • improved web-user-interface
  • google earth network link
  • smart revision management
  • extended query and filter options
  • more details on your revision
  • checkout/update warnings (while concurrent engineering)
  • enhanced read only access
  • enhanced user rights management
  • change finder on revisions
  • export of CityGML, Collada, KML, IFC properties, O3D
  • reference implementation of the CityGML ADE for IFC and BIM
  • get a summary of your model
  • and a lot more….

Some of these features are a direct result of the successful BIMserver Breakfast in November at TNO; some come from the intense contact with some of our users.
This release of the open source bimserver software is, without a doubt, the ‘best bimserver ever’. The team doesn’t stop developing and new plans are already being deployed.
The latest release is now available for download at download.bimserver.org. The demoserver (which was offline during the final stage of development) is back online as well. Check it out on demo.bimserver.org.

Together with the new software, the team also launches their new website. Because our software is stable and professional, our site also needed a more professional layout.
With this new software-release and the new website the BIMserver.org-team and it’s users are ready for the future.

New feature, new release date

This week the development team of BIMserver.org found out that we are all passionate about our jobs. That’s not really a surprise (or we wouldn’t make this software open source) and it gives a lot of valuable opportunities like having fun at what you do.
But as all good things in life it also has a downside. In this case the downside is that things we are not as passionate about will fall behind on the cool stuff.
For the open source bimserver software this means that we are looking at implementing O3D visualization in the new release, but because we are passionate about this, the given release date of December 18th will not be made.
Our families decided that it would be good for us to stay home for Christmas and not work with anything that has the word ‘java’ in it (except for the coffee of course). This means that we will (for sure) release a new version of the BIMserver.org software before Christmas (central European time) and hope to have all the new features like O3D in it.
So to be short: we won’t make December 18th, but the waiting won’t be long and we will give you extra stuff in return.

New release: 0.8RC1

The BIMserver version 0.8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is online for download. It is still without documentation, but the installation is about the same as the 0.1 version. When you want some (Dutch) documentation or info on the new features you can have a look at breakfast.BIMserver.org. The release date for the 0.8 stable version is planned for December 18th 2009. When you find a bug in this release candidate, please report it at this site.

Successful Breakfast

The BIMserver breakfast last week was a great success. Around 60 users came to TNO in Delft (the Netherlands) to test the new features. They spent a few hours each and found two bugs in total. A nice complement for the developers!
The development team is finding solutions to fix the bugs these days.
You also gave us valuable feedback and made some new feature requests. We are trying to incorporate (some of) these requests in the new release.
We plan to schedule a new release on December 18th this year. Because this is an open source project we depend on a lot of external issues. As you know this release date is more than anything subject to change (update: 22th December).
This next stable release will be a 0.8 version. There are two big issues (user rights and permissions; and memory use) that have to be solved before the 1.0 release. For the moment we do not have any finances to develop to this 1.0 release.
When you want to be notified when the new version is released, please connect to the mailing list. To give you an impression of the new features in 0.8 have a look at this presentation.

Getting ready for the breakfast

The BIMserver.org development-team is working night-shifts to get ready in time for the 2009 BIMserver-breakfast. The sourcecode is rapidly changing every day. The BIMserver software is transforming to a completely new architecture. The merging capabilities will become more in the core of the architecture (in stead of ‘just’ a feature) and the ‘difference finder’ is getting better and better every day. Some of our first users call this new version ‘the best BIMserver ever’. The development team just hopes it will be ready in time for the breakfast….

If you plan to look at the new features at the BIMserver-breakfast, don’t forget to send us an e-mail that you are coming over (so we can make sure there will be enough of the brown stuff).

Guestpost from Artesis

As part of a PhD research, Saskia Gabriël is conducting an anonymous survey to identify what is lacking and what can be improved in the future development and implementation of BIM. You can access the survey at this link.
First of all,  we kindly ask you to take the survey and secondly, I would like to ask you to spread the survey to any other colleagues and team members who would like to help create a better world, using BIM. The survey holds 26 questions and takes maximum 10 minutes of your time. Please enter your email address under the last question if you want to receive the results of this survey. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
Sincerely thanks,
Saskia Gabriël, PhD Candidate in Architecture, Artesis University College of Antwerp, Belgium

BIMserver.org on FOSS4G2009

These days all the open source GIS nerds are attending the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial information) congress in Sydney Australia. Because the BIM world and the GIS world are starting to overlap each other, BIMserver.org was also present at this conference. We made a contribution by presenting the CityGML extension for BIM and it’s implementation in BIMserver.org. For those of you who missed it you can find the sheets, the extension and some example files on foss4g.BIMserver.org.

Update: find everything on http://archive.opensourcebim.org/BIMserver/foss4g/

 

BIMserver Breakfast

BIMserver.org would like to show of some new features. We will do this in a ‘BIMserver Breakfast’ in November. Unfortunately the invitations are only in Dutch. For those who can read Dutch see below; for those who will only read English, be aware that this event is taking place in the Netherlands and all people there speak Dutch….

Bij deze nodigen we je uit voor het ‘BIMserver Breakfast’ op woensdag 25
november 2009.
Schrik je niet terug van termen als JAVA, Webservices, IFC en Query? Kom dan mét
je laptop, je ideeën, vragen, verhalen, tips en trucs over de open source
BIMserver uitwisselen met anderen.
Ken je de open source BIMserver nog niet zo goed, en spreken termen als COINS,
instituut voor BIM, BIM-Quickscan, en Clash detectie je meer aan? Kom dan (ook
met laptop) langs en krijg hulp bij het installeren van de software op je eigen
laptop!
Vanaf 7.30 ben je van harte welkom in Delft (maar als je wat later komt is ook
prima).
Wij zorgen voor het ontbijt (zolang de vooraad strekt, dus kom niet té laat),
internet en een onuitputtelijke hoeveelheid koffie!
Aan het eind van de ochtend ben je volledig op de hoogte van de nieuwste
features en laatste ontwikkelingen rond BIM en de open source BIMserver.
Meld je aan via breakfast@bimserver.org
Mensen die van plan zijn met een stropdas te komen kunnen zich aanmelden op
ik.heb.het.niet.begrepen@bimserver.org
Met vriendelijke groeten,
BIMserver.org team
PS: stuur deze mail door aan andere geïntereseerden!


Bij deze nodigen we je uit voor het ‘BIMserver Breakfast’ op woensdag 25 november 2009.

Schrik je niet terug van termen als JAVA, Webservices, IFC en Query (of durf je gewoon toe te geven dat je een nerd bent)? Kom dan mét je laptop, je ideeën, vragen, verhalen, tips en trucs over de open source BIMserver uitwisselen met anderen. Ken je de open source BIMserver nog niet zo goed, en spreken termen als COINS, Innovatiecentrum voor BIM, BIM-Quickscan, en Clash detectie je meer aan? Kom dan (ook met laptop) langs en krijg hulp bij het installeren van de software op je eigen laptop!

Vanaf 7.30 ben je van harte welkom in Delft (maar als je wat later komt is ook prima). Wij zorgen voor het ontbijt (zolang de vooraad strekt, dus kom niet té laat), internet en een onuitputtelijke hoeveelheid koffie! Aan het eind van de ochtend ben je volledig op de hoogte van de nieuwste features en laatste ontwikkelingen rond BIM en de open source BIMserver.

Meld je voor deze ‘Technology preview‘ aan via breakfast@bimserver.org
Mensen die van plan zijn met een stropdas te komen kunnen zich aanmelden op ik.heb.het.niet.begrepen@bimserver.org

PS: stuur deze uitnodiging gerust door aan andere geïntereseerden!


Got a feature request?

Do you like our open source bimserver software? Then tell us what we should do to make you love us!

You can send a feature request by filling in the form on our sourceforge site. If that’s too difficult, please give a comment on this post, or just mail please.get.me.this.feature@bimserver.org

Linking BIM and GIS

The world of BIM is getting more and more about buildings in a surrounding instead of just one building. The world of GIS is getting more and more about 3D objects and making the breach above the surface. These two worlds are getting closer to each other. The first part where these two worlds meet is CityGML. CityGML is an initiative to store semantic information about cities. The information is about buildings, but also surrounding (roads, etc) and geographic information is stored in the same standard.
The information about buildings in CityGML is very basic. Because at a city-level only the envelope of a building is interesting, there is no possibility to store information about floors, innerwalls, and other information about the inside of a building.
Luckily however CityGML gives developers the possibility to extent the standard with a specific Application Domain Extension (ADE).  BIMserver.org is developing a ADE for BIM information in CityGML. This development isn’t done in a day. We are working on it for quit some time now and it won’t be done overnight. Most important part is the transformation of the geometry. We are using the IFCEngine DLL from TNO to transform the semantic geometry of IFC to explicit geometry of GML.
The first results of this transformation are captured in a screenshot which we don’t want to keep for ourselves.
What you see is an IFC model in the free IFCbrowser (top) and the same model, transformed by the BIMserver software to CityGML in the FZKviewer.
Remember: still a long way to go….
The world of BIM is getting more and more about buildings in a surrounding instead of just one building. The world of GIS is getting more and more about 3D objects and making the breach above the surface. These two worlds are getting closer to each other. The first part where these two worlds meet is CityGML. CityGML is an initiative to store semantic information about cities. The information is about buildings, but also surrounding (roads, etc) and geographic information is stored in the same standard.

The information about buildings in CityGML is very basic. Because at a city-level only the envelope of a building is interesting, there is no possibility to store information about floors, innerwalls, and other information about the inside of a building.

Luckily however CityGML gives developers the possibility to extent the standard with a specific Application Domain Extension (ADE).  BIMserver.org is developing a ADE for BIM information in CityGML. This development isn’t done in a day. We are working on it for quit some time now and it won’t be done overnight. Most important part is the transformation of the geometry. We are using the IFCEngine DLL from TNO to transform the semantic geometry of IFC to explicit geometry of GML.

The first results of this transformation are captured in a screenshot which we don’t want to keep for ourselves.

What you see is an IFC model in the free IFCbrowser (top) and the same model, transformed by the BIMserver software to CityGML in the FZKviewer.

Remember: still a long way to go….!