Integrated Clash detection

As you guys know, the BIMserver team works very close with the guys from TNO in the Netherlands. A year ago this resulted in a special client side IFC viewer with an ‘open from server’  button. In the 0.8 release we integrated the IFC Engine DLL that makes it possible for the BIMserver to export to CityGML, Collada, Google Earth, and more….

Today we announce a new feature of the BIMserver that is a result of our cooperation with TNO: integrated Clash detection!

The 0.9 release of the BIMserver will have the ability to check your model for clashes. This means you can check a submodel (two walls modelled by the architect clashing) or even the merged complete model (to check if a pipe that’s modelled by the HVAC modeller clashes with a wall that is modelled by the architect).

This feature is seen as a key feature for working with BIM. The open source BIMserver is proud to offer this feature to our users. We will keep you posted on the details and the release date.

Expanding user group

Since the release of the 0.8 version of our software, we manage to get a wider user-group. More and more people download and use the software. The demoserver also gets more users every day. To give you an idea about where our users come from we plotted this map from the statistics engine.

As you can see, many of the users are in Europe. We have to say that the US is gaining fast. This week was the first week that there were more US visitors on our site, than all other countries together. Seems like you guys don’t mind my typos once in a while….

Let’s hope that this map will look completely red in a few months. We will try to please more new users with our upcoming 0.8.1 release.

Working on usability release 0.8.1

The launch of the 0.8 version of the open source BIMserver could be called a huge success. But the team is sensitive about the userfeedback. Some users gave great feedback on the 0.8 version. The BIMserver.org development team is now working on some small features and fixes that mainly focus on the usability. Ajax technology is now incorporated in the web-user-interface. We expect to have this new release up and running somewhere in February 2010. Some of the stuff you can expect:

  • Some small user-interface bugfixes
  • Work in progress notifications
  • ‘e-Mail this’ buttons on some (result)pages
  • Compare function as a separate feature (not in the revision table anymore)
  • Upload in progress notification (because some of us click twice and have a double upload)

As you can see it’s mainly about the web-user-interface. When this make you curious you can have a look at the demo.bimserver.org site. This site will always run the latest (nightly build) version of the bimserver software.