January 25th 2011: BIMserver 1.0 release party

To celebrate the release of the 1.0 stable version of the open source BIMserver software, we will organize a small ‘get-together’ which we call ‘release party’. The party will be at ‘de Watertoren’ in Delft (the Netherlands) on January 25th 2011.

During this 2 hour meeting we will show the newest features of the 1.0 release, talk a bit about future plans (as far as that’s possible for an open source project) and give an update on some projects (that we are proud of) that are using the software in real life.

This meeting is sponsored by ‘BIM As A Service’. BIMasaService uses the open source BIMserver software to supply services to their costumers. If you want a BIMserver without the stress of the installation, backups and updates you can ask BIMasaService to manage that for you. BIMasaService will have a short ‘word from the sponsor’ during the release party.

We hope that you will join us on the 25th in Delft (NL). If you like to meet other fans and users of the BIMserver software this is the ideal place to do so!

Please fill out the form to confirm your precence and receive more info.

In short:
Location: ‘de Watertoren‘ in Delft (the Netherlands).
Date: January 25th 2011.
Time: 11.00 – 13.00.
Cost: free (if you fill in the form).
Sponsor: BIMasaService.

Research for the future: geometry analyses

Comparing geometry and finding exactly equal doors in a merged IFC model.

Although most of the BIMserver contributors are working to get the 1.0 stable release out to you, some users think its time to build for the future. For example Pim from the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research TNO did some testing on comparing IFC geometry. As you might know, the merging feature in the BIMserver software is comparing IFC GUIDs to find equal objects in different sub-models. However, when objects are exactly the same but have different GUIDs (for example because of import/export problems with client side BIM editing software) the objects live a double life in the BIM model. Using brilliant geometrical analyses on the rendered IFC model Pim’s software was able to find geometrically exactly overlapping objects. In the example (picture) Pim found exactly overlapping doors (with different GUIDs). This could be a new feature in the merging function of the open source BIMserver. Tell us if you like this feature, or if you think that these kind of analyses don’t belong in a BIMserver, but should be done by client side analyses software tools.

Release 1.0 Candidate 4

People keep asking how many release candidates will come before the stable release is there. At RC3 we really didn’t know. Today we say that RC4 will probably be the latest. We have everything in there we want in a 1.0 release. In RC3 there were still a few bugs that are solved now. If no bugs will be found in the RC4 it will be the stable release somewhere next week. We even made a 1.0 branche in the SVN repository to start working on the new backbone for the 1.1 or even 2.0 release. Only bugs and minor changes on this RC4 will be fixed before the stable release. Feel free to test it via http://download.bimserver.org/

Impression of the 2010 BIMserver Breakfast

For those who were not at the latest BIMserver Breakfast an impression is made by ensfilm. You can view it on youtube.