Quick note on the ‘common BIM files’

Just a short and quick note about the ‘common BIM files‘. Some websites are mentioning that they are on BIMserver.org, but this is not the case. Read the original, full story about the common BIM files on http://www.buildingsmartalliance.org/index.php/projects/commonbimfiles

As you will notice, the BuildingSMART alliance has used the BIMserver.org software to create a special (unsupported) version of BIMserver.org to support COBie data exchange. This feature will probably be in the next official BIMserver release as well. More on this in our next blogpost (in a few days).

For those of you who visit this site for the first time and want to know more about the BIMserver.org initiative, feel free to see what our users think of the project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4-BIYP4jDs

Changing the license: moving in opposite directions

It was an open secret in the BIMserver developing community, but now we are going public with this announcement: there are some license changes in the source code. The core and some serializers of BIMserver.org are now Affero GPL licensed. Most projects stay in the GPLv3 license. There will be some binary builds that are dual licensed LGPL and Affero.

These changes are inherent to the changes in the structure of BIMserver. As most of you know our vision to BIMserver.org is to create a stable, reliable but also open kernel to use in the AEC industry. By publishing the core under Affero license, the improvements are more likely to flow back into the project. On the other hand, the LGPL binaries lower the threshold to use the BIMserver.org kernel in commercial software (beware, this only goes for the binaries).
For those of you who want details: the exact licenses are available in the source of the projects. And of course, all source code released prior to the change will always be available under the ‘old’ GPLv3 license. In case of doubt, feel free to ask your question on our support forum or e-mail to license@bimserver.org.

Since the 1.0 release, most of our efforts have been on loosening the different modules. The core, GUI, IFCEngine and (de)serializers are now individual projects in the code repository. This makes way for extending BIMserver.org by creating your own GUI or plugin.
Lots of programmers all over the world are developing serializers and new user interfaces for BIMserver at this moment. This also has an effect on the projects in the code repository. For example, bot the Cobie2Serializer and the O3D project have been removed from our project list. We focus on the BIMserver core and want to create the best BIMserver software with open interfaces to integrate and connect. Other projects and their programmers are working on much cooler COBie serializers and WebGL viewers than we could ever create. More on this later, but a sneak preview can be found on bimsurfer.org

The integration between BIMserver.org software and other (open source) software initiatives is coordinated by the open source BIM network. This osBIM.org network now has 6 projects under its umbrella and has a strong focus on integrating (and accelerating) the open source BIM software efforts. Members of the BIMserver.org team are also involved in the osBIM.org network.