A while ago, several companies and institutions launched a “BIM Server pilot” in the Netherlands. Although after all there was not ‘one’ pilot, the results of this initiative are quiet interesting. Main reserach subjects were focussed on the use of IFC in contrast to everybody using the same software.
The paper describes the workflow concept of so called ‘reference models’ (or ‘aspect models’). The conclusion is that the combination of this concept with IFC fits the needs from the AEC industry.
Researchers from TNO (initiators of the pilot) and main players in the pilot projects wrote a scientific paper about the results. The paper is published and presented at the ECPPM Conference in Reykjavik 2012. The paper can be found in the scientific section of our website. The presentation called ‘there is no central BIM’ is available on slideshare.