The release team of BIMserver.org is working towards a new release. We are not sure yet what number it will have. We think 1.1 doesn’t resemble the changes that BIMserver has received in the last couple of months. The developers that have followed our code repository know that the core and structure of BIMserver have been fundamentally changed. Nowadays the code structure resembles the vision that BIMserver could/should be a kernel for other developers better than ever before. Lots of developers decided not to wait for a release and started developing plugins and add-ons to BIMserver even before a new final release. Thanks to them we got feedback about the technical documentation and we responded on our wiki with some very nice technical insight. In preparation of the 1.1 beta release (developers release) we also generated/created a JavaDoc site explaining the ServiceInterface. You can find this new information here and here.
After several release candidates, the final 1.0 version is now available for download. The team made some final adjustments on the stability, security and usability. The core team received lots of help from enthusiastic developers all over the world.
Feel free to download it from http://download.bimserver.org and try it yourself.
A small selection of stuff we are proud of:
- ‘Intelligent’ merging of IFC data;
- User specific RSS feeds;
- Geolocate your BIM project using openstreetmap;
- Easier Google Earth link;
- More query and filter options;
- Better and more intuitive ‘early warning system’ (for concurrent engineering);
- Enhanced user control and authentication;
- ifcZIP upload and download;
- Tested for ‘BIM in the Cloud’;
- More options for fine-tuning the configuration;
- Lots of improvement on the webservice interfaces;
- Improved security;
- WebGL browser based IFC viewer (very beta);
- Better and more monitoring and logging of the server (for administrators);
- More BIM and GIS integration (geoBIM);
- Automatic e-mail on clashdetection of your models;
- COBie export;
Together with the 1.0 we also release our new services. You can find them on http://bimserver.org/service/ To get more professional support for the open source BIMserver software we now offer masterclasses, training and custom development. These services give you more stability on using and implementing the open source BIMserver software in your daily work.
As you might have noticed the documentation of the open source BIMserver is lacking behind. Therefore we are very pleased to tell you that nine Dutch companies and the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research TNO have started a ‘BIMserver Documentation’ project. This project will take 5 to 6 months and will deliver documentation as pdf, wiki (wiki.bimserver.org) and screencasts on YouTube. At the end of this documentation effort, BIMserver.org and TNO will organise a 4th BIMserver Breakfast (find inspiration on the 2010 site). This will take place in June this year. We are still looking for a location, it you are interested please contact us at email@example.com.
If you have any questions on the 1.0 release, please subscribe to one of the mailinglists and ask your questions there.