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Results of a Dutch BIM Server pilot

(C) Berlo, TNO 2012

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.

BIMserver pilot info

Returning readers of this blog have noticed the start of a BIMserver Pilot 2010 in the Netherlands. This bimserver pilot is not limited to just the open source BIMserver, but it will probably have a strong focus.

The kickoff meeting of the pilot has taking place at TNO. During this meeting quite a large number of participants elaborated on what they expect and want to contribute in the pilot. TNO is now working on a projectplan to set off with this pilot.

For those of you who want to keep up with things going on in the pilot, or even want to participate: join the special mailinglist at http://bimserver.org/mailman/listinfo/pilot2010_BIMserver.org
This is the only form of communication about this pilot. The projectplan will be send to participants using this mailinglist. Most of the conversations will be in Dutch, but most Dutch people speak pretty good English, so feel free to join in.

BIMserver.org in core of Dutch BIMserver pilot

The Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research TNO and the Eindhoven University of Technology just released a call for participation (Dutch PDF) on a BIMserver pilot project.

The open source BIMserver project will become a core element of the pilot. The pilotproject has a strong focus on the Dutch AEC industry, but is also open for international participants. You will find more info (in Dutch) in the pdf of the original call.