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The Norwegiean Defence Estate Agency (NDEA) and buildingSMART Norway just won the Information Technology equivalent to the Oscars! They took home the “Green IT” award. We congratulate them many times! This is well deserved. Knud Mohn of NDEA has worked hard to emphasize the green advantages of buildingSMART technology over the last few years, it is about time that this view is recognized.
Catenda has been part of the technology development in buildingSMART Norway and buildingSMART International since 1999. We are proud to be part of this, and our tagline at catenda.no, shows us why we do it. Great to have it recognized in this way!
Joint and Catenda offer a BIM starter service. Collaboration is central to any construction project, with or without BIM. With BIM that is even more true. It is important to stay synchronized with the rest of the team.
Joint are excellent at providing good collaboration tools, while Catenda has the BIM and buildingSMART expertise. With it’s eRoom platform, JOINT can together with Catenda offer a complete getting started with BIM package. It will offer organizations that want to get started with BIM, a low risk entry. Together with JOINT, Catenda will make sure that every step taken will lead to increased value for the customer.
We can also add to the great suite of collaboration tools that JOINT offers, our own, small and agile, specialized buildingSMART and BIM tools. They are simple to use, and add value from day one.
I forbindelse med kommende produktlanseringer, vurderer Catenda å hente kapital for å skalere opp virksomheten nasjonalt og internasjonalt, se forøvrig artikkel i Finansavisen 10/11-2010
En fullstendig versjon av artikkelen kan lastes ned her.
The Frisch Centre and Catenda has examined the efficiency and productivity changes in 4 areas of the Norwegian public sector (higher education, hospitals, police and childrens welfare). One of the main results was that all fours areas had overall increases in productivity in the time period studied.
The full text version of the report can be downloaded from here (in Norwegian).
The research was commissioned by the Norwegian ministry of government administration, reform and church affairs.
There is almost no limit to what you can do with a building information model (BIM), once you have the data. Imagine all the different analysis or simulations you can do, once you have a virtual building to play with! Useful software is already showing up, a very good example of this i Solibri Model Checker. The real challenge with this, however, is to develop a way to standardize the rules. [Read more…]
A successful buildingSMART Forum in Tokyo was held on the 23rd of April 2008. We were there, showing off our IFD integration in Google SketchUp, where it is possible to tag objects with IFD information, and see the magic unfold.
We did the presentation in Japanese, just for fun.
A successful buildingSMART Forum in Tokyo was held on the 23rd of April 2008. We were there, showing off our IFD integration in Google SketchUp,
Since I started working on IFD and buildingSMART related matters 10 years ago I have made many attempts to communicate the ideas behind IFD and IFC for anyone willing to listen. Some presentations are best forgotten but others as the one containing the “building information circle” (sometimes referred to as the “Holy Grail”) was a success and has been gone through multiple modifications and been used by me and other at many occasions. As we like the idea of sharing here at SINTEF, we have decided to make some of our presentations available under the “Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License”. The first presentation out is one I wrote together with my colleague Håvard Bell. It’s an introduction to IFD and includes the “BIM circle” and several other illustations.
You can remove and modify any of the slides but you must credit the source somewhere in your presentation. [Read more…]
This is a report sponsored by Erabuild, and written by a collaborative group from SINTEF (Ole Jørgen Karud and Håvard Bell), VTT (Arto Kiviniemi), Rambøll (Jan Karlshøj) and Eurostep (Väino Tarandi). We (SINTEF) had the lead of the project, but it was a very productive team effort, and shows the strength the Nordic countries represent in this field. The report provides current status on buildingSMART technology and usage, gives an overview of all the lessons learned so far, and list all recommended steps for future development and further usage of buildingSMART.
McGraw-Hill Construction has published at report about BIM usage in the US.
While individual adopters may be enjoying av variety of benefits from these “point solutions”, the industry as a whole is being held back from a quantum advance because the tools, powerful as they are in thir own right, don’t pass information seamlessly among themselves. This situation is made even less tolerable because out industry is also rapidly adopting principles and practices of integrated project delivery which strive to elimenate long-standing inefficiencies and avoid oft-repeated problems by sharing knowledge and collaborating earliger in the process with all members of the design, construction and operations lifestyles. As people are learning to work and communicate more effectively for the overall benefit of both their companies and their projects, their IT tools need to evolve to support this new way of doing business.
The report tries to identify the main reasons why not all participants are using BIMs. The top five(ordered from most cited reason and down) are:
1. Too few firms are using it
2. Cost associated with implementing necessary tools
3. Training time associated with implementing necessary tools
4. Cost of software
5. Lack of interoperability
The first reason is a classical “catch 22” situation.. but fortunately the report shows that BIM usage is accelerating.