Catenda har ansatt Anna Schultz, kjent i buildingSMART miljøet som en dyktig medarbeider med dyp kunnskap om buildingSMART teknologi og dens muligheter i byggenæringen. Anna kommer fra Statens byggningstekniske etat der hun har hatt det faglige ansvaret for buildingSMART. Det skal bli et viktig tillegg i vår totale kompetanse for å nå våre mål.Catenda har ansatt Anna Schultz, kjent i buildingSMART miljøet som en dyktig medarbeider med dyp kunnskap om buildingSMART teknologi og dens muligheter i byggenæringen. Anna kommer fra Statens byggningstekniske etat der hun har hatt det faglige ansvaret for buildingSMART. Det skal bli et viktig tillegg i vår totale kompetanse for å nå våre mål.
Catenda var ett av 20 selskaper som fikk presentere seg for rundt 200 potensielle investorer, både fra Norge og utlandet. Arrangementet er Venture Lab Investment Forum 2010. Dette var en spennende for et selskap som oss, i en tidlig fase av utviklingen.
Knowledge search – intelligent and construction specific search engine
Catenda is exploring the potential of IFD by developing KnowledgeSearch a semantic search engine powered by the buildingSMART library. The project was initially started as a proof-of-concept to show how IFD could help looking up relevant design details from SINTEF Byggforsk Building Design Sheets (Byggforskserien) from a Ifc based BIM. It then turned out that the technique used was a really elegant way of accesing a huge range of design details by drilling up or down through a logical tree related terms associated to the design deatils. We therefore developed “KnowledgeSearch” as a tool to gain fast access to the 800+ details embedded in the Building Design Sheets from SINTEF.
KnowledgeSearch in a nutshell:
- Web based search tool with REST API for external access.
- Based on real construction knowledge, find what you need faster
- Multi lingual. Support all languages in IFD, the buildingSMART library
- Never more than 3 clicks avay from an answer. Drill down by filtering on terms related to what you search for.
- Better and better search with time. Visual Search learns automatically. Whenever something is added to the IFD library, Visual Search will be equally smarter in its searching.
- buildingSMART based, but usable for everyone.
- Can be called from other buildingSMART tools.
- Will be available on iPhone, Android and Windows mobile by end 2010.
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.
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It’s now nearly three year since I fist contacted @Last Software about the possibilities to see IFC support in SketchUP. At that point the reply was that they didn’t have any plans about implementing it but the question was brought to the developers. After that I’ve seen the same questions being raised several times in various SketchUP forums before and after SketchUP became a Google product. As SketchUP have a pretty active community developing additional features and import / export filters based on the Ruby interface I knew that it was only a matter of time before someone would start experimenting with the IFC format as well. This time is now!
SECOM Intelligent System Laboratory, a Japanese security-, insurance- and medical services company, have developed a SketchUP plug-in for importing IFC files. The plug-in “IFC2SKP” consist of a SketchUP ruby script and a ruby interface to the IFCsvr ActiveX component. The ruby interface and script is developed by Toshihiko Sakurai while the IFCsvr ActiveX component is developed by Yoshinobu Adati, both working at SECOM.
Thursday 6.th December The Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property (Statsbygg) held a seminar about real life experience using IFC based BIM in projects. Of the 38 invited more than 65 met!, This proves that there is still a huge interest in experience from using buildingSMART technology in real projects in Norway. Among the participants where suppliers for IFC compatible software, members from the HITOS project team and project teams from upcoming projects both from Statsbygg and The Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (Forsvarsbygg) . The purpose of the seminar was partly to inform about experiences from using IFC in the HITOS project and partly to allow software suppliers to get direct feedback about their products and ideas for future improvements. Some issues still need attention and the most important was:
Current software lacks the possibility to properly filter information on export and import.
The current IFC exports of data doesn’t contain all information from the native format. Exporting and importing to the same application using IFC means loosing data. There was discussions about if this really was a problem or not.
There is a need for rapid implementation of IFD. Too much of the interoperability still depends on the naming of objects and properties making reuse of IFD models difficult in later phases.
All in all the experiences of using IFC in real life projects where positive. Most problems are related to bad implementations of the IFC standards and few are caused by shortcomings in the standard itself. Dealing with bad IFC support in software is all about giving constructive feedback from real projects to the software houses not so much about improving certification process or the IFC standard itself.