This is not necessarily new, but nevertheless very interesting. By doing a simple clip, with a consumer grade hand held video camera, filming a car while walking by it, and then using a tool to simply and quickly generating a model of the car from the video clip, many opportunities opens up.
NIBS and NBIMS release first issue of the Journal of Building Information Modeling. This is an interesting development initiated from USA. We hope the journal will have an international flare, and look forward to reading the upcoming issues. Perhaps we can even contribute as well?
Please also look at the buildingSMART Alliance, explaining how USA have decided to organize themselves around the buildingSMART standards and its challenges.
In January David Harrison wrote an article about the role of the Building Information Model.
One of the most interesting parts is this:
Given the fragmented nature of the architecture process, the degree of process change required for BIM introduction and the inconsistent level of technology uptake across the entire industry, it will be difficult for BIM to become the predominant form of architectural information storage as we move into the 21st Century. In fact it is highly likely that whilst BIM will continue to build on its role as a central information repository for the architect it will still play a supporting role alongside traditional documentation, numerous digital models (used for simulation, fabrication and presentation) and messaging services such as email, formal meetings and documentation. Consequently the information behind an architectural project may never take on the pure metaphor of a black hole but rather a nebula, open ended, decentralised and full of interesting things that detract from other interesting things, including the odd black hole.
He has a good point. BIM is a very important part of the future, but I do not think it should be an “include-everything” solution. For BIMs to really catch on it is important that the toolchain is flexible.
SINTEF Building and Infrastructure believes buildingSMART will be an essential part of the AEC/FM future. In fact, we believe this so strongly that we will invest around 800,000 EUROs over three years on developing buildingSMART technology.
buildingSMART related activities at SINTEF Byggforsk are being reorganized into a proper organization. This should make our ability to deliver better, and move research in this area forward even faster. We are excited about the possibilities.