To Ecobuild and Beyond
Vectorworks and Open BIM
I have to admit that March has been a bit of a blur — almost as if the calendar and our business discovered “Warp Drive” at the very same time. Fresh from Surface Design 2012, which was a really great show for everyone who attended and for us as exhibitors, we were immediately pitched into Ecobuild.
Ecobuild has steadily grown to be THE sustainable development exhibition for architects and landscape architects alike. Now in its second year at Excel in London, the show seems to go from strength to strength. In the same way, Open BIM has also increased in adoption and popularity. This was epitomised by the fact that a large exhibition space at Ecobuild was devoted entirely to organisations who promote the concept of interoperable BIM (Building Information Modelling). Interestingly, just as those approaching the stand have increasingly been asking about BIM year on year, so we noticed this year that Open BIM, particularly IFC (Industry Foundation Classes), has become a well known and respected aspect of BIM design.
Increasingly people realise that they can still use the software that they love and feel comfortable with, and involve themselves fully with the ongoing introduction of BIM workflows and methodologies. This is particularly exciting for Vectorworks users and more so for those currently using AutoCAD, as they realise they now have a choice of platform as they move to BIM. Since Ecobuild, we have been incredibly busy scheduling sessions for those architects who want to understand more about the Vectorworks Open BIM message and also want to take advantage of the RIBA accredited CPD session, “BIM - your next step.”
Supported by the work done with the NBS BIM library, Vectorworks is becoming an increasingly popular choice for architects looking to keep their BIM options open, with Vectorworks supporting businesses and projects at all levels of BIM maturity, enabling them to implement the level of BIM necessary for each individual project.
Also a big thank you to the students of Nottingham Trent University, who helped man the stand over the three day period. Having used Vectorworks in their studies, they were incredibly enthusiastic when talking to stand visitors and made us all realise how Open BIM is real, is happening now, and that newly qualified architects will take BIM and 3D for granted when approaching projects of the future. Interestingly enough, the presence of the students and their enthusiasm attracted fellow students and lecturers from a number of UK establishments who are now keen to incorporate Vectorworks into their syllabus.