We all hear about the mind blowing enhancements in technologies everyday. Undoubtedly, tech companies like Google, Apple and Microsoft are the pioneers of these recent enhancements. But what makes them this successful in their own field? Besides factors like leadership, commitment and innovation, if you take a closer look at their goals and future roadmaps, you will recognize their efforts towards unifying all of the information in everyday life. For example, as Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google mentions, Google is trying to build an Android Ecosystem. They plan to connect all of your devices together using Internet Of Things which will enable you to access, manage and sync all of your daily activities and information easily. Tech ecosystems are definitely becoming a norm in the consumer markets where the platforms are being complemented by applications made by wide variety of companies. This helps create a system which allows people to connect various aspects of their daily lives and create a more cohesive, easy to manage life experience. The AEC industry is no different when it comes to the benefits it can realize by implementing a well managed and secure ecosystem that is centered around Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Construction Industry needs a BIM Ecosystem
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ecosystem is defined as “the complex of a community of organisms and its environment functioning as an ecological unit”. This clearly states that the construction industry needs a unifying core that manages all of the organisms participating in the AEC industry. BIM is able to manage this complex of organisms and their surrounding environments. Let’s go back to the Android Ecosystem. It consists of 1) different devices and hardware, and 2) an operating system. If you compare it to the construction industry, we already have all of the devices and pieces in place. They have learned how to use technologies and they do their jobs impeccably. Although, the parts are doing their desired jobs, we still don’t have a unifying operating system which can handle all of the information in all of the environments. It seems that it’s time to move forward and form a new unifying system that can benefit all of the stakeholders of the construction industry, from Architects to Contractors and from Owners to Operators. We at Assemble Systems are doing our part in establishing this ecosystem by leveraging BIM Data and its distribution for the betterment of the project. By working with key software solution providers in the industry such as iSqFt and Procore to make sure that your data is not limited to disjointed silos, your data is available to all stakeholders and the project team is able to realize the full benefits.
Arian Saeedfar is a Customer Engineer at Assemble Systems, his focus is on providing top notch customer experience, training and support to the Assemble clients. Arian has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from University of Houston. Arian loves to travel and research new and innovative technologies in his spare time.
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