Integration Today Using Open Standards
by Kimon Onuma, FAIA
BIMStorm was proof that a stunning amount of collaboration and change is possible today with many tools. Yet, tools do not matter. BIM does not matter. Data and knowledge is valuable and BIM is just a container for data. What does matter is how data is exchanged and the process. The “New Brand” gives us broader choices on how data is used which will liberate the industry to get down to business. Technology is not the barrier to change, the cultural shift in how we collaborate is the challenge.
BIMStorm was not perfect. Standards are still evolving. There were surprises, problems and chaos. What was clear is that even today a stunning amount of collaboration is possible in a BIG way, one only needs to accept the new process. Just like the Internet that is never complete, if you wait for standards to be “finished” you will watch the train leave the station. All are welcome aboard, the train is moving fast.
We all learned that as a group we can start to tip the culture of the industry. BIMStorm demonstrated the potential of collaboration with open standards. The future of the “New Brand” is up to us as an industry to define. The horizon is wide open for all that are willing to embrace this change.