Yesterday was the world-wide public release of BricsCAD V15. Every year, Bricsys focusses on a theme or technology and introduces a new game changer to the .dwg CAD world.
In the last 4 years, we have seen great innovations in BricsCAD like Stepping out of IntelliCAD(2010), Direct Modeling(2011), Cloud enabling (Chapoo)(2012), QUAD Editing(2012), Linux(2013) & Mac OS X support(2014), Communicator(2013), Sheet Metal(2013), 2d/3d Constraints(2013) & more which are truly an industry-first for a .dwg platform.
This year, Bricsys presents BIM or Building Information Model on the .dwg platform, starting BricsCAD V15.
Exactly one year back, Bricsys CEO Erik de Keyser told me, "BIM is in our roots. We architected and created the Microstation Tri Forma product way back in 1996. It is time to do it again." Today, they have delivered on that promise.
All architectural designs start with conceptual planning. Typically, architects used Google Sketchup, gave form and mass to the elements and visualized the designs. Then, the whole design was re-done in a .dwg platform. Unlike other BIM software or sketching program, BricsCAD is the first .dwg based native BIM application. You can now do everything in BricsCAD itself.
BIM is not the only thing that is going to excite architects. Bricsys also plans to release BricsCAD on Mac OS X in November 2014. This is truly what architects have been asking for long.
BIM in BricsCAD functions fully within the Platinum version and is tightly based on the Direct Modeling and 3d constraints technology. Bricsys designers borrowed technology meant for mechanical modeling, wrapped it up in tools and lingo that architects understand, and created a sophisticated sketching, modeling and design-drafting software that is mathematically accurate to dimension, and easy enough to use.
Bricsys BIM designers wanted to keep the BIM entities generic. Instead of using BIM custom entities for walls, slabs beams etc., each with their own restricted behavior and properties, they opted a maximum flexibility design. Any 3D Solid can be used in a BIM model, whether created by BricsCAD, or even imported from 3rd party software.
In my next post, you will read more about the nitty gritty modeling procedures using BIM on BricsCAD.
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