As previously mentioned, Opentree exhibited at BIMShowLive in Newcastle over two days at the end of February and beginning of March. Topically, our fellow exhibitors included Viewpoint, one of the UK’s leading providers of common data environments (CDEs), and industry IT publication AEC Magazine.
Viewpoint was mentioned in the January/February 2018 issue of the magazine in a feature written by Paul Wilkinson* about the evolution of web-based project collaboration platforms since the 1990s.
We have a strong relationship with Viewpoint: they were among the first CDE providers to integrate with our Cabinet solution last year. And in “The CDE Conundrum” in the latest AEC Magazine March/April 2018 issue, Paul has written about CDEs, Opentree and Viewpoint. He explains how, via APIs, Cabinet bridges the gap between designers’ back office systems and the cloud-based platforms increasingly relied upon for construction deliverable management.
AEC Magazine highlights Cabinet capabilities
Noting that Cabinet also allows the sharing of CAD, BIM, MS Office and other files, Paul adds: “Importantly, Cabinet enables sharing of both files and their related metadata, and then ensures metadata is synchronised if, for example, a Revit model’s suitability status is changed.” He then quotes from our recent contract win: (also reported by AEC Magazine)
Nottinghamshire-based contractor North Midland Construction recently turned to Viewpoint and Opentree to help it demonstrate PAS1192 compliance processes to its clients. “As NM Group provides both design and project delivery services, it is doubly important for us to have a strong platform to connect our backoffice information management to the daily needs of our project teams,” explains Gary Ross, head of BIM at the company. “Cabinet will demonstrate to our customers in highways, civil engineering and utilities that we satisfy the BIM process requirements they and their supply chain partners increasingly demand.”
(* As well as being a freelance journalist, Paul Wilkinson provides marketing consultancy services to Opentree.)