International architectural practice, Purcell, opts for Opentree to help manage BIM workflows.
Purcell, a 275-strong UK architectural, masterplanning and heritage design consultancy, has selected the Cabinet electronic document management platform developed by Opentree as a basis for its building information management, BIM-driven design processes.
One of the UK’s leading heritage sector architects, Purcell has ten offices across the UK plus operations in Hong Kong and Australia. After a six-month search for an information management platform, it selected Opentree’s Cabinet ahead of a final shortlist including Newforma and M-Files solutions.
Gary Dalton, IT director at Purcell, said:
“Since around 2010, we had been using Conisio, a software platform supplied by Cadassist, but we felt it was no longer fit for purpose. We wanted a solution that would provide PAS 1192-compliant BIM capabilities, that would work with our Revit files, and which was user-friendly. Opentree’s solution was suggested by Autodesk reseller Graitec, when we switched from Cadassist.
Opentree’s Cabinet ticked all the boxes, and also provides easy integration to the cloud-based Common Data Environments (CDEs) most often used on our projects, including Aconex and Viewpoint.”
Cabinet is an enterprise-level information lifecycle management system, helping businesses comply with company and project processes and industry standards. It was developed by Opentree to help businesses manage standard office documentation and outputs from computer-aided design (CAD), with support now extended to BIM.
Andrew Frank, managing director of Opentree, says:
“Growing adoption of BIM is posing major challenges to many UK architectural and other design businesses. As professionals are learning new processes and technologies, we have developed Opentree to be as intuitive to use as possible. The familiar Windows ‘look and feel’ of Opentree’s interface helps users quickly grasp the essentials, while also providing compliance capabilities including secure audit trails and revision histories for design deliverables.”
A multi-disciplinary team, chaired by Dalton and including HR, operations and technical experts, reviewed the shortlisted solutions and identified Opentree as their preferred solution.
“Our key needs were to get a system that is straightforward to use, with a Windows-style interface, and which uses terminology familiar from our existing system. Strong Revit file handling is vital, as is CDE integration, and we are excited about Opentree’s roadmap and proposed developments to support remote use of Cabinet via the cloud and mobile apps.”
Purcell is one of the world’s leading design practices with more than 70 years of experience as architects, master planners and heritage consultants. It provides expert consultancy and design services on many of the UK’s best-known buildings. In London alone, Purcell has worked on the restoration of Kensington Palace, Tower Bridge and the National Maritime Museum.