GTeam : Enabling Browser BIM : The BIM Blender

Recent Press Release from Gehry Technologies introduces GTeam.  To explain GTeam, let’s briefly discuss what BIM is suppose to be and I will define it as a collaborative process to reduce waste; wastes of time, materials, resources, etc.   How this is done is argued as frequently as the legitimacy of the designated hitter.  However, I don’t think you can argue the more people on a platform the better, so when a change is needed or made, the people who need to see it, see it, can comment, iterate, make it better, make it happen. Hence the argument for open standards.  Truth is, BIM authoring tools are time consuming to create and maintain so who has a vested interest in building and nurturing such a tool?  Besides well meaning folk, not for profit corporations.  So what we need is the BIM Blender that will take in all disparate types of information and serve them to people, preferably on an iPad.  Why iPad?  Because, and I mean this as a compliment, a three old can operate an iPad.  If something better comes along, so maybe a 16 month can operate it, so be it but right now, let’s admit everyone asks if your app, program, etc, runs on an ipad.  So this blender need to take in every format, regardless of the authoring tool, regardless of the format, and be able to organize it and allow the user to interact with it in a meaningful way.  Supposedly Horizontal Glue, now part of Autodesk 360 was a tool like this, and now we have GTeam from Gehry Technologies, which makes the argument, ” is the easiest platform for teams to collaborate and share documents, files and 3D building information online. Architects, designers, engineers, contractors, consultants, and owners use GTeam to reach consensus faster, reduce change orders, save time, get more work and reduce project costs.”  Like Spike Lee said, “the mo’ colors, the mo’ better’ and the more people working on getting the pipe fitter on the same page, as the engineer, as the architect, the mo’ better, and the folks at Gehry have some experience getting people on the same page.


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