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If you're considering using the new Information Delivery Specification but you're unsure where to start when it comes to defining your requirements our CTO Martin Cerny has created a few tutorials to help explain how to capture your information requirements and translate them into rules from which you can use the IDS standard.  Tutorial one: modelling
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Last month we had the pleasure of attending the Building Innovation Awards in Manchester. We were shortlisted finalists in the category of Best Use of Information Management Using BIM...much to our surprise we won! Andy attended the award along with our long standing partners Fexillon. The project we submitted for consideration was our work with Benchmark Estimating
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Created for the AEC Industry, Flex Flow, meticulously crafted to leverage the potential of open-BIM standards such as IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and IDS (Information Delivery Specification), aims to simplify how your data flows across different mediums, solving complex problems without sacrificing simplicity. Flow is a BIM automation platform that makes it possible for both
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Within the construction industry, digital innovation has lagged behind in the adoption process. One of the reasons for this slow uptake is that the industry has a disjointed culture due to the number of disciplines, design to engineering, involved in the process of constructing a building. Numerous stakeholders being involved in the process, has made
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BuildingSMART defines OpenBIM as: “a collaborative process that is inclusive of all participants, promoting interoperability to benefit projects and assets throughout their lifecycle… a universal approach to the collaborative design, realization and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows“.   However, xbim’s collective 70 years’ experience of working in the built environment means that we know that there are distinct barriers to collaboration and inclusiveness across projects’ and assets’
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Information Delivery Specification Information Delivery Specification has been developed as a standardised way to define  requirements that focus on checking IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) files. The standard allows for the user to define advanced requirements, restrict values and specify relationships between objects. IDS utilizes the XML format (shown in the snippet below),as the method of validating
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What is IDS? The IDS (Information delivery specification) standard is a buildingSmart framework of procedures to make requirements machine-readable, improving the exchange of information across stakeholders within the building life cycle. In the construction industry where the exchange of data has been fraught with inefficiencies but relies upon exchange of information to complete projects, IDS is a
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As part of Cobuilder’s Define Hackathon in November 2023, the team at xbim integrated the data held within Cobuilder’s Define product with already present BIM (Building Information Modelling) information to enrich the data set and provide useable carbon assessment information.  We used our Flex Flow product to do this, let’s look at the Hackathon problem
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In xbim Toolkit we use code generation for the early bound implementation of IFC schemas. Early bound implementation gives you compile time safety of your code, compared with some late bound or dynamic schema implementations. As IFC4.3 has been published for ISO review, we joined the buildingSMART implementers forum and started the regeneration process. The major
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