BCS NA 2017 – A Glimpse into the Program

A while back we sent out a survey to get workshop topics for this years Building Content Summit and are building our program around the issues that we’ve received.  These were broken down into who they affect or directly relate to and what they relate to.  The Who in this case is you.  The Manufacturers, Content Providers, Practitioners, and Software Providers that are attending BCS or going to register as soon as you finish reading this.  The What largely came down to two broad topics: Content and Process:

  • Content: Geometry, and Data
  • Process: Content Management, and in-Project Processes.

In this blog post we will take a look at a few of them and as always – keep the door open for more options if you are so inclined to submit more.

The Standard Is a Lie. What Do Users Actually Have to Go Through to Convert Content to Work with Their Office & Client Standards.

There is always discussion at BCS, BiLT and in many BIM & Revit forums on the dream of creating a global standard.  While that is a noble goal I personally don’t think it will ever happen.  There are too many regional and cultural variations across the world; seriously – is it a Coke, Soda or Pop?

BCS is not here to create a standard but we are here to help everyone get content that they can actually use without needing to completely gut and rebuild.  During this workshop we will discuss what people are doing to get content that works with their library and office standards and how the providers (that would be the manufacturers and third party sites) can help make the conversion process less painful.

What Content Do I Need? (all of It); When Do I Need It? (right now!)

Seriously – why can’t I find the content I need?  All I need is some data that I can plug into my family: R-Values, U-Values, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.  Why is this not something that is easy to find?  I found it!  Wait – you mean I have to create an account and wait for it to be verified?  /facepalm

Manufacturers and Service Providers face a conundrum.  How can they provide the information that the practitioners need while still getting the information they need to provide technical assistance and generate sales leads without giving the very people they are trying to help a migraine just to find some information.  Users need information (data) and content (geometry) and they frequently need it yesterday.

We are bringing all interested parties to the table (no pun intended) to discuss what practitioners actually need and how that can be provided while still generating the sales data (and actual sales) that every manufacturer needs.

Interpreting Interoperability: Can There Truly Be Content Interoperability Between Manufacturers and End Users?

Interoperability: the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of information.

We’ve all heard it:  Sure – this new software platform can use all your old data (content, databases, details, etc) with no problems!  Just import it and go, it’s like magic!  Guess what – that rarely happens.  Yes, I can import your file and it might work but I can’t really do anything with it (it isn’t parametric.)  Yes, I can import that database but it isn’t bi-directional, it isn’t a live link, and the formatting doesn’t carry over.

So much for that dream.

There is no better expert on a product than the company that makes it.  They have spent countless hours designing their widget and now that I’m trying to use it in my project I need a model.  It would stand to reason that they can export from their CAM software to the format I need, send me the file and everyone wins.  The problem is that software is fickle. Tolerances are different, face and mesh generation is different, the level of detail used is different, and things can go south pretty quickly.  This is a drag on everyone involved.  The manufacturers end up having to maintain multiple libraries, updates to products may or may not get pushed to these libraries and the content itself might be rubbish within a particular program.  Here is your opportunity to sit down with the software companies as a manufacturer or service provider and talk about what how to get the data, geometry and parametric properties from CAM software to BIM software without causing your head to explode out of frustration.

If this doesn’t satiate your desire to learn more about BCS, you can always jump over to the website and get more information on the event and the schedule.  If you want to throw your hat in the ring and submit a topic (or topics) I encourage you to do so.  Instead of sitting on the sidelines wishing things worked a certain way, get in there and try to make a change.

See you in Toronto!




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