The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) and The buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa) Announce Online Availability of Video Results of AECOO-1 Testbed

WAYLAND, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 20, 2009 — The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) and The buildingSMART alliance™ (bSa) announce the availability of the May 28 webinar on the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator Phase 1 Testbed (AECOO-1): http://www.opengeospatial.org/pub/www/aecoo-1/index.html. The webcast demonstrates results that focused on increasing interoperability among software used by architects, engineers, construction companies, cost estimators and building energy performance analysts.

The webcast highlights four significant conclusions about the status and value of interoperability in the AEC practice; the webinar also demonstrated accomplishments achievable today; for more details, see http://www.opengeospatial.org/pressroom/pressreleases/1064. Results of the Testbed are to be submitted to bSa for consideration as standards.

As part of the Testbed, the teams discovered that areas of the IFC model are not as amenable to interoperability as once thought, and modernization is believed necessary. Results from IFC modernization, working in parallel with network-based communication and collaborative processes to evaluate design alternatives will achieve real benefit.

AECOO-1 Testbed sponsors include Associated General Contractors of America, American Institute of Architects, Burt Hill, Ellerbe Becket, Gilbane Development Corporation, HOK, Large Firm Round Table, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Statsbygg (Norway), U.S. General Services Administration, and Webcor Builders.

Significant contributors included Bentley Systems, Digital Alchemy, Faithful & Gould, Graphisoft, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PhiCubed/Sofi Executive Systems, Nemetschek NA, and Tokmo Solutions.

To get involved in future AECOO efforts or support the converging missions of OGC and bSa contact Louis Hecht ( Email Contact) or Deke Smith ( Email Contact).

The buildingSMART alliance™, a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences, was established to coordinate the profound changes coming to the real property industry in North America. The focus is to guarantee lowest overall cost, optimum sustainability, energy conservation and environmental stewardship to protect the Earth's ecosystem. Visit the bSa website at http://www.buildingsmartalliance.org.

The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 380 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities. It provides expertise to assemble interdisciplinary teams of experts and offers its metadata standards and systems architecture to make models and services interoperable. Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/.



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