It may be "geek speak" to you, but to us it's big news.
Our Vectorworks Architect software has been tested by the National 3D-4D-BIM Program with the General Services Administration (GSA) as complying with the requirements of the BIM Guide Series 02, Spatial Program Validation--so we can now use it on GSA projects that require BIM.
To meet the requirements, candidate BIM-authoring software must pass rigorous automated testing, based on a reference building specified by the GSA, modeled in the candidate software, and exported to the 2X3 IFC file format. Vectorworks Architect software passed these reference tests in early December 2009. The certification testing was performed by Digital Alchemy of Seattle, Washington, a GSA contractor.
“Open interoperability standards are essential for the integrated delivery of Building Information Models, and we are very pleased to be able to offer a highly affordable option for those architects and designers contracting to the GSA,” says Robert Anderson, Vice President of Integrated Practice for Nemetschek North America. “As BIM design standards evolve, Nemetschek North America will be there, involved with those setting the standards and helping to open up the BIM authoring process to those who care about design.”
Congratulations to our developers for obtaining this goal. We seem to be getting more BIM-a-licious by the minute...
To read the press release in full, please go here.