Attendees at BIM Show Live 2013 in London learned about the first-ever significant energy modeling and analysis solution for a major architectural BIM program to use the IFC file format. Martyn Horne, business development manager for Computers Unlimited, gave the Tech Forum presentation last week on behalf of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. in association with Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES).
Titled "Energy Analysis in the Design Process – An Open BIM Approach," the presentation demonstrated the benefits of the connection between IES and Vectorworks software and the real-world applications of an Open BIM approach to energy analysis during a project's design phase.
The collaboration between IES and Nemetschek Vectorworks aims to bring viable access to high-quality building model and site data exchange with energy analysis and modeling applications. Some of the partnership's goals include the following:
- Reinforce the importance and viability of an Open BIM approach in the AEC industry
- Provide an energy analysis and modeling software solution to existing and future Vectorworks users, as well as offer a CAD/BIM application for IES users
- Offer technical improvements to the development of IFC implementation on both sides (which is presently ongoing), leading to better tools and products within the professional AEC market
To learn more about the collaboration between Vectorworks and IES, please click here.