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๐Ÿ“ˆ Timeline of the most popular BIM programs from 2004 to 2020. Data source: Google search data


Lobbyist Wars and BIM Development

A series of articles titled “Lobby Wars and the Development of BIM” describes the evolution of ideas and the progress of data sharing in the construction industry since the 1980s. The articles provide the historical background to the issues facing every construction company today.

Many thanks to everyone who translated articles into other languages and thanks to everyone who left comments and criticisms under the articles. Also, a special thanks to all who shared the information that was touched upon in the articles.

Thank you for your support!

Part 1: Format STEP-IFC and how Revit conquered the CAD world

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 1: Format STEP-IFC and how Revit conquered the CAD world

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 1: Format STEP-IFC and how Revit conquered the CAD world

๐Ÿ“ฐ Original: Part 1: Format STEP-IFC and how Revit conquered the CAD world

In this article we will answer the question: where did STEP, IFC and buildingSMART come from, how a Soviet mathematician helped Autodesk to conquer the world market for ะกAD and why Autodesk rarely mentions Revit in its financial statements.

Content:

โšˆ Creation of IFC and buildingSMART

โšˆ Creation of Revit Software

โšˆ REVIT is the world leader in planning

โšˆ Conclusion





Part 2: open BIM VS closed BIM. Revit vs ArchiCAD and Europe VS the Rest of the World

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 2: open BIM VS closed BIM. Revit vs ArchiCAD and Europe VS the Rest of the World

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 2: open BIM VS closed BIM. Revit vs ArchiCAD and Europe VS the Rest of the World

๐Ÿ“ฐ Original: Part 2: open BIM VS closed BIM. Revit vs ArchiCAD and Europe VS the Rest of the World

In this article we will take a look at where the BIM CAD software market is headed today. What BIM CAD programs are chosen by designers in different countries of the world and how the planning world has radically changed over the past 15 years. If you follow the main trends in BIM planning around the world, you will notice an incredible bias in the development of BIM technologies in certain developed countries.

Content:

โšˆ Which BIM software to use?

โšˆ Overview of tools for BIM planning

โšˆ Open BIM vs. Closed BIM

โšˆ In conclusion





Part 3: Fathers of BIM Technologies. Who is behind the success of Autodesk and openBIM

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 3: Fathers of BIM Technologies. Who is behind the success of Autodesk and openBIM

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 3: Fathers of BIM Technologies. Who is behind the success of Autodesk and openBIM

๐Ÿ“ฐ Original: Part 3: Fathers of BIM Technologies. Who is behind the success of Autodesk and openBIM

In this article, we will highlight the work of all the major “fathers” of BIM technology, who developed CAD tools in the 80s and 90s. We will also analyze who is behind the success of buildingSMART and corporations such as the Nemetschek Group and Autodesk and why the old Autodesk programmers did not like the Revit developers, and the Nemetschek company refused to develop the IFC format.

Content:

โšˆ How the University of Munich created the IFC format

โšˆ BIM’s father – creator of SONATA or RADAR CH?

โšˆ The Creation of PTC and the Emergence of Solidworks and Revit

โšˆ How BIM startups evolved. Mergers, acquisitions, and attitude to their history

โšˆ In conclusion





Part 4: The fight between CAD and BIM. Monopolies and lobbyists in the construction industry

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 4: The fight between CAD and BIM. Monopolies and lobbyists in the construction industry

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 4: The fight between CAD and BIM. Monopolies and lobbyists in the construction industry

๐Ÿ“ฐ Original: Part 4: The fight between CAD and BIM. Monopolies and lobbyists in the construction industry

๐ŸŒ— In this part we will talk about the struggle between CAD and BIM, about the monopolization of construction design by Autodesk and the buildingSMART organization, and about lobbying for the openBIM concept at the state level in some countries. 

Content:

โšˆ How Autodesk discovered BIM

โšˆ Struggle between CAD and BIM

โšˆ Expansion of BIM ideology and Revit software

โšˆ At what point did BIM beat CAD

โšˆ Revit is a dead-end road for Autodesk

โšˆ Is openBIM a worthy Revit alternative?

โšˆ Why did German speaking countries choose openBIM

โšˆ How lobbyists work in construction





Part 5: BlackRock – the Master of All Technologies. How Corporations Control Open Source

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 5: BlackRock – the Master of All Technologies. How Corporations Control Open Source

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 5: BlackRock – the Master of All Technologies. How Corporations Control Open Source

๐Ÿ“ฐ Original: Part 5: BlackRock – the Master of All Technologies. How Corporations Control Open Source

Tech giants use investment fund money to control an increasing proportion of new developers and products, thus blocking the path for new programs and new technologies in the construction industry. As a result, the entire CAD industry has become an oligopoly dominated by a group of several companies. And their position at the top is becoming more and more unshakable.

Content:

โšˆ BlackRock – the master of all technologies

โšˆ Oligopoly in the CAD market

โšˆ Autodesk is following in Oracle’s footsteps

โšˆ Why programs don’t develop

โšˆ The corporation’s fight against open source

โšˆ Autodesk and IFC data format

โšˆ Autodesk Challenge – Open Standards Organization – ODA

โšˆ In conclusion





Part 6: Reasons for speculation in the construction industry. Corporate monopolies over data

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 6: Reasons for speculation in the construction industry. Corporate monopolies over data

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 6: Reasons for speculation in the construction industry. Corporate monopolies over data

๐Ÿ” The reason for the lack of productivity growth and the spread of speculation in the construction industry is the quality of the data used by the participants in the construction process. To store data and transfer it between various construction participants, you need to trust CAD corporations or organizations that control the development of the IFC format. This situation can be compared to the early development of the Internet, when there was no strong encryption on the network and users had to rely on system administrators (third parties) to protect their data.

๐Ÿงฎ As a result of monopolies and lobbyists’ struggle for power over data, the construction industry has become an obsolete system with low productivity, where a certain percentage of speculation is taken as inevitable. To remove the tiered structure of mistrust, control, and pressure, construction companies need transparent business processes and new convenient data storage formats.

Content:

โšˆ Reasons for the low productivity of the construction industry

โšˆ Consequences of the lack of transparent interoperable data in construction

โšˆ Where did BIM come from and why?

โšˆ Formation of a monopoly in the data market 

โšˆ Storing information in CAD software

โšˆ Postgres – pioneers of data storage from CAD to SQL

โšˆ Revit – database in graphical representation

โšˆ Creation of ArchiCAD and Tekla tools API

โšˆ The problem of data interoperability in the construction industry

โšˆ Data connections via plug-ins and APIs that do not work





Part 7. Open Source in Construction. Opacity of the IFC Format and buildingSMART

๐Ÿ“ฐ LinkedIn: Part 7. Open Source in Construction. Opacity of the IFC Format and buildingSMART

๐Ÿ“ฐ Medium: Part 7. Open Source in Construction. Opacity of the IFC Format and buildingSMART

๐ŸŒช๏ธ Construction companies make super profits on projects with “inattentive” customers thanks to opacity, and CAD-corporations with their monopoly over data bring additional chaos to these already confusing and non-transparent processes. 

๐ŸŒ‘ Transparent and high-quality data – the key to any successful operation – must be stored and transmitted without regulatory and supervisory bodies in the form of CAD vendors or organizations like buildingSMART. The buildingSMART organization has levers for managing the development of the IFC project, and the project itself is lobbied for individual interests, which does not allow us to consider the development of the IFC format itself transparent and open, which positions itself as a product close to open source.

Content:

โšˆ Asian and European beneficiaries of the openBIM movement

โšˆ Hidden IFC format features

โšˆ The complexity of working with the IFC format

โšˆ The construction industry needs interoperability

โšˆ Open Source – a ray of light in the darkness of monopolies

โšˆ Applied Open Source in the sectors of the economy

โšˆ Open source in construction

โšˆ Conclusion

โšˆ Completion of the series “Lobbyist Wars and the Development of BIM”

๐Ÿ™‡ I express my deep respect to all the individuals, developers, firms and corporations mentioned in this article. Thank you very much for your work and for the products you have gifted to the world.

๐Ÿค I would be glad to receive your comments, clarifications and criticism.

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Henda Knobel
10 months ago

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