Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Glue that holds it all together…

The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” –Brian Tracy (Self-Help Author)
At AU 2011 Autodesk announced it’s intent to acquire Horizontal Systems (developers of Horizontal Glue.) The deal is expected to close before the end of Autodesk’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which ends Jan. 31, 2012.
What is Glue?
… Glue brings BIM to the cloud with technology that supports multi-discipline model collaboration and intelligent object data exchange for the building and infrastructure industries. This approach enables architects, engineers, owners and builders across the globe to collaborate in real time in over 40 different 3D formats, while providing a solution to distribute BIM data into external business systems.
I saw a demo of this a couple of months ago.  Horizontal Glue provides for one… web-accessible… model for all players on a project.  One source of truth… One database…  Shared across the web by countless users. 

That alone is worth looking into.  Add to that integral “Clash Detection,” (I prefer the terms Spatial Coordination or Trade Coordination, but to each their own) Quantity Take-off, (QTO (there’s a TLA, they’ve been hiding for awhile) and 4-D scheduling and you’ve got a Cloud based BIM Coordination application.

Throw in RFI generation and tracking, Versioning control, and the ability to handle Submittals and Procurement right in the Model environment and you have a BIM based Project Management solution!!!


With Horizontal System’s innovative, cloud-based technology, and Autodesk’s vast range of BIM applications (not to mention their deep, deep pockets) look for good things to come
Keep an eye out for more Buzz about Autodesk 360.
Autodesk and Horizontal Systems- sticking to the Big Bad BIM

PS: You can find a copy of the full press release here (amongst other places.)

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