GOOGLE INSPIRES NEW BIM APP PLATFORM

30May16

from the Chartered Institute of Building

A Bristol-based start-up hopes that its new platform for BIM apps – now available in Beta at jenca.org – will mark the arrival of today’s modern web technology in the BIM world, offering industry professionals the user-friendly, intuitive interface associated with Google apps.

Users will be able to launch different BIM apps from within the cloud-based Jenca platform, in the same way as Google users can launch YouTube, Google Play or Gmail or other apps once they’re logged in to Google’s domain.

The free-to-use platform will host applications from third-party software vendors and independent software developers. Currently, users can access apps from Owncloud, Redmine, Rocketchat, Ghost, Flarum and others (see logos, right).

The platform is based on open-source code called Kubernetes, an equivalent of the “Borg” technology that Google uses to run its data centres.

According to Jenca, this means that the Jenca platform can run BIM applications at data centre scale, meaning it will be able to cope with the massive volumes of data that will be in use as the industry moves towards Level 3 BIM.

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