I've spoken about the need for BIM content before, and I'll be speaking about it for the foreseeable future, it's just that big of a need for the marketplace. In order to design a building using the BIM process, one must have intelligent content.
We at Autodesk have developed a strategy to create a Content Ecosystem for our products, so that the content needed for success is at the fingertips of the people that need it. There are a number of angles to this strategy, but today I'm going to focus on the Distribution component of the strategy.
When we last discussed this subject, Autodesk Seek was still an alpha and temporarily named Content Search. The technology has continued to develop, and with the integration into our 2009 family of AEC Design products, Autodesk has formally released itself to the world, in the form of a press release. I highly recommend that you give it a read and tell your friends.
Now this formality is not the only thing up our sleeve, we are actively working to populate Seek with high quality content to meet the needs of the marketplace. Without naming names, I can say that we've had some great success working with Manufacturers and 3rd Party Aggregators to develop content for our design applications, and using Seek as the distribution mechanism. You will hear some more specifics on this subject in the coming weeks.
Still though, there is still need for more participation, and that's where YOU come in. Yes, you, the dedicated reader of Inside the System. Last time I checked, Autodesk was not a major specifier and buyer of Building Products. You all in the design and construction markets are exactly those people, and thus have the largest influence on manufacturers.
So, when the Sales Rep swings by next time to make their office visit, be sure to let them know that you would specify and buy more of their products if they provided you with BIM content.
Here's to being part of the solution.