At Trimble, we believe one software solution or integrated system isn’t able to fulfill all the requirements of the construction industry. Instead, we focus on a mixed environment of purpose-specific systems communicating effectively using commonly-agreed processes and methods, information models and shared terminology. This means we recognize the importance of an open approach to Building Information Modeling.
Open BIM Benefits in Practice
We want our customers to be well-informed and updated about what other people involved in a project do, and successfully understand the design intent successfully. Construction project parties should be able to work together smoothly, regardless of the tools they use. Open BIM is about workflow-level compatibility, not just compatibility between two software packages.
Currently, using the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file format offers the most viable option for everyday open BIM. Through IFC, Tekla links with AEC, MEP and, increasingly, with plant design software.
Until now, IFC-based workflows have been more common in design, and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) has adopted the IFC at the core of its interoperability strategy. The need for higher productivity pushes automation development in the steel industry, creating more demand for planning and process management information.
Working With Partners
Our software is used in an industry where a major project can employ 150-200 companies all working to achieve one shared goal—meaning collaboration, communication and compatibility are crucial to success. An open BIM approach gives the industry freedom to choose the best project parties to work with, regardless of the software they use.
As a company, we don’t work alone. To support our customers’ work with their partners, we work together with other construction industry organizations in buildingSMART, a community working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets Tekla Structures interfaces with other providers’ solutions and fabrication machinery.
We also allow our customers to produce their own applications if they wish: If you want to add your own contribution to what can be achieved with the industry-standard interfaces, you can do it in the Tekla Open API application programming interface. Using Tekla Open API, these applications can integrate to the modeling environment and create connections to any custom application you might have.
We offer a specific Tekla Partners Program for developers. As a member of the Tekla Partners Program, you receive a Tekla Structures Partner license and permission to sell, market and distribute applications, plus many more benefits. Visit the Tekla Developer Center hub for information about Tekla Open API for developers.