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Extranet Evolution highlights TonicDM

Extranet Evolution, a digital publication that has tracked AEC collaboration and information management since 2005, published a nice overview of Tonic.

Paul brings up excellent points regarding whether TonicDM can remain simple and easy as it evolves, and whether solutions such as TonicDM will remain relevant in the BIM / cloud technological landscape.

At Tonic, simplicity is a core value of the company. It drives everything we do. Why? Because we believe simplicity has value. The solution to increasing complexity of our personal and professional lives is not more complexity, it’s radical simplicity. This is why we have no hesitation saying simplicity is here to stay at TonicDM!

We also believe solutions like TonicDM have become increasingly valuable in the hyper-connected world of BIM and the cloud. AEC projects are delivered by a large number of companies working together, so the project will collaborate using Common Data Environments (CDE), but each participating company needs a System of Record (SoR) to track their involvement. That’s where TonicDM comes in. The more connected project collaboration becomes, the more important it is for companies to have streamlined internal record keeping.

For further discussion of the role played by the Common Data Environment and the System of Record, see this 15 min Webinar recording: The Fantasy of the CDE

The Fantasy of the CDE

Collaboration in the AEC industry is both essential and problematic.

The term Common Data Environment (CDE) — a single online site for project information from concept to facility operation — originated with the excellent work done by industry groups and standards bodies in the UK. The single online project information site is a compelling idea.

In this webinar we look at the reality of how project collaboration tools are used, and what the advantages and disadvantages are from the points of view of the project and the participating firms.

BIM is Dead. Long live BIM.

BIM has been around for quite a while now. During the early days there was a lot of optimism about how this thing called BIM would solve all manner of problems in the design (AE) professions. Design was certainly going to become shorter and cheaper, 2D documents would soon disappear (as soon as jurisdictions agreed to plan-check in 3D) and the computer would become an assistant, calculating things like energy use and code compliance real-time.

But when we look at where we’ve got so far: we’ve achieved somewhat better coordinated document sets.

Why hasn’t design become shorter and cheaper? Why isn’t BIM “a partner in the design process”?

In this 15 min webinar we discuss how design adds value, how our current conception of BIM fits into that (or doesn’t) and we propose a new way of looking at BIM as a value-creating tool in the design process.