At the AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon in late September, our Technical Director, Gareth Price, spoke about the relationship between research and development and open source software. In a recent article, Building, Construction + Design reviewed the symposium, where an array of speakers and industry insiders addressed the question of whether or not technology tools are helping communication and production among architecture, engineering and creative (AEC) firms and their clients.
Open source collaboration moves the needle.
In September, Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio released Spectacles, an HTML5 BIM Web viewer designed to be hacked, extended, and modified. This platform is one of several that CORE Studio has developed as open source projects.
“The future is a lot flatter than before,” observed Gareth Price, Technical Director for Ready Set Rocket, a digital marketing agency. “Open source software gives the freedom to use, study, modify, and share information.”
During the symposium, a number of speakers touched on the advantages of open source for producing the best tools. Matt Jezyk, Senior Product Line Manager, AEC Conceptual Design Products, with Autodesk, explained how his company’s team developed its Dynamo suite as a side project in collaboration with architects, engineers, and programmers. “It came out of the needs of the AEC community,” said Jezyk.