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Nemetschek Vectorworks, buildingSMART alliance and Nemetschek Scia Present openBIM Webinar

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Wednesday, 10 November, 2010
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Columbia, Md. (Nov. 10, 2010) – Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., in conjunction with Nemetschek Scia and the buildingSMART alliance, will present the AIA continuing education webinar “openBIM - Real Interoperability, Practical Collaboration” on Tuesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. GMT.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) interoperability is possible with openBIM—the use of internationally recognized open standards to exchange building information. These open standards include the use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for building geometry and data. IFC is supported by more than 70 international vendors and 110 applications and is used today to create, analyze and distribute building information models. Organizations across the globe are developing IFC-based BIM guidelines for project designs to facilitate the use of data across multiple vendors, applications and end-users.

Presented by Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, Project Architect at Nemetschek Vectorworks, this webinar will define openBIM and IFC and will explain how both interoperability and collaboration with design partners are improved with openBIM workflows and IFC technology. The presentation will also provide examples demonstrating how openBIM and IFC are used today. Webinar attendees are eligible to receive one American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education credit.

“The IFC workflow provides a practical way for designers, engineers and contractors to plug into today's BIM workflows," said Daniel Monaghan, Managing Director of Nemetschek Scia U.S. "It mitigates many of the problems that firms have when exchanging BIM files directly, such as versioning issues and model ownership. And, it allows AEC professionals to be compatible with a wider number of AEC software programs, making it easier for them to connect and collaborate with others involved in the design and construction process.”

“I am very pleased to see this aggressive promotion of IFCs,” said Dana K. “Deke” Smith, FAIA, Executive Director of the buildingSMART alliance. “This is in direct line with the buildingSMART worldwide movement toward open BIM standards being promoted by NIBS, AIA, SMACNA, and GSA in the United States, Senate Properties in Finland, Statsbygg in Norway, and DECA in Denmark, to name a few who have made a public declaration.”

To register for this webinar, visit

About the buildingSMART Alliance
A council of the National Institute of Building Sciences, the buildingSMART alliance serves as the North American chapter of buildingSMART International. The Alliance is the developer of both the National Building Information Modeling Standard-United StatesTM and the United States National CAD Standard®. To learn more about getting involved in the NBIMS effort, visit

About Nemetschek Scia
Established in 1974, Nemetschek Scia has become one of the world’s leading developers of structural design, analysis and fabrication software that supports the BIM process. Nemetschek Scia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG—a global leader in software that supports the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. For more information, visit

About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. 
Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG and has been developing software since 1985. The Vectorworks line of software products provides professional design solutions for more than 450,000 designers in the AEC, entertainment and landscape design industries. With a tradition of designing flexible, versatile, intuitive and affordable CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, Nemetschek Vectorworks continues to be a global leader in 3D design technologies. For more information, visit