BIM and Specifications Linked by BSD LinkMan-E
ATLANTA - Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) announced that the first public demonstration of its new BSD LinkMan-E (LME) software will be conducted at the AIA National Convention and Expo in San Francisco, April 30 to May 2.
LME has been designed to permit automatic two-way communication between disparate construction software applications. Initially, LinkMan will be configured to connect the new BSD SpecLink-E (SLE) specifications product with Autodesk's Revit Architecture 2009, the preeminent building information modeling software in use today.
Both LinkMan-E and SpecLink-E are client-server software products that use Microsoft's SQL Server database management system to support multi-user collaboration over a local area network or a wide area network between multiple offices. The LME and SLE software can also be easily installed on a single computer with Revit Architecture for standalone operation by a single user. Ultimately, BSD plans to add an updated version of its BSD CostLink/AE cost estimating product to its suite of linked software tools, and other linked software products may be offered in future.
LinkMan is designed for use by a project manager to review and coordinate data on the same project from all connected applications. Each software product provides a view of its linked assemblies and building products, and the view can show all possible objects or can be collapsed to show only those that are currently active.
LinkMan also offers two "dashboard" views - one for individual products and one for assemblies of multiple products. These dashboard views show the status of objects in each of the linked applications, and the views can be collapsed to show only those that are active in one or more applications or further collapsed to show only those objects that are not consistent across all the linked applications. A project manager can then determine whether corrective action is needed. For more information, visitwww.bsdsoftlink.com.