From my limited exposure so far their platform is intended to enable direct communication between BIM and Project Management Systems. Here's a paragraph from their site that describes the purpose of the platform:
Horizontal Glue™ brings Building Information Modeling (BIM) to the web as a coordinated system that communicates directly with leading design and project management software. Data formats and exchanges are handled through the Glue Server, eliminating compatibility issues between different software platforms further enabling effective and timely collaboration. The transparency between BIM objects and external project management systems makes it the only base technology where model analysis such as clash detection, estimates, scheduling, and RFIs can all occur within the same live model on the web. Model updates on our Glue Server are available instantly to project participants in offices around the globe.
Their site lists these as primary capabilities:
- Records and Notices
- Clash Detection
- Quantity Take-Offs/Estimating/Budgeting
- Requests for Information
- Submittals and Procurement
- Scheduling and 4D Modeling
These are delivered via:
Implemented through a scalable subscription based SaaS (Software as a Service) model...
Sadly, the site is very light on details so I didn't get any real sense for how various people really get work done. A video or two would go a long way to explain how the product actually delivers. With my obvious bias for Revit, I also found it very curious that there are screen images that show a Revit model and the Revit interface but .rvt is not listed under File Compatibility. Either a mistake or the Glue applications rely on some export from Revit (DWG/DXF/DWF?) to Glue a project together. More detail on that would be useful
The FAQ doesn't offer anything meaningful for someone like me unfortunately. They invite us to become a Gluru by requesting a DEMO. That suggests to me that things are still in early development, which wouldn't be too surprising really considering the relative youthfulness of Revit adoption despite being 10 years old now.
In the Dept. of Really Picky they probably ought to spell check references to client names, for example Meridian Systems instead of Merididan. I know that's too easy, to visit a site and be critical of spelling, but it's there for all to see. I'm sure they'll zap that one, it's easy! I also know that pointing it out will invite spelling experts to crush me...
Now that I've taken a cheap shot I will say that they appear to be tackling a scope of work that has been under served in the BIM conversation so far. Based on the firms that appear in their rolling graphics on the left sidebar of their site they have the eyes and ears of some pretty solid organizations. Here's to learning more!