Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Dept. of Off Topic - openingdesign.com

Ryan Schultz with openingdesign.com has occasionally asked me to offer some feedback on what they are working on. They went live with their site in May. It isn't about Revit, rather collaboration in the A/E/C realm. Here's what their website says:

OpeningDesign.com is a collaboration platform for A/E/C professionals—offering a real-time sketching and markup tool, and a place building and construction professionals can exchange expertise.

On their home page it discusses "The Tool" and "The Network". Regarding each it describes a problem and their solution.

The Tool:
...snip The Problem: On the phone, it's often difficult for A/E/C professionals to communicate a ‘visual idea' to another member of the team—whether it be a change to a floor plan, or small amendment to a shop drawing detail....snip

...snip The Solution: SketchSpace is an online tool that allows you to upload a PDF and sketch or mark-it-up, in real-time. If someone draws a circle around a foundation detail in New Orleans, the same circle instantly appears in Chicago, or Singapore for that matter. We like to think SketchSpace is the digital equivalent of having your entire team huddled around a set of CD's. Give it a try... ...snip

It's this SketchSpace you can experiment with now and it's pretty neat. They are looking for feedback to help expand and improve on its current capabilities.

The Network:

...snip The Problem: Unlike larger A/E/C firms, smaller firms do not have the luxury of a broad and deep pool of in-house experts they can consult for help....snip

...snip The Solution: Although it's not quite ready yet, we are currently developing OpeningDesign.com into a community platform where A/E/C professionals can collaborate and share expertise with other fellow building professionals. Whether it's getting help on a building code question, or soliciting feedback on a schematic design idea. Shoot us your email and we'll let you know when its up and running... ...snip

They've got a video on their site to help get a sense of what it's all about.

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