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DSTATTERI

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Same family of products or Speciality products?
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:18:02 am »
Some believe that in order to have a better collaboration, we need to stick to the same family of products as much as possible (ex: All Autodesk products or all Bentley or all Trimble...etc.) through out our project. They still consider this Open BIM as they also export IFC if needed.

Others go for the best products for them no matter what family as long as they are specialized in their fields as they all export a common extension as IFC. They believe they can get the most out of a specific software because of certain capabilities yet once it's an IFC, anyone can use it.

What do you think?

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Re: Same family of products or Speciality products?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 11:40:01 am »
I think this is too broad and will always be situational. My preference is to stick to one family, as you say, for increased interoperability and support during design and construction. Ultimately, as long as the various disciplines'/teams' models can communicate all of the deliverables, whatever product is going to get you there with the users you have available will win.
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David Watson

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Re: Same family of products or Speciality products?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2017, 01:58:33 pm »
I concur with that last reply.   Software from the same vendor will always work better together;  the drawback is that they aren't always the "best" tool for a given job.  The individual project should determine whether same vendor is used or not (the larger the project, the more likely you'll want the best tools from a variety of vendors).
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Processins time (modeling) is one variable

Integration time (interoperability) is another one.

Based on the amount of time spent on each one,  should a decision be made about which solution between "integrated software suite" or "best of the market" should be used

Processins time usually is a bigger chunk, so going for integrated might slow you down at the end. But it varies from one company to another

At the time being, none of the big software company can pretend they have the best in each discipline.