The final objective of the NMP-project InPro is to develop an „Open Information Environ-ment (OIE)‟ supporting the Early Design Phase for the construction life cycle of a Build-ing.
Work Package 4 – „Open ICT Platform‟, led by TNO, provided the technical ICT infrastruc-ture for the integration of the „early design‟ and „project management‟ software applica-tions (and their associated structured/unstructured information) determined in Work Package 3. One outcome is the definition of the „Open ICT Platform‟ (OIP).
Work Package 4 - Task T4.2 – „Open Standards for Interoperability between Applications in Early Design‟, led by AEC3, provided the short term and long term requirements for the Open ICT Platform.
The main outcome of task T4.2, the deliverable D6, specifies the Open ICT Platform ac-cording to the OIP requirements described in the deliverable D1 [Nummelin 2007] of the preceding task T4.1 and the seven key processes described in the deliverable D5 of task T2.1 [Outters & Verhofstad 2007]. The strong focus on the key processes has been iden-tified as an important and necessary addition to the original scope of work.
The Open web-based ICT Platform – the BIM Collaboration Hub – is available for the in-dustry as a test environment, as a "sandbox", for the users to play with. It is "reset" fre-quently, to enable repetition of tests etc. This sandbox will then also contain the parts/extensions for InPro.
The Open web-based ICT platform is to be seen as a technical solution how to map the information available in the different applications, key processes and also the demonstra-tions. The mapping of this information is in the context of the platform, in this case the PLCS standard as being the bases for Share-A-space (the model server).
The prototypes of the applications around the server will be publicly available and de-scriptions of the mappings can be seen as a platform definition.
The Open web-based ICT Platform shows the principal idea or way of working, not neces-sarily the exact way of industry today. It is a kind of a proof of concept in a laboratory environment. In terms of Technology Readiness Level, the platform is on level 3 or 4.
The main part of the Open Web-based ICT Platform for InPro is the BIM Collaboration Hub, which is based on the model server Share-A-space. For viewing and linking the Solibri Model Server is used, and for model checking the Solibri Model Checker.
Share-A-space is a commercial software in use at a number of industries and organiza-tions. Share-A-space has all the functions required for the manufacturing industry for PDM and PLM collaboration and information consolidation. With the InPro additions and modifications, these generic functions are now available also for the construction indus-try.
The BIM Collaboration Hub is designed using Share-A-space and is further developed and integrated with "IFC to PLCS" and "PLCS to IFC" mapping to fulfil the requirements of InPro. The PLCS and IFC toolboxes are commercial software products and used for inte-gration of the software applications used in the InPro Key Processes.
The current prototype fulfils most of the requirements and specifications in D1 and D6. During the Key Process demonstration developments during the last year of InPro, the remaining functionality required for the demonstrations will be implemented.
The InPro Consortium , 2010. , 62 p.