NEWS: BIMobject signs deal with UK Ministry of Justice

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Hercules cloud-based content management solution will be used to support the ministry’s BIM object library

BIMobject has signed a contract with the UK’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ), under which the BIMobject Hercules cloud-based content management solution will be used to support the ongoing development of the ministry’s BIM object library.

Using Hercules, the MoJ will be able to create content for a library of digital building products and control the distribution of that content to suppliers and partners in a secure way, as well as monitor who accesses the content.

With Hercules, content is managed and accessed via a regular web browser. Since object models and the data associated with them are obtained from a single source, specific data requirements – for example, the COBie government standard – can be linked to models.

According to BIMobject, this will give the MoJ greater flexibility as well as the ability to update data as requirements change, without having to create new models. It will have, in effect, a ‘single source of truth’, adding to the security of MoJ library data.

Matt Watchorn, head of BIM at the MoJ said that the ministry is delighted to be building on its client BIM Level 2 capability and taking its BIM object library forwards, using the latest technology. “With this development, content management and user-friendly accessibility will be a new digital standard for us. We look forward to the further advances in the assembly and manufacturing space that this development will enable,” he said.

For BIMobject, meanwhile, UK managing director David Jelllings commented: “Having supported the UK government’s BIM initiative from its introduction in 2011 and the MoJ on various projects since 2013, I am delighted to be working with the MoJ in the development of their BIM Level 2 programme and am committed to ensuring that BIMobject do whatever we can to help the programme in the future.”

Hercules was launched by BIMobject in May 2015 and is used by companies to develop, organise, structure and standardise their own BIM objects, as well as publish and syndicate these in a controlled way to project groups around the world.

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