NEWS: Purcell picks Cabinet to manage design deliverables

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International architectural practice opts for Opentree’s document management platform to help manage BIM workflows

Purcell, a 275-strong UK architectural, masterplanning and heritage design consultancy, has selected the Cabinet electronic document management platform developed by Teesside-based Opentree as a basis for its building information management, BIM-driven design processes.

One of the UK’s leading heritage sector architects, Purcell has ten offices across the UK plus operations in Hong Kong and Australia. After a six-month search for an information management platform, it selected Opentree’s Cabinet ahead of a final shortlist including Newforma and M-Files solutions.

Gary Dalton, IT director at Purcell, said, “Since around 2010, we had been using Conisio, a software platform supplied by Cadassist, but we felt it was no longer fit for purpose. We wanted a solution that would provide PAS 1192-compliant BIM capabilities, that would work with our Revit files, and which was user-friendly.

Opentree’s Cabinet ticked all the boxes, and also provides easy integration to the cloud-based Common Data Environments (CDEs) most often used on our projects, including Aconex and Viewpoint.

“Our key needs were to get a system that is straightforward to use, with a Windows-style interface, and which uses terminology familiar from our existing system. Strong Revit file handling is vital, as is CDE integration, and we are excited about Opentree’s roadmap and proposed developments to support remote use of Cabinet via the cloud and mobile apps.”

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