BLIS Project Features Seminar Series, Trade Show Booth

Case studies will feature success stories in the use of interoperable
software for
the architecture, design, engineering, and construction industries.


PORTLAND, OREGON/May 23, 2002-International member companies and
organizations of the BLIS project will host software demonstrations and
present a featured seminar series on the development and use of
interoperable software during the 2002 A/E/C Systems show and exhibition.
The seminars and exhibition will be held June 3-6, 2002, at the Anaheim
Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

BLIS is an acronym for Building Lifecycle Interoperable Software.
Interoperable software allows for data exchange among software programs,
regardless of the type or origin of the program.

Also for the first time at A/E/C Systems, BLIS will host a trade show booth
(#303) with participating members including Graphisoft US, Microsoft Visio,
Solibri (Finland), Timberline (Nasdaq: TMBS), YIT Construction (Finland),
and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO
(Australia).

At the booth, show registrants can get a close-up look at live software
interoperability among CAD, design software, estimating, design spell
checking, code compliance checking, production schedule simulation (4D), and
model viewer applications that support the BLIS views of the Industry
Foundation Classes (IFC) standard.

Several firms initiated BLIS in 1999 as a means of promoting the widespread
adoption of IFC specifications. Published by the International Alliance for
Interoperability (IAI), these specifications identify a common object-based
data model. Using this model, a software program can create a set of
data-in a CAD drawing for instance-and other programs can use that same data
to create takeoffs and estimates, check code compliance, perform a thermal
analysis, and more.

Participating BLIS members are among 14 companies and organizations
worldwide that BLIS and IAI have certified as IFC compliant. Certification
by IAI ensures that a software application complies with the IFC (Industry
Foundation Classes) release requirements.

Certification by BLIS ensures that the software application complies with
the BLIS defined subsets to support the following end user "use cases:"
architectural design to quantities takeoff; HVAC system design to quantities
takeoff; architectural design to thermal load calculations and HVAC system
design; CAD design to visualization.

BLIS seminars scheduled for A/E/C Systems include:

Better Coordination Of Designs Using IFCs
Monday June 3, 10:30 am - 12:00 p.m.

Managing Your Facility Smarter Using IFCs
Monday June 3, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Success Stories from the Field: IFCs at Work
Tuesday June 4 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Invitation to Participate in the BLIS Initiative
Tuesday June 4, 3:15 - 4:00 pm

Object-Oriented CAD: Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, June 5, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Faster, More Accurate Estimates & Procurement using IFCs
Wednesday, June 5, 2:00 - 3:30 pm


More information on BLIS and IAI can be found respectively at
http://www.blis-project.org/ and http://www.iai-na.org/.

A/E/C Systems 2002: Solutions for the Total Asset Lifecycle,
http://www.aecsystems.com.


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