Obayashi Corporation will be adopting GRAPHISOFT’S BIMx to make the award-winning BIM project presentation app—first available on Apple’s iOS platform and coming to Android in 2014— available to thousands of field technicians, further ensuring on-site construction quality and management efficiency. As a result of this agreement Obayashi will be authorized to install and use GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs—the latest and fuller version of BIMx technology offerings—on all Obayashi-owned tablet devices.
Furthering GRAPHISOFT’S and Obayashi’s Partnership
This agreement, the Hungarian software company says, furthers the existing multi-year partnership between a key dominant construction giant in Japan and GRAPHISOFT and its push to reform the use of BIM among the design, construction and building operations functions within the entire Obayashi Corporation.
“BIMx Docs’ superior operability was the deciding factor for its introduction. In order to effectively carry out our construction management, the BIM model but be brought to the construction site. BIMx Docs will further spread the use of BIM in the field,” said Hiroshi Miyakawa, Obayashi Corporation, Building Construction Division, PD Center, General Manager.
Obayashi Corporation, with its history of approximately 120 years, is one of the world’s leading contractors and among Japan’s leading listed companies. Leveraging its core competence, technology, it provides construction services and construction-related services, such as engineering and urban development.
To learn more about BIMx Docs read our feature on it here.
Currently BIMx Docs appears to be only available for Apple’s iOS platform but is slated for arrival on Android this year. It is not apparent if Obayashi will be deploying iOS based iPadS or Android equivalents in this large-scale roll-out this year. From my recent journey in Japan it seems the construction industry there—despite Apple’s strong Macintosh user-base and the popularity of the iPhone in Japan—is similar to the rest of the world and tends to be Windows PC based when firms get quite large. Larger enterprises that are Windows-based roll out large iPad and iPhone deployments all the time so there is nothing preventing or orienting Obayashi towards Android with BIMx Docs. Perhaps in time we will learn if this is a mega iPad roll-out or an Android one. In either case, it is a very big win for GRAPHISOFT.