LAS VEGAS, NV (Autodesk University) - Revit users have gone crazy creating families, says Tony Page, who does sales for Axomic. Tony is speaking not of human reproduction but of "digital assets," or what Revit users call their collections of sinks, toilets, door knobs... all the the parts of the building that lend the finishing detail to the "lived-in" look of a building.
Along with this creative boom has come a need of management. Axomic's OpenAsset BIM claims to
organize Revit content so that companies (400 clients already, they say) can be more productive. For example, if an an architect want to include a window and is fairly sure someone, somewhere in the firm has made that window before sometime, he only has to ask OpenAsset to find windows, maybe including some parameter, such as smaller than 24 inches
wide, for example.
OpenAsset works like a librarian, checking in and checking out parts, and helps you find what you are looking for. A Revit plug in allows users to work entirely within the Revit interface, and they can drag and drop a family right into the Revit model.
A block of 25 users can start using OpenAsset BIM for"less than $5K" per year. The software is installed remotely and training can be done remotely, too. It takes about a month for to get everything up and running.