Phoenix, AZ USA, and Gent, Belgium, March 8, 2010 – Bricsys and the Open Design Alliance (ODA) announce the synchronization of the ODA platform with improvements and enhancements made by Bricsys and a cooperation to further improve the ODA platform.
Mar 8, 2010
Development teams from both companies are working together to incorporate modifications made to the ODA platform code by Bricsys back to the ODA, with modifications to be included in the base code delivered by the ODA to its member companies. The first phase of the joint development efforts are expected to take three months to complete.
Moving forward the ODA and Bricsys have agreed to collaborate and work closely on additional contributions towards the improvement and increased performance of the ODA platform.
The ODA develops and delivers platform technology to its members for inclusion and use within technical graphics applications that members further develop and customize into their own solutions for market. The ability to incorporate a streamlined core base of source code is essential to the success of the ODA and its members.
Arnold van der Weide, ODA President, stated, “The ODA is promoting tight relationships with its members to enable the creation of technologies for the technical graphics industry. The cooperation with Bricsys, a long-term ODA member, is an example of such a relationship — the positive effects will benefit all ODA members who rely on the ODA platform to deliver their own technical graphics solutions.”
Erik de Keyser, Bricsys CEO, added, “When Arnold van der Weide urged, last year at the ODA World Conference in Leiden, ODA members to return their modifications and enhancements in the original ODA code, he convinced us. We hope our initiative will be followed by other members too. I'm pleased that we mutually agreed to work closely together on the ODA code in order to speed up the overall development, which serves both the objectives of the ODA and Bricsys.”
The Open Design Alliance is a non-profit consortium of over 2,000 software developers and users committed to promoting open, industry-standard formats for the exchange of CAD data and CAD legacy data. The ODA technology platform provides users with the tools to create a wide range of applications, including custom data access and editing utilities, visualization tools, and even full-scale CAD systems. The platform also supports the use of both DWG and DGN files, with import and export capabilities to other file formats. The Open Design Alliance maintains the OpenDWG® library and publishes the OpenDWG file specification.
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Bricsys is a global provider of engineering software through its network of 70 offices on four continents. The product portfolio consists of Bricscad and Vondle (an extended Cloud platform). Bricscad is the powerful DWG-alternative CAD platform that enables DWG-based applications to serve the growing markets of GIS, AEC, mechanical CAD, and civil engineering. Bricsys products are available in 16 languages, with more languages in development.
Wherever they are on the globe, customers can communicate support requests directly to the Bricsys support team around the clock. Every month, Bricsys transparently reports to its customers on the status and development of its software products. Bricsys is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, thereby contributing to the interoperability in the engineering industry.
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