Bricsys HQ @ Ghent, Belgium (Source: UpFrontEzine Twitter)
On April 26th & 27th 2017, Bricsys invited the CAD press to an exclusive huddle at their head office in Gent, Belgium. Day 1 was to play the bugle for the public: information that you have already seen covered by the bloggers Ralph Grabowski (1, 2, 3, 4), Randall Newton and soon to follow in other CAD portals. We saw the mid-year review and a report on the direction Bricsys is heading as a company. The timing of this event is apt, as it falls almost exactly in the middle of the life-cycle of BricsCAD V17, just weeks after a mega announcement of Intergraph (now Hexagon) porting CADWorkx and GT Strudl on BricsCAD, and after the mid-term release of BricscAD V 17.2.0.
Photo Credit : Ralph Grabowski blog
This is the first time a formal Bricsys press briefing took place, and the timing and business sense could not be better. Until now, the CAD press would get their dose of information during and around the annual conference or on one-on-one meetings with Bricsys management. With an exclusive press meet in the mid-year of the BricsCAD life-cycle, a new event has now been added to the calendar of Bricsys followers.
Day 2 was covered by an NDA, so I only have to guess what was revealed, but the teasers that leaked gave the clue that it was a heads-up on what to expect in V18 later this year. With every new release, Bricsys watchers and partners are excited about how far BricsCAD has caught up on features. End users expect the product to be more user-friendly and intelligent. There is still room in BIM and Sheet Metal functions to become smarter for data entry and update. We hope to see a newer, smarter BricsCAD in October that learns the way users work.
For many years, since 2008, a visible race was on to catch up with the standard .dwg features that AutoCAD had and guys on the other side of the fence did not. For Bricsys, that race is long over now and BricsCAD has almost everything that a typical CAD user would ask for, including the most important one: stability. Bricsys also built a solid engine for BIM, Sheet Metal and 3D modeling. What it lacks is perhaps the eco-system of symbols and parts, and more importantly, the ease with which it could be used and edited. The BIM in BricsCAD is still not as user-friendly as users expect it to be, from experience of Sketchup or ArchiCAD. A support request to Bricsys reveals that BricsCAD has dozens of tools buried in combination keys, which are solutions to creation and editing requirements, but these are hard to know for a first-time user. All of that is expected to change with V18, as Bricsys infuses a dose of AI and smartness into making BricsCAD easier to use, as one insider already points out in this blog post.
As a BricsCAD distributor for India, I think the press meet is a great opportunity for the entire BricsCAD eco-system of resellers and partners to re-connect and communicate with clients, understand and validate the progress in the current version and get a feel on the direction going forward. We look forward to many such interactions and wish Bricsys good luck in many more such engagements.