The State of Texas is discriminating against open source, open standard BIM options while GSA accepts these programs for use on federal projects as long as the models can be submitted as IFC files. This cannot stand. Please support fair trade in Texas.
We have been reviewing the actions of the Texas Facilities Commission
in the publishing of their new Professional Service Provider
Guidelines and Standards. As you may be well aware, they have mandated
that Autodesk Revit, Civil3D, and DWF be submitted as the BIM formats
for all projects. They have institutionalized discriminatory business
practices in light of open source, open standard options available to
the marketplace (using IFC and PDF). We feel that this action is an
egregious action against open, fair trade rules and should not stand.
As such, I have been told by our CEO, Sean Flaherty, to spread the
news that we will support any of our users who wish to challenge these
guidelines in court by providing full legal services and fees
necessary to represent any user, or group of users, who wish to file
claim against the TFC.
Even if any of you are not directly affected, please indicate to your
peers and fellow Vectorworks users about our support, forward this
email, and feel free to contact us if anyone should choose to proceed
with legal action.
Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA
Project Architect, Integrated Practice
Nemetschek North America, Inc.
7150 Riverwood Drive
Columbia, MD 21046 USA
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