“I can still remember the excitement I felt, when BIM was first introduced to me as a student by the other co- founder of Datacubist Jiri Hietanen. It seemed to me that everything was possible with this new technology. As it soon turned out, the industry was not quite there yet. Still at that moment solving the data exchange issues to empower the industry with knowledge became the mission also for me. Jiri had started working with IFC already back in 1997.
For years we tried to solve the issues in various ways. We participated in international standards development, software implementation (including coding), software certification, BIM authoring, using BIM is real projects, process development, customer pilot projects, research and teaching. Still we just couldn’t make the data exchange work well enough.
Something was missing. It was frustrating. Then again out of those struggles emerged the ideas, that the issues cannot be solved just by improving the existing applications, workflows and by standardization. What the data exchanged needed was another piece in the puzzle, that was to become Simplebim®.
We tried to convince BuildingSmart community and the software company we were working for at that time about our ideas, but nobody wanted to implement them. It probably wasn’t the perfect time to start your own business in the middle of depression, with new mortgages and babies. But when your find something you are passionate about, you go for it.” Sakari Lehtinen, co-founder of Datacubist.
Our goal from the beginning has been to solve the data exchange issues in practical manner to enable openly flowing BIM. Ultimately to empower the industry with the knowledge, that effective and reliable data exchange processes can provide. We have coded all our best ideas to our product Simplebim®. It all started 2009 and we have been on that path since.