Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Big Data

In a conversation with a few friends over the weekend, it suddenly occurred to me, that a lot of small company information lies in so many CAD formats to just plain old word, and text files.
practices hold vast amounts of data, so often stored away in a variety of formats, from defunct documents like wordstar, remember that,  scanned drawings, the current collection of CAD file formats, IFC, and spreadsheets in the millions..

The trick will be to pull this information into a single cohesive viewable format, so welcome to big data, and the incomprehesable world of fragmented data.

I was always taught, keep data simple and regulated, but data is so often not cooperating in this, its all over the place and in so many different formats, and its often corrupted in some form or other.

So how do we get all this information to talk, thats the quest I am now on, its a long term project, but all linked to my CAD, BIM, internet of things paper, the more I look the more it expands to new areas. Googles Hadoop is an open-source software framework for storing data and running applications on clusters of commodity hardware. It provides massive storage for any kind of data, enormous processing power and the ability to handle virtually limitless concurrent tasks or jobs.

In short its the backbone of the new data

So I have or am, pulling together a presentation on the way ahead for Architectural Data, its not BIM, its not CAD, it has to be more, and so much lies outside your company or even personal data hives, on the open web, waiting to be linked and searched.

Should you learn more about this, yes, should you hand out this and all your data to an external company to make sense of it all, maybe, perhaps not, but one thing is sure, putting your head into the sand and hoping it will pass you by and everything will return to as it was, is not an option.

If your interested in attending a lecture on this subject, contact me and I will add you to my mailing letter list and let you know when and were. or if you want an in house lecture specific to your
company, again, make contact and I will get straight back to you.

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