In the second panel discussion of the opening day, representatives of Autodesk, Nemetschek and Trimble promised to support the establishment and dissemination of an open data standard. 
Uwe Wassermann, Director of AEC, Business Development worldwide at Autodesk, Viktor Várkonyi, CEO of Graphisoft and member of the Nemetschek Group Board of Directors, and Richard Fletcher, Managing Director at Trimble, addressed the question of how suppliers of planning and modeling software see the need for open standards for data exchange in front of an extremely interested audience. "Only with open standards like IFC can we deepen our collaboration and make it as efficient as we need it to become more productive," said Autodesk Director Wassermann in his presentation at the beginning of the discussion.
That's why planners and architects need tools that allow them to seamlessly access the data they share with others involved in a project from within their well-established workflows."Only if they work on a common data platform can the site worker, the planner and the architect deliver the expected results in the required quality on time," confirmed Richard Fletcher of Trimble. For Viktor Várkonyi it was clear: "buildingSMART is predestined to enforce this openness in the BIM process. He promised that Nemetschek would support buildingSMART in disseminating a common data standard.However, according to Wassermann, the construction industry should also be prepared to further develop standards as agilely as Autodesk, Nemetschek or Trimble do their planning and modeling software. After all, the industry is not prepared to work with software that is ten years old.