by David Levin, isiscad.net
The news that came out last Friday about ASCON, BIM, C3D kernel, and Alexander Bausk altogether was a kind of a sensation for the Russian CAD market. This step by ASCON is not, however, a bombshell. The company's CEO Maxim Bogdanov presented last May the key directions of ASCON’s immediate developments, including BIM, CAM, and social PLM.
After his excellent simultaneous translation at isicad-COFES-Russia 2010, a series of analytical articles (such as "More or Less Optimistic Update on BIM"), participation in Arizona COFES 2012, moderating BIM-related round tables at AU Russia 2013 and COFES Russia 2013, Alexander Bausk became one of the most noticeable analysts on the Russian and CIS market. Also, he has a PhD in structural analysis, and is an expert in industrial AEC (specifically, nuclear power stations).
Now an impromptu interview with Alexander:
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Q: Is it true that you are now a full-time employee at ASCON?
A: Yes, it is true. It happened three days ago.
Q: What is your position and what is the main focus of your tasks?
A: I've got a position of a leading analyst in one of the new ambitious ASCON projects that uses ASCON’s modeler C3D. Joining ASCON, I have not changed the key point of my personal interests and work: it is still AEC engineering.
My plans to help advance BIM also have not changed, and I get an enthusiastic support from my employer. I believe that together we will present some new and remarkable AEC and BIM tools.
Q: As far as I know, until now, you have been living quite far away from St-Petersburg. Do you work with ASCON remotely, over the Internet?
A: No. Now I am living in St Petersburg, and my family will move here as soon as the school year is over.
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ASCON has sound competencies in MCAD, PLM, AEC, and supporting technologies. All of ASCON’s current solutions are very popular in the Russian market, and the company’s ecosystem is likely the most developed, in comparison with other vendors operating in Russia. ASCON has very close and efficient links with the Russian industry and is aware of its specifics everyday needs. Although developing and bringing a new BIM product to market is very risky, ASCON has a good chance.
Anyway, I believe that an attempt to use C3D for BIM is a promising project for the geometric kernel, because it might open some new (hopefully original or maybe innovative) directions of software development.
Finally, I am sure that actively entering the BIM market is, among other things, an effective marketing move to better promote the flagship ASCON solutions.
[This article was reprinted with permission of isicad.]