There was a very positive ambience at the first Tensing FME Café on June 14, 2017. This was of course due to the bright sunlight, the delicious sandwiches and the relaxed atmosphere in KANTIEN — but above all to a varied program focusing on the use and development of FME. In addition to the visitors, Ken Bragg, European Services Manager of Safe Software, joined the group.
After the opening, Ken Bragg kicked off the substantive part of the program. He focused on the developments in FME 2018 and beyond. One of the most important developments is version management of workspaces via FME Server. You can download and reload the previous version of the saved workspace with the "History" button via the repositories in FME Server. The prerequisite is that version management is enabled in the FME Server configuration.
DIFFERENT QUEUES PER ENGINE
In addition, in the latest updates it is now possible to make different queues per engine. That way you have more control over the order of scheduled workspaces that are started automatically. This is how you work on optimizing execution: you improve performance by assigning specific engines. This can be done, for example, by performing all simple tasks on one engine and one or two more complex tasks on another engine.
In the area of BIM and CAD, the developers of Safe are currently working hard on adding all kinds of support for, among others, the Bentley i-Model, Native Revit, I3S, ProjectWise and IFC Infra & GML Alignment. The development of PDF readers and Word and PowerPoint writers in FME has also begun. The next challenge is the support of Unity, so that FME will also be compatible for artificial and virtual reality. Because all these things are still under development, it is expected that they will be integrated step by step into FME as of 2018.
In the two technical sessions, Paul Ruiter and Itay Bar-on shared their experiences with respectively Evides and WMD. In recent years, both organizations have focused on the automation of services. For Evides, for example, the focus was centered around the website www.mijnsluiting.nl. Once a request (i.e application) has been made via the website, the data must be validated and processed. Contractors must then be alerted to get started with the correct information and as soon as they have done their work, the water services have to be turned on. Itay told about the migration from Smallworld NRM to Esri at the water companies in Groningen and Drenthe. He then explained which new FME challenges result from this.
To conclude the program, we filled the FME CoolWall under the leadership of Ken Bragg. The visitors shared the things they don't like, the things they do like and the things they find super cool. The most noticeable remark for not being cool was not having an "FME for Kids,”. A version of FME especially for children so they can get to know the ins and outs of FME in a simple way. While enjoying drinks in the sun, we discussed the results of the CoolWall together.