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2     <h2>Be part of the future of open-source digital engineering</h2>
3     <p>
4         BlenderBIM would not be possible without dedicated open-source
5         developers, volunteers, and industry members. You can be part of this
6         amazing community too! If you know how to code, you can contribute in
7         development. If not, you can simply use BlenderBIM, share it with your
8         friends and colleagues, suggest changes, and help change the industry
9         for the better.
10     </p>
11     <h3>Chat with us live on IRC!</h3>
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13         <img src="assets/kopete.svg" width="64" alt="IRC" class="symbol" />
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15         <p>
16             IRC is a free, online, real-time chatroom. It is incredibly popular with the free software community, where thousands of people are around to discuss a topic of interest. It is a great way to ask questions and get an instant reply.
17         </p>
18         <p>
19             Unfortunately, it is relatively unknown to most of the AEC industry, so there are usually only 2 or 3 people online talking about architecture. However, you can try your luck and join <a href="http://webchat.freenode.net/##architect">the Freenode IRC webchat</a>, and join the channel called <code>##architect</code>. My username there is <code>Moult</code>. Mention my name and send a message to me, and if I am available, I will reply.
20         </p>
21         <p>
22             You should also join the <code>#blender</code> channel which usually has several hundred people online. You can ask about general Blender questions there. It is standard culture for people to remain connected 24/7 to the chatroom, but not always be at their computer to respond, so don't worry if you don't get a reply straight away, especially with only a few people in different timezones! The longer you stick around, the more likely you will get a response, and we can make this community grow!
23         </p>
24         </div>
25     </div>
26     <h3>Participate in the IfcOpenShell Project</h3>
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28         <img src="assets/git-gui.svg" width="64" alt="Git" class="symbol" />
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30             <p>
31                 BlenderBIM is part of the <a
32                     href="http://www.ifcopenshell.org/">IfcOpenShell</a>
33                 project. IfcOpenShell is an open-source library that allows
34                 anybody to manipulate IFC files. It is free software licensed under the <a
35                     href="https://github.com/IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell/blob/master/COPYING">LGPL</a>.
36             </p>
37             <p>
38                 BlenderBIM started as a Blender IFC import plugin built by 
39                 <a href="http://thomaskrijnen.com/">Thomas Krijnen</a>,
40                 and it has now grown much larger in features with contributions
41                 by <a href="https://thinkmoult.com">Dion Moult</a>.
42             <p>
43                 If you know how to code Python, you can contribute to BlenderBIM
44                 on the <a
45                            href="https://github.com/IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell/tree/v0.6.0">v0.6.0</a>
46                 branch. If you know how to code in C++, you can contribute to
47                 the underlying IfcOpenShell library, which will improve IFC's
48                 capabilities for all. If you find any bugs with BlenderBIM or
49                 want to suggest improvements, you
50                 can also <a href="https://github.com/IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell/issues">report issues</a> or <a href="mailto:dion@thinkmoult.com">send Dion Moult an email</a>.
51             </p>
52             <p>
53                 <a class="github-button" href="https://github.com/IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell" data-icon="octicon-star" data-size="large" data-show-count="true" aria-label="Star IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell on GitHub">Star</a>
54                 <a class="github-button" href="https://github.com/IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell/fork" data-icon="octicon-repo-forked" data-size="large" data-show-count="true" aria-label="Fork IfcOpenShell/IfcOpenShell on GitHub">Fork</a>
55             </p>
56         </div>
57     </div>
58     <h3>Participate in OpenBIM standards creation with BuildingSMART</h3>
59     <div class="feature">
60         <img src="assets/buildingsmart_rgb_ifc_colour.png" width="64" alt="buildingSMART" class="symbol" />
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62             <p>
63                 The ability for the AEC industry to interoperate with open data
64                 standards and use open-source tools is based on the standards
65                 created by <a href="https://www.buildingsmart.org/">BuildingSMART</a>.
66                 They have various ways to participate which can be found on
67                 their website, including <a href="https://forums.buildingsmart.org/">community forums</a>
68                 where anybody can learn more about OpenBIM and ask questions.
69             </p>
70         </div>
71     </div>
72     <h3>Learn and engage with the Blender community</h3>
73     <div class="feature">
74         <img src="assets/blender.svg" width="64" alt="Blender" class="symbol" />
75         <div class="feature-snippet">
76             <p>
77                 <a href="https://www.blender.org/">Blender</a> has a thriving
78                 community who build amazing things, from
79                 <a href="https://gooseberry.blender.org/">open-source movies</a>
80                 to <a href="http://nikitron.cc.ua/sverchok_en.html">parametric
81                     node-based visual programming</a>. Learn more about how to
82                 do CG-grade 3D modeling to bring your designs to the next level
83                 on the <a href="https://blenderartists.org/">BlenderArtists
84                     Forums</a>. If you're already a Blender wizard, share your
85                 knowledge with others!
86             </p>
87         </div>
88     </div>
89     <h3>Discover the world of open-source</h3>
90     <div class="feature">
91         <img src="assets/kdeapp.svg" width="64" alt="KDE" class="symbol" />
92         <div class="feature-snippet">
93             <p>
94                 The visual icons on this website were from the <a href="https://kde.org">KDE</a>
95                 <a href="https://cgit.kde.org/breeze.git/">Breeze project</a>
96                 released under the <a href="https://cgit.kde.org/breeze.git/tree/COPYING">GPL</a>.
97             </p>
98             <p>
99                 BlenderBIM, and others like <a href="https://www.freecadweb.org/">FreeCAD</a>,
100                 which offers more CATIA-style parametric OpenBIM modeling, are
101                 for many the first introductions to the industry of how to do
102                 BIM outside the Windows platform. In particular, the Linux
103                 platform, which IfcOpenShell, BlenderBIM, and FreeCAD run on
104                 offers a great ecosystem of industry-grade tools and
105                 infrastructure which may open up new possibilities of how we can
106                 be smarter with our BIM data.
107             </p>
108             <p>
109                 If you're willing to see what else is out there with computers,
110                 <a href="https://duckduckgo.com/?q=get+started+with+linux&t=ffab&ia=web">give
111                     Linux a try</a>.
112             </p>
113         </div>
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