| FORUM8 has provided the software and technology services which
support the designing of civil engineering and construction including structure
design since the company foundation, on the basis of the development technology
of packaged software. With the development of virtual reality of recent
years, FORUM8 products are widely utilized in a whole project, research
of traffic and automobile, and information systems. Social request for
the technology related to the safety and security is growing much further.
FORUM8 is acting with the company mission to bring the safety and security
to the society through the software development and service technology.
Foundation of our growth is the development of creative general-purpose
software. So far, we have developed and improved the virtual reality software
UC-win/Road and the dynamic non-linear analysis software UC-win/FRAME (3D)
as the advanced software ahead of other companies. In 2009, we released
Engineer's Studio® and VR-Cloud®, which are supporting our strategic
deployment. FORUM8 has provided these products which lead to achievement
of BIM/CIM. As for the cloud service, UC-1 for SaaS has been released in
2013, and "3DCADStudio®" and "3D bar arrangement CAD"
have been provided for Android. 3DVR Cloud "VR-Cloud®" has
been chosen as the cloud contract research from Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry. We have acquired a lot of patents thanks to it. In addition,
we have started High-performance computing on cloud® service with the
aim of the utilization of HPC (High Performance Computer) as typified by
"K". The laboratory was established in FOCUS (Foundation for
Computational Science) next to "K", and our service has been
selected as the business for industry use of "K".
As for the advanced research system toward the autonomous driving,
especially for the system construction of drive simulators, we delivered
the 5-screen 4K CAVE driving simulator to Nagoya University in 2015. We
also won a large system construction abroad through international bidding.
In addition, we delivered a large earthquake simulator to a major construction
company are developing simulation functions such as shaking and collapse
against seismic motion in freely selected 3D VR space.
On the other hand, as for the activities to improve the in-house
system and to strengthen the organization, many international standards
have been introduced such as Quality Management System (QMS), Information
Security Management System (ISMS), Business continuity management system
(BCMS), and PrivacyMark certification. In 2016, we acquired Environmental
Management System (EMS) and are aiming to improve environment by spreading
cloud and improving quality. Self-developed core system supports the development
and sales, and we were selected as "Top 100 Aggressive IT SME of Japan
Award" by METI in 2015. We also have received "CRM Best Practice
Award" and other company awards.
Product support and service have had a high evaluation, and
a lot of people have attended our technical seminars. FORUM8 Publishing
has been published some books and this year released the 116th issue of
our public relations magazine Up&Coming. At the "10th FORUM8 Design
Festival 3Days+Eve" in November 2016, three specialists from the government
ministries delivered lectures at the first "Autonomous Driving Conference",
and I was pleased a lot of guests attended to it.
FORUM8 will mark the 30 anniversary this year, and we provide an edutainment TV program "Get together! VR friends with Packun& Mayuko Kawakita" (screened in January through March 2017 on TOKYO MX1). We are also planning to hold an anniversary event in June.
Under our principles of Up&Coming, Sociality, and Forum Spirit, we all employees continue to unite and act in order to meet the expectations of our customers.
Representative Corporate Executive Officer, FORUM8 Co., Ltd.