With the ARIS geodata browser a fast explorer-like search is performed. It's possible to browse for specific datatypes like: * Shapefiles * ArcMap layer files * CAD datasets (dxf, dwg, dgn) * Coverages * ESRI Grids * Images (jpeg, bmp, tiff, gif, ...) * Personal Geodatabases * File Geodatabase * Data through Spatial Database Connection * TINs * PC Arc/Info coverages This dockable window can stay visible while working in ArcMap. Adding data is easy by using the "Add to map" context-menu option or by double clicking the dataset. The ARIS geodata browser dockable window is opened and closed by a button in ArcMap. The state of the treeview (expanding of folders) is saved when closing the dockable window within one ArcMap session. You can download a fully functional 5-day trial version.
Neil Calvert read and listened to what the Directions Magazine editors had to say about BIM and GIS and he didn't completely agree. So he offers a ten point interpretation of BIM plus some links to additional resources.