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ODA Supports IFC 4.3 RC4

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Oct 19, 2021 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), provider of complete interoperability for CAD and BIM, announced today the release of IFC 4.3 RC4 support in ODA IFC SDK (Software Development Kit). ODA IFC SDK is a complete solution for professional IFC development that is widely used within the BIM industry. RC4 is the latest release candidate for IFC 4.3, published by buildingSMART International (bSI) in July 2021.

IFC 4.3 RC4 file visualized in Open IFC Viewer 22.9

“Access to RC4 gives ODA member companies a head start integrating IFC 4.3 into their products,” said Neil Peterson, ODA President. “Our free Open IFC Viewer is updated for RC4 as well, giving end users the opportunity to visualize and experiment with the very latest IFC version.”

IFC SDK also features new support for ifcJSON, improved visualization for complex entity types such as IfcClothoid and IfcThirdOrderPolynomialSpiral, and enhancements to multi-thread file loading.

Availability and Pricing

IFC 4.3 RC4 support is available in IFC SDK version 22.9, accessible to all ODA members at opendesign.com.

Open IFC Viewer version 22.9, which supports IFC 4.3 RC4, is available at no cost for personal and professional use at openifcviewer.com.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA develops complete interoperability for CAD and BIM. Their SDKs provide data access, creation, visualization, Web collaboration and publishing for a wide range of engineering file formats. ODA is supported by more than 1,200 member companies worldwide, including software developers, manufacturers, government agencies, AEC firms, major retailers and other organizations.

Learn more at opendesign.com.

Spaces by Cerulean Labs Available from Apple App Store

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct 19, 2021 – Cerulean Labs has launched iPad-based conceptual design tool Spaces on Apple’s App Store, following the September 28 confirmation of a NZ$1m seed round.The sketch-centric conceptual design tool for architects is built from the ground up to take maximum advantage of the iPad and Apple Pencil, says Cerulean Labs founder Campbell Yule.

“All great architecture starts with a line, and allowing architects to quickly sketch their design ideas and translate them into plans with real building information data is a unique offering in the market,” says the Budapest-based New Zealander.Spaces’ key point of difference is its use of building information modeling (BIM), turning two-dimensional conceptual sketches into flexible three-dimensional designs.

Spaces’ potential to integrate with existing platforms attracted New Zealand angel investor groups to contribute to its commercial launch, including Launch Taranaki, MIG Angels, Flying Kiwi Angels and Angel HQ.Ian Frame, chair of Launch Taranaki and former CEO of private equity firm Rangatira Investments, joins Cerulean Labs as chair.

“Conceptual design is necessary for determining the feasibility of a project, and once a client decides they want to proceed, Spaces will transition into the existing detailed design software systems that are out there,” says Frame.Since its initial capital raise in 2020, Cerulean Labs has refined Spaces, expanded product and development teams in Hungary, the UK and New Zealand and completed open-market beta testing.“Having worked towards this day for the past 12 months it is a great feeling to have our product in the market,” says Yule. “This is just the beginning for Cerulean Labs. We’re looking forward to shaking up the conceptual design paradigm, and adding great products to our customers’ toolboxes.”

About Spaces by Cerulean Labs

All great architecture starts with a line – Spaces by Cerulean Labs is reinventing conceptual design for architecture. By combining sketching with the power of the iPad, Spaces provides a fast, flexible and fluid workflow allowing architects to realize design options quickly. At the same time, live building data is at your fingertips to inform your design decisions every step of the way allowing for a data-driven approach.

Toggled iQ Smart Building Control Solutions Launched

TROY, MI, Oct 19, 2021 – Toggled, a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair focused on smart building management solutions and lighting technology, announced the roll-out of its comprehensive connected building data and device management solution, Toggled iQ. Leveraging the Internet of things (IoT), Toggled iQ helps businesses optimize their building environments by streamlining operations, improving energy efficiency, saving money, and reducing their carbon footprint, through the connection of smart connected lighting with wireless sensors, controls, and intuitive analytics.

Toggled iQ product lineup

Energy use is the largest operating expense for businesses, representing approximately one third of budgets, and negatively drives building operations’ impact on climate change. To help organizations tackle this problem, Toggled iQ offers a proven solution that reduces energy through an easy-to-install, smart building platform. Its high-end electronics and cutting-edge software apply to a variety of use cases including, direct-wire LED retrofits, lighting control, HVAC, remote sensors, and smart building control.

“Most businesses want to make sustainability improvements to their building operations, but complexity and other concerns have stood in their way,” said Daniel Hollenkamp Jr., chief operating officer, Toggled. “We’ve tackled the problem through an engineering-first approach, while leveraging our proven success in LED lighting. The result is a solution specifically designed to simplify and accelerate adoption, while giving end users more control over their smart-building environment. We deliver value from the onset and provide a flexible infrastructure for the future, which we believe are the keys to driving smart building adoption.”

Next-generation Toggled iQ sensor

With more than a decade of experience in smart connected LED retrofit lighting, Toggled iQ has become a complete sustainable building ecosystem, which allows organizations to customize and control their lighting in real-time, whether it be a single fixture, room, building or group of properties, all from the convenience of the Toggled iQ mobile app. Using Toggled direct-wire LEDs, customers can upgrade their fluorescent lighting system and reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent. Pairing the lighting with the Toggled iQ portfolio of sensors, switches, and soon-to-be-released controllers results in savings of 80% or more. Additionally, customers benefit from creating their own unique and scalable smart building environment, which gives them the power to reduce their carbon footprint.

“When organizations turn to smart technologies to more efficiently manage their building operations, they often deploy systems without considering existing connectivity capabilities, interoperability or the infrastructure requirements,” said Gerry Cellucci, principal, Yorkland Controls. “Toggled iQ’s approach is smart from the start, allowing building owners and operators to easily integrate lighting and smart devices to existing or new IoT and building automation systems, while also providing a scalable solution that can be easily modified in the future.”

The Toggled iQ difference: Complete, easy-to-use, and flexible

Toggled is the only software-focused company that delivers end-to-end solutions in smart building management, which ensures consistent product quality and customer satisfaction. Because the system is wireless, users don’t have to tear up the office space during installation. Toggled iQ works with a range of common protocols such as BACnet IP and Modbus allowing for seamless BMS/HVAC integration. Designed with end user functionality in mind, users can modify the Toggled iQ smart system to suit their needs and preferences now and into the future.

Toggled iQ improves building management and the environment through:

  • Reduced installation times – The wireless system doesn’t require additional hardwiring and allows for device groupings during setups to improve overall commissioning times.
  • Optimized functionality – A user-friendly app is intuitively designed for user satisfaction and easy commissioning. The app’s setup wizard ensures that users are aware of each system device’s available features.
  • Improved overall user satisfaction – Toggled iQ’s app allows users to customize their lighting and building preferences through room scene creation, color-tuning and dimming, motion control sensitivity levels, and smart building analytics.
  • Improved energy savings – Toggled iQ allows for multiple layers of energy savings:
    • Fluorescent to LED conversions
    • Network controls features include motion and daylight harvesting
    • Back-end analytics provides data insights to optimize energy usage, identify active problem areas, and proactively establish maintenance schedules to ensure devices are working at their optimal efficiency levels
  • Long-lasting – Toggled LED tubes are guaranteed to last 50,000 hours. Additionally, LED products contain no mercury and require no special handling during their end-of-life disposal.

Formed in 2007, Toggled leverages the design and engineering strength of parent company Altair, and holds more than 150 patents in LED lighting, optics, communication and control, advanced physics, and power conversion circuitry.

About Toggled

Toggled is a registered trademark brand of Ilumisys, Inc. (dba Toggled), a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair. Toggled iQ is a smart building data and device management system that leverages the Internet of Things, enabling customers to create unique and scalable solutions across many use cases including, lighting control, HVAC, remote sensors, and smart building control. Toggled’s user-friendly, smart building advancements brings to the market next-generation, smart building technology.

To learn more, visit https://toggled.com.

About Altair

Altair is a global technology company providing software and cloud solutions in the areas of simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI). Altair enables organizations across broad industry segments to compete more effectively in a connected world while creating a more sustainable future.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Trimble Introduces Connected Model-Based Estimating Workflow

SUNNYVALE, CA, Oct 15, 2021 – Trimble introduced its model-based estimating workflow, which seamlessly connects the building information model (BIM) to the estimate for mechanical piping and electrical contractors. Powered by a direct API connection between Trimble SysQue detailing software and Trimble Estimation MEP cloud estimating software, the workflow provides contractors with greater project insight and visibility, improved collaboration and more accurate project execution.

Trimble introduces Connected Model-Based Estimating Workflow for mechanical piping and electrical contractors

Model-based estimating focuses on the “I” in BIM to create the estimate from the constructible model. The detailer creates the constructible model—up to Level of Detail (LOD) 400—using SysQue. Once the model is complete, the model information is sent to Trimble Estimation MEP with the click of a button. A populated estimate with the selected details is then automatically created in Estimation MEP complete with a list of materials that contain a description, size, price and labor hours from Trimble’s industry-leading MEP content database.

“We have heard from MEP contractors that disconnected, siloed workflows are a source of huge inefficiency and profit loss,” said Lawrence Smith, vice president and general manager of Trimble MEP. “By connecting the detailed model with the estimate and sharing rich Trimble-managed content between applications, we are breaking down data silos, improving collaboration and unlocking significant value for MEP contractors.”

The generated estimate can be used for:

  • Quantity comparisons and improved future bid accuracy – Compare original bid estimates against what has been modeled, approved, and coordinated to better understand project status and improve bid accuracy on future projects
  • Securing the final Bill of Materials (BOM) – Determine final quantities, materials and manufacturers for buyouts
  • Extending model data – Estimation MEP extends model data with catalog numbers and material pricing
  • More accurate project execution – With more detailed information from the coordinated model, contractors can more accurately plan their projects through their shops and into the field

“At Icon Mechanical, we use the model for everything—from prefabrication to loading points to the total station—and the next step for us is model-based estimating. As a design-build contractor, we do a lot of value engineering analysis of systems. By running the options we’re considering through the model-based estimating process, we can quickly compare different design options in different systems to determine what will be the most cost effective option for each project,” said Tim Riedle, vice president of Engineering at Icon Mechanical.

“Additionally with Trimble model-based estimating, the ability to track cost progress versus the estimate—our earned value versus spent value—more routinely provides an enormous advantage. It’s a pain to re-do estimates every single time; the model-based estimating workflow provides a process we can run the model through to see how we’re tracking without starting from scratch each time,” added Riedle.

“Trimble model-based estimating is a game changer for us,” said Mike Chiappone, VDC manager at Lightning Cad, Inc. “We can be more accurate with pricing and labor, and quickly send a model to Trimble Estimation MEP for progress estimates.”

Availability

The model-based estimating feature is now enabled in SysQue version 9.0 for VDC Pro+ subscribers and Trimble Estimation MEP Pro. Trimble SysQue is a design and detailing software for the Revit platform. Estimation MEP Pro is available now in the VDC Pro+, Accubid Estimating Essentials, AutoBid Estimating Essentials, and Estimation Desktop Estimating Essentials subscriptions. For more information, visit mep.trimble.com.

VDC Pro+ and the Estimating Essentials subscriptions are also available as part of Trimble Construction One, a connected, cloud-based construction management platform that drives speed, efficiency and accuracy at each phase of the construction project lifecycle. Using Trimble Construction One, contractors can leverage a purpose-built connected construction management platform that reveals the right information at the right time so organizations can make the right decisions.

About Trimble Construction

Trimble is developing technology, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams across the construction lifecycle, Trimble’s innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, teams, phases and processes. Trimble’s Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver each project with confidence.

For more information, visit construction.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

For more information about Trimble, visit www.trimble.com.

Dodge Construction Network Launched

HAMILTON, NJ, Oct 15, 2021 – The launch of Dodge Construction Network, a new brand uniting Dodge Data & Analytics, The Blue Book Network, IMS and Sweets, was announced. Following the recent merger of Dodge and Blue Book, the two 100-year-old market leaders today revealed their latest initiatives to unite under the new umbrella brand and provide the construction industry with the largest, connected database ever available.

This new brand is ushering in an era of data-driven digital transformation to the construction industry, an industry full of companies advancing their technology at various, disproportionate rates. Dodge Construction Network combines the strengths and histories of two well-known industry leaders and their respective data services to create a data network that lets all participants in the market—from enterprise groups to small teams—identify the critical relationships between products, people, firms and products to power predictable and profitable business growth. The integration of this single network provides the construction industry with a transparent and accessible marketplace.

Part of this transformation involves modernizing how the construction ecosystem utilizes data. The company conducted a survey from among its nearly 150,000 customers to investigate how companies are embracing digital transformation and how it drives data and projects in the industry. The data revealed a positive attitude towards digital transformation, but with a significant disconnect.

According to new research from the company, construction personnel at all levels are embracing digital transformation. However, the implementation is fragmented, making the already complex nature of construction projects even more complex; 84% of field workers say digital transformation has impacted the way they work, but 34% say that while their company has implemented digital transformation efforts, different teams are using different solutions, and 23% say it has failed to reach the jobsite.

However, there is a general consensus that digital transformation has potential for the industry: 95% of field workers are willing to use digital transformation tools that could make their jobs easier, and 89% of both field workers and office workers believe that digital transformation either already has or will transform the construction industry within the next five years.

“This data shows us that digital transformation can make construction easier, but we need a technology that works for everyone, at every level. By joining these historic companies, we’re able to innovate around the data that drives the commercial pre-construction ecosystem, integrate our portfolio of solutions, and provide the most comprehensive analytics and insights to offer that much needed technology,” said Dan McCarthy, CEO of Dodge Construction Network. “A unified view of this critical data allows construction professionals to make the informed decisions needed to grow their business in a sustainable way.

“Our goal is to simplify the countless data sets and leads that make up the pre-construction market and make it more lucrative for everyone involved. Dodge Construction Network and its advanced solutions are the catalysts for collaboration and for a new era of modern construction,” he continued.

For decades, valuable construction data has been collected and made available, but the data has been fragmented or siloed, making it impossible to get a holistic view of overarching insights and creating a disconnect in the collaboration of teams and companies working together on projects. Dodge Construction Network is purpose-built to address these obstacles and connect the industry, not just through data, but through the shared pursuit of reliable growth, creating a modern and accessible marketplace.

This new solution combines market-leading research and data-acquisition practices with cutting-edge master data management techniques to simplify vast amounts of data and surface critical relationships and opportunities that help busy people make informed decisions at the right time. Each solution is designed to be intuitive, transparent and tangible—providing users with the power to see the trends impacting their businesses and the connections needed to achieve growth.

“We’re very excited about this launch and all the opportunities it presents, both for the industry and the company itself,” said Keith Davies, chief technology officer of Dodge Construction Network. “Each offering blends human-assisted insights with cutting-edge technology to provide a holistic view of the entire construction ecosystem. At Dodge Construction Network, we’re making it easier for all levels of commercial construction professionals to build both successful businesses and thriving communities.”

About Dodge Construction Network

Dodge Construction Network leverages an unmatched offering of data, analytics, and industry-spanning relationships to generate the most powerful source of information, knowledge, insights, and connections in the commercial construction industry. The company powers four longstanding and trusted industry solutions—Dodge Data & Analytics, The Blue Book Network, Sweets, and IMS—to connect the dots across the entire commercial construction ecosystem. Together, these solutions provide clear and actionable opportunities for both small teams and enterprise firms. Purpose-built to simplify the complex, Dodge Construction Network ensures that construction professionals have the information they need to build successful businesses and thriving communities. With over a century of industry experience, Dodge Construction Network is the catalyst for modern commercial construction.

To learn more, visit construction.com.

About Dodge Data & Analytics

Dodge Data & Analytics is North America’s leading provider of commercial construction project data, market forecasting & analytics services and workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities that help them grow their business. On a local, regional or national level, Dodge empowers its customers to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, seize growth opportunities, and pursue specific sales opportunities with success. The company’s construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry.

As of April 15, Dodge Data & Analytics and The Blue Book — the largest, most active network in the US commercial construction industry — combined their businesses in a merger. The Blue Book Network delivers three unparalleled databases of companies, projects, and people.

Dodge and The Blue Book offer 10+ billion data elements and 14+ million project and document searches. Together, they provide a unified approach for new business generation, business planning, research, and marketing services users can leverage to find the best partners to complete projects and to engage with customers and prospects to promote projects, products, and services.

To learn more, visit construction.com and thebluebook.com.