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Trimble, Cityworks Introduce Real-Time Asset Mgmt Solution

for Water, Wastewater Utilities

SUNNYVALE, CA, July 9, 2020 – Trimble and Cityworks, a Trimble Company, announced the release of a real-time asset management solution for water and wastewater utilities. The solution, available as a subscription, allows utilities to leverage sensor data, location intelligence and analytics in their asset management strategies by combining Cityworks asset management software with Trimble’s Telog IoT recorders and the latest release of Trimble Unity Remote Monitoring Software-as-a Service (SaaS).

The Trimble and Cityworks proven platforms—used by thousands of water, wastewater and municipal utilities—combine to create a “system of action” based on real-time asset data collected from Trimble’s Telog family of wireless, battery-powered IoT recorders.

“Trimble acquired Cityworks in October 2019 and this integration is a major milestone in our vision of creating a unique and comprehensive digital platform for transforming the way water and wastewater utilities prioritize infrastructure maintenance and construction investments,” said Alain Samaha, vice president of Trimble’s Utilities and Public Administration. “Customers can benefit from an integrated solution that will enable them to realize improved infrastructure resilience, increased productivity and better return-on-investment associated with infrastructure construction and operation.”

A key component of the solution is the latest release of Trimble Unity Remote Monitoring version 4.8 SaaS. Trimble Unity provides new remote monitoring capabilities and tools, enabling utilities to prioritize operational resources for the areas of greatest need across their networks. The service focuses on ease of use, clear reporting and advanced analytics while integrating seamlessly with Cityworks AMS and Operational Insights as well as Esri ArcGIS software.

The real-time remote monitoring data and configurable alarms flow from Trimble Unity into Cityworks, triggering the creation of field inspections and work orders so field crews can quickly and easily complete their assigned work. Cityworks provides a GIS-centric environment for collecting asset information, calculating business risk exposure and analyzing trends based on combined historic maintenance, asset data and sensor data.

“As part of Trimble we are excited to integrate platforms and extend a unique solution to water and wastewater utilities for improving their decision-making process,” said Brian Haslam, CEO and president of Cityworks. “A GIS-centric and data-driven approach to asset management allows organizations to better understand their service levels, work history, emergency response and capital planning needs.”

For additional information, visit www.trimblewater.com/unityrm-and-cityworks.

Availability

Trimble’s real-time asset management solution, including the Trimble Unity Remote Monitoring version 4.8 SaaS, is expected to be available in July 2020 through Cityworks, Trimble Water and Authorized Business Partners. The solution will be showcased at the 2020 Esri User Conference, a virtual online event being held July 13-16, 2020.

About Cityworks

Cityworks, a Trimble Company, streamlines the way government agencies and utilities manage infrastructure and property by combining the power and flexibility of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping technology with the business logic of asset management, permitting, licensing and more. Cityworks is a GIS-centric platform and leverages Esri ArcGIS technology to help customers manage workflow, schedule resources and prioritize activities, saving time, optimizing communication and improving operational efficiency. Since 1996, Cityworks has helped organizations around the world maintain smart, safe, and resilient communities by streamlining the care of public infrastructure and property.

For more information, visit www.cityworks.com.

About Trimble Utilities and Public Administration

Trimble Utilities and Public Administration (U&PA) provides digital asset and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions for electric, gas and water utilities and local governments. Through a broad portfolio of cloud and SaaS software, IoT and mobile solutions, Trimble empowers utilities and local governments with accurate data to create and analyze the digital twin. These solutions enable optimal asset investment decisions and performance management including predictive modeling and analytics. Solving key infrastructure needs, Trimble’s U&PA brands include Cityworks, Telog, Trimble Unity, Trimble NIS, Caydence and Locus Cloud.

For more information, visit upa.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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

ProStar Joins Trimble’s GIS Business Partner Program

SUNNYVALE, CA, July 9, 2020 – Trimble announced that ProStar has joined Trimble’s GIS Business Partner Program. As part of the program, ProStar has implemented the Trimble Precision SDK (Software Developer Kit) to integrate high-accuracy positioning capability in its PointMan mobile application running on smartphones and tablets using Trimble GNSS receivers. ProStar provides field crews with an easy-to-use mobile data collection solution designed to capture, record and provide real-time visualization of the precise locations of subsurface infrastructure, while utilizing a centralized database to permanently and securely store and share utility location records in the cloud. By adding the Trimble R Series and Trimble Catalyst receivers to the ProStar workflow, users can confidently access high-quality data and identify potential conflicts to avoid accidents, disruption of services and costly delays to infrastructure projects impacted by not knowing the precise locations of buried utilities.

“Together, Trimble and ProStar are changing the way construction companies, engineering and surveying firms as well as government transportation agencies capture, store and utilize utility infrastructure data. By leveraging the power of geospatial technology, they are able to make more informed decisions in the field,” said Stephanie Michaud, strategic marketing manager, Trimble Survey & Mapping field solutions. “Through this collaboration with ProStar, we are committed to integrating Trimble technology into ProStar’s cloud and mobile solutions to enhance safety protocols on site, reduce project costs and make a safer work environment.”

“We’re excited about this new collaboration and the integration of our PointMan software with Trimble’s high-accuracy GNSS receivers,” said Page Tucker, president & CEO of ProStar. “Creating a seamless integration with Trimble high-accuracy receivers and our PointMan software is a game-changer that will now provide one of the most comprehensive and precise field data collection solutions in the industry.”

Availability

Trimble R Series and Trimble Catalyst GNSS receivers are available through Trimble Geospatial Distribution Partners. For more information, visit https://geospatial.trimble.com/products-and-solutions/gnss-systems. PointMan software applications are available through ProStar. For more information, visit:  https://www.prostarcorp.com.

About ProStar

ProStar specializes in the development of Precision Mapping Solutions. ProStar’s Solution is natively cloud and mobile and offered as Software as a Service. ProStar’s Solution is designed to improve the business operations of any industry that requires the precise location of sub-surface infrastructure including utility, oil & gas, construction, engineering & surveying, 811 and contract locating. ProStar’s Solution enables real-time access to precise location information including in the office and out in the field. Knowing the type, precise location and condition of what lies below the earth’s surface can significantly decrease liabilities and increase productivity during construction and maintenance activities.

About Trimble Geospatial

Trimble Geospatial provides solutions that facilitate high-quality, productive workflows and information exchange, driving value for a global and diverse customer base of surveyors, engineering and GIS service companies, governments, utilities and transportation authorities. Trimble’s innovative technologies include integrated sensors, field applications, real-time communications and office software for processing, modeling and data analytics. Using Trimble solutions, organizations can capture the most accurate spatial data and transform it into intelligence to deliver increased productivity and improved decision-making. Whether enabling more efficient use of natural resources or enhancing the performance and lifecycle of civil infrastructure, timely and reliable geospatial information is at the core of Trimble’s solutions to transform the way work is done.

For more information, visit geospatial.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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

GRAPHISOFT Releases Archicad 24, Updates BIMcloud, BIMx

BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 9, 2020 – GRAPHISOFT, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution for architecture, released Archicad 24, the latest version of its award-winning BIM software; the latest release of BIMcloud, the AEC industry’s first and most advanced cloud-based team collaboration solution; and BIMx, the most popular mobile and web BIM app. Archicad 24 unites architects and engineers in a shared BIMcloud environment to deliver integrated design. The transparency provided by the shared model and team-oriented workflows increases trust among team members and eliminates model duplication and redundant work between architects and structural engineers.

Archicad’s powerful set of built-in tools and user-friendly interface make it the most efficient and intuitive BIM software on the market. Featuring algorithmic design workflows and large model support, highly automated documentation, one-click publishing, photo-realistic rendering, and leveraging best-in-class analysis, Archicad lets architects focus on what they do best: design great buildings.

BIMcloud

BIMcloud delivers secure, real-time collaboration between project team members regardless of the size or complexity of the project, the location of the offices, or the speed of the Internet connection. Available in both private and public cloud configurations on standard hardware means even smaller offices can take advantage of BIMcloud’s fast, efficient, and secure access to shared projects in real-time.

BIMx

Extending the BIM experience to include all stakeholders in the building design, delivery, and operations lifecycle is award-winning BIMx, the most popular presentation and coordination app for all project stakeholders. BIMx features the ‘BIM Hyper-model’ – a game-like navigation experience that helps anyone explore the building model and understand project deliverables. Real-time model cut-throughs, in-context measuring and project markups in the model context make BIMx the architects’ best on-site BIM companion. Powerful APIs allow BIMx to connect to 3rd party ecosystems to offer access to and control of external datasets managed in the context of the building information model.

Together, Archicad 24, BIMcloud, and BIMx now provide further advantages in design and analysis, collaboration, documentation, and visualization as follows:

Design and Analysis

Archicad 24 unites architects and engineers, who can now work on a shared model with brand-new analytical model integration. The benefits of this integrated design environment include:

  • Elimination of redundant models
  • Removal of coordination errors
  • Structurally correct models ready for construction
  • Better building designs achieved in a significantly shorter amount of time

“It’s been a tremendous journey, and it’s absolutely part of our DNA. It was just proven to us how dramatically important [Archicad] is to us when we did Merdeka 118,” said Karl Fender, founding partner of Fender Katsalidis, in Melbourne, Australia, about Archicad 24’s signature project. “The collaboration that’s required in the process between all parties involved is paramount. Architecture, engineering, construction — they should be partners in the process, collaborators. The best solutions come out of understanding each other’s needs, problems, and requirements,” he added.

“We teamed up with Nemetschek Group brands RISA and SCIA to eliminate one of the AEC industry’s biggest bottlenecks — disciplines operating within their own silos,” said Ákos Pfemeter, vice president of product success at GRAPHISOFT. “We believe a major paradigm shift is imminent — by providing architects and engineers an integrated design environment, they can now work together as one team to create great architecture!”

Collaboration

GRAPHISOFT’s BIMcloud technology gets a major upgrade with version 24. Architects and structural engineers can now co-design the loadbearing structure of the building thanks to the powerful “BIM Track Changes” workflow. Major benefits to core architectural workflows include:

  • Smart Model Compare: Compare any two BIM models — including two different versions of the same design — to view various design options and compare content from consultants.
  • Updated Issue Management: Suggest design variations, organize the results of the smart model compare into smart issue lists with assignment names, prioritize tasks, create an issue log — all integrated and managed in the cloud.
  • A boost to OPEN BIM workflows with BCF 2.1 support and PDF markups
  • Directly reading and writing .RVT files out of the box

“Teamwork made us really excited about the prospect of what BIMcloud meant for us as an organization,” said Nondas Katsalidis, principal, Fender Katsalidis.

Documentation

Complete documentation sets, combined with a powerful publishing workflow that complies with local BIM requirements, means architects can focus on their designs, leaving the paperwork to the software. Archicad’s automatic drawing and layout generation, automatic dimensioning, and other tools have long been recognized by industry experts as superior.

Archicad 24 raises the bar on documentation with the introduction of higher-level programming languages like Python. Architects can now easily create automation scripts in Archicad, and complete command chains from outside Archicad.

Visualization

Immersive presentations engage clients for a deeper understanding of the building design from start to finish. Archicad’s built-in palette of visualization tools and workflows with the world’s leading rendering and VR solutions make it easy for architects to show off their designs in informative and inspiring ways, ensuring that all stakeholders have a shared understanding of the project deliverables.

Thanks to over 500 revamped materials in Archicad 24, architects can create even richer, more compelling renderings. Projects of any size are now easily experienced on a mobile device with the brand-new BIMx 3D engine. Residential library updates add state-of-the-art modern furniture to the BIM model. Also included with Archicad 24 is Twinmotion 2020 from Epic Games, boasting real-time ray tracing and a host of other capabilities. Commenting on BIMx, Anthony Laney, Founding Partner of Laney LA in Los Angeles said “Now, we are able to have the entire, rich 3D model in our pocket!”

Archicad 24 offers additional powerful improvements, including Dark Mode support on macOS and a brand-new node-based interface to custom GDL content creation – called Param-O.

Effective today, the International, US, UK and Ireland, German, Austrian, French, Italian, and Brazilian localized packages are available for download on the official download site. Customers worldwide can contact local Archicad resellers for specific language shipping dates for each of the 28 localized packages that will become available during the remainder of 2020.

For more information about Archicad 24, please visit graphisoft.com/archicad.

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT empowers teams to create great architecture, through award-winning software solutions, learning programs, and professional services for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. Archicad, the architects’ BIM software of choice, offers a complete end-to-end design and documentation workflow for architectural and integrated architectural and engineering practices of any size. BIMx, the most popular mobile and web BIM app, extends the BIM experience to include all stakeholders in the building design, delivery, and operations lifecycle. BIMcloud, the AEC industry’s first and most advanced cloud-based team collaboration solution, makes real-time collaboration possible across the globe regardless of the size of the project and the speed or quality of the team members’ network connection. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group.

To learn more, visit www.graphisoft.com.

Newforma Project Center v12.4 Released

MANCHESTER, NH, July 9, 2020 – Newforma, provider of project information management (PIM) software for architects, engineers, contractors, and owners (AECO) worldwide, announces Newforma Project Center v12.4 is generally available. This release includes the highly anticipated integration with Autodesk BIM 360, the latest updates for integrations with Autodesk Revit 2021, AutoCAD 2021, and Navisworks 2021, and more.

“As project information continues to become fractured across cloud services and file storage locations, it’s getting increasingly hard to manage. Newforma Project Center remains unique with its powerful search and centralized dashboard, which helps you get the information you need regardless of where it’s stored,” said Aaron Kivett, director of strategic partnerships, Newforma. “Adding integration with BIM 360 strengthens Project Center’s ability to bring people, data, and processes together to help design professionals deliver projects brilliantly.”

Project Center v12.4 Release Highlights

Autodesk Integration Updates

Annual updates for integrations with Autodesk Revit 2021, AutoCAD 2021, and Navisworks 2021.

Autodesk BIM 360 – Early Adopter

The integration with BIM 360 further streamlines collaboration for Newforma customers, providing increased flexibility to view, search, and manage their BIM 360 files directly within Newforma Project Center. Other features of the new BIM 360 integration include the ability to:

  • Connect one, or more BIM 360 folders to a Newforma Project
  • Upload, view, download, edit, and delete files hosted on BIM 360 from within Project Center
  • Transfer, share, archive, and create relationships to files hosted on BIM 360
  • Search the contents of files hosted on BIM 360
  • Quickly view files, including Autodesk Revit models, hosted on BIM 360 using the Forge Viewer

New Restricted User Role

While most internal users need access to all projects within a firm, some circumstances require restricted access to projects. The new role provides flexibility to restrict project visibility only to projects that they are team members on.

About Newforma

Newforma’s industry-leading project information management (PIM) software streamlines communication, manages files, and simplifies construction administration for architects, engineers, contractors, and owners. Their software will reduce the amount of time spent on administrative tasks, streamline project workflows, and power real-time collaboration for project teams. Newforma software has more than 122,000 users in more than 1,200 firms.

For more information, visit www.newforma.com.

Fieldwire Selects Tech Soft 3D’s HOOPS Platform for BIM Viewer

BEND, OR, July 8, 2020 – Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits, announces that HOOPS Platform is being used to power the Fieldwire BIM viewer. Fieldwire is changing the future of construction with its productivity tools for the construction field. The company’s field management platform – which is accessible via browser, tablet, or smartphone – gives customers access to critical project-related information while they’re on the job.

HOOPS Exchange, the leading CAD data translation toolkit, works with HOOPS Visualize and HOOPS Communicator to power 3D visualization of BIM models on Fieldwire’s mobile applications and Web platform

“We’re basically a one-stop shop for the field,” explained Looly Lee, product manager at Fieldwire. “Fieldwire is the place where the entire project team – from the foreman, to the project manager – comes together to collaborate and share information in real-time. Customers can view and markup construction plans, access important contextual documents like RFIs or submittals, assign tasks, view progress reports, and more.”

Fieldwire had always offered robust 2D plan viewing capabilities, but sought to evolve the product with new features around 3D model viewing, to better support its customer base. Additionally, it was important for Fieldwire to support BIM viewing on both web and mobile, while providing offline capabilities for those mobile users as a lot of construction project sites that are just getting started up don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, and there might not even be LTE or 3G in those areas. That made offline support a need-to-have.

“More and more projects are starting to use BIM, and we wanted to meet our customers’ growing need for that 3D information,” said Lee. “First and foremost, it was crucial for our BIM viewer to provide a high-quality user experience. It needed to be something that somebody in the field could effortlessly use without running into any hassles – because once you lose the user’s confidence in a particular feature, it’s really hard to gain it back.”

As Fieldwire evaluated how to move forward with developing a BIM viewer, a final crucial requirement was support for classic BIM formats. “Some of the 3D SDKs out there are really more targeted at supporting manufacturing workflows, or 3D printing, or 3D graphics for movies,” said Lee. “We needed specific support for BIM formats like RVT and IFC. That was going to work best for the customers we serve.”

Easy 3D Viewing, with Ready Access to Metadata

Fieldwire found Tech Soft 3D to be the ideal partner to help them venture into 3D and incorporate a BIM viewer into their platform.

“We had pretty aggressive go-to-market goals,” said Lee. “We started talking to Tech Soft 3D in late fall; we were able to launch the web version of our BIM viewer in January, and then the Android and iOS versions in February and March. We’ve gotten a lot out of the partnership in a short amount of time.”

Currently, Fieldwire users are able to upload IFC files which are processed behind the scenes by HOOPS Exchange, the leading CAD data translation toolkit. All the metadata from those files are retained as they are converted into two new file formats that are specific to the platform where they’re going to be used.

“One output of HOOPS Exchange is a PRC file that gets pushed to HOOPS Visualize, which we’re using to power our mobile applications,” said Lee. “The PRC format is ideal for giving our mobile users offline access to the model, as well as all the rich metadata coming from Exchange. The second output is an SCS file that gets pushed to HOOPS Communicator, which we’re using to power our web platform. The benefit there is that it’s a little bit more lightweight but, again, still retains all that valuable metadata.”

For customers, Fieldwire’s BIM viewer gives them the ability to easily view and navigate a BIM model, allowing them to gain high-level, contextual understanding that 2D plans might not deliver. At the same time, users can click on any model element to access all the original metadata and properties – including information that isn’t specifically called out in the 2D plan, like surface area and volume, manufacturers information, or the type of material involved.

Early customer response to Fieldwire’s BIM viewer has been very positive, with considerable praise for how polished the viewer already is in its initial version. Fieldwire looks forward to continuing to enhance the BIM viewer for its customers, even as the company reflects on what it has already accomplished.

“In the construction world, 3D models have largely been relegated to the trailer or the offices – they weren’t really accessible in the field,” said Lee. “Now, thanks to our partnership with Tech Soft 3D, our customers have this information in their back pocket, alongside their other important project information. That allows them to make more informed decisions while they’re out in the field, and helps us better fulfill our mission of being the world’s most trusted field management solution for construction teams.”

As always, HOOPS Visualize 2020 supports viewing 30 popular CAD formats when used with HOOPS Exchange.

“The expectations for graphics and visualizations grows higher and higher every year, even every month, and this is where we invest so much of our development – ensuring that developers are able to quickly create stunning, high quality graphics for any engineering application on any device,” said Erik Hultgren, product manager of Visualization Solutions at Tech Soft 3D. “We are thrilled to see the success of our partners like Fieldwire, who are able to create highly customized, robust and industry-leading applications using HOOPS technology.”

About HOOPS Platforms

The HOOPS Platforms combine market-leading 3D technologies for CAD data exchange, visualization and data publishing, along with tight connections to popular modeling kernels. With a single licensing fee, these offerings are the most cost-effective way to leverage the full spectrum of HOOPS functionality for both existing applications and future development projects. Developers interested in evaluating HOOPS Platform can sign up for a free 60-day evaluation.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, OR, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide.

For more information, visit www.techsoft3d.com.

Contech Updates Design Your Own Detention System Tool

WEST CHESTER, OH, July 7, 2020 – Contech Engineered Solutions released the latest version of its industry-leading Design Your Own Detention System tool, an online program for designing stormwater detention and infiltration systems constructed with Contech corrugated metal pipe (CMP).  The newest release provides engineers unparalleled flexibility in the layout and configuration of underground detention systems. The free tool is available at www.conteches.com/dyods.

The release includes new functionality previously unavailable in a web-based stormwater design tool:

  • A 2D/3D design environment with high-resolution graphics including BIM model output
  • The ability to design to storage requirement or maximize storage given current footprint options
  • The ability to import a PDF site plan, design a system over a plan, and view the plan overlay in 2D
  • Flexibility to design non-rectangular systems, variable diameter systems, and systems that include both solid and perforated pipe
  • The ability to measure point-to-point and scale your system true to size
  • Instant access to customized, project-specific drawings, and CAD files

There is also an improved project management interface and communication tools to enable better project collaboration and communication with Contech Stormwater Design Engineers.

“Engineers continue to embrace Contech’s online design tools, as evidenced by the sheer volume of designs our tools process each month,” said Rob Chapman, stormwater detention product manager at Contech. “Our goal is to meet this demand by continually adding capabilities to our tools that break new ground and help engineers accelerate the design process. We feel we have done just that in the new release.”

About Contech Engineered Solutions LLC 

As a leading provider of site solution products and services for the civil engineering industry, the Contech portfolio offering includes bridges, drainage, retaining walls, sanitary sewer, stormwater, erosion control, and soil stabilization products. To contact one of Contech’s 50 offices or 300 sales and product professionals nationwide, visit www.ContechES.com.