Category Archives: BIM

Plexscape Launches Timeviews for AEC

ATHENS, Greece, Nov 12, 2019 – Plexscape, developers of Plex.Earth, one of the most popular tools for AutoCAD for the acceleration of architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects, launched Timeviews, a unique service in the global AEC market, which makes the most up-to-date satellite imagery affordable and easily accessible within AutoCAD.

Following a strategic partnership with Bird.i, a company that combines the latest satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to provide valuable insights, Plex.Earth Timeviews opens up access to very recent satellite imagery from world leading commercial satellite providers – Maxar Technologies/DigitalGlobe, Airbus and Planet – introducing a unique pricing model: any AEC professional can now have unlimited instant access to Timeviews’ premium satellite data for better planning through very affordable monthly or annual Plex.Earth subscriptions.

Until today, the use of commercial satellite imagery came with a high cost, significant delays and the requirement for a certain level of expertise for processing and analyzing the data. Furthermore, free satellite images are often outdated, of low quality, and do not always provide sufficient permissions for commercial use or the creation of derivative work. Drones and ground-based surveys, on the other hand, require on-site presence, inducing delays and team mobilization costs, and are subject to other possible restrictions (not suitable weather, no-drone flying zones etc.).

Plex.Earth Timeviews puts an end to these limitations by democratizing the access to high-quality, up-to-date satellite imagery within AutoCAD, and soon other CAD platforms. By having easy and instant access to premium satellite data, AEC professionals can have the most up-to-date view of their targeted area to better understand their project’s environment, make informed decisions and avoid costly mistakes, from the very beginning of the design process.

Furthermore, Timeviews enables businesses of any size to monitor the progress of their ongoing projects (and those of the competition), see how an area of interest evolves over time, or assess the actual impact of natural disasters on worksites.

“Ten years ago, being a civil engineer myself, I got a taste of the true cost of rework, leading me to develop a tool that directly connected AutoCAD and Google Earth.” said Mr. Lambros Kaliakatsos, founder & CEO of Plexscape. “Now, Plex.Earth is on its 4th generation and our vision remains the same: to eliminate the need for engineers to get on-site for the conceptual planning and preliminary design of their projects. Timeviews, our new premium service, is one step further to this goal, given that it opens up access for the first time to absolutely everyone to the world’s most recent satellite imagery and to the valuable insights they bring.”

About Plexscape

Plexscape is a software company committed to changing the way engineers work on architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects, by developing innovative solutions that bridge the gap between design and the real-world.

Plex.Earth, their flagship product, is the first cloud-based software ever created in the CAD market and one of the most popular tools in the Autodesk App Store.

Their solution, originally released in 2009, is being used by thousands of engineers in over 120 countries worldwide, enabling them to have the complete 3D geographical view of their real-world project sites within minutes, through Google Earth, Bing Maps, other mapping services and leading commercial satellite providers (Maxar Technologies/DigitalGlobe, Airbus and Planet).

For more information on Plex.Earth’s benefits, visit www.plexearth.com.

Trimble Clarity Offered as Web Application

SUNNYVALE, CA, Nov 11, 2019 – Trimble announced that Trimble Clarity is available as a stand-alone Web application that simplifies the visualization and navigation of 3D data. With this major update, Trimble Clarity enables geospatial professionals to view, use and share 3D point cloud data, models and meshes with engineers, architects, city planners and other project stakeholders via a Web browser, which can be viewed on desktop and mobile devices.

The Trimble Clarity Web application provides:

  • 3D Data Sharing
    The ability to easily use and share 3D data with clients or project stakeholders extends the value of rich 3D data, promotes services and generates new revenue streams. Users can generate private or public web links to share project information, providing secure control over access to the data.
  • Support for Industry Standard Data Formats
    Trimble Clarity supports data from Trimble products, such as the Trimble SX10 Scanning Total Station, Trimble TX Series 3D scanners and Trimble MX9 Mobile Mapping System, as well as data from non-Trimble sources, making it useful for any organization that captures 3D data.
  • Seamless Integration with Trimble Workflows
    With the upcoming version of Trimble Business Center office software 5.20, users can publish their 3D data directly into Trimble Clarity, creating a seamless integration and workflow between both platforms.
  • Visual Directory
    By viewing the 3D data as a location-based project, users are able to more quickly understand the context of the data, significantly improving the ease of use compared to traditional folder-based approaches.

“Trimble Clarity enables users to easily share and view rich 3D point clouds without having to transfer, copy or mail large data sets,” said Tim Lemmon, marketing director of Trimble Geospatial. “By leveraging an intuitive, browser-based experience, stakeholders can easily visualize and understand project data, enabling greater collaboration and informed decision making.”

In addition, Trimble Clarity now features:

  • Cloud integration including Trimble Connect, Dropbox and Google Drive so users can easily log in and view data directly from where it is already stored
  • Support for 3D point cloud, imagery and mesh model formats, including: .las/.laz/.e57/.skp/.obj
  • Free use for two projects. Subscription plans are available for organizations that need to view more than two projects.

For more information on Trimble Clarity, visit:  https://clarity.trimble.com. Trimble Business Center version 5.20 is expected to be available in November.

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 and logistics.

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

Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 Available

DÜSSELDORF, Germany, Nov 11, 2019 – Trimble announced that it is now taking orders for the Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 system, a worksite-ready mixed-reality solution that enables workers to visualize 3D data on project sites for easier and more efficient planning, collaboration and reporting.

The announcement was made at A+A 2019, the largest international trade forum for safety, security and health at work.

The new solution is enabled by two central components:

  • Trimble XR10 with HoloLens 2 – a mixed-reality device purpose-built for integration into an industry-standard hardhat for use in safety-controlled environments
  • Trimble Connect for HoloLens – cloud-based software that allows for open and collaborative communication across all stakeholder types, optimized to maximize the benefits of HoloLens 2

Enabling front-line workers in the construction, oil and gas, manufacturing and mining industries, the Trimble XR10 meets international certification standards for impact and electrical protection in most major markets. The device includes all of the new functionality of HoloLens 2, including a flip-up-visor, wider field-of-view and more instinctual interaction enabled by state-of-the-art hand-tracking technology. Providing a true mixed-reality experience, the XR10 enables users to overlay constructible building information models (BIM) and other digital project data onto the physical context of the jobsite. Trimble has taken this approach one step further by incorporating Mobilus’ mobiWAN bone conduction audio headset for a fully immersive experience in the field. The XR10’s ear-free approach of the Mobilus device delivers a layer of digital audio content directly to the inner ear while leaving the ears free to receive audio from the physical world or to be protected by earplugs. With mobiWAN audio output and the HoloLens’ advanced array of microphones, the system is capable of two-way communications and video remote assistance in high-ambient noise environments. The XR10 introduces all of these advanced features to front-line workers without compromising on safety or compatibility with standard safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, or other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Trimble Connect for HoloLens is an application-specific extension to Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform designed to improve the coordination of constructible 3D models and their associated data. The HoloLens extension provides users of the Trimble XR10 with enhanced, actionable collaboration of this same data in the mixed-reality environment. New additions to Trimble Connect for HoloLens include step-by-step guidance for complex tasks and assigning to-do tasks and RFIs to other stakeholders.

“Mixed reality is playing a key role in the digital transformation process by improving the understanding and communication of complex spatial conditions through a truly immersive experience,” said Martin Holmgren, general manager, Field Solutions, Trimble Buildings. “We are excited for this latest integration and expansion of our collaboration with Microsoft that provides field-oriented workflows leveraging constructible 3D models and mixed reality to facilitate daily work tasks.”

Viewing and interacting with digital models in the active work environment assists onsite teams in visualizing the work to be performed and identifying potential issues before they happen. These new additions to the Trimble Buildings’ Constructible portfolio further extend the broad set of solutions Trimble offers for improving quality, productivity and safety throughout the building construction and operations lifecycle.

Availability

The Trimble XR10 for HoloLens 2 will begin shipping in December 2019. Trimble Buildings is accepting orders online and through the Trimble Buildings reseller network. An updated version of Trimble Connect for HoloLens will be available in the Microsoft HoloLens app store on December 2, 2019.

About Trimble Buildings

Trimble Buildings provides the widest breadth of technology solutions for optimizing building design and construction projects, streamlining workplace operations and managing real estate portfolios. Trimble solutions are tailored for each phase of the building lifecycle—from the initial survey to design, construction and operation—and enable stakeholders such as architects, engineers, contractors, building managers and property owners to gain agility and insight. Trimble’s broad portfolio of building construction solutions support the Constructible Process, Trimble’s innovative approach to empowering disparate teams across the construction lifecycle with actionable data that improves productivity and reduces waste.

For more information, visit buildings.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 and logistics.

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

ALLPLAN Appoints Dr. Detlef Schneider as CEO

MUNICH, Germany, Nov 8, 2019 – ALLPLAN, a global provider of building information modeling (BIM) solutions for the AEC industry, has appointed Dr. Detlef Schneider as chief executive officer, with effect from November 1, 2019. He will report to Viktor Várkonyi, chief division officer, Planning & Design Division, and member of the Executive Board at the Nemetschek Group.

“Dr. Detlef Schneider joins ALLPLAN with more than 20 years of experience in the international software industry and with proven strategic competence. His demonstrated passion for solving engineering challenges by means of IT innovations deeply impressed me. I am sure our customers and partners will recognize the same dedication,” said Viktor Várkonyi. “Due to his results-oriented personality and proven track record in previous roles, I am firmly convinced that he will lead ALLPLAN on a steady and sustainable growth path. We look forward to working with him and wish him every success in his new role.”

Prior to ALLPLAN, Dr. Detlef Schneider held several executive roles in the software industry. Most recently, he was chief operating officer at AutoForm, a Swiss-based simulation software provider for the sheet metal forming industry. He also served as senior vice president of EMEA operations and for Altair, an international provider of software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data intelligence. Before taking this role, Dr. Detlef Schneider spent 2.5 years in California, leading key innovations of Altair as senior vice president of software development. He has an Engineering degree and a PhD from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

“I have been very impressed by the ALLPLAN team because I immediately saw their dedication and commitment to serving customers and partners in the AEC industry,” says Dr. Detlef Schneider. “I am looking forward to pushing the boundaries of digitalization to address the challenges of the market and continue to provide excellent BIM solutions for architects and engineers. Therefore, I am very confident that with an extremely knowledgeable and experienced team we will continue the company’s success story by supporting our customers on their digital journey.”

For more information, visit www.allplan.com.

Vectorworks Offers Esri’s ArcGIS Online Services

COLUMBIA, MD, Nov 8, 2019 – Vectorworks, Inc., a global design and BIM software provider and its partner Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, are bringing Esri’s ArcGIS Online services to AEC and landscape professionals, as well as urban planners and urban designers. The solution offers better and quicker access to GIS imagery, data and geometry and the latest technology available in Vectorworks 2020 software, including Vectorworks Architect, Landmark and Designer.

“The process of integrating GIS information with a BIM model became tremendously easier with the ability to incorporate data from Esri ArcGIS Online services early in the design process. Further, the resulting georeferenced files make it easy to collaborate,” said Vectorworks Landscape product marketing manager Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA. “A broad range of AEC and landscape professionals will benefit from the new integration including those planning with architecture firms or delivering government, master planning or campus planning projects. They’ll notice a much more seamless and direct GIS workflow that is a huge time saver.”

With this new solution, designers can utilize access to online mapping and aerial images. This access comes by way of two new Vectorworks tools named Geoimage and Geolocate. With proper geographic coordinates and projection in the Vectorworks file, designers can accurately geolocate their project by simply entering an address. And with a paid ArcGIS Online services plan, customers can access more maps and other imagery directly in Vectorworks.

“I love how Vectorworks often takes a user request to the next level, digging deep into the nature of the request and planning far ahead to meet user needs into the future,” said Anna Arbetter, licensed landscape architect at Futurity, Inc. “As an Esri user, the similarity to the ArcGIS environment makes Vectorworks even more of an asset for us. We use GIS extensively and incorporate it into every project. The streaming imagery service allows us to instantly assess whether our project data has shown up in the right location. The new method for setting the project location at 0,0 means we can use a standardized template that includes sheet viewports without the need to adjust viewports to each particular project location.”

Learn more about the new solutions from Vectorworks by visiting the Vectorworks 2020 website.

About Vectorworks, Inc. 

Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning design and BIM software provider serving the architecture, landscape architecture and entertainment industries in 85 countries. Creating intuitive software since 1985, we’ve become the preeminent software built to manage the entire design process. Globally more than 685,000 users are creating, connecting and influencing the next generation of design with Vectorworks on Mac and Windows. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Newbury and London, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group.

Learn how they empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net.

About Esri

Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence and mapping, offers the most powerful geospatial cloud available, to help customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including 90 of the Fortune 100 companies, all 50 state governments, more than half of all counties (large and small) and 87 of the Forbes Top 100 Colleges in the US, as well as all 15 Executive Departments of the US Government and dozens of independent agencies. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced analytics.

Visit them at esri.com.

CBT Architects Selects Ideate Explorer for Revit Model

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Nov 6, 2019 – Established in 1967 in Boston, MA, CBT Architects is a leading design firm. Its 230 professionals play an important role in a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design. They use Ideate Explorer to keep their Revit models clean and accurate by finding, editing and deleting elements; viewing all elements in a Revit model; and auditing Revit warnings.

“Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.”

CBT uses Ideate Explorer to find and fix problems that could impact model size, sync time and performance in several ways, including to:

  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Sort by workset, note elements in the wrong place and move them
  • Update outdated standards on older models
  • Verify that users adhere to standards
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

William provided a few detailed examples:

  • “We reused a model with thousands of instances of a non-standard pen. With Ideate Explorer, we updated them all at the same time. It would have taken a long time to update them one by one.”
  • “When cleaning up some design options that purged into a model, we found some overlapping mullions. Coupled with some Revit features, we used Ideate Explorer to create a section view, narrow it down, and easily determine which mullions needed to be deleted.”
  • “We binded some information into a model, which means we lost the phasing and workset information. Working with a script we made to assign the phase created or demolished and the worksets the original element lived on, we aligned those things in the model after the fact by selecting that set and changing that property. In one instance, Ideate Explorer told me that I selected 600 elements that were original conditions, but by narrowing the search with Ideate Query, we could see that 173 were actually new construction. We easily fixed it.”

“We are proud to be associated with CBT, an award-winning company that places a high value on creativity, collegiality and social responsiveness,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development, Ideate Software. “It’s rewarding to know that the products we develop help CBT move past persistent Revit challenges to focus on designs that elevate each client’s image and brand.”

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables and elevate design.

GRAITEC Acquires GEOMAP’s Autodesk Business Unit

BRIÈVRES, France, Nov 6, 2019 – GRAITEC, a global leading developer of BIM design and calculation software solutions, and one of the largest Autodesk partners in the world, certified Platinum in Europe and Gold in North America and Russia, announced the acquisition of the GEOMAP GIS AMERICA’s Autodesk business unit. GEOMAP is a major player in the geomatics industry and intelligent information management in North America.

For GRAITEC, this transaction with GEOMAP is very strategic, for the interaction between BIM and GIS is the foundation of smart cities.

Hugo Michaud, general manager at GRAITEC Canada, explains: “In the context of continued population and city growth, discussions of climate change and the importance of sustainable buildings, the construction market is really booming.” He continues: “GRAITEC and GEOMAP will be working together to make sure information flows between GIS and BIM.  Convergence of information between geomatics and design to construction processes is key. This alliance definitely strengthens GRAITEC’s position as a global leader when it comes to BIM solutions. “

As a result of this transaction, all Autodesk day-to-day operations such as information requests, new subscriptions & renewals processing, technical support and training, will be managed by GRAITEC. And this is great news for GEOMAP customers, as they will now have access to a new range of products and high quality value-added services, starting with: GRAITEC Advantage service;  access to online training, PowerPack for Revit when their Revit subscriptions are purchase or renewed through GRAITEC; as well as a range of services, tailored to AEC and manufacturing professionals’ specific needs.

With its continued growth in Quebec and internationally, GRAITEC stands out with its unrivaled expertise in BIM technologies and project workflows. With thousands of BIMUp consulting projects delivered, the company has a global overview of the needs of all stakeholders involved in a construction project: contractors, architects, engineers, general and specialized contractors, component manufacturers, facility managers…

From now on, GEOMAP customers will benefit from one of the largest pools of professional and technical resources, who share their knowledge and expertise with each other daily, while helping customers throughout the five continents. GRAITEC employs over 550 people, including 200 BIM consultants and 100 programmers.

Danick Venne, CEO of GEOMAP says, “This alliance will allow GEOMAP to refocus our team’s efforts on what it does best: providing intelligent information management through M-Files, our company’s content management solution and all our geomatics solutions that support Autodesk and ESRI technology.

He continues: “After analyzing Autodesk partners in Quebec, we concluded that GRAITEC has the best technical team to support our customers on Autodesk products. By choosing GRAITEC, I know that they are in good hands. That said, GEOMAP will continue to work with GRAITEC on a daily basis to ensure the transition of subscription contracts and customer satisfaction. “

Finally, Francis Guillemard, founder and chairman of the Graitec Group concludes: “Graitec is delighted to welcome GEOMAP’s customers and have them benefit from the group’s technologies (e.g. PowerPack for Revit) and services. With the solidification of our Canadian subsidiary, Graitec continues to strengthen its presence in North America and impose itself more as a key player in the BIM industry. “

About GRAITEC

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international group helping construction and manufacturing professionals achieve successfully their digital transformation by providing BIM and Industry 4.0 software and consultancy. Graitec is a developer of high-performance BIM applications as well as an Autodesk Platinum Partner in Europe and Gold Autodesk Partner in North America and Russia.

Operating through 47 offices across 13 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products which help address the most demanding project needs and maximizing productivity, efficiency and performance. GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 100,000 construction professionals worldwide.

For more information, visit www.graitec.com.

About GEOMAP

GEOMAP GIS America specializes in software solutions and services which integrate the innovative concepts of geomatics and IIM (Intelligent Information Management) for Municipalities and Counties, Facilities Management (FM), Transportation and Network Management sectors since 2000. These solutions, implemented in public and private institutions, key accounts and international projects, make it possible to manage information and data related to the assets and content that an organization wishes to manage. This information can then be processed and queried to obtain results in the form of reports, subject-specific maps, dashboards and more. GEOMAP is also a certified developer of Autodesk and ESRI solutions and is an M-Files, Microsoft and Oracle partner and reseller.

GEOMAP has solid expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) process integration. The solutions we implement are based on a powerful information system that drives applications built on the most advanced geospatial and ECM platforms on the market.

For more information, visit www.geomapgis.ca.