Category Archives: BIM

Dodge Data Recognized as Approved GSA Contractor

HAMILTON, NJ, Sep 15, 2021 – Dodge Data & Analytics, the leading provider of commercial construction project data, market forecasting, industry insights and workflow integration tools for the construction industry, announced it has been recognized as an approved federal contractor on the GSA Schedule.

What: This inclusion provides federal and local government contractors access to Dodge’s market research and a number of electronic data publications, without going through the lengthy vetting process. The company, which has provided construction starts data for over a century, has unparalleled insight into the national U.S. market and maintains proprietary panels of contractors, as well as designers. As the industry grows more complex, access to this suite of data helps simplify and streamline government construction projects, providing users with increased speed and reliability.

Dodge Data & Analytics has provided data to the federal government for more than 60 years. Their solutions have been utilized by a wide range of divisions such as the Bureau of the Census, the Department of Energy, OSHA, HUD, the Department of Labor, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, GSA and the national labs. Inclusion in the GSA schedule will ensure that Dodge can continue to provide valuable insights and analytics to the United States government at all levels.

When: A list of Dodge Data & Analytics’ market research can be accessed immediately at this GSA advantage link. For any questions or more information, contact Carolyn Aliaga-Clarke at carolyn.aliaga@construction.com, or call 413-471-9517.

Where: Dodge Data & Analytics can be found in the GSA schedule under “Market Research and Analytics,” and through its GSA contract number #47QRAA21D0099, SIN 541910.

​​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.

ODA Seeks Strategic Partners for Scan to BIM

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, June 21, 2021 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), the leading provider of CAD and BIM interoperability solutions, announced the formation of a new Strategic Interoperability Group (SIG) to develop scan to BIM technologies.

Scan to BIM is a process for converting point cloud data generated by 3D laser scanners into parametric 3D BIM models. Applications of scan to BIM include as-built documentation, project additions and renovations, and facility management.

“Laser scanning has become a mainstream technology for digital twins,” said Neil Peterson, ODA president. “But point clouds generated by modern scanners are huge, often terabytes or even petabytes of data, making them difficult to work with. In addition, a BIM model is far more useful in many contexts than simple point cloud data, making it the preferred output for most users.

“The goal of ODA’s new SIG is to develop the industry’s first general-purpose scan to BIM SDK. We’re looking for strategic partners to work collaboratively on this project, companies that are not satisfied with current market offerings, and would like to guide and control the development of an ODA-based solution.

“A single ODA scan to BIM solution, funded and shared by many companies, is a superior development model. An ODA solution is more cost effective than expensive third-party solutions, and the quality will be better with dozens of companies using the same technology in a wide range of applications.”

ODA’s new SIG will develop high-quality, flexible and affordable scan to BIM technology comprised of the following:

  • Conversion of point cloud data into segmented meshes.
  • Identification and removal of interference objects.
  • Classification of segmented mesh models into common architectural objects such as walls, doors, windows, etc.
  • Conversion of classified objects to IFC, Autodesk Revit, and other BIM formats.

“As a non-profit industry partner, ODA is ideally positioned to develop this technology for the long-term benefit of the industry,” continued Mr. Peterson. “Our deep experience with BIM, point clouds, and geometric kernels perfectly complements the requirements for this complex project.”

Availability and Pricing

The new Scan to BIM SIG is open to ODA members of Sustaining and higher membership levels. More information about the new Scan to BIM SIG can be found at opendesign.com/scan-to-bim.

Pricing for the Scan to BIM SIG will be determined by project participants. SIG members will be entitled to unlimited use of the developed software for a fixed annual fee, with source code licensing available.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA develops complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM. Our SDKs provide data access, creation, visualization, web collaboration and publishing for a wide range of engineering file formats. ODA is supported by more than 1200 member companies, including software developers, manufacturers, government entities, AEC firms, major retailers and other organizations spread across every engineering discipline.

Vectorworks Names Leslie Majer Richard Diehl Award Winner

COLUMBIA, MD, June 17, 2021 – Continuing its support for emerging designers, global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. announces Leslie Majer as the Richard Diehl award winner for the fifth Vectorworks Design Scholarship. With over 1,800 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 28 students for 21 projects in the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions.

The winning project titled “Badehaus Breitstrom” was submitted by Majer for her thesis studio project at Bauhaus Universität Weimar and focuses on bathhouses and urban facilities. The project includes a historical reference with a focus on contemporary design, construction methods and sustainability. Majer used Vectorworks for drawings and connected them to Maxon’s Cinema 4D to create renderings.

“Leslie Majer’s project is a true gem,” said Vectorworks product marketing director Rubina Siddiqui. “It showcases very impressive work—not just in the graphics and the thoroughness or the detail, but the space that is created through the juxtaposition of simple and heavy elements to create something so massive and intricate is quite an accomplishment. We congratulate Leslie and all this year’s winners for their creative achievements. We hope the scholarships aid these designers in continuing to elevate and progress the design industry with their contributions.”

“It’s an incredible honor to win this scholarship and to be recognized by a jury of experienced, diverse design professionals,” said Leslie Majer, now graduate architecture student at ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. “In architecture school, we’re very much taught to learn and form our own stance on what’s important more so than the real parameters of construction or what our ideas will actually affect in the real world. It is an amazing feeling that the Vectorworks Design Scholarship gave the project and the topics it incorporates a bigger forum, which reaches beyond the discourse of my own university.”

This year’s winners represented countries from around the globe United States, Dominican Republic, Australia, England, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Japan. Submissions were evaluated based on design quality, concept and originality, the effective use of computer technology, presentation and explanation of design.

Congratulations to all winners:

Architecture Winners

  • “Pliable Display-Ground,” by Han Zhu, Xinyu Chen, and Wanting Zhou, Rice University
  • “Swinburne Station!,” by Shengye Yu, Swinburne University of Technology
  • “The Invisible Castle,” by Henri Kopra, University of Nottingham
  • “Hideout, Self-sufficient Huts in Cambodia,” by Justyna Dmytryk, Wrocław University of Science and Technology
  • “Ziemlich beste Nachbarn – Ein dezentrales Nachbarschaftszentrum,” by Sina Dreßler, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
  • “Badehaus Breitstrom,” Leslie Rahel Majer, ETH; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich
  • “Forest Revolution,” by Wang Jiawen, Tama Art University

Landscape Architecture Winners

  • “Cooling UHI via Parametric Design in Landscape Architecture,” by Chien-Yu Lin, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • “Industrial Complex of an International Company Dedicated to Manufacturing Electronic Devices,” by Solange Lantigua and Lindi Patricia Oviedo Aguilar, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo
  • “Eden Project Productive Garden,” by Joss Paine, Cornwall College, University of Plymouth
  • “The Project of Podwawelski Park in Krakow,” by Łukasz Byś, Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology
  • “Dandelion – Zbrojovka Reloaded,” by Carina Brandl and Amelie Kessler, Technical University of Munich
  • “Fjorde in der Berliner Mitte – Bepflanzungskonzept Innenhöfe Charlie Living,” by Caroline Kemkes, Frauke Weerts, and Christian Lepper, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences
  • “Le Bain Sauvage,” by Elisa Fomasi, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil

Interior Design Winners

  • “Projekt Adaptacji Wnętrza Stodoły na Cele Mieszkalne,” by Martyna Jaworska, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
  • “Unkabut.bar,” by Lukas Riedl, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
  • “In Situ – Ein Marktplatz mit Geschichte,” by Michelle Mosiman and Sara Vergallo, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Entertainment Winners

  • “Subject to Change,” by Mollie Singer, University of Maryland College Park
  • “All We Have Is Time,” by Wei Guo, Victoria College of the Arts
  • “Covid-19 Music Tour,” by Alex Forey, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • “Dzika Kaczka – Teatr Telewizji,” by Maciej Strzałkowski – Rajca, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Visit the Vectorworks Design Scholarship web gallery to view the winning designs, runner-up projects and projects from previous years.

To learn more about Vectorworks academic programs, visit vectorworks.net/education. Students and professors can also download a free individual copy of Vectorworks Designer software at student.myvectorworks.net.

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 Newbury, England and Vancouver, Canada, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group. Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net.

Teledyne Optech Launches CZMIL SuperNova

VAUGHAN, Canada, June 17, 2021 – Teledyne Optech and Teledyne CARIS, both Teledyne Technologies companies and global leaders in advanced lidar sensors and marine mapping software, announce their next generation bathymetric lidar, the CZMIL SuperNova.The CZMIL SuperNova boasts the best depth performance and the highest green laser point density in its class. Introducing SmartSpacing technology for even and efficient point spacing, real-time processing capability for reduced post-processing time and configurable modes for maximizing performance in different water environments, the SuperNova provides a wide range of inputs for climate change modelling and is Ideal for inland water environments, base mapping for coastal zones and shoreline.

To complete the solution, Teledyne CARIS has integrated its BASE Editor software for seamless data processing capacity. Leveraging AI techniques for land/water discrimination and noise classification the CZMIL SuperNova bathymetric solution effectively delivers on marketplace demands for efficiencies in the processing workflow.

CZMIL SuperNova Product Manager Jennifer Aitken explained: “CZMIL SuperNova builds on over 30 years of experience with airborne green laser bathymetry. The ability to configure the system on-the-fly and optimize data collection for local conditions has significant benefit. We are getting plenty of signal at 600 meters altitude and even higher, so our coverage area is increasing without sacrificing depth penetration.”

For more information visit https://www.teledyneoptech.com/en/products/airborne-survey/czmil-supernova/

About Teledyne Optech

Teledyne Optech is a part of the Teledyne Imaging Group and a world leader in high-accuracy lidar 3D survey systems, integrated cameras, and productivity-enhancing workflows. With operations and staff worldwide, Teledyne Optech offers both standalone and fully integrated lidar and camera solutions for airborne mapping, airborne lidar bathymetry, mobile mapping, terrestrial laser scanning, and mine cavity monitoring, as well as space-proven sensors. Teledyne Optech supports its clients with an around-the-clock team, on-site service, and regular efficiency enhancements to the workflow of its integrated systems.

About Teledyne CARIS

Teledyne CARIS is part of the Teledyne Imaging group. For 40 years, Teledyne CARIS has been the leading developer of marine mapping software. They offer a highly effective solution for near real-time processing, robust quality control of sonar data, and the creation and distribution of maps, charts, and digital datasets.

Chalkline Releases VisiSpecs v21.0

PORTLAND, ME, June 17, 2021 – Chalkline has released the v21.0 major upgrade to VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, providing customer requested features including flexible data reporting, collaboration markup tools, advanced BIM model integration and query tools, SpecsIntact UFGS integration, and more.

BIM integration and coordination is finding discrepancies between the specs and the model elements helping to improve product quality and reduce errors and omissions. New VisiSpecs functionality in the coordination process help users to filter and focus on the alerts they need to respond to.  Specifiers not familiar with the modeling tools can now easily access the data and model views directly from the VisiSpecs tools they are familiar with.

Customers have also asked for access to any of the spec data for export to Excel reports. Mockups, pre-installation conferences, submittals, extra materials, QA, testing, and more are now easily exported to Excel with the ability to save and reuse the Template Reports across the company. Outline reporting helps teams focus on the areas of interest and the level of detail needed throughout the design stages.

Collaboration among the team members has been difficult using multiple tool sets, manually comparing the markups to the documents of record, and not being able to store the markups directly within the editing tools. VisiSpecs now enabled specifiers to set the level of restriction desired for collaborators such as read only, track change and comment only, comment only, or full edit rights. The document markup status is easily viewed in the Project Tree with the ability to archive markups as child documents for easy view/retrieval as needed. Project Team members can edit in the Word application they are already familiar with. Adding related documents such as cut-sheets, submittals, and links to other sites are all organized within the VisiSpecs project tree further saving time and improving collaboration.

The VisiSpecs Keynoting applications are integrated with the specs helping firms automate the selection of the keynotes for detailers to use which reduce time and errors in drawings. The advanced keynote assignment through the link console listing all the elements and materials in the model further saves time. VisiSpecs now includes the ability to Zoom to Keynote and Element which opens the views and sheets and automatically zooms so the user can quickly fix and verify the coordination. New keynote editing features also include the automatic reordering of keynotes as insertions are made and drag-and-drop keynote organization features.

VisiSpecs v21.0 also includes the Federal SpecsIntact UFGS integration. Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) are a joint effort of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (HQ AFCEC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The integration enables better design coordination with the model and the specs as well as delivery of the linked project to the client.

All customers under subscription have been updated with VisiSpecs v21.0. Visit www.chalklineinc.com.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecs, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company’s cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members. VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.

For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Chalkline Releases VisiSpecs SpecsIntact Integration

PORTLAND, ME, June 9, 2021 – Chalkline, Inc. released the BIM integration and coordination tool set for Federal SpecsIntact projects utilizing the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS). New functionality developed in VisiSpecs include UFGS Master synchronization tools, SpecsIntact project management tools, and integration and access of the UFGS project specs directly in Autodesk Revit applications. The BIM integration will result in higher quality and coordinated design documents as well as an integrated project delivered to clients.

Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) are a joint effort of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (HQ AFCEC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). UFGS are for use in specifying construction for the military services.

A BIM Subject Matter Expert stated, “VisiSpecs usage within our organization has shown time/labor savings of 4 times over our previous MS Word editing process and supports the wide variety of projects and masters used here.” VisiSpecs integration with Microsoft Word enables easy access to specs and related files, a quick learning curve, support for the widest variety of specs, and the robust and familiar Microsoft Word feature set.

VisiSpecs enables integration of documents with the BIM model without any model changes required facilitating design and construction coordination and ease of data access. The BIM SME added, “Where VisiSpecs really shines is the simple and intuitive linking between our Autodesk Revit content and the required spec sections enabling a more seamless design process. The integration of the model and specs can be shared with the Client for use in review, construction, commissioning, and other processes. Now the coordination between our designers and the spec writers is seamless, they all work out of a unique platform.” Additionally, VisiSpecs provides keynote management, keynote assignment to BIM elements, and verification tools improving design quality while saving coordination time.

The new VisiSpecs SpecsIntact (UFGS) integration enables central storage of all project design specification data directly from Microsoft Word, yet the familiar editing with the SpecsIntact Editor. The automation and coordination of the required UFGS project specs based on the model key links saves time while decreasing errors and omissions. Ease of access to the linked UFGS specs based on the selection of a model element facilitates data access through the visual 3D model. Delivery of the integrated project model and specs enhances the client access, verification, and future build phases.

The VisiSpecs SpecsIntact integration is bundled with VisiSpecs subscriptions without any additional licensing fees.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecs, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company’s cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members. VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.

For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.