Flux.io Selects Siemens’ Parasolid for AEC

siemens-logo-en-2xPLANO, TX, Mar 15, 2017 – Flux.io, Inc. selected Siemens’ Parasolid software as the geometric modeling foundation for Flux software, a cloud-based collaborative platform for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals. Flux needed a geometric modeling kernel that would enable model geometry to be shared, interrogated and manipulated in a browser by all project stakeholders. Parasolid was chosen because of its excellent track record in cloud-based computing, as well as its broad industry adoption:


AEC structures in context using Flux.io. Image courtesy of Flux.io

“The cloud is a compelling asset for Flux users who benefit from neutral, browser-based collaboration and interoperability across dispersed teams, as well as parallel processing that supplements local computing resources,” said Jen Carlile, co-founder and VP of engineering, Flux.io. “Parasolid has a proven track record as a geometric modeling component with reliable functionality and strong performance in the cloud, which is critical to our users’ success. It’s the ideal solution for our needs and the needs of our customers.”

Teams of architects and engineers often use different software tools for their specific tasks, creating data incompatibility issues for the broader project. Time is wasted and data may be corrupted by data translation. Flux eliminates these barriers to productivity by preserving project data integrity – pushing and pulling data seamlessly between different AEC software applications. In addition, Flux provides real-time cloud-based collaboration and visual programming for custom data manipulation, creating more dynamic workflows that keep users and their data synchronized.


AEC interoperability in the Flux flow. Image courtesy of Flux.io

“As a company that champions software interoperability, we license Parasolid to hundreds of other software vendors to give their users access to the world’s leading high-precision 3D modeler, as well as its widely adopted and openly published data format,” says Jim Rusk, chief technology officer, Siemens PLM Software. “Flux.io clearly understands the benefits of interoperability in the AEC domain and we were keen to support their shared vision for empowering cross-project collaboration.”

Parasolid equips Flux users with a common representation of their geometric models in the cloud. These models can be shared among different teams, regardless of their chosen AEC software application and its native file format. Users can host live, interactive reviews in the browser across disciplines, without the need for colleagues to install and learn a specific software tool. Moreover, Flux users can construct, interrogate and manipulate Parasolid geometry in the browser, for example to find the total volume of a building, or to generate a floor plan from a 3D cross section. The resulting data is automatically saved and transferred to each team’s local application, enabling more efficient workflows and seamless data interoperability.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over 15 million licensed seats and more than 140,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter.

For more information on Siemens PLM Software please see www.siemens.com/plm.

For further information please visit Siemens’ Parasolid software.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.

For more information, visit www.siemens.com.

About Flux

Flux was founded in 2012 with the ambitious goal of addressing two challenges facing the global building industry: demand for housing driven by urbanization and achieving sustainability driven by climate change. The Flux cloud-based collaboration service helps architects, engineers, and contractors to quickly exchange data, streamline complex design workflows, and ultimately work better together to meet the urgent need for affordable buildings. Flux is backed by DFJ, Temasek, Surbana Jurong, Far East Organization, South Park Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Borealis Ventures and Obvious Ventures.

To learn more, visit flux.io.

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