Category Archives: BIM

Graitec Opentree 2022 Released for AEC

GRAITEC, a truly international software developer for AEC, has announced that Graitec Opentree 2022 has been released. Graitec Opentree is world-class document management software for Architects, Engineers and companies requiring compliant workflows. Above all, with Graitec Opentree, you will make document management easier and reduce unnecessary manual processes on all your construction projects.

Graitec Opentree 2022 is the first major release under Graitec since the January 2019 acquisition. Taking the history of “Cabinet” we have extended our technology to aid efficient drawing and document management for Architects and Engineers. This release also introduces the new native viewing and mark up tools, further helping our customers to reduce unnecessary software costs.

A familiar interface that is fast, behind your firewall and an essential companion to managing all your work in progress, issued and published deliverables.

Top 5 new functionalities:

  •   Brand new Interface with a Windows 10 look and feel.
  •   Support for AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD, Revit Bentley MicroStation / Connect and MS Office
  •   Native inbuilt Viewer accommodating 30+ file formats and mark up tools.
  •   Seamless upload of files and metadata to SharePoint, BIM 360, Asite, Aconex, Business Collaborator, Viewpoint for Projects & Aspub
  •   Integration with 28 Hands Mail Manager (Email management)

Connect to the Graitec Opentree Web page to know more about this new release.

Gary Edwards, business line director, MANAGE, says: “We are excited to announce the release of Opentree 2022 which builds upon our design to fabrication ethos and gives our customers the ability to manage all their IP from work-in-progress through to published. As the AEC industry strives towards better collaboration and information management, Graitec Opentree is at the forefront of standards helping our customers to improve quality, reduce document control costs and improve bottom line profitability.”

About GRAITEC

Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international group helping construction and manufacturing professionals successfully achieving 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 throughout 48 offices across 13 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products and BIM suites which help address the most demanding projects needs and maximize productivity, efficiency, and performance. With more than 550 employees amongst which there are 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 100,000 construction professionals worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.graitec.com.

ALLPLAN Updates Bimplus

MUNICH, Germany, June 1, 2021 – ALLPLAN, global provider of BIM solutions for the AEC industry, presents an update of its cloud-based data management and collaboration platform Bimplus. The latest release offers a wide range of new and improved functions for handling BIM models, as well as clear document management and the integration of guest viewers which provides a truly digital environment for model collaboration.

A viewer is provided with access to the BIM Explorer component that provides visibility of the model itself. Copyright: ALLPLAN

“Having all the information right at your fingertips within the model, while retaining an overview in Bimplus, significantly improves response to issues. There is no longer a need to search for an email or document that lists what needs changing, as everyone can view the progress of each activity in the issue manager. It is all about working smarter. Once again, we are delighted to bring the latest cloud technology to our clients,” says Nigel Rees, product director cloud services at ALLPLAN.

Bimplus offers the following new benefits:

New and improved measuring toolkit

Providing a wide set of measurement tools within Bimplus provides a truly digital environment for model collaboration that allows accuracy checks and the ability to push any errors back to project teams prior to construction. In the post construction phase these tools can also be used in conjunction with the issue manager to develop punch lists for review and action. Simple toolsets such as this can have a positive environmental effect – the more one can do and store on a digital platform then the less drawings that need to be printed out.

Providing a wide set of measurement tools within Bimplus provides a truly digital environment for model collaboration. Copyright: ALLPLAN

Improved interaction and association of documents

Enhancing the document management tools within Bimplus means that project partners are able to effectively store and associate documentation with the model itself. The versioning for documents is now part of the approvals process which means that documents living within the project can now be part of the change management process.

BIM Explorer enhancements

The performance of the BIM Explorer has been improved with the latest update resulting in the reduction of data size stored internally and quicker presentation times of the model itself. As well as this it has allowed the improvement of the rendering of models with the inclusion of an Ambient Occlusion function – this sharpens up the scene and provides some shading functionality to present a more realistic feel to the model.

Bimplus Guest Viewers

Bimplus now contains the ability for team admins to invite guest viewers into the projects to allow more accessibility and visibility. A guest viewer is someone that is able to see data within a project they have been given permission to view. A viewer is provided with access to the BIM Explorer component and visibility of the model itself, the issues and the documentation. Providing guest viewers within Bimplus offers a wider footprint for collaboration.

More information: www.bimplus.net

About ALLPLAN

ALLPLAN is a global developer of open solutions for building information modeling (BIM). For more than 50 years ALLPLAN has pioneered the digitalization of the construction industry. Always focused on the clients we provide innovative tools to design, construct and manage projects – inspiring users to realize their visions. ALLPLAN solutions are being used by over 240,000 architects, engineers, contractors and facilities managers in 20 languages. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, ALLPLAN is part of the Nemetschek Group. Around the world, over 400 dedicated employees continue to write the ALLPLAN success story.

For more information, visit www.allplan.com.

About Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group is a pioneer for digital transformation in the AEC/O industry. With its intelligent software solutions, it covers the entire lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects and guides its customers into the future of digitalization. As one of the leading corporate groups worldwide, the Nemetschek Group increases quality in the building process and improves the digital workflow of all those involved in the building process. This makes it possible to design, build and manage buildings with greater efficiency, sustainability and environmental compatibility in terms of resources. The focus is on the use of open standards (OPEN BIM). The portfolio also includes digital solutions for visualization, 3D modeling and animation. The innovative products of the 15 brands of the Nemetschek Group in the four customer-oriented segments are used by approximately six million users worldwide. Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963, the Nemetschek Group today employs more than 3,000 experts.

Inertia’s ICD Available Thru Procore’s Embedded Experience

CHULA VISTA, CA, May 28, 2021 – Inertia Systems, a location-driven construction management software, is today announcing an integration with Procore, a leading provider of construction management software, that will make Inertia’s Intelligent Construction Drawings (ICD) technology available through Procore’s Embedded Experience. The integration will enable construction teams to leverage proactive, data-driven, and connected ICDs on the jobsite.

The adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology has surged in recent years, offering jobsite teams improved collaboration, reduced risks, and more efficient building overall. Leveraging BIM data, Inertia’s ICD technology provides a 2D visual-first approach to jobsite management and collaboration. Generated automatically, ICD sheets created in the Inertia Embedded App allow field data to be instantly attached to the corresponding physical location on a project map. If the BIM designs change, the project maps and ICDs are also updated automatically.

“Projects succeed or fail based on the quality they deliver on the first attempt. Field data and lessons learned have become the most valuable data to leverage in construction organizations,” said Matthew Hudelson, CEO of Inertia. “Our integration with Procore offers the best of both worlds for our customers, who will now be able to combine data and insights to drive real–time action in the field. As we expand on this partnership, our goal will continue to be focused on both reducing friction in the field and automating manual processes faster, without adding additional steps for our customers.”

The integration between Inertia and Procore allows users to integrate ICDs into new and existing projects, transforming the way that teams can use construction drawings. The availability of the integration also creates new data solutions for Procore users to help field teams deliver more effective experiences on the jobsite. The Inertia Embedded App will improve collaboration, quality, and productivity by putting 3D data in the hands of entire project teams through 2D construction sheets. Inertia’s integration with Procore helps improve project collaboration and data collection by providing easy access to valuable BIM data in a lightweight format.

“3D models provide a central location for critical project information, and Procore is focused on making BIM accessible to everyone in construction. Integrating Inertia’s Intelligent Construction Drawings through their Embedded App will provide a seamless and simple way for all teams to access data from the model,” said Brian Smith, business development manager at Procore.

“Being able to easily access our BIM data and to generate location-connected records from the field will help mitigate jobsite mistakes and improve our overall productivity,” said Robert Pleasants, BIM/VDC manager at Satterfield & Pontikes Construction. “It’s incredibly valuable for our teams to have the ability to dig into jobsite properties and update specific locations as projects progress. We’re looking forward to future developments from Procore and Inertia together.”

With a robust product roadmap slated for the remainder of 2021 and beyond, Inertia will continue developing future enhancements and integration benefits for customers aimed at driving jobsite efficiencies and field productivity, standardizing data collection for business intelligence, improving construction collaboration, and more.

For more information about the Inertia Embedded App visit the Procore App Marketplace and Inertia website.

About Inertia Systems

Inertia is a location-driven construction management platform that fosters seamless communication throughout complex projects, connecting construction teams from field to office on a visual and location centric platform. Built for the biggest pain points of the construction process, Inertia offers solutions for project management, quality management, performance management, and compliance management. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in southern California, Inertia is led by experienced technology founders and executives, and aims to empower frictionless construction, and inspire innovation on every jobsite around the world.

For more information, visit www.inertiasystems.com.

Vectorworks Announces Regional Design Scholarship Winners

COLUMBIA, MD, May 19, 2021 – Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks, Inc. is proud to recognize the future of design in announcing this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship regional winners. Twelve talented designers were selected for their projects out of over 1,800 submissions by graduate and undergraduate students in major disciplines related to the architecture, landscape architecture, entertainment and interior design fields.

The winners were selected by an international panel of design, academic and media professionals. Submissions were evaluated based on design quality, concept and originality, the effective use of computer technology, presentation and explanation of design.

“Because of the pandemic and how it has modified people’s working patterns, the judging panel took the opportunity to get together on Zoom, and that enabled us to discuss the most technologically impressive or interesting entries,” said CAD User Editor David Chadwick, a member of this year’s judging panel. “Most of the entries are of high technical quality, have been produced after intensive research or exhibit some exhilarating creativity. Like previous years, one of the most striking things about the entrants was their diversity of origin.”

This year’s winners represented countries from across the globe including Australia, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Here are the 2021 winners:

Architecture Winners:

  • “Swinburne Station!” by Shengye Yu, Swinburne University of Technology
  • “The Invisible Castle” by Henri Kopra, University of Nottingham
  • “Pliable Display-Ground” by Han Zhu, Xinyu Chen and Wanting Zhou, Rice University

Landscape Winners:

  • “Complejo Industrial de Empresa Internacional Dedicada a la Manufactura de Dispositivos Electrónicos” by Solange Lantigua and Lindi Patricia Oviedo Aguilar, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
  • “Cooling UHI via Parametric Design in Landscape Architecture” by Chein-Yu Lin, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • “Eden Project Productive Garden” by Joss Paine, Cornwall College, University of Plymouth

Entertainment Winners:

  • “All We Have Is Time” by Wei Guo, Victorian College of the Arts
  • “Subject to Change” by Mollie Singer, University of Maryland, College Park
  • “COVID-19 Music Tour” by Alex Forey, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

“This year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship winners are a true representation of the bright future of design,” said Vectorworks Marketing Programs Director Alice Lowy. “We continue to be incredibly impressed by the projects submitted each year and we congratulate all winners for their creative accomplishments.”

All regional winners received the equivalent of $3,000 USD in local currency, free Vectorworks educational software licenses for their schools and complimentary virtual workshop training. In addition, all scholarship winners have advanced to compete for the Richard Diehl Award, a global award providing an additional prize package including $7,000 USD, professional networking opportunities and media exposure. The Richard Diehl Award winner will be announced on June 16, 2021.

To learn more about Vectorworks academic programs, visit vectorworks.net/education. Students 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 they empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at vectorworks.net.