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TestFit Announces Generative Design for Building Optimization

DALLAS, TX, June 27, 2024 – TestFit, the leading real estate development feasibility platform, announced the launch of Generative Design, revolutionizing building optimization through computational artificial intelligence (AI), available this July.

TestFit has been at the forefront of building optimization since the company’s first line of code was written in 2016. TestFit Site Solver, one of the most powerful computational AI co-creation tools today, allows users to generate site plans instantly with real-time insights into design, cost, and constructability.

Generative Design is the next step forward for TestFit, allowing AI to test site solutions, on its own, based on specific project requirements.

Clifton Harness, CEO and co-founder of TestFit, underscores the significance: “Real estate development is innately bespoke. Every piece of land is unique, requiring every building to be a prototype. While experience and local knowledge can be applied to decision-making, with Generative Design, a machine can test every possible configuration, inclusive of what we would never even think to try.”

Traditionally, generative design requires a deep expertise in complex computational algorithms. But with TestFit Generative Design, users can easily define the targets they need with filters like floor area ratio (FAR), parking ratio, and yield on cost, to find the best option for their specific needs.

“TestFit Generative Design begins your project with a goal, allowing you to start with an optimized site plan. We believe this approach enhances both productivity and creativity,” continues Harness.

Generative Design is the first of its kind for architecture, especially for commodity buildings. Most current generative design software caters to smaller-scale production like manufacturing and industrial design. TestFit Generative Design is different and works for sites of all scales from multi-family development to industrial buildings.

“We’re providing users with the ability to explore a multitude of design possibilities in a fraction of the time it would take using traditional methods,” Laura Paciano, SVP of Growth at TestFit elaborates. “In an era of land scarcity and escalating housing demand, Generative Design promises better and more efficient use for every site.”

TestFit continues to lead the charge in advancing the innovation of AI and real estate feasibility, offering a building optimization tool that helps reinvent the development process.

Generative Design will be available in July. Join the waitlist.

About TestFit

TestFit is the leading real estate feasibility platform for developers, architects, and contractors to realize the full potential of land through trusted automation. Over 650 deals are evaluated every week on the TestFit platform. Their real-time AI optimizes for the best design solutions with insights into design, cost, and constructability so the deal team can save time on site planning, reduce risk on acquiring deals, and increase site potential. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, TestFit is made up of a remote team of industry professionals around the world.

For more information, visit www.testfit.io.

Hexagon Acquires Voyansi for BIM

Hexagon, the global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies, announced the acquisition of Voyansi, an AECO (architecture, engineering, construction and operations) focused provider of BIM (building information modelling) and VDC (virtual design and construction) solutions, reality capture services and BIM workflow software development.

Voyansi’s services are used to digitise all asset types, including data centres, hospitals, industrial facilities and shopping centres, across the design, build and operate phases of their lifecycles. Their solutions complement Hexagon’s leadership in reality capture and AECO solutions, by adding BIM support to enable advanced 3D modelling and improve data accuracy.

This acquisition builds on our strategy within Hexagon’s Geosystems division to accelerate the digitisation of the construction industry,” said Paolo Guglielmini, president and CEO, Hexagon. “The addition of Voyansi to our advanced portfolio of AECO solutions will help our customers further enhance sustainability, efficiency and collaboration during construction and enhance their effectiveness in operating and maintaining assets”.

In 2023, Voyansi generated revenues of around €14m, with a ly growing recurring revenue base, and has operating margins similar to the Geosystems division. Voyansi employs approximately 300 people across Argentina, the United States and Spain and will be fully consolidated in June.

About Hexagon

Hexagon is the global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies. They are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications.

Hexagon has approximately 24,500 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.4bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

Planera Launches Full-Stack Construction Planning Tool

SAN JOSE, CA, June 19, 2024 – Planera, a construction CPM scheduling and planning solution, launched the industry’s first full-stack construction planning tool that integrates master and working schedules, unifying the ability to manage high-level planning (Level 1 – Level 3) with detailed planning (Levels 4 and 5). The new solution provides teams the ability to create a working schedule in seconds, real-time visibility on progress, a single source of truth, and a powerful user-friendly dashboard allowing for seamless team collaboration.

Planera’s Working Schedule addresses a critical information gap within the construction industry’s existing approach to scheduling. Until now, master and working schedules have been isolated in completely separate software, forcing contractors to manage them manually and separately. Because of this lack of integration, companies have faced unnecessary obstacles including delays and decreased profitability. Planera’s Working Schedule solution unifies these two, formerly siloed processes, allowing construction teams to manage everything in one platform for the first time.

“The way construction scheduling has been managed is not just inefficient– it is broken,” said Nitin Bhandari, CEO and co-founder of Planera. “Both master and working schedules are integral elements to a successful project, and it is absolutely necessary to have visibility around both, as well as the ability to manage them together, without extensive manual effort. Planera’s Working Schedule provides the ability for both portions of project scheduling to be created and managed in one platform, establishing an automatic link between the two and mitigating the biggest issue faced by the industry which is high latency in information flow.”

This newly launched product connects two major elements of construction projects: master schedules, which lay out an ideal plan of how contractors want things to happen, and working schedules, which track how the project is actually progressing. While legacy systems create master schedules, the working schedule is often tracked and edited in spreadsheets or other programs that do not integrate with the tools used to develop the master schedule. As a result, in order to manage both schedules simultaneously, construction teams have to constantly switch between programs and exert manual effort to log, track, and compare changes and updates to the working schedule with the original master schedule.

“Planera’s Working Schedule is exactly the tool we’ve been searching for to integrate our high-level schedule with our day-to-day operations,” said Sam Stone, innovation leader at Stacy Witbeck. “It finally bridges the gap between the scheduler’s CPM schedule and the actual work happening in the field, eliminating disconnects between the theoretical schedule and reality. With the Working Schedule, construction teams can now align their look-ahead planning with the master CPM schedule.”

“Planera’s Working Schedule is a game changer for construction planning and scheduling,” said James Pease, Lean IPD expert with UCSF Health. “Never before have contractors been able to seamlessly integrate the two major types of schedules. This saves time, money, and effort for teams who no longer have to switch between different project management software or spreadsheets to ensure a project is on track for timely completion with all of the manpower and resources necessary.”

For more information on Planera’s Working Schedule, please visit https://www.planera.io/working-schedule.

About Planera

At Planera, we believe that when all project stakeholders collaborate to create a high-quality schedule and plan, that results in better team alignment leading to higher margins and better workplace safety. Planera is a full CPM-based scheduling and planning platform for the construction industry. With an innovative 3D whiteboard, Planera enables all stakeholders to create, review, and optimize schedules. Planera addresses scheduling needs in all three phases: pursuit, pre-construction, and project execution. Advanced features like built-in schedule quality audit and Monte Carlo risk simulation set Planera apart from other legacy CPM scheduling software.

BENO Holding Selects Nemetschek’s dTwin

MUNICH, Germany, June 17, 2024 – The industrial real estate manager and developer BENO Holding AG has opted for dTwin from Nemetschek. dTwin is the innovative platform for networked and visual intelligence and visual analytics for buildings. The solution bridges the gap between planning, construction and operation and enables building managers to make better, data-driven decisions. The aim of BENO is to create digital twins of all existing buildings in the portfolio and thus to take their management to a new level.

Part of the BENO Holding portfolio: MS Ultraschall Technologie GmbH in Spaichingen, Germany

BENO Holding AG, based in Munich, owns, manages and rents out light industrial real estate throughout Germany. These are warehouse and logistics properties that contain additional space for production or offices. BENO’s aim is to maintain existing buildings and transform them to meet the needs of their tenants. Most of the buildings in BENO’s portfolio were built before the year 2000, so the data situation is correspondingly very analog. “Due to the age of our buildings, it is often difficult to determine certain parameters. However, these are absolutely essential for conversions or new lettings,” says Michael Bussmann, CEO of BENO Holding AG.

The use of dTwin enables BENO Holding to create complete digital twins. In addition to the digitalization of all building information, this brings a wide range of economic and ecological benefits such as virtual tours, more efficient planning and execution of conversions, improved data analysis, for example in fire protection, optimized resource management and simpler maintenance and servicing.

“We see ourselves as a pioneer in the digitalization of operational real estate and are constantly working to improve collaborative processes. This saves us time and, in particular, reduces CO2 emissions. This is where dTwin fits perfectly into our corporate philosophy. We are convinced that dTwin will help us to further drive forward the transformation of our buildings and take building management to a new level. This will benefit everyone involved, especially our tenants,” says Michael Bussmann.

In dTwin, all existing models of a building can be collected and visualized on a single platform and supplemented with laser scans and panoramic photos. This creates walk-through models in which the condition of a building can be called up at any time using real-time data from IoT sensors. The digital twin can thus be used for virtual inspections or the optimization of energy management, for example.

“We are delighted that BENO has decided to use dTwin. Michael Bussmann and his team have a clear idea of what they expect from a Digital Twin and have worked with us to create the best possible setup. Since every building is different and every operator has different needs, it was important for us to define dTwin optimally for the requirements of the BENO Group and to set it up in such a way that it can be easily adapted to different scenarios,” says César Flores Rodríguez, chief division officer planning & design and digital twin at the Nemetschek Group. “The cooperation with BENO shows that we have succeeded in this. We are also gaining valuable insights into the further development of dTwin in order to increase its benefits even further. We are convinced that everyone involved will benefit from this close cooperation.”

About the Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group is a globally leading provider of software for digital transformation in the AEC/O and media industries. Its intelligent software solutions cover the entire life cycle of construction and infrastructure projects and allow creatives to optimize their workflows. Customers can plan, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently and sustainably, and develop digital content such as visualizations, films, and computer games in a creative way. The software company drives new technologies and approaches such as artificial intelligence, digital twins, and open standards (OPEN BIM) in the AEC/O industries to increase productivity and sustainability. We are continuously expanding our portfolio, including through investments in disruptive start-ups. More than 7 million users are currently designing the world with the customer-focused solutions of our four segments. Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963, the Nemetschek Group today employs more than 3,400 experts.

The company, which has been listed in the MDAX and TecDAX since 1999, achieved a revenue of EUR 851.6 million and an EBITDA of EUR 257.7 million in 2023.

For more information, visit website.

Nemetschek Appoints Dr. Rebecca Koch as Chief People Officer

MUNICH, Germany, June 17, 2024 – The Nemetschek Group announced that Dr. Rebecca Koch has been appointed as its chief people officer, joining the organization as of September 1, 2024. In this role, she will be responsible for further evolving the Group’s global people organization strategy and operations with a particular focus on culture, leadership, collaboration and sustainable business growth. With more than 15 years of experience in international business and HR leadership roles, she brings in a holistic perspective on people and business challenges such as digitalization, transformation and M&A.

Rebecca Koch joins the Nemetschek Group with broad experience in HR, business and consulting roles. In her last position at DB Schenker, she was chief people officer Europe and was looking after around 45,000 employees. Her extensive experience also includes several HR leadership roles at the US medical technology company Becton Dickinson, where she was most recently responsible for Talent & Culture in the Greater Asia region, based in Singapore. She started her career at Bain & Company and recently completed the International Directors Program at INSEAD.

In recognition of her achievements, Rebecca Koch was named one of the Top 40 Thought Leaders in HR in Germany by “Personalmagazin” in 2023, among others. She has also been a member of “Generation CEO e.V.” since 2018. As an advocate for responsible entrepreneurship and future skills development, she also serves on the advisory board of Startup Teens, Germany’s largest digital education platform for entrepreneurship and coding.

“We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Koch to the Nemetschek Group. She is a passionate people leader with a strong business acumen and the drive to take people and organizations worldwide to the next level,” says Yves Padrines, CEO of the Nemetschek Group. “I am looking forward to shaping our Group and our culture with her.”

“I am fascinated by Nemetschek’s growth ambitions and its vision of becoming an ethically responsible, AI-driven company,” says Dr. Rebecca Koch, designated chief people officer of the Nemetschek Group. “Nemetschek’s core business represents exactly the topics which I stand for as a leader: Digitalization, sustainability and finding solutions for today’s staff shortage.”

About the Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group is a globally leading provider of software for digital transformation in the AEC/O and media industries. Its intelligent software solutions cover the entire life cycle of construction and infrastructure projects and allow creatives to optimize their workflows. Customers can plan, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently and sustainably, and develop digital content such as visualizations, films, and computer games in a creative way. The software company drives new technologies and approaches such as artificial intelligence, digital twins, and open standards (OPEN BIM) in the AEC/O industries to increase productivity and sustainability. We are continuously expanding our portfolio, including through investments in disruptive start-ups. More than 7 million users are currently designing the world with the customer-focused solutions of our four segments. Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963, the Nemetschek Group today employs more than 3,400 experts.

The company, which has been listed in the MDAX and TecDAX since 1999, achieved a revenue of EUR 851.6 million and an EBITDA of EUR 257.7 million in 2023.

For more information, visit website.

TraceAir, PermitFlow Partner for Construction

SEATTLE, WA, June 14, 2024 – TraceAir, a leading provider of site intelligence software for homebuilders and land developers, today announced a strategic partnership with PermitFlow, a leading construction permit application and management software for builders and owners. This collaboration will transform the homebuilding and residential construction industries by streamlining workflows and simplifying the regulatory navigation process.

The TraceAir and PermitFlow partnership will address critical pain points in the construction industry. TraceAir’s customers can access PermitFlow’s innovative permit management solutions, making it easier to comply with complex regulations. Similarly, PermitFlow’s users will benefit from TraceAir’s advanced land development tools, enabling more efficient project planning and budget management.

“We are excited to partner with PermitFlow to offer our clients a comprehensive solution that addresses their needs throughout the entire construction lifecycle,” said Maria Khokhlova, co-founder of TraceAir. “Together, we are committed to empowering builders and contractors with the tools they need to succeed in today’s competitive market.”

The partnership marks a significant milestone in the effort to enhance efficiency and productivity in the homebuilding and residential construction sectors. TraceAir and PermitFlow are well-positioned to lead a new era in construction project management by leveraging each other’s technologies and expertise.

“This partnership with TraceAir represents a pivotal moment for the construction industry,” added Francis Thumpasery, co-founder and CEO of PermitFlow. “By partnering with TraceAir, we are setting a new standard for efficiency and reliability in project execution. We believe our combined efforts will make a substantial difference in managing construction projects, paving the way for a smoother, more streamlined process that benefits all stakeholders.”

The strategic partnership between TraceAir and PermitFlow exemplifies their shared commitment to innovation and their dedication to improving the construction industry.

About TraceAir

TraceAir is the premier provider of construction site analysis and management solutions, revolutionizing the modern approach to land development and homebuilding. TraceAir’s platform captures valuable 3D project data and empowers construction teams by significantly saving time and reducing the risk of costly errors and delays. TraceAir’s diverse team of technology enthusiasts, engineers, drone pilots, project managers, and software developers is driven by a passion for construction and a commitment to advancing the success of clients across the globe.

For more information, visit www.traceair.net.

About PermitFlow

PermitFlow is the first construction permit application and management platform for builders and owners. Founded in 2021 by Samuel Lam and Francis Thumpasery, they are on a mission to streamline and simplify construction permitting in the United States, unlocking more value in the $1.6 trillion construction market. Their software reduces time to permit while standardizing municipalities’ building permit submittal process in a single platform. They support permitting end-to-end including permit research, application preparation, submission, and monitoring. With their nationwide coverage and deep, local municipal expertise, PermitFlow helps builders permit whether in a single municipality or across multiple states.

For more information, visit PermitFlow.com.

Redwood Timbers Wins Architizer A+Product Awards Popular Choice

SANTA ROSA, CA, June 13, 2024 – Humboldt Sawmill Company is pleased to announce that Redwood Timbers & Uppers has been selected as the 2024 Architizer A+Product Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Positive Impact category. Architizer A+Product Jury and Popular Choice Winners were announced on June 3, 2024.

“This is an exciting recognition for Redwood Timbers & Uppers and especially meaningful coming from the architectural community,” states Jessica Hewitt, director, marketing for Humboldt Sawmill Company.

Humboldt Sawmill Company is pleased to announce that Redwood Timbers & Uppers has been selected as the 2024 Architizer A+Product Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Positive Impact category.

Redwood Timbers & Uppers exemplify positive impact in a few ways. Sourced from nearly 450,000 acres of responsibly managed timberlands in Northern California, Redwood Timbers & Uppers is certified to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC C013133).

Additionally, USDA Forest Service researchers have found that Redwood lumber stores about 12 times the total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) released during cradle-to-gate product manufacturing. This means that Redwood stores more carbon than is emitted during manufacturing. Lastly, the Redwood industry supports hundreds of workers and their families in rural communities of the Western USA.

Humboldt Sawmill Company provides complete architectural specification resources including CSI 3-part and Canadian CSC formatted specification, BIM objects, CAD drawings, product catalogs, and LEED credit information. The company also offers three American Institute of Architects (AIA) LU/HSW accredited CEU courses accepted by more than 25 associations for their respective continuing education requirements.

About Architizer

Architizer’s core mission is to Empower Architects by connecting designers with building product manufacturers, and via inspiring content, awards programs, competitions, and global reach spotlighting the world’s best architecture. Architizer connects architects with the tools they need to build better buildings, better cities, and a better world.

About the Awards

Architects and designers know it takes spectacular products and materials to make their designs a reality. The A+Product Awards honors the elements behind the globe’s most inspiring contemporary buildings — as chosen by the architects and design professionals that specify them every day. The A+Product Awards presents a unique chance to get building products and materials in front of the AEC industry’s most renowned designers.

About the Mendocino Companies

The Mendocino Companies include Allweather Wood, Humboldt Redwood Company, Humboldt Sawmill Company, Mendocino Forest Products, Mendocino Redwood Company.

In aggregate Mendocino Companies owns nearly 450,000 acres of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC C013133) certificated timberland, constitutes the largest waterborne wood treater in the Western USA, and is the largest producer of redwood lumber in the world. Collectively providing over 900 employees and their families with excellent wages and benefits in rural communities of the Western USA. Additionally, Mendocino Companies owns and operates a 25-megaWatt biomass cogeneration power plant and wood pellet plant, both in California.

For more information, please visit https://www.mendoco.com/welcome.

MagiCAD 2025 Released for Revit, AutoCAD, BricsCAD

TURKU, Finland, June 12, 2024 – MagiCAD Group has released MagiCAD 2025 for Revit, AutoCAD, and BricsCAD. The new version offers new and improved features and support for the latest technologies used in Autodesk platforms.

MagiCAD 2025, the latest version of the leading MEP design software, brings another set of new and improved features for MEP designers.

Among the highlights in MagiCAD 2025 is calculation of dry sprinkler systems on all supported platforms, enabling design of sprinkler systems which are partly exposed to colder conditions.. Additionally, Revit users will benefit from easier space creation when starting a project, a handy component sizing feature for piping systems, and the possibility to add system classification codes for electrical systems. For AutoCAD and BricsCAD users, the new version enables the import of lighting designs from DIALux evo, and provides improved functions for busbar trunking and bus system handling.

MagiCAD 2025 also introduces an improved automatic underfloor heating layout function in AutoCAD and BricsCAD. This provides designers a first concrete example of the potential benefits of machine learning in MEP design. The feature takes into account different room shapes, cold walls, and possible obstacles and proposes optimized layout solutions.

MagiCAD 2025 has been updated to support the latest .NET technology that is in use in design platforms.

About MagiCAD Group

MagiCAD Group is a global software provider with the mission to help engineering, manufacturing and construction companies create better buildings for people and the planet. Their software and solutions are used by thousands of companies in over 180 countries, including WSP, Ramboll, AECOM, Arup, SKANSKA, Grohe, Lindab, Schneider Electric, and Aquatherm.

With over 40 years of experience in MEP, their team of passionate software professionals continues to provide customers with intelligent solutions that make engineering design and construction management work easier, faster and more profitable.

MagiCAD Group is a part of Glodon Company Ltd.

For more information, visit website.

Microsol Resources Partners with Egnyte

NEW YORK, NY, June 12, 2024 – Microsol Resources Corp., a recognized leader in building information modeling (BIM) technology solutions and a leading Autodesk Gold Partner serving the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Egnyte to its growing association of technology partners.

Business Risks of Uncontrolled Data Growth and How Egnyte Helps

As a leader in BIM technology solutions and an Autodesk Gold Partner, Microsol Resources is always looking for ways to better serve the AEC industries. Partnering with Egnyte allows to bring advanced cloud-based collaboration, security, and data governance solutions to our clients.

Egnyte transforms where and how companies work with their content. Combining many different software categories into one unified platform gives IT the visibility and control they require while also empowering knowledge workers with the intelligence, automation, and flexibility they crave.

The new partnership draws on the distinct strengths of each company 

Microsol Resources’ ability to help our clients address customers’ content collaboration, security, and compliance requirements all at once, and Egnyte’s ability to enable AEC firms to improve file access, security, and management to save time and boost productivity.

“We’re excited to partner with Egnyte, a top provider of cloud-based collaboration and data governance solutions,” said Emilio Krausz, president of Microsol Resources. “Egnyte’s platform streamlines document management enhances collaboration, and ensures data security for our AEC clients. By integrating Egnyte into our portfolio, we offer a comprehensive solution tailored to industry needs, driving productivity and success.”

“Partnering with Microsol Resources presents a great opportunity to enable seamless integration of Egnyte’s advanced solutions into the workflows of architects, engineers, and construction firms. This partnership reflects our commitment to enhancing collaboration, security, and data governance capabilities with a modern cloud-based all-in-one solution for their clients across all AEC sectors,” said Kevin Soohoo, senior director of architecture, engineering, and construction at Egnyte.

This latest partnership reinforces Microsol Resources’ dedication to matching business needs with products and support. This is one of many reasons the company has received numerous recent accolades and exceptional customer satisfaction rankings.

For more information, visit website.

cove.tool Unveils Vitras.ai

ATLANTA, GA, June 7, 2024 – cove.tool, a leader in AI-powered sustainability and architecture consulting, introduces Vitras.ai. This innovative online platform leverages artificial intelligence to transform architectural and design workflows. Slated to launch later in June, Vitras.ai offers AI-powered modules that automate essential tasks such as zoning studies, cost estimating, energy benchmarking, and climate analysis. By streamlining complex and time-consuming processes and providing deep, data-driven insights, Vitras.ai enhances efficiency and precision, optimizing architectural project management and decision-making.

“This is the first of its kind AI platform designed specifically for the unique demands of architects,” said Patrick Chopson, co-founder and chief product officer at cove.tool. “We want architects to spend their time designing buildings, not pulling data and making them into reports. Our platform enables users to go from an initial thought to a client-ready report in minutes. The AI-guided chat function allows architects to think through exactly what they need for their unique project, and the platform will find a workflow that best fits their detailed request.”

Vitras.ai leverages cove.tool’s proprietary AI infrastructure and the latest open-source technology, ensuring that the platform not only meets but exceeds the modern architect’s needs. Its analyses are powered by cove.tool’s trusted simulation and analytics engine, used by thousands of architects worldwide. Furthermore, the internal research team continuously updates the platform to ensure the materials, climate, and benchmarking databases remain accurate and up to date.

“Launching Vitras.ai aligns with our vision of integrating advanced AI into everyday architectural activities to simplify complex tasks and democratize access to advanced design tools,” said Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder and chief executive officer at cove.tool. “It reflects our commitment to innovation, reliability and transparency, providing architects with clear, science-based solutions to transform building design.”

Optimizing Workflows for Architectural Firms of All Sizes

According to the latest data from The American Institute of Architects, 75% of architecture firms have fewer than ten employees. Meanwhile, 6.5% have 50 or more employees. For firms of all sizes, repetitive, data-intensive manual processes can take up most of the work week, meaning architectural employees have less time to focus on design and innovation for their projects. For the average firm, this can significantly impact productivity and creativity as a limited number of people are doing more work with added complexity.

Understanding these obstacles, cove.tool set out to optimize workflows with its new AI-powered platform. Vitras.ai helps automate manual processes, significantly reducing time spent on performing analyses so that architects can prioritize other project-critical tasks. It is built to be dependable and produce consistent and repeatable results that architects can trust – all available in a user-friendly interface.

The specific reports available at launch within the platform are:

  • Zoning Analysis Report: Quickly transform zoning analysis from hours to minutes for any city, leveraging data from key sources, including Municode, to produce comprehensive reports that streamline project feasibility and compliance.
  • Cost Estimating: Provide precise early-stage cost forecasts with LOD 100 detail, rigorously validated against the 2024 National Cost Manual, enhancing budget accuracy and reliability.
  • Energy Benchmarking Study: Simplify energy benchmarking by efficiently comparing your project’s Energy Use Intensity (EUI) to industry standards, yielding clear, actionable insights for energy optimization.
  • Climate Analysis Study: Generate in-depth climate reports offering vital data on temperature, humidity, radiation, and wind, which is crucial for informed architectural planning and design.

The platform ensures that every architectural decision made is backed by robust scientific methods, data analysis, and evidence-based practices.

Accessing the AI Platform

Vitras.ai will be available for initial use later in June. A free subscription will enable users to generate up to 10 detailed reports per month. A premium version, expected later this year, will offer additional features and unlimited reporting capabilities.

Join the waitlist today to be among the first to discover how Vitras.ai can transform your architectural processes. For more information and to register, visit cove.tools/products/vitras-ai.

About cove.tool

cove.tool is an AI-powered sustainability and architecture consulting company that leverages proprietary software and advanced AI to uncover data-driven insights that transform building design and construction. Its streamlined, responsive analysis solutions enable architects, design teams, and building product manufacturers to leverage data for informed decision-making, optimized design outcomes and improved ROI. By fostering trusted and strategic partnerships, cove.tool enhances collaboration among project teams, maximizing architectural and business success while simultaneously championing systemic climate action by driving rapid decarbonization of buildings through simulation.

For more information, visit https://cove.tools/.