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Take Your Software to the Next Level by Supporting BIM Interoperability through Spatial SDKs

Tue Feb 26, 2019

In today’s construction efforts, the collaboration between different companies (e.g., architecture and engineering firms, material suppliers, etc) is critical.

Tags: Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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Understanding Why Your BIM Software Is Being Dropped After the Design Stage

Mon Feb 25, 2019

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of using 3D modeling in the construction and maintenance of buildings. It’s not just technology, but a process wherein each stakeholder involved in the construction project refer to the BIM data as the reference point.

Let’s say you have a building project. In that project, the construction company, the maintenance company and/or the building manager will all refer to the same BIM assets.

Builders will use that BIM information to determine how many of a certain material or part (e.g., the steel beams) they need. After construction, building owners will also use BIM to manage the building and, in the long-term, implement maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) projects.

The advantage of BIM -- as with 3D modeling in general -- is that it equips project stakeholders to visualize the construction project before implementing it. They can see how the design fares, identify potential flaws and efficiently manage by supplies by knowing how much is needed.

Moreover, BIM is also being mandated by governments, at least in terms of bids for public and state-owned infrastructure (e.g. in the UK, you must follow BIM Level 2).

However, with BIM usage growth has been the adoption of multiple software vendors providing solutions for use in BIM. These vendors are Autodesk, Bentley and Dassault Systems, to name a few. As a result, the same project could see the use of different software.

This creates an interoperability problem.

In response, independent software vendors (ISV) such as yours are providing applications that can read different file formats (including those belonging to the BIM industry leaders). However, it seems that your software isn’t being used as widely or extensively as you would like.

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What are BIM Dimensions and How It Can Support Your Production Cycle

Thu Feb 21, 2019

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that involves the use of 3D modeling to plan, design, construct and maintain buildings and other construction projects.

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Spatial BIM Suite — Enabling the Digital Twin

Wed Feb 20, 2019

Digital twins are changing the way the construction industry manages large building projects and infrastructure initiatives. A digital twin is a graphical model (2D and 3D) combined with relevant non-graphical technical information, completely describing and mirroring a building digitally with data. Digital twins are synchronized with the physical objects they represent — engineering specifications, as-built variances, and actual measured performance data create a complete digital construct to support the lifecycle of the building.

Tags: 3D Software Development Kits Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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How Software is Critical to Making Use of 3D Scan Point Cloud Data in BIM

Fri Feb 15, 2019

3D scanning in BIM (Building Information Modeling) is done using a 3D laser scanning machine.

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3D Data Translation in 3D Modeling

Mon Jan 14, 2019
The increased use of mobile devices in engineering processes has the interesting side effect of requiring the engineering applications to share data with other systems. An Internet search for open systems and interoperability returns a common quote that, “Interoperability is the glue that holds open systems together.” This interoperability may be simply for visualization, but as usage grows more sophisticated, a much richer data set is required. For example, an engineering mash-up sourcing data from several systems may need to access geometric data accurately while preserving design intent.

Tags: 3D Interoperability

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3 Essential BIM Capabilities That Benefit AEC Companies

Mon Jan 7, 2019

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process through which architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies use computer-generated 3D models to plan, manage and build building and other infrastructure projects.

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How Your BIM Software Must Comply with Regulatory BIM Guidelines

Thu Jan 3, 2019

Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) is certainly growing, and that too in multiple key regions.

The graph below (about the use of BIM for transportation infrastructure) also illustrates the rapid growth of BIM since 2015, especially in 2017 when BIM took over the majority of projects.

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Top 5 Ways Additive Manufacturing OEMs Can Decrease Costs

Thu Dec 20, 2018

It is a competitive world out there, and additive manufacturing (AM) OEMs face pressures like all manufacturers do when it comes to differentiating their products from their competitors.

Tags: Additive Manufacturing

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Clashing Geometry in BIM Datasets

Mon Nov 26, 2018

 A major benefit of constructing a building virtually is the cost savings gained by identifying errors in the design before they are found on site. One of the more common errors that can be avoided is when two objects overlap in space or clash. For example a beam that should stop at a wall may have been wrongly dimensioned so that when placed on site, it passes through the wall. Right through or only partly through, either way it is very costly to fix if it is only identified as the wall is being built .

Tags: 3D Modeling Manufacturing & Fabrication Building Information Modeling (BIM) 3D Data

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