June 13, 2011
Free Tool for BIM Model Collaboration
Please note that contributed articles, blog entries, and comments posted on AECcafe.com are the views and opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the management and staff of Internet Business Systems and its subsidiary web-sites.
Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
Each AEC Weekly Review delivers to its readers news concerning the latest developments in the AEC industry, AEC product and company news, featured downloads, customer wins, and coming events, along with a selection of other articles that we feel you might find interesting. Brought to you by AECCafe.com. If we miss a story or subject that you feel deserves to be included, or you just want to suggest a future topic, please contact us! Questions? Feedback? Click here. Thank you!


Welcome to AECWeekly!

AECWeekly is a news magazine featuring important industry news profiles, a summary of recently published AEC product and company news, customer wins, and coming events. Brought to you by AECCafe.

AECWeekly examines select top news each week, picks out worthwhile reading from around the web, and special interest items you might not find elsewhere. This issue will feature Industry News, Top News of the Week, Alliances/Agreements/Acquisitions, Announcements, New Products, Around the Web and Upcoming Events.

AECWeekly welcomes letters and feedback from readers, so let us know what you think. Please send me your comments
Best wishes,
Susan Smith, Managing Editor

Industry News
Free Tool for BIM Model Collaboration

By Susan Smith


Ville Kyytsönen, Manager, Tekla BIMsight, Tekla B&C Project Delivery answers questions 1-6 below about Tekla BIMsight, a free tool that brings modeling collaboration capability to everyone in construction. Tekla may also be acquired by Trimble, and maintains partnerships with many software vendors.

BIMsight – Bringing models from different trades together, independent from the modeling tools.

1) Can you tell me what file format BIMsight is based on?
Ville Kyytsönen: The central idea behind Tekla BIMsight is to allow design coordination to be done between project participants regardless of which tools they use for model authoring / modeling. The preferred file format is IFC(s) but it also supports DWG and DGN.

BIM supported model formats

Collaboration between project participants

2) How does this product complement the rest of your product line?
Ville Kyytsönen: Tekla BIMsight is a free tool that brings the model collaboration capability to everyone in construction. At Tekla we see this important as it will educate the market and drive the demand for models. This is supported by the detailing configurations of Tekla Structures. The principle target group for Tekla BIMsight is the contractors who will also benefit from use of Tekla Structures for Construction Management.

Tekla Construction Management

Usable on-site and creating demand for the detailed models

3) I know that you use a data model approach – can you explain a little about that and how it differs from other BIM products on the market?
Ville Kyytsönen; Tekla BIMsight uses the same technology base as Tekla Structures. The model is proprietary technology of Tekla and has the advantage compared to competing solutions that it can handle more data, details and support combined models.

4) Tekla has important relationships with IES as well as Trimble and possibly other companies. How do these relationships enhance or extend the Tekla product line?
Ville Kyytsönen: Tekla doesn’t aim to be BIM for everyone but focuses on the part Tekla excels in, for example all structures, construction management, linking to manufacturing and supply chain management. Tekla wants to be in the center of BIM and provide the process for the BIM projects. It is necessary to partner with other software vendors in the AEC market to give supplementary offering for customers. One example is the way Tekla is actively promoting Open BIM with Graphisoft who provides BIM software for architects.

5) Is BIMSight or another Tekla product capable of extending into operations and maintenance management and enterprise management?
Ville Kyytsönen: Tekla solutions and Tekla BIMsight make it possible to integrate the BIM models into ERP and facility management systems. Tekla tools provide the input and the process that these management solutions require.

6)  Do you have examples of #5?
Ville Kyytsönen: An interesting example might be that one big user of Tekla BIMsight in the US is a big and significant facility management company.


What do you see as benefits, if you are able to speak about them, to Tekla being acquired by Trimble?

In addition to what has been said in our joint press release (below) here is what Trimble says about the possible combination:

The combination creates significant strategic and financial leverage

  • A unique portfolio of workflow & productivity solutions for complex projects
  • A highly capable, worldwide distribution organization with significant cross-sell opportunities
  • Scale to both companies’ infrastructure & energy businesses
  • Leverage in enabling significant incremental revenue growth off the current cost structure

press release


Top News of the Week

Autodesk’s Project Photofly 2.0 is now available. Photofly is their free technology preview of a service that converts your sets of photographs into a 3D model. With a common point and shoot digital camera, if you follow shooting guidelines, you can take a handful of photographs and the service will construct a 3D model from the photographs.

Photo Scene Editor for Project Photofly 2.0 now available -- this version allow you to generate a fully textured mesh from a set of photographs.

Maxwell Render for SketchUp Version 2.5.15 Release Notes --In addition to its Maxwell Fire-based material preview, this version brings Maxwell Fire to the plugin for rendering the scene, along with some other new features and fixes.

Integrated CADD Services has opened up registration for ArchiCAD Best Practice Courses, allowing individuals to increase their speed and confidence. Well aware of the upcoming ArchiCAD 15, ICS will be up-to-date, offering a “New Features in ArchiCAD 15″ Class. ICS expects updates on many other ArchiCAD tools and add-ons as well.
See details on the Best Practices Course and all of the free ArchiCAD tutorials at acbestpractices.com.

Newforma announced that the latest edition of the Newforma PIM solution is commercially available to new and existing A, E and C customers worldwide. The solution includes Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition and its new add-on products, Newforma Mobile, Newforma Contract Management, and Newforma Add-in for Autodesk Revit. The software streamlines AEC project delivery workflows that customers use every day, freeing them from overbearing administrative burdens and helping A, E and C firms work together more effectively.

Announcements

From now until July 15, 2011, you can access the latest Autodesk software and take advantage of significant savings. Bring winning ideas to life and produce stunning visualizations with the latest releases — including an all-new family of design suites. Now you can accelerate the creation and delivery of ideas by purchasing a complete and cost-effective set of tools.

Building on a lengthy history of successful BIM training and implementation, as well as their full lifecycle BIM services, CDV Systems is proud to introduce to the AEC+O, Facilities Management (FM), and GIS communities a paper entitled “Growing BIM and CAD Investments into Facility GIS Rewards”.

The growing interest in applying Indoor GIS technology to facilities management applications has now led BIM, CAD and GIS practitioners into a realm which necessitates a clear and defined passage from legacy and new design BIM & CAD data to a fully constructed GIS GeoDatabase server environment.

New Products

Extending its commitment to providing the most complete, open and integrated tools for Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), SOA and Web 2.0 application development, Oracle  announced the availability of Oracle JDeveloper 11g Release 2.
The new release further enhances the overall development experience by delivering an improved Integrated Development Environment (IDE), including support for new technologies and standards, as well as updates to Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) 11g.

1 | 2  Next Page »


You can find the full AECCafe event calendar here.

To read more news, click here.


-- Susan Smith, AECCafe.com Managing Editor.




Review Article Be the first to review this article


Featured Video
Latest Blog Posts
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnectThe AEC Lens
by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect
10 Mid-January 2021 Economic Nuggets
Jobs
Senior Highway Engineer for RS&H at Jacksonville, Florida
Systems Engineer for Watts Water Technologies at Blauvelt, New York
Sr. Application Engineer for Watts Water Technologies at San Antonio, Texas
Sr. Design Technician for CEC at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
ArcGIS Maps for SharePoint Product Engineer for ESRI at Redlands, California
EUROMED 3DEXPERIENCE Program Marketing Specialist for Dassault Systemes at Padova, Italy
Upcoming Events
DCW - Digital Construction Week at Excel London United Kingdom - May 19 - 20, 2021
World Architecture Festival at United States - Jun 23 - 25, 2021
ICSD 2021 : 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 8 - 9 September Rome, Italy at Roma Eventi, Pontifical Gregorian University Piazza della Pilotta, 4 Rome Rome Italy - Sep 8 - 9, 2021
Urban Planning & Architectural Design for Sustainable Development – 6th Edition at University of Florence Florence Italy - Sep 14 - 16, 2021
Kenesto: 30 day trial
Digital Cities
CADalog.com - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.



© 2021 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
670 Aberdeen Way, Milpitas, CA 95035
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise