IMAGINiT Technologies unveils 2016 IMAGINiT Clarity Family of Products for BIM and Revit users

IMAGINiT Technologies is introducing the Clarity family of product which support utodesk Revit Server 2016 and Autodesk A360 Collaboration for Revit to provide superior collaboration as well as enhance BIM coordination process for managing projects & models efficiently.

By using IMAGINiT Clarity products, the firms can easily deal with BIM data and distribute them with owners and other project team members.

It has been detected that the IMAGINiT Clarity family of products have saved significant time for project teams (31,267 hours on 909 projects) by automating essential, but lingering tasks like printing PDFs, exporting data exchanging files, and generating data sheets.

IMAGINiT Clarity contains the following exclusive features :-

Revit/Revit Server/A360 Collaboration for Revit 2016 Compatibility. The new IMAGINiT Clarity is compatible with Revit and Revit Server 2016, 2015 and 2014 versions. Besides, it also supports A360 Collaboration for Revit and the users can get advantages with the task automation.

Next Generation Web Viewing. Users will be able to pan, zoom, walkthrough or flythrough the 3D model. If the users click on specific components, they can gain deep insight through Clarity’s datasheets.

Robust Administrative Controls. Clarity facilitates BIM coordinators, CAD managers, and project managers gather information dedicatedly that was deeply contained inside Revit. The users can track the model size, service pack versions, and the necessary time to coordinate the model with Graphical representations and logs feature. These new features facilitate the managers to recognize and resolve possible errors well in advance and keep away from lost time that may arise for model corruption.

Bulk Upload Projects in Revit Server. Earlier it required prolonged time to upload, open and coordinate each new model over the network, and re-path links properly. The whole process now becomes automatic to curtail the path to team collaboration.

IMAGINiT Technologies is introducing the Clarity family of product which support utodesk Revit Server 2016
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How to quickly create 3D Section Views in Revit 2016

In Revit 2016 the process is significantly enhanced for setting up and tweaking 3D views through a section box to get superior view concerning design loops as well as the connection of the parts correlated with the building model.

Transforming it to high detail and demonstrating a part of the model facilitate solving design problems instantly that can produce numerous views throughout the schematic and design development stages.

The users can apply two different methods to accomplish it from any one of 3D view or 2D plan view. In order to perform it with 3D view, just window all over the parts of the model to create the section box from.

How to quickly create 3D Section Views in Revit 2016
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Afterward, the extents of the section can be modified through the grips tool.

How to quickly create 3D Section Views in Revit 2016
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The similar method can be obtained from the 2D plan view.

How to quickly create 3D Section Views in Revit 2016
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A 3D view is formed quickly.

How to quickly create 3D Section Views in Revit 2016
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The above process will speed up the work to briefly show the effect of the design with minimum endeavor for generating them.

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Experience improved BIM workflow with ARCHICAD 19

GRAPHISOFT is going to release ARCHICAD 19 in June, 2015 together with an extensive list of 26 local versions.

ARCHICAD® 19 will significantly enhance BIM performance through its powerful 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with predictive background processing.

ARCHICAD® 19 contains some advanced features which are mentioned below :-

  • Superior Work Environment – The new Tab Bar for multiple viewpoints offers fastest toggling between Floor Plans, Sections, Elevations, and 3D windows.
  • Permanent Guidelines – Latest Guide Lines, Snap Guides and Snap Points facilitate constant graphical support for perfect element formation and editing.
  • Interactive 3D Surface Painter – Insightful, ‘drag-and-drop’ building model surface editing in 3D offers instantaneous, visual feedback. With new Surface Painter, ARCHICAD® 19 allows designers to modify model surfaces in the 3D window with a simple mouse click through a movable palette named Surface Editor.
  • Easier, rapid 3D navigation with OpenGL – By applying a completely-optimized OpenGL engine, ARCHICAD® 19 provides easier, quicker 3D navigation while dealing with enormously outsized building models.
  • Predictive Background Processing – ARCHICAD 19 capitalize on disused computer volume with the prediction of prospective future user actions and arranging them in the background. This significantly improves the susceptibility of the application in general, so it becomes more responsive for different types & sizes of projects.
  • Optimize the process in OPEN BIM – With ARCHICAD 19, the users will be able to import the IFC model precisely keeping the same look in the original application where it was generated. Collision detection is now possible with all imported IFC MEP elements. Superior collision detection performance transforms ARCHICAD 19 to be a exceptional BIM authoring tool with developed interdisciplinary coordination functionalities.
GRAPHISOFT is going to release ARCHICAD 19 in June, 2015 together with an extensive list of 26 local versions.
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BIM & SCAN : Integration for Prospect with Headcount Engineering

The UK 2016 government mandate expresses the need for efficient BIM methodologies, e.g. stakeholder collaboration and utilization of BIM standards, in its 2011 Government Construction Strategy, and the Irish AEC/FM sector (and EU in general) are following suit with these guidelines, standards, and protocols.

The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calculated an estimation in 2004 that $4.8 billion was used up every year just to confirm that the captured building information symbolizes exact building condition.

Presently the PAS 1192 documents recommend Level 2 BIM as the standard of integrated practice, but the goal of Headcount Engineering is the utilization of methodologies that will qualify the test of time and be relevant now and in the future, e.g. Level 3 utilizing open standards and virtual common data environments. These industry tendencies have been led Headcount Engineering in the directed to develop best practices in relation to Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and BIM processes, protocols, standards, and methods.

At Headcount Engineering we recognize BIM is a jointly integrated practice, i.e. utilization of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), for the AEC/FM that co-exist with lean methods that helps in decreasing waste, project period, and risk.

The BIM process and the development of object-oriented parametric process data models, i.e. BIM Models, are a global paradigm-shift in the AEC/FM including supply chain, manufacturing, production, fabrication, etc. BIM is not 3D CAD or software that can be bought; BIM is a philosophy that starts within the mind.

BIM has two forms: An IPD process of suggested lean protocols, specification, and standards to follow, and a Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) model that is a visual data rich demonstration of the built environment to be set up and to be preserve for the facilities life cycle. A BIM is an ongoing/living virtual representation of a to-be or existing built environment. Strictly a BIM model is an “nth-Dimensional BIM” (nD BIM) object-oriented information model developed in a platform neutral open machine-readable language, i.e. Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). An IFC BIM contains parametric product data that can be utilized for imitation of code compliance, accessibility, constructability and sustainability review/analyses, safety protocols, virtual assembly, fabrication, etc.

IFC uses the EXPRESS data modelling language standard for product data models which is formalized in the Standard for the Exchange of Product model data (STEP – ISO 10303).

Headcount Engineering presently gives TLS and BIM services for many big clients here in Ireland and abroad both commercial and process plants. We have made our own unique Scan-to-BIM* and Scan-vs-BIM** techniques.

The main purpose of Scan-to-BIM and Scan-vs-BIM is to make sure the As-Built BIM model is per the specifications of the design BIM model. Scan-vs-BIM is the answer of main questions: Is what was constructed/installed built according to the design BIM? To professionally and competently answer this question Headcount Engineering provides a complete dimensional control service that combines Scan-to-BIM and Scan-vs-BIM. Dimensional control is essential to compliance control during construction and to lifecycle monitoring for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) and Facilities Management (FM). Headcount Engineering uses in-house techniques to generate precise As-Built BIM models for FM that are less costly and less prone to human error than many other conventional approaches.

We use our in-house methods, protocols, and procedures for dimensional control and compliance control, which is one of our main requests from some of the major companies in the world, particularly to process plants.

In the commercial facility and process plants sectors, our clients reach to us for the development of precise As-Built BIM’s according to BIM standards so they can correctly maintain their facilities, look at energy and the associated cost, have a accurate basis for retrofit design and construction, and have a whole historical record of their accessible facilities.

Providing ground-breaking solutions in these areas can harbor many new chances in Ireland. Our clients frequently use our services because they notice the level of improvement in the quality deliverables and services Headcount Engineering gives to them. Clients are now starting to observe the reimbursement of BIM and TLS during construction and FM & OM.

Headcount Engineering has specifically recognized that, with the fast increasing use of BIM for design, construction, and FM, and a chance has occurred to resolve major problems by aligning TLS point cloud data with the BIM model. We can rapidly charge and quantify problems and promise standard compliance is correctly controlled within specified tolerances.

The UK 2016 government mandate expresses the need for efficient BIM methodologies, e.g. stakeholder collaboration and utilization of BIM standards, in its 2011 Government Construction Strategy, and the Irish AEC/FM sector (and EU in general) are following suit with these guidelines, standards, and protocols.
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Enhancements with Rebar Constraints in Revit 2016

Autodesk Building Solutions presents a great learning video with Autodesk Revit 2016. In Revit 2016, there lots of crucial improvements with the Rebar Constraints dialog which range from interactivity with a view, the aptitude to zoom and pan meanwhile in the dialog, graphical selection of constraint targets, constraints to sloped faces and the capability to offset covers from elements.

With superior rebar rebar constraints tools in Revit 2016, it is now possible to adjust the model view during editing of cover settings. Besides, the users now will be able to choose cover references graphically. Rebar offsets can be stipulated corresponding to cover as well as the host object.

All these improvements enhance the effectiveness and model definition perfection over and above facilitate the reinforcement being updated perfectly on the basis of any premeditated modifications which can make the designs harmonized and precise.

Watch the following youtube presentation.

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The AEC communities can get an end-to-end workflow solution with the strategic partnership between Trimble and the Nemetschek Group

Trimble and the Nemetschek Group, the renowned solution provider in digital modeling for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries, make a partnership to widespread the application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) over the whole Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. This amalgamation will speed up the synergistic methods to design modeling and 5D construction management with consolidation of data amid a wide array of the companies’ products.

Trimble and Nemetschek plan to expand their voluminous international market and technology know-how and work together on programs to bring a significant change in the expansion and implementation of technologies in favor of the AEC industry and building owners.

Both the companies undertake the following initiatives :-

  • Evidently allocate data formats for developing new solutions and advance workflow interoperability amongst selected products over the DBO lifecycle;
  • Bridge the gap between Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) solutions & real data from the ground and real objects in the concrete world;
  • Promote interoperability and the durability of project data for the complete project lifecycle;
  • Sustain their specific strong commitments to open standards and workflows for the sake of the entire industry.

Trimble and Nemetschek plan to introduce the Trimble® Connect collaboration technology to incorporate workflows and make close connection amid selected Trimble solutions which rang\e from SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, Trimble Prolog®, Trimble Field Link and MEPdesigner for SketchUp—and solutions in the Nemetschek portfolio, like Allplan, ArchiCAD, DDS, SCIA Engineering, Vectorworks and Nevaris.

Both companies prefer to employ the open standards and workflows—a highly recognized approach to the collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings. The functionality of Nemetschek Vectorworks is based on the Trimble Connect platform—a cloud-supported collaboration environment that offers an open environment for BIM-based AEC workflows—Trimble and Nemetschek are organizing their endeavors to denote the most successful technology for customers.

The AEC communities can get an end-to-end workflow solution
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Importance of 3D Constructible Models for creating & setting up MEP design

Recently several new working systems like BIM 3D modeling, 4D BIM for construction scheduling, implementation of constructible models for cost estimation, sustainably, lean construction as well as 7D BIM for facility management, have emerged out for AEC industries which boost up the digital progressions.

BIM mainly focuses on three sectors like Architectural, structural and MEP and the professionals associated with these segments can get unlimited advantages with BIM application.

As compared to architectural and structural field, MEP is considered more complicated and is vital for successful completion of any project. MEP field comprises several professionals which range from MEP consultants, fabricators, MEP installation and maintenance experts and mechanical – electrical-plumbing- fire safety – trade specific sub-contractors.

MEP design and installation experts always look for technologically developed processes to shift from decade old 2D MEP drafting & drawing to superiorly coordinated constructible models.

With constructible models for MEP, information based models can be applied in noteworthy and large scale projects over the globe to synchronize, design and set up mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems in a well organized way.

In order to successfully complete a construction project, there should not be any conflict with the MEP design delivered to MEP contractors. 3D BIM constructible models are vital here. MEP BIM can be demonstrated in the identical way it will be shown in post construction in a 3D virtual environment. With the powerful visualization capability, all types of conflicts can be detected & resolved efficiently.

The MEP designer and the contractor can mutually work together successfully to evaluate the MEP systems in better detail and make use of both designer and contractor level modifications like rerouting pipe work, resizing ducts, finalizing bolt locations, and executing design modifications for smooth fabrication and fitting efficiency in the initial design phase prior to completion of project in reality.

This MEP BIM coordination will certainly resolve all the issues and build up a well-synchronized MEP design. It will minimize the necessities for project based improvisation & reconstruction and also liabilities, as well as effectuate significant cost and time efficiency to the project.

Besides, encrypting 3D model with perfect dimensional data and for conflict resolution and mitigation, the objects are also encrypted with diversified aspects which range from energy performance data, component materials and finishes and cost information.

So, the constructible 3D models become essential in design and setting up sustainable MEP system. It also facilitates precise cost estimation that leads to minimizing the possibilities for budget failure and accomplishment of incomplete projects.

Importance of 3D Constructible Models for creating & setting up MEP design

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