SANHA’s RefHP fittings range is available for BIM and Revit

SANHA, German based manufacturer of piping systems has introduced its RefHP high-pressure fittings range that is accessible for the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Revit process.

Technical planners and engineers will be able to avail this data without any difficulty while planning refrigeration systems and rooms for fruit and vegetables or other commercial and industrial installations with CO2 transcritical systems.

All forms are preserved as a data record. Along with with auto-routing and auto-scaling functions, it allows to create practical visualisation and all-inclusive and time-saving planning, line layout and traceability.

From the plans created in this way, a material list is produced directly with a simple click of the mouse. The app includes all other SANHA systems and these are downloaded at free of cost.

The RefHP range comprises of soldering fittings in sizes from 3/8″ to 2 1/8″ and thus encompasses all requirements. The fittings are created with an extremely stable copper-iron alloy, which makes them perfect for increasing utilization in CO2 up to an operating pressure of 130 bar and in the temperature range from -196 to +150°C.

The fittings of the RefHP series can be associated with all common copper-iron pipes, like K65. With low-carbon content, the quality of the compound becomes superior. The corrosion-resistant material is also magnetic so that it can be recognized easily at jobsite.

CuFe fittings are defined with their lower weight and therefore it becomes easier to handle them easily at the construction site. Besides, the formation of a brazed joint is significantly easier and quicker as compared to traditional Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding.

The RefHP series have also successfully passed the UL 207 tests.

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Tech Soft 3D introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 Toolkit for BIM & CAD professionals

Tech Soft 3D, leading solution provider for the engineering software industry, just introduced HOOPS Communicator 2018 software development toolkit (SDK). It is a robust toolkit for generating advanced web-based engineering applications.

HOOPS Communicator is now compatible with AutoCAD DWG files and point clouds to facilitate creating architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) or building information modeling (BIM) applications.

Besides, supporting IFC, an interoperable file format for construction is also supported. These tools arrange a strong environment for visualization, query and navigation of construction models.

With HOOPS Communicator 2018, it is possible to make advanced workflows like product lifecycle management (PLM) and product configurators with significant enhancements like the ability to aggregate models. Assemblies can be easily divided into their constituent parts which can be integrated when requested or instantly substituted for several adjustments.

HOOPS Communicator 2018 embraces and simplifies major complications associated with delivering advanced graphics. There are various new features like x-ray rendering mode and ability to employ materials to geometry on the client for superior visual fidelity.

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Datakit expands its BIM offer with a Revit format reader

Datakit, a leading company in CAD data exchange, unveil its brand new interface: a library to read Revit files (*.rvt), the native format of the well-known Autodesk’s BIM software.

This new interface expands Datakit’s BIM offering, begun in January 2017 with an IFC reader.

“Following our arrival into the BIM world one year ago, and following the positive feedback from our customers regarding our IFC reader, we have decided to expand our offer in order to also satisfy their native BIM data import needs.”, Explains Olivier Rigollet, CEO of Datakit. « As Revit is the most popular BIM software presently, it was natural to complete our range with this format. After one year of work, we are now able to provide a first version to our customers. »

As the other Datakit’s interfaces, this reader is independent of any external API, so it does not require a Revit license to work.

This new interface has been integrated into CrossManager, the standalone software of Datakit. CrossManager’s users are thus able to convert .rvt files to IGES, STEP, PRC and 3DPDF. New combinations will be available in the future.

Datakit expands its BIM offer with a Revit format reader

A Revit file, converted in 3DPDF with CrossManager. The file can thus be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader™ to be viewed. The instances list of the original model is accessible.

Software vendors can also take advantage of this new interface in order to provide their users with interoperability with Revit format.

This is possible thanks to CrossCad/Ware: a SDK that can be integrated in a third-party software. By integrating CrossCad/Ware in their own application, software vendors benefit from Datakit’s technology, enabling them to access to Revit format data. They can thus read geometrical data along with colors and instancescontained in Revit 2017.x files. The API integration is easy and is seamless for end users.

Datakit expands its BIM offer with a Revit format reader

CrossCad/Ware enables to support Revit files in your own application.

This tool is ideally suited to BIM software vendors, Indeed, It will enable them to offer their users to work from models initially designed with Revit.

But it is also intended to all other fields’ software vendors who want to offer their users the ability to import Revit data.

Many software vendors already have confidence in the robustness of CrossCad/Ware. Already more than a hundred of software from different fields of activity (CAM, ERP, PLM, visualization, simulation, control, metrology, BIM…) rely on Datakit’s technology to read 3D data.

To try Revit files conversion with CrossManager, or to get more information about the software integration possibilities, you can visit or contact Datakit at +33 478 396 369.

You will also be able to meet Datakit team during its visit to BIM WORLD event, in Paris on March 29th, 2018.


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Benefits of integrating BIM Level 2 with the project

The design is considered as the most vital phase of any project and the design should be proper prior to go ahead is the basis for smooth delivery and successful completion. Throughout initial planning phases, manufacturers and specialists can provide a wide array of benefits.

With collaboration, main contractors and architects can establish technical and estimating support as well as get benefitted from manufacturers’ consultancy and increasing knowledge of products and methods currently available that would fulfill the requirements of main contractor’s like offsite solutions or alternative materials.

Involving all related parties at design phase develops a collaborative approach from the beginning. Dealing with all the options obtainable to them, and getting manufacturers to participate in initial technical meetings, signifies the plan of the project on the whole is more up to date. Devoid of proper feedback at the conceptual and developmental design phases, the design during the project will always encounter modifications which possibly lead to both delays and extra costs.

Integrating BIM Level 2: Here, lies the importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 . The concept of BIM refers to the method of designing, constructing or managing a building, infrastructure or landscape asset with electronic information. Practically, it signifies that a project should be designed and constructed with data sets and images digitally, prior to visit the site. The purpose of BIM is to meet time, cost and quality needs by handling the project with a more organized and consistent method of work.

Collaborating from the starting of the project, all parties function collectively with the equivalent methods to develop a comprehensive and all-inclusive design that defines all required materials and methods employed as well as provides a final cost and timescale to hand over the project.

The successful completion of a project mainly depends on the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) and the BIM Execution Plan (BEP).

With the EIR settled throughout the vital design phases, it describes the project along with the implemented standards, necessary outputs, when these will be delivered and in what format, as well as any supporting documentation. All the parties associated with the project can get a clear conception of what is desired and to turn into BIM Level 2 certified, a customized BIM Implementation Plan (BIP) should be made.

Inside BIM, the BIM Execution Plan (BEP) belongs to a vital document as it sustains project integration. A written plan that gets all of the tasks and relevant information collectively as specified in the EIR, with all the stakeholders and processes taken into account.

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By analyzing in the design phases, this BIM documentation is produced and can support the rest of the project during the construction phases right through to building handover.

With the implementation of BIM Level 2, allotting time in design and planning, and consulting with all related parties to receive their valuable specialist perception, the main contractor gets the ability to create an informed, fixed and detailed design to be utilized during the project as well as facilitates to guarantee timely, on-budget delivery and successful execution of the project.

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Benefits of BIM for product manufacturers

The contractors are implementing BIM in every phase of building construction projects. The manufacturers should also need to embrace BIM to reap the benefits instantly.

With BIM, the building products manufactures will be able to identify their product with a comprehensive detail. As for example, each dimension, curve, joint etc. can be transmitted proficiently.

The necessity for BIM content becomes vital with respect to plant room construction, in which each object arranged is interrelated, and is important.

When the AEC professionals have clear knowledge about the products, it becomes simpler for them to choose one that best suits with the building. The similar is also applicable for procurement and logistics division. They can purchase the products from manufacturers by maintaining more transparency and confidence which lead to long-term customer relationships.

As the technology becomes more advanced, the acquired products can also be tracked for obtaining various details like who brought it, its installation, operations, and maintenance.

The recommendation from customer (end user client) can also be obtained by the manufacturer via the similar channel, and therefore it will essentially allow them to make their products qualities superior.

To reap the full benefits from BIM, the manufacturers should have to outdo the BIM direction problems they experience and formulate their BIM content together with the building products data more BIM-friendly.

If product manufacturers are not prepared to adopt BIM in due course, they will be compelled for countering the challenges outlined above devoid of driving at and being a part of the solutions for the entire industry.

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Forge DevCon and Forge Accelerator

Autodesk has arranged Forge Accelerator discussion forum for the people who were interested in working with Forge DevCon.

Autodesk BIM had arranged a Forge Accelerator as a part of their Forge DevCon. It was known as Autodesk Forge Accelerator or Autodesk Cloud Accelerator and was arranged in the month of June last year in their San Francisco office. Then they arranged the first Forge Developer Conference and the whole process ended up well. They had targeted a vast range of industries for the Future of Making Things enthusiast. Forge DevCon had covered a vast range of class themes for the application development for designing product and manufacturing it.

Their expert team had created more than 50 classes for helping the influence in FOMT with the process of applying disturbing technologies for every part of the design, to make, use and manage lifecycle phases in some industries like manufacturing, engineering and building. Here is a list of the tracks and sessions that had made the Forge DevCon a wonderful and memorable experience.

  1. Virtual and Augmented Reality: One of the early pioneers of VR, Tony Parisi had given the speech about an Intro t WebVR. Kean Walmsley, Autodesk Researcher and Evangelist had shown his projects with Collaborative VR by using the cheapest of the VR devices in the market, Google Cardboard.
  2. Forge Basic: It was a track dedicated for the use of Forge API’s and its different applications for creating game changing business for exploring new things and discussing topics over Drones, Photogrammetry, Design Data and Visual Reporting.
  3. AEC: It became a meeting point for the people who were involved with their built environment. The topics that discussed there were cloud-based collaboration for construction and building management; workflows connecting BIM with fabrication; and Generative Design etc.

There were numbers of proposals discussed for the following DevCon project. Whose application were accepted in that discussion, got a chance to work with the team for the whole week in their office on the projects of own that has used the Autodesk Forge API’s with the help of the ADN DevTech team and members of the Autodesk engineering teams. This Autodesk Forge APIs has included the View and Data, AutoCAD I/O, BIM 360, RecCap Photo and Fusion 360 APIs. A lot of new APIs also had launched in that program that can be found at their website.

For applying in this program, people needed to submit a proposal of about 2000 words written about the described project that the applicant would like to work on and how the applicant would use the Autodesk Forge APIs in that.

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Is BIM Replacing Quantity Takeoff?

BIM plays an inevitable role in a construction project. From designing to planning, the new technology makes a quick approach that saves time and reduces human interventions. The most talking issue nowadays is – BIM is taking places of quantity takeoff.

It reveals the very truth that we are adopting the modern technology more than maintaining the conventional pathways. The age-old quantity takeoff has also been replaced by BIM. But the doubt that is hovering over is – does this shift bring any profitable outcome?

What is quantity takeoff and how does it work? Quantity takeoff is measured from 2D CAD drawing designed by professionals. These 2D designs work as a blue print of the work that is given to contractors as static PDF files. Constructors use software specifically designed for measuring areas of the drawing and presenting the quantity by identifying objects (windows, doors and more) from it. The objects generally pass through many conditions before presenting quantities of windows, doors and walls.

The approaches of BIM are reliable and trustworthy. But it does have the limitation as the application is basically designed for presenting 3D models of the planned construction. BIM directly estimates the quantity from the 3D model and this is why it eliminates the need for additional estimators. The information gathered from the 3D construction is considered to be error-free as compared to the information from the non-virtual 2D design.

The benefits BIM provides as quantity estimator are given below:

  • BIM generates quantities based on the objects of the 3D model, offering a faster quantity takeoff process.
    • Any modification will also change the quantities, so re-measurement is not required.
    • Since everything is done as per the 3D design created virtually, less error and more accuracy is expected.

To identify the separate working area of BIM and quantity takeoff, you have to understand well how they work. BIM presents quantities of the objects while making designs and it uses objects based on the design. Traditional quantity takeoff relies more on static lines to define objects and quantities are measured accordingly. Though BIM includes both common and complex objects, it lacks in gathering site-specific data such as specific type of concrete foundation required for the project. Trade estimators play a very important role in bringing out the underlying detail of the construction. BIM generally ignores this part and it often presents an incomplete takeoff to you.

With the BIM projects, estimators deal with an accuracy of finding out the quantity objects easily. In the 2D world, trade estimators go through a complex process of understanding of the model. This eventually delays the final result to be presented to constructors. With BIM, trade estimators easily calculate necessary objects as the designs are clear and comprehensive.

The last point that establishes the truth whether BIM is replacing quantity takeoff specifies strictly the working area of the designers. They possess a little knowledge about materials and method as their sole responsibility is to design. So, it can be said that quantity takeoff has a strong root in the construction that cannot be shaken so easily. New tools are introduced in trade estimators to make the process perfect for instant measuring.

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