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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Most Popular Aspect Of AEC Industry – BIM

Now days Building Information Modeling or BIM has become a buzzword. It is almost impossible to open an architectural content and there is no reference of BIM. It has been proved to be extremely beneficial not only to the contractors but also to the building owners. BIM is the talk of the AEC town. It is the process of developing building models which is used in presenting and visualizing building components, construction sequences, resource allocation and other disciplines of construction process in a virtual environment.

The numerous advantages of BIM process makes it the most sought after tool in the AEC industry. Among the various other benefits of BIM, there are some key reasons which make it so popular. The most important reason is that it provides a good estimation during bidding and procurement. It also coordinates greatly in construction sequencing.
Another great advantage of BIM is to identify possible conflict. This is a great help to the contractor as any conflict in the structure can hamper the total project. Biggest advantage of using BIM is lesser amount of errors and hence rectifications which saves costs and resources of the contractor.

Another aspect of BIM behind its popularity is its capability to analysis the ‘what if’ condition. The construction sequencing option, shuffling of human resources, fine tuning cost factors are the important facet of the ‘what if’ analysis of BIM software. But the most important reason is that it gives both the creator and end users a chance to visualize the model virtually which gives a clear understanding of the end product. From the understanding the building owner can take informed decision about the proposed project. All these advantages along with some other make the BIM a most popular tool for the building construction industry.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BIM (Building Information Modeling) Products

Design and Documentation

Revit Architecture
This software was formerly termed as Revit building. The software is ideal for architects and building designers to analyse design concept early in the architectural engineering process from conceptual design to construction drawings and design. It is purpose build for building information modeling as 3D building objects are saved in .RFA files and imported into the RVT database as .RVT files for hoarding BIM models.

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Revit Structure
Revit® Structure software provides physical and analytical structural modeling and facilitates integrated structural analysis & design from engineering to documentation.

Revit structure provides multidisciplinary coordination and reduces costly redlining to detect errors prior they show up in the field. This leads to higher profit margins.

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Revit MEP
Revit® MEP software generates building information modeling (BIM) and construction document solution for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineers. The software analyze, optimize and visualize building systems alongwith Duct and Pipe System Modeling. With the parametric change management technology Revit MEP modify, update model views and sheets to keep the document and project consistent within Revit-based workflows.

With the features like in-built analysis capabilities and interoperability the software provides better decision making and building performance analysis support for the engineer. Thus the software creates and environmentally conscious designs.
Revit MEP contains heating and cooling loads analysis tools to execute energy analysis, evaluate system loads, and produce heating and cooling load reports for a project.

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AutoCAD Civil 3D
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software provides great advantages for Civil engineers as the software applies building Information Modeling (BIM) to create transportation, land development, and environmental projects digitally before the commencement of actual construction.

By applying this software the civil engineers can complete the transportation, land development, and environmental projects quickly and more efficiently.

Civil 3D models can be applied for stromwater & geospatial analysis to generate more sustainable designs. The software can also be applied for street and highway design modeling, dynamic earthwork calculation and quantity takeoff.

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It is one of the leading 2D and 3D CAD tools that contain thousands of available add-ons for 3D CAD design, drafting, modeling, architectural, construction & engineering drawing.

The inbuilt Parametric Drawing Tools generate both geometric and dimensional constraints to make sure that specific relationships and measurements stay persistent even as the objects are modified.

With this software the engineers can draw anything in 2D and afterwards add a height to every object to get a 3D object instantly.

AutoCAD lets the user to wipe out and get a clean sheet with every modification that is requested or allowed. This leads to produce methodically clean and professional drawings.

There is lots of version ranging from AutoCAD 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 2000 R14 & AutoCAD LT.

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AutoCAD LT can be termed as AutoCAD’s lower-cost 2D drafting sibling. It is the top-selling 2D drafting and detailing product that contains industry standard 2D drawing tools.

Though AutoCAD LT is built for 2D drafting but it can display 3D models created in AutoCAD.

Creating in the genuine DWGTM file format provides stability and compatibility and boost the productivity.

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Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development
The 3D modeling Service

Grpaphisoft launches powerful but affordable BIM tool, ArchiCAD

Renowned architectural software developer of Hungary, Graphisoft has release a low budget but powerful version of the primary Building Information Modeling or BIM software ArchiCAD. The Building Information Modeling or BIM is the talk of the AEC town now days. Concerning the BIM sector various hype and hoopla has been created now. Autodesk, Bently and Graphisoft have long been championing the benefits of using BIM to create intelligent models which can automatically produce coordinated project drawings.

But the present scenario is that this hype can not help much the AEC industry. The adaptation rate of BIM is quite slow still now. In the UK it is estimated that only 10 percent projects are completed using BIM technology against the conventional 2D technologies. The figure is far behind the total usage of BIM in America, where McGraw Hill Construction estimates 49 percent of practices use BIM tools.

ArchiCAD 14 continues to deliver productivity improvements for architects throughout the full cycle of BIM workflow with a specific focus on completing the integration of the architectural workflow with the engineering world. The professional architecture requires collaboration of all design disciplines. The architects play the fundamental role in coordinating all aspects of their design with other disciplines during the entire design process. ArchiCAD has turned the IFC technology into full fledged workflow solutions enabling collaboration with engineers regardless of their discipline or the name and version of the application they prefer working with. This "open" approach to interdisciplinary collaboration greatly broadens designers' options for real Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) resulting in faster delivered projects and significantly less coordination errors.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tekla launch new software version Tekla Structure 17 for BIM Collaboration

Tekla, one of the leading BIM software activist has launch a new version of its main product Tekla Structure just after the launch of new Tekla BIMsight application. This Tekla Structures 17 is ready to download on the Tekla Extranet. It has many improvements for project collaboration and even more interoperability with other software systems. In 2004 the Tekla Structures BIM (Building Information Modeling) software was first launched. Today this quite popular software is used by construction professionals around the world to model, detail, fabricate and build many of the buildings, bridges, sports complexes and other structures that surround us in everyday lives.

The new version contains the capability of improved clash checking, organizing, viewing, snapping, commenting and project managing tools, including easy input to the free of charge Tekla BIMsight collaboration application launched. Tekla Structures 17 provides even more interoperability than before with leading software systems, such as Unitechnik, BVBS 2.0, and BETSY for those operating in the precast concrete industry. For the steel industry there is now an improved DSTV connection to CNC machinery. Tekla Structures 17 allows higher accuracy with more customizable and automated drawings. Visualization of parts and objects in the model has been enhanced by, for example, providing a larger color palette to choose a correct tone from. Tekla Structures 17 functions are more and more Windows-like to make its use more intuitive and standardized. The development of user experience and assistance is continuous at Tekla. In addition, Tekla Structures 17 is now certified to support the use of 3Dconnexion mouse.

In general, Tekla Structures 17 beta version testers from all over the world think that the new Tekla Structures version introduces some very useful new features and great improvements. "It appears that Tekla are committed to advancing their development and ironing out the product before its release," said Tim Fox from PDC Global. "It would be a challenge to Tekla's competitors to attempt to achieve the same level of commitment!"

"At Tekla we know how fragmented and complex construction projects can be," said Tekla Executive Vice President Risto R├Ąty. "We also know that building information models have a way of making reality seem much less complicated. We will be there for our existing and potential customers each year with more and more organized BIM software and the most devoted technical support in the industry to enable them collaborate across all organizations to make great deliverables for building and construction."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Importance of Mechanical Animation Services in Architecture

The mechanical animation is an important aspect in architectural world. The animation is used to get a clear understanding of the machinery and the mechanical equipments. The animation can be prepared from hand drawn sketches, 2D CAD, scanned, design concepts and drawings into impressive 3D models. BIM Outsourcing is one of the leading mechanical animation service provider in the AEC industry.

BIM Outsourcing can customized 3D models as per your requirement, into any format of your choice. They then provide the animation file in either .avi or mpeg format. BIM Outsourcing serves animation in assemebly in the sector of Animation of an Assembly
Assembly modeling of automotive components likes chassis, clutch, frame, car body, engine block, etc, Animation of automated assembly line, Showing Exploded CAD drawings of assembled parts through animation for customers working with consumer products such as toys, electronic goods etc, Complete 3D modeling and animation of injection mould, 3D modeling and animation of manufacturing plants.

The animationa nad renderings are available for the machinery part namely; Automotives
Dies and moulds, Mechanical parts, Assembly line, Mechanical products and Customer Segment\Industry. The customer segmet of BIM Outsourcing includes Consultant engineers, Process Equipment firms, Extrusion firms, Automotives firms, Aviation Industry, Sheet Metal industry, Oil and Gas industry, Marketing firms of kitchenware
such as buffet station, bowls, tiles, etc, Water and Sewage treatment plant, consultants and many more. The output formats of the animation will be AVI files, Mpeg files, Mov files, Animated gif and Swf.

Posted by:
Debarati Nath
Content Writer
Global Associates

Thursday, February 17, 2011

BIM is essential for Glazing Industry

The Glass and curtain wall industry incorporates building Information Modeling in to its trends to get a rapid and effective result in the project. The glazing system suppliers and contract glaziers will provide dedicated and knowledgeable BIM services and emerge as a highly valued specially contractor before 2015. The Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Building Envelope Contractor’s (BEC) division is engaged for intriguing steps to train the industry ready for BIM.

Technical Glass products America is now applying various BIM technologiesfor creating models of its products and publishing. The firm has now modeled its full line of fire rated glazing products, framing systems, steel curtain wall, doors and windows including products, for instance, the Pilkington Profilit channel glass. Contract glazing firm ‘Trainor Glass Co.’ has also modeled several custom impact glass curtainwall systems successfully.

A large numbers of building products companies as well as curtain wall manufacturers, glass fabricators and component suppliers are creating their products in BIM and making BIM libraries for future application. This system will also provide assistance to building products companies for making their position better for getting architectural specification.

BIM will create a new collaborative IPD contracting form as this 3D modeling software will permit planners, designers, manufacturers, contractors, glazing subcontractors and owners to work from the similar object-related database.

With IPD and more design build, glass fabricators get the ability to inherit the design progression and support the BIM model as shop drawings. “Instead of the architects creating one set of models and the fabricators creating another set from that, they’re creating one set to meet both needs,” said EcoBuild America speaker Diane Davis.

Glass fabricators have the opportunity “to create virtual model catalogs, so their products work as little BIM sub-models that carry the manufacturers’ data, energy data and carbon footprint data,” Davis said. “These can be downloaded by architects and designers for their model.” “Fabricators should not create files for all the BIM programs as they did with CAD, but create their program with the IFC, or Industry Foundation Classes, an international open standard for BIM” she said.

“A standard glass manufacturer probably wouldn’t be interested in BIM, but would focus on green efforts and energy conservation” said EcoBuild America speaker Diane Davis, president, AEC Infosystems Inc., Baltimore. “Especially in today’s cap and trade scenario, if the glass manufacturers show the energy efficiency offset in the production of glass, it could become a green matrix within the industry and get connected with the green standards, like Energy Star and LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] credits. That’s where the manufacturer would be asked for his input, which in turn would become part of the BIM data.”

Besides creating 3D models the BIM process can provide many vital information which will be very useful for glazing system suppliers and contract glaziers - wind loads, wind tunnel tests, structural live load movement requirements, material finishes, glass type, interlayer type, allowable deflection on framing systems, light transmission, thermal information, curtain wall profiles, test criteria, drift and earthquake requirements, sound transmission, fabrication part numbers, installation schedules, and field inspection data.

BIM can be applied to store and evaluate field record of glass and curtain wall data in an instinctive model which facilitates easy and smooth cost analysis of the glass for the owners and that hyperlink to field report documents. This feature permits BIM models to work as a 3D Web page of a building that connects to documents, plans, sketches and photographs.

BIM provides sustainable design by creating greater energy efficiency including thermal and structural analyses. The Glazing contractors will get the benefits to develop more sophisticated curtain wall systems.

With BIM model the glazing contractors can fix up fabrication and fit-up issues virtually and resolve it before built physically. This will also lead to diminish the misuse in time, material, field labor and enhance trade coordination with on-site materials.

Pinnacle Infotech has expertise in designing, drafting & modeling the curtain wall and glazing system through state of the art BIM and CAD software. Pinnacle generates different kinds of shop drawing including Aluminum Cladding Shop Drawings, Glass Entrance Shop Drawings, Curtainwall Shop Drawings, Rain Screen Cladding Shop Drawings, Window Shop Drawings, All other Glazing Shop Drawings. Pinnacle also offers 3D modeling services for glass and aluminum glazing systems, curtain wall and window wall etc.

Posted By:
Debarati Nath
Content Writer

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tekla BIMsight can smooth the 3D modeling process for AEC industries

Tekla, the pioneer company for 3D modeling software, recently introduces Tekla BIMsight. It is a new superior BIM software application for building information model-based project communication and management.

This new application can be shared & downloaded freely over the internet by everyone in the construction ranging from contractors, designers, architects, MEP detailers and fabricators.

Tekla BIMsight generates a 3D communication platform with the industry standard IFC format for the construction professionals to combine 3D models, interpret the design intent, check for clashes, collaborate, execute spatial coordination all through the workflow of construction - from the design phase of the building to its erection and site management. This leads to a better constructability.

Leveraging BIM as a centralized process the Tekla BIMsight inspires people engaged in engineering and construction to consolidate their data and to make requests for information precisely and competently throughout one shared application that presents the combined model of a whole construction project from every probable angle.

Tekla BIMsight is ready to download for free at

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development
The 3D modeling Service

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ashrae is going to organize an exclusive conference on Energy Modeling in April, 2011

Ashrae will be going to arrange an conference on energy modeling at it's headquarter in Atlanta, GA. The conference will last for 3 days i.e April 4-6, 2011.

The participants will get the knowledge for utilizing the industry powerful energy modeling tools (the cost of energy modeling, energy modeling for a various building types, BIM and ntegrating building performance). The participants can also learn the utilization of energy models and computer simulations to create energy efficient & high performance buildings.

All the renowed energy modeling software companies will also demonstrate their products for 30 minutes.

Besides, U.S. Departmental of Energy is also takining part and will launch it's development roadmap for EnergyPlus, OpenStudio, EPGUI and other tools.

Ashrae will also arrange for Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification examination to assess, select, use, standardize and interpret the results of energy modeling software.

For participating in the conference one time registration fee of $500 ($450, ASHRAE, AIA and USGBC members) will be required.

To register, please visit

Posted By Rajib Dey
Business Development
3D modeling service

Thursday, February 10, 2011

An exclusive seminar on BIM on 20th February, 2011

IES and BuildingSMART are going to arrange an exclusive seminar on Building Information Modeling (BIM)on 20th February 2011, sunday.

All BIM users will get a chance to enrich thier BIM knowledge. Mr. Tahir Shariff, the Founding President of BuildingSMART MENA & INDIA will discuss on BIM. The discussion will be focused on how the IES Virtual environment facilitates the joint work of architectural elements & engineering systems from conceptual stage.
The participants can also have the knowledge on collaborative workflow optimization and sustainability.

Time - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (with refreshment)
Location - The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai
Hosted by - Dr. Sarah Graham(IES) and Mr. TAhir Shariff (Building Smart)
Cost - $50 for each person.

No fees will be charged for the students or BuildingSMART member.

Others can book their seats from the site of

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development
BIM modeling services

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

FME® technology facilitates ArcGIS Users to access more spatial data

Safe Software, pioneer company in spatial data transformation, announced the latest release of FME® technology. This new technology broden the format reach of ArcGIS to more than 250 spatial and non-spatial formats, including CAD, GIS, raster, database, 3D, BIM, web and point cloudEsri® ArcGIS® users.

Now ArcGIS users will be in a position to get more cloud data formats alongwith Microsoft® Windows Azure™, Microsoft SQL Azure™, Microsoft OGDI and Google™ Spreadsheets.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

BIM(Building Information Modeling) provides great benefits to specialty contractors

Now-a-days the specialty contractors are adopting BIM process in all parts of construction project to collaborate on a project with owners and general contractors.

With BIM the specialty contractors provide digital takeoff to run the digital estimate and digital prints providing the estimator and project managers to proficiently carry out takeoffs and collaborate across the entire scope of the project.

The specialty contractors can easily tie the data from BIM models to other programs for estimating and scheduling to connect the entire construction lifecycle.

BIM reduces the time to perform recurring calculations for specialty contractors and thus enhance profit & reduce risks.

The specialty contractors are able to create schedules, plans, and a bill of materials for building components.

The specialty contractors can slice up the project into smaller working parts and pieces with just one set of working drawings in the trailer.

By applying BIM the specialty contractors facilitate efficient paradigms for buyouts and estimating through the process of procurement and buying the material

With BIM the specialty contractors get positive returns on investment (ROI) in the technology. BIM can also bring benefits to the specialty contractors with respect to spatial interferences, visualization of electrical design, space use, trade coordination, and shop drawings submittal and review.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development
3D modeling services

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How Building Information Modeling helps fabricators

BIM is a solid modeling tool that can be utilized for clash detection and volumetric quantity-takeoff. BIM trims down conflicts and creates value in fabrication by making the building plan accurate. Besides the fabricators get the ability to have the section view being produced automatically with the help of BIM software.

Perfect fabrication of materials diminishes waste while the pre-assembly can save time.

BIM facilitates digital fabrication of building components and thus enables digital design-to-fabrication workflows for all the building disciplines.

Fabricators can create their own models from paper drawing and produce a bill order within a very short period of time.

BIM can automate design and detailing tasks for fabrication work to a higher degree and it’s models stays rational, semantically accurate even as they are manipulated.

BIM contains all the geometry related with structural steel and enhances the structural steel fabrication procedure. The design information for structural steel can be exported to a CIS/2 file and reprocessed in a steel detailing application. BIM models provide support for parametric objects at all levels for structural steel connections.

BIM also takes into consideration discarded steel and keep documentation of the same. At the time of requirement, this discarded steel can be easily located and reused eliminating the need to order new sections from the fabricator.

After the completion of steel details, the design team or the contractor can utilize the fabrication model for 4D modeling in addition to clash detection with other building disciplines and models.

With BIM the Fabricators can share the design models for bidding and it leads to cut down the bid cycle with more uniform bids based on consistent steel tonnages.

BIM keeps the coordination between the fabricated steel and the other building components which will decrease the on-site issues and bring down the cost getting higher for steel erection.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development
3D modeling service

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Just released Revit 2011 extensions & utilities

The new extensions & utilities for Revit 2011 are available for download form the Autodesk Subscription Centre website (
The extensions are applicable for all – revit architecture, revit mep and revit structure.

The new extensions also include the capabilities of Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 in key areas together with structural analysis, modeling, concrete reinforcement, interoperability, and construction documentation.

The extensions contain lot of improvements to various extensions like Wood Wall Framing, Reinforcement Extensions, Load Takedown, and Composite Design alongwith two new features Frame Generator and Shared Parameters Converter.

The Revit 2011 extensions comes up with some new features ranging from Autodesk Revit DB Link 2011, Autodesk Revit Model Review 2011, Worksharing Monitor for Autodesk Revit 2011, Batch Print for Autodesk Revit 2011, Globe Link for Autodesk Revit 2011.

The computed quantities are exported in a detailed Excel form, divided in Wall surfaces (including inner reveals, and window area per room in the Excel survey), Floor surfaces (including threshold areas), Ceiling surfaces, Room circumference, Furnishing elements and a survey which takes all quantities per room confronting each other and in total.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development
BIM Modeling Service