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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Autodesk and Permasteelisa to Streamline Processes for Innovative Curtain Wall Structures

While at Autodesk One Team Conference, during a presentation they brought up a success story of Permasteelisa going from Solidworks to AutoCAD, Inventor and Revit. It got me thinking about the whole story and the people involved and the complexities of why I love BIM. Let's just talk about the players, conceptual designers, designer, drafter, cad operator, detailer, LEED daylighting consultant, structural engineer, structural designer, glass fabricator, curtain system fabricator, code compliance officer, installers, crane operator, contractor, subcontractor, estimator, shop drawing creator, project manager, window cleaners. I'm sure I missed a few, but when you think about all of the people touching the data, don't you ever wonder how anything actually gets designed and built. This is why the concept of BIM and Digital Protyping and Fabrication have such huge implications on the AEC market. The reduction of duplication of all of the above roles. So many places for errors to occur in 2D drafting. Just a little something to mull over.

Digital Design Methods for World-Famous Building Exteriors Will Be Integrated, from Design to Manufacture

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. , a world leader in design and engineering software, and Permasteelisa S.p.A., (MILAN STOCK EXCHANGE: PMS) will combine the use of both Autodesk architectural and manufacturing 3D design software and services throughout the global Permasteelisa curtain wall creation process. By integrating this combination of Autodesk technologies into its design and business system, Permasteelisa, a leading operator in design, construction and installation of architectural envelopes, can improve its ability to react to customer demand, as well as focus on increased quality of product and service.

"As the scale and complexity of Permasteelisa projects increase, it is vital that we improve our internal design and business system to consolidate our competitive advantage," said Bert van de Linde, Permasteelisa senior vice president in charge of R&D and managing director Europe, Middle-East. "We are very satisfied to partner with Autodesk as this combination of software and know-how will help us to achieve greater cost efficiency and speed time-to-market in our worldwide business."

The new Permasteelisa Moving Forward system (code-named PMF) is expected to accelerate the company's ability to react to customers from initial inquiry to final installation. The objective is to provide a unified global information system that will further accentuate Permasteelisa's industry-leading position by providing tools to create innovative products used in the world's most challenging architectural projects.

Continue reading... Autodesk - Press Room - Press Releases: "Digital Design Methods for World-Famous Building Exteriors Will Be Integrated, from Design to Manufacture

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