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Monday, April 30, 2012

Penn State released BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners - Details and Download Links

On April 26 2012, at the BIM Forum in San Antonio, the CIC Research Program released the BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners.  The Guide presents a standard approach for facility owners to more effectively plan the integration of BIM throughout the organization and the lifecycle of a facility.  This approach consists of three separate BIM Planning Procedures that, along with the BIM Project Execution Planning Guide, assist an owner organization when planning their BIM implementation.  The entire set of planning procedures includes:
  • BIM Organizational Strategic Planning to assess existing organizational conditions, align BIM goals and vision, and develop a transition plan to implement BIM;
  • BIM Organizational Execution Planning to plan the detailed implementation within the operations of the organization;
  • BIM Project Procurement Planning to identify key contractual issues to consider when creating contract requirements and a standard BIM Project Execution Plan template; and
  • BIM Project Execution Planning (in BIM Project Execution Planning Guide) for project teams to maximize the value of BIM on a facility construction project.
The BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners is available for download at bim.psu.edu.

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BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners

BIM Planning Guide for Facility Owners
The goal of this research is to develop and broadly disseminate a guide for owners that provides a structured procedure to develop a strategy for integrating BIM throughout their organization including the following focus areas:
  1. Defining Standard BIM Processes and Practices: A procedure will be developed to help owners define the most appropriate uses for BIM within their own practices along with identifying the services that they should procure to gain benefit within the design and construction processes. 
  2. Designing Information Integration Strategies: A process will be defined to help owners design specific information exchange requirements for configuring and integrating their facility management systems with the information model. Case studies with owner organizations will illustrate this procedure and document specific methods to move information from the design and construction phases into the information systems maintained by the owner or facility manager. 
  3. Identifying BIM Contract Requirements: Issues that are important to include within the owner's contracts with service providers will be identified and categorized so that the owner can more easily develop their contract requirements. A repository of existing templates and publicly available contract documents will be identified and organized by content approach to provide guidance for owners when defining their minimum BIM needs from a project team.


Charles Pankow Foundation
The Charles Pankow Foundation
US Department of Defense Military Health System
Kaiser Permanente

US Department of Veterans Affairs
Penn State Office of Physical Plant
The Partnership for Achieving Construction Excellence (PACE)


Computer Integrated Construction (CIC) Research Group Members: John Messner, Chimay Anumba, Robert Leicht, Ralph Kreider, Ashwin Ramesh, Eric Nulton

Advisory Board Members: Renee Tietjen, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Xiajun Lin, Kaiser Permanente; Robert Braunagel, US Department of Defense Military Health System; Ed Gannon, Penn State Office of Physical Plant; Steve Devitto, General Service Administration; Craig Dubler, Penn State Office of Physical Plant; Greg Gidez, Hensel Phelps; Kimberly Hurtado, Hurtado S.C. Counselors at Law;Steve Hutsell, US Army Corps of Engineers; Kerry Joels, TMA Systems; David Jordani, Jordani Consulting Group; Steve Kundich, Digital Realty; Kurt Maldovan, Balfour Beatty Construction; Russ Manning, US Department of Defense Military Health System; Maureen McDonough, Harvard University; Elton Murakami, Pankow Construction; Dana "Deke" Smith, National Institute of Building Science; Patrick Suermann, US Air Force; Victor Sanvido, Southland Industries; Grace Wang, Jacobs Engineering;


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Revit Services & Support - Performance degradation in Revit when running side by side with Autodesk Showcase.


When running Revit and Autodesk Showcase side by side, you may observe degradation in performance and responsiveness in Revit.


Autodesk Showcase uses the graphics card to its full potential.  This may sometimes lead to other applications not having enough resources to maintain acceptable performance and responsiveness.

In particular, the Task UI feature in Showcase is most associated with such performance degradation in other products.  Turning this Showcase feature off by temporarily toggling Options -> Show Task UI  (Q) will restore the previous performance levels in AutoCAD.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy BIM?

I wonder if Autodesk included a little Chinese made little plastic toy as part of every Revit purchase, if more people would start doing BIM? 

We already know that Navisworks sometimes feels like playing a video game and my 4 year old always asks me to play the BIM builder game (Revit), even though he has a hundred games on his iPad, so maybe calling the software "Happy CAD" might increase architectural industry adoption. 

MI Consumerist

...Kids meals aren't as popular as they used to be, perhaps because children are just way too cool for such things at an earlier age.

...sales of child meals that include toys dropped by 6% last year, from 1.3 billion to 1.2 billion.

...Or, in this age of technology that even a kid can use, little ones have sophisticated tastes and can't be bothered by boring pieces of plastic. There are iPads to play with, after all.

There's less appetite for children's meals at restaurants [Orlando Sentinel]


Autodesk Revit [One Box]: Licensing and Installation FAQ - Up and Ready

Autodesk Revit [One Box]: Licensing and Installation FAQ

What is Autodesk Revit [One Box] in the Building Design Suite Premium / Ultimate and how do I install and deploy it if I still have access to the other Revit Suite licenses?

In this case, I am going to use the following scenario to help illustrate how the licensing works:

• AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite 2013 x 50 licenses

• Building Design Suite Premium/Ultimate 2013 x 5 licenses

Autodesk Revit [aka Revit One Box] does not cascade down to the AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite license, or the standalone Revit vertical licenses.  It will cascade up to the Building Design Suite Premium, Building Design Suite Ultimate, Educational and Multi-flex offerings.

• Autodesk Revit MEP and AutoCAD MEP products installed through the Revit MEP Suite will cascade up to the Building Design Suite Premium/Ultimate pool.

• If you have multiple license types in the pool, Autodesk Revit [aka Revit One Box]  will always pull a license from the Building Design Suite Premium/Ultimate pool.

We would recommend installing/deploying Revit MEP from the Revit MEP Suite media as the general practice. Only if somebody truly needs the multi-discipline capabilities of Autodesk Revit, should they install that version, since it will always pull a Building Design Suite license from that pool.

Autodesk Revit can only be purchased as part of the Building Design Suite Premium or Building Design Suite Ultimate.

The Trial version of Revit is indeed a [One Box] version and includes Revit Architecture, MEP and Structure.






Thursday, April 26, 2012

BIM - Learning to share

The wise leaders of our company decided to make today a 'Bring your child to work' day.  I'm sitting in the upstairs conference room while 6 children (ages 4, 5, 6, 7 and 2 8 year olds) are playing with Legos.  They're split into groups trying to see who can put together their Lego project fastest.

Legos, you know, the toy you all grew up with that made you want to go into architecture and construction.  Ever watch a group of kids play together?  Do they share?  Is there always a fight as to who has control, who gets the toys or who gets left out?

Is this where we learn how to share our BIM data?  Is it those who never shared their toys as a child that don't share their CAD or BIM files now?

Watching the kids fight over the Legos, gave me an inkling as to how they came up with that name in the first place.  I think it came from the kids saying "Let Go!"  That morphed into "Leggo" into the official name "Lego".  I'm sure that's not how it really happened, but anyone with kids knows of the "Let Go" phenomenon which takes normally well behaved children and turns them into angry, hoarding, screaming or tantrum throwing demons that you could swear aren't your kids.

This phenomenon doesn't happen again until you get onto a construction project or involved in design and work with other people.  So, do you share or don't you?  Are you an adult size kid who doesn't play well with others?

I will tell you that this group of kids really played well together, shared and the four kids huddled together in the photo are all playing a game on JR's iPad.  I think it must be genetic.  All of the kids in the room have parents that are involved in the BIM world.  They must know that their parents share and play well with others on BIM projects and it reflects very nicely on their children's attitudes when they're playing with other kids.

Maybe BIM is something we learn as children, or it's just something that we can all learn from our kids.


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#Trimble buys #Google SketchUp! WTF? Where does BIM go from here?

Thanks to Juliana for sending this to me a few minutes ago.  One of my fears at my last job was that Google would create a program that would be really economical and do what many current BIM programs do.  Google touts that Google Sketchup could be used by contractors and even Turner Construction released a press release last year that they were using Sketchup as part of their BIM process.  I always suspected Turner did that to piss off Autodesk for getting asked to pay more money for software after getting a super deal in the early days of BIM for construction.

Trimble, who has acquired Quickpen (for mechanical contractors) and Tekla Steel Fabrication already has some great solutions for contractors and BIM efficiency.  I've made some other blog posts today that showcase these other tools.

So, where does BIM go from here?  It's more and more about construction and not just about design. The more that companies get on board in speeding up the fabrication and installation process, the more those companies will win the BIM business.

This is also going to be all about interoperability and sharing of the information.  Will IFC be the winner?  Software vendors are going to have to share their data easily with others in order to stay in the game.  Archicad has figure this out with their IFC import and export tools and Autodesk is still behind in their efforts.  This is what the buildingSMART alliance is working on and you will all have to learn to share.

Source/Link: Trimble - Trimble to Enhance its Office-to-Field Platform

On April 26, 2012, Trimble announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SketchUp® from Google. SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models.

SketchUp is currently used by millions of users annually—ranging from architects to engineering and construction firms to building and design professionals – for designing, modeling and visualizing projects. The SketchUp product and its vision of "3D modeling for everyone" has allowed modelers worldwide, across a wide range of industries, to express design concepts easily, accurately and efficiently.

Trimble has created the de-facto standard for field data models and project management tools for its key markets. SketchUp and the 3D Warehouse, together with other Trimble Tools from Accubid, HHK, Meridian, Plancal, QuickPen, Tekla, Trimble Business Center and the Trimble Connected Community will provide a stand-alone and enterprise solution that will enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity for the customer. Users will be able to collect data, design, model, and collaborate on one platform. The combined capability will enhance our ability to extend our existing market applications including the cadastral, heavy civil, and building and construction industries. In addition, the SketchUp platform will enable Trimble, third-party developers and our distribution partners to efficiently develop new applications.


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#Trimble Point Creator Pro Software For #Revit

Trimble - Building Construction - Trimble Point Creator Pro Software

Trimble Point Creator for CAD and Revit®

Trimble® Point Creator for CAD and Revit® (TPC) was designed for the engineer or building construction contractor utilizing Revit or CAD and needing the ability to easily create 2D and 3D field points within their preferred design file. With the continued push of utilizing BIM practices for cost savings, overall efficiency, and project data collaboration, TPC for CAD and Revit is the solution.
Working as a plugin within CAD and Revit, Trimble Point Creator provides fluid creation of field points for such objects as anchor bolt locations, curtain wall attachments, and hanger or sleeve locations via intuitive, auto-insert point creation wizards. These point creation wizards allow for faster implementation and utilization throughout any organization already familiar with CAD or Revit design platforms.
Once points are created within TPC, they can be easily exported to Trimble Construction Layout Solutions like Trimble® Field Link for easy stake-out in the field. This connection allows users to bridge the gap between the design process and work executed in the field while maintaining connections to existing BIM workflows.

Uniquely Designed for Contractors, Engineers, & Architects

Regardless of your discipline or role as a CAD and/or Revit user within a building construction project, Trimble Point Creator for CAD and Revit offers a robust and familiar environment with the following unique features:
  • Work natively in Revit and popular CAD platforms (AutoCAD, Bricscad, and ZWcad)
  • Easy to use Point Creation Wizards for point placement in 2D and 3D files
  • Export to Trimble Construction Layout Solutions
  • Volume Calculation wizard with integrated 3D viewer allowing the user to view the DTM without switching over to ACAD
  • Custom branded reporting capabilities

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Trimble - Construction - Building Construction

Trimble - Construction - Building Construction

The Trimble Connected Construction Site
streamlines workflows, eliminates rework, and improves profitability.

3D Laser Scanning

Easily capture existing condition data for accurate adaptive reuse and renovation construction planning and design.

Tool and Asset Management

Software solutions to assist the contractor in managing assets and paper-based construction processes.

Horizontal and Vertical Alignment Lasers

Portfolio of Spectra Precision Laser portable tools that give you convenience, speed and accuracy.

Layout Solutions for Structures Contractors

Powerful tools that let you take control of your job site and simplify the layout of concrete forms, footers, and anchor bolts.

Layout for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing

Powerful solutions that help you increase productivity and simplify the layout of plumbing sleeves and HVAC ductwork hangers.

Level and Grade Lasers

Portfolio of Spectra Precision Laser tools, that can stand up to tough jobsite conditions.


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Tekla - BIM solutions for building and construction

Source/Link: Building Information Modeling BIM solutions for building and construction - Tekla

Fragmented and inaccurate project information leads to delivery problems in the building and construction industry. Securing information flow and accuracy results in less costs, less waste, and projects delivered on time.

These are the very essentials Tekla Building & Construction customers work to achieve every single day. Tekla BIM (Building Information Modeling)software solutions work like model-based encyclopedias of your project, allowing to include every important detail while managing the construction process as a whole. Our ambition is to develop the best tool to enable the best efficiency for your organization; for you to free more resources and time to building our future. Winning bids and planning, managing, and delivering first-class projects enable a better quality of everyday life – for your customers, employees and eventually, all of us.

Tekla BIMsight is a free-of-charge software application for model-based project cooperation.

Tekla Structures software provides an accurate, detailed, and data-rich 3D environment that can be shared by:

Tekla BIM Benefits

The highly detailed as-built structural models created, combined and distributed with Tekla Structures enable the highest level of constructability and production control. Centralizing building information into the model allows for more collaborative and integrated project management and delivery. This translates into increased productivity and elimination of waste, thus making construction and buildings more sustainable.

Tekla Structures is an innovative software environment that facilitates open integration with, for example, architectural models while supporting the end-to-end construction process.  Every year Tekla invests approximately 20% of net sales into product research and development to continuously provide the most advanced solutions. Thousands of Tekla Structures software users around the world in nearly 100 countries successfully collaborate in BIM-based projects to produce higher-quality deliverables faster to their clients.


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Trimble MEP - QuickPen, A Division of Trimble

Trimble MEP - QuickPen, A Division of Trimble


Throw away your tape measure. Say good-bye to lost, torn and unreadable as-built drawings. Using the Trimble® MEP layout solution, you can turn the labor-intensive, mistake-prone layout process into a one-person job completed quickly and with pinpoint accuracy.

Trimble MEP empowers mechanical, HVAC and plumbing contractors to increase field productivity and simplify the layout of sleeves and hangers. One person can accurately lay out hundreds of points in a single day... even when the design is complex. 
With Trimble MEP, mechanical, plumbing and sheet metal contractors can:

Save money with accurate, one-person layout
Trimble MEP and Field Points enable one person to handle layout faster and more accurately than two people using the traditional "yard stick" method, reducing labor costs and eliminating mistakes that lead to costly re-work.

Increase project control with digital information in the field
Trimble MEP allows mechanical, HVAC and plumbing contractors to take 3D positional data to the field digitally, increasing productivity and accuracy by improving layout processes.

Reduce delays through better communication between field and office
Wireless capability in the controller enables transfer of design data and daily progress updates between the office and field, reducing delay associated with traveling to and from the job.

Trimble MEP utilizes the Trimble RTS Series Robotic Total Stations, a Trimble Nomad, and Trimble MEP layout software to provide precise layout of pipe and duct, hangers, and pipe sleeves for floor and wall penetrations. Trimble MEP integrates seamlessly with the Field Points feature in QuickPen's DuctDesigner 3D® and PipeDesigner 3D® CAD solutions to deliver location points from a CAD project drawing or model directly to the job site. Field Points integration with the Trimble MEP solution increases contractor productivity by reducing rework and facilitating faster, easier and more accurate layout.

Find Out More! Attend a Regional Workshop near You
QuickPen is now a Trimble company. This relationship provides contractors with the integrated solutions they need to stay competitive in today's marketplace. Join QuickPen and Trimble at a Regional BIM Workshop for mechanical, plumbing and sheet metal contractors.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to see firsthand how the Trimble® MEP layout solution and Field Points can increase productivity, improve accuracy and reduce costs for your company. Register today!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Glazing Appears Through Walls in Revit 2013 - The #Revit Clinic RT @RevitClinic

Source/Link: Glazing Appears Through Walls in Revit 2013 - The Revit Clinic

In Revit 2013 you may have found that your window glazing is appearing through walls in some of your view styles in 3D:

The cause of this issue is likely an out of date display driver. You can find the Certified/Recommended graphics card drivers for 2013 at the Certified Hardwarepage. 


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e-SPECS Selected by Arup as Enterprise Wide Specification Solution - Press Release

There's one thing I just don't understand and that's how so many people say they're doing BIM, yet they don't invest in all of the tools to really take it to the next level.  You know who you are. You're the guy that says it's just easier to hire an outside spec writer to work on your projects.

One of the things I love about my firm is that we've been looking at every technology and software that can make the process better.  I always wonder how the really small firms and sole proprietors are going to be able to compete with companies that can make these investments.  So, kudos to Arup for adding one of my favorite software vendors to their BIM portfolio.

Contractors, don't forget that e-SPECS works with Navisworks now.  That's great for your workflow and finding information.

April 25, 2012 – InterSpec Inc., the industry leading provider of BIM integrated construction specification software and services, today announced Arup has selected its patented e-SPECS software as the firm’s construction specification solutions. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. The firm’s North American offices will use the e-SPECS software and services to enhance the design services and delivery available to Arup’s clients.

InterSpec’s patented e-SPECS software solutions automate the preparation of construction specifications and selection of products and materials that are incorporated into commercial construction projects. InterSpec’s e-SPECS products are used by thousands of architects, engineers and construction professionals to help them keep their construction drawings and specifications in sync while reducing the overall cost of development.

“We’re proud to include Arup to our list of leading AEC firms recognizing the need for improvements in coordinated construction documents,” said Michael Brennan, CEO of InterSpec. “e-SPECS providesmultiple office firms with centralized management of proprietary design specification content enabling effective management and distribution of that knowledge to other locations. Firms like Arup can collaborate more effectively and timely on projects. With e-SPECS integration of the leading master specifications in the United States and Canada along with owners such as the US Dept of Veterans Affairs, Arup has one specification solution that meets their design needs.”

Fiona Cousins, Principal at Arup, explains “We have chosen e-SPECS for its ability to help us manage our regional standard specifications and to share knowledge gained across our offices. We expect that the straightforward editing interface and automatic formatting will speed up, and improve the accuracy of our specification production.”

Arup evaluated e-SPECS at multiple offices on in-house projects. The ability to provide one solution across all offices in North America, manage the firm’s custom masters, and the potential to integrate e-SPECS with BIM models were major factors in selecting e-SPECS. Arup will be managing their firm’s specification masters based on MasterSpec® and Canadian specifications. All offices will access firm design preferences centrally managed on industry-standard Microsoft SQL servers. Arup is using InterSpec training and services to facilitate cost effective integration into their construction document process.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Xandem Synergistic Sensing | Xandem Technology - For motion sensing, security and more

What a great new piece of technology. This would work great for motion sensors to turn lights on and off as well as its security applications, like movable video cameras to track movement.  I'm wondering if this could be used to detect objects inside of walls and ceilings for existing building laser scanning.  That would change the world of renovations and facility management.

Xandem's secret sauce is its use of radio waves, which can go through things like trees and walls. That means motion sensors using those waves can be completely hidden -- a breakthrough that's drawing notice from both scientists and security industry professionals.

Xandem Synergistic Sensing | Xandem Technology
Pronunciation: /ˈzan-dem/
As the term “tandem” refers to any group of persons or objects harnessed together for power, “Xandem” is tandem - high tech.
Xandem technology detects and locates people who are not carrying a tag or device. At the cutting edge of science, this powerful and cost-effective technology can detect people through walls, obstructions, and in other difficult environments.
The uses are endless. Xandem does not identify features on people, so privacy is maintained.

Media Highlights

"[Xandem's] network of radio transceivers measures the signal strength to reveal the locations of people or objects in the area. The system can find targets in the dark and through walls, smoke, or trees. The technology could find applications in fire rescues, hostage situations, and border security." -"Beyond X-Ray Vision", Discover Magazine
"The ability to 'see' people moving around in a building with such a cheap system has many plausible applications, and Mr. Wilson has set up a company called Xandem to commercialise the idea." - "Looking Beyond", The Economist

Click this link to read more about the system: http://xandem.com/halloween-2010


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Artlantis Rendering Plugin For Revit #Revit #Artlantis

Just another option for you....

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Create your model in Revit, export and edit it in Artlantis. Return to Revit, make changes to the geometry, export a new Artlantis file and recover your previous work done in Artlantis.
The Artlantis export plug-in offers a direct transfer from Revit into Artlantis, without the need for intermediate file formats. During the export, special entities are automatically exploded. Artlantis’ .atl file format is cross platform; it can be read on both Macintosh and Windows.
Let’s see in detail what Artlantis can recover from your Revit model:
• The geometry
• All cameras for parallel views
• All cameras for perspective views
• The shading color and transparency of materials with their names
• The geographical position of the Sun active for the parallel view that is used for the export.

Step 1 : Modeling in Revit
Build your model in Revit Modeling Tips :
Artlantis takes into account the name of materials you assign to surfaces in Revit. Surfaces with the same material name (even if the material itself differs in Revit) will be treated with the same material in Artlantis.

Surfaces with multiple materials, in other words surfaces for which you applied the Split face and Paint command in Revit, will be transferred with only one material to Artlantis. For example: in case of a wall, it will be transferred the diffuse color and transparency of the default material.

• Artlantis does not support RPC objects; it means that site components such as Revit plants are not compatible with Artlantis. We suggest that you use Artlantis trees and vegetation instead.

• You can transfer the complete model, or only a part of it. In the event you only want to use a part of the model in Artlantis, simply select the parts and export.

• Import all linked files into your Revit model before beginning the export.

Step 2: Export the model to Artlantis
Go to Parallel Views and launch the command: Tools > External Tools > Export to Artlantis Render - Studio.Specify a location and finish the operation. The built-in plug-in will create an Artlantis .atl file.

Step 3 : Set your scene with Artlantis
Open the .atl file created using Revit in Artlantis. Add textures, lights and insert objects into your scene to give it a touch of realism. Save your work in Artlantis.

Step 4 : Update the file in Revit

Step 5 : Update the modified model in Artlantis
Open the new .atl file you have created. When opened, go to File > Use Reference File... A new dialog box will appear. First, select the location of your old .atl file to which you want to refer and select it. You now have many options; you can transfer from the fist Artlantis file into the second one.

First, you can recover all the shaders from your first scene into your new one. Choose this option:

You now have the possibility to recover all the information from your first file. Here we select all options. You can recover: Then click on OK. Your new file has been updated with the data from your first version.

Because BIM software and CAD software use much more information than necessary for rendering. The CAD file becomes larger as the design project progresses. And all this information is useless and consumes valuable memory...
Because during the rendering calculation, you should be able to continue to work on your project instead of waiting for the rendering to be completed... Because the person working on the design and the one working on the rendering might be two different people...

Because productivity is a key factor in rendering, unlike CAD software, which was created for modeling and documentation...
For all these reasons, Artlantis is a stand-alone rendering software.

In addition, there is a wide range of plug-ins available for Artlantis and the most popular 3D CAD software. And, each time you modify the CAD file, the changes can easily be merged into the Artlantis file -- none of the work saved in Artlantis is ever lost...



Sketch'Up Pro


These plug-ins are already available
Below is a list of available plug-ins – click on the icon for more specific information about each plug-in, including videos and tutorials.


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