The design process is still a very critical part of any construction project, commercial or residential. From residential builders that are looking to make the leap to BIM (building information modeling) to those just looking for greater efficiency associated with the tools they already have in place, some recent releases help fit the bill.
With the release of Envisioneer 7, Cadsoft Corp., www.cadsoft.com, Guelph, Ont., wants to provide residential builders and light commercial contractors with an easy-to-use, complete solution for BIM. Advancements in this regard center on strategic design enhancements, precision documentation, and productivity gains in digital quantity takeoff. This is particularly useful for building and material supply dealer clients; an area in which Cadsoft seems to be growing nicely.
Regarding the digital takeoff in particular, added flexibility in performing takeoffs on screen is highlighted, as are enhancements around material list reporting, cut list optimization, and report writing accuracy.
Collaboration is a major part of this release. According to Cadsoft, builders and designers are able to improve upon collaboration efforts with their lumber and building material dealers early in the design phase. Such early collaboration can go a long wa y in ensuring critical errors, or data duplication, does not occur.
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