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Trace Software International flies to Colombia for ExpoCamacol

Trace Software International flies to Colombia for ExpoCAMACOL

In its next edition, the Colombian Chamber of Construction (Camacol) will try to overcome what has been achieved in the previous years of  ExpoCAMACOL, its biennial exhibition.
Trace Software International, the leading company in the design of electrical engineering solutions since 1987, confirms its assistance in the event. ExpoCAMACOL will take place from August 22nd to 25th in Medellín, Colombia, at the Plaza Mayor Exhibition and Convention Center.
Every two years, the largest trade show for the construction industry in Latin America, brings together the entrepreneurs and the professionals to strengthen relationships, do business, exchange opinions and create synergies. ExpoCAMACOL is a gateway to opportunities. The figures of the last edition were in fact very positive: 450 exhibitors from 21 countries and 58,506 international visitors during the four days of the event. This year, the fair is expected to generate 250 M of US dollars in terms of business value.
Trace Software International will showcase two state-of-the-art software solutions for the construction industry. These tools ensure an important enhancement of the performance in terms of time, quality and productivity.
 

elec calc™ BIM

It is the first software in the world that perfectly integrates the electrical calculation in the BIM process. With elec calc™ BIM, the user can design, calculate and size the electrical installation in the digital model in IFC 4 format, generated by any 3D architecture software (Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp …).
For REVIT users, the elec calc™ BIM plug-in optimizes collaboration between the two programs. The compatibility with the electrical objects available on the BIM&CO platform is also an important resource for integrating and calculating the products of the manufacturers.

With the arrival of BIM, we have for the first time in almost thirty years, an exceptional opportunity to make a profound change in the way we conceive our electrical design software.” With elec calc™ BIM, the user has at his disposal a digital model, capable of simulating most of the installation parameters. This means saving hundreds of hours of work and obtaining a more rigorous design and an immense economic advantage “, says Etienne Mullie, Trace Software International R&D Manager.

 

archelios™ suite

The future of solar power looks increasingly bright. The archelios™ suite is the cutting-edge photovoltaic software solution to manage the entirety of a photovoltaic project. It is the unique tool in the market which allows the solar professionals to increase the performance of the project with the utmost precision. From the feasibility study, bankability, 3D design, to the compliance and calculation notes, right up to the operation and maintenance management, archelios™ suite sharpen your competitive position in the booming market of photovoltaics.
The President of ExpoCAMACOL, Sandra Forero Ramírez, affirms that last year the Colombian construction industry experienced a slow recovery. She is also optimistic about the future: “We hope to start the year with the construction of 150,000 housing units, which means an approximate increase of 4.6%“.
The company will also hold two different conferences. “PV solar panel installation” will take place at the Comisiones 1 area on the 23rd of August at 3:00 PM. The second conference “elec calc™ BIM- the software that integrates the electrical project into the BIM process” will happen on the 24th of August at 3:00 P.M in the same place,
Trace Software experts will be happy to welcome you to the booth 4 PS of the ExpoCamacol during the four days of the event.

Alternatively, it is possible to request a free trial of the software solutions.

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Who is the BIM Manager by Trace Software International

The BIM Manager

The implementation of BIM in the Spanish AEC industry Trace Software International

The implementation of BIM in the Spanish AEC industry

What is the current Spanish situation regarding the implementation of BIM in the Spanish AEC industry? What are the decisions of the Spanish government regarding the digital revolution in the construction industry?

BIM is not yet mandatory in Spain. However, the Spanish construction industry has also been subject to EU Directive 2014/24/UE.  Since 2014, according to this directive, the member states are invited to encourage the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in construction projects financed by EU public funds as of 2016.

In 2015 the Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry of Development) created the “BIM Commission” with the main mission to establish a roadmap for the BIM methodology implementation in Spain. The BIM Committee is made up of five different tasks groups that focus on distinct themes: strategy, people, processes, technology, and international liaison.

While the first group is primarily responsible for the planning and the stipulation of a specific action plan for the implementation of BIM, the second group focuses on the theme of the change of culture and the capacity of public and private staff in the new collaborative scenario. The third group, on the other hand, works on the standardization of processes and on the creation of protocols and standards necessary for the realization of projects that use BIM. The fourth group is dedicated to the technological aspect with the aim of guaranteeing the interoperability and use of the Open BIM. The last group pays attention to the international scenario to revisit the Spanish position compared to the other panoramas.

A strategic timetable for BIM implementation has been set. BIM use is supposed to be mandatory in public construction projects from December 2018 and in infrastructure projects by July 2019. However, we do not speak of real legislation, but rather of guidelines in the implementation path of the BIM methodology in Spain. In fact, the date for the actual approval of the BIM law and standards has been set at 11/06/2018.

The importance of BIM in the construction sector is now consolidated in public opinion. BIM is becoming a global language for the infrastructure and construction sector, enabling greater collaboration and movement of capabilities across borders. BIM refers to a collaborative method of working which is based on the generation and exchange of data between various project parties on the same project.

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries have sought out for a long time to increase productivity and quality, while at the same time decrease costs and project delivery time, hence using BIM gives the best potential in reaching these goals.

elec calc™ BIM  stands out as the unique electrical design software solution responding to the BIM challenges. This is the world’s first calculating software that seamlessly integrates elec calc™-  the electrical equipment used in sizing projects – with different design platforms and architectural 3D models, thanks to its unique IFC standard use approach.

BIM simulates the construction project in a virtual environment.  Just as elec calc™ BIM solution allows you to create a one-line diagram of electrical installation from the BIM model and defining the cable routing (calculating lengths, adding cables as objects).

The key benefit of BIM is its accurate geometrical representation of the parts of a building, in an integrated data environment. Some great features of elec calc™ BIM  include IFC Explorer, your electrical objects are recognized from IFC data and interactions between Explorer, 3D Viewer, and elec calc™ one-line diagram, identifying components in real time between your 3D Viewer and the one-line diagram.

 

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BIM: Trends, Benefits, Risks, and Future for the AEC Industry by Trace Software International

BIM: Trends, Benefits, Risks, and Future for the AEC Industry

The reality of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become a necessary tool in the building industry and Trace-Software is at the leading-edge by combining electrical calculation and sizing with BIM.

 

An Emerging Trend

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has always pursued techniques to reduce-costs of projects while at the same time, increase-productivity, quality, and reduce-delivery -time.

The building information modelling (BIM) has increased in use over the last 6 years as an innovative way to design and manage projects. By adopting BIM, it can improve building performance and operations due to its collaborative approach.

As the use of BIM globally grows, collaboration within project teams will also increase, which will lead to improved profitability, reduced costs and better management of time.

 

A Growing Trend Across AEC Industry

BIM simulates the construction project in a virtual setting. With BIM technology, an accurate model of a building, known as a building information model, is digitally produced.

The building information model contains precise geometry and relevant data needed to support the design, procurement, fabrication, and construction activities required to realize the building.

A building information model characterizes the geometry, spatial relationships, geographic-information, quantities and properties of building elements, cost estimates, material inventories, and project schedule.

 

Benefits of BIM

A building information model can be used for some of the following purposes:

  • Visualization: easily produced 3D renderings
  • Fabrication: generate drawings for various building systems
  • Cost estimating: BIM software has built-in cost estimating features, reduce-delivery -time
  • Construction sequencing: coordinate material ordering, fabrication, and delivery schedules for all building components
  • Conflict, interference, and collision detection: can be instantly and automatically checked for interferences
  • Forensic analysis: graphically illustrate potential failures, leaks, evacuation plans
  • Facilities management: for renovations, maintenance operations and planning of space

 

BIM Mandatory

The concept of BIM and its implementation is quickly becoming compulsory on all centrally procured public sector and private sector projects in many countries around the world.

The USA was perhaps one of the first countries to adopt the use of BIM and has taken significant steps in this regard. For example, General Services Administration (GSA) in 2003, established a National 3D-4D-BIM Program through its Public Buildings Service (PBS) to support the use of BIM and mandated the use of BIM for all projects from 2007.

Many organisations have taken important steps to review and adopt the new approach of BIM by appointing a BIM manager to address how BIM is used, for example. Below are some of the countries already using or aiming to implement BIM standards.

 

UK – Completed adaptation by April 2016

FI, NO, SW – Complete adaptation by 2010

GE – Adaptation led by private sectors aided by Government

HK – Complete adaptation since 2014/15

MA – To implemented by 2020

UAE – Mandatory from 2014 for big projects, broader since 2015

SP – Mandatory from 2018 for major projects, 2020 all others

ES – Making BIM priority in public sector projects by 2018

US – Mandatory design stage 2006 for Public Building System

 

BIM Legal

The way of designing the construction of buildings is changing with the utilisation of BIM. It is now becoming a legal standard for most countries and those not using it are working towards using it.

BIM Risks

There are potential risks associated with BIM that can be separated into two broad categories: legal (or contractual) and technical.

The need to protect BIM-data through copyright laws and other channels can cause issues if it is not property set-out.

A way to deal with these risks is to ave collaborative, integrated project –  Delivery contracts, in which the risks of using BIM-data are shared among the project participants along with the rewards. This will help assist stakeholders define the model management, frameworks and ensure traceability.

 

BIM Future

The financial and productivity benefits of using BIM-data within the AEC industry are widely known. The technology to implement BIM is available and rapidly growing, ensuring the growth of the concept. With a standardisation of Levels and more and more countries adhering to the standard, BIM is here to stay.

 

By James Glass – The Tech Insider @tracesoftware

 

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TRACE SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL TEAMS UP WITH BIM&CO

Trace Software International Teams Up with avant-garde BIM&CO

Trace Software International (TSI) – successful company with 30 years of experience in the development of software solutions for industry engineering and with a unique expertise in the design of electrical installations-  has teamed up with the avant- guarde BIM&CO to empower the benefits of his cutting-edge software elec calc™ BIM.

Trace Software International and BIM&CO team up to provide elec calc™ BIM-the electrical design software solution-  with the ultimate competitive advantage.

elec calc™ BIM is the company latest addition: a leading-edge solution aimed to the electrical engineering industry. It stands out as the unique electrical design solution responding to the BIM challenges. This is the world’s first calculating software that seamlessly integrates elec calc™-  the electrical equipment used in sizing projects – with different design platforms and architectural 3D models. elec calc™ BIM promotes synergies and interoperability aimed to improve the design reliability and safety, the quality of the project and the overall management of the construction.

Trace Software International could not find a better partner then BIM&CO.  In fact, elec calc™ BIM user will be enabled to gain a direct access to all the information and data regarding the BIM objects in the open platform of BIM&CO.  Finally, all the calculated data and added properties will be sent back to Revit, in addition to all the calculation notes and data regarding the one-line diagram.

BIM&CO is a promising start up, which has just successfully closed a financial round of 2€ million investments from Normandie Participations, NFactory, Bpifrance and the Normandy region.

Our partner – The BIM Contents Company – free and cloud based, is also highly social and collaborative. This is the professional community space where the users can publish quality objects and manufactures can publish construction product data, making BIM&CO a unique source for all BIM objects and data.

With BIM (Building Information Modelling) representing the disrupting digital revolution in the construction industry, BIM&CO vision is to become the world reference platform for the distribution of high quality structured data for the digital mock-up sector.

The open platform bimandco.com has been designed to facilitate the work of manufacturers facing the challenges of the BIM world. Manufacturers must, in fact, structure and disseminate product data from their catalogs for the different construction actors in a specific formalism for the realization of BIM projects.

Trace Software International and BIM&CO are both parts of Groupe Trace. This giant includes TraceParts, as a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, Cythelia as an independent research firm in new energy technologies, specializing in photovoltaics and Green Systèmes as an innovating company which main purpose is to help professionals optimizing the energy performance of their buildings and equipment.