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Tekla’s BIMsight 1.8 distinguishes itself by allowing users to work remotely
September 10th, 2013 by Susan Smith
Mike Gustafson, Product Manager, Tekla answered some questions about Tekla’s BIMsight 1.8 release, a free construction collaboration tool. This new version makes BIM collaboration LIVE and allows you to share models and communicate through the client instantly. The model sharing that was introduced in BIMsight 1.6 is now enhanced by the note sharing capability, thereby eliminating the need to send notes in email.
AECCafe Voice: What do you think are the most significant features of this release?
Mike Gustafson: Being able to share information in real time between different project site locations.
AECCafe Voice: Is this product comparable to the Autodesk BIM 360 for construction?
MG: Tekla BIMsight is unique from BIM 360 in that the Tekla BIMsight application and project models are stored locally while the collaboration data is exchanged via the choice of the project. They can choose the cloud sharing service of their choice or use internal LAN or FTP to share their notes and information live. This allows the users to work remotely when internet connections are not available; having both options to work remotely or live over the networks provides greater flexibility.
AECCafe Voice: What do you think has precipitated the interest in BIM for construction over the past couple of years?
MG: Construction teams are moving past coordination to using the models for planning and executing more effectively on site. This requires more accurate and complete models from the designers and subcontractors which Tekla BIMsight can support.
AECCafe Voice: Does this product facilitate more communication between design and construction professionals, and in what way?
MG: Because of its ability to work in real time, Tekla BIMsight 1.8 allows project team members to collaborate much more easily than before. Usability can drive decisions in how firms collaborate and Tekla BIMsight makes things now that much easier.