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Trimble Document Controller Standard for managing drawings and models
July 15th, 2014 by Susan Smith
Duane Gleason, product manager, Vico Office at Trimble Building, and Marcel Broekmaat, market manager at Vico Office at Trimble Building, spoke recently about the release of Trimble Document Controller Standard, a standalone 2D/3D application designed for construction firms that are looking for a better way to manage drawings and models. The new application allows project stakeholders to understand design changes and be able to manage issues that might increase cost or risk. Capabilities include: 2D/3D change management, issues tracking, integrated reporting, and the ability to map 2D documents to coordinated 3D models in a hybrid environment.
1. AECCafe Voice: What was the previous method used in this software that was used for change detection between design iteration?
The functionality is new as a standalone product, but existed for users of the Vico Office suite. Trimble is now making this available as a product for those who do not necessarily want to deploy the full WW 5D workflow, which contains support for quantity takeoff, cost planning and estimating.
2. When you talk about “mapping in a hybrid environment,” do you mean an environment with files from various file formats? Does this mean you can detect changes in file formats not your own?
Users can bring BIM files from supported applications together into one single environment and review changes made throughout the design phases in one single application.
It also means combining of 2D information with 3D information: the term “hybrid” refers to this particular capability. Users can place 2D drawings in the appropriate location in a 3D model space to marry 2D with 3D, allowing for true 2D/3D coordination.
3. Is this available for mobile devices?
The application itself is desktop only, but coordinated PDFs can be shared with team members using Trimble’s mobile field software.
4. Would you say this app keeps the 3D model accountable to the 2D drawing and vice versa, during the construction lifecycle?
This is absolutely one of the key benefits of this software. The vast majority of contract documents still reflect designs residing in 2D PDF’s, while more and more work during actual construction is being coordinated and calculated using 3D BIM methods.