Autodesk, Inc., a leading design software and digital content company, has announced increased engineering analysis capability by closely linking Autodesk® Building Systems 2005 and applications from Autodesk alliance members Trane, GeoPraxis™, and Elite Software. Autodesk has worked closely with these industry leaders to deliver design and analysis capabilities for hvac, energy and fire protection engineering that help significantly reduce the time and cost of conducting engineering analysis. Engineers can now seamlessly share data between Autodesk Building Systems 2005 and analysis applications that perform heating and cooling load calculations, sizing calculations, and energy calculations. By enabling engineering professionals to more easily create, manage, and share critical building design information, Autodesk and its alliance members are helping improve the accuracy of building models, speed time to project completion, meet the performance requirements for sustainable design, and reduce the overall cost of building design.
Autodesk Building Systems, which was specifically created for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (M/E/P) engineers, helps enable faster, more accurate analysis and design, resulting in higher quality deliverables and better building performance. By easily detecting physical interferences and better coordinating information across disciplines, design professionals can resolve potential conflicts during design rather than on site and can minimize costly rework and waste. Further improving drawing accuracy and productivity, Autodesk enables third-party applications to import Building Systems design data through standard file formats, including gbXML and ddXML, in addition to an open application programming interface (API). Unlike other CAD applications, the engineering data is stored in the objects within the Building Systems model, and can be directly extracted from the object for use in third-party applications. This unique capability dramatically improves the workflow process, enabling M/E/P firms to devote less time on construction administration and more effort on new projects to improve overall business operations with delivering higher quality deliverables on time and within budget.
Recognizing the opportunity to transform the engineering workflow process through advancements in technology, Trane, GeoPraxis, and Elite Software have taken the lead in utilizing engineering data created with Autodesk Building Systems 2005. Using applications from these providers, engineering professionals can improve productivity and calculation precision by sharing information between engineering programs.
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