Nemetschek Group creates automatic analysis model
The Nemetschek Group is uniting engineers and modelers through an automatically generated analysis model which aims to boost workflows throughout the construction cycle.
With SCIA AutoConverter, structural engineers can fully participate in the BIM process, in combination with the Bimplus platform from Allplan.
“This is another great result from the increasing collaboration between our brands. Again, several Nemetschek Group brands - led by Allplan and SCIA - have joined forces to improve collaboration and efficiency across the construction lifecycle”, says Viktor Várkonyi, Chief Division Officer, Planning & Design Division and member of the Executive Board of the Nemetschek Group. “The innovation is a true game-changer for structural engineers”.
Until now, structural engineers were hindered by having to create or recreate analysis models from scratch. This process often took up 30 percent of the project time. “This solution saves a lot of time and effort for my work as an engineer. I don´t have to spend any time rebuilding models”, comments Hannah Freireich, Will Rudd Davidson Ltd, Scotland.
The analysis model is automatically generated from the geometric model, regardless of the software used, by leveraging the Open BIM approach of the Nemetschek Group. Throughout the automated process, the engineer retains control over how the analysis model is created – a crucial feature for most engineers. All participants always have the latest information available. Any changes made to the geometric model are automatically updated in the analysis model without losing any analysis data, and vice versa.
“Collaboration between all disciplines, including architects, modelers, structural engineers and others, is crucial for a safe and sustainable design. With our new solution, we are providing a highly innovative way to improve the engineering workflow and to make BIM a workable reality for all, including structural engineers”, says Hilde Sevens, CEO of SCIA.
With this innovation, engineers are given the ability to integrate Allplan models quickly and efficiently in their structural analysis tool of choice - including sister brands SCIA, Frilo and Risa - and further structural analysis tools by leveraging Open BIM. “The automatic conversion of the structural model to the analysis model saves a vast amount of time and reduces the risk of errors in re-modelling - a great benefit for our customers”, adds Detlef Schneider, CEO of Allplan. “Therefore, it was a given for us to include it into our new release of Allplan 2021”.
SCIA AutoConverter was released in June 2020 and SCIA AutoConverter Light has now been included as part of the Allplan 2021 release for customers on maintenance.
SafeAI attracts $21m funding as SmartMix AI tool launches
SafeAI is driving the transformation of the mining and construction industries through connected, autonomous sites. With chronic labour shortages, unsafe working conditions and frequent project delays, these industries are in a unique position to benefit from autonomy.
Unlike on-road applications of the technology, autonomous heavy equipment operates in controlled environments, which means companies can create smarter, safer, more productive project sites today that create meaningful, near-term impact.
“We are at a tipping point for autonomous heavy equipment,” said Bibhrajit Halder, founder and CEO at SafeAI. “We’ve proven that autonomy makes work sites significantly safer and more productive; now, we are on the cusp of mass adoption. Together with our valued partners, customers and investors, we’re poised to deploy autonomy in off-road industries like construction and mining, at scale, to rethink the way heavy industry operates.”
Heavy industry is a large, growing global market, ripe for disruption. The construction equipment market alone is valued at $140 billion, and expected to increase to $175 billion by 2025; construction-related spending accounts for a staggering 13% of global GDP, or $11.5 trillion.
But there remains significant room for growth; in construction alone, higher productivity could create an estimated $1.6 trillion in additional value. With just 25% of the infrastructure needed by 2050 in existence today, autonomy can bridge this productivity gap with greater efficiency and 24/7 operations. SafeAI is at the forefront of this transformation.
“There’s a tremendous amount of excitement in the autonomy space today; but it’s clear the biggest opportunity for this technology is off-road,” said Mark Blackwell, General Partner at Builders VC. “With its industry-leading autonomous software, scalable retrofit approach and partner ecosystem, SafeAI is uniquely poised to capitalize on this opportunity. We’re proud to support the company in its next chapter of growth as demand for autonomous heavy equipment continues to skyrocket.”
New investors LTC, DG Ventures, MACA and Vimson Group, and existing investors Autotech Ventures, Brick and Mortar Ventures, Embark Ventures, Monta Vista Capital and Obayashi Corporation, also participated in the round. The funding comes on the heels of a year of rapid growth for SafeAI, including new partnerships with Obayashi, Goodyear and Macnica, and expansion into Australia’s booming mining market.
A pilot program with Obayashi Corporation last November saw a Caterpillar 725 articulated dump truck autonomously complete a vital on-site function and carry out load-haul-dump cycles.
Giatec debuts SmartMix AI tool
Giatec has debuted what it claims is the world's first concrete AI tool for producers, SmartMix. The web-based AI tool allows producers to optimise concrete ingredient proportions, reduce cement usage, and predict the performance of their mixes while still meeting project specifications.
Giatec believes this tool will lower Greenhouse Gas emissions resulting from concrete production by 400 million tons annually, the equivalent of taking 110 million cars off the road.
SmartMix builds on Giatec's first AI software program Roxi, which has collected millions of data points from the company's SmartRock wireless concrete sensors across 8,000 projects and 80 countries.
Giatec's head of research and development, Andrew Fahim, said the new technologies are going to pave the path forward for the industry to meet increasing infrastructure demands.