Focus On: Software and Web Services
Single-member sizing softwareiLevel
Forte 2011 software is a free, single-member sizing tool for vertical and horizontal framing members, including freestanding posts, studs, columns embedded in wall systems, beams, joists and headers. The software sizes dimension lumber and engineered wood products and accounts for seismic and wind loads.
BIM modelingCertainTeed Gypsum
The company has introduced BIM objects for building, design and construction professionals’ use in project design, specification and scheduling. The objects are available through Reed Construction Data’s proprietary SmartBIM Library and include details and systems on the company’s gypsum and sheathing boards. Providing Autodesk Revit users with access to manufacturer-specific systems in context makes it easier for design professionals to streamline project specification and workflow. This offering provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers with one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects.
Hands-on digital takeoff solutionOn Center Software/Wacom
The Digital Takeoff Table 2 solution integrates with the latest version of On-Screen Takeoff to generate digital construction takeoffs. The product is a hands-on digital takeoff solution that furthers the technology developed for the original Digital Takeoff Table solution (released by On Center in 2009). Designed to increase takeoff speed and accuracy, the solution includes a 21.3-inch write-on monitor, a patented cordless grip pen, 16 customizable ExpressKeys that give users access to On-Screen Takeoff-specific shortcuts and grip pen calibration to better simulate writing with a pencil on paper plans. The solution includes all hardware, as well as the Takeoff integration file. On-Screen Takeoff licenses are sold separately.
Seismic guides and ceiling products applicationAdvanced Estimating
The EDGE estimating software application now includes USG Ceilings products. The company also issued seven new Seismic Technical Guides to help building professionals better understand and comply with seismic ceiling design requirements outlined in the International Building Code. Estimators can easily select from a library of pre-loaded USG ceilings products which make estimating and procurement more accurate and efficient. Enhanced system features further simplify the estimating process for complex takeoffs. So when an estimator selects “seismic installation,” any additional components and labor necessary to install in accordance with the code are included in the estimate automatically. Professionals can also improve their dealer communications by generating detailed quote requests or purchase orders that list exact item descriptions with carton quantities.
Damage and estimate costs applicationXactware
XactScope is a sleek, intuitive application that contractors and insurers can use to scope room dimensions, search line items and estimate property losses from their smart phones. Users can then send the information to their desktop version of Xactimate, the company’s estimation software, to be included with assignments or to supplement new projects. Users can download XactScope for free at the BlackBerry application store and it will be available on the iPhone and other personal devices. The product is compatible with the latest version of Xactimate 27.1 and is bundled into Xactimate Professional at no additional cost. Once the application is installed, users can register it on Xactimate so the two platforms can communicate with each other. Users can then download price lists and scope losses anytime, anywhere.