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Nemetschek Vectorworks & Synchro Software Ltd. Join Forces

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Guest Lindsay Sappington

Companies View IFC as a Strong Interoperability Option for Users

Columbia, Md. (April 15, 2014) ? Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and Synchro Software Ltd. have joined forces to provide truly open and flexible collaboration between architectural modeling and construction planning BIM tools. Both companies are committed leaders to the proliferation of open BIM workflows in design and construction and work to improve the efficiency of the industry through the successful implementation of open standards-based data exchange. In addition, both companies support the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format as an interoperability solution for their customers.

?We believe systems interoperability is as important as supporting 3D data in our 4D BIM for construction planning and scheduling solution,? said Tom Dengenis, CEO of Synchro Software Ltd. ?Our support for IFC dates back to 2008. We decided back then for clear strategic reasons to focus on Vectorworks, the clear leader in IFC, to guide our import and synchronization capabilities. From the start, and to this day, we singularly focus on developing and testing our capabilities with Vectorworks as the authoring system.?

?A core tenet of Vectorworks is to provide designers with creative freedom, and interoperability is essential as those designers work with other collaborators to transform their creative visions to a built reality,? said Jeremy Powell, director of product marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. ?We're excited to work with Synchro Software, a company that is clearly committed to supporting open standards for the benefit of all professionals involved in the design and construction process. We look forward to continued collaboration with Synchro in the future as we strengthen our partnership.?

One recent example of a large BIM project using Synchro and Vectorworks software is the construction of two metro subway stations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Consortium Heleno & Fonseca and the TIISA made use of BIM technology as a support for studies and planning of the stations Eucaliptos and Moema, both part of the expansion of line five of the Sao Paulo metro. Vectorworks Architect software was used for the generation of the BIM models of the stations and for accurate estimations of volumes and areas of different building elements of the 3D models. Synchro was used to associate the elements of the model to the schedule activities, as well as to generate the 4D analysis.

Some of the resulting benefits of the 4D analysis included more speed and accuracy in the generation of the studies of the construction schedule alternatives, greater versatility and speed in decision-making, the creation of informative presentations of the work for external stakeholders through short videos, and visualization of the structures and equipment in different phases of the project.

More information about this project can be found here: http://www.cadtec.com.br/news/bim4d_metrosp_en.html

About Synchro Software Ltd.

At Synchro Software Ltd., we create innovative, easy-to-use construction project management software that fundamentally changes the way construction projects are delivered. Our award winning 4D BIM software is interoperable with over 35 CAD systems and industry standard scheduling systems. The ability to visualize your project before construction begins and every day throughout the process creates a practice field that is highly efficient and engaging, where individual knowledge can be easily shared and where organizations can build competitive advantage. It?s time for improvement in the construction industry. We invite you to learn more at www.synchroltd.com.

About Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that allow designers to easily capture, develop and communicate their ideas with accuracy and efficiency. With more than 450,000 users around the world, Vectorworks software is a global leader in 3D design technologies for the AEC, landscape, and entertainment industries. Nemetschek Vectorworks was founded in 1985 and has been a part of The Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2000. For more information, visit www.vectorworks.net.

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