Building Information Modeling (BIM) files now available on Autodesk Seek; provide designers with data-rich 3D models for green building projects
FAIR LAWN, N.J. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 26, 2011 — CALMAC, a leader in energy storage systems, today announced that its product line is now available through the Autodesk® Seek web service, allowing design professionals to search for and access the company’s high-quality building product information and design files from the Seek website or directly from their Revit-based design applications. With the addition of CALMAC models to their building design model, customers are now able to visualize a real-life representation of an energy storage system in the context of a whole building design. By hosting CALMAC’s Autodesk Revit® models, Autodesk Seek provides architects and engineers with predictability and visual context in the placement of energy storage systems in new construction and retrofit projects.
“By enhancing the design process with 3D modeling, architects and engineers are better equipped to visualize how the energy storage system components fit into a project long before a structure is even built,” said Mark MacCracken, CEO of CALMAC and Chair, USGBC. “Building information modeling helps users preview the integration of our system into a building’s design, offering a glimpse of the end result throughout the design stage. With a presence in Autodesk Seek, our products will now be at the fingertips of millions of architects and engineers as they design.”
Autodesk Seek allows design professionals to search specifically for the building product design files they need – in the form of 3D models, 2D drawings, visual images, and part and product specification data. The service includes access to existing content from Autodesk applications and building product manufacturers into a single, unified search experience. Architects and engineers can now preview 3D representations of CALMAC’s product designs, from structural composition to the way components fit together in the field, and can be confident that CALMAC models are compliant with Seek’s stringent guidelines. This capability makes for better informed decisions based on more detailed project data during the conceptual design process and throughout the project lifespan.
“It is increasingly important for design professionals and builders to be able to rely on high quality data as the AEC industry moves to BIM,” said David Bandi, Director, Autodesk Seek Network . “The addition of CALMAC’s information-rich IceBank energy storage systems models to the Autodesk Seek web service is one more step in delivering a ‘critical mass’ of product information to designers who can now take a more comprehensive approach to their green building designs.”
CALMAC Corporation is widely recognized for promoting peak energy conservation and energy cost savings. A member of the Electricity Storage Association ( ESA) and a USGBC member, CALMAC is the manufacturer of IceBank® Energy Storage equipment with over 3,600 Ice Storage installations worldwide. IceBank systems are a valuable component of the smart grid, enabling energy, including renewable wind energy that mainly blows at night, to be efficiently stored for use during periods of high demand.
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