Tekla, a Trimble company, recently delivered Tekla BIMsight 1.9, the latest version of its free, easy-to-use software tool for building information modeling (BIM) project coordination. Tekla BIMsight now supports Trimble SketchUp (.skp) models to improve the design coordination process and BIM collaboration. The new version also brings improvements for concrete professionals with rebar measurement and improved clash detection.

Tekla BIMsight is a construction and design coordination tool with emphasis on three Cs: combining models, checking for conflicts and communicating issues. In addition to models from SketchUp—one of the world’s most popular modeling tool used for creating, updating and communicating designs in 3D—Tekla BIMsight 1.9 also supports other common formats (IGES and STEP) for more efficient and wide-ranging BIM collaboration.  By supporting SketchUp models, Tekla BIMsight 1.9 strengthens the links between two of the key software applications in the design-build-operate (DBO) portfolio offered by Trimble Buildings—a Trimble group focused on delivering advanced, accessible, intuitive technologies to help make the construction industry more productive by enhancing collaboration between all project stakeholders.

“Tekla BIMsight and SketchUp continue to set the standard in helping construction professionals achieve more accurate and predictable projects,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble Vice President. “The more robust connection between these two products will help our customers collaborate more effectively across teams and improve their project workflows.”

Improvements for concrete professionals
Tekla BIMsight serves all disciplines of the construction industry and this version delivers new functionalities for concrete construction professionals – engineers, fabricators and contractors. Thus some of the biggest new features of version 1.9 are selecting and measuring rebar and running conflict checks with reinforcement models.

“Tekla is working on concrete with the same passion we have for the steel industry. Tekla BIMsight 1.9 is a great example of a product release that really brings value to Tekla concrete customers and enhances the use of 3D models not only for drawings and quantities, but using the model as a basis for communication and construction project coordination,” stated Jarkko Stenvall, Director, B&C CIP Concrete segment, Tekla.

More global than ever

Tekla BIMsight has so far been available in six languages (English, German, French, Spanish, simplified Chinese and Japanese). The new version makes Tekla BIMsight available in five more languages:  Korean, Chinese (traditional), Dutch, Italian, and Russian.

Download the new version
Tekla BIMsight 1.9 can be downloaded for free at www teklabimsight.com. Video tutorials and an online community make it easy for anyone to get started visualising and communicating with building information models.

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