Tekla BIMsight 1.8 makes BIM collaboration live

HELSINKI, August 28, 2013 -- Tekla today delivered Tekla BIMsight 1.8, the latest version of its free, easy-to-use software tool for building information modeling (BIM) project coordination. The new release augments BIM communication features for construction and design professionals in more than 160 countries who have taken it into use and opened over 4.5 million models. 

Tekla BIMsight is a construction and design coordination tool with emphasis on three Cs: Combining models, Checking for conflicts and Communicating. Tekla BIMsight 1.8 concentrates mostly on Communication tasks, with new features including live sharing and support for IFC grids.

Making notes in Tekla BIMsight and sharing them with others via email has always been possible but now the sharing is easier, faster and more automated: enabling the real-time sharing of notes through the Project folder, previously introduced in Tekla BIMsight 1.6. With this feature, users can avoid sending or losing e-mails; they can simply write a public note and others will receive it in no time.

The Project folder stores all models and notes about the project, and can reside on a cloud service or on a network drive and be used as a project bank. When users are connected to the shared Project folder, new public notes and replies will automatically appear to them in Tekla BIMsight. They also will receive notifications about new or updated models or can update the models themselves – providing  everyone in a project team with the same, updated information.

The shared notes themselves have been improved: all data, including color coding and multiple snapshots for example are now shared through the Project folder.

Support for grids meets user needs

Support for IFC grids is another major new feature, enabling easy navigation in the model and also on site using grids and grid labels. Users can now snap to gridlines, measure structures using them and of course hide them and show only relevant grid elevations. Grids also make model positioning and combining models much easier than before.

"We have received multiple request and entries to our Tekla BIMsight idea forum about adding the grid support. We really listen to our user community, and we understood that grid support was important to them, so we decided to add this functionality to the new version," explained Tekla BIMsight Marketing Manager Jussi Ketoja.

More detailed information about Tekla BIMsight 1.8 can be found in the Release Notes.

Tekla BIMsight 1.8 can be downloaded for free at www teklabimsight.comVideo tutorials and an online community make it easy for anyone to get started visualizing and communicating with building information models.


Photos of Tekla BIMsight in action are available at Press Room.


About Tekla and Tekla BIMsight

With its software, Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models and thus provides more and more competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. The company was established already in 1966, and today it has customers in 100 countries, offices in 15 countries, and a global partner network. Tekla was acquired by Trimble Navigation Ltd. in 2011.  Tekla is part of Trimble, a group formed by Trimble in 2012 to offer hardware, software and service offerings for streamlined collaboration throughout the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction.
Tekla BIMsight is a professional tool for construction project collaboration. All disciplines of the construction workflow can combine their models, check for clashes, markup and share information using the same easy-to-use 3D environment. The tool enables project participants to identify and solve issues already in the design phase before the actual construction.

The award-winning* Tekla BIMsight is free to download and distribute through the internet. Tens of thousands of people in the construction industry have already taken Tekla BIMsight in use in nearly 150 countries. More information at www.tekla.com and www.teklabimsight.com

  • *Gold Batimat innovation award  2011, Paris/FR
  • 2011 Hot Product Overall Winner Modern Steel Construction, US
  • World of Concrete 2012, Most Innovative Product, Experts' Choice in the Business Tools and Software category
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Jussi Ketoja

Jussi Ketoja
Business Development Manager, Trimble Connect