LATISTA Teams up with Autodesk to Offer BIM Construction Automation Solution

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LATISTA Technologies, part of the Autodesk Developer Network, is working with Autodesk and other Building Information Modeling (BIM) software providers to integrate BIM into version 5.0 of the LATISTA Field construction automation application, to be released in June 2009. LATISTA Field users will be able to access and mark-up BIM 3D models on the jobsite and share information back and forth between the application and the model.

Projects have been turned over months early and have earned millions of dollars in quality bonuses and early-startup revenues. Improving our BIM capabilities when we release version 5.0 this summer will only improve those results as field personnel will have better access to information on the job site.

LATISTA Technologies (http://www.latista.com), as part of its goal to provide a more extensive mobile digital construction automation solution, is upgrading its LATISTA Field software's current Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities. LATISTA Field version 5.0 will be released in June and will integrate with Autodesk and other BIM providers to allow users to view BIM 3D models, import the locations and materials into the LATISTA database, communicate status information in LATISTA into the BIM model, and access and mark-up BIM models directly in LATISTA.

Building Information Modeling is a popular addition to the modern construction job site. A BIM 3D model is a comprehensive digital building model that can be rendered, examined, and manipulated in virtual space. The model's elements, representing the physical building pieces, are digitally linked to information relevant to the model's users--architects, engineers, contractors, and owners. The information can be customized to include anything from procurement information like cost or part number to structural properties like weight or strength to design properties like color, temperature, and acoustics.

LATISTA Field is already unique as a mobile and web-based construction job-site automation platform. It is designed to work specifically on portable tablet PCs that project engineers, QA/QC managers, and superintendents can carry into the field to conduct inspections and review construction information such as building trends, construction issues, subcontractor performance, plans, and BIM drawings. Construction issues and information recorded in LATISTA Field are automatically time-stamped and categorized in reports, which can be emailed to subcontractors or owners for correction and review.

When version 5.0 debuts in the second quarter of 2009 those abilities will be enhanced by BIM. Punchlists conducted using LATISTA Field's inspection module can be illustrated with photographs and marked-up plans and will soon be able to incorporate BIM models for markup as well. Project organization will improve with LATISTA's projected BIM integration, as LATISTA Field will be able to upload area and location information from a BIM models and populate the associated fields automatically. Construction quality improves with the more efficient inspection techniques and comprehensive organization available in LATISTA, so projects save time and money.

LATISTA Technologies is part of the Autodesk Developer Network and is working with Autodesk and other BIM companies to integrate the software capabilities to LATISTA Field. Currently, LATISTA users can view BIM models, but the information access and markup capabilities are limited.

"Our customers have realized clear benefits from using LATISTA Field," said LATISTA Technologies Vice President Chris Ramsey. "Projects have been turned over months early and have earned millions of dollars in quality bonuses and early-startup revenues. Improving our BIM capabilities when we release version 5.0 this summer will only improve those results as field personnel will have better access to information on the job site."

About LATISTA Technologies
LATISTA Technologies has been a leader in mobile and web-based field management automation software and services since its founding in Reston, Virginia, in 2001. Its software is used by top 200 contractors and top 50 owners worldwide to reduce project costs and risks by eliminating redundancy, enhancing collaboration among project participants, and allowing more thorough analysis of project performance.

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