iConstruct software can help extend the value of the single 3D model from design and construction to facilities management
Hexagon AB, a digital reality solution specialist that owns several AEC-focused technology firms including Bricsys, Leica Geosystems, and Multivista, has acquired iConstruct Pty Ltd, a provider of BIM software used in commercial, infrastructure and industrial construction.
The company’s flagship solution, iConstruct Pro, is a construction automation tool that currently runs on top of Autodesk Navisworks. It is used by BIM/VDC coordinators and other engineering professionals.
The software is designed to enable the integration, accessibility and control of design and construction information held within different BIM models, combining all data into a single 3D model.
Different stakeholders can filter and tailor the model to suit their specific needs, providing what Hexagon describes as a fully integrated and efficient approach to construction planning and execution. Features include clash co-ordination and management that extends the clash detection capabilities of Navisworks, ‘Advanced Work Packaging’, task automation and tools for exporting federated models in formats from IFC to DWG and BCF.
“Hexagon has long been focused on creating smart digital realities that put data to work in new ways. By blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds, we can offer customers a complete line of sight to ever-changing situations,” says Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Not only does iConstruct add an easy-to-deploy solution for combining different design models into a single source but it also enables the reading, writing and exchange of information all the way through operations and maintenance, passing the value of the single 3D model from design and construction to facilities management.”
“The addition of iConstruct’s offerings and expertise opens up immediate opportunities for our Asset Lifecycle Intelligence and Geosystems divisions. With iConstruct both can deliver greater data management, project planning and communication efficiencies to more customers, segments and disciplines involved in the construction process,” continued Rollén. “In addition, iConstruct’s customer base will benefit from richer content and improved work processes when combining Hexagon’s industry-leading construction automation solutions with iConstruct’s tools.”
Founded in 2009 with headquarters in Perth, Australia, iConstruct will operate as part of Hexagon’s Asset Lifecycle Intelligence division.