Munich, 3 June 2019 – ALLPLAN today announces the update of its Allplan 2019-1 BIM solution for architects and engineers. This version offers new features and optimization in data exchange and interdisciplinary collaboration based on Allplan Bimplus, as well as numerous detailed improvements in terms of performance and stability. In addition, Allplan 2019-1 provides new functions for visual scripting and point clouds, available as a technical preview. Furthermore, Allplan Bridge 2019-1 also includes significant new functionality.
“At Allplan we are constantly working on improving our software for our clients. This release is focused on providing numerous performance enhancements and gives us an opportunity to highlight some of the new technology we are bringing to Allplan”, explains Kevin Lea, Senior Vice President Product Management at ALLPLAN. “These are exciting times and we wish for our clients to benefit from the immense amount of work the whole Allplan team have put into this and future releases.”
New in Allplan 2019-1
Download reference models from Allplan Bimplus
In BIM projects, each project participant usually creates their own model. Coordination usually takes place in cloud-based BIM platforms such as Allplan Bimplus. In many cases, it is helpful if the model of a project partner can be stored as a reference model. Allplan 2019-1 supports this procedure, in which models, including attributes, can be downloaded from Allplan Bimplus to Allplan. The objects are stored on a special layer and are thus clearly separated from your own model data. In addition, changes to the reference model and unintentional upload to Allplan Bimplus are excluded.
Technical Preview 2 Visual Scripting
Using scripting languages such as Python, parametric models can be created and workflows automated. Since a basic knowledge of programming is required, many users have not yet been able to access this. With Visual Scripting comparable results can be achieved even without programming knowledge. For this purpose, certain elements (nodes) are placed on a canvas in the desired order. A node requires certain input values, processes them or triggers certain actions and delivers output values. The generated values or objects can be input values for further nodes. By the combination of nodes many different tasks can be solved without having to write a single line of program code. Allplan 2019 has already been delivered with a Technical Preview for Visual Scripting. The Allplan 2019-1 version includes a Technical Preview 2 with an improved user interface, additional nodes and further examples.
Technical preview of point clouds
ALLPLAN has entered into a partnership with the laser scanning specialist Scalypso in order to make a working method based on point clouds accessible to a wide range of users in a simple and practical form. In cooperation with Scalypso, a plug-in for Allplan has been developed and is now available. With the converter included in the plug-in, scan data can be imported in various formats, both from the manufacturer-neutral ASTM E57 format and from the manufacturer-specific formats of Faro, Leica, Riegl, Topcon, Trimble and Zoller+Fröhlich as well as ASCII formats. Selected 3D points can then be transferred to an Allplan project.
For more intensive use, Allplan users can purchase an extended version tailored precisely to their needs at a special price. This makes it possible, for example, to automatically calculate horizontal sections from which precise floor plans or building models can be created in a time-saving manner.
New in Allplan Bridge 2019-1
In Allplan Bridge, it is now possible for the first time to map the construction process in a 4D model. The construction plan is first divided into several construction phases and then into individual tasks such as concrete hardening, tendon stressing or activating the self-weight. Thus, complex construction processes can be made transparent for all parties involved.
The calculation of cross-sectional values is an essential step in the generation of an analysis model. All cross-section values as well as the shear forces for the defined cross-sections are calculated automatically as soon as the corresponding calculation option is activated. This function is currently available as a Technical Preview.
When defining the cross-section, standardized and repetitive profiles such as longitudinal stiffeners for steel and composite cross-sections can be easily positioned parametrically. The profile is first defined parametrically in a separate section or imported from the user library. The position and number of elements are then defined and automatically placed along a cross-section edge.
Allplan 2019-1 is available via the Auto Update function in Allplan or on Allplan Connect.