SketchUp 2016 has landed!

Calling all architects, engineers, design and construction professionals… this month Trimble announced the arrival of SketchUp 2016. Along with a number of enhancements for driving efficiency and simplifying workflow, this release brings SketchUp users the power of Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform allowing teams to access, analyse, manage and share project data from the cloud anywhere, at any time.

The interest among the SketchUp community to collaborate has amplified the need to work together and share data rich SketchUp models across the entire design, build and operate (DBO) lifecycle. To meet that need, Trimble Connect has been integrated directly into SketchUp Pro, allowing teams to more easily access, reference, share and collaborate on projects in the cloud.

On top of that, SketchUp 2016 has:

  1. Several enhancements to its core modelling tools
  2. Streamlined reporting
  3. Increased overall usability
  4. A tighter integration with 3D Warehouse – Trimble’s online platform for sharing and downloading free 3D models and materials.

To see a full list and greater detail on new features and enhancements to SketchUp 2016 take a look at the video or visit www.sketchup.com/2016.

If you’re looking at SketchUp for commercial use, talk to our partners BuildingPoint today, or visit the online store at  SketchupAustralia.com.au

Egg carton surface no challenge for Stanley MacAdam with Trimble Paving Control

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Stanley MacAdam, a partnership between Henry and Ray Stanley, is a family owned and operated business which began in Ireland over forty years ago. Recently the company has established itself in Australia carrying out Ashphalt and roading-based projects around the country.

Henry and Ray approached SITECH last year about a complex design for a new car park near Brisbane airport. They were looking to carry out the project using their new generation Dynapac SD2500CS paver – the first in Australia.

Henry Stanley says, “The car park designs were very complex – the physical shape was like an egg carton so we knew from the beginning that we couldn’t use traditional construction methods to complete the job.

“We got together with the team at SITECH and Dynapac to talk about how we could go about making the project work. SITECH confirmed their Trimble 3D paving solution could do the job and the three parties worked together to integrate the technology.

“What was great was there was no need for additional wiring to connect the Trimble paving control system into the smart Dynapac screed-control electronics, this was because it recognised the connected sensor automatically. We were very pleasantly surprised at how simply the two systems worked together,” Stanley says.

Brent Daniel, Corporate Account Manager for SITECH, says, “What really made the difference for this particular project was the ability for us to bring in our Data Services team who could carry out the design and data prep work for the car park using Business Centre software. The as-constructed surface and 3D design model was combined to create the uncompacted surface, this was fed directly into the paver using our PCS900 3D paving technology and enabled the Dynapac paver to effortlessly carry out the complex job. Guided by Trimble’s High Accuracy SPS930 Universal Total Station, the results exceeded all expectations with respect to tolerances and final shape.

“Whilst the car park has now been successfully complete, SITECH will continue to offer Stanley MacAdam ongoing training and support with their paving system,” Daniel says.

If you’re interested in more information about this project or our paving solutions, give us a call today.