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Eutech Cybernetic turned to the Forge platform to incorporate BIM-powered visualization and data management into its iviva smart-building solution.
Eutech develops software solutions that harness the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to enable smarter buildings, airports, and workplaces. Its core offering, called iviva, turns 3D models into dashboards that make building operations easier and more intuitive to manage.
For more than a decade, Eutech tried with varying degrees of success to tie equipment, devices, and operational processes for buildings to as-built models. The goal? To create a visual—and intuitive—interface for building operations by eliminating expensive integration and bespoke user interfaces. But bringing reliable file viewing to life proved difficult. For one thing, building model files tend to be very large and slow to load. Plus, many file types were used to design buildings, and supporting multiple different file formats took too much developer time—time that Eutech preferred to spend developing innovative capabilities that could make building operations smarter.
In a search for a solution to the viewing issue, Eutech discovered the Forge cloud platform. The Forge Viewer not only supported Revit building design software—one of the most widely used BIM design tools—but it also offered a way to view more than 50 different industry-standard formats. Just as importantly, the Viewer was lightweight and handled large BIM files easily. The Forge Model Derivative API added to the platform’s value by playing a role in a process that Eutech developed to automate the implementation of smart building by using BIM’s metadata. More recently, Eutech has begun to use the Forge Data Management API to access files and data stored in BIM 360 Docs.
With Forge providing key capabilities, the Eutech iviva solution delivers an efficient way to link BIM models to building equipment and spaces. iviva also lets users automate many of the steps involved in taking BIM to operations, speeding the implementation process. The result is a “digital twin” that supports operational processes such as incident management, equipment monitoring and control, and more. With the iviva solution, building operators such as Certis Group manage smart buildings using a visual interface. For instance, the Certis Center in Singapore has fully integrated its building systems into iviva. This has not only reduced costs by increasing maintenance and energy efficiency—it’s also helping Certis Group enhance security and occupant comfort more automatically.
Forge highlights include the following:
Transforming massive BIM files in multiple formats into lightweight 3D visualizations without draining development time.
Helping improve productivity and accuracy of smart building implementation by 50%.
Bringing together building data, models, and equipment seamlessly in a cloud-based environment.
Eutech’ s software solutions are built on Forge, which, is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS offers a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications. Forge customers trust the scalability, security, or dependability of AWS to ensure their applications and businesses run smoothly.
"Forge helps us improve and simplify the process of blending models with other types of information in a way that increases the value of both the models and the spaces they represent."
Hari Gunasingham, CEO, Eutech Cybernetic