Collaboration Tools Enable Sustainable Building Design, Construction
Flux Factory, a building industry technology company, has released Flux, a cloud-based software that enables architects, engineers and contractors to seamlessly exchange data, helping them to be more efficient, communicate more fluidly, reduce costs and create better buildings faster and more sustainably.
Sharing and executing new ideas across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) value chain can be hindered by cumbersome interoperability among the numerous software applications used during a project lifecycle. Low-value tasks such as merging changes or converting data takes significant time from the creative work. Flux provides seamless data exchange between industry design tools such as Rhino and Revit. The software serves as an interchange point for sharing project data such as architectural requirements, schematic designs, analysis models and material schedules.
Flux allows AEC professionals to do the following:
- Each user or team can choose the best design or analysis tool for the task, without concern for compatibility issues.
- Data is synchronized across different tools without file transfers and data conversions, creating a seamless project flow.
- Changes in project requirements can automatically alert team members and trigger the workflow to rerun, allowing teams to respond more quickly and creatively to new project information.
Flux currently works with Grasshopper, Excel and Dynamo. Subsequent plugins such as Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max and SketchUp are targeted for release in early 2016.
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