Four of the most beautiful words in construction management – on time, on budget – will resonate with Intergraph Process, Power & Marine customers who seek solutions offered within newly launched HxGN SMART Build.
Announced this week at the HxGN LIVE international conference in Anaheim, California, SMART Build has been described as a simple yet robust solution for the construction industry that will improve profit margins and help complete projects safely, within the confines of time and budget.
Marc Goldman – vice president of product management AEC/BIM at Intergraph – said Tuesday morning in the PP&M keynote that SMART Build provides “clarity, connectivity, and simplicity, from the ground up.”
He added that executives often don’t realize that a project is going over deadline and over budget “until well into the game.” But the new product will give them a clear line of sight into the entire project as CAD drawings, 3D models, specifications, schedules, materials, workflows and more are consolidated into a secure, cloud-based information management solution.
(Listen to a HxGN Radio interview with Goldman on innovation in building construction.)
At HxGN LIVE, 18 sessions on construction innovation are being offered.
Intergraph Executive Vice Presidents Melanie Eakes (development, global support, QA) and Patrick Holcomb (global business development) discussed how other Intergraph products are heightening the narrative on project intelligence.
Specifically, they delved into the ability of SmartPlant Materials and its newly released accompanier, Intergraph Smart Mobile Scan. Eakes said the solution is a cloud-based, mobile-friendly collaborative workbench for engineering, procurement, supply chain, and vendors: “Everyone can work in this environment.”
Holcomb said it is now customary for projects to go wildly over budget these days, and companies who don’t have central project controls systems and data solutions – such as provided by EcoSys and SmartPlant Fusion – are similar to ships without navigation abilities.
“And you don’t want to hit an iceberg,” Holcomb added.
He added that to be optimally successful in today’s business climate, people have to be willing to change, such as implementing more cloud and mobile technology.
Intergraph PP&M Chief Technology Officer Charles Evans piqued the audience’s interest with a glimpse into the future of augmented reality with PP&M modeling software. He showed a video of next-generation design review with HoloLens and DAQRI helmet hardware, highlighting how these collaborative reviews can soon have game-style graphics and peeks behind walls previously impossible.
He encouraged all to check out the augmented reality technologies in The Zone exhibitor space inside the Anaheim Convention Center.