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PDF Generator 3D 9.0 now with BIM support

By Timo Trautmann

PROSTEP is launching Version 9.0 of PDF Generator 3D earlier than planned. The major innovation in this version is support for data exchange and coordination processes in the architecture and construction industries. PDF Generator 3D now also recognizes BIM data in the formats Revit and IFC 4, which can be automatically converted into 3D PDF documents or made available in the web in HTML5 format.

A large number of companies and disciplines are involved in the planning, execution and management of buildings, and they generally use different software tools. As they work, they are faced with the challenge of reliably collecting a wide range of information and changes over the course of a building's life and communicating them to all the parties involved. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a method for collecting and combining the relevant building data using a digital building model.

The new version of PDF Generator 3D supports this method by making it possible to merge building data from different authoring systems in the formats Autodesk Revit or IFC 4 (Industry Foundation Classes) in 3D PDF containers or to convert it into HTML5 format so that all the parties involved can view it using the standard Adobe Reader or a common web browser.

Thanks to the lightweight neutral formats, even extremely large building structures can be converted and displayed reliably. This facilitates end-to-end utilization of 3D BIM information for the purpose of coordinating with property developers, inspection agencies, construction companies and future building operators.

PDF Generator 3D 9.0 also offers new functions for hollowing out geometry, which on the one hand improves performance when displaying the model data and on the other hand protects the design know-how inherent in the models. The software not only supports the new CAD and BIM formats but also the latest versions of all the widely used CAD formats, such as SolidWorks 2019 and SolidEdge 2019, and the import of JT 10.2 data. The new version of the PDF Generator 3D includes more than 130 improvements to details when converting CAD data. It is now available.

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