Having robust interoperability support in software removes tedious steps and prevents data loss that bogs down workflows.
It’s fair to say that businesses today depend on having seamless access to their data across their entire software suite. Given the length and complexity of most real estate projects, getting access to information from multiple sources is essential to remain efficient and productive.
However, if a software or a system prohibits the exchange of data with other technologies, it becomes increasingly difficult for teams to remain engaged and achieve desired results.
Let’s take a refresher on what interoperability is.
Interoperability is a characteristic of a product or system in which the system works with other systems without any restrictions--often regarding data exchange via common exchange formats. Interoperability can be categorized into three main types: syntactic, structural, and semantic.
While interoperability comes in many forms, one form in particular is focused on Computer Aided Design (CAD) data exchange. This type of data exchange enables end-users to import or export 3D data for downstream applications.
In the design and real estate industry, where one-off project teams are assembled across different organizations, disciplines, and phases, it’s essential for different tools to share information with each other. Data generated in one phase should be usable without re-entry for the next phase.
Having robust interoperability support in software removes tedious steps and prevents data loss that bogs down workflows. Interoperability in CAD systems have these key benefits:
With so many highly-engineered systems in today’s CAD world, the potential to reach a point where few of the software applications talk to each other is a real challenge. Without a solution, designers are forced to purchase licenses for many different kinds of CAD software which is prohibitively expensive and unrealistic.
Saltmine supports interoperability with two widely used platforms in the industry--Autodesk’s AutoCAD and Revit.
Our proprietary tool, SMaRT Bridge--Saltmine and Revit Bridge--is a plugin that sits within Revit to enable auto synchronized import and export of design data between Saltmine and Revit. The plugin provides support for key design element exchanges such as walls, columns, glazing windows, doors, materials, ceilings, floors, furniture, hosted objects and more.
Our Autodesk CAD plugin is a software solution that facilitates designer teams to easily import designs to Saltmine in a few clicks. The tool helps to automatically identify CAD entities as AEC objects that can be readily imported into Saltmine’s cloud-based design platform.
Tighter product-to-product integration can enable real estate and design professionals to share models, project files, and other data between select solutions. Software interoperability empowers users to switch from one solution to another while keeping the data intact after the transfer--especially during cases where the data tends to lie in one system for a long time.
Saltmine recognizes this need and is continuously making improvements to ensure our customers do not stumble due to confusion and poor interoperability--hindering any project’s timeline.
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