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Quantitative Easing? Autodesk Navisworks 2014 vs QTO 2013


“Autodesk has not and is not releasing a 2014 version of QTO. Instead, Autodesk is building 3D quantification features into Navisworks Simulate 2014 and Navisworks Manage 2014.”

Joe Eichenseer, IMAGINiT Technologies’S Building Solutions Team Manager, posts an overview of the new quantity take-off features of Navisworks 2014.

For the full article click here.


In slightly more detail, the quantification features in Navisworks that emulate features from QTO include:

Item and resource catalogs

  • Import or create item and resource catalogs
  • Associate items with resources
  • Use formulas in catalogs
  • Export catalogs

Model takeoff

  • Automated takeoff from object parameters
  • Manual takeoff for modeled objects
  • Virtual takeoff for non-modeled objects

Change Analysis


  • Quantification reporting
  • Export to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software


It would seem to me that QTO is going to remain as-is for the foreseeable future.  Updates will be made as needed to maintain functionality with current Autodesk software releases, and there might be an opportunity to enhance the 2D takeoff features of QTO as time moves on. However, it would appear that the focus of development for 3D or Model takeoff has migrated over to Navisworks.

Anyone who has QTO as a stand-alone product can continue working as they are today, but if you do 3D takeoffs, you will need to keep an eye on the developments of Quantification in Navisworks. At some point, you will probably want to make the transition from one to the other.  If you have QTO through a suite (and have that software on subscription), you will have access to both the Navisworks 2014 quantification workflow and the QTO 2013 workflow.


Reality used to be a friend of mine … Autodesk launches ReCap

Autodesk is launching a new suite of products designed to bring point-cloud scanning data into building information models with greater precision and clarity. Chief among them is a new product called ReCap, which is designed to incorporate 3D point-cloud technology into BIM with greater ease.

Brian Mathews, Vice-President of Autodesk’s Reality Capture group

Autodesk® ReCap delivers powerful and easy to use workflow on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos. Rather than beginning with a blank sheet, Autodesk ReCap now enables any designer, architect or engineer to add, modify, validate and document their design process in context from existing environments.

The San Rafael, Calif.-based company says ReCap works with traditional design-based desktop software as well as cloud-based applications to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos. “If you don’t have a laser scanner, you can use your [camera] phone,” said Brian Mathews, vice president of reality capture for Autodesk, during a recent demonstration of the software, viewable on YouTube.

Create intelligent 3D data from photos and scans

A big trend in engineering design today, he notes, is that design teams “want to go beyond working with ‘dumb’ 3D points to getting their data to work with their CAD model.” With the proliferation of ever-smarter devices for data capture and prices dropping for scanning technology, reality capture of point data for design and modeling is becoming more widely used in design and modeling work. But making the data work smarter in the design itself is a key goal for design teams, Mathews adds. ReCap is geared to “visualize, clean and organize” reality-capture data, he says.Expected to be available by April 12th, ReCap is part of Autodesk’s rebranded software portfolio update for 2014. In addition to ReCap, the suite of updated products for design and engineering sectors includes Autodesk ReCap Photo, which helps users create high-resolution, textured 3D models from photos. Using cloud servers, ReCap Photo can then upload and distribute the models to mobile work groups, the company says. The latest product refresh works in hand with many apps and suites already in use, such as its mobile app released last fall called 123DApp (available for free download). The app also helps users capture real objects with photos and then use that photo data to generate 3D models or create parts to print and assemble into 3D objects.For Amar Hanspal, Autodesk’s senior vice president of information modeling, the big news is ReCap, which helps teams maintain consistent data across a BIM’s life cycle. “It’s a true reflection of how we have evolved as a company,” he says.

Certification 2.0: The first four products to receive buildingSMART’s Certification 2.0

March 22, 2013 — The first four products to receive the new-style buildingSMART certification 2.0 were recognised at the international meetings of buildingSMART in Waltham, MA, US on 12 March 2013. The certification acknowledges that the products have been tested and shown to comply with the IFC open standards for the functions specified within the testing environment.

The four successful products are Autodesk Revit Architecture, GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, NEMETSCHEK Allplan and NEMETSCHEK Scia Engineer, which received certification for their export functionality. Other products are still in the process of being tested and audited. Certified products can display the buildingSMART certification logo on their packaging.

Rasso Steinmann, who leads buildingSMART’s Implementer Support Group, said: “Our certification is a stringent process and buildingSMART congratulates the successful vendors. The number of test actions to date is over 1,400 – an indication of how seriously we take the process.”

Jim Lynch, vice president, building and collaboration products of Autodesk, said: “We have many customers worldwide that mandate a neutral IFC file format and rely on it to ease the design, construction and maintenance of new and existing buildings. BuildingSMART’s IFC certification will allow our customers to facilitate more efficient, collaborative workflows; increase project team collaboration; and encourage data exchange and interoperability within a BIM workflow.”

Akos Rechtorisz, Open BIM program manager at GRAPHISOFT, said: “GRAPHISOFT, an IFC pioneer, has been involved in developing the IFC interface since 1996. We are proud to be among the very first to achieve certification for IFC 2×3 Coordination View Version 2.0 export, using ArchiCAD. The open-source IFC format allows our users to exchange data with the engineering disciplines using Open BIM workflows. Structural and MEP engineers worldwide connect to ArchiCAD using a variety of globally and locally used software programs.”

Aleš Široký, technical director from NEMETSCHEK Allplan, said: “This certification is an important step towards improving Open BIM collaboration among our customers and their partners. Nemetschek Allplan is commited to IFC as the industry standard, and our developers co-operate with other industry players so that we stay at the leading edge of Open BIM exchange.”

And Herman Oogink, CTO from Nemetschek Scia, added: “We are proud to belong to the first companies succeeded to pass the certification. It proves our commitment to open standards and Open BIM. We are convinced that open standards like IFC are a huge benefit for our clients who can choose to work with the best software that fits to their needs without worrying about exchanging of data.”

Full article here: http://www10.aeccafe.com/nbc/articles/1/1173341/First-four-successes-buildingSMARTs-Certification-2.0

Collaborating and sharing data (with Autodesk) in the AEC Industry [via BIM Toolbox]


This article was written by Autodesk’s Sander Lijbers, and first appeared in a Dutch CAD Magazine in October 2012. As it provides a useful viewpoint on interoperability across Autodesk AEC technologies, it has been re-published (in English) for a wider audience.

“Autodesk understands that sharing data among project team members is of critical importance for quality execution on projects. Government agencies around the world are increasingly mandating the IFC (Industry Foundation Class) standard file format. At the same time, Autodesk continues to work on the quality of IFC data exchange. Examples of our support for the Industry Foundation Class (IFC) include 2×3 coordination model view, the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) IFC model view, The Building Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) IFC model view, as well as work on IFC 2×4 certification and by releasing IFC Export for Revit (currently available for Autodesk® Revit® 2012 and 2013 products) as an Autodesk-sponsored open source project.”

For the entire blog article, you can follow the link below:


For those that are interested in further reading, the article also makes mention of a research paper titled “Collaborative engineering with IFC: new insights and technology”. I have tracked that down and also made this available below:

pdf_icon  ECPPM2012-Collaborative-engineering-with-IFC-new-insights-and-technology.doc_