BIM (building information modeling) technologies are deployed to support the requirements of a construction project team. And it’s never been easier with today’s innovation.

To wit, Trimble,, Sunnyvale, Calif., recently introduced Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp, a new platform extension to SketchUp Pro specifically designed to improve the productivity and ease of use in 3D computer-aided design and BIM for contractors. This platform extension helps contractors quickly and easily migrate from a 2D to a 3D work environment, through SketchUp Pro, a 3D modeling platform used around the world.

Created specifically for MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) contractors, Trimble MEPdesigner enables easy-to-use and cost-efficient 3D CAD platform. Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp version 1.0 will initially support electrical systems objects including conduit, cable trays and device boxes, and then expand to incorporate intelligent object data and other MEP systems specific to today’s contractor’s needs. The solution also comprises tools that allow contractors to easily create custom components and route conduit within the SketchUp Pro platform. How does this help MEP contractors? They are able to take advantage of not only the features and components included in Trimble MEPdesigner, but also the extensive database of user and manufacturer generated models pre-populated in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse.

Implementing 3D modeling with Trimble MEPdesigner is also easier with Limitless Computing Inc.’s SightSpace 3D Mobile AR apps, which now support Trimble SketchUp 2015. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. SightSpace 3D comes with a 14-day free trial of a SightSpace Pro subscription to unlock advanced features and capabilities including connecting an external GPS (global positioning system) for accurate AR, location markers for AR that are ideal for indoor use, photo markup and annotation, animated bookmarks, dimensions, and more.

These tools provide the highest level of support to the SketchUp community as quickly as possible. And users can easily continue to take their models mobile, while using Augmented Reality to overlay it onto the live camera feed of a device for viewing in real-world and real time.

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