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New Open BIM software from the Portuguese Business Association (ACIST)

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The Portuguese Business Association of Communications (ACIST) has just launched its new software for the development of BIM projects for telecommunications infrastructure. The application, developed by the Spanish company Cype Software , works through the Open BIM workflow, using the IFC format for information exchange. It is now available for download at BIMserver.center Store .

The FAAST IT suite

The “FAAST IT” suite includes three applications that communicate with each other:

  • FAAST IT – BIM Model: dedicated to BIM modeling of telecommunications infrastructure.
  • FAAST IT – Schemes: for the calculation and design of telecommunications infrastructure schemes.
  • FAAST IT – Project: able to generate the documentation of the ITED and ITUR project.

Normative compliance

The suite of applications automates telecommunications infrastructure projects in Portugal, with verifications in accordance with the ITED Manual 3rd Edition (Buildings) and the ITUR Manual 2nd edition (Plot sets, urbanizations and building sets).

Workflow

The FAAST IT suite was developed to integrate the professionals responsible for the telecommunications project into the Open BIM workflow, so that the architectural design defined in Revit, IFC Builder, Allplan or ArchiCAD can be the starting point of the work.

When starting a new telecommunications project in «FAAST IT – BIM Model» the professional will select a project from their account in BIMserver.center, from there they will be able to obtain the architectural model with which to make a BIM telecommunications model. Considering that real-time bilateral communication is established between the BIM architecture and telecommunications models, any modification will be synchronized between them.

In addition, modelling the FAAST IT telecommunications infrastructure means enjoying multiple advantages of the workflow proposed by BIMserver.center, such as the Clash Detection offered by Open BIM Model Checker, the extraction of composite drawings from Open BIM Layout or the representation of the model in augmented / virtual reality with the application´s BIMserver.center AR and BIMserver.center VR.

Once modelled in FAAST IT – BIM Model, the telecommunications specialist can calculate the systems automatically using FAAST IT – Schemes, so that the information generated in the first application will be used as a reference for the second. With all the calculations made, the program will be able to generate the calculated design schemes of the installation.

The last stage of the telecommunications project will be carried out in the FAAST IT – Project, which can interpret the information generated by the two previous programs through the export and update buttons of BIMserver.center. This information will be collected to generate the supporting documentation of the project:

  • Identification cards;
  • Descriptive memory;
  • Sizing tables;
  • Material tables;
  • Terms of responsibilities

Elements defined in the program libraries

The group of tools has a series of telecommunications infrastructure elements (chambers, junction boxes, outlets and ducts) included in the ITED and ITUR Standards. They take into consideration different dimensions and materials, already defined in the library so that the designer`s job is quicker and easier. Furthermore, the user can incorporate new elements from zero or from pre-existing elements.

Start using FAAST IT right now!

FAAST IT is now available in the BIMserver.center Store and can be downloaded at this link, along with other BIM applications that optimize the design process such as IFC Builder or Open BIM Model Checker, as well as augmented reality tools (BIMserver.center AR) and virtual reality (BIMserver.center VR); All of them are free.

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Afonso Solak

Afonso Solak is PhD-candidate in Civil Engineer, BIM enthusiast and dedicates his free time to explore "off the beaten track" destinations with a backpack and a camera.

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