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How is EDGE^Cloud Aiding Precast Concrete Production?

EDGE^Cloud is a two- and three-dimensional visualization tool that leverages data directly from a Revit model, that was modeled using EDGE, to provide production personnel with pertinent information about pieces to be produced. Since pieces can be represented on EDGE^Cloud with both 3D and 2D views, we are able to provide more information about the piece than is typically presented on a traditional two dimensional set of drawings. This tool was created to open the lines of communication between production and engineering which is typically limited. If a piece changes after it has been sent to EDGE^Cloud, the Revit user can simply re-export the updated piece. When this occurs, the EDGE^Cloud user will be notified that the piece has been revised, and they will have immediate access to the newer version. The key advantages of EDGE^Cloud is that it creates a paperless production workflow, provides document control to ensure production always has the latest information, provides further insight with the three-dimensional view, and allows for an interactive bill of materials.



EDGE^Cloud 3D Viewer Tools:

The 3D viewer provides production personnel access to a 3D representation of a piece. This 3D view very closely mimics the piece as if you were viewing it within Revit. Giving the user access to the 3D view without ever having to open Revit provides them with much more information than is typically available on a traditional paper drawing and allows them the ultimate flexibility.

  • BOM – Allows users to view all materials for a piece. Selecting a line item in the BOM window will highlight all elements in the 3D view with that control mark, allowing the user to quickly locate them.

  • Member Info – shows curated information about the currently open assembly, such as volume, weight, etc.

  • Production Sequence – users can select different stages in the production sequence to isolate and display only the relevant elements to that stage

  • Chart – shows the status of all pieces in the current assembly’s project (quantifies how many pieces have been released, detailed, and reinforced)

  • Fabricator Notes – contains notes attached to the assembly on export

  • Annotation – creates flyout annotations for all selected elements in the view, showing their identity description in an easy to read format in the 3D space

  • Measurement – measure distances in the 3D space, either by selecting edges, vertices, or some combination of both

  • Screen Shot – takes a screen capture of the current view and saves the result

  • Section Box – select individual items around which to create an adjustable section box view

  • Preview – preview mode will revolve a camera about the center of the piece while still allowing access to other tools and functionalities

  • Transparency – users can granularly control the opacity of all concrete elements visible in the 3D view using a collapsible slider

  • Category Toggles – toggles on/off the visibility of embeds, lifting, rebar, and/or strand

  • Properties – displays the parameters and properties of the selected element

EDGE^Cloud 2D Viewer Tools:

The 2D viewer gives production personnel access to 2D drawings and/or views much like they are accustomed to but in a digital format rather than on paper. Using the EDGE^Cloud 2D tools, users have access to all information about the piece that they may require for production. EDGE^Cloud also makes the entire quality control process paperless while still conforming to the recording requirements from many governing organizations.

  • BOM – Allows users to view all materials for a piece. Selecting a line item in the BOM window will highlight all elements in the 2D view with that control mark, allowing the user to quickly locate them.

  • Member Info – shows curated information about the currently open assembly, such as volume, weight, etc.

  • Production Sequence – users can select different stages in the production sequence to isolate and display only the relevant elements to that stage

  • Chart – shows the status of all pieces in the current assembly’s project (quantifies how many pieces have been released, detailed, and reinforced)

  • Fabricator Notes – contains notes attached to the assembly on export

  • Measurement – measure distances in 2D space

  • Screen Shot – takes a screen capture of the current view and saves the result

  • Category Toggles – toggles on/off the visibility of embeds, lifting, rebar, and/or strand

  • Properties – displays the parameters and properties of the selected element

  • Markup Tools – the following markup tools make the entire quality control process paperless while still conforming to the recording requirements from many governing organizations

- New – creates a blank canvas with the sheet view as the background for users to markup

- Various Art Tools – the markup toolbar includes various options for general drawing such as circles, rectangles, clouds, arrows, and freehand markups

- Text – markup the sheet with editable text notes

- Highlight – highlight important text or elements on the sheet

- Checklist – save curated information about the piece in the form of a checklist that attaches to a saved markup

- Save/Load – save the created markups to a named or default markup slot at any point and recover it through the sister load function




••• Watch this short video to see some of the EDGE^Cloud tools in action! •••


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