DESTINI Profiler 2014 1.0 New Features
Traditionally when we plan a release of DProfiler we try to come up with a high level theme or a central idea that will focus the list of features so that we can best target the largest current need and help frame an objective for our development, sales, and marketing teams. This year’s release has two separate themes which is a very rare case for Beck Technology. The 2014 1.0 release was created with the intent to both support the use of DProfiler in live charrette style engagements as well as support the ability to use DProfiler as a marketing tool which is what a majority of customers use DProfiler for right out of the gate.
Since DProfiler is a planning tool aimed at showing the ramification of change across multiple disciplines the best environment to have high impact with DProfiler is live with a client or with the entire project team during the early phases of a project. To support this we created features like fill cladding patterns that can very rapidly apply detailed facades to an entire building. Additionally, we have included support for the latest versions of CAD to import and export underlays and topographieswhich allows the project team to move data to and from architectural software’s quickly. Adding on to the support of interoperability we have implemented full import and export to and from Revit using actual Revit objects.
One of the larger changes in 2014 is the creation of line and area features which are generic components that can represent things anything from utility lines to life sciences equipment, which DProfiler may not contain natively. In DProfiler a vast majority of the intelligence that tells DProfiler how to react comes from the cost database and to support the ability to make fast wholesale “what-if” changes using the database we have added a simple command to quickly and effectively modify assumptions made by the model across any level of the model instantly.
We have added to the intelligence of DProfiler in 2014 by adding a complete rules engine that allows you to specify things like building codes and project constraints that can passively monitor whether a rule has been broken or even actively enforce the rules by preventing users from taking an action that will violate them. To support our more advanced database users we have also added the ability to specify custom values for a variable in any collection or in any building type so that they can accurately price components right out of the gate without having to apply the cost then modify the assumptions later. This is particularly powerful during live use where you need to be able to react quickly and display accurate costs as the model changes instead of changing the model then going back to edit the price. A part of the DNA of DProfiler is to automate as much of the process as possible to allow the user to focus on the important parts of the model. In 2014 we have introduced the ability to automatically create sequence tasks for every model component created as well as associate that component with the sequence task. This allows users to create a full schedule/sequence for a project in about half the time as previous versions of the software.
Often when we sell DProfiler the very first thing the client wants to do with it is use it as a sales tool. They want to come to an interview with new technology that can showcase their technical prowess and wow the owners with “something more than just a pretty model”. To support this we added the ability to import directly from SketchUp so that they can have detailed light weight objects that will help add a level of realism to the model. To further the level of realism we added antialiasing and the ability to apply textures to most of the components in DProfiler. These two enhancements will allow users to create more detailed visually appealing models. Not only will SketchUp import offer better looking models it will also allow users to create intelligent DProfiler models using the SketchUp model as a basis for the model.
We also have an unstated them for each version which is to tighten the quality of the existing features. In the 2014 1.0 version heavy attention was placed on providing more stable energy analysis, faster grading of topography’s in Site 3D, and lightening the models so that you can create larger models without experiencing slowdown issues. We also re-implemented our CAD import to support having both lighter models as well as better support for our trace edge functionality that allows you to create 1, 2 and 3D objects simply by clicking a single edge of a CAD underlay and allowing DProfiler to trace the rest of the connected edges automatically.
DProfiler 2014 1.0 to be released in January 2014.