Bringing together project team models.  No one can build a structure alone, but  working with multiple teams on a project can get hectic, especially when everyone is using their own software solution. Locating the starting point can be very tangible.  One of the initial tasks for a project’s BIM Manager or Coordinator is to identify a universal coordinate system that the project team will work with. Architects may use "real-world" coordinates, MEP designers may use "known" coordinates, and structural engineers may work with "0,0" coordinates. 

When you have been working on a school project or during an internship, have you struggled with combining these different models from your peers? For example, when you insert a reference model does it show up very far away from the actual model you are working on? This happens because different project members may use different coordinate systems. This can be a problem and many designers spend countless hours configuring and setting up the proper orientation for their modeling. 

But now Tekla Structures provides an easy and intuitive solution: the Basepoint tool. Using this simple tool, you can define the project base points for all reference model imports & exports.    

In the video below, Lee Snyder, Product Manager for the Steel Segment in the US, will provide a quick overview of the Project Basepoint functionality. The Basepoint allows you to use another coordinate system needed for interoperability and collaboration. By defining project base points for IFC exports and reference model imports you can ensure that the models always line up correctly, so no matter what coordinate system is used, you can still align the models easily and effectively.  

Watch this 4 minute video to learn how. 

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