GTeam digital model of the lou ruvo center for brain health supports millions of BIM objects
all images courtesy of gehry technologies
designboom just recently spoke with los angeles-based gehry technologies about 'GTeam', their 3D computer technology which is intrinsically connecting
the work of architects, engineers and contractors across the industry. since 2002, the specialized subsidiary has been providing solutions that align with
pritzker prize winning architect frank gehry's delivery approach to complex projects. streamlining the building and construction process, the web-based platform
allows team members from different industries to share and view working files from internet browser windows.
the application is easily accessed via a personal account from a login page on universal browsers such as firefox, safari or google chrome. upon entering,
team members are welcomed with a page which displays project files that have been shared with the individual. a wall format similar to what is found
in social media sites enables comments made by team members which are posted in a familiar manner. group and personal messages are listed
chronologically as well, simplifying the communication process.
architect frank gehry in front of the lou ruvo center for brain health
image © AP photo/isaac brekken
GTeam is a tool which can be used at a desk on a windows or mac computer or remotely while visiting the construction site from a tablet or mobile phone.
the interface allows a myriad of file types to be uploaded, converted and immediately viewed, eliminating the need for the software to be directly installed on the device.
nearly all drafting and 3D-modelling programs are supported including autocad, archicad, microstation, revit, rhino and sketchup as well as pdf's and word documents.
this ensures members from different entities can access any project file.
once a BIM model file is on the screen, it may be sectioned in real-time for closer inspection. layers as well as objects may be turned off to reveal a specific location
in the building. administrative controls are integrated to adjust the privacy of projects by inviting or removing users and increasing or decreasing permissions
for current and stored data.
already tested in offices to the likes of zaha hadid architects and UNStudio, the program is considered a success in practice, offering both time
and cost efficiency through-out a project's lifespan. it is open to firms to begin use of the program. start with a free trial and then sign up for
a monthly subscription as it suit's individual needs.
at this time, there is not a student version, but gehry technologies hopes to release a version to eventually allow the positive attributes of the program
to enter educational environments, simplifying the oftentimes tedious process of synchronizing files in group studio projects.
automatic previews to quickly find information to download, share, edit or open
take snapshots to share with others and track changes
advance 3D enables sectioning, measuring, clash detection, and more
the browser-based viewer makes collaboration across industries easy
layers and objects may be turned on and off to hone in on specific parts of a building