Last week Trimble announced it will soon release new plug-ins for its Point Creator software platform  to allow the creation and transfer of field points into the CAD and the Autodesk Revit BIM platforms. Existing users of Autodesk Revit 2012 (Architecture, MEP, and Structures versions) and popular CAD platforms including AutoCAD, AutoCAD MEP, Bricscad, and ZWcad can now operate natively within the Trimble Point Creator application to create 2D and 3D points. The points can then be transferred to the Trimble LM80, Trimble MEP, and Trimble Field Link software solutions for construction layout in the field.
Trimble Point Creator for CAD and Autodesk Revit was designed for engineers, general contractors, and subcontractors trying to bring accurate design information to work executed in the field. By bringing design information directly from Revit and CAD programs, Building Teams can minimize data re-entry and maximize efficiency and accuracy required for construction layout with the new plug-ins. Users can now define point placement from on CAD block objects, as well as Revit object families in either 2D or 3D views. Using Trimble Point Creator you can also replicate points through wizards and automation routines.
“Integrating Autodesk’s Revit into Trimble Point Creator fits strategically into our vision of providing solutions that span the entire spectrum of our customer base,” said Pat Bohle, general manager of Trimble’s Building Construction Division. “Making it easier for general contractors, MEP contractors, and engineers to add field points into their existing design applications helps to facilitate the transfer of virtual design data to the field.”
The new plug-ins will be available in late Fall for existing Point Creator users and the software can be purchased from any of Trimble’s Building Construction Distribution Network partners .