Gehry Technologies today released GTeam, a cloud-based 2D and 3D file management and project collaboration platform purpose-built for AEC professionals and building owners. Frank Gehry, founder of Gehry Partners and co-founder of Gehry Technologies, was joined by architects including Greg Lynn, Greg Lynn FORM; Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects; David Childs, Chairman Emeritus at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; and Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects at an unveiling in New York, capping a meeting of the strategic alliance formed last year by Gehry to transform the building industry through technology.
“30% of every building project is waste – wasted materials, energy and labor,” said Gehry. “This has an enormous impact on the environment, on clients’ budgets and on the built environment. The tool that we are introducing today – GTeam – has been developed to eliminate this waste by enabling better collaboration, communication and coordination. The focus is on making accurate building information quickly and easily accessible to high level decision makers on the projects. I have usedtechnology-driven processes for managing cost, schedule and performance while delivering our clients the highest quality buildings over the years, and I am very excited that this technology can now be offered to other firms seeking to create more effective industry practices and a better built environment.”
Gehry and his team used the technology and processes now resident in GTeam to deliver structures such as 8 Spruce Street in New York City and the Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum now under construction in Paris. In addition, GTeam will be the collaboration platform used to manage the new Facebook campus project that will eventually house 2,800 engineers.
Over the past six months hundreds of other companies including COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Greg Lynn FORM, HOK, OLIN, Safdie Architects, The Pike Company, UNStudio, and Zahner have been using GTeam in a private offering followed by a free technology preview.
“This milestone release of GTeam is based on our decades of managing data and collaboration on real projects, our domain expertise in the application of technology, and the feedback of our initialGTeam customers,” says Dayne Myers, CEO of Gehry Technologies. “The result is an open platform that helps building teams collaborate and share project data and 2D/3D design information, regardless of the BIM or CAD software tools they are using.”
GTeam provides on-demand access to project data from desktop or mobile devices and offers a centralized, detailed view into project events and history with a user experience akin to widely-used social media platforms. Teams can visually manage any kind of data, including 2D drawings, 3D models, PDF files and other documents, spreadsheets, schedules, and pictures. “By supporting all the links in the building chain and giving them an easy, intuitive tool for sharing model-based project information, GTeam enhances workflows and improves communication from design through to fabrication and assembly,” says Greg Lynn, Founder of Greg Lynn FORM.
GTeam enables project teams—including architects, designers, engineers, contractors, consultants and building owners—to reach consensus faster, reduce change orders, save time, get more work and reduce project costs. “Our office works on projects world-wide, which requires an efficient distributed design and information management process,” said Cristiano Ceccato, Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects. “By using GTeam, we have streamlined our workflow for sharing 3D models with clients and consultants, ensuring that every member of a project team is effectively ‘on the same page.’ GTeam helps the entire team better understand a project’s status, and is enhancing the effectiveness by which decisions can be made and progress monitored. In ourincreasingly globalized industry, an enhanced collaborative environment is key to competitiveness – GTeam is an excellent solution for our needs.”
Owners, companies with property assets and building firms of all sizes are also using GTeam as a centralized BIM data storage platform to easily identify, consolidate, and organize as-built documents of their existing and future buildings, and to make BIM data more accessible for operations & maintenance. GTeam gives structure to project data and is very easy to use,even for non-technical users. In addition, GTeam is the perfect solution tohost and centralize data kept on company intranets, FTP servers and within multiple office locations.
Key features of GTeam include powerful support for 3D model viewing from any web browser on any device and the ability to collaborate with anyone by importing models from industry-standard authoring tools such as Digital Project, Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino and SketchUp. New features added based on the feedback of initial GTeam users includes a WebGL viewer allowing for 3D viewing without a download; a more streamlined 3D translation for Revit andother file formats to increase performance; and enhancements to email invites, dashboards, comments, messaging and reporting for more streamlined, simplified project workflows.
The cloud-based GTeam platform doesn’t require complex software and its pricing is affordable to businesses and projects of all sizes. A range of users, from architects and builders to fabricators and installers, can finally access and use 2D and 3D data from anywhere withoutexpensive tools. The flat-rate subscription cost of GTeam starts at $99/mo for unlimited users and projects, making it possible to deploy it to everyone on your team including consultants and subcontractors for no additional cost.
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