The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2002-04-22T14:42:00Z Forethought takes NZ architects to the forefront 2002-04-22T14:42:00Z forethought-takes-nz-architects-to-the-forefront New Zealand firm, Gary Pidd Architect Ltd, has moved to the cutting edge of technology with its innovative use of 12d Model civil and surveying software from 4D Solutions, for an ongoing project to build a database of more than 200 schools. The project involved surveying each site and recording all buildings and features such as paving, ramps, trees, play equipment, covered walkways, car parking facilities, sealed areas and grass areas. The information was then converted into DWG files for supply to the customer. The firm had previously won a smaller contract to survey schools, but completed this project by hand. When competing for this larger contract, Gary Pidd Architect investigated modern equipment, such as 4D Solutions 12d Model, to determine the benefits it could offer. True first-time users, the firm had not previously used any surveying software, having previously only used manual theodolites. Gary Pidd initially found the New Zealand distributor for 12d Model on the Internet using a search engine. Sokkia in Wellington gave the firm a demonstration of Sokkia instruments and 12d Model software. Mr Pidd was impressed from the outset. With Sokkia, we went to a school site, took some measurements, then went back to our office and downloaded them straight onto our computer from the data recorder, he said. We wanted a system which functioned so that when we coded the data in the field, it was automatically given colours, linestyles, symbols such as trees and flagpoles at points when downloaded and reduced. With no extra work, it was then all there as a basic outline of the school, he explained. Other choices of equipment for the contract included an aerial photograph system and GPS, which Gary Pidd Architect discovered could not provide the accuracy needed for this job. Using a practise version of 12d Model, combined with the intended use of Sokkia instruments, the Gary Pidd Architect firm put together its proposal, and its chosen methodology won it the contract. The company has completed plans for 20 schools to date, and estimates that the project will take a further nine months to complete. It has calculated the amount of time saved using 12d Model rather than previous methods to be approximately 20 percent. The program is so tailorable, Mr Pidd said. You dont have to know all the codes involved; you just use the one system that you have set up - its brilliant. Some sites have up to 400 measurements, yet you come back into the office with them, and 15 minutes later, there you are with a plan. Another aspect of using 4Ds software that the firm found particularly helpful was the ability to download data files on-site and email them back to the main office. Some of the schools are miles away, so this feature was a great help for us, said Mr Pidd. Gary Pidd Architect plans to use 12d Model on all future work, stating, We will never use just the old theodolite equipment again. About 4D Solutions: 12d Model (previously known as 4d Model) was developed by Australian specialist software house 4D Solutions Pty Ltd. It is currently in use at organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. 4D Solutions Pty Ltd is a privately owned Australian company established in 1988. Based in Sydney, the company sells and supports 12d Model direct and through distributors. For more information, please call: 4D Solutions Pty Ltd, ph: 02 9970 7117, fax: 02 9970 7118 or visit the 4D Solutions websites at www.4d.com.au and www.12d.com. Waterman floods the UK 2002-03-27T18:40:00Z waterman-floods-the-uk Waterman Civil & Transportation Group (WCT), one of the original UK users of 12d Model civil and surveying software from 4D Solutions, has finalised an initial study for a housing development of 3000 homes at Waterlooville on the South Coast of England. This study involved a detailed assessment of flood risk in the area. The Environment Agency had created rough flood outlines based on a 50m grid using the Flood Studies Report, but a detailed assessment was required for planning to determine the existing flood plain and to compare this with another post-development flood study. For cost and speed, aerial photogrammetery was ordered to cover the entire site and local surveyors were used to locate the property boundary using traditional means. The resultant photogrammetery (dgn format) and boundary (dxf format) were merged into a single 12d Model digital terrain model of several hundred thousand points. To obtain finer detail of the river and to verify the model of the plain, further detailed river cross sections were then surveyed. In the office, work began on building the HEC RAS project inside 12d Model. After ensuring concurrence on hydrological methodologies with the local Environment Agency office, WCT carried out the back water hydraulic study. Graduate engineer and 12d Model user, Richard Russell, said; Using 12d Model with HEC RAS, I was able to devote more time to sensitivity tests in HEC RAS and in 12d Model. I had the luxury of time to try different roughness coefficients and to test if ground cover picked up with the photogrammetery had a significant impact on the results. This gave us better confidence in the final results. In addition to creating the HEC RAS project, 12d Model was used to present the water level results. Detailed drawings were produced for submission to the Environment Agency. Internally, the visualisation abilities in 12d Model allowed quick checking at all stages including the final water levels. 12d Model cut the time taken for this type of study significantly, noted project director for WCT, Stuart Aldridge. This was the first time we had used 12d Model for flood modelling and we were very impressed. Previously, significant resources were devoted to what I now view as laborious and unnecessary data entry. We also get to use survey data at a much earlier stage, which is proving useful on such a big development. We still propose a detailed survey for a later date but, for now, our client can defer the significant cost of the survey until much later. While WCT and its client were benefiting from using 12d Model on this project, the two other parties involved also had the opportunity to see it in action on a live project. Although both have different interests and uses for 12d Model, surveyors Julian Brotherton & Partners and the Environment Agency were both impressed with 12d Models quick manipulation of data and 3D abilities. Within a few months, both parties became 12d Model users themselves. About 4D Solutions: 12d Model (previously known as 4d Model) was developed by Australian specialist software house 4D Solutions Pty Ltd. It is currently in use at organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. 4D Solutions Pty Ltd is a privately owned Australian company established in 1988. Based in Sydney, the company sells and supports 12d Model direct and through distributors. For more information, please call: 4D Solutions Pty Ltd, ph: 02 9970 7117, fax: 02 9970 7118 or visit the 4D Solutions websites at and . 4D teams up with Sokkia for mapping software 2001-06-18T13:48:00Z 4d-teams-up-with-sokkia-for-mapping-software Australian developer of civil and surveying software, 4D Solutions, has entered into an agreement with Tokyo-based Sokkia Pty Ltd that will see 4Ds 12d Model replace SDR Mapping and Design software in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We are excited to be teaming up with Sokkia, which produces some of the most technologically advanced measuring instruments in the world, said 4D Solutions Managing Director Dr Lee Gregory. Established in Tokyo in 1920, Sokkia manufactures high-quality measuring instruments and has made many contributions over the years to the surveying and measurement industries. Dr Gregory said the two companies would work closely together to make the transition from SDR to 12d Model as seamless and trouble-free as possible for users. 4D Solutions is currently holding educational seminars countrywide to introduce 12d Model to SDR Mapping and Design users. About 4D Solutions 12d Model (previously known as 4d Model) was developed by Australian specialist software house 4D Solutions Pty Ltd. It is currently in use at organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the US. 4D Solutions Pty Ltd is a privately owned Australian company established in 1988. Based in Sydney, the company sells and supports 12d Model direct and through distributors. For more information please call: NSW, ACT, SA and general enquiries - 4D Solutions Pty Ltd, Tel: (02) 9970 7117; Victoria and Tasmania - SCS Software, Tel: (03) 9802 8849; QLD - Technical Solutions, Tel: (07) 3378 8702; WA - 4D Solutions, Tel: (08) 9574 6816; New Zealand - Sokkia, Tel: (+64 4) 569 8123; North America XP Software, Tel: (1) (888) 554 5022; Singapore Sokkia, Tel: (+65) 479 3966; UK - Waterman IT. More information is also available on 4D Solutions' web site at www.4d.com.au or www.12d.com. 12d Model Version 5.0 rolls out 2001-06-14T16:42:00Z 12d-model-version-5-0-rolls-out The initial roll-out of 4D Solutions Australian-developed civil and surveying software, 12d Model Version 5.0, is all but complete with the product being demonstrated at seminars countrywide. 4D Solutions Managing Director Dr Lee Gregory reports that the new product, incorporating significant enhancements for surveyors and civil designers, has been well received. 12d Model was previously known as 4d Model which was used widely throughout Australia. The softwares name was changed last December to maintain consistency and name recognition, following 4d Models European roll-out as 12d Model. The new name is also indicative of the breadth of features the new Version 5.0 introduces. 12d is a very powerful and yet highly usable survey package, says independent valuer Noel Burton. With a solid existing user base in design and the enthusiasm of the 4D Solutions staff to incorporate new features into the survey software, 12d has a promising future with both Australian and overseas surveyors. Version 5.0 enhancements include a new Graphical Field File Editor, field templates for quick road pickup, pipe and attribute data capture and display, continual upgrading of the integration with various field data recorders, AMG<->MGA, Zone to Zone and traverse adjustment. New features streamlining civil engineering applications include the use of raster (orthophoto) images, dynamic zoom and pan, true-type fonts, new text options, flip triangles, colouring by depth and height ranges between surfaces, volumes by height ranges, DWG I/O, and online help. The upgrade also provides comprehensive support for drainage packages such as PC Drain, Drains, RAT2000, RAT HGL, Microdrainage and ILSAX. Support for HEC RAS, Mike11, XPSWMM, UNET and ISIS is also incorporated. About 4D Solutions 12d Model (previously known as 4d Model) was developed by Australian specialist software house 4D Solutions Pty Ltd. It is currently in use at organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom, Canada and the US. 4D Solutions Pty Ltd is a privately owned Australian company established in 1988. Based in Sydney, the company sells and supports 12d Model direct and through distributors. For more information please call: NSW, ACT, SA and general enquiries - 4D Solutions Pty Ltd, Tel: (02) 9970 7117; Victoria and Tasmania - SCS Software, Tel: (03) 9802 8849; QLD - Technical Solutions, Tel: (07) 3378 8702; WA - 4D Solutions, Tel: (08) 9574 6816; New Zealand - Sokkia, Tel: (+64 4) 569 8123; North America XP Software, Tel: (1) (888) 554 5022; Singapore Sokkia, Tel: (+65) 479 3966; UK - Waterman IT. More information is also available on 4D Solutions' web site at www.4d.com.au or www.12d.com.