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New developments are saving millions of pounds at T5, providing tools for PPPs and demonstrating finishes to clients NavisWorks takes off at Heathrow Software provider NavisWorks reckons that its clash-detection software will play a key role in helping BAA achieve its ambitious cost-savings target for Terminal 5 at Heathrow. On the £3.75 billion project, it wants to save 10 per cent of the overall cost (a staggering £375 million) by the intelligent use of technology. Much of this centres around adopting a single building model using Autodesk's Architectural Desktop , with NavisWorks' process checker used for design review and clash detection. Clash detection in itself can save a lot of money, but BAA is taking the process further. If a clash is discovered, it means that the specified procedures have not been followed. The management team will then correct what went wrong in its processes to cause the clash, not merely the clash that occurred.

The size of the project is reflected in the scale of IT usage: 130 NavisWorks Roamers, 70 NavisWorks Publishers and 25 NavisWorks Clash Detectives.

Catch up with SketchUp The latest release of SketchUp, the conceptual 3D design tool from @Last Software, is now available.

Features include the addition of thumbnail images to the component browser, and 2D vector export (PDF, EPS, DWG and DXF) that now supports text and dimensions. The direct export of SketchUp models to Piranesi EPIX format has been enhanced and added to the Mac OSX version. Export to 3DS has been improved to include metric unit systems, and SketchUp's shadow feature has been enhanced to allow the user to specify a custom geographic location for sun-angle calculation. Shadow-casting on to faces has also been improved.

3D visualisation company Lightbox Productions has developed a web-based 360¦ virtual tour that enables the user to select and view different finishes and fittings. Director Sany Huttler explains: 'The system is a valuable tool for architects and developers wishing to demonstrate ideas to clients remotely, as well as allowing them to view a variety of finishes in Many hands LightWork Design has released Version 7/4 of LightWorks. New features include:

lshaders in LightWorks Real-time - a rendering engine with shaders that work seamlessly in rendering on both software and hardware;

lHDRI (high dynamic range images) support, which allows the faster creation of more accurate images;

lfast GI Sky Light - efficient and controllable skylight effects;

lplug-ins that allow the addition of new shaders and functionality without recompiling the application.

Further details are available online at the LightWork Designwebsite.

Visit: www. lightworkdesign. com/ lw_products_latest_release. htm CIRIA measures up to risk Research organisation CIRIA has launched a CD-ROM - 'PPPCom' - which offers an integrated risk and value-management tool kit for public and private partnerships. It aims to help users to improve the quality of risk and value management on their projects by providing an on-the-job educational tool for risk management. It is readily transferable, as 80 per cent of the information is generic and applies to any industry, with 20 per cent aimed specifically at construction projects.

'PPPCom' (C617) costs £95+VAT for CIRIA Core and New Books Club members, and £195+VAT to others.

RoofWright has produced a piece of software specifically for the 3D design of conservatories. It allows the user, having created the required conservatory shape, to match windows to the existing house style and see how they will look from any angle, in any position, open or closed. Frames can be split horizontally and vertically, with multiple apertures. To find out more, go to www. roofwright. com

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