Three-dimensional models of Siemon's cabling and cable-management products are available through the Autodesk Seek web service. Autodesk Seek allows design professionals to search for and access building product information and design files directly from AutoCAD and the Revit desktop design applications for building information modeling (BIM).
Bob Carlson, Siemon's vice president of marketing, explains, "Our support of the BIM process will help network design, engineering, architectural and construction firms using Autodesk Revit to drive more efficient and cost-effective network projects. The BIM process allows infrastructure products to be considered in the overall design from the earliest phases. In a data center, for example, you can take full advantage of innovative products like our VersaPOD cabinet by seeing how it fits within the overall design. Doing this can reduce rework in the field by allowing you to identify potential conflicts and adjust the design before you even begin actual deployment."
Jeff Wright, senior director of content solutions for Autodesk, comments, "it is increasingly important for design professionals and builders to be able to rely on high-quality data as the AEC [architecture/engineering/construction] industry moves to BIM. The addition of Siemon's information-rich part models to the Autodesk Seek web service is one more step in delivering a critical mass of product information to designers, while providing building product manufacturers with an unprecedented platform for online marketing to Autodesk's customer base."
Autodesk Seek allows design professionals to search specifically for the building product design they need in the form of 3D models, 2D drawing, visual images and part and product-specification data. The service includes access to existing content from Autodesk applications and building product manufacturers in a single, unified search experience.