Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks Inc.’s Cloud Services was named winner of the Cloud-Based Technology of the Year 2017 award for the 12th Annual Construction Computing Awards, held Nov. 16 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in London, England. More than 220 guests came to see the result of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s considerations.
Known as “The Hammers,” the Construction Computing Awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. A full list of the award winners can be found here.
“Leveraging the power of cloud computing is a huge productivity improvement, saving hundreds of hours a year,” said Lyuben Hadzhipopov, cloud infrastructure manager at Columbia MD-based Vectorworks. “Before the cloud, computational-intensive tasks like photo-realistic rendering could take hours and sometimes even days. This would cause huge delays in work productivity as designers waited for these tasks to complete. By subbing these tasks to the cloud, the web can handle processing, leaving your local machine free so work and collaboration can continue as planned.”
Improved Cloud Services were released in Vectorworks 2018 software this past September, and designers can now easily share designs, drawings and 3D models with clients and partners by using Google Drive, in addition to Dropbox, which was previously available. The Cloud Services web portal also has been updated for better file organization, along with an easier-to-use sharing interface and the ability to generate Web View Virtual Reality links of files in the cloud.
Additionally, designers can now render a 360° view of a 3D model with the panorama feature and then export the file to cloud storage, receiving a link to view the rendered panorama on a laptop, desktop or any mobile device.
Vectorworks Architect software was also named runner-up for the Architectural Design Software of 2017 award.
The date of next year’s awards event is Nov. 15, 2018. Project submissions and nominations will open in early July.
For more information on the annual awards program, and to see all the winners, visit http://constructioncomputingawards.co.uk.