• Reinforces common vision for software interoperability
  • Seamless data sharing accelerates projects
  • Parasolid delivers geometric modeling power for cloud-based solution

Flux.io, Inc. selected Siemens’ Parasolid® software as the geometric modeling foundation for Flux® software, a cloud-based collaborative platform for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals. Flux needed a geometric modeling kernel that would enable model geometry to be shared, interrogated and manipulated in a browser by all project stakeholders. Parasolid was chosen because of its excellent track record in cloud-based computing, as well as its broad industry adoption.

“The cloud is a compelling asset for Flux users who benefit from neutral, browser-based collaboration and interoperability across dispersed teams, as well as parallel processing that supplements local computing resources,” said Jen Carlile, Co-founder and VP of Engineering, Flux.io. “Parasolid has a proven track record as a geometric modeling component with reliable functionality and strong performance in the cloud, which is critical to our users’ success. It’s the ideal solution for our needs and the needs of our customers.”

Teams of architects and engineers often use different software tools for their specific tasks, creating data incompatibility issues for the broader project. Time is wasted and data may be corrupted by data translation. Flux eliminates these barriers to productivity by preserving project data integrity – pushing and pulling data seamlessly between different AEC software applications.. In addition, Flux provides real-time cloud-based collaboration and visual programming for custom data manipulation, creating more dynamic workflows that keep users and their data synchronized.

“As a company that champions software interoperability, we license Parasolid to hundreds of other software vendors to give their users access to the world’s leading high-precision 3D modeler, as well as its widely adopted and openly published data format,” says Jim Rusk, Chief Technology Officer, Siemens PLM Software. “Flux.io clearly understands the benefits of interoperability in the AEC domain and we were keen to support their shared vision for empowering cross-project collaboration.”

Parasolid equips Flux users with a common representation of their geometric models in the cloud. These models can be shared among different teams, regardless of their chosen AEC software application and its native file format. Users can host live, interactive reviews in the browser across disciplines, without the need for colleagues to install and learn a specific software tool. Moreover, Flux users can construct, interrogate and manipulate Parasolid geometry in the browser, for example to find the total volume of a building, or to generate a floor plan from a 3D cross section. The resulting data is automatically saved and transferred to each team’s local application, enabling more efficient workflows and seamless data interoperability.