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Enhancements to New LayoutFAST Software Tool Bring Greater Speed, Efficiency and Accuracy to Building Information Modeling

Boston, MA, USA

04/06/2021

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• Software upgrades improve user experience and cut design time in half
• New automated functions aid productivity and drive projects to be completed on budget and on schedule
• Cloud-based configurator ensures product data is accurate and up to date while enabling collaborative design and engineering from anywhere

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced release of the new LayoutFAST software tool with enhanced user interface, configuration and design automation features – bringing greater speed, efficiency and accuracy to building information modeling (BIM) and electrical design.

Building on its award-winning software, the new LayoutFAST offers an intuitive, cloud-based product configurator with parametric BIM objects and, for a limited time, free vendor agnostic design assist features. Consulting engineers, contractors, modelers and electrical designers can benefit from this free tool to select, configure and edit product models in an integrated design environment.

“Building information modeling just got easier with the new LayoutFAST! Our enhanced design software allows you to seamlessly integrate customized and always accurate BIM objects from the cloud, into your design,” said Bassem Ammouri, Director, Energy Management Software for Schneider Electric. “And thanks to our new pro features – like one-line diagram automation – design work goes from minutes, to seconds.”

LayoutFAST integrates with Autodesk Revit® BIM software and provides access to design data, drawings, specifications, and pricing across the entire Schneider Electric, Square D™, APC™, and ASCO™ portfolio. Accessible through the Revit or AutoCad plugin, via a web browser or mobile device, LayoutFAST offers easy and convenient product configuration – from schematics all the way to facilities management – in a few simple clicks.

The new LayoutFAST offers enhanced functionality for greater:

  • Speed: Reduce product selection time and make on-the-fly BIM changes by automatically generating single-line diagrams and riser diagrams based on your connected electrical distribution in Revit. Save time and increase productivity with page loads and downloads that now process twice as fast.
  • Efficiency: Avoid manual efforts with advanced configuration options that reduce the inefficiencies associated with generic BIM object tools. Quickly configure control panels based on automated and predetermined rules, create comprehensive bills of materials, and easily share with colleagues or manufacturers in a matter of seconds.
  • Accuracy: Keep stakeholders aligned, reduce change orders and minimize risk with accurate modeling designed for real-world operating conditions. Gain peace of mind with BIM objects that have been upgraded to the newest version of Revit to maintain universal standards and enhanced for greater precision.

The new LayoutFAST supports the digital transformation needed to thrive in today's ways of working, and remote connectivity is essential for effective collaboration. The BIM object creator and web-based, product design tools are completely free. And, certain features – such as the one-line diagram and riser diagram automation – will be free while in the Beta phase.

Create top-tier designs with the new LayoutFAST – configure your next project today: https://www.se.com/us/en/partners/resources/layoutfast/

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